A Brilliant Proposal: Richard and Clare

This proposal might just be one of our favorites! What's more romantic than a love note written in neon? That's right, you heard us - NEON. Need we say more? Read on to find out all the adorable details about this proposal, which was beautifully captured by Mikkel Paige Photography


During our Q+A with Richard, he said of Clare, "She is my heartbeat." And so, a proposal concept was born! 


Clare adores art, so we had an art gallery send her an email invitation for an artist she loves. She mentioned to Richard that she wanted to go and he pretended to know nothing, saying only that it sounded like the perfect way to spend their Saturday morning! 


When they entered the gallery, Clare was at first confused. Instead of art by her favorite artist, there was a neon sign. Richard began to explain that it wasn't just any neon sign, the neon was shaped in his handwriting - a short, sweet sentence about how much she means to him. And with that, Richard dropped to one knee and the rest is history! 


A big thank you to NYC Arthouse and 419Neon for making the magic happen! Congratulations Richard and Clare!


A Brilliant Proposal: Bill and Megan

This is an oldie that somehow managed to escape being featured on the blog - better late than never! Bill and Megan's proposal was certainly one for the books. It all started when Bill told Megan that he had to go to NYC for a work event, and since Megan also goes in and out of NYC often for work, it didn't raise any red flags! Bill invited Megan to come along after she finished her meetings, and she did! 

Fake tickets to the "law event". Photo by Mikkel Paige Photography.

Fake tickets to the "law event". Photo by Mikkel Paige Photography.

The event was at Norwood, which is a social club set in an unassuming Brownstone on 14th Street. When Bill and Megan arrived, they checked their coats, handed in their tickets, and then went into the cocktail room to join the party...or so they thought! Instead of finding a law event, Megan was shocked to realize she walked into her very own proposal! 

Long distance aisle runner. Photo by Mikkel Paige Photography.

Long distance aisle runner. Photo by Mikkel Paige Photography.

Bill wanted his proposal to reflect their love story - which spanned four cities, years of long distance memories, and a future full of exciting adventures. Needless to say, Megan said "Yes!!"

Will you marry me? Photo by Mikkel Paige Photography.

Will you marry me? Photo by Mikkel Paige Photography.

A huge thanks to Norwood, The Arrangement, Original Runner Co., and Mikkel Paige Photography for helping to make the magic happen!

Brilliant Event: Corporate Event at One Word Trade

Last month, we had the pleasure of working at One World Trade Center for a corporate event - and it was like no other! Guests arrived via live action elevators as they were brought to the observatory. When they arrived, they were greeted by a huge (7ft tall!) step-and-repeat ice sculpture of the NYC skyline....and the actual skyline! Guests couldn't help but stop and take photos! 

Ice Sculpture created by Okamoto Studio. Photo by 5th Avenue Digital.

Ice Sculpture created by Okamoto Studio. Photo by 5th Avenue Digital.

After snapping a photo, guests headed inside for cocktails and mingling. Before they new it, Generation Events' hybrid DJ + live music group began to play...and they brought down the house! A mix of live musicians, a singer, and a DJ kept the dance floor full all night long. We luckily snapped a quick photo of the branded dance floor - right before it was taken over! 

Branded dance floor! Photo by 5th Avenue Digital.

Branded dance floor! Photo by 5th Avenue Digital.

The most delicious part of the night was the pixel creation by Baked by Melissa! We've been dying to try it out! If you know Baked by Melissa, you know they are super cute, mini-cupcakes. For this event, they arranged these cupcakes so that each was a "pixel" from the logo - creating one delicious display! Guests were able to take them home on their way out

Baked by Melissa Cupcakes ready to be put out on display! Photo by 5th Avenue Digital.

Baked by Melissa Cupcakes ready to be put out on display! Photo by 5th Avenue Digital.

Needless to say, it was a blast! Huge thanks to our amazing vendor team for making the magic happen and thank you to 5th Avenue Digital for the photos.

Ice Sculpture: Okamoto Studio, Music: Generation Events, Rentals: Geo Events


Brilliant feature: New England Wedding Advice

Are you about to say "I do" New England? We're on Boston Weddings today with some must-do's to make sure you're covered! Did you miss the article? Not to worry, you can catch up here and here!

Pashminas incorporated into decor to keep guests warm
Pashminas incorporated into decor to keep guests warm

Thanks to Millay and Young for the photo!

Exciting collaboration with Grand Velas Resort!

We're excited to announce our recent collaboration with Grand Velas Resorts to create a wedding package fit for a billionaire! Highlights include a custom wedding gown by Michael Costello, a first dance choreographed by Karina Smirnoff of Dancing with the Stars, and a celebrity performance during the wedding weekend!  Want all the details? Have a look at the press release here or visit www.grandvelas.com.


Image courtesy of Grand Velas

Style Me Pretty features our lovely couple!

When Jes and Jack decide to have their wedding at the Riviera Maya in Mexico, we knew it would be a special day.  With smiling faces from ear to ear, the couple said their I-do's on the beach, and danced the night away under the stars. Check out their fairytale wedding featured on Style Me Pretty! Desktop14



Thank you to all the *brilliant* vendors who made their wedding possible!

Daniel J Photography; Cinematography: Pure Love Films; Event Planning: Brilliant Event Planning; Stationary: It's My Party; Hair & Makeup: Styling Trio; DJ: Big Band Productions; Band: Elan Artists; Officiant: Spirituality Riviera Maya; Transportation: Mayan Hospitality; Venue: Belmond Maroma Resort and Spa;  Floral Designs + Rentals: Planner 1 Events.

4 Reasons Why Newport is the Perfect Place for your New England Destination Wedding

For all our brides who dream of having a New England wedding right in their backyard, Newport, Rhode Island is the perfect place to say ‘I do’! With all the feels of laid back life mixed with beachside charm, here are 4 reasons why Newport is your go-to getaway.  

 1. Beautiful Venues

This coastal beach town nestling on the fringes of NYC and Boston offers the perfect coastal backdrop. Whether you imagine being wed in a regal castle, or a quaint beachfront property, Newport has it all! We at Brilliant Event Planning especially love the Castle Hill and 41 North, but there are tons of venues to choose from, each more breathtaking than the last! Screen Shot 2016-04-06 at 2.00.11 PM


2. Talented Florists

Some of the best and freshest florist ship out of Newport, why not head straight to the source? For rustic and vibrant bouquets, check out Robin Hollow Farm, or Laurie Marshall Flowers, both based right in Newport.  For a floral shop with a unique business model, check out BloomItOn, based right in Boston, MA. allows you to buy and sell your floral centerpieces for a fraction of the price, making this option both environment and budget-friendly. Screen Shot 2016-04-06 at 2.09.51 PM


3. Exquisite Cuisine

Whether you’re looking for family-friendly or quaint and trendy, Newport is in no shortage of delicious places to eat. THE place for all seafood lovers, this Rhode Island town offers the freshest catch-of-the-day, and you can bet the catering for your wedding will be equally are wonderful.  For a special historic treat while you’re strolling through town, be sure to check out White Horse Tavern, the oldest tavern in America! Screen Shot 2016-04-06 at 2.24.24 PM


4. Beachside Fun

Surrounded by the sweeping Atlantic Ocean, Newport, RI boasts 8 different beaches where guests can tan, play games, or even fly a kite. Whether you plan on getting married on the shores of Newport’s beaches, or are in it for the ocean-side views, you can’t go wrong with any one--or several--of these locations. If you're feeling adventurous, ask the natives about making a short stop at Purgatory Chasm, a giant rock cavern located on the west end of 2nd Beach!



5. Talk of the Town!

Whether taking a stroll down Bannister’s Wharf, or biking along Ocean Drive, you and your guests will be enthralled and delighted by Newport’s quaint little towns. There’s so much to see and shop, your guests might want to book an extra night! Thinking about hosting an afterparty for your wedding? Newport’s nightlife is classy and plentiful, with popular spots like The Fifth Element or Sky Bar at the Clarke Cook House.

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Photo Credits: Castle Hill Inn, 41 North, Robin Hollow Farm, BloomItOn, Katie Kaizer, Discover Newport, & Summer in Newport.