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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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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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Boston Globe: Megan Hilty is Smash at Brigham and Women’s Benefit

BOSTON COMMON – Spring 2012 Charitable Highlights

Boston’s Spring 2012 ‘Season of Giving’ included the following two couldn’t-miss philanthropic fêtes. We are honored to have designed and produced both and send a huge congratulations to the Camp Harbor View Foundation and the Fallon Family Charitable Foundation on their tremendous success.

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Bryan Rafanelli, Huffington Post “Oasis” Designer, Reveals The Do’s And Don’ts Of Throwing A Great Party…

Since the Republican And Democratic National Conventions are essentially the two biggest parties to be thrown in America this year, we’ve been wondering all about hosting our own soirees (on a smaller scale, of course.) So, we asked event planner Bryan Rafanelli, who designed Chelsea Clinton’s wedding and HuffPost’s Oasis retreat at the National Conventions, to give us some hosting tips. Rafanelli gave us a list of do’s and don’ts for throwing a great party:

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TIP #1 of 10: Time Gives You Choices

DO begin the initial process at least four months in advance.

It’s never too early to start planning.

Planners, hotels, caterers, entertainers, and other vendors get booked quickly.

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STYLIST.COM – Huffington Post “Oasis” at the 2012 RNC & DNC

Bryan Rafanelli, Event Planner Behind Huffington Post “Oasis”at the 2012 Democratic and Republican National Conventions, Answers Our Questions…

How do you calm the (frayed) nerves of hundreds of delegates whose smartphones have practically become appendages? You start with a peaceful space. And that’s just what The Huffington Post will do with the Oasis, a wellness-focused destination at the 2012 Republican and Democratic National Conventions. The mini-retreat, which offers healthy snacks, spa sessions and yoga classes, offers a respite from the hustle and bustle. But what’s extra-special about the Oasis is the soothing design, created by event planner Bryan Rafanelli. We sat down with the designer (who designed Chelsea Clinton’s wedding) to find out exactly how to turn an intense environment into a true relaxing getaway. Be sure to click through the slideshow to see the before and after photos of the Oasis and scroll down to read our Q&A with Rafanelli.

Click the “HuffPostLive” photo below to watch Bryan’s interview with Arianna Huffington.

Click here: “StylistHome” to read all of Bryan’s tips.


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BLOG: Jess & Jamie





Congratulations Jess & Jamie!

All our love,

Bryan, Billy, Jen, Jen & Team Rafanelli

Jess + Jaime

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CeciStyle: Sparkle & Shine


…This week’s muse, Dana, had the right idea when she chose to throw her wedding on a long weekend capped by Independence Day. Set in the beautiful Vermont outdoors, Dana and Michael’s nuptials were inspired by the fireworks to come (on their big day and the one right after). To help establish the mood, the elegant invitation featured fireworks laser-cut into the main card’s sleeve and on the envelopes in shimmering silver against navy paper!

Event designer Bryan Rafanelli (famous for planning Chelsea Clinton’s wedding) created an unforgettable night – you can see the spectacular details in the photos below. For more of Bryan’s brilliance, read on for his Expert Style Tips. Plus, wise planning advice from Dana and Michael’s fireworks team and lots of mouth-watering recipes for you to try this holiday.

Happy 4th!

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BOSTON GLOBE: The Good Party

Spreading some good will at Good Party

Prezza, Sel de la Terre, Darryl’s Corner Bar, and Trade were some of the restaurants that fed the philanthropic crowd at Thursday night’s Good Party. The celebration benefited Goodwill programs and was hosted at the organization’s headquarters on Harrison Avenue in the South End. Celebrity party planner Bryan Rafanelli ran the gala, and Colette Phillips of Colette Phillips Communications, served as emcee. Honorary chairs for the night were Senator Scott Brown, Senator John Kerry, Governor Deval Patrick, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, and Channel 5’s Karen Holmes Ward. (Sadly, none of the honorary chairs were expected to attend because of scheduling conflicts.) Rafanelli called the night a “Bubble-Q” because barbecue treats were paired with champagne.

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