Joan Rivers: Celebrity Wedding Planner

When the world looked at Joan Rivers, they saw a pioneering comedienne.  Me too, but I also saw the woman who pushed me into a career in wedding planning.  How could an insult comic I never met set me on the creative path that’s landed me as a wedding planning, etiquette and fashion authority at the top Palm Springs florist? Here’s how.

In 1998, Melissa Rivers, Joan’s daughter, got married.  Joan swung into action as a celebrity wedding planner, seeking out the services of innovative event designer Preston Bailey to create a glittery snow garden inspired by “Dr. Zhivago” with 30,000 white flowers for the wedding at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.

Inspired by Dr. Zhivago, Russian opulence permeated the wedding.

Inspired by Dr. Zhivago, Russian opulence permeated the wedding.

 

The magazine photos live in my brain to this day. When a client says “winter theme” that’s what I see.  That extravagant celebration showed me what was possible, what creativity could imagine and what opportunities were there to be a part of such events.

Thank you Joan, for your inspiration towards stylish entertaining – and being entertaining.

Be well and love well.

Dinah

 A lovely post script: Joan officiated at the wedding of Preston Bailey and his partner Theo Bleckmann on Valentine’s Day in 2013.

Blogs We Love! Style Me Pretty

Style Me Pretty is probably the most popular wedding blog there is. Packed full of luscious real wedding photos, staged shoots, and other inspirations, any couple looking for ideas is sure to find them (and get overwhelmed and need talking down – but that’s a whole ‘nother Oprah). There are a few gorgeous weddings of ours featured. And we’ve got the badge to prove it!

Enjoy.

Liz and Kathleen - a gorgeous wedding, no wonder Style Me Pretty wanted to feature it!

Liz and Kathleen – a gorgeous wedding, no wonder Style Me Pretty wanted to feature it!

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Gorgeous wedding bouquet photos

The talented Dre Naylor shot these at Yesterday’s Wedding Show at the Hard Rock Hotel, Palm Springs. Lovely shots. (the bouquets are pretty stunning too).DreNaylor1

wedding bouquets at a show at the Hard Rock Hotel, Palm Springs

wedding bouquets at a show at the Hard Rock Hotel, Palm Springs