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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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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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