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The New York Times Weddings/Celebrations: Breaking the Monkey-Suit Mold

The New Times interviews Bryan on Fashion Etiquette for grooms…  SIPHERDEVAN.  “Breaking the Monkey-Suit Mold,” The New York Times, August 22, 2014 (Link)

“Grooms are focusing more on fashion than I’ve ever seen before,” said Bryan Rafanelli, the Boston-based event planner who coordinated Chelsea Clinton’s wedding. “There’s so much focus on what the bride is going to wear. The grooms feel like, ‘This is great, but what about me?’ ”

Some grooms today don’t want to look the same as every other marrying man, and if they’re having a black-tie wedding, they don’t want to look like every other male guest. But it’s easier said than done. “If you start to veer away from a black tuxedo, there aren’t that many alternatives,” Mr. Rafanelli said. Read More…

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New York Wedding Guide – List of Planners

Rafanelli Events

5 W. 19th St., nr. Fifth Ave., second floor; 212-318-3379;

Bryan Rafanelli, the man behind Chelsea Clinton’s much-scrutinized 2010 nuptials, is known for his exquisite style, attention to detail, and ability to transform a bride’s vision into reality—no matter how fanciful it may be. His full-service event company offers budget planning, day-of coordination, and more. Prices upon request.

Link to full list here

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Departures “World’s Best Event Planners”

Bryan Rafanelli, Rafanelli Events, Boston

Bryan Rafanelli, who also has offices in New York (212-858-9715)and Washington, D.C. (202-407-1376), was the man that Bill and Hillary Clinton trusted for their daughter Chelsea’s top-secret, top-tier wedding in 2010—no wonder, as he’s also regularly tapped to organize state dinners in D.C. (German Chancellor Angela Merkel was greeted at a starlit supper by a Marine orchestra and a forest of yellow calla lilies.) Rafanelli has a Clooney-esque charm and is known for a polished ease, whether flying 300 pairs of flip-flops to a party in Jamaica or personally carrying a wedding-cake topper on his lap. Another signature touch is his cell-phone coat check, where guests can deposit their phones for charging—and concentrate on dinner. 617-357-1818;

Read the full article here: Departures Worlds Best Event Planners

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WASHINGTON POST: Opera Ball Celebrates Italian Culture With Special Guest Joe Biden

Opera Ball celebrates Italian culture with special guest Joe Biden

This weekend we brought a taste of Italy to DC for the Italian edition of the Opera Ball hosted at the Italian Ambassador’s Villa Firenze.  We set up a tent whose interior resembled an Italian Piazza.  Read more about this exciting event in The Washington Post.

Photo courtesy of The Washington Post / Yassine El Mansouri.

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CeciStyle Magazine – Expert Style Tips by Bryan Rafanelli

Ideas to Take Weddings to the Next Level by Bryan Rafanelli of Rafanelli Events

In this edition of CeciStyle, Bryan Rafanelli shares 5 ideas in his interview with Invitiation Innovator Ceci Johnson of Ceci New York.  Don’t miss these expert style tips as they’re the new standards for cutting edge wedding experiences!

“Teaming up with creative minds is one of my favorite things. And when those minds are also genuine, professional and fun to work with, it’s just icing on the cake. Bryan Rafanelli and his team are just that – top-notch innovators, creating some of the world’s most notable parties”- CECI JOHNSON

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HGTV Celebrity Holiday Homes TV Segment with Bryan Rafanelli

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Tune in this Friday, December 14th at 9pmEST to HGTV for the season premiere featuring Bryan Rafanelli.

In this edition of Celebrity Holiday Homes, comedienne Lisa Lampanelli‘s beachfront Connecticut home glitters with holiday design thanks to luxury designer Bryan Rafanelli. Also watch designer Jes Gordon deck the halls of actress Tamara Tunie‘s Harlem brownstone and designer Kelli Ellis dream of a white, pink and blue Christmas for Haylie Duff‘s LA home.

Below: a behind-the-scenes look at the taping with Bryan at Lisa’s home in Fairfield, CT.

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Sackler Gallery 25th Anniversary Celebration

“Partnering with the Sackler Gallery was an invigorating experience at every turn.  Inspiration was easy to come by, be it from the original Arthur Sackler collection or the contemporary installations like that of Ai WeiWei.  And the amazing opportunity to work in close collaboration with Director Julian Raby, as well as co-chairs Mrs. Susan Pillsbury and Mrs. Ann Nitze, and of course the incomparable Dame Jillian Sackler, made for an engaging process and an incredibly magical night.” – Bryan Rafanelli

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Photo gallery above courtesy of Womens Wear Daily / Tony Powell.


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Bar Mitzvah: Club Cole

As a follow-up to last week’s post with fabulous Bar Mitzvah photos from the ever-talented duo at Person + Killian, we are so excited to share with you the amazing videography of Open Eye Media.

Without further ado, please click here to experience: CLUB COLE.

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BLOG: Destination Bar Mitzvah with Rafanelli Events


Person + Killian was thrilled to be able to photograph a destination Bar Mitzvah with Rafanelli Events in gorgeous Palm Beach, Florida!

The Bar Mitzvah took place at The Mar-a-Lago Club and was transformed into “Club Cole at Hotel CK” for the event. We had some time with the family to utilize the beautiful property for some formal photographs before heading into the Gold and White Ballroom for the traditional Havdala service.

Cocktail hour was held at the Poolside Casino and included motivators who took on the rolls of security guards, a pit boss lifeguard and shot girls who interacted with the crowd. An iPad sign-in-board was set up next to the Paparazzi photo shoot where guests could take home the photos at the end of the night.

Following the cocktail reception, guests were welcomed into the main ballroom “Club Cole”. The reception kicked off with the Hora, followed by a night of dancing and celebration. Before the night ended, the guests were treated to the surprise headliner of the night – a concert by Sean Kingston. After the concert, Cole and his family had a chance to spend some time with Sean Kingston and Donald Trump (owner of the Mar-a-Lago) for some one on one time and some photographs.

We would like to send a special thanks to Cole and his family for being so wonderful and to the team at Rafanelli Events for this great opportunity to photograph this gorgeous event!

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The Knot – A Venetian Masquerade Reception in NYC

Set in the grandeur of New York City’s Frick Collection museum, this masquerade-inspired reception brimmed with unconventional drama. Heather & Adam did away with all tradition to embrace their unique masquerade theme rather than trying to fit themselves into a mold. The result was a completely authentic and memorable event. (*The couple wed at home at midnight the night before).

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