My Favorite Black Book

Once again, I would like to welcome you to my new blog! I’ve been waiting for a long time for the opportunity to share my thoughts and exciting experiences that paint my day ‘all the colors of the rainbow’.

To me, my blog is an extension of the never ending passion I have for all things creative and aesthetic and for my endless ‘fireworks of thoughts’ that keep my body and soul at a very high adrenaline level – about what I am doing for which client, what things I need to find and purchase for this or that bride…

All this and more, are recorded in lists and sketches I put in my ‘Favorite Black Book’.  All my initial meetings with clients are recorded in this book. It is when and where I get a feel for what the clients taste is, their vision, what kind of day they dream of having.  Every once in a while, I like to look back through the older entries and read through those first random thoughts and notes I’ve taken of their preferences and my ‘bright ideas’ that are sparked by the challenge of fulfilling those dreams and desires. And see how close or far we were in the beginning of our journey to the end result. Remarkably, I find that in most cases as long or short as the design process may be, it really is interesting to see how that initial interaction between the clients wishes and my creative ideas is very much the same from inspiration to end…

The basic truth is inspiration can come from anywhere….

Last winter I met this lovely couple called Ilana and Clive. Looking back to our first meeting the brief went as such:

Dream – to get married on the beach.

Chuppah – square structure, white flowing fabric, knots of flowers on four posts

Tablescapes – round tables, white party chairs, flowers romantic, white with touches of yellow

Colors – white with a touch of yellow…

The results …

These guidelines and a great chemistry with the clients, inspired the addition of nautical and beach side elements such as an underlying palm tree theme, reflected in the design elements and in menus which were created by the very talented graphic designer/ groom Clive Garsin.

Upon entering the venue, guests received their place card Capiz shells with their names and table numbers handwritten by a professional calligraphy writer in place of the conventional printed place cards. The Capiz shells were repeated in design decorating the place card table and hanging from the back of Chuppah. The sound of the Capiz shell wind chimes blowing in the breeze was so relaxing!

In line with the nautical theme, black and white striped fabric was introduced ‘last minute’ to hide less attractive partitions belonging to venue.






The yellow accents really lifted the whole design and were used in the cushions, yellow ribbons on bride and groom chairs, in the flower arrangements like soft buttons of yolk in the mass of white flower meringue, and in the large glass vases filled with lemons and orchids used to decorate the buffets.

wedding by the sea - twisted lemon

ilana and clive centerpieces



And as the yellow sun sets on the sandy white beach…



I love my job!

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