OHEKA Castle Glamour in Grace Ormonde

Remember that magical wedding you dreamed of when you were little? Well, this is it!

Lisa and Justin’s wedding has all the luxuries of a fairytale wedding……draping chandelier crystals, cut out lace wedding day paper, the most elegant white and champagne florals, a white dance floor that makes you feel like your skating, Jimmy Choo shoes, an Ines Di Santos gown, Armani tuxedos…..and in a Castle to boot!

OHEKA Castle is a Gold Coast Mansion that transports you to a chateaux in France. It’s a popular backdrop for all types of media; in 1941, the motion picture Citizen Cane featuring Orson Welles was filmed here and more recent, Taylor Swift’s Black Space music video.

We aren’t the only ones that think this wedding is special…so does Grace Ormonde! That’s right! Lisa and Justin’s wedding graced the pages of Grace Ormonde’s Wedding Style Magazine Website and you can see it HERE!

There are simply now words that can describe this Glamorous wedding better than the images from Jaylim Studios.

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The Awesome Creative Partners we had the pleasure of teaming up with:
Coordinator: Piece of Cake Events
Wedding Day Paper: Ceci New York
Bridal Salon: Bridal Reflections
Fine Linen Rental: The Finishing Touch NY
Custom Aisle Runner: The Original Runner Company
Entertainment / Lighting: LI Sound DJ

Featured Weddings


Having been designing for over 20 years, starting my business from scratch 15 years ago it is always VERY exciting to get recognized by the wedding industry’s most prestigious magazines, books and websites!

I thought it would be fun to gather all of my featured weddings and events  throughout the years.  There have been many trends, many themes, intimate affairs and grand events…yet, I love every single one of them!

They are my babies and every couple a part of me along this journey….enjoy…

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Martha Stewart Weddings - Winter 2010

Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine: The first same sex wedding EVER featured in the magazine and it was also their 15 year anniversary :

You can also see more of this wedding gallery HERE!

Fun side note…the couple’s dog that was the “ring bearer” and wore a seer sucker suit, was featured on the cover of “Wedding-Dogs” Magazine.

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AOCNEThe Art of Celebration ~ New England: A hard cover coffee table book. The top 1% of the industry is featured…Queen Latifa was even featured in this book!!!

You can see our creations on Pages 64 – 67 and again on Page 361 of the book.  OR you can view them right HERE! (but the book is fantastic, have fun viewing it!)

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As Seen InWell Wed ~ The Hamptons:  Marie Antoinette
See more photos from this creative shoot HERE!

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Newport Wedding Glam: Enchanted Vineyard
See my blog post of this wedding HERE!

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We have 3 different features with Bliss Celebrations!

Bliss Celebrations: Summer at a Saltwater Farm Vineyard
Bliss Celebrations: Old Hollywood Glam
Bliss Celebrations: Rustic Spring at the New Haven Lawn Club

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 Rick and Darren’s wedding has been featured in TWO publications!

Ruffled Blog:
 Barn Wedding meets Roaring 20’s

Reverie Gallery:
They describe it as Safari-Vintage!

I got creative when blogging about their wedding…find out how HERE!

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Rustic Weddings Chic
: Rustic Elegance (with some pumpkins involved):

See why this was one of my favorite weddings and couples HERE!

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Wedding Chicks: Vintage Travel Creative Shoot

Get behind the scenes look at what goes into a creative shoot HERE!

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Wedding Reports: Simple Elegance

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Screen Shot 2015-01-13 at 8.55.37 PMDestination Wedding and Honeymoons:  This is a fun one…One of my couples is featured ON THE COVER of this magazine!!!

This link will show you the gallery of their wedding, photos taken by Jag Studios

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Screen Shot 2015-01-13 at 8.58.02 PMPretty Pear Bride: A Plus Size Bridal Magazine:  Winter Wedding at New Haven Lawn Club!!!

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Lulawed (previously Prepare to Wed): Peacock feathers and Butterflies (REAL butterflies!)

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Thank you to all that have loved my creations enough to publish them and enough to trust me in making your special day beautiful!

Norwalk Maritime Aquarium Gala

I was so excited when The Aquarium asked me to create designs for their Silver Anniversary that was themed ” Cirque De La Mer – Argentum!”  The color story was black, silver and purple and the theme to be Futuristic and Circus-like.  For anyone who knows me as an artist knows that this is my kind a event!  Of course, this was their annual gala to celebrate their anniversary as well as to raise money for the aquarium…so budget was a big part of the creations.  In order to design centerpieces that would be true to the theme/color story and to the level of design that both myself and the aquarium are accustomed to, I had to get very creative for all 40 tables!!!!   One of things that helped with costs were hand making all of the silver spheres….I can’t give all my secrets away but I can tell you that balloons and silver spray paint were involved in the making of over 100 of those suckers! I wish I could say that no balloons were harmed in the making, but sadly, they were.

Okay, Okay, enough of the cheesiness…take a look at the most incredible night for the Norwalk Maritime Aquarium…..Not only did Governor Malloy make a presence but you may see that a mermaid and tree-lady showed up as well…Have fun viewing my creations!

All Photos taken by Misty Enright Photography










The Governor…whether you like him or not….it’s pretty cool he was at one of my events!


Enchanted Vineyard Wedding

I am so excited to talk about Lauren Haymond and Jeff Zimmerman’s Enchanted Vineyard Wedding at Saltwater Farm Vineyard! (of course they are now referred to as Mr and Mrs Zimmerman…or should I say President and First Lady – he he…you’ll see why)

First I have to thank SO many players…. Lauren’s mother, Sharyn Haymond, for seeking me out after meeting with MANY other wedding designers!  We had connected right away and had so much fun talking flowers, colors, styles, etc  She made me blush every time she referred to me as a “New York” florist!  I hear that a lot!  I think it’s due to my persistent creativity, unique designs, thinking outside the box, and of course, my funky style!  But, enough about me…I was giving thanks…..

Thanks to Lauren’s Father, John Haymond, for being great to work with!

Day of Coordinators,  Margaret and Ann from Fancy Pants.  They were so easy going and kept on point. They did a great job and worked with my team seamlessly …thank you!

Michael and Kerri from Coastal Gourmet Catering for always putting down the table linens FIRST!  We love them!

Merrily and Michael, the owners of Saltwater Farm.  They are always so great with me and my team!  They refer me often and Michael said that the “Vineyard has never looked so good”…he was very impressed!  We thank you and appreciate you both!

MY TEAM!!!!  Two Words… A-Mazing!  Sarah, my team leader, really stepped it up at this wedding since ALL of the centerpieces needs to be designed ON SITE!  There was a ton of decor…17 tables; a chuppah; cocktail; ceremony aisle….etc etc AND we had to get it all done in 2 hours! Yup! That meant everyone was in overdrive and I appreciate their hard work!

And last, but certainly NOT least…. Lauren and Jeff’s Photographer, John Galayda of Blackrock Photography.  This is the first time I have had the pleasure of working with him and let me tell you…he was SO nice, so thoughtful, and so easy to work with; before, during and after the wedding.  Not to mention his work is fantastic!

It’s so fantastic that I’m not going to bore you anymore with details of the wedding…you can see them ALL through John’s lens…….

New England Wedding

Purple and Green wedding

Vineyard wedding

Outdoor Jewish Ceremony

Decorated jewish chuppah

wedding guest book

Their “guest book”!  Such a cute idea!

enchanted forest weding

tree centerpiece

fall wedding


vineyard seating cards

lauren and jeff wedding kiss

I can’t stand it!  So, I have to include some AWESOME black and whites!  Told you John has a great eye and captured so many of the special moments!

groomsmen pocket squares

SWF Vineyard wedding


The Art of Celebration – New England

We have some BIG NEWS!  We were featured in a very prestigious coffee table book that consists of the top 5% wedding and event professionals in the industry!  We are very grateful to Erica Kates from Ambiance {chic} Wedding Designs and Michelle Wade from Michelle Wade Photography for choosing our weddings to publish!

You can view our weddings on Pages 64 – 67 and 361 on a preview of the book viewed here on Panache’s website.

There are a few surprises in the book…Queen Latifa and Jennifer Hudson!  REALLY!  We are in the SAME book as these very talented ladies!

The book is available at Barnes and Nobles, Amazon.com, and Borders.

Elegant Harvest Centerpiece

Okay, so this centerpiece you’re about to see is HUGE, so get ready!  I was invited by Winvian (an extraordinary resort tucked away in the Litchfield Hills) to partake in a exclusive bridal show of preferred vendors.

Winvian is home to many unnamed famous clients whom enjoy the horses and vineyard while they stay in the eclectically designed high end cabins.

Since I knew that it would take place in the barn they rent out for weddings, I wanted to go with warm colors and a harvest feel.  I love mixing unique items with flowers such as champagne grapes, wired covered moss balls, artichokes, candles, moss covered candles etc  Especially in the fall, bringing natural elements into the design really completes the harvest feel.

This style of design is a perfect impression piece for a wedding place card table, a hotel foyer, a restaurant entry way etc.

Click on the pictures to see more of the details!

fall flowers

barn wedding reception

fall themed wedding

Base of centerpiece

napkin flower

napkin flower

David Tutera; The Man, The Myth, The Legend!!

Posted February 7th, 2010 by Candi and filed in Celebrity sightings, News, Winter Events
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David Tutera

Me and David Tutera

I did it!   I met the fabulous David Tutera!!! For all of you who don’t know him, he’s the best wedding designer/planner out there!  He tells the brides like it is, in such a delicate, “real”, compassionate way.  Sometimes brides need to hear the hard truth about style and taste for them to really move on to design the wedding of their dreams with STYLE!!

Let’s face it, not everyone has great taste or may have great taste but are but are not sure how to bring all the details together to create your story.  That’s why you hire great professionals that have the skills and know-how to take your thoughts and ideas and create a wedding that is really all about  your style and  personality.  David does this and does it with such passion and compassion.

His newest book is out in stands now and it’s called “The Big White Book of Weddings”  It’s very detailed and helpful when planning your wedding.

He also has a TV show on We Tv called My fair Wedding.  It’s all about what he’s about, taking the ideas that brides have and executing them in a more style and savvy way!  FABULOUS!!!