Blooming This Spring by Stacey Marcus

Wedding Trends

What’s Trending and Timeless with Event Planner Andrea Correale

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What’s in style this spring? We asked event planner Andrea Correale to weigh in on everything from today’s trends to classic favorites. Andrea is a lifestyle and entertaining expert for L’Oreal Paris Academy,, Sam’s Club, (a subsidiary of 1-800 Flowers), and Lenox China.

Andrea’s company,  Elegant Affairs,  has satisfied the palates of luminaries like  Kevin Spacey, Mitt Romney, Mariah Carey, P.Diddy, Billy Joel, Russell Simmons, Ivana Trump, Liam Neeson, Jimmy Fallon, and L.A Reid. Corporate clients include Def Jam Records, Ferrari, Maserati, American Express, Cirque du Soleil, HBO, Niche Media, American Heart Association, Daniel Gale Sotheby’s, House of Vans, The Container Store, UrbanDaddy, FEMA Disaster Relief, Open Road Media, Ralph Lauren, Jimmy Choo, Gucci, Etro, Fendi  Juicy Couture, Everything But Water, Bumble & Bumble, Children’s Medical Fund, Molloy College, and NYU.


Here’s her take on what’s trending and timeless this spring as well as a bit about herself and her company, Elegant Affairs.

Can you tell our readers a bit about yourself and how you got into the events business?

My love for food and events really began when I was young, still living at home and learning from my mother and father around the Correale family dinner table. My mother showed me that a table could be beautifully set with creativity on any budget.

I then began my entrepreneurial career at the age of 16 when I created an “event staff for hire” company out of my childhood home on Long Island. After receiving my degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management at NYIT, I launched Elegant Affairs, a full service off-premise catering and event-planning firm. Today Elegant Affairs is considered the best in the Hamptons, Manhattan, and Long Island and since its inception 18 years ago, has produced over 800 events a year with razor sharp attention to detail.


What wedding trends do you see as timeless?

Although many brides and grooms have done away with the throwing of the bouquet and garter, the one thing that’s true and blue is the cake cutting ceremony. The wedding cake has taken on such a role that it signifies the first time the bride and groom share something together; it represents the enormity of their commitment to one another. The tradition dates back to Medieval Times, when the bride and groom shared a piece of cake before distributing it to the guests to symbolize their union and their promise to forever provide for each other. The wedding cake may have taken on different shapes and styles, whether in the form of a cupcake, or a 10 tier blinged out piece of art, but either way, its presence in a wedding is a timeless attribute.

What are the top ten trends in weddings for the spring?

  • Champagne bars
  • Strolling cocktail hour stations
  • Tapas-style menus
  • Monochromatic bouquets
  • “To-Go” after-party stations
  • Brides and grooms writing their own vows
  • Monogrammed everything
  • Mixing metallic shades with pastels
  • Daytime brunch wedding receptions
  • Tented garden receptions

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What’s on the menu for receptions?

Local everything! Society is moving towards organic and locally produced fare. Vegetables are taking center stage with items like kale salad and quinoa showing up on many menus. Branzino has become a very popular fish choice, whilst chicken has made a real comeback. No more rubber chicken, but a French cut chicken breast with crispy skin, seasoned with lemon and cracked pepper. Cocktail hours are consisting of vegan sushi bars and are a huge craze right now! Lastly, out with the buffalo mozzarella and in with the burrata bar! This is warm burrata served with crusty loaves of ciabatta bread, sun-dried tomato puree, tomato basil puree, baby arugula, mache, sea salt, basil pesto, cracked black pepper, balsamic glaze, olivada, marinated mushrooms, and grilled vegetable relish.


What are the top colors popping this spring?

This spring’s color palette is all about earthy metallics mixed with shades of lavender! Pastels with navy and charcoal are huge right now. A popular classic you may see again are grays with pinks and yellows. Brides aren’t afraid of color anymore, and the grooms are having a lot more say in the colors chosen for their special day!


What’s new in lighting?

For the brides that are doing a tented wedding, the clear span tent is a huge trend, allowing the natural light to take center stage… the stencil placed in front of LED lighting of whimsical floral patterns on the ceiling and dance floor are really popular as well!


Are you a fan of themed weddings? Do you have a favorite?

I am not a fan of “kitchy” themed weddings, but if I have to pick one theme to be inspired by it would have to be the Gatsby Style of entertaining and take nuances of the glamorous style to create an overall look.

The best way to use a theme is as an inspiration, whether it is a Mediterranean style or Tuscan vineyard, then implement key undertones into your décor to create a vibe, as opposed to becoming too focused on specific details that take away from the wedding.


How can couples integrate their individuality in their celebration?

Couples can integrate their individuality in many ways. They can write their own vows, or design a menu based on their favorite foods and restaurants. A fun idea is to name your guests tables after your favorite movies or places you’ve traveled to together.


Do you believe in happily ever after?

I absolutely believe in it. I am a true romantic at heart and I believe everyone has a soul mate. I love being able to bring [a couple’s] vision to life and celebrate the beginning of their happily ever after!

Andrea Correale

Learn more about Andrea and Elegant Affairs at


Stacey Marcus is a freelance writer based in Marblehead, MA.

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Featured Vendor: Le Limo Limousine


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Le Limo Limousine was started in 1986 with the sole mission of setting the bar for luxury and elegance in the Boston, MetroWest, and Worcester areas. Le Limo’s slogan, “Return to an Era of Unparalleled Luxury…” helps customers understand how important it is for them to be the best of the best.

Le Limo provides livery service with a wide variety of transportation options. The Le Limo fleet includes sedans, SUVs, Stretch Limos, Stretch SUVs, Mercedes Sprinters, Executive Coaches, Party Buses, Shuttle Buses, a Custom-Built Luxury Trolley, and a 1960 Silver Cloud Rolls Royce. They have options from one to thirty-six passengers.




With twenty-eight years’ experience servicing more than 10,000 weddings, Le Limo has the expertise to customize a program to suit the unique needs of your event. Le Limo even has an in-house wedding reservationist who helps with logistics and coordination of your transportation so that your wedding is flawless.

Quotes represent an all-inclusive price, covering the rental, the fuel surcharge, the suggested gratuity, administrative fees, and any tolls. Simply stated, you pay what you are quoted.

Wedding package pricing ranges from $480 for a limo to $1,600 for a night’s use of Le Limo’s one-of-a-kind custom-built, thirty-five-passenger trolley. Packages include a champagne toast, red carpet treatment, and more.

All of Le Limo’s chauffeurs go through a professional training program, and the Shrewsbury facility has seven garage bays that they use for fleet maintenance, and to detail each vehicle before it goes out for the day. Le Limo has a double bay dedicated all day to washing, waxing, vacuuming, and wiping down the cars and buses.




Le Limo consistently gets ranked as one of the best in the nation—online reviews are generally five stars, and the Better Business Bureau gave this long-standing company an A+ rating.

For more information about Le Limo, e-mail,, or call 800-287-8970800-287-8970.


Le Limo Limousine
224B Cherry Street, Shrewsbury, MA 01545


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Spring is in the air…and on your feet!

The Shoes

Believe it or not, spring is on the way, which means it’s time to start thinking about how you’ll adorn those lovely tootsies on your wedding day! Here’s a round up of some of this spring’s most adorable wedding sandals:

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Michele and Brandon’s Beautiful Charity Wedding

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Their Story

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Michele Leary and Brandon Jones began as a lot of sweethearts do: as co-workers. “We worked at the same company in different departments for a couple years before we started flirting, which eventually led to our first date on Christmas night in 2009.” says Michele.

While this couple’s beginning was pretty typical, their dating relationship was anything but. Michele has been battling colon cancer since 2007; a cancer so aggressive that she has undergone several rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, as well as many invasive surgeries. She will likely have to endure treatment off and on for the rest of her life. Through it all, Brandon has stayed by Michele’s side. “I am so thankful to have met the love of my life who is always by my side,” she says. “He’s always going above and beyond for me . . . He takes care of me when I’m sick, and takes me out to enjoy life every moment that we can. I am truly blessed.”

The two got engaged on Christmas morning in 2011 over coffee—and cuddles—on the couch. “Brandon started expressing his love for me, told me he wanted to spend his life with me, pulled a ring box out of his pocket, and asked me to marry him,” says Michele. “I was totally surprised and of course I accepted.”


The planning of Michele and Brandon’s big day took about a year and a half, and they wanted to make sure they could get married during New England’s glorious fall season. “We wanted to have an outdoor ceremony, so we decided September would be perfect—still warm enough but not too hot. Also, we wanted to have some of the beautiful New England fall colors in the background.” The two decided on the Leicester Country Club as the perfect spot to enjoy the picturesque Central Massachusetts landscape.

While Michele and Brandon very much enjoyed planning their wedding, they found the costs to be nearly prohibitive, due mainly to the high costs of Michele’s medical care. Generously, Michele’s cousin stepped up to the plate and helped seek out vendors who would be willing to donate their services to this special couple. In the end, Michele and Brandon’s story attracted the attention of BugaBoo Confections, Wakeen Photography, Creative Papers, Ltd., DJ Kevin WhitneySeed To Stem Botanicals, and Jeffrey Robert Salon—all of whom donated their services free of charge.

A theme wasn’t on the agenda for Michele and Brandon, who wanted to focus solely on their feelings for each other on the wedding day. “We didn’t have a theme . . . it was just about the celebration of our love,” says Michele. “The bridesmaids and I did make blue ribbon pins for all the guests. The blue ribbon is the symbol for Colon Cancer. In lieu of favors we made a donation to the American Cancer Society.”


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“My advice for new Bride and Grooms to be would be to set up an e-mail address for wedding planning only,” says Michele. “That way, once the wedding is over, your e-mail box won’t be flooded with all the e-mail lists you joined while planning the wedding that you will no longer need. I wish I had done that.”


For more details about Michele and Brandon’s beautiful wedding, click here.


The Particulars

Ceremony & Reception: Leicester Country Club, Leicester, MA.

Photographer: Wakeen Photography.

Cake: BugaBoo Confections, West Brookfield, MA.

Bouquets & Boutonnieres: Seed to Stem, Worcester, MA. Centerpieces: A Beautiful Bouquet, Leicester, MA.

Music: DJ Kevin Whitney.

Bridal Gown, Bridesmaid Dresses, Flower Girl Dresses, & Mother of the Bride Dress: Elizabeth Ann’s Bridal Boutique, Auburn, MA.

Bride’s Veil & Jewelry: Elegance by Carbonneau, Worcester, MA

Groom & Groomsmen’s Attire: Bonardi’s.


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Featured Vendor: Frank P. Fechner, M.D.

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Board Certification


Board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon Frank P. Fechner, M.D. is committed to bringing excellence in facial plastic surgery to Massachusetts, Boston, and the greater Worcester area in particular. He is convinced that due to its unique aesthetic and functional nature, the best treatment outcome in the face requires superb training, continuing academic commitment, experience, and artistic vision.

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With a wide range of non-invasive aesthetic procedures and treatments available, Dr. Fechner can help brides- and grooms-to-be look and feel their very best on their big day without the need for anesthesia or lengthy recovery times. Body-sculpting procedures such as CoolSculpting® and Liposonix® utilize cutting-edge technologies to eliminate excess areas of fat, while skin rejuvenation therapies like Ulthera® and Broad Band Light (BBL™) Treatment tighten skin and eliminate blemishes with just a few treatments.

For more information about Dr. Fechner and the services he offers, visit, or call (508) 754-4000.


Dr. Frank P. Fechner, MD

428 Shrewsbury St.

Worcester, MA 01604

(508) 754-4000


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