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DESTINATION - The best anniversary spots. FEATURE - Exclusive conversation with destination Photographer - Ross Oscar Knight. 30 BR’EDUCATION - Spotlight interview with Jessamyn Rodriguez, Hot Bread Kitchen. 106 APPETEASERS - Home chef, Irene Harris dishes it out.

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Behind the SCENES {CHRISTA & IVY} Photographers Christa and Ivy met in 2009 when their daughters became friends in preschool, and they have been collaborating ever since. Together they combine their enthusiasm for photography and small beautiful moments with an understanding of how to make people feel comfortable and beautiful in front of the camera. Both ladies currently live in Los Angeles with their husbands, children and a combination of one dog, two cats, two chickens and one squirrel.

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Bridal Stylist Lulu is the founder and head bridal stylist at November Lily, a luxury boutique bridal stylinghouse based in Dallas. Being a small boutique styling-house with BIG ideas, November Lily is all about the details. Whether styling you for your big day or shopping

Photographer Bonnie is a San Francisco based portrait photographer, specializing in editorial and fine art work. Her style emphasizes simplicity and elegance, with connection being the ideal outcome of each image. Bonnie is currently in her fourth year studying for a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She is presently engaged in several series that explore personal connection and the human condition.

Writer, Photographer Brittany is a Cali girl who loves random trivia, cheeky literature, ironic moments, and grounds her faith with life’s miracles. Her career in communications is fueled by her wish to encourage daily self confidence in others through researching and revealing inspirational moments in photography, concepts, and fashion. A quote she lives by: “Life is the flower for which love is the honey.” Victor Hugo.

Writer, Travel Blogger Jade is a freelance writer, blogger and hosts traveling the world for the ultimate adventure, tasting as many tacos she can along the way. She writes daily at Vagabond3.com and soon will be on The Travel Channel in a series called FreeCationers, documenting how to travel the world for free.

for your dream gown; they want to create the ULTIMATE bridal styling experience. Services are also extended to the groom and bridal party. (NovLilyBride.com)

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Art Director, Stylist Baker, art director, crafter, planner, and all around creative guru. Glenn has had the good fortune of letting his creative work shine with such companies as Disney, Paramount, Pac-12, Vegas Uncork’d, and Thinkwell Group. You may also recognize Glenn and his baked goods from Season two of Cupcake Wars or Oxygen’s Tori and Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood.

Photographer TaKiyah is the owner of Some Sweet Photography, a custom lifestyle photography company for children and adults. She also teaches gifted and talented classes in a large urban school district, moonlights as an actor, and currently hosts an entertainment segment for a nationally airing cable television show. She enjoys hanging with her family, stalking boards on Pinterest, eating fancy foods, and volunteering for several location organizations. “I just like to shoot people....legally”.

Cake Designer & Event Stylist Elizabeth is the founder of award winning cake company Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium. Creating amazing cakes that dazzle the eye and the taste buds, the company has a prestigious list of clients including royalty, celebrities, TV shows, five-star hotels and glamorous West End stores. Ranked as one of the top wedding cake designers in the UK, her designs have been featured in national and international publications and she is in demand as a teacher of sugar craft techniques.

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{MARCELLA MOUSKONDIS} Floral Designer Marcella is the owner of The Urban Blossom, a floral and event design studio located in the Design District of Dallas, Texas. “To be inspired by one idea, color or object and create a floral art piece gets me so excited, I’m like a kid in a candy store! Or better yet, a girl in a shoe store!” Marcella’s floral design studio has been creating floral works of art for over six years. Her travel experiences and influences of her Greek heritage inspires her to push the edge of design every day. (TheUrbanBlossom.com)

{CHRISTINE CRAVEN} Make Up Artist Christine’s background in design began over 12 years ago as a makeup artist for television, editorials and weddings. Christine brings a fresh approach to beauty and style with a loyal following and work featured in publications such as Brides, Martha Stewart Weddings and The Knot. With an MFA in Visual Communication and a passion for applied art, Christine also began a career as a graphic designer in 2005, from which she founded Grey Graphic Design. (ChristineCraven.com)

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You won’t believe all the fabulous fusion ideas and design details for this English manor extravaganza, featuring masai-inspired cakes, wooden cra# centerpieces, West African-inspired headresses and much more on pg. 24. (Cake design by Elizabeth Solaru,

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What’s Your Milestone!

These quadruple milestones pre!y much summarize the issues that I’m passionate about: Family, the pursuit of justice, equality, and being a conduit for global understanding and cultural exploration. I can’t say the last four years have been an easy road, but then again, it wouldn’t be a milestone if it were. In truth, these very milestonesshared moments of emotional trial, tested hope and personal triumph that define the notion of

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“cultural identity” for each and everyone of us. Milestones are like good wine, it’d be a shame to let them (good or bad) go to waste. For this anniversary issue, I challenge you, our fearless nouveau reader, to ask yourself one question: What’s your milestone? How do you express your anguish? Your inspiration? Your triumph? Your style? Your love? This time, we’re featuring examples of real milestones literal and figuratively speaking like the journey of Jessamyn Rodriguez, a chef dedicated to empowering immigrant women through baking (pg. 30), an anniversary chocolate party (pg. 20), an exclusive gemstone giveaway (pg. 36) real multi-cultural couples who continue to inspire me with their diverse tales of “When Harry Met Sally,” (pg. 58-101) and destination photographer, Ross Oscar Knight (pg. 28) who dares to remind us how to envision our world in color and culture.

xoxo, Fri F.

Beauty in the teeny moments!

From the moment I laid eyes on photographer - Elizabeth Messina’s work, I knew I had to slow down and celebrate the li!le moments. (Photo: Kissthegroom.com)

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FRI FORJINDAM Nouveau Editor-in-Chief (Photo: Sama Forjindam)

LATELY THE NUMBER FOUR has come to represent a few life changing landmarks in my life. My heart was sealed in marital bliss to my husband, four years ago in our li!le Cameroonian/ American/Hawaiian ceremony in Maui. Four years ago, it was my older brother who walked me down the aisle because my father, who remains a political prisoner in my native Cameroon, was forcefully detained from a!ending his daughter’s wedding. Four years ago the seeds of an idea to have an online blog about multi-cultural wedding styles and living inspiration was born. And, four blissfully agonizing print editions later, I am happy, no, ecstatic to be saying to Nouveau magazine: hello birthday girl!


Happy Birthday, Nouveau Cakes, gowns, cultures and so much more...in our gallery! weddingnouveau.com/image-gallery PHOTOGRAPHY by RUTH BLACK


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N THE YEARS TO COME WE CAN’T WAIT TO SHARE NOT ONLY THE BIG MILESTONES but also be able to enjoy and savor all the small everyday moments. As a couple, we have begun to learn how to respect each other’s opinions and choices. In the future we want to continue working on embracing these differences, whether they be cultural, or personal, and fold both of our life experiences into our children’s lives.” ~Nicole Steakley & Hiten Iyer - Newly engaged.

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Ombre Hanging Chandelier featuring cascading, hand cut circles with a solid wood base for a signature statement. (Adaura.etsy.com, $40.00)

Clarisonic Skin Cleanser for the luscious summer glow by Clarisonic MiaTM Sonic Skin (Macys.com, $119.00)

Spectra Tumbler Set including a set of 4 cobalt and teal glass tumblers for chic entertainment by Leif (Leifshop.com, $35.00)

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EnCHANtED TUrQUOISe, INsPIReD BY NICoLe & HITeN’S SAnTA BARbARA EnGAGeMeNt.

All American Necklace Collage with pearls, gem clusters and brooches by Lulu Frost (LuluFrost.com)

Turquoise Suede Sandals with iconic red sole as part of 20th anniversary collection from Christian Louboutin (Net-A-Porter; $1,595.00)


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Yourself! IF YOU HAVEN’T HEARD OF FASHION ILLUSTRATOR NANCY ZHANG, (XiaoXiZhang.com) then you’ve been lliving in a vaccuum void of pigmented imagination, classic art and whimsical self portraits. Her daily illustrations feature everything from Audrey-inspired dresses, to avant garde tunics.

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Cake that!

Love this mosaic-inspired tiered cake by Maggie Austin Cake.


Rockstar Paper Art

From Oprah magazine to Martha Stewart Living, Yulia Brodskaya, illustrator, takes paper quilling and graphic design to a fabulous new level (ArtYulia.com).

Mosaic Portraits

Premium wall art designs curated from your very own collection of instagram photos by Postrgram (Postrgram.etsy.com).

Doodlelicious Flats

Ridiculously cute and personal hand painted shoes by LocoShoes (Locoshoes.Etsy.com)

Bridal Ink Celebrate what you love and believe as skin art. (Photo: Bernade!e Madden)

Lovin’ Hue, Scarlet!

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CHOCOLATE-CRUSTED TARTS & CHOCOLATE MARTINI to culminate any tasting in style. And the chocolates used are just as accessible. See the full recipe on our website at weddingnouveau.com/ chocolate-tasting.

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The idea and concept for the shoot came from Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium, who in seeking inspiration for a collection of unusual cake designs, noticed that in recent catwalk shows of major labels, a recurring theme was the use of tribal and ethnic inspired fabrics and accessories.

Color & Texture!

Spice things up with a few cultural beads as table decor or a fashion accessory.

From Burberry (who changed the lining of their classic trench coat to an African print), Marc Jacobs, John Galliano to Michael Kors, colourful and black and white geometric prints, tubular chokers and pendants were featured in numerous pieces seen on the runway. Using colours ranging from dramatic black and white, metallic gold to shades of coral; traditional African fabrics, jewellery and distinctive styling techniques were used to create the most splendid images that are indeed ‘Out of Africa’.”

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Calling all cra!y divas!

From masai-inspired, beaded cupcakes by Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium to authentic cra# centerpieces from Ethnik Accents, express your heritage in original style.

Photography: FO Photography Cake, Cupcakes & Sweet Tables: Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium Stylist, props & decor: Cedar Events Wedding dresses: Kosibah Photo Assistant: Shirley Gilks Make up, animal print nails & Gele: Onyeka Beauty Hair styling: AVOS Hair Venue: Parklands, Quendon Hall Stationery: Makeover Designs African Styling & Gele: Kuhmpleet by Omobola Harte African Jewellery: Mijola Daniel Chairs: I am Wedding Hire Linen: Over The Top rentals African props & table runners: Ethnik Accents Models: Lauren Sweeney-Fenton, Jade Harris, Bianca Buckman & Janita Francis

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THE WORD ANNIVERSARY INSTANTLY CREATES IMAGES WHICH ARE BOTH DEEPLY PERSONAl AND SUPER ROMANTIC. Whether it’s the sense of memories from a honeymoon, imagined lover’s nooks on foreign beaches, or rose colored thoughts of time spent together, every anniversary is a combination of memories and fantasies, past and present, creating a very specific feeling for every couple. Destination travel is a perfect way to enhance these dreams and turn feelings into a reality. By choosing a location that elevates what is not commonly found in their daily life, a couple can make an anniversary a romance inspiring and relationship strengthening event that will redefine who they are together.

FOUR LIFECHANGING For your next TRIPSanniversary.

Here are 4 lovely trips to recharge, reignite, recreate and redefine you as a couple for the ideal anniversary.

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RECHARGE and Un-Plug: Embark on a road trip for the ultimate old school adventure. In California, rent a restored VW van from VW Surfari (VWSafari. com) and drive along the PCH to camp out near Big Sur. The beautiful coastal drive, gorgeous rainbow sunsets, and campsites near the river provide the ultimate landscape for relaxation. The limited Wi-Fi and campfire lighting will also help to put all the focus on each other. During the day, take an easy 1.4 mile round trip hike to Pfeiffer Falls and photograph the 60 foot waterfall on the beach. And at night, feast on dinner at Nepenthe (NepentheBigSur.com) for delicious sea bass and scallops with an ocean overlook that will take your breath away. (cont. on page 99)

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NVISION IF YOU WILL, A POWERHOUSE DINNER WITH A COSMOPOLITAN GUEST LIST THAT INCLUDES NOBEL WINNER and US President - Barack Obama, Grammy winner Chris Martin (Coldplay), Emmy winner and talkshow host - Ellen Degenres and human rights activist - Winnie Mandela. For most, that would sound like a pre!y intimidating group, but for renown, destination photographer - Ross Oscar Knight, that convergence of cool, access, humor and innovative thinking is exactly the sort of dinner company he dreams about. The most striking response though, about my question to Ross in regards to this dream guestlist was the inclusion of his great grandfather, a curious peep hole into a world that most fans and colleagues aren’t privy too: A man of pride, purpose and intense passion to understand humanity, one photograph at a time. To think, it all started with a childhood struggle. “In grade school I had a stu!ering speech impediment.” Ross said. “Unfortunately, I was mocked by nameless insensitive students. I began to speak clearly only a#er being introduced to telling stories through images – all taken with a

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disposable film camera. Thus, I learned to photograph what I could see and feel be!er than I could manage to express in words. That’s when I fell in love with the art form of photography.” Cut to 15 years later, and Ross Oscar Knight has distinguished his style of shooting as one of the best and admired when it comes to destination and editorial-style photography. For someone who’s ability to observe and distill human emotions down to their very essence, it’s no surprise that Ross’ affinity towards weddings (and in truth, his high demand within the industry as well), goes back to experiences from his childhood. “The reason I am drawn to weddings is rooted in my upbringing as the son of a minister.” Ross replied when asked about what inspired his interest in weddings. “During the 80’s and 90’s I a!ended interdenominational religious ceremonies across the southeastern US. I experienced the outpouring of raw emotions by people of different cultural backgrounds. I was given a small open window into their lives and witnessed surreal visions and sounds that were ultimately etched in my memory. When I photographed my first wedding as an adult, I unearthed a true connection to the same type of unprovoked emotions.” Ross’ level of unbridled intimacy through the access of a camera lens, affords this appreciation of varying customs and traditions that many couples desire for their wedding story. The emotions of the couple are (cont. on page 100) overlooked and that’s the “it” factor.

“I learned to photograph what I could see and feel, better than I could express in words” - Ross Oscar Knight.


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Br’Education! A GROWING MOVEMENT THAT EMPOWERS WOMEN, ONE BAKED BREAD AT A TIME. TEXT by FRI FORJINDAM YOU KNOW THE FAMOUS SAYING: IF YOU CAN’T STAND THE HEAT, THEN STAY OUT OF THE KITCHEN. Not the case for Canadian Head baker - Jessamyn W. Rodriguez, who’s mission to change what’s o#en considered a male dominated baking industry, has driven head first into a world of opportunity for low-income and immigrant women living in one of the world’s most diverse cities: New York City. And she’s doing it armed with flour....and an unwavering passion. Founded in 2008, Hot Bread Kitchen (HBK) is a New York social enterprise that offers high end, multi-ethnic bread recipes that are baked

JESSAMYN W. RODRIGUEZ Founder, CEO Hot Bread Kitchen

So why this route? I wondered. Other than the inevitable perk of always having a hot and savory lunch right from the oven, why would anyone decide to defy the competitive beast of the baking industry (or restaurants in general) to focus on educating women?

FRESHLY BAKED MOROCCAN FLAT BREAD or “M’smen”, is one of the hot items you can expect to devour with honey or mint tea from the Hot Bread Kitchen arsenal, inspred one of HBK’s bakers named Bouchra, who learned the recipe as a child in Morocco.

“It’s in the European tradition that the professional baker is typically a man.” Jessamyn said. “Despite having culinary talent, women who immigrate to the US are o#en relegated to jobs in the informal sector such as home, health or childcare. I wanted to open up the bread baking industry here in New York City to more 30

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and inspired by the heritages of the student staff (who happen to be women from around the world). Flavors like their rich Persian sweetbread (Nan-E Qandi), their hearty rye multigrain (Vollkornbrot, Germany) or my personal favorite, their bu!ery flaky Moroccan flat bread (M’smen), are just some of the many offerings for a quickly growing base of retail and wholesale clients.


STEAL THIS IDEA: GLOBAL BREAD GIFT BOX

The Global Bread Box features 10 freshly baked international bread items including Moroccan, German & Persian flavors. Proceeds benefit a great cause and it ships overnight. (HotBreadKitchen.org, $70)

foreign-born women and allow them to capitalize on their culinary skill to create a be!er future for their families.” A true collaboration of talent (including former head baker at world-renowned Per Se and Bouchon Bakery - Ben Hershberger), along with community support and a strong vision, HBK Incubates (a new program) also helps launch food industry startups by allowing baking entrepreneurs to utilize the commercial space provided at Hot Bread Kitchen’s space.

BEN HERSHBERGER Head Baker, Instructor Hot Bread Kitchen

As a mother, a baker, a CEO and an advocate for immigrant rights, it’s safe to say that a typical day in the life of Jessamyn would be exactly the contrary: Atypical! About as atypical as her vision to carve out pioneering milestones which in my book, is not only inspiring, but highly resonant in an era where we so desperately need to dream in culture. WEDDINGNOUVEAU.COM

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STYLE 180 CONCEPT, STYLING & TEXT by LULU AMIN

PHOTOGRAPHY by TAKIYAH WALLACE LOCATION at EM THE VENUE

THE TEMPTRESS EMPRESS!

For this piece, I was really inspired to feature the color red. With all the major bridal lines from Vera Wang to Oscar de la Renta featuring the siren color, I wanted to take Asianinspired elements and fuse them with a boudoir theme to highlight the trend. Something a li!le sexy and whole lot of fun! We took traditional elements like the color red, which symbolizes great luck in lots of Asian cultures and added glamorous styling with November Lily pieces - available for retail next year. For the hair, we went with a very sleek up-do and for the makeup, Tiffiny Luong of Motives Cosmetics did a great job focusing on the eyes to bring out the sexy allure of our model Sophia Lee.


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JANELLE CARLOS

SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE, MEXICO

March 10, 2012

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IMMEDIATELY AFTER THEIR FUSION Mexican/ Cuban wedding ceremony, newlyweds - Janelle Prieto and Carlos Garcia-Zapata had a wonderful moment by themselves that pre!y much summarizes the tone of their spring wedding. “...Before heading down to join our guests for cocktails, we laid in bed and reminded each other that we were now officially husband and wife.” Janelle replied about her favorite moment. “Carlos made some silly jokes and tried to get frisky! We could not stop laughing. I just remember looking

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“ The absolute best choice we made was deciding on a destination wedding and San Miguel de Allende was the perfect backdrop. The town’s cobblestone streets and colorful buildings evoke a type of romance and bohemian glamour that mimic my own personal style” ~ Janelle Prieto, Bride.


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into his eyes and thinking ‘I never want to forget this moment’. That romantic moment was cut short when I realized the videographer had le# a microphone on Carlos and our whole conversation had been recorded!” It is that exact balance of honesty, love, humor and public festivity that embodied Janelle and Carlos’ wedding. With 190 guests on deck to witness the event, the couple’s determination to incorporate as much cultural intimacy remained the driving force behind their stunning affair, beautifully captured by photographer - Holly Wilmeth. “I wanted to stay authentic to the Mexican backdrop but also made sure my Cuban heritage was incorporated as well.” Janelle said. “I chose to do this by incorporating readings and traditions including las arras or ‘coins’ that represent wealth and prosperity and the placing of the mantilla or lace veil over the bride and groom to represent the sacred joining of two souls.” The backdrop for this fusion of cultures? The cobblestones streets of San Miguel Allende that evokes a “type of romance and bohemian glamour” very reflective of the couple’s style. A match made in heaven? Absolutely! 62

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According to the bride, the inclusion of rum (along with salsa and meringue), as part of the cocktail reception for their Mexican/ Cuban wedding was intergral to staying true to heritage.


“ Have fun with tradition and make them your own. Remember: It is nearly impossible to please everyone so stay focused on your vision, don’t sweat the small stuff and enjoy the ride.” ~ Janelle Prieto, Bride.

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JOANNE JOSH

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NEW YORK CITY, NY

June 16, 2012

IF EVER THERE WAS A MEMORABLE WAY TO SAY “I LOVE YOU,” THEN dropping down on one knee in the middle of Chicago’s Grant Park, overlooking Lake Michigan at 5am as the sun rises majestically, would certainly rank high on the list. A#er Joshua Hemmert received the answer to the question he’d been planning for weeks to ask his girlfriend, Joanne Coupet, detailed plans to have a chic modern wedding that was reflective of “what felt right”, were well underway. “It was a challenge making sure that each of us was involved throughout the entire planning process—no excuses.” Joanne said. “In order to find time within busy work and travel schedules, one of the very first things we did was create a master calendar in which completion

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real weddings & customs dates could easily be switched in and out, but we made sure to complete tasks as close as possible to when they were assigned.” One of the ways to personalize the event involved ordering their wedding carrot cake from a local bakery in NYC. The end result? A love story that fused personal charm, simple elegance and a li!le humor. “On the day before the wedding, we actually had to pick up the cake ourselves and take it to the reception venue.” Joanne said. “What a stressful ‘start and stop’ cab ride trying to make sure the cake didn’t hit the sides of the Office Depot box that the owner [Lloyd’s] was nice enough to buy for us.” To Joanne and Josh, two transplants to the big apple who’s essence comes through in every simple detail like “a sea of positive energy.”

DREAM TEAM Photography Lindsay Madden Photography Flowers/ Lighting Stage Floral Styling Ceremony Venue St. Francis De Sales Wedding Dress/ Bridesmaids Dress RK Bridal Shoes/ Veil Nina Invitations/Stationery Betsy White Suit Burberry Cake Lloyd’s Carrot Cake


BARBARA CARLOS

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SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA

August 6, 2011

PHOTOGRAPHY by CHOCO STUDIOS


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T BEGAN AS A DANCE PROGRAM AND QUICKLY TURNED INTO A MARRIAGE PROPOSAL. Barbara Dieckman grew up performing on stage at what was her childhood dance studio, Tude’s School of Dance, and has since turned into her home away from home. On the annual night of tributes and routines, Carlos Orellana gave Barb’s heart another reason to boogie. A#er the traditional “Partner Dance” and with an audience as company, Carlos dropped to his knee, confessed that his heart only two-stepped to Barb’s sweet tune, and then popped the question. Certain of her reply, Barb’s “yes” didn’t skip a beat! From 8 counts to financial analyst, Barbara (A.K.A. Beemoney) was no stranger to detail and her groom-to-be-lawyer, Carlos, was just as accustomed to it. The wedding planning commenced and these two quickly became acquainted with the stresses of juggling work assignments and wedding analytics. However, by omi!ing traditions they were less familiar with or those that had counterparts in one another’s Caucasian American and Latin cultures, Barbara and Carlos were able to achieve a more focused plan and personalized vision for their wedding. They found that “it wasn’t worth choosing [the Unity Candle or Lasso Ceremony over one another], or having both integrated into the ceremony since

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For this passionate, globetro!ing duo, the decision to host their bi-lingual wedding ceremony where both a!ended college led them to the spanishstyle church of Mission Santa Clara.

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they symbolize the same thing. We felt the symbolism of these activities was already well represented in our wedding celebration by the fact that we decided to have a bilingual ceremony” (English-Spanish).

AROUND THE WORLD!

Barbara and Carlos selected items from their many travels to adorn each curated centerpiece as part of their vintage travel theme.

Styled with a vintage overlay, the global feel continued with Barb and Carlos’ worldly travels, inspiring table and cake decor. The couple was extremely grateful for their family and friends that were quick to help get all of the stylish details in place and who transformed “the MO from planning and checking off tasks to living in the moment and sharing stories with great friends.” Carlos’ final toast saluted their beloved guests by asking everyone to rise to their feet as their respective country was named. Fi#een announced countries later, “the entire room was standing and erupted into cheers and applause. It was truly a celebration of culture and heritage that evening.”

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â&#x20AC;&#x153; As much as it was an integral celebration for us as a couple, it was also a celebration for our friends and family whose lives were also joining together.â&#x20AC;? ~ Barbara Dieckman, Bride.


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EVELIA JOSEPH

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NOGALES & TUBAC, ARIZONA

June 4, 2011

PHOTOGRAPHY by ANNA WU

EVELIA “EVY” KORY AND JOSEPH HORMES’ wedding was nothing short of a festive fusion extravaganza, spanning over a warm summer weekend. According to their uber talented photographer - Anna Wu, “their wedding day spanned three different venues in two cities and included a meshing of Mexican and Indian traditions, a birthday celebration, Lebanese food, a golf resort in the middle of the desert, a million different party favors for their guests, and a Sonoran hot dog truck to top it all off.” Evy and Joe’s catholic ceremony at Sacred Heart

GLOBAL-CHIC!

Mexican, Indian and Lebanese details to spice up this super charming backyard luncheon in Arizona.

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in Nogales was filled with elements of Indian traditions and Mexican/ Spanish customs including the â&#x20AC;&#x153;figure 8â&#x20AC;? lazo loop that signifies an eternal bond. Following church was a festive Mariachi band, in store to enliven the guests at the private luncheon filled with Lebanese food, vintage wedding photos, and favors galore to all their invited guests. WEDDINGNOUVEAU.COM

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KAREN CHUCK

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RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO

Dec 2-3, 2011

PHOTOGRAPHY by DEL SOL In a city of goal se$ing and political planning, Karen Kanis and her girlfriend decided to take the night off from their premeditated Saturday routine in Washington D.C. and went rogue! Karen’s unleashed “single lady” alter ego, crashed the Washington Life Magazine’s young networking party, which ultimately lead her straight into the arms of her beau, Charles

“Chuck” Ghoorah, who was being recognized in the publication that evening! Gliding past the doorman with single lady ease, Karen entered the frame of what Chuck described as an “a#er-school-special” moment. Music muted, surroundings blurred, and Chuck’s eyes locked on Karen.

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Skip forward a few episodes: Karen and Chuck took their “School house Rock” party to a private terrace at the Ritz Carlton in San Francisco. Set on a 300 foot cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and with the sun dipping behind the horizon, Chuck channeled Shakespeare and knelt “down on one knee to recite a Hindu engagement poem, followed by a Christian engagement poem.” No strangers to stylish heights and spontaneity, Karen and Chuck traveled their love to Mexico where they had the opportunity to fuse their cultural traditions while making new ones. Blindfolded, Chuck was guided across a “gorgeous wooden covered walkway “ where Karen got her “a#er-schoolspecial” moment to lock eyes on her hubby for the first viewing. Karen succumbed to her heart flu!ers, removed his blindfold and experienced what became “truly a magical moment” never to be forgo!en. WEDDINGNOUVEAU.COM

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Their number one destination “challenge was pulling off an Indian Wedding.” Karen explained how they were fortunate that the hotel “brought in an Indian Chef (from one of only two Indian restaurants in the greater Cancun area) who cooked on-site, including a Tandoori oven for the delicious Indian breads.” All in all, it was truly a colorful destination affair infused with gorgeous couture, global details and a love story worth retelling.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153; Once he was standing next to me, I removed the blindfold and let him see me, all dressed up as his bride. It was truly a magical moment I will never forget.â&#x20AC;? ~ Karen Kanis, Bride.


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MONA FRED

& PLAYA DEL CARMEN, MEXICO

July 7, 2011

PHOTOGRAPHY by LA DOLCE VITA The art of “doing your own thing” when it comes to planning a wedding comes to life when at the end of the day you can sit back and smile in absolute, unapologetic bliss over every detail, every accessory, every smiling guest - eight to be exact. That was the total guest list for Mona Ariza and Fred Renteria’s wedding in Mexico and if you think that was an easy process, try including a wedding planner based in Austin, Texas. Oh yes! A juggled art form indeed. “Fred was under the impression that we were just going to get to the [Rosewood Mayakoba] resort and show up on a beach one day and get married.” Mona said. “He had no idea as to the details that were involved in orchestrating our wedding. So from his perspective he thought ‘what is all of this fuss? We are just having a small wedding on the beach’ and I am trying to create this amazing wedding.” A small wedding? Yes. What exactly was the big deal? Try cross continental vendors, time zone differences and having to relinquish control. For many style savvy brides, that last point would be the biggest challenge of all. However, Mona was able to have some semblance of “peace-of-mind” with the help of Ruby Clark Rogers of Ruby Rogers Studios to help her sort through the many details. So on a rainy day in July, months a#er their surprise Dallas engagement, in front of eight close family members finally meeting for the first time, Mona and Fred exchanged their vows, poured mixed sand and said “I do” underneath a rich canopy of cascading votives. “I definitely come from a culturally diverse background with my father being Mexican/ American and my mother being German. Having the Wedding in Mexico brought part of my heritage into the wedding and definitely reminded me of my days growing up in San Antonio, TX. And according to Mona, sneaking away for a brief moment as newlyweds to toast to champagne was a welcome relief from all the planning, and the gateway to an intimate dinner celebration of their new life as husband and wife.


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Monaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s maid of honor looked smashing in her coral Kate Spade number.

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“ Opposites not only attract but they provide love and support too.” ~ Mona Ariza, Bride.

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La Sardina St Tropez Camera by Lomography (Lomography.com; $109.00)

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Tropical infused appetizers by Rosewood Mayakoba Catering (Photo by La Dolce Vita)

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Miniature Quartz Necklace by Leif (LeifShop.com; $46.00)

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ANA ANDRE

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MIAMI, FLORIDA

January 14, 2012

PHOTOGRAPHY by KT MERRY

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FTER A LONG NIGHT OF holiday parties, Ana Rosansky, “tired, not quite awake,” was cuddled up on the couch while Andre Appignani insisted on having pillow talk. On the edge of le!ing Ana’s imagination run free, Andre continued his sweet serenade until he pulled her out of her dreams just to put her right back into another with four simple words: Will you marry me? It’s a true renaissance romance of simplicity

and grandeur! A love that is embedded in life’s everyday activities yet painted with timeless authenticity. “Andre is an artist. He loves comic books and has an incredible sense of humor.” Ana humbly clarified, adding a self description as “traditional and significantly less funny.” (That was funny, Ana.) The Vizcaya Museum & Gardens in Miami, Florida is home to Italian and French inspired villas and ultimately is where Ana


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and Andre found their seamless “combination of art, history and personal, idiosyncratic” details to style their wedding festivities. The expansive garden canvas allowed Ana and Andre to harmonize their Jewish and Italian heritages in an extraordinarily, effortless fashion. Ana “was thrilled to wear “[her] great grandmother’s veil, which she wore in 1927,” while Andre “was happy to make use of his dad’s antique Jaguar, a 1936 SS100.” With the newlyweds in the driver seat and the guests witnessing from the passengers side, they were all in for the ride of their lives, pun intended. The three day destination location provided an all-embracing se!ing for a fusion ceremony. According to Ana, their ceremony “drew from many influences - Judaism, Catholicism, Quakerism, even Atheism” while blending moments of “humor, hopes, wishes, fears, and love.” So how do you achieve this angelic wedding tone? Just ask the “A Team,” Ana, Andre, and Aristotle, who encourages all to stay grounded knowing that “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”

Heirloom Romance! Ana’s style was pure nostalgia from wearing her great grandmother’s wedding veil, to including an old family recipe (English fruitcake), baked by her grandmother, mother and aunt.

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“ Drawing from many Catholicism, Quakerism, even Atheism – we tried to create a ceremony that resonated with who we are.” ~ Ana Rosansky, Bride.


SHALOU ERIC

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AUSTIN, TEXAS

April 30, 2011

PHOTOGRAPHY by QWEDDINGS

Eric Barth, an architect, proposed to Shalou Dhamija, a business consultant, on a weekend trip to San Francisco. He presented his bride with an extraordinarily rare, one hundred year old diamond ring. Shalou, despite being incredibly surprised, emphatically accepted his proposal and wedding plans were made. In a wedding day vibrantly bridging together Hindu and American wedding traditions, photographer Suzi Varin of Q Wedding Photography delicately captured the celebration from start to finish. The first of two wedding ceremonies was a Hindu celebration held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, Texas. The ceremony began as Mehndi was applied to the feet and hands of the bride instantly connecting her with hundreds of years of tradition. The bride wore a beautifully ornate beaded dress and elaborate jewelry that were imported directly from India for this very occasion. Unlike most Hindu ceremonies, the bride and groom chose to limit the guest list to make the wedding feel more intimate. In keeping with Hindu practices, the groom arrived on a splendidly decorated horse, in a tradition called a Baraat. In a flash of fanfare, the groom tro!ed down the aisle to the sounds of trumpets and drums and awaited the arrival of his bride. In the tent a#er his beautiful bride arrived, the couple exchanged vibrant garlands of flowers emblazoned with a cacophony of colors. These wreaths represent the first time a bride and a groom see each other at the wedding ceremony. TEXT by MADISON SAVARY WEDDINGNOUVEAU.COM

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real weddings & customs A#er the first ceremony, the ensemble moved to a new location, the Lady Bird Johnson Wild Flower Center, for a traditional American Ceremony. The beautiful designs that had been drawn onto the hands of both the bride and groom contrasted beautifully with the crisp whiteness of the bride’s dress by Carrafina, and were further complimented by the richness of the groom’s blue gray suit. Both the audience and the bride were wowed when Eric serenaded Shalou with vocal and guitar performance during the exchanging of vows. At the beautiful reception, which had traditional Indian fare catered by The Clay Pit, and American choices provided by Word of Mouth, toasts were made and tears were shed. With the perfect mixture of strong Bhangra and Bollywood rhythms and American titular hits (heavy on the ‘80s and‘90s), the DJ kept everyone on their toes. Laughter tickled the guest’s faces, but the warmest smiles came from the newlyweds.

PAPER ENVY: Custom made stationery by Invitations By Ajalon, complete with embossed mehndi designs and vibrant hues to enliven any space.

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NIBBLE ON THIS! To add a li!le more personal charm, the couple presented their guests with a variety of dark chocolate favors - Shalou and Eric’s favorite “post-dinner nibble.”

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REIMAGINE your honeymoon: If you want to bring back your island honeymoon memories while creating new ones, try a different beach locale, like Puerto Rico. Located two hours west of San Juan, Rincon is home to secluded beaches, turquoise blue water - perfect for snorkeling off a catamaran, world class golf courses, and savory island fusion meals. Get swept away by The Horned Dorset (HornedDorset. com) luxury suites and beachside formal dining, which make the perfect combination of private villa and catered service. This is one place where you can easily kick off your shoes and relive the first night of your honeymoon, night a#er night.

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3 REIGNITE your passion with adventure: If you want to bring the spark and adventure soaring back into your relationship, try an excursion that is out of your comfort zone and new to both of you. Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Hawaii all offer pulse racing activities like hiking in volcanos, stand-up paddle boarding, and surfing, while providing some of the most luxurious accommodations in the world. In Kauai, book a private paddle boarding tour into the jungle. It’s amazing how quickly you forget life’s daily stresses when you are learning a new sport that requires you to rely on each other. Get your adrenaline pumping together to increase your pheromones and increase your passion for each other.

4 REDEFINE your romance: Indulge yourself in a place that oozes romance. Not only are Paris, Sonoma wine country, and Venice romanticized, but cities like these embrace the moniker and cater to guests with that special type of experience. Few places live up to this like Cinque Terre, five small coastal towns that have the best of all that Italy has to offer. Explore the towns from a li!le bed and breakfast in Riomaggiore, the southernmost town, where you can literally hike from town to town along the coast or take the train back and forth. The golden sunsets over the Mediterranean Sea, the refreshing wines, and picturesque watercolor buildings make this town truly unforge!able. Before you leave, make sure to take a sunset stroll through the Lover’s Walk and add your own lock of love to the gates. N

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“ I started traveling internationally to study and to honor the cultures of the multi-ethnic couples that I have photographed and will photograph in the future.” - Ross Oscar Knight.

There are so many people ushering the couple to kiss, greet, eat, and dance that the intimacy is ignored for the sake of a timeline. I try to tap into the couple’s rhythm and nuances to capture these moments.” At his level, Ross’ experience earns him the role of public speaker (with sell out workshops), philanthropist and “cultural awareness photographer” who admits to wanting to shoot for National Geographic as part of his bucket list. The arrival of his first baby this year will undoubtedly impact the level of compassion and sensitivity invested in each wedding for Ross. With an Atlanta-based fine art gallery that continues to showcase international artists, a very full roster of brides destined to have their wedding days encapsulated in Knight perfection, and a bevy of other surprises up his sleeve, one can only imagine how Ross finds time to celebrate the li!le milestones that pepper one’s life. “Let go and breathe into the goodness that you are.” Says Ross. Simpler words accompanied by an evocative body of work, were never more well paired. N Read more on our website: weddingnouveau.com/ross-oscar-knight-interview

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THE HOT LIST: An exclusive invitation to a decadent tasting party by LA home chef and hostess, Irene Harris. TEASER #1 Croutes with Blue Cheese and caramelized onions Serving: 8 INGREDIENTS

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1/2 bague!e, sliced into 1/2-inch slices (16 slices total) 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon bu!er 2 medium onions, halved and thinly sliced 1 teaspoon sugar Salt to taste 1/2 cup creamy blue cheese, room temp Acacia honey

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TEASEr #2 SPANISH TOAST Serving: 8 INGREDIENTS 1/2 bague!e, sliced into 1/2-inch slices (16 slices total) 1/4 cup olive oil 2-4 garlic gloves, peeled 1 tomato Salt and pepper to taste 8 slices of Jamon Iberico (substitute: Jamon Serrano) PREPARATION - Spanish Toast: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place bread on a baking sheet and brush both sides of bread with olive oil. Place in oven and bake for 7 minutes. Turn bread over and continue baking for 5-7 minutes more or just until bread is crisp and lightly brown. Remove from oven and let cool.

PREPARATION - Croutes with blue cheese and caramelized onions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. While oven is preheating place bread slices on a baking sheet. Brush both sides of the bread with ¼ cup olive oil. Place in oven and bake for 7 minutes. Turn bread over and continue baking for 5 – 7 minutes more, or until bread is crisp and lightly browned. Remove from oven and let cool. 2. To caramelize onions, place 1 Tbsp. olive oil and 1 Tbsp. bu!er in a medium skillet over medium heat. Once the bu!er is melted, add the onions and stir to coat the onions with the oil-bu!er mixture. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring o#en. Add 1 teaspoon sugar and a pinch of salt. Continue cooking on medium-low, stirring o#en, until onions brown. About 15- 20 minutes more. Make sure not to burn onions. Remove onions from pan and place into a bowl to cool. 3. Spread the cheese evenly over the toasted bread. I used Saint Agur blue cheese. Top with a li!le caramelized onions and drizzle with honey. 4. Serve immediately. The bread and the onions can be made a couple of days ahead. Store the bread in an airtight container and store the onions in the refrigerator. Just bring the onions to room temperature before using.

2. Rub each slice of bread with garlic clove. Cut the tomato in half and then rub the cut half on each slice of bread. 3. Sprinkle a li!le salt and pepper on each bread and drizzle with a li!le olive oil. 4. Top with ½ a slice of Jamon Iberico and serve immediately. warm.


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