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SUMM COPY: SAMANTHA MILLER PHOTOGRAPHY: ELIZABETH MESSINA VIDEOGRAPHY: FLOATAWAY STUDIOS EVENT PLANNER: MINDY WEISS FLORALS AND DECOR: DOLCE DESIGN STUDIOS WARDROBE STYLING: JADE SUAZO HAIR AND MAKEUP: 1011 MAKEUP


MER LO OVIN’ VIN’

BREAK OUT THE BUBBLY AS CELEBRITY EVENT PLANNER MINDY WEISS FASHIONS A GARDEN SOIRÉE BURSTING WITH THE SEASON’S SWEETEST TRENDS.


WITH THE RIGHT ACCESSORIES & A LITTLE IMAGINATION,

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Beverly Hills design maven Mindy Weiss proves that planning a whimsical celebration is a piece of cake—or in this case, a scoop of Sweet Lucie’s ice cream. “I like to create an environment that feels light, and that allows guests to leave their worries behind,” says Mindy, who’s produced glamorous wedding receptions for Heidi Klum, Ellen DeGeneres and Katy Perry. “Most of all I listen to what my clients want, because really I’m just a facilitator of what they love.”


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“I’M JUST A FACILITATOR OF WHAT THEY LOVE.”


Mindy made the leap from stationary entrepreneur to event planner more than 20 years ago after patrons recognized her playful approach to design. “I actually never wanted to be a party planner,” she says. “But one client insisted on my planning his entire event. And just like that, I got the bug!” Inspired by the charm of a vintage ice cream cart, Mindy crafted a fanciful

affair dripping with summer hues. “I loved the colors of the Sweet Lucie’s cart so we borrowed from that and added pops of yellow, orange and pink to punch up the palette,” she says. “We had a ‘bubble bar’ with craft beer, champagne and bubble wands, lots of light, sweet summer treats from Cupcakes Couture, and gorgeous ombre floral creations from Dolce Designs.”


The menu—which features ever ything from miniature crab cakes and watermelon salads to fizzy refreshments and mouthwatering desser ts—is as fresh and quirky as the par ty’s décor. But rest assured, sav v y shoppers don’t need a blockbuster budget to pull of f a bash of this calibre. “We used bubbles, silly straws, hula hoops, and rock candy that we got from the 99 cent store,” Mindy says. “If you’re willing to put in the ef for t it takes to find good deals, you’ll find them!” In her down time, Mindy can be found perusing the Sunday flea market, catching up on episodes of Project

Runway or thumbing through décor magazines—which she calls “precious pieces of art.” And while she spends her days planning enchanting galas for some of Hollywood’s finest, Mindy couldn’t be more excited about her latest project—the November wedding of her son Jordan. Regardless of the occasion, Mindy urges everyone to embrace their inner party planner. “Don’t stop celebrating. Find an excuse to celebrate your kids’  great report card or losing 10 pounds. Who doesn’t love a party?”

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ADDITIONAL CREDITS: FOOD STYLING: JENNY PARK CAKE & DESSERTS: CUPCAKES COUTURE OF MANHATTAN BEACH STATIONERY: LEHR & BLACK TANNING: PLUSH TAN ICE CREAM: SWEET LUCIE’S LOCATION: WETHERLY GARDENS, FOUR SEASONS BEVERLY HILLS MODELS COURTESY OF MODELS INTERNATIONAL NICOLAS FEUILLATTE CHAMPAGNE AND TAILGATE BEER PRODUCER: BE INSPIRED PR

DECOR: All furnishings courtesy of Room Service. Page 72: Damask backdrop, drop it MODERN. Circles backdrop, Graham & Brown Mode Wallpaper, Darcy Blue, $70/roll. White platter, Crate&Barrel. Striped Platter, West Elm. Page 73: All table linens courtesy of La Tavola Linen. Page 79: Pillows (left to right) The Rug Company Folded Polka Dot, CB2 Mr. Sun, The Rug Company Ponti Grey. Page 80: Rug, The Rug Company Abacus by Fiona Curran. Page 83: Plates, West Elm Painters Melamine Collection. FASHION: Cover: Dress, Karen Zambos. Wedges, Endless.com. Page 70: Girl’s shorts, Ingenue. Girl’s shirt, Bobbie Boutique. Guys’ clothes, 21 Men. Page 73: guys’ clothes 21 Men, girl’s blouse Fauna Vintage, girl’s tank Katie May. Page 76 (left to right): Dress, Karen Zambos. Blouse, Fauna Vintage. Shorts, Lucca Couture. Tank, Katie May. Shorts, Ingenue. Shirt, Bobbie Boutique. Page 80: Guys’ clothes, 21 Men. Guy’s blue pants, GANT. Girls’ clothes, Lauren Moffatt. Page 82: Blouse, Bobbie Boutique. Ring, Strim Vintage. Back cover: Clogs, Endless.com.

Rue Magazine: Summer Lovin'  

Break around the bubbly as celebrity even planner Mindy Weiss fashions a garden soirée bursting with the season’s sweetest trends.

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