Archive for the ‘Weddings’ Category

Wonderland: The Food

April 5, 2010

Ms. Nathalie A. Cadet-James shares 80’s dance-move-Love about working with us on her Wedding Wonderland themed photo shoot! Check it out!

Alice in Wonderland Wedding Inspiration

March 16, 2010

Check out this lovely take on an Alice in Wonderland inspired wedding photo shoot by Luxe Fete Event Planning + Design Studio! Kudos kudos to Nathalie A. Cadet-James!

Click here for more info on Luxe Fete Event Planning!

Dom Perignon Wedding Unveiling

February 24, 2010

This past week I attended the launch of a fantastic wedding gift by Dom Perignon, “Wedding”. The DP shield can be engraved and personalized for any special occasion!

The event was studded with industry insiders including Colin Cowie, Jeff Leatham, Daniel Boulud  (trio that made it all happen!), as well as PR guru’s of Nadin Johnson, Antony Todd, Donna D’ Cruz, Raul Avila, Reem Acrea, Cathy Riva, Dom Perignon’s PR director Nicole Ruvo and many more!

 Raul Avila, Me, Colin Cowie–

The gorgeous bottle label and case.

Beautiful work by Cowie, Leatham and Boulud.

The case of champagne is only available at select stores. It can be found at Crush Wine and Spirits. Click to purchase.

–Shai Tertner

Top Tips for the Last-Minute Wedding

February 23, 2010

* By Shiraz Events for The Knot’s “Wedding with a View” on the Empire State Building- themed the last-minute bride.

1.  Trust the Caterer:

Don’t go crazy trying to reinvent the wheel. The perfect caterer will have a delectable seasonal menu which can be quickly altered to your preferences. The caterer always knows best! Shiraz always knows best!! 🙂 

2. Keep the Bar Simple, Yet Stimulating:

Try a Bellini Bar! It’s colorful and fresh, and quite easy to display. You can work with fruit purees like: a Strawberry Basil, Peach Elderflower, or Honeydew Rosemary. You can also try fresh fruit infusions with Strawberry, Peach or Mango. Want to add a little bubbly to the mix? Use Prosecco, it’s budget-friendly and hey, who doesn’t love some sparkling?

3.  Do Brunch or Lunch:

Having anything other than a dinner will save you time in planning as well as budget! It allows for a more unique flavorful menu, that your guests may not be used to, but trust us it will be unforgettable.  At Shiraz Events we’ve created a French Toast Station that you should definitely give a try. It’s great because it can be savory or sweet and allows for an interactive and adaptable display. You can please the health conscious guest with a great assortment of breads like Pumpernickel or Brioche, and the more traditional breakfast guest with different poultries or proteins like sausage and eggs. Check out more photos on our Facebook.

4.  Stations with a Purpose:   

Themed stations are a perfect way to make sure your guests have plenty to eat in a creative and intuitive way. Try themes like a Moroccan Cous Cous Bar or Smashed Potato Bar, which offer choice, portion control and personality to your menu.

– Moroccan Cous Cous Bar: Use Semolina Cous Cous and/or Pearled (Israeli) Cous Cous and display in individually portioned tasting bowls. Separately present options of Chicken Tagine, Tagine of Pumpkin and Spiced Carrot Relish.  Sauces for toppings can vary as well; try Aleppo Yogurt, House Made Harissa, and Smoked Tomato Chutney. 

– Smashed Potato Bar: Display several different potato based recipes like Creamy Mashed, Smashed Yukon Gold Potatoes, Cilantro Flecked Mashed, and Spiced Honey Ginger Smashed Yams. Serve them up in Martini glasses for some flair and accompany with a selection of toppings; Lime & Tequila spiked Sour Cream, Roasted Tomato Chutney, Cilantro Pesto and Sautéed Wild Mushrooms. 

5.  Give Traditional a Twist: 

Tradition says the new bride and groom should cut the first slice of cake together, and we don’t want to take the idea of a three-tiered fondant cake away from you, but what if your favorite cake designer can’t make your dream cake in time?

Take a trip with your fiancée to your favorite little bakery, and choose three of the most beautiful and flavor preferred cakes. This is another instance, where you can please everyone. Get the chocolate cake for yourself, vanilla for your hubby and strawberry for Mom, because we know she’ll have a say! The three cakes can be tiered on different levels and beautifully adorned with floral… and you can still cut your slice of cake together!

Check out a write up about our menu for The Knot on Amy Shey Jacobs’ blog!

The Knot Menu

February 22, 2010

Valentine’s weekend was quite exciting for 14 couples in love and ready for a shot-gun wedding! With help from The Knots’ contest with the Empire State Building, “A Wedding with a View”, the couples from all walks of life were dined and pampered on the 61st floor of the ESB; one which is never normally available for weddings– talk about an incredible opportunity!  

The underlying theme was of course last-minute weddings, and how a bride can make her wedding come together beautifully, even if it’s in 2 weeks. Shiraz Events was on hand with quick irresistible bites for the hubby and wife-to-be and their families.  Watch Shai and Michael’s tips on the Knot TV’s segment about the event- be patient it’s towards the end of the segment. 

These were a few of the items of the menu: 


1 of the 3 in the French Toast Trio: Heart Beet French Toast, Beet Julienne, Fennel, Pea Shoot Slaw and Goat Cheese Mousse. 


Sunny Quail Egg Sprinkled with Smoked Salt Resting on Frisee and Lardons Salad on a Porcelain Spoon. 

Green Papaya Roll, House Pickled Carrots, Walnut Pate, Vietnamese Herbs with a Lime Dressing.

Stay tuned for Shiraz’s last minute catering tips and check out more about the fabulous weekend on and Chandelier Events.

Miami Wedding at Vizcaya

February 15, 2010

Shiraz Events designed a beautiful wedding in Miami this January at the amazing Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.  Shiraz created an amazing décor concept and an incredible international menu that was enjoyed by all of the wedding guests. Look at these flawless photos!