Monday, August 31, 2009

Thank Heavens for Cellini...

Well, how could I begin this week of blogging about Bling! Bling! Bling! without mentioning and highlighting the incredible people who are responsible for what lies on my left hand???

Cellini! Cellini! Cellini!

When you first approach this store, located on the Lobby level of the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel in NY, you can see people with wide eyes staring into the windows. Now, this could be because the rule is that nothing under 5 carats goes in the window or it could be because they are staring at one of the most gorgeous jewelry collections I have had the pleasure of viewing. This place can definitely cause some heart palpitations for the men in your life, especially the ones who might be asking for your hand soon, but I will have you know when you step in you will immediately be put at ease by the lovely ladies and gentlemen that stand behind the counters.

I have walked into most of the "Big" diamond places...I had an incredible experience with one of my best friends at Harry Winston in LA where we actually met the Harry Winston (more later this week), but Tiffany & Co., Cartier and on and on...I have walked through the doors of all of them and noone compared, in my mind, to Cellini. To this day I have an enormous amount of respect for them and the way they treat their clients.

A little about my husbands and I experience with them...My husband was definitely a little intimidated when we first went in together to talk to them about engagement rings. Being a wedding planner for so many years, I have seen about a million diamond rings in my life and was looking for a sapphire and diamond engagement ring with a sapphire being the center stone. This was even more challenging for my husband as he was nervous to find the perfect ring. We spent some time with Cellini together and I told them what I was looking for. They then spent some time with my husband to chat with him about his budget for the ring. They educated him on Sapphires and then told him to bring me back on Saturday and they would share with us a sampling of sapphire engagement rings in his budget. They clearly took this very seriously as on that Saturday when we walked in there was a beautiful display of sapphire rings selected just for me!!! Now, here is the secret ladies...her name is LAUREN! Meet lauren, ask for Lauren and support Lauren because she will not only make sure your man feels comfortable, but she will make sure that you get what you need/want!!! There was a clear favorite in my mind amongst these sapphire rings and although I never "said it" she read my emotions and in about three weeks it was sitting on my left hand. I LOVE my Ring and I am always proud to wear it.

Needless to say, there have been several other purchases at Cellini since then and they always offer great advice and are an absolute pleasure to work with. They have worked very hard to establish a long term relationship with myself, my husband and many of our friends. We lookforward to working with them on fine jewelry and watch purchases whenever able for a very long time. Please take a moment to explore Cellini at or at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel at 301 Park Avenue in New York City. We know you will enjoy your time with them as we always do!!!

XOXO, Tamara

Friday, August 28, 2009


Dallas Brides Magazine published by Modern this magazine I really love. The reasons are really simple and perhaps it is because it is a fairly new publication and there is a level of sophistication and expectation by the wedding readers, but they have impressed me and I hope they will continue to!

Reason #1 Sophisticated wedding gown spread...WOW! This shoot is set in one of my favorite places of all time the St. Regis Hotel, New York and Modern Luxury has managed to find the most stunning and sophisticated gowns that are fashion forward, yet not too much that they wouldn't be selected by a semi-conservative Southern Bride. Brilliant! and Stunning photos to boot by a NY photographer named Jill Wachter . Please checkout her website...she is extraordinary at her work. My favorite gown in this spread is the Reem Acra "White Cloud" gown...and how elegant it looks in this photo with gloves...Brides beware...the Debutantes will definitely be after this one...

Reason#2 TONS of articles/editorial...this is what I LOVE in a magazine. There are a significant number of advertisements as well, but I don't feel like there is so much advertising I cannot clearly find the articles I seek. None of the articles in this magazine are too lengthy to read through quickly. Lots of one to two page articles and editorial that have lots of good information! I love the article on all of the upcoming trunk shows! Great Information! They have these little pages they call "Wed Dossier" and each page has a category. I love the Floral page...beautiful and slightly contemporary uses of floral and highlighting two of my favorites Mami of Botanical Art and Todd Fiscus back at Avant Garden???well, there he goes again...I cannot even begin to keep up with Todd. I wish I knew where he got that energy...Congratulations Todd!!!I also really love the "Wed Dossier" food page on the Incredible Shrinking Menu. I LOVE this concept and we have been using it in NY at the cocktail receptions there for a while. It is a great idea and helps with people going too crazy at the reception and then having no room for the three-course dinner that is soon to follow. Passing minis is great keeps lines down at stations (if there are any) and definitely keeps people mingling. Great article on a fabulous party food tip!

Reason #3...It's just pretty. It is a glamourous looking cover and it just makes me want to pick it up off the shelf and give it a home...mission accomplished Modern Luxury. Thank you and I look forward to the next!
XOXO, Tamara

Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Blog Calendar!!!

Calendar of Events for September 2009!

Good morning all and Happy Thursday!
Below is the schedule for the month of September. Our focus will be Venues and Fashion! We will also spend a week on Local NY Publications, but we are waiting for the new issues to hit the stands which should be this stay tuned.

August 31-September 4, 2009
Bling! Bling! Bling! Do I really need to give you more of a summary here??? I think not...Let's talk some serious jewels!

September 7-11, 2009
Favorite NY Wedding Magazines
This week we will feature the Local NY publications and talk about what we love about them. There are a couple of EXCELLENT publications in NY. They are so inclusive and the editorial is great with so many incredible professionals in NY sharing their experience and advice! So well done in such a smart way.

September 28-October 2, 2009
Favorite New York Hotels
How we will narrow this down to 5 I have no idea, but I promise to give you the best of the best in this category!!! A distinguished list indeed. The Director's of these fine establishments will be sharing themselves with you, what they LOVE about their hotels and why theirs is the best for your wedding or special event!!!

October 5-9, 2009
Favorite Dallas Hotels
This is tough one too, but I think I know who you all love and I feel very much the same. One every day and again you will be hearing it straight from the horse's mouth! The best of the best share with you why their hotel is #1!

October 12-16, 2009
Let's Talk Fashion!
With only one week until the designers walk the Bridal Fashion runways in NY, let's talk about what we should expect and what we are all hoping for. I will be talking a bit about the designers I am most excited about seeing in NY. Some have established a legacy while others are new on the scene. I am so excited to share with all of you about these ladies and gentlemen!!!

We will publish the rest of the October calendar of Events on Thursday, October 1, 2009!!
XOXO, Tamara

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Texas Wedding Guide

The Texas Wedding Guide has been around for a long time in Dallas. I am going to guess at least 10 years... I have always liked this publication and think it has always been presented in a very elegant way. I have always liked the size of this publication and the way it feels when I hold it and read it. It feels like I am reading a book and I love that...not sure why...I just do.

I really like the way vendors are presented in this publication. They have a section called "How I found my perfect..." where real Texas Brides talk about how they found certain vendors and what they loved about their experiences with them on their wedding day. I think this is a great way to present this information!

The Real Weddings area is nice as well. They congratulate everyone on the initial page and then there are two pages on each individual wedding. Very well done and just a couple of photos of the most beautiful details or moments. The only thing I wish they would do differently is list all the vendors as most of them just list the photographer. I certainly understand them wanting to support their advertisers, but I think Brides like to know everyone involved...just a thought.

Lastly, and I have saved the best for last...I have always been a HUGE FAN of this publications insert wedding planning guide. It is smart and concise. It is helpful and filled with important and good information for couples that are getting married. This guide has been around since the beginning and it really is one of the best reasons to run to the store and grab The Texas Wedding Guide off the shelf. Enjoy!!!
XOXO, Tamara

Monday, August 24, 2009

D Weddings

Everyone Loves DWeddings!!!! It really is what most people
consider to be the best local wedding magazine, although there are some new publications that intend to give D a run for their money...I suppose only time will tell if they will be successful. D is such a powerful brand of magazines!!!

The wedding publication is filled with resources for Brides and Grooms...tons of advertisements and some editorial that helps Brides and Grooms find vendors in Dallas. The Real Weddings section is also plentiful...alot of really beautiful weddings with lots of really beautiful details and resources.

My favorite article in this particular issue is called "The Sweetest Things" and is not as much of an article as it is a photo spread with some really stunning wedding gowns. Most of the gowns are from Neiman Marcus Downtown, but a couple are from Stanley Korshak and some small Boutiques as well. My personal favorite is the Vera Wang Organza gown on page 96. I also love the Betsey Johnson corset gown although I wish I could see the whole thing (the model is seated)...At any rate, there is a page within the spread with some nice accessories which completes this fashion extravaganza. On the fashion topic, there is also a little page on Beautiful Bridesmaids gowns (page 58) and the Nocturne dress by Siri is one of the most elegant I have ever seen. Gorgeous!!!

A couple of other little items I found in this issue that I loved for you all are in the Gift Shop (page 56) the LAFCO soaps from NY...I LOVE THESE!! There is a great shot of Vintage cake toppers (page 64) and last, but not least there is a page guessed it HANDBAGS (page 51) and the Valentino, Edidi and Larisa Barrera are all a tie for most glamourous bag I have seen this week!!!

XOXO, Tamara

Friday, August 21, 2009

Bella Notte

Oh My Goodness...OK, so I admit...this one is a stretch, but you can register for these linens so I have made an executive decision that this is indeed wedding relevant. I just had the privilege of doing my guest room linens with this linen company and all I can say is the second my husband tells me he doesn't feel well, I am off to the guest room just so I can spend a night snuggling up to my new linens!!! Beautiful, Luxurious and Easy to Care for...everything is washable...what? Like in your washing machine at home??? Yep!

The website is and I will warn you now you WILL FALL IN LOVE and if anyone gets busted for purchasing these expensive linens without the proper didn't hear it from me. I had the pleasure of working with the ladies out at Simple Things in Fort Worth (817.332.1772) to design my linens and they were AMAZING! I could not be happier and I hope you all will be enjoying a little Bella Notte in your lives soon.

Oh, and Happy Birthday David!!!
XOXO, Tamara

Thursday, August 20, 2009


I feel like this was one of the first major wedding websites out there and in my mind still one of the very best! Carley Roney is a Rockstar and everyone loves her. I had the pleasure of meeting her a few times in NY and she was always such a lady. She is still giving Bride's great advice daily on this site and I know so many girls out there appreciate all of her gracious guidance.

The great things about this site are pretty evident when you land on the homepage. The wedding website and the website are very similar in appearance and setup, but once you click into the categories you will find things to be much different. The has the BEST wedding gown gallery...the most designers by a longshot and the best dresses. This site has a wedding of the week which is always beautiful and filled with great detail ideas and they have an unparalleled section of real weddings.

When I was married a few years ago I got a log-in for the knot and they personalized so many great resources for me. I had a wedding checklist, guest list and budget that I customized to help me keep track of everything. I recommend this to any Bride and Groom...even if you have people hired to assist you with everything, it is great to keep some of these tools privately so you always know where things are at.

The last thing I will say I love about the knot is that it doesn't forget about you after the wedding...I still log on and it tells me how many days it has been since my wedding (by the way I apparently had 184 items on my checklist incomplete...hard to believe...I'll have to look into that one day especially since our wedding went off without a hitch), but the best is that they have two additional sites called the nest and the visit for all of your wedding needs...visit for the post marital bliss stage (and also the stage where you have to figure out where to hide all the stuff he brought with him from college for your new home) and visit for all the pregnancy fun and excitement! I love that they stay with you and keep in touch! Enjoy tying the knot with the!
XOXO, Tamara

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


Good Morning! This is one of my absolute Favorite sites!!! I love the Wedding Channel website. I honestly don't know where to begin with this website. It is an infinite resource for brides and grooms. The home page is wonderful! Lots of items to go to and changed nearly daily. There is a little area for Wedding Buzz where brides can go to chat about everything under the sun. They have a few specialized categories everyday so that brides can see topics they might be interested in. There is another area for Celebrity Wedding Buzz which is always fun to read. They have a Wedding of the Day and they also have a Blog of the Week they focus on!

From wedding gown galleries to honeymoon locations, registries to wedding supplies this site has everything and tons of it. They also have an area where they focus on weddings by color which I am always inspired by. It is definitely one of my favorites. Take some time and look around this site. Make sure you check out the Wedding Cake Gallery on this site. I definitely think it is the best one out there! They also have an incredible area where you and your groom can design your own wedding website. Have fun!!! This site shares every detail of your special day!!! Visit Today!
XOXO, Tamara

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

For Your Party.Com

Good Morning!! I am still enjoying NY city and we have the distinct pleasure of attending the NY International Gift Show today!!! A convention center filled with over 2,900 vendors all with brilliant ideas to share with all of you! A very exciting day indeed. Wish us luck...Debs and I only have 9 hours to get through the entire place!!!

One of my favorite internet resources for parties is They have tons of items that help wrap up all of the little details of an event. From elegant menu cards to crazy straws this company has it all!!! You can design your own items or you can select items they have designed that you can find in their "Grab and Go" section. I designed the most adorable matchbox last year for a client that everyone raved about and the quality was wonderful!

They have recently added another website titled with a selection of save the dates and invitations. I have not had the opportunity to use this resource yet as I do prefer to touch and feel invites, however, they do offer samples so it looks like it is going to be a great resource as well.

Check out and have fun designing all of the details, details, details!!!
xoxo, Tamara

Monday, August 17, 2009


Hello all and Happy Monday!!! I am enjoying a litle more time in NY this week with lots of friends, new clients and some past clients who are now dear friends.

Today I am going to talk a little about one of my favorite things in the entire world...Handbags... and since I am in NY let's honor someone in this fine city!!!

I love beautiful handbags and Clara Kasavina, in my humble opinion, makes some of the most beautiful I have ever seen. I discovered this lovely woman's handbags over four years ago and was so excited to carry one of her designs on my wedding day. It was a beautiful pearl beaded bag with a vintage clasp and border at the top embellished with Crystallized Swarovski elements. The other detail I loved is that it had a jeweled letter "T" that clipped on to the front of my bag. I still carry it for special occasions, but I really think her bags have become more and more detailed and beautiful over the last four years. She has expanded her collection to include exotics, day bags and even some "one of a kind" bags. Her bags are expensive, but surprisingly handbag prices start at $200.00. Some of her most popular and detailed bags are in the $650.00 to $1500.00 range, but in my opinion they are absolutely worth it!

You can check out her website at for all of you Winter Bride's please check out the "Mink Bow Tie Clutch" which is absolutely stunning!!! It alone makes me want to get married again, but this time in the snow! See you tomorrow!!!!
xoxo, Tamara

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Martha Stewart Weddings

Hello all...I have arrived safely in NY and thought I would take a few minutes to share what I really enjoy about the Martha Stewart Weddings magazine, which is my pick for today. I do think I am a fairly crafty person, but honestly there is alot in this magazine I would not even begin to attempt, for example, the cutting of paper garlands shown on page 150. With that said, however, I do think that this magazine's biggest strength is its ability to expose the smallest details of a wedding. If you are looking for little detailed items for your wedding (homemade or not) this is the magazine to source.
I folded down over 30 pages in this magazine with little details that inspired me for future events. I am inspired visually, so I am certain that alot of beautiful things in this magazine inspire Brides and Grooms. You could find something that you want to represent very much as you see it in the magazine or perhaps it inspires you to do something conceptually the same, but stylistically very different than what you see.
My favorite article in this issue is titled "Let them eat Cupcakes"!!! Now as I see it, the only immediate challenge with attempting to read this article is how badly you will be craving one of the aforementioned cupcakes when you finish! UGH! Original recipes and nothing too outlandish. BEAUTIFUL presentations and clever, clever, clever. The problem??? It appears you have to make them yourself...My favorites from this article...on the first page we find the most adorable cupcake they refer to as "Fresh Baked Blooms" a vanilla cupcake with yellow, ivory and pink Swiss meringue blossoms perched on top. Another cupcake they highight is called "Sugar and Spice" which is a pale pink with beautiful sugar brushed flower petals on top. The cupcake itself has jewels of candied ginger hidden inside a zesty ginger cake. Now, the one that will send me immediately up the street to the nearest bakery is the "Berry Delicious" This cupcake is nothing short of STUNNING and is meringue, split and filled with strawberry-rhubarb compote and cream whipped with creme fraiche...sounds right up my alley. Cupcakes can be used in so many ways at a wedding...they can be used on a Viennese Table at the Reception, they can be individually packaged and used as a favor as your guests depart, they can be used as a "Turn Down" amenity for your out of town guests at their hotels or as a welcome gift for can be assured that however you decide to use them, your guests are guaranteed a Sweet Ending!!
XOXO, Tamara

Elegant Bride!

First of all, my apologies for the late night blog this evening (Wednesday)...busy day packing for my trip to NY tomorrow, so the day got a little crazy...Good news for my readers is that you will get one post tonight and then again in the afternoon tomorrow once I have landed in NYC!!!
I do love an Elegant Bride and I really like this publication so much. I actually really READ this magazine...cover to cover...every article...and I always find that I learn alot and come away with some really great ideas for the future.
This Summer 2009 publication is no exception so let me share some of my favorite things from this issue...
First of all, just a really great favor idea...on page 24 they show this adorable photo of a chic sugar box tied with a ribbon. It is really pretty and a real twist on a favor box...They have filled it with Jordan Almonds, but I would imagine you could fill it with your favorite delicacy!! I am putting this one in my file so if you have time to grab this issue definitely check it out!
There are two articles which I really enjoyed in this issue of Elegant Bride. The first is called "Seaside Escape" and can be found on page 62. It is a story of a real wedding that took place at the One & Only Ocean Club in the Bahamas. It was a beautiful party and really well done. The backdrop at the Ocean Club is really quite stunning, but this wedding really used the simplicity of the natural beauty of the environment to really make the event shine. Fresh colors in all of the ocean side dinner setting that was stylish, yet simple and elegant...tropical drinks like the "Beach Comber", "Bahama Mama" and "Love Potion"...paint brushes with calligraphied notes that said "Brush the Beach From your Feet"...and a cake that was so stylistically on target it graces the cover of this issue. It is definitely worth a look if you are planning a beach wedding. Congrats to all involved. Beautifully done!
The other article I really enjoyed was an article on St. Lucia called Sublime St. Lucia. It is a travel article really, but it highlights some of the beautiful resorts located on this Caribbean isle.
It talks about three resorts in particular which are Ladera (where I am certain I would not mind waking up every morning), Discovery at Marigot Bay and Cap Maison. The article also discusses the notable landmarks, including the Pitons, which are a pair of forest clad volcanic peaks. For couples considering the Caribbean this article is a must read and if anyone ends up at Ladera, where every suite in the 31 room resort is missing a fourth wall, please send me a note and tell me if it is as magical as it appears in this article.
Well, onto a little more packing. Until tomorrow...
XOXO, Tamara

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Inside Weddings!

I am going to start off these national publications with my personal Favorite!! Just like with a brunch buffet where I insist on making my way over to dessert first!
I love this publication which started out as a West Coast Magazine and then became National a few years ago. This magazine screams STYLE! I am not sure that I could say it any better than the editor of this magazine, but she has hit the nail on the head when she says the following in her most recent letter..." We've filled our pages with editorial that brides love. We have the latest gown styles from the world's top designers...We found sparkling jewelry for the bride, beautiful invitation styles, and new discoveries perfect for unique weddings. As always, we featured breathtaking real weddings from brides just like you - more inspirational photos and fresh ideas than any other bridal magazine." I agree with all of the above!!
My favorite article in the Summer issue is the Jewelry Box article...From Vintage looks to bold colorful jewels all the items in this issue are truly stunning. There is also a great page on shoes and another on handbags, which although seem to be everywhere a bride looks, are the two things that are often present a challenge for brides. I am a handbag girl, so just to weigh in my favorite handbag in this issue is the "St. Petersburg" oval minaudiere of glossy snake-print leather with Crystallized Swarovski elements by Inge Christopher.
The last thing I will say about Inside Weddings (and I could go on forever) is that the Real Weddings section is really like no other I have ever come across in any other publication. Always the most beautiful weddings and the most creative ideas. The photography is always exceptional and I have been honored to be a part of three different weddings they have featured in the last couple of years. “Made in Manhattan” Winter 2006; “Secret Garden” Fall 2007 and "In Perfect Harmony" Spring 2007.
Thank you to Inside Weddings for always bringing us the most beautiful and unique wedding celebrations. It is always a pleasure to read your newest magazine and visit you online. Come back online soon!!!!
XOXO, Tamara

Monday, August 10, 2009

The Blog Calendar!!!

Calendar of Events for August 2009

Good Morning all and Happy Monday!
Below is the schedule for the next three weeks through the end of August. Our focus will be our favorite resources for Brides and Grooms in regards to Media through publications and the web.

August 11-14, 2009
Favorite National Magazines
This week we will feature one National Magazine each day and talk about the things that we love about these publications and how they best serve our Brides and Grooms. We will also blog a little bit about our favorite article in the most current issue.

August 17-21, 2009
Favorite Internet Resources
This week we will feature some of our favorite Internet Resources. From party favors to wedding cake picture Galleries, check in to see what our favorite picks are to help you with the details for your special day.

August 24-28, 2009
Favorite Dallas Wedding Magazines
A shout out to my hometown! This week we will feature one local Dallas publication each day and talk about all the things we love about it. In addition, we will blog about our favorite article in the most current issue. The Dallas publications are definitely some of the best and some Dallas weddings certainly make a BIG impression, so we are excited to share with all of you!

We will publish the September Calendar of Events on Thursday, August 27, 2009!!
XOXO, Tamara

Friday, August 7, 2009

Looking Forward...

Let's talk purpose...No wait, let's talk Photography...A BIG THANK YOU TO GARY DONIHOO who is responsible for most of the pictures you will see of myself and Deborah on this blog. Gary rocks and his website is Now, I am going to start out by saying that the purpose of this blog is to stay in touch with all of you and be a helpful resource for Brides and Grooms everywhere...

Most blogs are a promotion of someone or someone's company...we have a website for that and although I cannot promise we will not talk about Fleur de Lis Weddings and Special Events, my assumption will be you know and respect what we do if you are on our blog. We also do not believe in exploiting our clients all over the Internet. Some of our clients do want to share their special events with you as well as their thoughts about us and those can all be found on our website as well which will launch in a couple of weeks... will this blog help you?? We are going to promote lots of other people on our site...for your that you can learn more about new people and places in our Industry and some of those that have been around can learn about every vendor resource you might need to plan your special event...and guess what??? You might just get to learn it from them instead of me...after all...they are the experts in their own fields. You can learn about things that are elegant and reserved and those that are completely over-the-top. You can learn about staying in the box (after all the box exists for a reason I always say...) or you can go as far outside the box as you like. We hope to be a resource for people who are launching new ventures, new products within their existing businesses and those moving on to bigger and better things...the movers and shakers I like to call them...

Where do we begin?? Well, my partner in Crime Deborah loves organization...those of you who know her well are smiling right on Monday you will see a calendar posted of the people and places we will be discussing the rest of this Month. The last week of August we will distribute a new calendar for the month of September and so on and so on...if you are interested in participating with us and guest blogging about you or your company please email us and we will try to get you on the calendar.
See you on Monday! Enjoy your weekend!!!
XOXO, Tamara

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Happy Anniversary!!!

Well, as I am a little sentimental and this is a wedding blog after all...I shall begin this blog on my Fourth Wedding Anniversary! So, first things first...Happy Anniversary Alejandro! Thank you for four wonderful years and so far one incredible little legacy named Tomas.

I would also love to extend my warmest thanks to a few people that made my wedding such a wonderful celebration and who continue to be a blessing to Bride's and Groom's every weekend.

Ceremony: St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church
(Father John Libone)

Reception: The Westin Stonebriar
(Ms. Jill Price, Director of Catering)

Floral Design: Bella Flora of Dallas
Lucy and Cesar Diaz

Entertainment: Absolute Entertainment
Ice House Band

Makeup: Mayra Rams-Sanabria

Now, for some advice I have for Bride's and Groom's...words of wisdom, if you will, from a girl who has walked that aisle in addition to having planned hundreds of weddings over the last 13 years.

Relax, enjoy, stay in the moment and please try not forget what the day represents. I see so many people get wrapped up in the party and believe me, I have seen some of the most incredible parties imaginable and I concur that the party and the details are ultimately very important. All I ask is that you try to remember what is really going on and that the purpose of a wedding is for you and your partner to commit your love and devotion to each other forever in front of those you love the most and those who will support you throughout your lives together. If you can stay in the moment and feel the love that surrounds you, you will certainly be slightly overwhelmed...and being slightly overwhelmed will feel really good for a change...
XOXO, Tamara