Monthly Archive for February, 2012

kim petyt featured on - iss: wedding entrepreneurs that inspire-

I’m so flattered to be featured on the Inspire Smart Success blog as their first Wedding Entrepreneur that Inspires. Spearheaded by the dynamic Stacie Ivers Francombe, ISS is a triple-threat of inspiration for the wedding industry, with a print magazine, a series of conference “experiences” and a mentoring program. I attended ISS Chicago last year and was bowled over by the amount of knowledge shared by such industry heavy-hitters as the fabulous Diann Valentine, Platinum Wedding Planner Tiffany Cook, Stacie herself and the other attendees.  The thing that I love about ISS is the transparency across all of their platforms.  Information is shared openly, people are challenged to ask questions of themselves, their businesses and their peers- and then encouraged to find and share their solutions.  As their tagline says, Stacie and the ISS team are “inspiring the wedding industry to think smart on its journey to success”.  I’m so happy to have been invited along on their journey, and I hope that my story inspires others to do the same.

You can read the entire post here, but first, I have to share my “Oprah” photo from the conference. I should totally have my own show, right?  Merci, ISS!

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vrai mariage du mercredi: barbie & ken’s real (french) wedding

When I was a little girl, I used to make wedding dresses for my Barbies out of paper towels. I remember Scotch-taping scraps of tissue paper to her head for the veil and trying to rip the bottom of the napkin to angle the hemline.  Now, with modern wedding dress masters like Vera Wang, Badgley Mischka, Caroline Herrera, and  Monique Lhuillier designing bridal collections for her, the days of the home-made Barbie wedding dress are long-gone. So of course it was only a matter of time before Barbie got her designer wedding to go with her designer gown.

Inspired by pretty much all of the current trends in wedding photography, last summer French photographer Beatrice de Guigne put together a “Real Wedding” photo shoot for Barbie, Ken and their closest besties.  This shoot cracks me up- all of the Inspiration Wedding Blog elements are there: the shoe shot, girlfriends getting ready shot, the vintage soft-focus hand-holding shot. Oh, and the ubiquitous vintage props shots (stack of books and old frame, anyone?). Priceless! Here are the details behind their magical day: “Barbie & Ken were married at Faraway Castle, in Plasticity. The bride bought her dress from The Fairy Godmother shop and her shoes from the Cinderella Store. The groom wore a suit from The Prince Charming Emporium. The couple met more than 50 years ago (yes I know they look young). Barbie was tired of waiting so she asked Ken to get married.” Take a look:

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For more images from Barbie and Ken’s “Real Wedding”, take a look at Beatrice’s blog.

valentine’s day in paris: comment dit-on “i love you”?

In a recent article in Food & Wine, Paris was, once again, listed among the top most romantic cities in the world.  As you can imagine, being a wedding planner in Paris and all, there was no surprise there for me.  Although some might think that since I “work in the trenches”,  I’d almost be immune to the “romantic mystique” of Paris.  To that I say,  Au contraire*.  If you’re reading this blog, then I’ve got a feeling that I’m preaching to the choir when I talk about the natural beauty and romantic attraction of Paris.  I recently posted my Top 5 Most Romantic Spots to Propose in Paris, and let me tell you, narrowing the list down to five was no easy feat-  there were plenty of other locations that I would have loved to have included.

Take Le Mur des Je T’aime - The Wall of I Love You’s. In the Square Jehan-Rictus, just behind the Abbesses metro station in the 18th Arrondissement, stands a sweet tribute to one of the most powerful phrases in the world.  Back in 1992, French musician Frédéric Baron began collecting “I Love You’s” - asking neighbors, friends and strangers all around Paris to write “I Love You” in their own language on little pieces of paper . When he was finished, he had collected 1000 I Love You’s in over 300 languages, which he and artist/calligrapher Claire Kito then translated onto glazed tiles to create the wall.

The artist writes on his website: To go among others and ask them to write “I love you” is to create a passport which erases borders and opens hearts. I took note of it, but I understood at the same time, that it was not only a question of words and that love is subject to other laws. One day a civil servant from an Embassy of an African country told me: “you Westerners say I love you right away. In our country, a woman serves the best piece of meat on the plate to her man and that becomes a declaration of love”. Cocteau also said, “there is no love, there is only proof of love”.

One does not play with love. It is a serious affair. Even without knowing what I wanted to do with them, the “I love yous” took me a long way. They forced me to treat them like a real job. Please understand, I certainly do not pretend to have accomplished a scientific work: on the contrary, if this venture has succeeded it is because it has conserved its romantic side, its original purity. Men and women of all races and all walks of life have left their trace on paper like a gift fallen from heaven.  A free gesture.”

So, if you happen to be in this most Romantic City in the World, on the most Romantic Day of the Year, why not take a stroll over to Le Mur des Je T’aime. And if you’re not in Paris, why not serenade your bébé this Valentine’s Day with an I Love You in Wolof, Khmer or Lingala? Visit the wall’s website www.lesjetaime.com to find out how.

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*Like the phrase “Sacre Bleue!”, in 11 years of living in France, I don’t think I’ve ever actually heard a French person say “au contraire”…