Vendor Love – The Stylish Soiree

YelenaThe truly talented Yelena Johnson, is the Creative Director of The Stylish Soiree, they plan charming, unforgettable weddings and events for her style-obsessed clients. The Stylish Soiree is known for their passion and dedication for creating impeccably styled, detailed weddings that look natural and effortlessly beautiful, never overdone. Yelena’s background as a fashion editor gave birth to The Stylish Soiree’s signature offering,which is included in every full service package: personal styling for the bride and bridal party. From bridal headpieces to colorful coordinating socks for the groomsmen, their fashion expertise ensures that everyone arrives looking their absolute best. When planning new events, The Stylish Soiree utilizes details of the couples life and relationship as a springboard for inspiration and creativity.  Thanks Yelena for sharing.
What’s your favorite trend for weddings at the moment?

I love the soft, vintage trend for weddings. It’s timeless and romantic without being too heavy on a theme. Plus, if it looked beautiful 50 years ago and is equally lovely today, chances are you won’t regret the look ten years down the road when you bust out your wedding albums.

The Stylish Soiree

The Stylish Soiree

What FireFly package would you pick for your bachelorette party?
Hands down, I would have to choose the Grape Escape. I’ve been in love with the Napa Valley since I first stepped foot onto its picturesque, rolling vineyards. The food and wine selections in Napa are akin to nirvana for a foodie like myself, and I can’t imagine a better bachelorette party than a day spent indulging in delectable Napa foods, wine tasting and pampering.

Name 3 famous people you’d invite on your bachelorette party? Why?
If I could have invited three famous people on my bachelorette party I would have chosen Rachel McAdams, Audrey Hepburn and Whitney Port.  Completely random, yes, but my rationale is that each of these women have that rare mix of being genuine and down to earth yet fun, stylish and fabulous – just the type of people I would want to add to my already-amazing group of real life girlfriends.

What’s your most outrageous memory at a wedding?
One of the groomsmen was so inebriated that he ran smack into the glass entrance door to the hotel on the way back to his room, causing it to fall off the hinge and come crashing to the ground. Luckily the door was crafted from shatter-proof glass, but it was still pretty unbelievable.

The Stylish SoireeWhich wedding are you: Beach, Mountain, Forest, or Countryside?

Definitely countryside! Although I grew up by the beach my whole life, I’ve always been drawn to the natural beauty of the countryside – be it a quaint vintage farmhouse or a stately English manor with overgrown rose gardens, there’s an innately romantic allure with country weddings that can’t be duplicated in the middle of the city.  I’m a hopeless romantic at heart and live for flowers, animals and farm fresh foods, so the countryside it is.

Who would you rather deal with: The hungover Groom, Interfering Mother of the Bride or a Bridezilla?

The hungover groom is easiest to deal with, since I always carry powerful B vitamin energy drinks, Advil and Tums with me in my emergency kit. The Interfering Mother of the Bride would come next since I have a knack for diffusing stress and can get along with just about anyone. A true Bridezilla is always the hardest to please, since most Bridezillas are not acting from a place of rationality!

The Stylish Soiree

The Stylish Soiree

Finish this sentence: If I could give one piece of wedding advice it would be…
Find a gorgeous venue that already serves delicious food on site. A naturally beautiful venue ensures perfect photo backdrops and dramatically cuts the cost of decor and rentals, while a fabulous on-site restaurant saves the potential hassle of bringing in an outside caterer, waiters, bar staff, tables, dishes, glasses and cutlery. The venue hunt can be the most challenging and grueling part of planning, but finding the perfect spot for your wedding is really the most important step you can take… next to hiring the right event designer & planner, of course. ;)

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