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In a time of so much chaos in the world, we love the soft and peaceful nature of 2016’s Pantone Color(s) of the Year, Rose Quartz and Serenity. The way these colors blend seamlessly together just makes it that much more fun when using them in design elements. We also love that these colors speak to both genders and we feel like this is another step in the right direction when it comes to gender equality.

Last season our event planning and design team created hanging floral arrangements for Love is in the Air 2015 using both colors as the focal point. Check them out!


Source: Mk Photo


Source: Mk Photo


Source: Mk Photo


Source: Mk Photo

Take a peek at some of our favorite décor, designs, and fashions that incorporate the colors of the year!
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Cedar Lakes Estate
  • by Melissa Brannon

Just before the Thanksgiving holiday our event planning and design team hit the road and headed north to New York State to scout an event space for a 2017 wedding. Cedar Lakes Estates exceeded our expectations and we couldn’t wait to share with you!

Cedar Lakes Estate is a 500-acre property that offers guests a natural but elegant escape from the city life. The property features amazing landscapes with rolling hills, lakes, and forests. Cedar Lakes Estate is located in the Hudson River Valley and is the perfect setting for couples who are looking for a destination wedding without all the hassle of planning and hosting internationally.

Although rustic in many ways, Cedar Lakes Estate’s architecture is incredibly sophisticated and elegant. The property offers beautiful accommodations, indoor and outdoor ceremony spaces, and an indoor reception venue. Among them are the Amphitheater that stretches 20 feet over the lake, The Mountain Top that offers a breathtaking perch with amazing views and The Poolside Patio, which is a stone-faced patio with a gazebo and stone grill. The Barn is constructed from reclaimed wood and modern glass and is used as a reception space. The entire property is the perfect balance between rustic and elegant.

The homegrown feel doesn’t end in the aesthetics. Cedar Lakes Estates offers farm-fresh menus that are completely customizable. Word on the street is that their food is incredible and we don’t doubt it for a second.

We are looking forward to planning and designing a weekend of events at Cedar Lakes Estate. Until then we will just have to blog about it!

Check out some of these photos we found on their instagram!


Source: Cedar Lakes Estate Instagram


Source: Cedar Lakes Estate Instagram


Source: Cedar Lakes Estate Instagram


Source: Cedar Lakes Estate Instagram

Xoxo Melissa Brannon, #FairyGodmotherBadass

Tis the season for holiday parties and get-togethers and if you’re anything like us you’ll be hosting at least one of these joyous occasions. Our event planning and design team is always looking for ways to set the bar higher when we throw an epic bash so you can imagine how thrilled we were when we first heard about Uber’s latest feature, UberEVENTS.

As if Uber didn’t already have the transportation industry in the palm of their hands, now they are allowing hosts to buy rides for their guests. This is an awesome way to make your guests feel taken care of and helps to eliminate the stress involved in offering an event with an open bar.

UberEVENTS allows you to choose how, when and where your guests will ride. If you are hosting an event that is on a larger scale or a company party you can create a customized promo code that guests can enter when they request a ride…so cool!

As an event planner in Philadelphia, Uber is an extremely affordable option and we use it often. I’m looking forward to our next soiree so that we can put this new feature into drive!


Source: Uber


Source: Uber


Source: Uber

Xoxo Melissa Brannon, #FairyGodmotherBadass

We like to think everything we do should be done with style, especially those not so beautiful tasks. So when it comes to camping you know we would go BIG. We recently designed a vignette for a fundraising event in Philadelphia called A Date with a Plate and we used Glamping (glamorous camping) as our inspiration.

With a brand new Raj tent that arrived into Philadelphia the night before the event (this industry always keeps us on our toes) as the canopy, our Creative Director, Jessica Mader created the most glamorous ‘camping’ experiences. We used mixed china from Bloomingdales that was set upon a live edge wood table and Jess created a few smaller vignettes within the tent with some amazing vintage furniture.

Check out some of the images captured by John Armich Photography below!


Source: John Armich Photography


Source: John Armich Photography


Source: John Armich Photography

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Over the last couple of weeks, our planning team took on a very special project for a very special client to help celebrate a 26th birthday in New York City. We created a customized itinerary for a full day in NYC that was based off of our guest of honor’s favorite hobbies and passions and was filled with surprise gifts and activities around every corner!

The day began at 6:45 a.m. when the concierge at The Greenwich Hotel delivered the first gift of the day (a set of Lululemon yoga clothes) to the penthouse suite where our clients spent the weekend. Shortly after, our driver picked up our couple and brought them to Pure Yoga for a private hot yoga class! After a sweaty yoga session our clients headed to BoxKite Coffee, a coffee roaster and cafe in the East Village. After coffee and breakfast, our guest of honor received a pair of boots (these boots were meant for walking!) and set out on the town for shopping!

Around noon, our driver arrived with gift number three, an oyster plate (the birthday girl LOVES oysters) and then brought our couple to Maison Premiere. Maison Premiere is a well-known oyster house and cocktail den in Brooklyn. We set up an exclusive meeting with their Sommelier, who discussed all of his knowledge of oysters and wine right at the oyster bar!

After an incredible lunch, it was time for some adventurous NYC fun from the air! Our birthday girl received a new pair of Ray Ban aviator sunglasses and buckled up for a helicopter ride around the city. To close out the day and prepare for a special dinner (we left this to our main man to plan), we booked a wine tour and tasting session at Moore Brothers, with one of the Moore family members, Terry!

We had a blast planning a personalized day in NYC and we’re totally looking forward to the next time we get to make BIG birthday wishes come true. Check out some of the shops we stumbled upon when we were looking around the East Village!


Nalata Nalata


Nalata Nalata


Exit9 Gift Emporium


Still House

Xoxo Melissa Brannon, FairyGodmotherBadass

We’re still marveling over all of the gorgeous gowns we saw on the runway at the New York Bridal Fashion Week a few weeks ago. The 2016 bridal trends are fabulous and we are so excited to see what which trends our ‘Uncommon’ Brides have chosen.

We saw a lot of princess worthy ball gowns, layers of dreamy tulle, intricate details, plunging necklines and bold silhouettes. Take a peek at some of our favorite looks from the runway.


Source: Harper’s BAZAAR


Source: Harper’s BAZAAR


Source: Harper’s BAZAAR


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The sun may not have been shining on Jess & Jake’s wedding day but we had the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center lit up! With a hurricane forecasted for the weekend, our event planning and design team turned plan A into plan B and it was fabulous. Photographer Mark Tassoni gave us a sneak peek into the wedding album and we couldn’t wait to share with you!


Starr Events Catering group prepared the menu and cocktails for the evening. Their service and presentation is hard to beat, especially in the Philadelphia area and we absolutely love working with them!

Maggpie Vintage Rentals supplied us with some incredible accent furniture. The head tables were exposed farmhouse tables that we layered with delicate sequined linen – perfect combination of rustic and elegant.

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After a momentous few weeks for the Uncommon Events’ team, I am packing my bags and trading in crisp air and pumpkin spice for white sand and sun. I’m super excited to venture across the border to coordinate and design an epic destination wedding celebration in Riviera Maya, Mexico.

The best part about planning a wedding in Mexico is that we get to start with a slate of clear blue skies, crystal clear water and clean white sand! Our wedding guests will be staying and celebrating in the all inclusive and beautiful Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa. The 60 person wedding ceremony and reception will take place along Maroma Beach, which is directly on site and it is gorgeous. Design elements for the ceremony will include market lighting, tropical flowers and colors, and fire dancers!

I can’t wait to share the images with you. In the meantime, check out some of our favorite images from our most recent beachside event!



Melissa #FairyGodMotherBadass

The Fall season came in strong this year for our event planning and design team and as October lifts off we see no signs of slowing down! This past week was all over the map for us (literally) and was full of fun collaboration with some of our favorites in the biz.

Our weekend of events began on Thursday with a Democratic luncheon at The Fridge in Washington, DC. Our event planning and design team spent the morning turning the small art gallery into a perfect setting for cocktails and conversation. The fabulous Starr Events catered the afternoon luncheon – beautiful and delicious! The chic setting would not have been possible without rentals from Cort Event Furnishings.

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We are thrilled to be a part of the The Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus’ Fourth Annual Fall Ball Masquerade on Saturday, October 17th 2015! The Philadelphia Loews Hotel will be home to this year’s Carnaval themed masquerade and we can’t wait to see it all come together.

This PGMC event is black-tie optional and is set to include so many exciting elements and festivities. What to expect? Live performances by Minas, Casa Brazilia, and Brotherly Love (PGMC’s ensemble), an open bar, dancing, “Sexy Ball Boys” and live and silent auctions.


This year our creative design and event planning team has donated a “Designer for the Day” gift to be auctioned off during the silent auction. One lucky attendee will have the chance to bid for the prize to become an “Uncommon Designer for the Day”! The Uncommon Designer winner will have the opportunity to spend a day with five of their favorite people and our Creative Director, Jessica Mader, at our Design Studio. These special six will get a tour of our facilities, props, and will receive hands on experience on how to create an amazing floral centerpiece. Our special guests will even get to take their handmade creations home! We will finish the day with a group lunch that includes our event planning and design team. Here our guests will have the chance to pick our brains about the industry and the special events that we create.

We are proud supporters of the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus and hope you will join us on Saturday, October 17th! For more information or to Buy Tickets click here!

xoxo Melissa Brannon, FairyGodmotherBadass

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