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September, 2016

With the new season comes NEWS and we’re so excited to announce that our planning and design team is working on two really fun projects at the Union League of Philadelphia, this Fall. Hooray!

On Friday, October 7th, we’ll be designing the Pennsylvania Ballet’s Annual Fall Gala. The gala is a black-tie event that is celebrating the Ballet’s 53rd season. The theme ‘Princesses and Pirates’ is inspired by two full-length ballets that are scheduled for this upcoming season. This year’s theme has our design team super excited, because who doesn’t love princesses and pirates? If you’re interested in joining in on the fun and spending an evening dancing the night away at the Union League of Philadelphia, tickets are still available here.

On November 9th, we’ll be styling and designing the reception and ceremony for The Inaugural Trumbauer Awards. The Philadelphia Chapter of The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art hosts this event each year to recognize the work of both individuals and firms that work to preserve and advance classical tradition in the Philadelphia region. You could say they keep it classic! We are so honored to be a part of it. If you are interested in being a part of it too, tickets are available here.


Until Next Time,

Melissa Brannon

Hey Gals & Guys!

SO much is moving and grooving as we enter into the Fall Season! If you didn’t already know the national Wedding Industry Professionals Association (WIPA) just opened a Philadelphia chapter and guess what? Our team is a part of it!

WIPA is a national organization that promotes the best business practices for wedding industry professionals within the industry. The organization acknowledges the need for business quality, experience and expertise and will be focused on education and information sharing. I’m thrilled to be a member of the board this year and part of the curation of four non-member events that will focus on discovering Philadelphia talent.

Our event planning and design team recently attended the first WIPA Philadelphia networking event at Bourbon and Blue (New Orleans love right there!) and we had such a good time. I’m thrilled to be a member of the board this year and part of the curation of four events that will focus on discovering Philadelphia talent..  If you’re looking for more information or ways to get involved check out their membership page here!



Melissa Brannon

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Ahhh, what a Summer it has been! I’m just settling back in from a European adventure and reflecting on some of the wedding magic my team created this season. That’s when I realized…Gabriela and Mike’s elegant wedding at The Hyatt Bellevue is a MUST share!

The Hyatt at the Bellevue was the perfect backdrop for Gabriela’s vision. Our design team used a mix of tall glass vases and short rose gold vases filled with soft pink, creams, and white florals. Eventions Productions’ lighting skills mixed with tons of candlelight and the Sid Miller Dance Band set the tone for an awesome party!


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This spring was jam-packed with AWESOME and in the midst of lots of wedding planning and design, we created the centerpieces for the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts Gala at The Kimmel Center! One of our favorite pieces featured a pair of customized Converse sneakers created by local artist Lori Felt.

Each of the Gala centerpieces that we created served as a nod to some of the festival’s biggest installations and performances. We commissioned Felt to customize a pair of sneakers for each of the “Sneaker Suite” centerpieces. For those of you who didn’t get a chance to attend, Sneaker Suite was a multi-layered performance featuring Los Angeles based hip-hop dance troupe Antics and it included dance, poetry, voiceover and theater. The performance focused on the importance of sneakers in hip-hop culture, hence, our sneaker collaboration with Lori Felt!

We first discovered Felt when she introduced Philadelphia to her line of bridal sneakers (so cool) and we were big fans from the beginning. How could you not love her use of vibrant colors and vivid imagery? On top of being incredibly talented, Felt uses her art to create awareness around awesome organizations like Breast Cancer Research and Autism Awareness. We’re looking forward to our next chance to work together! Check out more from Lori here.


Until next time,

Melissa Brannon, Fairy Godmother Badass

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