Sex in the City in Paris | A One-Day Tour with Storytellers Events

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Ha- what better way to kick off my series of posts about planning a wedding in Paris than with Sex in the City ;).  I know, I know, they may not relate, but you would be surprised (or not surprised) by the amount of brides who ask about seeing some of the places filmed in the show- especially our most current bride.  Therefore, for her, I put together a full day tour of the sights related to Sex in the City and mixed it with some awesome tourist sights to see Paris, and now I figure I will share it with you.

1)  Begin your journey at Plaza Athénee, 25 Avenue Montaigne, the hotel where Carrie stays.  It is currently undergoing renovations, and should reopen their doors in the summer of 2014.

If  you are interested in staying at another hotel that is wonderful in the area, the Shangri-La Hotel Paris is gorgeous, has views of the Eiffel Tower, and is a palace a couple of blocks away from the Plaza Athénée :).

IMG_21002)  The street that the Plaza Athénée is on is the Avenue Montaigne- a street filled with Fendi, Dolce Gabbana, Chanel, Louis Vuitton…you get the point.  In any case, walk up the street towards the Champs Elysées and you will see the infamous Dior (on your right), where Carrie has a little mishap with the floor.

3)  Continue to walk up Avenue Montaigne towards the Champs Elysées, do your window shopping, and you will run into the Metro stop Franklin D Roosevelt.  I suggest taking the metro to our next stop since the walk is a long one…because this is a smaller station there is not a place to buy tickets, make sure that you have metro tickets at your disposal.

Take the metro line 1 (or yellow line) towards Château de Vincennes– and you will get off at the stop “Hotel de Ville.

Coming out of the metro, you will see the beautiful Hôtel de Ville or City Hall- which houses the Mayor of Paris and local Administration.  Plus…it also has grand reception spaces for you wedding couples ;)….

4)  Now you have a choice on the direction you want to go….like choose your own adventure books (if you are old enough to remember what these are…).

Choice 1:  If you like Vintage Clothing- you must head north on Rue de Renard and then take a right on Rue de la Verrerie.  All along this street, on both sides, there are vintage clothing shops, unique, and beautiful- up until your hit Rue du Roi du Sicile (Thanks Chris for your expertise on this).  Do not go too early…the shops do not open until 10-11 a.m., some not until after lunch, so pick your time wisely ;).

Choice 2:  Want a little historical tour, head south towards the bridge, cross the bridge, and tada….Notre Dame- yup it is on an island!  (go inside- it is free to tour the inside of the Cathedral, and there is a price to climb the stairs to see all the gargoyles).  If you have a little time, head to the back of Notre Dame and you will see a little secluded park and go a little further and you will run into the Île Saint Louis– the 2nd island in the Seine river.  Super quaint and adorable, there are several shops, and you will find many people heading there for the famous Bertillon ice cream.

IMG_19355)  Whichever choice you made, or did not make- maybe you just want to see Sex in the City landmarks- follow the Seine river west.  Walk along the Seine, amongst the flower markets, until you hit the Pont de Neuf and take a right at the Rue du Pont Neuf (a 10 minute leisurely walk).  Here, at 1 Rue du Pont Neuf, there is the Kong Restaurant on the 5th floor.  Go.  The food is good, the decor is ultra modern and kitsch, and the view is impeccable.  At night, you will most definitely need a reservation- for lunch, which is when I went, I still reserved, but the restaurant was not full.  Prices for lunch ran from 35 – 45 euros based on the formule chosen.

IMG_18096) Now that you have eaten, let’s continue to stroll along the Seine heading west.  In 5 minutes you will hit the Pont des Arts, a pedestrian bridge- the bridge where Carrie and Big share their Parisian kiss.  Back in the day, this used to be where you could find people picnicking with baguettes, cheese, and wine on a sunny day- and now what you will find are the “love locks.”  Not to worry, if you did not bring a padlock and key, you can buy one from a vendor on the bridge ;).

7)  Here’s my favorite part of the tour…from here, head north on the bridge in the opposite direction from the Institut de France (the background in the clip above), and you will be heading into one of the back entrances of the Louvre.  Head that way.  I love entering from this direction, since you turn a corner, and you find yourself in the middle of the Louvre Museum, the pyramid right in front of you, and the gardens, the Eiffel tower, and the Arc de Triomphe in the distance.

8)  The final stop of the tour is at the Musee Jeu de Paume, the museum where Petrovsky holds his exposition.  From the Louvre, walk through the Tuileries Gardens towards Place de la Concorde, and at the very end, on the corner of Place de la Concorde and Rue de Rivoli, you will find it.

So, that’s it folks.  I hope you enjoy!  If there is a place I missed, please do let me know and I will do my best to add it to the tour :).

 

IMG_2002**Added Bonus**  At the end of the day, if you are looking for a place to have dinner, and you’re still in sightseeing mode…the restaurant in the movie, Something’s Gotta Give –yes, the one with Diane Keaton, Keanu Reeves, and Jack Nicholson- is closeby…

It’s “Le Grand Colbert” on 2 Rue Vivienne.  The easiest way to get there is from the front of the Louvre.  If you are looking at the Pyramid right in the circle in front of the Louvre, take a left and continue.  You will run into the Palais Royal– go through the gardens – all the way through- and it will let out on the Rue Vivienne.  And there it is on the right hand side.  Be like Diane an order the roast chicken and some wine to go around!

 

IMG_2122*** Now to relate this to a Parisian Wedding- Plaza Athénée and the Shangri-La Hotel both have wonderful reception options for your wedding!  You cannot go wrong with the beauty, the service, and the food at either of these locations.  And be sure to check out the Pont des Arts at sunset for your photos… ***

 


An April Fools Wedding | Putting the FUN in FUNky at the Curtis Hotel, Denver

An April Fools Day wedding.  It’s not a day befitting just any wedding, but for this couple, it was perfect.  As planners, we often speak to our couples about creating a wedding that fits their personalities, where people will know when they walk into the ceremony or reception that it represents “them.”  And that is what this wedding was all about….it was so totally “Susi and Sam.”

Susi contacted me when her initial ceremony venue was closing and she needed to find a new art gallery to hold the wedding ceremony. (Not to worry, that post is in the works and she decided on the Space Gallery 😉 ).

Here’s what I knew coming into the wedding: purple, board games, whirly pops, and handmade crocheted mustaches (by the bride- yes, every SINGLE one).  So, we went with it- and had so much fun putting it together!  It’s not often we get to be silly for a wedding.

(When purchasing some of the items to make the centerpieces, the woman at the checkout counter made a comment about how exciting it is to plan a kids birthday party…when I told her it was for a wedding, she just stared…and insert awkward silence…And the best part, the bride loves this story!  Yup- we work with the best couples.)

What better venue than the Curtis Hotel in Denver, Colorado, with it’s themed floors, oversized Jenga game, and hula hoops all in house?  Amongst the games, the fun, the dancing, the eating, and the funky photo booth, what I remember the most was the toast by the father of the groom.  Two years later and I still remember how amazing it was…

I don’t know the exact words, but here’s the gist:

He spoke about how many speeches are made about how the groom is now ‘tied down’ to his ‘ol’ ball and chain’ – and its negative connotations,  but nobody speaks to the WONDER that is woman.  Yes, the wonder that is woman.  He then proceeded to give 3 wonderful ways being loved by a woman, being loved by his woman, has affected his life for the positive.

Chills, right?

So, on that note of love, what makes this post all the sweeter is that this couple just welcomed a new baby boy…so here’s to celebrating their love, their personalities, and their growing family.  Their son is one lucky boy to have these two as parents!

 

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Venue:  The Curtis Hotel

Formals location:  Denver Center of the Performing Arts Complex

Photographer:  Crystal Allen Photography  (2nd shooter Autumn Cutaia Photography)

Photo Booth: Bokeh Booth

Flowers:  The Perfect Petal

Cake and Cupcakes:  Happy Cakes

DJ:  A Music Plus

Wedding Planner:  Storytellers Events

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Wedding Industry Experts- Honour Roll Member

 

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This year, it came to a surprise to us, that we have been selected to be part of the 2014 Wedding Industry Experts first ever Honour (GB spelling ;)) Roll.  Amazing Recognition!  What makes this recognition even sweeter is apparently the companies are nominated by other businesses in the event industry. Of course, just as we are inspired by others who are involved in events, and are constantly in awe of their talent, professionalism, and just plain friendship, it is humbling to find out that we may also inspire others.  It’s even weird to write and admit that.  However, it does make me so happy to have created a company that does.  So, may we continue to inspire those who are planning their weddings, but also those who play a part in this amazing event industry.  I know I will continue to strive to do so.

To see the complete list, click here.

 

 


Emerald Green Wedding

As featured on Landlocked Bride

We knew we wanted to do a wedding styled shoot with the 2013 Pantone Color of the year- Emerald Green.  Then what?  We tossed around a lot of ideas, wanting the style to be elegant and not kitschy.  None of the ideas stuck until… until we met the bride. We were completely inspired by her whimsical and edgy style. I mean, how could we not, she had emerald green hair!

We also loved the idea of pairing her edgier style with the timeless elegance of the venue, Castle Cliff Estate. In searching for unique ways to incorporate emerald green into a theme, we thought, “what could be more whimsical than Wizard of Oz and the Emerald City?” Therefore, we chose our favorite Oz quote for the lollipop favors, used the yellow brick road as our table name, the Tornado for the cocktail, and a Justin Alexander gown from The Bridal Collection that had a Glenda look. Our florist, Bella Calla’s, inspiration also came to life with our Emerald city where the centerpieces and bouquet displayed the whimsical feel of walking through the forest and poppy fields. The theme also helped with our color scheme, bringing in greens, yellows (yellow brick road), and reds (the ruby slippers).

At Castle Cliff Estate, in Sedalia, Colorado, we were able to use existing furniture, which was a nice backdrop to our DIY projects incorporated into the day. Many of our couples ask us about DIY opportunities for their wedding and we thought this was a fun way to showcase our ideas for DIY desserts. We made cupcakes and cake pops and our word of advice is that cake pops are a lot more difficult than they seem (we recommend using a professional, or get a cake pop maker with a lot of trial runs.) To go along with the unique feel of the shoot, we loved the cocktail hour marquee sign from Saddle Shoe Signs– and of course in red! We totally had to incorporate it somehow.

Even though we usually use rentals for glassware for weddings, we got lucky and found the green wine and martini glasses as well as some decor items at Pier 1 Imports, on sale.  So, do not discount checking out stores, and sometimes it is cost effective to buy rather than rent.

Magically, it just so happened that the day of the shoot  (in March) we had a major snowstorm in Colorado. We are still amazed all the vendors made the trek in the snow storm- yup, they are amazing- and we only had a couple of mishaps with sliding cars (oops…)  The snow was not expected, but we were able to take advantage of its beauty, which added to the romance of the day and the stark color contrast.

We were lucky enough for this shoot to be featured on Landlocked Bride!  They must have great taste :)!

We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!  Autumn Cutaia Photography, you are wonderful to work with, a gem of a person, and we just love your photos!

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Photographer: Autumn Cutaia Photography

Venue:  Castle Cliff Estate

Wedding Designers: Storytellers Events

Floral:  Bella Calla

Marquis Sign: Saddle Shoe Signs

Bridal Gown: The Bridal Collection

Plates and Flatware: Event Rents

Glassware: Pier 1 Imports