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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.

HGTV Celebrity Holiday Homes

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Bryan Rafanelli’s exquisite sense of style, attention to detail and ability to transform clients’ visions into unforgettable celebrations have made him a go-to planner for the nation’s most exclusive and high-profile events. From Chelsea Clinton’s “wedding of the decade” to elaborate fairy tale-themed fundraising galas for Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, to State Dinners hosted by President Barack and Michelle Obama to intimate birthday blowouts — he has produced it all. We asked Bryan to share his thoughts on the latest wedding trends…

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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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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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Bryan Rafanelli – Chelsea Clinton’s planner and a celebrity favorite – has merrymaking down to a science…

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BRIDES June 2012


Perfect Palette – Gray and pale blue with a touch of silver and blush

Stance On The Choreographed Dance – I’m pro, if it’s a surprise tango or the cha-cha

Favorite Superstition – Giving single guests a piece of cake to place under the pillows at night to dream of their future spouses

DJ Request – Lady Gaga’s “The Edge of Glory”

Movie Scene To Steal – The birthday party in Meet Joe Black

Dream Clients – Malia and Sasha Obama

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Bryan speaks to engaged couples all about ‘color’. Check out his full segment below.

View the show recap and photo montage on the Martha Stewart Weddings website.

Tune in to see Bryan on Martha Stewart! Hallmark Channel 5/8 @ 10am & 2pmEST and 5/9 @ 1pm!

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THE KNOT: Inside Celebrity Weddings

Bryan Rafanelli’s Celebrity Wedding Secrets

With an elite clientele that includes presidents and celebrities alike, event producer Bryan Rafanelli knows every event has to be exceptional. Watch as shows you some of the elegant events that he’s created to reflect his clients’ style.

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Spirit Magazine: Holiday Entertaining In Style

Bryan Rafanelli, Ken Oringer and Ricardo Rodriguez demonstrate the art of entertaining in style.

“Entertaining at home has to be one of the most stressful things for me. Just ask my husband Michael. All the worrying about the food, the drinks, the guest list, and the perfect ambience. Believe me, I live to put together a party, but only once in a while. Now, add the holidays to the list and then we are talking about quite the undertaking.

So for this holiday season, I recruited the help of two amazing friends and asked them to show us how the pros do it.

My dynamic duo is none other than internationally acclaimed and award-winning chef Ken Oringer (Clio, Uni, Toro, Coppa, La Verdad, KO Prime, Earth) and the real deal in party planning, the uber-extraordinarily amazing Bryan Rafanelli (the party designer to the starts, including Chelsea Clinton’s wedding, White House state dinners and more…)

To get the two of them together is quite the lucky extravagance, so I made sure to get as many helpful tips and how-to’s. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Felices Fiestas!”


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PEOPLE Magazine: Thanksgiving Table Decor

The celebrity event planner (he did Chelsea Clinton’s wedding!) shares tips on how to create a beautiful setting for Thanksgiving…

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PEOPLE Thanksgiving 2011

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