Aniston Denies Planning Big Fat Greek Wedding

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While ex-husband Brad Pitt may finally be planning a second trip down the aisle, Jennifer Aniston is denying any plans to wed this summer in Greece.

Although TMZ reported that Aniston was seen looking at possible wedding locations in Crete, her rep is telling Us Weekly, “How is it that one of the most photographed people in the world supposedly goes to Greece to check out a hotel she never heard of and is not spotted or photographed?”

While Aniston and boyfriend Justin Theroux have tried to keep their relationship out of the public eye, the pair were reportedly house hunting together last year according to People.

In an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America” in February, Aniston called Theroux ” a great actor,” but joked that he was  “the most cold, icy fishy kind of a guy.”

 

Bachelorette party ideas: Trapeze School, Go Ape and Bar Method

Bachelors and bachelorettes can book a time at the Go Aperopes course just like any other group. (It’s usually $55 per person with a 10 percent discount for parties of 10 or more.) But if you’re getting hitched, Go Ape has a few wedding presents: The bride or groom goes for free and gets to wear a sticker of a gorilla wearing either a wedding dress or a tux. A gorilla suit is available if you’re interested in dressing up.

Physical challenge: If you can climb a few rope ladders, you’ll be fine getting through the course, says Go Ape’s Dan D’Agostino. Balance and agility will help you move through it faster, but the harnesses are always there to catch you if you topple over.

After-party: The course is in near Lake Needwood in Rock Creek Regional Park, so if you’re looking for a totally outdoorsy day, you can arrive via the hiker-biker trail or go kayaking nearby. D’Agostino says cookouts are common.

Info: 6129 Needwood Lake Dr., Rockville. 888-520-7322. www.goape.com.

Belly up to the barre

The $550 bridal package at barre fitness studio Bar Method includes three months of unlimited classes, a package freeze (while you’re away for your wedding or honeymoon), a water bottle, a pair of socks and a bachelorette party for up to 12 people. The bachelorette event is structured like a typical class with lots of strengthening and stretching. The only thing regulars won’t recognize is the love-themed soundtrack. “So you’ll still shake,” says owner Kate Arnold.

Physical challenge: Although it’ll make your muscles burn, the low-impact workout is designed to be safe for everyone, Arnold promises. And as with any class at Bar Method, instructors offer modifications for anyone having difficulty keeping up.

After-party: The locker room has showers, towels and a hair dryer, so it’s easy to get yourself cleaned up after class and then head out into Chinatown.

Info: 750 Ninth St. NW. 202-347-7999. dc.barmethod.com.

For fly girls

At Trapeze School New York, you can take over a standard two-hour flying trapeze class by booking all 10 slots ($55 each). Students learn safety, then climb up the rig and attempt a series of basic tricks. If you have more than 10 people, it’ll be an extra $55 per person — and you may want to add on other activities (such as trampoline, silks or acrobatic yoga) for $325 each. Parties are welcome to bring decorations and food.

Physical challenge: “It’s about timing rather than strength,” says manager Beth Manning. Still, people with a dance or gymnastics background tend to pick up on the movements more quickly. It also helps to not have a fear of heights.

After-party: Because of the proximity to Barracks Row, Manning says most bachelorettes have a celebratory meal after their lesson.

Info: Fourth and Tingey streets SE. 410-459-6839. washingtondc.trapezeschool.com.

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Angelina Jolie’s Engagement Ring: Designer Robert Procop Talks to HuffPost

Jewelry designer Robert Procop has been a familiar name in celebrity and royal circles for some time, but he most recently swept headlines for being the artist behind Angelina Jolie’s engagement ring.

He invited HuffPost Weddings to his Beverly Hills design studio to learn about where he gets his inspiration, to talk about his instrumental role in Jolie and Brad Pitt’s engagement, and, of course, to see some of his gorgeous baubles up close.

Where do you get your inspiration for your designs?
Almost every collection is an expression of a woman’s style, whether it’s influenced by their regional artistic experience or inspired by one’s personality.

With the American Glamour collection, I was inspired by the ideals and love stories of this era. It’s an elegant time when we think of Elizabeth Taylor adorned with opulent gems of bold dimension and rich colors. Reminiscent even of the feelings and images of Frank Sinatra playing the Fontainbleau. It’s an era of magic, of elegance, a time of luxury. Jewels were part of the evening experience, which is captured in the glamorous red carpet and award ceremonies of today.

What is it like for you, as a jewelry designer, to be part of couples’ engagement stories as such an instrumental part of the proposal process?
Designing engagement rings is always a privilege. It’s always an honor to be a part of one of the most romantic experiences of a couple’s life. It’s truly a blessing.

What was is like to design a ring for Angelina Jolie with Brad Pitt?
I have had a longstanding professional relationship with both Brad and Angelina. Throughout the years, I’ve had the privilege of working with them on special gifts along with creating unique jewels for them both on and off camera.

Brad had a vision and I was honored to be a part of it. Brad’s vision was all about making the perfect ring that compliments her style and grace. The diamonds were all faceted to fit the design, and I will not be making another one.

You and Brad worked on the ring for a year. What’s the process like when you’re working with a client on a piece of jewelry for his wife or a special woman in his life?

There are those romantic men in the world who like to plan things. They will put their hearts and minds into creating something special for a woman they adore. Sometimes it is for an upcoming occasion but often it’s for no reason at all, solely a gift of love for a woman. It begins with an inspirational thought that becomes a search for the perfect stone.

After a unique gem is thoughtfully selected, the person will then begin the exploration into what they believe the woman in their life will appreciate and enjoy. They will consider the style, the taste and even the size that will fit her hand. Many times this process begins very much in advanced anticipation of bringing surprise, romance and joy to someone. From this process we create a storyboard for inspiration to help formulate the designs. After images are chosen and reviewed, a final design will be selected.

You collaborated with Brad on his engagement ring for Angelina, but you also collaborated with Angelina on your Style of Jolie collection. What is it like working with her?
She is a truly gifted artist and a pleasure to work with; she brings joy to everyone around her. It is an honor to work with someone who uses her talents to help the lives of so many. She is an inspiration.

What do you see in terms of trends for engagement rings over the next ten or so years?
Traditionally in the past, engagement rings might follow a trend or direction. I’m now seeing an aspiration towards uniqueness, a thoughtful design process, more so than adhering to a trend or style. There seems to be a consciousness toward creating a one-of-a-kind jewel, both in the development approach as well as finding the correct quality and value for a piece. Also, wedding bands are now being designed as a separate jewel. Although generally matching in style, they tend to now be worn separately.

Click the photos below to see some of Procop’s and Jolie’s designs for his Style of Jolie collection.

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Is Jennifer Aniston Planning a Big Fat Greek Wedding?


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Are Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux gearing up for a big fat Greek wedding? According to a report published Monday, the Wanderlust stars have been checking out locations in Crete for a Mediterranean island wedding ceremony. But is it true — or is the press just trying to marry Jen off once again?

TMZ is reporting that Aniston, 43, paid a visit to the Elounda Beach Hotel in Crete, which offers its wedding package for a very affordable $2,300. The hotel sources say that she specifically mentioned a July wedding, and was also visiting other locations on “the other side of the island.”

But a rep for Aniston — who has not announced an engagement to 40-year-old Theroux — tells Us Weekly that the Greek wedding story is pure fantasy.

“How is it that one of the most photographed people in the world supposedly goes to Greece to check out a hotel she never heard of and is not spotted or photographed?” the rep points out, calling the report a “total fabrication.”

Us also thought to phone the events manager at the Elounda Hotel, who denied that Aniston had paid them a visit — although the manager added, “But she is very welcome here.” (Of course she is.)

It wouldn’t be the craziest thing for Aniston to have her wedding in Greece. Her father, actor John Aniston, was born on Crete, and Jennifer lived there for a year when she was a child. It’s beautiful year-round and it has special meaning for Jen — plus, a foreign island location would probably deter at least some of the paparazzi.

But in imagining the perfect Jennifer-Justin wedding, let’s not lose sight of the bigger picture, which is this: Jennifer Aniston is not getting married! At least, she hasn’t shared any wedding plans that we know of. But with she and Theroux celebrating one year together, everyone seems to be bracing for a big announcement, whether it’s a baby on the way or a secret walk to the altar. (And it doesn’t hurt the tabloid buzz that Jen’s ex-husband Brad Pitt is finally getting remarried to her supposed rival, Angelina Jolie.)

If Jen and Justin are actually planning a wedding, we’re sure it will be romantic and tasteful and beautiful… and kept totally secret until the last possible second. A baby, on the other hand? That would be harder to hide!

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Harsashen, Taking the Stress Out Of Your Armenian Weddings and Leaving More …

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(PRLEAP.COM) LOS ANGELES CA – April 24, 2012 – Planning a wedding is no easy task. Apart from the anticipation of the big day and what it represents, getting everything ready on time and making sure that things run smoothly involves a lot of planning. In order to make it an event that everyone enjoys, it’s best to make preparations well beforehand and start off by tackling the more important items first.

The first that comes to mind when planning a wedding is the venue which can be decided only after the couple let it be known whether they wish to have their wedding in a traditional setting or an outdoor ceremony in a lush garden that would be ideal for a spring or summer wedding. It’s essential for the important bookings such as the venue, the catering service, hair stylist make up artist, photographer etc. is done at least 6 months in advance.

Flowers play an important role in any wedding and the flowers chosen should reflect the theme of the wedding and in keeping with the bride’s gown and the rest of the décor. When searching for a florist, look for someone that can be trusted to follow bridal requirements rather than going his or her own way. This goes for photography as well. The chosen photographer should be a person that can take both color as well as black white photos that have made a popular comeback today.

Clear blue skies and warm sunny days give much hope for the wedding season ahead leaving room for brides to use a color palette of their choice for their special day. From snow white to sunny yellow or pastel pink, the wedding dress and those of the bridesmaids have to be shopped for while shoes and other accessories including the all important wedding rings must be ordered well in advance to avoid last minute panic shopping.

Each country has its own quaint traditions when it comes to weddings and a typical Armenian wedding known as the “Harsanik” is no different but unique in its own way. From the breaking of decorated plates by the bride and groom before entering the reception hall to the stealing of some item by the groom’s family from the bride’s house have a special meaning to them such as warding off evil spirits and negative energy from the couple. Another fun event is the dance of the napkins where the guests wave napkins in colors of green and red to match the ribbons worn by the groom.

In Armenian weddings the ceremonies no doubt are very colorful affairs involving a lot of tradition, responsibilities and resultant stress to the organizers. But why be burdened needlessly when technology has made life easy for all wedding planners to access sites such as ewedding.com, and weddingwire.com etc. among others and especially for Armenian couples there’s Harsashen.com which is a virtual one stop wedding planner that will take care of all their wedding needs while allowing the couple to enjoy the occasion minus the stress.

Not only do they have an extensive list of vendors that can provide professional services for all wedding requirements; from banquet halls to churches, from caterers to photographers, etc. While another pleasant surprise is their offer of wedding iPhone Apps absolutely free of charge for anyone to obtain all the information they require with a single click. This unique Armenian wedding directory will no doubt be of immense help to new couples and especially to Armenian brides and grooms to plan their special day just the way they want.

Harsashen.com makes your wedding planning so much fun. Harsashen not only offers everything you may need to make the event a great success but also provide you with all the necessary information to make your planning so much easier. Get details about companies that can offer you professional services to make your special day perfect. Harsashen.com is your road to happiness.

Harsashen is an Armenian word and it means bridal house.

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Angelina Jolie’s son ‘wants Transformer at wedding’

Angelina Jolie’s son ‘wants Transformer at wedding’

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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s eldest son reportedly thinks it would be “cool” if a Transformer attends their wedding.

Brad recently popped the question to Angelina, after seven years of dating.

Their six children have wanted their parents to wed for a while and are now throwing themselves into planning the nuptials with gusto.

Maddox, ten, and five-year-old Shiloh are particularly excited.

“The kids are already coming up with ideas,” a source told the British edition of Grazia magazine. “Shiloh sketched a rainbow-coloured wedding dress the other day, while Maddox said he thought it would be cool if a Transformer was involved in the ceremony.”

Although the pair aren’t thought to have made many firm plans at the moment, it is suspected that George Clooney, Matt Damon, Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale will be on the guest list.

There has been much speculation about where the nuptials will take place, with the couple’s French chateau now the firm favourite. Angelina apparently has a personal reason for wanting the ceremony to take place there.

“Miraval [the house] is the family’s spiritual home,” another insider said. “It is the most romantic of their properties and Angelina feels an affinity with France because her late mother was of French descent.”

Angelina’s father Jon Voight recently said he doesn’t think she has started preparations for her special day yet.






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Sarah and Andrew’s floral theme

Below is the winning floral them for Sarah and Andrews wedding.  Elegant Expression received 72% of the vote.  We want to thank Something New for the three beautiful options.  We can’t wait to see the finish product when Sarah and Andrew are married at the Butler Institute of American Art on May 18th!

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Tall clear crystal vase topped with an arrangement of fuscia and tangerine roses, hydrangea, peonies, and ivy.

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PALM DESERT, AZ (mydesert.com) -What began as an innocent summer fling, turned into happily ever after Sunday for two love-struck canines.

Despite the hot weather, more than 100 friends and family members met at the clubhouse at the Palm Desert Resort Country Club to watch the bride, Scruffy Rubin, walk down a faux grass carpet aisle to her groom, Snickers Carter, who waited anxiously under a flower decorated trellis.

Instead of the wedding march, entertainer Jeri Lynne, accompanied by a live band, sang “You Light Up My Life.”

The first-class wedding – thrown by the mother of the bride, Ernie Rubin of Palm Desert, and the groom’s mother, Ann Carter of Palm Desert – was complete with a wedding cake, open bar, reception and “priest” performing the vows.

The shindig cost more than $5,000, Rubin said.

“I’m not losing a son, I’m gaining a daughter-in-law,” laughed Carter.

The four-legged wedding party consisted of a ring bearer, flower boy, groomsman and usher/security.

Harry Farber, wearing a black collar decorated with white dog bones, officiated at the ceremony.

Of course, every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day – Scruffy included. Rubin dressed Scruffy in a custom couture dress, leash and veil made by Jan Farber.

Snickers donned a doggie tuxedo designed by Spoiled Dog Design.

In lieu of gifts, Rubin and Carter asked for donations to benefit the Orphan Pet Oasis Humane Society of the Desert in North Palm Springs.

“In planning this event Ernie and Ann wanted to make sure that a charity was involved and they felt strongly about what we do at the society,” said society representative and guest Jennifer Hamilton.

June Berke’s “son” Max, a Pug, was honored with the task of groomsman.

“When I heard about the event I was ecstatic. I thought what a brilliant way to raise money for a charity,” Berke said.

“I hope this will enlighten people who take on a pet to realize that they are more than just an animal, they are a lifetime toddler.”

Originally the two canines wanted just an small, intimate wedding, but once word of the upcoming pup-nuptials got out, Rubin and Carter were flooded with requests to attend.

“The whole thing just took on a life of its own and kept growing and growing,” Rubin said.

“But that was OK because the donations we collected for the shelter were just amazing.”

After the ceremony the happy husband and wife spent the afternoon chasing each other, and snacking on dog treats while their owners and two legged guests danced and mingled.

Putting faith in their union, the two canines decided to forgo a pup-prenup.

Tamara H. Sone, The Desert Sun

Person to Watch: Wedding planner brings energy to her job

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MORGAN HOLLAND

Age: 28.

Profession: Owner of Soirees of Chattanooga.

Family: Husband Michael Holland and 2-year-old daughter Mary McKenna Holland.

Hobbies: Shopping, lunch dates with girlfriends, Bible study groups, Facebook, Pinterest.

Favorite movie: “The Little Mermaid.”

Books: “Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette.”

Education: 2001 graduate of Hixson High School and 2005 graduate of University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Hollywood portrays wedding and event planners as people with an overabundance of energy, incredible organizational skills, focus and drive. Morgan Holland fits the bill.

The 28-year-old, owner of Soirees of Chattanooga, an event-planning business, heads out to work every morning with a goal: to be cheerful, adaptable and to keep a positive attitude.

“It benefits me at work and at home,” Holland said.

Holland’s positive attitude benefits those around her, said University of Tennessee at Chattanooga senior Paul Finkelman, Holland’s assistant at Soirees.

“I’ve learned an incredible amount working for her,” said Finkelman, 22. “Some of it is so essential to furthering my career, like dealing with an emotional client or how to direct a long meeting. Some of it, like knowing what color periwinkle is, probably won’t help me too much. Regardless, I would be lost without her and am incredibly thankful that she’s in my life.”

Holland has owned Soirees, based on Broad Street, since 2008.

Q: How did you get involved in the event-planning business?

A: I lived in Los Angeles my last semester of college, and there was a lot of excitement there. I did an internship with casting directors and worked at a five-star hotel. I stayed for a year and loved it there, but I didn’t think it was where I’d one day want to raise a family. I have such a huge support system that I knew I wanted to move back home.

When I moved back to Chattanooga, I started looking for things to do. I knew that I wanted to be involved in the community, and I was interested in getting involved in events. I could not, though, see myself sitting behind a desk. I started calling around to see if there were any openings in the wedding-planning business. I called Soirees of Chattanooga at just the right time. The owner hired me right away, and six months later, she went into a new business and sold Soirees to me.

Q: Are weddings the biggest part of your business?

A: Weddings are our bread and butter. It’s 85 percent of what we do. The rest includes parties for nonprofit organizations, birthday parties and private parties. Private parties are my favorite because it allows us to step outside the box and show off our creative skills.

One of my favorite events was a 75th birthday surprise party. We pulled out all the stops. The honoree loved to play pool, so we hired a professional pool player to play trick shots during the party. We had a 20-piece band play music from the big-band era; we had cupcakes that looked like cue balls. The person who hired us put us totally in charge of everything from decorations to favors to entertainment. It was a huge success.

Q: When you’re not working, do you take a break from planning things?

A: No. I am obsessed. All my girlfriends like to make fun of me because I’m always talking about planning this and that. They do, however, want me to plan their children’s birthday parties. And that’s OK. I like doing it.

Q: Is social media an important facet of your business?

A: Absolutely, particularly Facebook and Pinterest. I started using Pinterest in my business about eight months ago. It was fairly new, and many people had never even heard of it. Today, most of my friends are on Pinterest. I have different boards that my clients use. It’s very helpful when planning events, especially weddings. My clients, for example, will pin wedding dresses they like, and I can go online and look at everything they’re considering.

Q: Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

A: Definitely still working, but hopefully I’ll have a much larger company. I still want to be involved in more business-related events and destination weddings. I’d love for my clients to take me to tropical locations for events. It would be fun. The wedding and event-planning business is fairly new in the South. It’s has been around for a long time and is much bigger on the West Coast and in New York. I’m ready for it to take off here.