Thursday, June 30, 2011

Oh yes, now's the time...

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011


While there are many old school wedding traditions Viva has been happy to see disappear, the getaway car is not one of them. Okay, we should be specific. The time honoured tradition of the wedding party sneaking out during the reception to toilet paper the bride and groom’s car, wrap it in cellophane and fill the air vents with confetti is not what we’re talking about. Having an actual getaway car is.

A common past tradition, wedding guests would gather outside to officially send off the bride and groom earlier in the evening and then continue to enjoy the reception without them. When newlyweds decided to ditch the early exit, choosing instead to party the night away with their guests and often being the last to leave, the getaway car became obsolete.

Well Viva’s happy to report it’s making a comeback! Newlyweds aren't necessarily leaving their reception early, but after exchanging vows they definitely have a car to drive away in with the Just Married decor to prove it. We wonder if Will & Kate having their own getaway car had something to do with it.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Wedding Library Opening Party

I was thrilled when my friend Darcy Miller at Martha Stewart Weddings offered to host a "housewarming" party for my new salon and office in NYC. I also appreciated that it created a renovation deadline to get our place ship-shape for the over 200 industry guests who arrived to check out our new digs. Our wonderful new neighbors at Rouge Tomate were the most amazing hosts of our cocktail party with delicious hors d'oeuvres, specialty cocktails and sweets for the discerning crowd -- and wowed everyone with their chic concoctions.
Our friends at Smock designed this fresh invitation, perfect for our start-of-summer soiree.
Read more about the event on the Martha Stewart Bride's Guide Blog.
A surprise visit from Martha Stewart was a highlight. She stayed to tour the salon, listen to music, sip cocktails and shop for jewelry!
Darcy and I are flanked by friends and guests.
The party space at Rouge Tomate was packed -- everyone had fun in the photo booth and catching up with old friends.
The calm before the storm -- the freshly painted office is party-ready.
Our new bridesmaids salon has room for more changing rooms and the 300+ samples we carry from 12 designers. We definitely need the extra space!
We offer fine and costume jewelry from Dana Michele, the perfect bridesmaid's gift (or gift to yourself...)
Our friend Sandy Patangay at HennaStudio bejeweled guests all evening with her amazing henna tattoos. A great idea for a bridal shower or bachelorette!

Special thanks to Darcy Miller, Malia Stevens of Rouge Tomate, Smock, The Blooming Quill, Sugar Flower Cake Shop, HennaStudio, Bella Cupcake Couture, Elan Artists, NYC Photobooth, Eduardo Patino, Carlos A. Varela and all of our industry friends for making this a night to remember!

Monday, June 6, 2011


"Find some fun rain boots, colorful umbrellas, and show the rain who’s boss". Those were our words of wisdom in our last post should you be faced with rain on your wedding day. Now here's a little inspiration to help you do just that!

Photo Credits: Odd Sundays, Odd Sundays, Erin Hearts Court, Greg Gibson, Susan Stripling