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The Royal Wedding Review

Friday, April 29th, 2011

In the wee hours of America this morning, April 29th 2011, lovers of the UK Royalty, admirers of Prince  William and his beautiful bride Katherine, and those obsessed with weddings and fashion (and wedding fashion!) turned on their televisions, or  used whatever handheld device they had, to tune into The Royal Wedding. It was not only the focus of television stations everywhere all week, but it was being streamed from the Royal Wedding Channel on YouTube. I am not a bit surprised that many of our friends, families and fabulous vendors stayed up all night to soak up all the coverage. 

Catherine Middleton and Prince William arrived at Westminster Abbey separately in beautiful classy cars. Kate was accompanied by her father, and Prince William was accompanied by his brother, Prince Harry.

To everyone’s pleasure, Kate wore a dress by creative director Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. It was a beautiful long sleeved v-neck gown with a lace overlay. The lace used on her dress was of course, French Chantilly lace and English Cluny lace.  Her  delicate veil was ivory silk tulle trimmed with hand-embroidered flowers, and she topped it with a feminine Cartier ‘halo’ tiara that was lent to her by Queen Elizabeth.

Her shoes were also by Alexander McQueen. They were handmade and composed of ivory duchesse satin. Kate wore gorgeous diamond drop earrings that were gifted to her by her parents. She carried a beautiful and delicate bouquet that complemented the gorgeous lace detail on her gown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She was attended by her sister Pippa and a collection of adorable children from the family.

They said their vows and continued onto Buckingham Palace, of course on their way, they toured the streets of London, greeting and celebrating with the citizens.

Once at Buckingham, the couple stood on the balcony with their family and attendants, greeted the gathering crowd, and had their official kiss as husband and wife.

The wedding day is full of celebration for not only The Royal Family, but guests and the citizens of the UK, as they obtain a fabulous new admirable member of the HRH.

Coverage will continue all day, and into the week, I’m sure. Catherine Middleton’s wedding day style and grace will inspire brides and wedding fashion for years to come.

Click on this link to enjoy a beautiful highlight: The Royal Wedding

An Evening at The Canyons

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

Part of what we love about life at Soirée Productions is the fabulous venues that we are surrounded by. We’ve become almost spoiled with amazing resorts that feature stunning views, the best snow you could ever ask for, and some of the most luxurious spas that we’ve ever experienced.  Beyond that, the resorts in Park City are home to mouthwatering and exquisite restaurants. When it comes to food, us ladies at Soirée Productions definitely have our preferences.

Just recently, we were invited by Brooke Hafets, Romance Director of  The Canyons, to experience the great dining that The Canyons has to offer. Of course, we joined her for an evening of cuisine delight.

The Canyons has a number of great places to grab a bite to eat, but we wanted to focus on choices that we could share with our fabulous clients and their guests. Brooke chose three of the 14+ restaurant choices at The Canyons to share with us.

We began our tour at  The Alpine House. This choice is perfect for a more intimate group. We loved it because it was cozy and at the same time sophisticated and eclectic. The menu is great, served along side a fabulous bar. All of the cuisine is cooked on a wood fired brick oven. We chose to have just a snack, of delicious cheeses, fruit and sliced meat. We wish we could have stayed for our entire dinner, and the ambiance would be perfect for that. The Alpine House is perfect for a reception style event, rehearsal dinner, or other less formal event.

Next, we moved onto Red Tail Grill. Brooke suggested the Sangria, which I believe is one of my new favorites, by far. She also suggested that we try the Buffalo Short Rib Nachos. Of course, we ordered Brooke’s suggestion, and we will never regret it. The Buffalo Short Rib Nachos were everything you dream they would be: tender, juicy and the perfect salsa to top it off. Simply nacho perfection. Brooke also suggested that we try the Crab Tostada, the Southwestern Cheeseburger, and the Grilled Steak Salad. We knew we had to save enough room for the next food stop, we will definitely try those the next visit…

Last on the list for the evening, but certainly not the least, was the new addition to The Canyons, The Farm. This new space recognizes Chef Murcko and is committed to local flavors as well as sustainable food. With a completely elegant presentation, and unique menu choices, The Canyons caters to a personal choice and belief of many by offering a restaurant with a commitment such as The Farm.

The wine list is impeccable, and the Sommelier even brought in an incredible red blend that he personally drinks at home(it was divine, by the way).  The décor and the staff of The Farm provide for a relaxing dining experience in a modern space with a fine feel to every moment of your experience.

After a fabulous dinner at The Farm, and finish to our evening of taste, we decided that The Farm is a great place for a  slightly more formal dinner party, and that the separation of the well-endowed bar and the dining area provides for plentiful space for a larger amount of guests.

While waiting for our car at valet, we could not stop talking about how excited we were about our experience. Brooke provided the excellent host, and The Canyons provided fabulous dining. We are excited to share our evening with you, and hope that you are inspired to experience dining at The Canyons for yourself.

The Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

At this point of April, it is difficult to get through the day without hearing, seeing or reading about the Royal Wedding.  With the Royal wedding only 9 days away (April 29th, 2011 10:00 a.m. London Time), the anticipation is almost too much to bear for us. Not very often do we get to enjoy weddings as royal as, well, The Royal Wedding. Speculations are everywhere, and the world over is becoming obsessed with the details of the gala.

The ladies of Soirée Productions love nothing more than a fabulous wedding, and since The Royal Wedding simply guarantees this, we have paid careful attention to how we are going to soak up as much Royal+Wedding as we can during the days surrounding April 29th, 2011…

Here’s what we have gathered, so that we can tune in for a full experience…

Thursday, April 27th, 2011

At 6:30 p.m. eastern time, NBC’s Nightly News will begin broadcasting from London, include a special preview of the wedding and information on the city and all of the pre-wedding information.

AT 8:00 p.m. eastern time, NBC will air a behind the scenes documentary, “Inside the Royal Wedding”.

Friday, April 29th, 2011-Wedding Day

 NBC will begin broadcasting a special edition of their “Today” show of the live coverage of The Royal Wedding at 4 am eastern time that will continue until 11a.m. eastern time.  The broad cast will feature special hosts and be broadcasted both from New York and London.  We’ll be able to enjoy live feed of the many different celebrations going on in London, including what’s going on at Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, and Westminster Abbey.       

From 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. eastern time,  “Dateline” will begin their broadcast of an “Instant Documentary” of Post-Wedding excitement.

NBC’s weekend broadcast will still be from London, reviewing the wedding and catching glimpses of the city’s celebration.

If you aren’t near your tv, not to worry. There are plenty more ways to catch the live broadcast of The Prince and his bride…

You can catch the Royal Channel  on YouTube for a live feed of Prince William and Kate Middleton saying their vows. 

The Royal Channel is a great resource, even if you are watching the event on NBC. You can view maps of the Procession,  get a minute by minute countdown, join other fans, and even upload your own special video message to Prince William and the Princess-to-be.  

With so much technology available these days you can not only watch the wedding broadcast on your mobile device, but you can download apps that will enhance your experience of The Royal Wedding.  Check out what’s available for your phone, but Apple and Android users have amazing  apps available to them,including apps that take you on virtual tours of the Westminster Abbey as well as apps that provide details on the last seven Royal Weddings.

This is a day that practically everyone will be celebrating, especially those of us that truly have a passion for weddings. Tune in, wherever you are, and join us in watching a beautifully momentous day in history.

Your Invitation to Watch the Royal Wedding is below.


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