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The Gossip Table Co-Host Chloe Melas’s Classically New York Wedding

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Jan 052015
 

After nearly a year and a half of planning (and chronicling her planning process as one of our real wedding bloggers, host of VH1's The Gossip Table Chloe Melas has tied the knot! A blind date with Brian Mazza on October 25th, 2012 led to a whirlwind romance, a proposal eight months later, and a wedding true to the couple's home of New York City (complete with a black tie dress code and a 12-piece band) — two years to the day after they first met.

Keep reading to see all the gorgeous Big City details, planned by Pat Glenn Productions and photographed by Anthony Vazquez Photography!

For Chloe, the easiest part of planning her wedding was picking her dress — and the shoes, of course! She added some height to her petite frame with gold strappy sandals by Christian Louboutin.

And what about that dress? The bride stunned in an ivory lace gown with illusion cap sleeves by Monique Lhuillier.

In addition to being a hospitality guru, Brian is the founder of Windsor Custom, a men's custom clothing boutique in New York City. Of course, he helped design his custom shawl collar tuxedo himself!

Two tiny flower girls stole the show at the ceremony in Manhattan's Grace Church, which provided a stunning backdrop for the bride and groom's late-fall portraits.

Brian's groomsmen matched his sleek look in classic tuxedos and white boutonnieres. Chloe's bridesmaids looked the part in navy chiffon gowns and carried bouquets of white roses and dusty miller.

After a traditional ceremony (that ended with a performance by NYPD bagpipers as guests exited the church!), everyone headed downtown to Capitale. "Brian found the venue," says Chloe. "It was the first and only place we looked at!"

Guests found their escort cards attached to a wall of greenery studded with white roses.

Capitale's towering ceilings were dramatically lit to give the space a James Bond vibe. "It was like every fairytale you've ever read had come to life in the room," says Chloe of the reception. Candelabras and clusters of white roses and hydrangeas topped the tables, and guests dined on slow-roasted tomatoes and filet of beef.

The four-tiered wedding cake, covered in sugar daisies and gold beads, included layers of chocolate and vanilla cake and was topped with oversized sugar flowers.

Some of Chloe's favorite memories from the wedding were completely unplanned, at least to her. "My dad ended his speech with a traditional Greek dance that he'd planned with the band, and Brian invited the four friends who'd introduced us two years earlier," she says.

The newlyweds took a mini-moon to Turks & Caicos to bask in the sun, but they've got bigger plans ahead: "We're hoping to go to Africa for a safari!" Chloe reveals.

Ceremony Venue: Grace Church || Reception Venue: Capitale || Wedding Planner: Pat Glenn Productions || Bride's Wedding Dress & Veil: Monique Lhuillier || Shoes: Christian Louboutin || Jewelry: Forevermark || Hair: Leah Dement || Makeup: Julie Tussey || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier || Groom & Groomsmen's Attire: Windsor Custom || Engagement Ring& Wedding Bands: bride - Designs by Laura Bee, groom - True Knots || Florist: Pat Glenn Productions || Invitations & Paper Goods: Mia Maria Design || Music: Hank Lane, DJ Matt Heckman || Catering: Capitale || Cake: Empire Cake || Photography & Videography: Anthony Vazquez Photography

How One Bride Personalized Her Big Day Without Sacrificing Style

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Nov 052014
 
Chloe Melas Personalized Wedding

Photo: Chocolate Bar and Coasters: Steven Stuts; Invites: Mia Maria Designs

Meet our real wedding blogger Chloe Melas, the Senior Entertainment Reporter at HollywoodLife.com and host of VH1's morning show The Gossip Table! Chloe is in the midst of planning her New York City wedding, and she's going to share each step of the process. From her bachelorette party to the honeymoon and everything in between, stay tuned for the reporter's wedding chronicles.

When I started planning our wedding, I made a list of the things that were most important to me. It became very clear that the tiny details were at the top of my list. Whether it was having custom coasters at our rehearsal dinner or straws with our initials — I wanted the wedding and events leading up to the big day to feel very personalized, without being cheesy. Here's how I accomplished just that:

Hire people who specialize in wedding branding
One of my best girlfriends from college, Maria Toro Alsup, owns Mia Maria Designs, a stationery company that specializes in branding weddings. She immediately suggested that we make our names (Chloe Melas and Brian Mazza) and wedding date the focal point throughout the wedding. Also, if your budget allows it, I highly suggest hiring a wedding planner. I was introduced to Pat and Glenn, who are the founders of Pat & Glenn Productions, and initially assumed they would be my day-of planners. But after one meeting with these wedding-design gurus, I hired them to make all of ideas a reality.

Pay attention to the small details
I became obsessed with custom coasters (above) and napkins for my engagement party, bridal shower and rehearsal dinner. These are small enough touches as to not be overbearing, but significant enough to leave an impression on your guests. I even had custom straws with our initials and wedding date at the rehearsal dinner that I found on Etsy. Plus, I had Dylan's Candy Bar make chocolate bars (above) with wrapping featuring some of my favorite love quotes for my bridal shower.

See more: 25 Ways to Personalize Your Wedding Ceremony

Find something unique and point it out
Since "Brian & Chloe" takes up a bit of room, our wedding planners suggested using our initials instead. Since we both have last names that start with the letter '"M," we used it throughout the reception, from our cake topper to our dance floor! Also, I'm half Greek and wanted to show off my heritage in a subtle way. So, Pat and Glenn suggested putting a gold Greek key border on the dance floor since Maria had incorporated the Greek key throughout our wedding suite (above).

Out of town gift bags are important
About six months before the big day, Maria and I sat down to come up with a unique way to thank everyone who traveled to New York for our wedding. We designed black bags printed with our signature "C&B" in gold foil, and inside were custom wedding door knockers, recovery kits, a map, SEC football schedule, and Georgia pecans to showcase my southern roots. We used the same "M" wax seals from our stationery suite on the bags to tie it all together.

How are you personalizing your big day? Tweet us @BRIDES!

One Bride’s Top Tips for Throwing a Beach Bachelorette Party

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Oct 082014
 
Chloe Melas Bachelorette Party in Mexico

Photo: Courtesy of Xchel Guillermo

Meet Chloe Melas, the Senior Entertainment Reporter at HollywoodLife.com and host of VH1's morning show The Gossip Table! Chloe is in the midst of planning her New York City wedding, and she's sharing each step of the process. From her bachelorette party to the honeymoon and everything in between, stay tuned for the reporter's wedding chronicles. For her latest installment, Chloe gives her top reasons why you and your 'maids should head to Mexico for your bachelorette party.

I always assumed I'd take my girlfriends to Sin City for my bachelorette party, hit the clubs for 72 hours and fly back home wearing sunglasses and popping Advil. But somewhere along the way in my year-long engagement, I decided I wanted something relaxing and of course, a fabulous tan before the big day. That's why I choose Mexico!

Be mindful of the date: Make sure your date works with everyone before you start booking your bachelorette trip! Attempting to wrangle my 10 bridesmaids was a difficult task, they all have intense jobs, some are stay-at-home moms — and I admit, I picked September. I wasn't thinking that most of my girlfriends had already used their vacation days on summer trips, and with my wedding looming only one month after, it was hard for most of my bridal party to travel overseas.

Edit the guest list: I always pictured having 20 girls in tow for my bachelorette party, but keeping it small made it that much more fun and there was so much less drama.

See More: 5 Tips for Throwing an Awesome Bachelorette Party

Stay at an all-inclusive hotel: We chose Playacar Palace and it was simply perfect. The resort was only 45 minutes from Cancun, and it was nestled steps from the heart of downtown. We spent three days laying on the gorgeous white sand beach in front of the hotel, ordering mojitos from the swim-up pool bar and swam for hours in the crystal clear water. Plus, we went to all of the delicious restaurants at the resort like MO-MO-NO-HA-NA, Terazza and Cafe del Mar. But the best part was that it was all-inclusive: We ate everything, drank everything and there was not one awkward conversation about money.

Still party like you're in Las Vegas: The resort drove us to their sister resort, Moon Palace, in Cancun one night and it was straight out of the Vegas Strip. As soon as we got there we boarded private VIP golf carts which took us straight to our amazing Italian dinner on their golf course. Then we hit up their nightclub, Noir. The night was filled with crazy dancing, signature cocktails designed just for us and of course, it was topped off with sparklers!

Chloe Melas Swimming with Dolphins

Photo: Courtesy of Chloe Melas

Spend time bonding: We spent our last day at the Playacar's spa and it was amazing. We got massages and spent time in the relaxation pools — it was the perfect way to spend a morning after going out. We also took the afternoon to go swimming with dolphins, which was definitely on my bucket list! But the trip was topped off with a five-course meal on the beach, where the girls surprised me with a lingerie party.

One Bride Reveals the Perks of Designing Her Own Wedding Band

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Sep 182014
 
Chloe Melas Wedding Band Shopping

Photo: Courtesy of Chloe Melas

Meet Chloe Melas, the Senior Entertainment Reporter at HollywoodLife.com and host of VH1's morning show The Gossip Table! Chloe is in the midst of planning her New York City wedding, and she's sharing each step of the process. From her bachelorette party to the honeymoon and everything in between, stay tuned for the reporter's wedding chronicles. For her latest installment, Chloe gives her tips for designing your own wedding band.

The band is such an important part of your wedding day. No, I'm not talking about the music, (but yes that's important too) I'm talking about that piece of metal you'll wear on your ring finger for the rest of your life! Here's how I look at it, the man, at least in my case, designed the engagement ring. My fiancé did the most amazing job, he spent months agonizing over every little detail with our jewelry designer, Laura Bee. When the time came for us to pick out our bands, it felt right working with Laura again but this time, I had a few ideas. My thoughts ladies, it's now your turn to get creative and design your own bling! Here are some things to keep in mind while customizing your band:

1. Get creative.
Don't be bashful, if you want rubies and emeralds, speak up now, you're wearing it f-o-r-e-v-e-r! Plus wearing something that you designed will truly feel even more special when he slips it on your hand. You can do things that you can't do when buying a ring out of a case in a store, like mix up the metals and stones. I actually had Laura reset mine twice because I ended up going for a scooped eternity band. You get that kind of flexibility when you work one-on-one with a designer.

See More: 35 Men's Wedding Bands He'll Love

2. Don't feel obligated to choose a band that matches your engagement ring.
Everybody gave me their opinion about how I should design my ring. "Do something small, you don't want to take away from your engagement ring," "I'd do something that connects like a puzzle piece." Don't listen to anyone's opinion, you are the one who will be wearing this every day, not your mom, aunt, cousin or best friend. Consider this a stand alone ring that you will wear without your engagement ring on occassion. Honestly, my band is a bit, ahem, flashier than many suggested to go for, but hey, I might wear it on one hand on a Monday and my engagement ring on the other on Tuesdays. But then some days I'll have my Elizabeth Taylor moment and want my ring finger blinged out! You can never have too many diamonds, so stop worrying about what everybody else says and just go for it.

3. Design your man's ring too.
It's not just about you! Guys are actually excited to wear a ring too. In Brian's case, he didn't think he would like wearing a ring because he's never really worn jewelry. But after we spent time trying on different bands, picking out various metals, and working out what width he felt most comfortable with, it ended up being really fun. He ended up getting two bands so that he can switch it up depending on what watch he's wearing — no I'm not joking. So involve him in the process and don't forget to engrave something sweet.

f you don't have a jewelry designer you or your family already works with, check out TrueKnots.com. They are available across the country at various retailers and they do tons of custom wedding bands — we actually got Brian's from here at Laura's suggestion!

Would you be into the idea of designing your own wedding bands like Chloe? Tweet us @BRIDES!

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