AOO Events “Hi-Tech Namaste”

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The ceremony was held under an elaborate, custom-built Mandap, standing 12’ x 12’ x 12’ tall, decorated in gold leaf and crowned in white fabric. We embellished the structure with 6,000 hand-opened red and fuchsia roses and accented it with white hydrangeas and orange marigold garlands. The base and steps were covered with 1,000 white Dendrobiam orchids. A white aisle runner featured colorful rose petals in a flowing design. Ivory chairs with gold emb... Read More

An Artful Antipasto Display

Inspired by the colorful walls at Wynwood, an art complex in Miami, the culinary team of A Joy Wallace Catering & Events created this unique antipasto display. A galvanized bar was used to showcase this abundant antipasto display complete with concrete blocks displaying rich rustic breads and natural greens. Metal brick risers displayed food items and metal stands and risers were combined with vessels filled with light bulbs, plants and white florals inc... Read More

Stay Connected with CORT

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From tablets to cell phones and everything in between, it’s become crucial to both event planners and guests to stay connected. In fact, it’s more important than ever to stay connected to loved ones, to social media, to email, etc. One of the worst things that can happen to a guest at an event is to lose power and get disconnected. CORT Event Furnishings, the nationwide leader in furniture, lighting and accessory rentals, has introduced a new line of powere... Read More

Six Ways to Use Graffiti Art at Events

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Text and Photos By Ronnie Caplan When he’s not designing and producing events, Ronnie Caplan documents his travels through photography; from urban settings to seaside palisades. In this piece, his two worlds collide.  Enjoy his photos of graffiti art and his suggestions on how to bring graffiti off the street, and into events.  Just as it is on the streets, graffiti is unique and eye-catching when used at events. It can be used as décor, or as a way ... Read More

A Perfect Summer Dessert

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Panna cotta is one of the all-time perfect summer desserts. Simple and fresh and ... in the hands of the Robin Selden, Managing Partner and Executive Chef of Marcia Selden Catering & Event Planning in Stamford, Connecticut ... simply stunning! "Our recipe for lemon panna cotta with minted berry soup is one of my all-time faves," Selden said. "I was challenged by our client to reinvent it and add another dimension. This was for a wedding. They wanted ... Read More

Corporate Event Design: A 20th Anniversary

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By Keri Miller Because Vermilion Energy prides itself on having a culture that celebrates its people, our corporate event design for its 20th anniversary was all about its people and history. Celebrate 20 was held at Hotel Arts in Calgary. The most important objective for e=mc2 events was to create an experience that would embrace the brand and culture through corporate event design. Our team, led by producer, Dwayne Maurer, CSEP, and coordinator, Afton K... Read More

New York City: Ellis Island

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Ellis Island exudes a deep feeling of old world America. The historical landmark, remembered as the canvas for new opportunity, now serves as a canvas for events while overlooking the Statue of Liberty. The nuances Ellis Island brings include fond memories of travel, freedom, new opportunities and patriotism. Swank Productions, based in New York City, recently took advantage of all of this when it designed its first wedding at the historical venue. Be... Read More

Garden Chic from Catering by Michaels

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Contributed by Jeffrey Ware, Catering by Michaels For a 70th birthday party at a private home, Catering by Michaels in Chicago, created a “Garden Chic” soiree. The guest of honor, Doug Cohen, an avid art collector and enthusiast wanted to create a rustic, yet romantic atmosphere, showcasing his love of art throughout the event. Every detail – from the décor and floral to the food and cocktails – was carefully conceptualized and constructed to ec... Read More

Tabletop Design Inspired by Nature

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Another in our Designer's Notebook series in which designers talk about their inspiration behind a certain look or event. By Corinne Kessel Dinner by Design is a series of events showcasing design luminaries and culinary giants in a feast for the senses. The Vancouver-based event highlights the unconventional, stylish and latest trends in design. Over the course of two days, guests reveled in a series of events meant to inspire. Cocktail Art was the offic... Read More

Four Wedding Trends by David Merrell

Wedding Trends by David Merrell
Weddings are all about making dreams come true. Included in that process is the ability to suggest fresh ideas that will create memories of a lifetime. Since we're right at the start of an exciting 2015 wedding season, this is the perfect opportunity to gauge this year's most exciting trends. 1. The Non Traditional Wedding Out with the old, in with the new. Plated courses and all-white attire and linens aren't the only way to celebrate a union this year... Read More