October 5, 2013

A new Polished team member: Meet Jess!

After a VERY busy Spring & Summer wedding season, we are thrilled to officially announce the exciting news! aPp has added a talented new event planner to our permament Polished team. Meet Jess!

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Jess has been an event planner in New York City and the Hamptons since 2007. She planned high end corporate events for the luxury men’s fashion brand Zegna and large scale social events for Joonbug Productions. She was born and raised in New Jersey, received her degree in fashion merchandising & design from The University of Rhode Island and has now left the city behind to settle into a suburban lifestyle in the town of Darien.

To officially meet Jess, click here to check out her new page on the Polished website.

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Jess joins the Polished team with a wealth of vendor resources in the tri-state area, a keen eye for event design, and a breadth of knowledge about planning a variety of events. She will be a tremendous asset to all of our Polished plans and we are so excited to officially welcome her to the team!

 

And a big thank you to our good friend, Bruce Plotkin, for Jess’s beautiful portfolio photos!

 

Until then….aPp

June 4, 2013

Merisa & Aaron: An elegant winter wedding at The Hartford Club

The wedding of Merisa & Aaron at The Hartford Club this past January was such a treat for me as a planner & designer. Not only was Merisa hands-down the most organized bride I have yet to work with (she put my Excel worksheets to shame!) but she had a real vision for her wedding day and never wavered. From our first meeting, she described an elegant winter wedding with a sleek city vibe to take place in her hometown of Hartford. She wanted to infuse sophisticated black tie with a warm winter cozy feeling. The results were amazing! With the help of the phenomenally talented Carey from Stems Floral Design and a color pallet of black, silver, white and a pop of raspberry red, the result was nothing short of stunning. All in the setting of the warm wood tones of the art-deco dining room of the classically beautiful Hartford Club. And be sure to check out those bridesmaids dresses; long sleeve black sequence with an open back?! Hello gorgeous!

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It was such a pleasure to be a part of such a wonderful (and beautiful!) day!! A big thank you to all of our wonderful vendors who helped us put together a little bit of winter wedding magic on a January day! Most especially the super talented Brian Ambrose Photography for the beautiful photos!

Until then…aPp

 

Vendor Roll

Venue: The Hartford Club

Photographer: Brian Ambrose Photography

Hair & Make-Up: Naomi’s Studio & Salon

Florist: Stems Floral Design

Cake: Creative Cakes by Donna

Band: Shaded Soul

Rentals: Party Rental Ltd.

May 21, 2013

Featured On
Wedding Chicks
Colorful DIY Renbrook School Wedding

I remember my first phone conversation with Whitney vividly. She described the vision of her wedding day as lots of DIY touches, shabby chic details, colorful fabric & patterns and…..oh yeah, the reception was going to be held in a school cafeteria. Huh? She was a little overwhelmed at the prospect of pulling it all together, and quite honestly- so was I. But her enthusiasm and energy were contagious, so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be a part of something so special. And special it was! Mark & Whit are all around fun-loving, adventurous, and genuinely kind people and those sentiments were infused into every last detail of the day. Whitney’s father had been a staff member at The Renbrook School in West Hartford all of her childhood and she had fond memories of the school and the historical building it was housed in. She always had it in her mind that someday when she got engaged– somehow, someway– she wanted to have her wedding there.

Whit is a lover of all things fabric and patterned and pretty so we used that as our jumping off point for the design. The school cafeteria, where the reception was held, was quite literally a blank slate! Using a neutral background in linens, we pulled pieces from Whit’s colorful fabric collection into pennant flags, table numbers & runners, and embroidery hoop wall art. Fresh flowers from a local farm were casually arranged in milk glass and rustic wooden boxes for the centerpieces. Escort cards were strung on a vintage window atop an heirloom quilt and place cards were cleverly stuck on colored paper straw in the water glass. We created a playful table arrangement using rectangular and circular tables, a large dance floor with a lounge area and dessert bar, and installed grapevine wreaths, string lighting, and fabric swag treatments on the ceiling. The result was truly magical and you had to blink twice to remind yourself you were actually standing in the school cafeteria!

This beauty of an event was recently featured on Wedding Chicks and we are so excited to share it with you! Feast your eyes HERE to see all the pretty!

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Thanks to their amazing photographer, Anna Naphtali, who flew all the way from North Carolina to take all of these beautiful photos! It was a really wonderful event filled with so much love and happiness– I feel truly lucky to have been a part of such a special celebration. Whit & Mark- nothing but the absolute best wishes for a truly spectacular life together. xoxo

Until then…aPp

Venue: The Renbrook School

Caterer: Sage Catering

Photographer: Anna Naphtali Photography

Florist: Windham Gardens

Lighting: Social Decor

Band: Ripcord

Rentals: Party Rental Ltd.

April 24, 2013

Engagement photos by Melani Lust Photography

These fabulous engagement photos appeared in my inbox today and I just had to share them with the world! Captured by the amazingly talented Melani Lust Photography, Saien & George are getting married at the Wee Burn Beach Club in May- just a few short weeks away! Melani met them at their alma matter, UPenn, and also the sight of George’s proposal! aPp is crazy excited to be a part of their amazing wedding day! You see how sweet and kind and loving they look in the photos? It is all 100% for real. These two are some of the nicest people you will ever meet and they couldn’t even hide it if they tried.

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And then there is this one. In Melani’s words, Saien is channeling her inner Marilyn Monroe. It is so “her”. Melani, I couldn’t agree more! Isn’t she beautiful?!

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Wedding season is upon us! Let the fun begin!

 

Until then…aPp

 

April 4, 2013

Chicago sports themed 40th Birthday party at Mora Mora, South Norwalk

When aPp gets an email inquiry from a potential client and under the vision/theme all that is listed is the word “FUN”, we know we are in for a treat! And well, this one certainly did not disappoint. Alex wanted to throw an all out good times bash for her husband David’s 40th birthday. When I asked Alex to tell me about a few of David’s favorite things, she didn’t miss a beat and said “Pizza, Beer, and Chicago Sports”. David is a native of Chicago, an ESPN executive, and lover of all Chicago sports teams, so the theme was obvious. But the details were anything but obvious!

Setting the stage for the festivities was the ultra cool nightclub banquet space, Mora Mora, in South Norwalk. We used the Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs logos to create matching visors for all the guests to wear and authentic Raglan baseball t-shirt for the staff to wear. The color palette was navy blue and orange; the colors of the birthday boy’s beloved team “Da Bears”! We served an authentic Chicago hot dog-cart and different varieties of pizza, along with ice-cold kegs for the Chicago beer pong tables. And of course, a Chicago style birthday cake complete with 40 glowing candles from The Cake Boutique. The party was rockin’ into the wee hours of the morning thanks to our super talented friends The Short Bus Rocks!

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The last image just about sums it up….Happy Birthday {old man}! We had such a great time with all the fun details and plans for this event. And David and Alex- if the next 40 years are anything like this party, we want to come along for the ride!

 

Until then…aPp

March 15, 2013

aPp turns 2 years old today!

On a monthly basis, I have been torturing my sweet little daughter Nora with photos of her propped up in a chair with a sticker stuck to her onesie declaring her age by month. Lucky for her, I only have stickers going up to 12 months or else she would be a teenager and still sitting in this chair with a smirk that says something like… “Really, Mom?” But for now, she plays along with good ol’ Mom.

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And it’s at a moment like this when I feel like karma should be knocking on my door, kick me in the butt, and have me posed with a sticker stuck to my aPp onesie (!) declaring the company’s age….

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 a Polished plan turns 2 years old today!

What a wild journey this past year has been! I am forever grateful for the clients and friends, both old and new, who have made aPp’s second full year in business such a wonderful success! What a pleasure it has been working with so many new clients and creating so many merry celebrations! aPp has grown in both the number of events we are doing annually and the types of events we are doing. While we will always have a special place in our Polished calendar for weddings, we are thrilled to also be busy with birthday parties, mitzvahs, anniversary parties, themed dinner parties, etc. We are energized by the exciting challenges and opportunities that new types of celebrations bring!

It’s about this time each year that I sit and do a New Year’s Resolution type exercise for aPp. It becomes a wonderfully jumbled list of not only my goals for the next year but also my lessons from the previous year. What to do and what not to do. It is such a valuable “time out” and really helps to keep things streamlined and focused. So in completely random order, here goes:

-Spend more time on the fun stuff and less time on the not-so- fun stuff. Obvious, right? But not so when you are juggling 15 different vendors and contracts for something like 10 different events at once. Its easy to get lost in the paperwork.

-Open my eyes more often. Really open them. Inspiration is everywhere. I find it in the most bizarre and strange moments when I let my mind wander. Which leads me to my next one…

-Not all who wander are lost. It’s a cute ‘Life is Good’ tagline but one that I dont regularly embrace. How can you ever find something if you never let yourself wander into the muck and get lost now and then? I’m going to turn off my metaphorical GPS occasionally and see what beauty I stumble upon.

-Take the time to really get to know clients. You think you know- but you have no idea. I love the element of surprise, when a client says something that makes me stop and go…Hmmm, really? But I also love to be able to anticipate what they want/need without them having to say it. The time you put into a relationship is a direction correlation to what you get out. And that’s the truth.

-Say THANK YOU. Each and every day. I get help from different people in different ways every single day of my life. Sometimes I ask for it and sometimes I dont. But every single bit matters. It’s important to let those people know that you appreciate everything they do. If they know you appreciate them, then they will appreciate you. It’s a beautiful circle.

I am practically  bursting at the seams with excitement for the Polished plans of 2013!! So much joy and beauty to look forward to. Come along for the ride, won’t you!?

Until then…

aPp

March 4, 2013

Spring is in the air…a Polished window design for The Plumed Serpent Bridal!

Spring is in the air! Horray for the month of March! I can almost see the tulips and daffodils popping up from under the remaining few inches of snow!

As we are busily preparing all types of Polished plans for our wonderful Spring and early Summer clients, we were happily side tracked by another project last week. When our friends over at The Plumed Serpent Bridal in Westport called and asked us to design their store window for the month of March- we jumped at the chance to leave a Polished mark on this beautiful bridal salon. Inspired by all things cheery & bright, we fell in love with this aqua and ivory print tablecloth from Wildflower Linen. We knew we had to have it for the window display, and built everything else around it!

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And then we saw these chair covers, also from Wildflower Linen, and they reminded us off the cascading layers of a taffeta wedding gown. If ever there were a reason to have a chair mimic a wedding gown, this was it!

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The tabletop is from our friends at Party Rental Ltd and the little touches of aqua in the charger and flutes are so sweet! Paired with some vintage milk glass and simple baby’s breath, this table just makes me happy!

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And then the dress…but of course, there is a dress! This magnificent bridal gown is by Oscar de la Renta with a lace sweetheart bodice and lace peplum over a satin skirt. I am told the peplum is most likely not a trend that will be sticking around, but I just think this dress is so sweet because it is slightly different than many other wedding gowns. And I am a total sucker for lace and wedding gowns. Sigh! We paired the dress with this Spring Fling necklace from Banana Republic adding a splash of bright color to the overall look. Who says bridal has to be all white? Boring!

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Speaking of “not” being boring…we used this handmade coat stand as an easel for our company sign! Practical and fun!

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Until then…aPp

January 30, 2013

A festive and authentic Scottish Burn’s Night dinner party in Fairfield

Whenever aPp’s client, Molly, calls with an idea for a party- we know we are in for a treat. She is fun and adventurous and always up for something new; basically an event planner’s dream! And the latest event we worked on together was certainly no exception! She wanted to throw a large dinner party at her home in Fairfield in the format of a “Burn’s Night”, which is a traditional dinner in honor of the famous Scottish poet and national hero, Robert Burns. There are readings of Burn’s poems and songs, bag pipers, authentic Scottish food & drink, and yes- kilts! Molly wanted to give her guests the feeling of sitting in a medieval Scottish castle surrounded by lots of wood tones, warm candlelight, and Scottish tartan and plaid. The result was simply fantastic thanks to the beautiful floral design of Flowers & Flowers, themed rentals from Party Rental Ltd., and delicious food & drink from SoNo Baking Company & Cafe.

It was 20 degrees outside, and a light snow was falling, but that didn’t stop our bag piper from greeting guests to the party alongside two roaring fire pits….

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The party took place in Molly’s beautiful living room…the wood beams, massive fire-place, and wrought iron chandelier certainly helped to set the stage for a medieval castle.

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Lots of warm candlelight and an eclectic collection of Molly’s pewter containers holding Scottish thistle and other Highland flowers helped to set the tone for the whole evening…

 

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We also introduced lots of Scottish and/or medieval props to the tabletop. For the place cards, we wrote on real pieces of Birch bark instead of paper. And we used pewter for the charger and water goblet as an accent to the colorful plaids and tartans in the napkin & bread plate.

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This was such a fabulous and creative event to design- thanks so much for including us in all the fun, Molly!

 

Until then…aPp

 

 

 

 

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