Spotlight on Virginia Edelson

Based in beautiful Aspen, Colorado, Virginia Edelson of Bluebird Productions creates unforgettable events for the experience of a lifetime. Ever conscious of her impact on our environment, Dempsey & Carroll’s Austin Ackles asked Virginia how she achieves so much while keeping the region so gloriously gorgeous!

 

 

  •  Seasonal Flowers – We recommend consulting with your floral designer to select flowers and greenery that is seasonal and sustainable. The environmental impact is less (transportation, fuel, keeping cool, etc) and the design feels more appropriate. Bonus points for using a floral designer who works with farmers to source flowers that limit the use of pesticides and herbicides!

 

  • Potted Plants – We suggest incorporating potted plants and trees into the design when appropriate. These potted components of a design can then be gifted, put into homes, planted or repotted and used in a different capacity. We adore cut blooms and can’t imagine a wedding without them… but mixing cut and arranged with potted is a lovely approach to lessen the impact on the land.

 

  • Compost florals (and food) at the event – We recommend composting any green products after an event. It may not be the glamorous part of an event to discuss,  but it certainly has a large impact on our landfills.  

 

  • Group Transportation – When venue appropriate, we recommend providing transportation for all of your guests to and from a wedding. This will cut down on the fossil fuels burned by many many cars.

 

  • Local Food – Not only does local food just taste better, it’s better for the environment and supports the local community.

 

 

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 AaB Creates

We love weddings. A lot. We love them for one of the most beautiful of reasons—it’s the celebration of two people committing their lives to one another. It is the moment when a couple embarks on their new life together. But what goes into the making of a beautifully executed wedding? To find out, Dempsey & Carroll event curator Austin Ackles sat down with Xochitl Gonzalez of AaB Creates to discuss her 2014 wedding season.

AA: This summer, was there a venue you were not initially excited about that ended up exceeding your greatest expectations?

XG: Yes!  I had booked a wedding for a client at the Metropolitan Club and had been a little bit apprehensive about making the traditional space not only fit our clients’ more quirky style, but also if we would be able to help bring in a bit of summer to the rich space.   Ultimately we ended up really playing with the legacy of the space of setting the dining room with long king’s tables with garlands of greens on the back of each chair.  The staff and team there were so flexible and accommodating with putting together a menu that evoked the season and were beyond helpful accommodating a lot of our unique details that helped to make the venue seem not only exciting, but the absolutely perfect location for our clients.

 

AA: Is there a piece of advice you give every bride that almost all seem to ignore?

XG: Fall in love with your rain plan.  Spend the energy getting just as comfortable with it as with your fair weather plan. Not only is it simply no fun spending the days leading up to your wedding obsessing about something over which you have no control, but you should wake up on your wedding day delighted and excited, not anxious.

 

AA: It was a very cool summer in much of the U.S. Did this create any surprises?

 

AA: Next summer, what do you hope to do differently with your schedule?

XG: Because we do a lot of destination weddings, I found myself traveling in and out of the city seemingly constantly this summer: Hudson Valley, Hamptons, New England, California, etc.  Next year instead of rushing back and forth, I’m hoping to have my office as mobile as possible so I can extend my trips and comfortably mix work and pleasure a bit more.

 

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(image: Xochitl and her partner Mayra)