Monday, July 16, 2012

Luxury Wedding Vernissage at The Loading Dock In Stamford

.Last Tuesday, July 10th, we were honored to co-host a Luxury Wedding Vernissage with Erica Powell of Ambiance Luxe Wedding Design and Debbie Grazier of Riverhouse Catering. The three of us had exciting ventures to announce and felt that it would be great to share our news while reconnecting with our colleagues in the wedding industry: The AP Signature Cakes line, Luxe En Vie & Riverhouse Off- Site Catering. We are so happy that the event came together beautifully and that it was such a success!

Heartfelt thanks to the brilliant Erica Powell and her staff for designing the event and executing it to perfection, even though she was seven months pregnant and expecting her first child! And to the fabulous Debbie Grazier, who designed the exquisite menus and provided all the fine foods and drinks served at the event. We've known Debbie for many years and her attention to detail never ceases to amaze us.

Ana and Garry Parzych with Erica Powell and Debbie Grazier

The main purpose of the event was to network with the great professionals in the wedding industry that we often work with, but we're so busy executing our work that sometimes we never get time to talk. We wanted to provide everyone the opportunity to reconnect with old friends and colleagues and meet new ones!

Another very important aspect of the event, for us, was to launch our AP Signature Wedding Cakes line. This new line of cakes will be available for order online on Friday July 20th. The AP Signature line is a collection of cake designs that have been popular year after year with many different brides; it allows the busy bride to enjoy an Ana Parzych cake without investing the time and expense that goes into a custom design.

A portion of the AP Signature wedding cake line

The party also allowed us to announce the opening of our Greenwich office. This new location is a convenient meeting place for many of our brides from the New York City area.

The lovely ladies of Ambiance Luxe Wedding Design greeted our guests

The Gallery was lined up with the latest publications atop pretty dressed-up tables and bridal couture displays. Flower arrangements by  Banchet Flowers

The Luxury Wedding Vernissage took place at The Loading Dock in Stamford Connecticut. Many thanks to Mimi Sternlicht for allowing us to showcase her spectacular and chic event venue, and to James Warke for his kind assistance every step of the way.

 Mimi Sternlicht, Erica Powell, Ana Parzych, Debbie Grazier & Garry Parzych

When guests stepped into the carefully designed and impressive 17,000 square foot space they were greeted with a stunning collection of the very best in weddings.  The Loading Dock's gallery feel and open layout allowed guests to explore the wonderful displays throughout the rooms. 

far back: Ana Parzych Cake Bar Station

Part of the AP Signature Cakes collection
Ana Parzych Custom Wedding cake designed for the Luxury Wedding Vernissage
The cake was adorned with a cascade of hand-crafted sugar orchids.

Guilded fondant border detailing

Many people have seen our wedding cakes in editorials or at events, and we are happy that our cake designs have always gotten such good response, but we usually do not have a chance to show our colleagues how good our cakes taste! We set up a cake bar at the party to show our guests that the hard work, craftsmanship, and close attention to detail we put into creating the outsides of our cakes is applied equally to the insides of our cakes.

Three different plated dessert options
This is how our cakes look inside!
Dark chocolate cake with raspberry/bittersweet ganache and chocolate mousseline

Vanilla tuile cookies and Belgian chocolate spirals

We are very proud of the great job our staff did at our cake bar station, creating an upbeat and happy atmosphere while serving our guests and allowing us to mingle.

The main ballroom and the sanctuary featured four wedding design table settings, each with a unique theme, Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water. The intricately designed settings were complete with gorgeous floral centerpieces, table settings, custom designed menus by Adrienne Craig from Admire Design, candles, beautiful chair covers and table linens from La Tavola and Cloth Connection, and decorations. To pull the look together even more, each design location was paired with a coordinating dress tastefully chosen by expert Alison Fischer from The Plumed Serpent Bridal boutique and a carefully selected cake from our AP Signature line that would best express the theme of the design.
Many thanks for Rob Corr of Correlation Productions for setting a great atmosphere with his elegant lighting and music.

The "Earth" display was designed by Flowers by Danielle. She put together a truly amazing display using beautiful natural elements. The display was complemented by a simple organic dress from The Plumed Serpent and our Nature AP Signature wedding cake.

Design by Flowers by Danielle, wedding gown from The Plumed Serpent, representing earth


AP Signature wedding cake: Nature

The "Wind" table was designed by Diana Gould Ltd.; she created a gorgeous wedding design with a stunning windswept floral centerpiece. The bodice of a beautiful wedding gown from The Plumed Serpent continued the theme of wind beautifully and matched our AP Signature White Peony wedding cake.

Diana Gould (in blue), Robert Peczka & Jennifer Gould of Diana Gould Ltd. with friends
Just gorgeous!  Design by Diana Gould

The linen appliques literally fluttered by the gentle breeze as you walked by this Wind inspired table! 

Tabletop details
The AP Signature wedding cake "Peony" perfectly matched the Wind theme

Beautiful detail of wedding gown from The Plumed Serpent Bridal

The "Fire" table was designed by Erica Powell of Ambiance Luxe Wedding Design, and represented fire and stone elements and candles. The design was complemented by our Cascade AP Signature wedding cake and a bridal gown from The Plumed Serpent. Jane Rinaski of Just For You created the beautiful florals for this table.

Beautiful warm tones accented by a variety of candles in glass vessels!

A single white orchid complements the place settings

 Chair covers detail

Delicate white orchids by Just For You florals

Wedding gown from The Plumed Serpent, representing the theme of fire.

AP Signature wedding cake: Cascading red poppies

The fourth themed display "Water" was designed by Diane Gaudett; her design featured lush floral arrangements with Swarovski  crystal candelabras and elements of blue wave-like textured fabrics. The design was displayed with our white shells wedding cake from the AP Signature line and a flowing wedding dress from The Plumed Serpent. 

Design by Diane Gaudett
Beautiful custom designed menus and tent cards by Admire Design

Wedding gown representing water ripples, from The Plumed Serpent

Gorgeous Swarovski crystal candelabra and phaelenopsis orchids

The four themed wedding designs were not the only eye-catching displays at the event; many amazing professionals shared their talents with us in order to make our event a success. Take a look at these beautiful works of art and unique ideas!

Carolyn Dempsey from Carolyn Dempsey Design created this beautiful and unique tablescape as well as the Ceremony Design Showcase.

Love these milk glass blue vessels!

Ceremony Site by Carolyn Dempsey Design

Unique hanging clear globes with tea lights and white phalenopsis orchids adorned the ceremony site

Durga-Kali is an amazing company that sells custom designed bridesmaids dresses that can be shortened and are reversible! These dresses allow a bride to select the color and style of dress they want their bridesmaids to wear on the day of the wedding, while giving the bridesmaid a dress they can shorten and reverse, to create a little black dress. We love this idea and Durga-kali's designs!

Durga-Kali display

Throughout the event, guests were served delicious hors d'oeuvres by Riverhouse Catering. There were also two "food stations" accompanied by coordinating drinks, the Luxe Cheese bar and the Raw Fish Bar. In addition to the food menus, Riverhouse Catering also presented a Luxe Water Bar by Ripe. This Luxury water bar provided guests with non-alcoholic drinks. All of the drinks from this station were garnished with fresh seasonal fruit or herbs.

Riverhouse Catering "Raw Fish bar"

Cheese station designed by Riverhouse Catering

left: Riverhouse Catering server preparing a raw fish martini glass
  top: Living lettuce hand-snipped salad.
   bottom left: "spaghetti & meatballs"  right: seasonal herbs display

Wine tasting station

We could not have asked for a more positive and warm atmosphere at the event; we loved seeing all of our guests making new connections and seeing old friends.  It was great to see everyone enjoying themselves while eating great food and desserts and taking the time to appreciate all of the beautiful designs. We also had a photobooth with social media, kindly provided by the Photobooth Lounge, it was so much fun to be able to post your images instantly on Facebook!

Rachel Lasnick and Beth Dempsey of Images and Details posing for a shot at the Photobooth Lounge

We are so thankful to all who attended; we could never have hosted such a great event if it wasn't for your help and support!

Ana & Diane Gaudett posing for a photo

Jay Flemming & Robert Norman of Robert Norman Photography with Danielle and Jason Ferrer of Flowers by Danielle

Janyce Greenberg  GlowFace&Body & Hillary Talmadge Talmadge Design

Love this shot! Jeremy & Samantha from Jag Studios ,  Cynthia Rosen (Marketing Director of Grace Ormonde), Claire Gordon of  Winvian and Cathy Bates of Cathy Bates Events

Debbie Grazier Riverhouse Catering General Manager with stylish guest

Jim Bucko from Riverhouse Properties

Michelle Duthrie & Gloria Priam from Priam Vineyards with guest

Great colleagues and friends! From left Ron Manville, Garry Parzych, Patricia Halstead of Prestige Barkley, Anja Winikka Site Director of The Knot , Ana Parzych and Claire Gordon Event Coordinator of Winvian

 Talented and beautiful Erica Powell Ambiance Luxe having a good time with guests

Carolyn Dempsey & Jesse Wilson Carolyn Dempsey Design, Bruce Plotkin Bruce Plotkin Photography, Alison Fischer & Lisa San Miguel The Plumed Serpent and Asley Douglass Ashley Douglass Events

Marisa McCue of Jordan Caterers, Debbie Grazier & Maggie Bascom of Water's Edge

Ana, Garry, and the ladies of Ana Parzych Cakes. from left: Sarah, Blair, Katerina, Jordyn, Tesni & Julia

Luxury Wedding Vernissage from Fairytale Studio on Vimeo.

Special Thanks to:

 Jennie Fresa for doing Ana's makeup and touching up the girls! Diane Gaudett for providing all the flower arrangements for our Cake Bar and AP Signature Cakes Showcase and Riverhouse Catering food stations.
Jaclyn Greenberg from Jag Studios who couldn't be here but sent her trusted staff to photograph the event.
David Ruzicka from Fairytale Studio who did all the videography, can't wait to see it!
Winvian for the delicious petits fours and CT River Candles for the Candle Tea Lights for our gift bags
Gil Marc Events for creating the Video DJ Booth and for lighting the DJ stage
Media Sponsors
Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, WellWed and The Knot
for providing the latest copies of their amazing publications for all our guests!


We are very fortunate to know so many talented professionals who helped put together the amazing event. Their dedication to creating a beautiful and enjoyable atmosphere at our event is very much appreciated! 

We have many other people to thank, and would like to share with you the companies and individuals who made our event so incredible.
Gil Marc Events  CT River Candles  Winvian 
Lettres Stationery of Distinction
El Gallo      Ripe 
Gulf Shrimp  Dairyland/Chef's Warehouse

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