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Stefanie Cove’s Wedding Do’s & Don’ts: Finding The Right Venue

One of the first things on most couples’ wedding planning checklist is securing the perfect venue. The options are endless and can sometimes be overwhelming. Do you want a small intimate gathering? A blowout in your backyard? Or, perhaps a dreamy destination wedding on the beach? If these questions are running through your head, then you’re in luck. Today, we’ve got celebrity planner, event guru, and Zola Tastemaker Stefanie Cove here to dish on her tips for finding the perfect place for your big day. Stefanie has established herself as one of the preeminent event producers in the world. With 15 years combined experience in the hospitality and event planning industries, and as the managing partner at Yifat & Oren Associates, Stefanie has unparalleled knowledge of how to seamlessly orchestrate an event, domestic or destination, from inception through completion. Molly Sims, Natalie Portman, Drew Barrymore, and Behati Prinsloo all count Stefanie as their meticulous yet calm wedding planner extraordinaire. 1 | Do Consider Your Guest List First Finding the right venue can be totally overwhelming. I find it’s …

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Stefanie Cove’s Wedding Do’s & Don’ts: Deciding On Size

When it comes to your wedding, the planning process can be full of difficult situations that are tough to navigate. From cutting down your guest list to simply staying organized, brides and grooms can drive themselves crazy trying to reconcile what they want vs. what they think is polite. Luckily for you we’re kicking off a series to help direct you through the do’s and don’ts of wedding planning with celebrity wedding planner, event guru, and Zola Tastemaker, Stefanie Cove. First up: How to manage your guest list. Stefanie has established herself as one of the preeminent event producers in the world. With 15 years combined experience in the hospitality and event planning industries, and as the managing partner at Yifat & Oren Associates, Stefanie has unparalleled knowledge of how to seamlessly orchestrate an event, domestic or destination, from inception through completion. Molly Sims, Natalie Portman, Drew Barrymore, and Behati Prinsloo all count Stefanie as their meticulous yet calm wedding planner extraordinaire. One of the hardest things my clients are faced with is the size …

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Baking with Love: Kitchen Must-Haves from Molly Yeh

Looking to capture whimsical perfection and a bit of fairytale living? Follow in the footsteps of Molly Yeh. Molly is a food blogger, farmer’s wife, and a Zola bride! Oh, and she was professionally trained in percussion instruments at Juilliard. When we saw her blog we were a bit tortured; our mouths watered, and we were starved for the delicious food she pictured. We knew we had to ask her to build a collection around her registry picks because, let’s be honest, we could all learn a little something about kitchen equipment and accessories from a baker extraordinaire who moved from Brooklyn, NY to North Dakota in the name of love! When we spoke to Molly, we were inspired by her passionate spirit and imaginative mind. We asked her to put together a Tastemaker Collection with her favorite registry gifts themed around afternoon snacks with her husband. She took her favorite wedding gifts from her Zola registry and made a delicious looking peanut butter snack cake, a treat she experienced on her honeymoon in Austria. Check out the …

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A Lesson on Hospitality from Celebrity Planner Lisa Vorce

Escaping New York during dreary November days is always a blessing, but when you get to be a guest at Lisa Vorce’s loft, it’s in another league of comfort.  The creative team at Zola lugged our bags towards Lisa’s Santa Ana home, not knowing what to expect from the woman who’s first event was for George Clooney’s mother, Rosemary, and her most recent for Chrissy Tiegen and John Legend.   We were in for quite a hospitality tutorial from our November tastemaker. Welcome Kit First on the list? Lisa recommends providing your guests with a welcome kit, full of your favorite products. Display them at the foot of the bed and your guests are sure to feel pampered as soon as they walk in the door. Guest-Friendly Food As for the food, an easy yet elegant go-to for brunch is a variety of quiches. “I’m all about quiches since you can prepare them ahead of time. I prefer to get the work and the mess out of the way before my guests arrive. Typically I prepare a couple of quiches …

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Talking Wedding & Registry Tips with Jen Campbell of Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding guru and founder of Green Wedding Shoes Jen Campbell met her husband at work where they quickly became friends, and then more. The two started Green Wedding Shoes together when they noticed an opportunity in the wedding blog world for couples with a more alternative take on weddings. We were lucky enough to take a moment with Jen to chat about her experience and hear her insightful tips on creating a well-rounded registry. Take a look at our interview with the lovely Jen below and check out her top registry picks! Zola: You’ve seen your fair share of weddings. What’s the one wedding tradition you hope sticks around? Jen: I’m a big fan of doing your own thing, so I love when couples really make their day their own and don’t follow traditions. Zola: What’s your favorite new trend? Jen: Couples doing a First Look before the ceremony. It’s a seriously magical moment…Jason and I did a First Look, and it was one of my favorite parts of the day (along with walking down the aisle and …

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Set Your Thanksgiving Table with Molly Sims

When I first met Molly Sims through a common friend, Zola tastemaker and Molly’s wedding planner, Stefanie Cove, I heard the southern drawl and more notably, felt the warmth immediately.  She dished tips on how to deal with a Napa wedding as I was a month away from my big weekend, near to where she married Scott Stuber two years ago.  Now, she’s mom to one, expecting another,  still looks like a supermodel, and is the lifestyle guru behind MollySims.com – someone you want to be best mom friends with. We chatted about the Zola modern couple and what it means to design a home together these days.  Molly loved the Zola concept, and we loved her humble and lovely spirit.  When Molly suggested designing a table with Zola picks fit for her family, we jumped at the chance to make it happen. Her collection, launching today, in time for Thanksgiving, is nothing short of expectation. On shoot day in LA, she pulled up to the Lombardi House in her hybrid, bare faced and maxi-clad with suede booties. She immediately …

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Tips for Colorful Entertaining from Lonny’s Style Editor

When I first met Sarah Storms, Style Editor of Lonny Magazine, on a chilly and hectic Tuesday night, she was clad in coral and smiles.  So its no surprise that when she hosted a cocktail hour with her favorite Zola products in her home in Fort Greene, she created an oasis of color and warmth. Sarah’s style is crisp whites with bold pops of color, reminiscent of our Georgetown collection. As she assembled her tastemaker collection, launching today on Zola, she leaned toward textured whites mixed with patterned bold blues and violets.  She rounded out the collection with clean, modern interpretations of old world pieces like these Maldon Water Goblets from Canvas Home. Sarah, raised in part in France and on a farm in New Jersey, knows how to mix livable with elevated design. Over French 77s and a spread of patê sand canapés (lucky us! recipes to come…), she shared her tips on style and entertaining. Z: What can newlyweds who love to entertain, consider when designing their space? SS: We moved from Manhattan to Brooklyn for more space, with an eye towards entertaining—then …