Blake Lively + Ryan Reynolds Real Wedding Preview


Martha Stewart’s team has released some gorgeous sneak peeks of celebrity couple, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds’ secret Southern wedding! The couple were wed in Charleston, South Carolina and the details are just so southern and sweet.

According to Martha Stewart Weddings, “Weddings‘ style director Kate Berry created Blake Lively’s lush bouquet of pink jasmine, andromeda, dusty miller, and blushing bride hydrangea. She dipped select petals in subtle rose-gold glitter to play up the embroidery of the same color on the bride’s couture ballgown by Marchesa.” Sigh.

From the fun silhouettes of the couple, to the heartfelt closeup of their clasped hands, we are excited for the Martha Stewart winter issue to hit stands on Monday so we can see the rest of this glamorous celebrity wedding!

P.S. How much do you love their candy sweets table? The wedding cake is definitely the center of attention.



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WIPA at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort


In May of 2011, WIPA (Wedding Industry Professionals Association) held their annual seminar at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad, California. Last year’s hot topic focused on Destination Weddings that WOW! With the assistance of various vendors including Pow Wow Vintage, the venue was aesthetically adorned with colorful decor of Persian rugs, Indian saris, assorted pillows, vintage trunks as well as benches, lounges and gorgeous glass ware. These elements were located throughout areas including the Avalon Ballroom, Avalon Courtyard, Lower Palm Courtyard and the main stage.

Take a look at these wonderful photos to get a sense of the look and feel.

Vintage wicker chairs and a bench decorated with Indian sari.

Brass and glass coffee table paired with a vintage Indian daybed and a golden elephant table on the side.

Do you spot Nahid? Pstt… she’s the one in red! :)

Gold Chivari chairs with white cushions accented the patterned table with vintage water goblets.

Elaborate centerpieces consisted of gold lanterns with candles intermixed amongst lush white flowers.

Belly Dancer by Sohaila International

Desserts by Sensational Treats. Coffees and Cappuccinos by Euro Bar. These desserts are almost too precious to eat!

Aside from the elaborate design, the night was action packed with speeches, singing, belly dancing, coffee, desserts, an espresso bar, hookah lounge and ice cream bar. Who said seminars were boring? Cheers to a beautiful and successful event, WIPA!

Venue: Park Hyatt Aviara Resort

Photography: Luminaire Images

Videography: Classic Film Works

Entertainment: Mobile Music Plus, Danny White Music

Florist: Shawna Yamamoto Designs, Ambiance Design

Linens: La Tavola

Decor: Pow Wow Vintage Rentals

Furniture: Artistica Event Design

Entertainment/Photography: 3D Cheeze

Printing: A Vibrant Wedding Invitation

Entertainment: Sohaila Dance

Hookah Bar: Fumari

Audio/Visual/Lighting: Mobile Music Plus

Desserts: Sensational Treats

Coffee and Cappuccino Bar: Euro Bar

Photobooth: 3D Cheeze

Dream Wedding Venue at The U.S Grant Hotel


A little goes a long way but venues are a key role in influencing the look and feel of a bride’s dream wedding. The US Grant hotel is a perfect candidate that offers a variety of unique event spaces that will surely suit your special day. With 22 venues including 4 ballrooms, you’re sure to find one you’d love. The Crystal Ballroom, Palm Court and Celestial Ballroom are among one of the most highly requested spaces.

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The Presidential Ballroom is an event space dedicated to the 14 U.S Presidents who have been previous guests of the hotel. This area not only holds past history but has a 1,200 square-foot stage, a capacious reception room and a connected event room that totals to a grand 9,300 square feet! If you dream of a beautiful, bold and magnificent wedding, this ballroom will take your breath away. The venue is elaborated with plush golden fleur de lis carpets, timeless twin-barrel vaulted ceilings and classic chandeliers, creating an overall impressive and majestic ambience.

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On a slightly smaller scale, the Celestial Ballroom, known as the core of the hotel, is a 6,000-square-foot space with gorgeous vaulted ceilings detailed with hand painting and hues of metallic blues. In support by the grand columns, the intricate details of man-made woodwork reveal a reminiscence of a classic time in San Diego. The Celestial Ballroom is also adorned with Italian chandeliers and wool carpeting.

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We love the arch of the ceilings. It creates a dynamic depth to the floral decor of the grand columns.

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The floral centerpieces create an optical illusion along with the vaulted ceilings.

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Palm Court { Boyd Harris }

If you’re looking for a more intimate space, Palm Court‘s 3,000 square-foot venue is a great contender. The space is equipped with 14-foot high cove ceilings and eye-catching grand columns. The ceilings are crested with nine chandeliers and quartered with west-facing windows. The Palm Court is also joined by a 1,500-square-foot private foyer, providing tactful access to the hotel’s 3rd Avenue entrance.

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Different designs come to life in Palm Court.

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The Crystal Ballroom

Last of the US Grant’s series of ballrooms is the elegant Crystal Ballroom. The 2,664-square-foot venue holds Czechoslovakian Crystal chandeliers and a romantic fireplace adjoined with a marble-lined reception foyer. The reception foyer is embellished with Spanish Colonial carved ceiling and unique bronze entry doors. The ballroom also offers a lovely travertine floor graced with European plasterwork and a hand-painted ceiling.

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Sophisticated gold chairs and a sleek centerpiece pair well with the lovely chandeliers.

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This aisle must have been a dreamy walk!

Aside from the array of wedding spaces offered, the US Grant hotel is a well celebrated and monumental hotel built by Ulysses S. Grant’s son in 1910. Its prime location in the historical Gaslamp district of San Diego is home to some of San Diego’s best shopping, entertainment, restaurant, boutique and art experiences.

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U.S Grant Hotel in San Diego

326 Broadway

San Diego, CA 92101


The Dubai Experience: Burj Al Arab — The Amenities


Last week, we blogged about the over-the-top luxe Burj Al Arab and the unique way they treat guests. This week we’re going to show you the amazing amenities at this must-see Dubahi resort!

If you love relaxing at the spa, then you’re going to be in for a real treat. The Assawan Spa and Health Club is made of granite and mosaic, and is named after “the stone of healing.”



You might want to reconsider having a destination wedding in Dubai when you check out their ballroom! They have a huge ballroom that is 2 stories, and is an all white-glove service.The Al Falkak Ballroom is described as “a palatial, two-tiered, circular ballroom in the style of an 18th century Viennese Opera House, offers what must be the world’s most exquisite venue for weddings and special events.”

Burj Al Arab has multiple restaurants that you can treat your tastebuds, too. Restaurant Al Mahara has 3 private rooms, where you could host a rehearsal dinner. Al Iwan is based on the book “1000 Nights and A Night,” and requires men to wear collared shirts for service. Junsui is an Asian inspired that brings East Asia to the Middle East. Majlis Al Bahar is an outdoor cafe, with a color are red and white. On Fridays, they host a special bbq because there is a special holiday for all Muslim Countries (in Dubai, it would be celebrated on Friday and Saturday). Sahn Eddar is a great spot for last minute meetings with clients or just to grab a quick breakfast.

All photos are courtesy of Burj Al Arab.

The Dubai Experience: Burj Al Arab – The Arrival


Located 280 meters away from land, the luxury hotel is 321 meters high and built in the shape of a sail. Combining Middle Eastern tradition and the traditional sea life of Dubai, this is the hotel to stay at if you want the full Dubai experience. Once you have a reservation at Burj Al Arab, the hotel will bring you to the premises in a Rolls-Royce limo or a helicopter (hello fancy!), depending on how luxe your stay/reservation is.

The columns are gold-plated, and hotel decor colors are predominantly blue, red, and yellow. Burj Al Arab attendants greet you with Arabic perfume for men and women; warm towels; and Arabic coffee and the finest dates. On the first floor there is a gorgeous fountain made of mosaic tiles. As you go up the stairs, on both sides of the escalator, you are surrounded by the gold-plated columns, and colorful fountains on both sides.

There is no such thing as a regular room at Burj Al Arab–just suites (200 suites to be exact). Each suite has 2 floors and guests have their own butler (sooo Sex and the City 2!): the bottom floor has a kitchenette, dining room and living room; top floor is the bedroom. Bathrooms are mostly marble, and faucets are gold-plated. Just leave your luggage when you arrive, and the attendants will unpack and hang your clothes in the closet. guests have their own butler.

All photos are courtesy of Burj Al Arab, a part of the Jumeirah Group.

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