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Help STOP Hunger In Our Community

May 8th, 2014  |  Published in Our Blog

We feel privileged to have a dream job working with amazing clients and vendors producing spectacular, lavish, creative, and beautiful events of all kinds.

That being said, we also feel it important to give back to those less fortunate and impoverished.  There are so many around the world, that sometimes we forget about those in our own community.

An amazing reminder of giving was recently brought to our attention by Alyson’s daughter, Gabriella Fox and her dear friend Kyle Abrams.  The girls have been volunteering at the North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry and have seen firsthand how many families rely on this organization.  Through their own community service work and meeting many people who suffer from the lack of funds to pay rent, bills, and feed their children, they were inspired to create this video to help raise awareness through an indiegogo campaign page.

We hope you take the time to watch the video link below, created by these two talented high school students, and help them exceed their goal of helping those less fortunate.  Every dollar helps and every donation will make a huge difference in feeding the hungry.

Help us make a difference to STOP hunger and feed those who just can’t afford to feed themselves.  We thank you in advance for your time and contribution to a charity that hits close to home.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/north-hollywood-interfaith-food-pantry-campaign

 

 

 

 

 

PEACE, LOVE & MUSIC

April 9th, 2014  |  Published in Our Blog

CONCERT ON THE GREAT LAWN, a Woodstock themed event and birthday celebration, was held outdoor at a lush estate in Southern California.

Guests dressed in 1970′s-chic attire, were handed multicolored love beads when they arrived. Ethnic ponchos were available to guests during the evening as the sun went down.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A colorful hand painted backdrop with symbolism from the “flower child” generation complete with hippie props, became the perfect setting for a photo-op.

A comfy lounge area on the great lawn surrounding the dancefloor, provided seating for the guests. The throw pillows, which accented the sofas and chairs, displayed colorful symbols of the 1970′s decade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The round, wooden dance floor was hand painted to mimic the peace symbol and became the centerpiece for the entire event.

An amazing variety of entertainers performed throughout the evening. A hippie stilt walker, celebrity magician, henna tattoo artist and aura reader, to mention a few, were the opening acts before the big concert.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our amazing headliner, Roger Daltrey of “The Who,” performed an incredible live concert on the magnificent custom-built stage.

 A hand-picked array of 1970′s visuals illuminated the rear of the stage and became visible as the sun set. The graphics danced to the music and created an amazing and unique ambiance.

 A host of well-known restaurants and caterers served their specialty foods, buffet style. Each was housed within a rustic free-standing structure accented with woodsy signage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specialty drinks and appetizers were always available at the wooden hand- crafted bars. Food and bar menus were designed to promote the PEACE & LOVE theme.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Theme-oriented desserts were served. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The custom designed PEACE & LOVE cake was presented to the guest of honor, which was the perfect way to close out an unforgettable evening.

All guests who attended enjoyed reliving the good old days of the 70′s with

PEACE, LOVE & MUSIC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

will you be my valentine?

February 13th, 2014  |  Published in Our Blog

There are many ways to say “I LOVE YOU” everyday, however being clever and creative can help make for an extra special VALENTINE’S DAY!

flowers ~ food ~ fancy ~ fun

Nothing says “LOVE” like a bouquet of roses

A romantic dinner for two would definitely set the mood. Put a little bit of “HEART” into each dish



 

 

 

 

 

There isn’t a more appropriate day to “POP THE QUESTION”

Get “NAUGHTY”, have some fun and get your groove on …


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“BOHEMIAN CHIC” – A CURRENT WEDDING TREND

November 21st, 2013  |  Published in Our Blog

Bohemian Chic is quickly catching the eye of many brides. “Outdoorsy” & informal, this style includes loose, flowing hair styles, natural floral and rustic furniture. This new trend is definitely one to look out for and can set the vibe for a UNIQUE and DISTINCTIVE wedding ambiance.

Letter pressed invitations on handmade papers with a woodsy look set the tone for a Boho Chic wedding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artsy touches such as this old wooden table for the cake display and hanging mason jars filled with tea light candles, combine to create a hippie-like ambiance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Incorporating branches and wooden table numbers into the table settings and floral decor, promotes the Boho style. In addition, a look of “contrived dishevelment” is achieved with loose natural flowers, flowing greenery, along with feathers and ribbons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Hair styles reflect this natural look and can include free flowing loose curls and an untidy fish tail braid accented with floral and greenery.

 

Bridesmaid dresses can include loosely fitted, shear and lace fabrics in a wide range of colors and lengths. The designs are simple and unconstructed.

Peasant style clothing along with multi strands of beads, bangle bracelets and hoop earrings are typical of the Boho Chic attire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A special final touch could be the double eternity bands, chained together for an edgy and stylish bride (Meredith Kahn’s design).

Boho Chic is a historical trend from the past that reappeared as the beatnik style and in the hippie culture of the 1960′s. Weddings that reflect this look can be FUN, UNIQUE, and CREATIVE!

 

 Thank you to The Frosted Petticoat Blog, Asrai Garden, Meredith Kahn, Wedding Chicks and Etsy for their beautiful pictures.

WOW! WHAT A PARTY

October 3rd, 2013  |  Published in Our Blog

CELEBRATING A 25TH BIRTHDAY IN STYLE AT THE BREAKERS

We created a four day birthday extravaganza, with each day packed full of events.

Each event was magically designed in collaboration with Ed Libby & Company.

Every party guest received an elegant custom designed invitation created by Lehr & Black which included a special jeweled bracelet for each guest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upon arrival in Palm Beach, each guest received a welcome basket filled with goodies to pamper and snack on as well as a detailed leather bound itinerary from Lehr & Black.

One of our evenings began with an Asian inspired dinner party at Echo, one of Palm Beach’s well known restaurants.

Then guests were shuttled back to The Breakers for a late night dance party in the Gold Room where DJ Splyce spun our client’s favorite hip hop music. Other amazing entertainment wowed the guests as they partied until the early morning hours.

The next day, after participating in organized lawn and ocean games, guests were escorted through an entry into the Venetian Ballroom amid glowing silver lanterns and scattered rose petals. The ballroom was transformed into a series of luxurious rooms, creating a soothing spa environment where the ladies enjoyed spa services. Each guest had a chance to change into custom monogrammed robes and jeweled Havaianas before enjoying their treatments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After each guest had been pampered with mani’s, pedi’s, massages and facials, they were led into a lavish room filled with pastel floral accents, monogrammed Battenburg lace napkins, decorative china and stunning high tea food displays.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our culminating birthday extravaganza began as guests were escorted by strolling electronic violinists to an amazing French couture environment where an impressive nine course dinner was served.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After dinner, the guests were led into the Venetian Ballroom where Le Cirque inspired vignettes surrounded a stunning lucite dance floor.

Zen Arts provided a variety of captivating entertainment ranging from aerialists to burlesque dancers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our incredibly talented surprise guest performer was Ne-Yo, who entertained and also personally serenaded the birthday girl with his own version of “Happy Birthday.”

The uniquely designed five tier Sylvia Weinstock birthday cake was gold dusted and covered in elaborate sugar flower decorations in the same color scheme as the event.

On the final morning of this multi-day celebration, everyone enjoyed an elegant brunch followed by participating in a traditional croquet match.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally it was time to say goodbye. No doubt each guest took home wonderful memories of this amazing and fun filled weekend and SO DID WE!

Stepping Down the Aisle

September 11th, 2013  |  Published in Our Blog

A bride’s shoes are just as important as the wedding dress itself. Every photographer photographs a bride’s shoes on her special day … Here are some timeless favorites from a few of our past weddings.

       

Lately, brides have been following a bolder trend than the more classic looks we’re used to seeing. Here are a few eye-popping pairs that have caught our attention recently …

Charlotte Olympia

Harriet Wilde

Badgley Mischka

Christian Louboutin

Pour la Victoire

Ivanka Trump

Badgley Mischka

Welcome to “Aziz’s Toyland”

May 24th, 2013  |  Published in Our Blog

Aziz’s Toyland was brought to life in a 1920s-esque carnival environment complete with an array of vintage entertainers for a unique and colorful first birthday extravaganza.

Guests got a sneak peak of what was to come when custom-made toy box invitations created by Lehr & Black were hand delivered to their homes.

Upon entry into the retro circus setting, guests were greeted and escorted into Aziz’s birthday party by a mime, a pair of toy soldiers, as well as an organ grinder and monkey duo. The first stop: the decoratively draped foyer, complete with a grassy knoll surrounded by trees, flowers, an exquisite hot air balloon, and a custom-made wooden boardwalk, was the perfect site for guests to be photographed with an old fashioned free-standing camera … all the while, playful tunes of the past hummed in the background.

At the end of the boardwalk, guests suddenly found themselves entering into the magical carnival grounds as they wove through a mini maze of oversized toy blocks, funhouse mirrors, and fanciful stuffed animals.

Beyond the maze, guests were awed by a vision of a fantasy Toyland – featuring a merry-go-round, vintage marquees and game booths, balloon bouquets, a pedal car track, and so much more!

The aromas of freshly popped popcorn and sweet cotton candy delights filled the air … guests indulged in sweets of all kinds and fresh lemonade, as well as the amazing custom birthday cake!

Aziz’s party was a challenge to create but the final result made a memorable impact upon all who attended, and especially on the birthday boy and his family!

An October Wedding Video – Samara and Patrick’s Special Day

April 2nd, 2013  |  Published in Our Blog

Last fall we had the opportunity to plan a wedding that reflected the deep love, clever wit, and bubbly personalities of the bride and groom. Malibu and Vine provided a romantic and rustic backdrop for this unique wedding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This video short shows all of that and more … ENJOY watching a bit of Samara and Patrick’s SPECIAL DAY (click here to view video).

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Special thanks to the talented team at Lockerpartners Video.

Themed parties that ENCHANT and EXCITE the senses

October 4th, 2012  |  Published in Our Blog

Parties with themes are FUN to attend and CHALLENGING to create, especially when the theme elements are designed to be SUBTLY and UNIQUELY presented. At Levine Fox Events, we strive to create a party environment where the theme comes alive in unexpected ways.  No theme is too challenging.  First we come up with a list of elements that pertain to the theme at hand and creatively incorporate them into the party’s decor and design: the following photos are some examples from our past events . . . .

The Entry Design: The use of vignettes is a great way to present the theme at the party’s entrance.  These decor statements whet the guests’ appetites and encourage them to go inside and  see more of what the party’s theme might be.

Foyer Vignette Design:   Custom designed decor accents, especially vignettes, work beautifully within the party too: a colorful candy store filled to the brim with real candy given out to guests later in the evening, is the perfect foyer decor for a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory theme (Ritz Carlton, Tyson’s Corner).  A grouping of colorful lockers dressed with sports paraphernalia adds a great touch to a “sports” party theme (Four Seasons, Los Angeles).

The escort cards are always designed with the theme in mind and relate to the party’s color scheme and invitation font. They often incorporate theme elements  Examples include the golden ticket from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and mini baseball caps with cards attached for a sports theme.

The Table Design – Centerpieces should be grand in scale, varied throughout the room and dramatically designed. We  like to incorporate some theme elements for an understated yet striking presence rather than have the entire centerpiece reflect the theme:  fantasy floral arrangements with candy accents for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Mark’s Garden) and jungle foliage and African props for a safari theme (Edge Flowers).

Table names related to the theme can be detailed with descriptive information which adds interest such as  names of baseball fields, their locations and teams or simply caricatures of comedians which are fun and different for a comedy theme (Lehr and Black).  Custom designed menus and napkin treatments too are other ways to relate thematic colors and elements to the table decor.

 

 

The Room Design- The color scheme plays a significant part in the ambiance of the ballroom. We love to design lighting gobos featuring theme elements, especially if the theme is challenging to visualize:  gobo “words” such as wit, laughter and humor promote a comedy club theme or gobos of silhouettes of dancers in varying poses are perfect for a dance theme (Images by Lighting) (Beverly Hills Hotel).  The use of over sized posters or other custom designed artwork representing  the theme positioned around the ballroom’s walls  is another way to visually enhance the theme.  The dance floor can be tied into the theme colorwise and by adding decals or gobos to represent visual elements of the theme (Hillcrest Country Club).

The Stage Design – This is the prime area of the party where the theme should be emphasized in a dramatic manner since the stage is the focal point of the event. Elements such as  bold signage, “over the top” floral displays and sometimes a live feed screen featuring a customized party logo and related graphics are dramatic and pleasing to the eye.

We are continually challenged to come up with new and exciting ways to create amazing room designs based on our clients’ chosen themes!  It’s a fun and inspiring process and the results are always IMAGINATIVE and ENCHANTING to behold!

As Seen in Sunday, May 13th’s LA Times-Images Section

May 15th, 2012  |  Published in Our Blog

ALL ABOUT FLOWERS - OUR FAVORITE SUBJECT!

Beauty, Bride and Bloom

Eclectic wedding floral arrangements sing in spring

For original article, please click here!

"Floral designers are using texture and color in ways they have never done in the past." Alyson Fox, Levine Fox Events

Flowers are an essential element in nuptial ceremonies and have been for centuries — either for their sheer beauty, to help ward off evil spirits or to simply act as a good luck talisman for the bride and groom. Today, floral designers and event planners are finding some exquisite trends in full bloom.
“Flowers never go out of style,” said Jennifer McGarigle, owner of Floral Art in Venice, “but the way they are arranged can look dated.” She pointed out that a long, cascading Princess Diana bouquet “would not exactly be hip or modern” and that “curly willow coming out of an arrangement and reaching to the sky would be way over the top” at a wedding today. Instead, McGarigle, who is known for her sleek, modern aesthetic, likes to blend flowers with textured materials to create a fine balance.

“It depends on the mood or look you are going for,” she said.  For a bride with an eclectic style, McGarigle will blend earthy textures with modern or vintage elements — such as lamb’s ear, poppy pods and English garden roses with vintage bottles and antique mirrors. For a bride who is sleek and elegant, she might mix modern mirrors and clear acrylic pieces with all-white gardenias and garden roses for a translucent elegance. “Two different looks, both beautiful,” she said.

According to Colin Cowie, celebrity event planner, author and founder of Colin Cowie Weddings the trend is toward diversity.  “Arrangements are a bit looser, more organic and eclectic in feel,” he said. “Brides are focused on giving their wedding a very personalized look, and bouquets — especially for summer weddings — have more of that ‘just picked, freshly cut from the garden’ flair.”

When it comes to centerpieces, Cowie noted that rather than one massive table arrangement, he is seeing more clusters of smaller arrangements on interesting table shapes such as squares or long, dramatic rectangles.

McGarigle is also a fan of smaller groupings, and for her, that translates to collections.  “Grouping collections of pieces on tables, rather than just one piece, is much more visually interesting,” she said, noting that her “tablescapes” (as she calls them) might begin with natural wood tables (or a mixture of wood and linen-covered tables), holding collections of flowers in vintage vases, along with mirrors, votives, candles or trays.

Does this new eclectic style mean that traditional wedding florals are over?

Not necessarily, according to Alyson Fox of Levine Fox Events in Beverly Hills. “I still have clients who want all white, traditional flowers such as roses and hydrangeas,” she said, “which are very bridal.”

However, Fox has seen a shift away from traditional looks as many of her clients are now going for a more “party-like” atmosphere, at least at the reception, with edgy flowers such as dark calla lilies and exotic succulents. “Today’s florals have become incredibly artistic,” she said. “Floral designers are using texture and color in ways they have never done in the past.”  

In fact, color — once used only as an accent among white flowers — may be the most crucial element in modern wedding florals.

“Color is key,” stated McGarigle, noting that flowers are given a modern twist when arranged in monochromatic colors or shades that bleed into multiple tones, such as violet to plum, and plum to eggplant. “It’s no longer about every color of the rainbow,” she said, “but about varying tones or shades within one color.”

McGarigle is so passionate about color that she has created six “color stories” for spring and summer 2012 based on Pantone color products, including “Palm Springs Punch,” a mélange of orange ranunculus, fuchsia garden roses and hydrangea, and pink peonies; and “Green Glam,” a combination of grass-green to dark green hydrangea, cymbidium orchids, and spider mums. McGarigle loves to connect the vibrant tones of the flowers with textures “to give them an edge,” the textures might include antique gold linens or a mirrored box with gold edging.

Cowie pointed out that the fashion runways recently reinforced the “no longer all white” rule when it comes to weddings, which is good news in the world of flowers. “Brides are becoming more adventurous with color,” he said. “They are incorporating great pops of color into their bouquets to make a statement when they walk down the aisle.”

Whether it’s orange-red roses, plum calla lilies or green cymbidium orchids, flowers are like art: their beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Choosing the right ones for your special day might simply come down to sentiment.  McGarigle’s personal favorites are garden roses, peonies, sweet peas and lady slipper orchids. “Those are the flowers my mom used to grow,” she said.
Jennifer Evans Gardner
Custom Publishing Writer