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“Rat Pack Rooftop Garden (second) Wedding Party”

By KristySamone — January 23, 2014

Happy Thursday Fashion Femme Fatales and Gents!! I’m STILL recovering from my awesome visit to Los Angeles – particularly our wedding party where we renewed nuptials with west coast family and friends. We began planning the event immediately after our wedding (October 12, 2013) and time flew in a blink of an eye. Before I knew it, we had landed at LAX and hit the ground running to complete the details. Our most gracious venue hosts artist Jason Fallon and actor Destini Meshack provided the wonderful event space – a downtown rooftop with full view of the LA skyline. Inside the walls were decorated with Jason’s motivating artwork. Having traveled from the “polar vortex,” we greeted the 80-something degree weather with open arms. I hadn’t met most of Ralph’s friends and family, so I was excited for the opportunity. Everyone was as sweet as I imagined! Many of my family and friends traveled from far and wide for the party, as well. I understand the business of life and shortness of time, so I felt beyond honored. Super singer Dawn Danielle Clegg performed a variety of original songs, including “Happy Birthday” to my sister Jehan and BFF Phire Dawson, before getting into Stevie Wonder’s “Overjoyed.” Our main tune request, the song was previously chosen by our videographer, Karl Webb, for the wedding DVD menu. In the video above you’ll see a quick clip of our reaction to the “Overjoyed” before the ceremony began. Ralph’s loving father, Rev. Ralph Cooper, Sr, performed the ceremony. His best men were from the wedding BFF Randy and cousin Mark. My sisters were once again bridesmaids.

Now, let’s get to the DETAILS! As I get deeper and deeper in the world of event planning (my newest style passion), I become more immersed in the “little things.” The colors were a take on the wedding shades: Silver, Lavender and Rose. Speaking of flowers, we served floral cocktails and mocktails with special bits like organic lavender (I will pass that recipe along in an upcoming post). The guests were so cute to participate in the “suggested” dress code, which was “Rat Pack/50s” attire. Keeping with our old school feel, the favors for the women were vintage-inspired vanity mirrors and heart necklaces for layering. Guy favors were amazing brown sugar cookies from Magnolia Bakery. In fact, the three “icebox” cakes were from Magnolia Bakery. Some of you may remember this spot from “Sex N The City” fame! I will write more about the desserts tomorrow. There was a Cotton Candy Girl (serving a lavender variety), a photo booth (check out yesterday’s posts for pics) and my sister Blair was the perfect DJ (DJ Luv Jones). Guests enjoyed “tea-time” catering from Clementine’s.

Be sure to check out Dawn Clegg! The girl can “SANG!” Here’s the link to her original song “Think Twice, on YOUTUBE. It has a powerful message. http://youtu.be/Hk2s9yYxGeU

Check out how DJ Luv Jones does it alongside a violinst: http://youtu.be/9cJGwa6rNHg

Rat Pack inspiration (1965): http://youtu.be/I8GUm5IIyLw

Rat Packish inspiration (circa Diddy – ha): http://youtu.be/iVMjRJJrQqY

Photo booth blog from yesterday: http://kristysamone.com/photo-booth-fun-at-our-wedding-party/

VIDEO CREDIT: Special thanks to our gifted photographer Robert X. Rivera who shot the above video and below photographs.

 

 

 

The Kiss

My niece Elsie takes a moment to chill

My dapper nephew LJ enjoys his cotton candy

Mom and I posing with our lovely cousins and aunt who live in Cali

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I’m a media strategist, fashion fan and whimsical event planner. For years, I’ve been “reporting” from fashion shows and fabulous events to my loved one out of pure joy. Unbeknowest to me in February 2012 my sister started kristysamone.com with photos and letters I’d sent her from New York Fashion Week. She said, “I think you need a blog!” LOL! I’ve been trying keep us with this and life ever since:) Thanks so much for reading!

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