Design Vendors: Defining Roles

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I've created a venn diagram to illustrate some preliminary thoughts on wedding design and the roles that various vendors play. I've been discussing this with Holly Carlisle of Rose Golden who started a conversation a few days ago that has created an amazing dialogue in the industry. I thought that creating a visual to communicate and define roles would help us all better understand how important we all are in the design process. 

I've found that many vendors play multiple roles. For instance many planners are also designers, and many floral designers are also event designers. And to give credit where it is due, many photographers and videographers prop style and deserve to be appreciated for that! While I play the role of a creative director, editorial stylist and prop stylist, I have often called myself a designer and stylist because I didn't feel the title was one that most people would understand. My hope is that as an industry we can change that by adopting definitions such as the ones I am presenting.

My takeaway from creating this document is how important each and every vendor is, and how much we all rely on each other for the final product, our clients events and our shared designs. This document is a work in progress and I'll continue to update and ad to it here based on your comments. I'd love to hear your opinion below!

Marie Antoinette: My MoodBoard

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At the request of a few kind souls, I wanted to share the inspiration behind the Marie Antoinette editorial I designed at the Ritz. The idea was to tell the story of Marie through a modern lens, watching her as she prepared for a normal day in her suite at the Ritz in Paris.  As you can see, we switched gears a bit and changed colors to more vibrant hues of lavender and yellow, which highlighted Spring in a more modern, whimsical way.

Marie Antoinette: Video

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It was an honor to tell this story of Marie Antoinette, perhaps the most infamous herald of fashion in French history. As a designer, the opportunity to work at the historic and unparalleled Ritz alongside an incredible team of talent was humbling. Thank you to Chris of Zen Filmworks for capturing the magic on film and allowing me to step into the studio to bring voice to one of my historic icons. 

Provence Tour: 2018

Welcome Dinner at Clos Saint Esteve

Welcome Dinner at Clos Saint Esteve

Our group at the Museum of Aromas 

Our group at the Museum of Aromas 

Museum of Aromas

Museum of Aromas

Susan Silverburgs famous tomato tart

Susan Silverburgs famous tomato tart

Provencal Towns

Provencal Towns

Dinner at Bastide de Gourdes

Dinner at Bastide de Gourdes

Kimberly Sisti perfecting the flowers

Kimberly Sisti perfecting the flowers

Custom Tour Books

Custom Tour Books

Exterior of Close Saint Esteve

Exterior of Close Saint Esteve

Walking to the Bastide de Gourdes

Walking to the Bastide de Gourdes

Picnicing in the Luberon

Picnicing in the Luberon

Provencal Dining

Provencal Dining

Final Dinner Flower Cake

Final Dinner Flower Cake

Provencal Burger Bus for Welcome

Provencal Burger Bus for Welcome

Bastide de Gourdes placesetting

Bastide de Gourdes placesetting

Wine Tasting

Wine Tasting

Interior furnishings

Interior furnishings

Picturesque Gourdes

Picturesque Gourdes

Clos Saint Esteve

Clos Saint Esteve

Cooking Class

Cooking Class

Alice Ahns market finds

Alice Ahns market finds

Provencal vibes

Provencal vibes

Our farewell dinner

Our farewell dinner

Gastronomic experiences

Gastronomic experiences

Our Hearts aFlutter "La Vie En Rose Tour" 2018 brought the best weather, and created lifelong friendships. What incredible memories made in Provence! A huge thank you to Stephanie at WEP Provence for her incredible logistical help and to Flower by Celine for the gorgeous arrangements!

Photography: Taylor & Porter | Linen: La Tavola Linen | Seed Packets & Books: The Idea Emporium | Candles: Creative Candles 

Ode to the Ritz

A faint whisper of powder comes across your nose. It’s notes are distinguished, mature and opulent. Light billows through oversized windows gilded in gold hardware, dancing as if it were flirting with the smoke of a candle.  The sound of Ella Fitzgerald plays as you become lost in a dream. This is the Ritz. 

 
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As co-host of the Hearts aFlutter Tour, I spend a month each year in France. This year I had the pleasure of spending two nights at the Ritz and the experience changed my life.  My vow is to live "La Vie En Rose" all my days and bring the elegance, sophistication and comfort of the Ritz home with me.  For those of you longing to bring the magic of Paris into your home, here are a few suggestions, along with a few watercolors I painted in homage to the iconic hotel.

 
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1.  Wall paneling on all walls & creme colored paints.

2. Elegant window treatments with tassels.

3. Bed canopies and crown moulding throughout.

 
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5. Gold hardware & fixtures 

6.  A distinct scent, specifically the Ritz Amber scent.

7. Elegant Lighting, and when in doubt, a chandelier.

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8. Vintage prints, portraits and pressed flowers on the walls.

9. Monogrammed pillows for your guests.

10. Edith Piaf, Ella Fitzgerald and Billy Holiday always.

 
 

 

11. Have a chilled rose on hand at all times for guests.

12. Choose quality over quantity.

13. Open the windows and plant a garden, even if its just a flower box in your window.

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