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Last September, I had the pleasure of working on a beautiful, unique wedding at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. What was so unique about this wedding? The décor…it was just the right amount of sparkle. But it’s where the sparkle came from that made it special. Our bride Elyse owns a business with her father called CJS Sales in Manhattan. They sell vintage jewelry parts and supplies, among fabulous other treasures and incorporated exquisite pieces from their own warehouse with the help of some of Elyse’s designer friends made this Art Deco wedding a visual wonder.

But first, let me introduce you to the Bride, Elyse Schimel Mues and her husband Adam… (here is a beautiful summary from the groom Adam!)

Elyse wearing a gorgeous Naeem Khan beaded cocktail dressed that looked exactly like the one on her invitation! Adam is wearing a dapper tux from TOM BARNETT Bespoke Clothing.

Elyse wearing a gorgeous Naeem Khan beaded cocktail dressed that looked exactly like the one on her invitation! Adam is wearing a dapper ensemble from TOM BARNETT Bespoke Clothing.

Elyse and Adam met through an online dating service in January of 2013. Their first date was dinner at an Italian restaurant in New York City followed by drinks and dancing at a nearby sports bar and club. Although the outline of the date was standard they both felt a strong early connection with one another. Adam began courting Elyse over the next several months with frequent dinners, movies, brunch, sporting event dates and whatever he could think of in order to spend time with her. Four months later they took a vacation to San Francisco and had many exciting adventures including the idea that they wanted to move in together when they returned to New York City. Adam quickly realized that she was a wonderful supportive person that he would be lucky to spend the rest of his life with. After about a year of living together, Adam proposed to Elyse at his childhood home in Nebraska while the two were visiting for his high school class reunion. Although Elyse had been waiting for some time for this news, the proposal was a surprise to her and she was very excited to share the news with family and to introduce herself as Adam’s fiancé.

After a whirlwind engagement and planning period of 3 months, Elyse and Adam decided to have their wedding at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. They chose the location for its classy Deco period style and elegance. Extended family and friends traveled to New York City for the event and for mini vacations. The wedding had a Deco theme highlighting Elyse’s business (and her own personal style) that included unusual jewelry and stones used in the couple’s clothing, accessories, wedding cake, and in the ceremony itself. This included rhinestone embellishments to Elyse’s dress and Adam’s cuff links, tuxedo set and cummerbund were all custom made with rhinestones and other jewels from Elyse’s company. Although everyone was trying to absorb all of the beauty, style and emotions surrounding the occasion, both Elyse and Adam admit that the event was difficult to remember in totality. The wedding day was filled with excitement and chaos, but everything went according to plan and was considered by everyone to be an enormous success.

Here is Elyse getting her makeup done by my dear friend Tara Dominguez.

Here is Elyse getting her makeup done by my dear friend Tamara Dominguez.

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Elyse’s wanted to wear Galia Lahav and was able to find her dream dress at Bridal Reflections. Additional beading and trims were selected by her friend, Ranjana Khan, jewelry designer whose pieces are frequently worn by the first lady Michelle Obama.  Adam’s dinner jacket, tux pants, shirt and bow tie were all custom made by TOM BARNETT Bespoke Clothing.

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Head designer of Miriam Haskel (1968 – 1978), Larry Vrba designed the boutonnière, studs and cuff links for Adam.

 

 

 Larry Vrba designed Elyses's head piece, top of her bridal gown and her cuff.

Larry Vrba also designed Elyses’s head piece, top of her bridal gown and her cuff.

From Elyse:

In keeping with the theme of incorporating my company’s vintage jewelry parts into my wedding, Floralia Decorators went above and beyond what any luxury flower and event decorators would be expected to do.  Getting dirty, they came to my 5,000 square foot warehouse three or four times, digging for antique treasures they could use for my wedding. Floralia picked out vintage rhinestone broaches, which were attached to ribbon and used as decorative napkin rings for the place settings and doubled as a gift for the guests to take home.  They also picked vintage rhinestone necklaces and belts that were draped on the back of guests chairs as decorations as opulent as the roaring twenties.  Next, Floralia picked out boxes of antique hand blown French crystal chandelier parts (also from CJS) to decorate the flowers and candelabras.  It was spectacular.  Additionally, Lion head cuff links designed by my father in the 1960’s under his previous company Kim Craftsmen (1950’s to 1990’s, which produced over 100 million pieces of jewelry in the garment center and has been featured in museums and jewelry books) were also incorporated into the table settings as decoration and gifts for the gentlemen guests to take home as party favors.  The table looked beautiful and guests are still talking about the precious treasures they got to take home.  A lion Judith Leiber purse frame was dug up at CJS and chosen to be the ring box.

Each of the 63 chairs were fastened on the back with vintage rhinestone necklaces and belts.

Each of the 63 chairs were fastened on the back with vintage rhinestone necklaces and belts that were all from CJS Sales.

Floralia Decorators added lush florals to the already beautiful details.

Floralia Decorators added lush florals to the already beautiful details.

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These are the cufflinks that Elyse's dad designed in the 1960's, each gentleman guest took a pair home as a favor. The ladies each had their own unique vintage broach that they were able to take home.

These are the cufflinks that Elyse’s dad designed in the 1960’s, each gentleman guest took a pair as a favor. The ladies each had their own unique vintage broach that they were able to take home.

What's a wedding without some sweet treats!  My friend Kate Sullivan of Cake Power made the adorable topper and the pastry chef of the Waldorf Astoria made the wedding cake.  Elyse's cousin, Sabrina Kuratana who owns Art Gallery Cookies, made the delicious and amazingly decorated cookies.

What’s a wedding without some sweet treats! My friend Kate Sullivan of Cake Power made the adorable topper and the pastry chef of the Waldorf Astoria made the wedding cake. Elyse’s cousin, Sabrina Kuratana who owns Art Gallery Cookies, made the delicious and amazingly decorated cookies.

Congrats Elyse and Adam!

Congrats Elyse and Adam!

 

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A few weeks ago I met two ladies at an event I was attending, Randi and Rena, and they were serving the most delicious gluten free treats I have tasted!   The texture was excellent; flavors popped and were not overly sweet. It was a well-balanced nibble.

Now mind you – this bakery, It’s In the Mix, has only been opened for 4 months. I was very surprised by this information because the quality and taste of their desserts are better than some of the best bakeries I have been to in NYC.

What makes this bakery amazing is that it’s fresh baked, uses quality, locally sourced ingredients and there are no preservatives in their desserts.

Seriously, who doesn't love a bite size cupcake.  (My favorite is the carrot cake!!)

Seriously, who doesn’t love a bite size cupcake. (My favorite is the carrot cake!!)

And of course being the bakery geek that I am, I was curious about these two…so  we sat down  had a little chat about baking and small businesses.

Some fun facts about Rena & Randi ….

– Rena’s brother, Bill and daughter Jennifer both have problems with gluten as does Randi’s grandson, Andre.

-Their first professional baking class was taken at Butter Lane Cupcakes here in NYC.  They did a cupcake decorating class and then went back and followed up with their baking class.

– They also went to Institute of Culinary Education here in New York City to further their baking education.

– Rena and Randi are the bakers of their respective families and come by cooking honestly – Rena learned baking from her Mom and Randi learned her way around the kitchen from her Mom learning how to make her fantastic Chicken Parm.

-Rena is in her 28th year as a professor at FIT teaching Textile Design and Fabric Styling.

– Randi is a retired entrepreneur who had her own children’s wear line for 20 years.  She is currently spoiling her grandchildren, helping to take care of her parents and volunteers at the Carter Burden Center for the Aging.

Lemon Squares, these are  my favorite dessert that these ladies make.

Lemon Squares, these are my favorite dessert that these ladies make.

The orange biscotti had a nice texture and bites of dark chocolate and coconut.

The orange biscotti had a nice texture and bites of dark chocolate and coconut.

Some fun facts about their new business…

– It took weeks of researching rental kitchens in New York City to find the right “home”.  Out of the 41 rental kitchens they found online – only 1 of them was a gluten free kitchen and they are currently baking away in Long Island City.

– It took many months of trial and error baking with different kinds of homemade gluten free flours until they were able to develop their own mix.

– Their bakery started with just cupcakes and has since expanded their delicious treat menu to 19 items.

– Their first big break in the gluten free market was creating baked goods for chef Anthony of Bistango on the Upper Eastside. (It’s an all gluten free restaurant!!!!)

Raspberry Square

I had the reap berry square with a cup of tea for breakfast, yep – that was a good idea….

Carrot Cake Cupcake

I am a big fan of carrot cake and these ladies deliver, its not overly sweet an the cupcake is very moist.

These ladies are now in the throws of starting a small business in NYC, not an easy thing to do and does provide it’s challenges.  They are learning about general liability insurance, rental spaces, social media, marketing, packaging and still exploring recipes with the science of gluten free baking.  I want to wish them the best of luck in their new endeavor!

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If in New York City, you can purchase some of their fresh baked yummy treats at the following locations:

Agata & Valentina- 64 University Place, NYC

1505 First Avenue, NYC

GiGi Cafe- 307 7th Avenue, NYC

958 Third Avenue, NYC

Todaro Brothers 555 Second Avenue, NYC

 

Visit their Facebook page for delicious updates!

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