24 Hours in Paris with Loli Events

Both French born, Lauren Fremont and Coralie Prats of Loli Events make gracious living their business. Dempsey & Carroll’s Austin Ackles asked them to share their favorite haunts in our beloved Paris for you to keep in mind for your next trip to the City of Lights!

Where to Stay

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Where to Eat and Drink

  • Les petits cafés: My love for coffee shops is endless, and thankfully Paris is full of them! My favorite is the Saint Regis Café on Ile Saint Louis because of its authentic style and location–the servers are super fun and the coffee is really good too!
  • Fine Dining: Le Meurice Alain Ducasse is located inside the Palace Hotel Le Meurice and it is truly stunning. Walking into this restaurant is already an experience in itself!
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The grand dining room at Le Meurice Alain Ducasse

  • Cocktails: Le Moonshiner is a speakeasy on Rue Sedaine and it is the best place in Paris to drink a good whiskey cocktail! The hidden entrance and retro decor make for a memorable night out.

Le Moonshiner

What to See

  • La Seine Banks: It is always interesting to wander along The River Seine, especially around the two islands, Ile de la Cité and Ile Saint Louis, and along Saint Germain. You will find all kinds of people; joggers, old people with their dogs, lovers, artists, and workers on their way to the office.  During sunsets, the buildings turn into gold and the sky softens with gorgeous shades of pink–I will never get enough of it!

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  • The Square Georges-Cain: This is my favorite place in my beloved neighborhood, Le Marais. It is a lovely park in front of a beautiful building and it’s very well maintained–It’s my little heaven on Earth! The location on a quiet street makes it the ideal place to relax outside in the nice weather. The Square George Cain

 

  • Paris doors: How can we not talk about these huge and colorful street doors? I have so many blue doors photos on my phone–they are all different and all majestic!
  • Old little streets & Passages: Paris used to be so differentPassage des Princes back in the day! I’m always very nostalgic when I find a little street and picture the whole city before Haussmann’s renovation in the 19th century. Thankfully, we still have the beautiful Passages like two favorites: Galerie Vivienne and Passage des Princes!
  • Museums: Musée Jacquemart-André is a beautiful hotel particulier in Paris that offers a large collection of private paintings and antique furniture. The grand townhouse is divided into five major parts and it is a wonderful place to explore.

Musée Jacquemart-André

Merci to Lauren and Coralie for letting us in on a few of their Paris favorites!

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Spotlight on Valley & Co.

Dempsey & Carroll’s Austin Ackles sat down with Aleah and Nick of Valley & Co. to talk about some of their favorite wedding destinations on the West Coast. 

 

AA: Squeezed into just a few dozen words, can you give us the essence of Valley & Co.?
A&N: In short, we throw pretty incredible celebrations for our clients and have a ball doing so! We focus on the beauty and fun in life and incorporate realistic elements into our events. We truly love creating joy for others and Valley & Company is a reflection of our passion!

AA: Which came first, the business relationship or the life partnership?
A&N: Our relationship came before our business. We met during Aleah’s senior year in high school and Nick’s freshman year at university. Aleah followed Nick to college where we planned events with several student government organizations and some pretty impressive non-university related parties as well! You can say the rest is part of our history! We’ve been planning events together since we got together and formed our company in 2003, right after we graduated from college.

AA: You’re the masters of the best coast! What’s your single favorite thing about the mighty Pacific Northwest and the very best thing about the glorious south coast?

A&N: Oh, what a kind compliment, thank you! The Pacific Northwest is absolutely incredible. Both born and raised, there is just so much to appreciate. We love the sea and islands, the culture, the incredible food (especially Dungeness crab), and the majestic mountains. But the best thing about the mighty Pacific Northwest is the fact that you can drive out of the city to any number of spectacular places in just an hour or two. There are countless hidden gems for destination weddings that we love! California is also pretty amazing and we love events along the coast in San Diego and in the desert of Palm Springs. The year-round nature of events in California (except for the one unexpected November day mentioned below!) is special and you can’t beat the sunsets and cuisine. Our West Coast clients up and down the coast tend to share an underlying vision of wanting to create a true experience for their guests, so we put great emphasis on the setting, the local bounty and seafood and land food, great wines,, and showcasing the very best that our region and the coast has to offer.

AA: Can you tell us about an impossible to foresee (or just plain weird) logistical challenge and how you overcame it?
A&N: One November in San Diego we had a beautiful wedding planned on the rooftop of a beautiful hotel perched above the busy boardwalk in Pacific Beach. An unexpected and unprecedented storm came rolling in rather quickly, dumping torrential rain and gale force winds on our just-installed tent. As we were setting up the chairs, the tent (properly weighted!) started to take flight up and over the balcony, with weights and all. Nick and some of the crew quickly pulled down the tent and slashed the ceiling to let air through. They held it down until it could be taken away. We all worked extremely fast to move the ceremony into the beautiful restaurant below and dinner on the terrace protected by glass doors. Luckily as the ceremony was underway the skies parted and the sun came out, but that was the most unexpected weather incident we’ve ever encountered! Our team was swift on our feet and was so professional and cool under the pressure! It reminded us that there can never be enough back-up plans (this summer in Washington we rolled out a Plan J!). Foreseeing any potential issue before it can arise and already having a solution in place is a large part of our job.

AA: Please think back a few years: Are the any materials or themes that you were employing regularly that have completely dropped from your current repertoire? 

A&N: We love a good classically beautiful wedding with fresh and modern touches that reflect our couples. With that said, we are seeing a departure from too rustic, overly glam, and anything that can possibly look dated even a few years down the road. Our clients tend to want an extremely personal celebration that has roots in pure beauty, so we start from scratch working in details that truly mean something to them, like a special patterned china, an altar built with logs from the bride’s family home, traditions through toasts and activities, and a menu and drink experience that is expressive of them and their backgrounds. It’s refreshing and exciting that so many of today’s couples want to create their wedding vision with a totally blank canvas!

 

AA: And now for some fun: You’re stranded on a desert island with 100 other people. Thankfully, a couple of your fellow castaways have fallen in love and are getting married. You have no supplies. What five items do you wish you had and, if it’s not obvious, why?

A&N: What a great thought!

We would wish for:

  • a stereo to provide music for the celebration
  • a pallet of champagne
  • a fishing pole to catch fish to feed all of the guests a lighter to make a roaring fire (Nick’s answer)
  • a sewing kit to fashion décor from palm fronds (Aleah’s answer)

Spotlight on Andrea Adelstein

Dempsey & Carroll’s Austin Ackles sat down with event planner Andrea Adelstein of NYLUX Events to talk about her favorite venues and more. 

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Austin: Invitations were a family business when you were growing up. How has the wedding invitation changed since then?

Andrea: I believe invitations set the tone for the party. The wedding invitation has changed quite a lot over the past 30+ years. When I was growing up the choices were fewer and everything was a version of the same basic standard. Now couples can do almost anything: logos, craft paper, multiple colors and fonts. Brides and grooms can have their collective personalities shine through their invitation. I do caution couples to not go too outrageous, as I want them to love their invitation 10, 20 and 30 years from now. And a classic engraved or letterpress invitation is always gorgeous.

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Austin: What venue do you love because it never fails to inspire you?

Andrea: I love Tribeca Rooftop for weddings. The light shining through the glass ceiling at dusk is gorgeous; the staircase for the bride or couple to descend makes for both incredible photographs and a dramatic entrance. As a planner, I can be creative in so many ways there. The kitchen is incredibly accommodating and the food always delicious.

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Austin: You’ve designed an event for Hillary Clinton. When you know there’s going to be a lot of security involved, what extra preparations are required?

Andrea: When dealing with a celebrity, the biggest item to plan for is extra time! Time for security to do their job, for arrivals, for approvals. Planning needs to start earlier and you need to build more time into the overall schedule for everything.

Pictured: NoMad Hotel Rooftop

A Spotlight on Cait & Jules

Dempsey & Carroll’s event curator Austin Ackles sat down with Julianne Austin of Cait & Jules to learn about their work as event planners.

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AA: How did you and Cait meet and what is yourfavorite thing about your partnership?

 

JA: We met as project managers producing high end private events at David Monn.

Our favorite thing about our partnership is collaborative creative process as we conceptualize an event.  We have been doing it for so long together that we don’t even need to finish a sentence or thought and one of us will know what the other this thinking.  Oftentimes it’s hard to trace back who came up with an idea because it is such a team effort.

 

 

AA: We worked together on an incredible save the date and invitation suite for a wedding in Vermont. Are you doing many events right near home-base in Brooklyn?

 

JA: A lot of our events are outside Brooklyn.  We travel all over the world to create one-of-a-kind events for our clients.  However, we would love to spend more time in our own back yard!

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AA: Since Brooklyn has entirely come into its own, are you seeing Manhattan-based clients specifically asking for a venue in Brooklyn?

 

JA: I don’t know if they are specifically asking for a venue in Brooklyn but the are definitely more open to it!  A few years ago most of our clients would not even entertain the idea of looking at venues in Brooklyn, now they are much more accessible.

 

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AA: What is the most exciting new venue in Brooklyn?

 

JA: We love the Duggal Greenhouse.  It’s a special space with an environmentally conscious vision.  We are excited to see how the Brooklyn Navy Yard changes in the next couple of years!

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