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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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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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BLOG: Jess & Jamie





Congratulations Jess & Jamie!

All our love,

Bryan, Billy, Jen, Jen & Team Rafanelli

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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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Friday, April 13th we headed down to The Westin Copley in Boston to cover The Epiphany School’s annual fundraising gala. Epiphany is a private, tuition-free (for students) school dedicated to serving Boston’s most vulnerable youth. The Event was designed & coordinated by Boston’s own Rafanelli Events. 

Seth & I were extremely impressed with the teachers, staff, and students that make up the community of this school. With a 12-hour day intensive schedule, it takes a HUGE commitment from all to find success in the program. It was an inspiring night. To learn more about Epiphany and how you can make a difference and support a child’s education, CLICK HERE.

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“A few weeks ago I flew down to Florida for the wedding of Lesley and Rob. They had chosen to get married at Mar a Lago. The location is spectacular. I was thrilled when they told me they using Bryan Rafanelli and his team. I knew that it was going to be amazing. Lesley looked fabulous in her Vera Wang gown. The couple met before the ceremony so that we could take the family photos before the sun went down.

Check out the dress she changed into for the after party. It was HOT.”

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BLOG: Boston Bat Mitzvah with Rafanelli Events


“Last weekend was a spectacular Boston Bat Mitzvah. Julia’s big weekend kicked off on her birthday at Congregation Or Atid in Wayland, MA. There, we were able to capture Julia, her parents and siblings practicing for the next day’s big ceremony. After some great candid and group shots we headed out to nearby Pine Brook Country Club in Weston for a formal family dinner.

The celebration began Saturday night at WGBH Studios in Boston. The studio was decked out in fun and interactive decor that the guest of honor along with her family and friends could enjoy throughout cocktail hour including the fun candid photo wall with Julia’s signature logo. We love that Rafanelli Events was able to customize the event with the logo in everything from walls, straws and even the cupcakes. After cocktail hour, guests headed into the theater for a special video created for Julia. Guests were wowed when the doors of the studio opened to revealed the dinner and dancing portion of the evening.”

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