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December 8

A Bad Break is Cause For An I Do Over! by Diann Valentine

We’re happy to bring you this tip from celebrity wedding planner and Wedding Paper Divas stationery designer, Diann Valentine. To shop for her designs, check out our Diann Valentine collection.

Lindsy Jennings is one of the happiest and fantastically optimistic women I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Despite a dreadful fall that broke her leg in three places and left her hobbling down the aisle on crutches on her wedding day, she still managed to keep the gigantic smile on her face. Throughout our time together, she consistently focused on what lied before her and in fact was quite uncomfortable conveying any of the disastrous memories from her first wedding. She was so in tune with every moment—surprise after surprise and present to the magic that was happening around her. You see, I learned a great lesson from Lindsy about our reaction to disappointments in life. Sure she was saddened with the outcome of her first wedding but I truly believe that her willingness to leave those memories ‘behind the line’ allowed her to fully enjoy each experience of the new wedding that we were feverishly designing and executing on her behalf. She wasn’t worried about ‘looking good’, ‘feeling embarrassed’ or being paranoid about us making a mockery of her wedding. In essence—Lindsy simply trusted the process and is likely the one bride that enjoyed her ‘do-over’ the most this season. So as the credits rolled last night, I hope that you shared my sentiments knowing that this woman truly deserved her I Do Over!

Here are a few of my favorite moments from this week’s episode that you may have missed:

Behind the scenes on surprise day getting direction from our Executive Producer, Supervising Producer and Director!

Leo Eley deserved a big hug after greasing up my legs for this scene at the dance studio!

It’s always all about the shoes especially when they are Christian Louboutin Spiked Slingbacks… thunder things included!

Lindsy and Reid’s commemorative invite from the Artistic Waves Suite in the Diann Valentine Wedding Stationery Collection!

Of course Lindsy chose style over comfort with these Giuseppe Zanotti stunners that my girl Jamie Steele brought over!

Read the rest of this fantastic post on Diann’s blog, Project Love.

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December 2

Accepting What We Deserve On “I Do Over” from Diann Valentine

We’re happy to bring you this tip from celebrity wedding planner and Wedding Paper Divas stationery designer, Diann Valentine. To shop for her designs, check out our Diann Valentine collection.

Working with Tasha and Wes Owen was an exceptional joy. Wes’ nervousness at the altar that caused him to faint during their ceremony had a devastating effect on Tasha. I was expecting her disappointment from experiencing this unforeseen and unpreventable disaster. However, I also observed how it seemed to seal her belief that she was un-deserving of a glorious wedding. Tasha has spent her adult life proudly taking care of her husband and her children; which has been her sole focus in life. During our time together, I was amazed at how challenging it was for her to accept all of the good things that were happening. She consistently repeated that she did not deserve all of this which was disturbing for me.  As women, we ALL deserve the perfect wedding—however we define that. Furthermore, I believe that we deserve to be loved beyond measure, pampered, spoiled and taken care of just like we take care of our families.  So my experience with Tasha was an ‘Aha’ moment for me—a moment when I realized that some women can be so beat up by life that they stop dreaming, stop believing and stop hoping for a better tomorrow. My hope is that you watched the end credits of this episode declaring that you too deserve all of the best that life has to offer and if you will only B-E-L-I-E-V-E good things still happen to good people.

Here are a few of my favorite moments from this week’s episode that you may have missed:

This was my favorite ‘Surprise Day’ look even though I initially fought Jason Sky about it! And the Guiseppe Zanotti kicks were fab!

We used this fabulous birdcage from Rrivreworks and placed an Opera singer inside of it during the ceremony… so ethereal!

I so did not want to give Jason Sky and Autumn Clarke back this Alexander McQueen dress!

I loved the intimate ceremony area that included a mixture of furnishings from Arte de Mexico and some of my favorite chair covers from Wildflower Linens!

Our florist Jackie Combs created an amazing fairytale forest for the Owen’s thanks to the thousands of flowers we received from 1-800-FLOWERS!

Wildflower Linens created so many custom tablecloths and chair accents to bring this fairytale wedding reception to life! Photo by Mike Colon.

We penned our own love story depicting the Owen’s love and printed them on my Perfect Peonies Wedding Stationery Collection! Photo by Mike Colon.\

We also presented Tasha and Wes with a commemorative invitation from my Perfect Peonies Wedding Stationery Collection to mark the occasion!

Read the rest of this fantastic post on Diann’s blog, Project Love.

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November 17

FormDecor Adds ‘Old Hollywood’ Glamour to “I Do Over” from Diann Valentine

We’re happy to bring you this tip from celebrity wedding planner and Wedding Paper Divas stationery designer, Diann Valentine. To shop for her designs, check out our Diann Valentine collection.

I have been a fan of FormDecor for several years. When designing an event I am always looking for eclectic pieces that can work in unison to interpret an overall design aesthetic rather than simply renting a complete lounge grouping of identical pieces. Fritz Williams has carved out a much needed niche of offering authentic vintage modern furniture rentals from some of the most respected designers in furniture design. When the opportunity arose to design an Old Hollywood ‘Vanity Fair’ inspired set for the premiere episode of I Do Over, I knew that Form Décor would have a mix of everything I needed. I recently had a chance to sit down with Fritz, Jeff Sigler and Rachel Michael to chat about just what makes them so fabulous!

DV: I have been a long-time fan of your collection of furnishings because of your artistic perspective that goes into selecting new pieces. What inspires you while you are shopping for an addition to your inventory?

Fritz: Shape. Fabric. Texture. I’m always looking for something unique. I find a lot of inspiration in high-end boutique hotels. And I get very excited when the new Pantone color direction is announced! I want to know what’s going to be in for next season so that we can anticipate style and color demands.

DV: Lounges have become so popular in event design. Where do you see furniture rentals evolving to in our industry?

Jeff: I see event lounges evolving into more accessorized environments that give attendees a comfortable experience like a home setting. Lamps, rugs, pillows…etc.  FormDecor rents all of these to offer more than just furniture—we offer style. Also, just as in our home environments, a suitable lounge is no longer just a repetition of a single seating option. Modern event decor incorporates an eclectic variety of seating elements, including benches and ottomans, daybeds, sofas, loveseats and chairs. When all of these different elements complement each other without being repetitious, that’s what we call style.

DV: Do you design and fabricate original designs or only stick with vintage finds?

Jeff: We obtain our furniture from a wide variety of sources.  It suits our eclectic nature!  By repurposing vintage finds, we not only help the environment, but we get to have a lot of fun re-inventing the past.  Of course retro modern reproductions will always be in high demand.  And when we just can’t find what we need to suit a particular event design, we work with our many talented fabrication resources to create something unique and… always… functional.

DV: Your pieces allowed me to design a ‘Vanity Fair’ set for Dana & Mike Santini—the couple that viewers will meet on our premiere episode after they had no memorable photographs from their wedding due to bridesmaids dresses disaster on I Do Over. What tips would you give a bride or event designer using your pieces to create a memorable and unique backdrop?

Fritz: Really utilize the rental resources available to you to make it your own space.

Jeff: Yes, use elements in your event décor that represent your style and theme. When photos are taken of you and your guests, you want to have a background that represents a cohesive style…a style that represents you and the occasion.

Fritz: FormDecor’s background screens are very useful to set the tone and define an area. Savvy event designers are using our screen panels to cover up the parts of a venue that don’t fit consistently with their style.

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November 3

R-Mine Bridal Dresses Brides on I Do Over from Diann Valentine

We’re happy to bring you this tip from celebrity wedding planner and Wedding Paper Divas stationery designer, Diann Valentine. To shop for her designs, check out our Diann Valentine collection.

Although I have admired her salon for many years, I only met Arminé last year when she designed the custom wedding gown for my client Shamicka Lawrence (wife of Martin Lawrence). An astute sophisticated woman with great personal style and impeccable taste commands the attention of women with discerning taste all over the ‘City of Angels.’ Needless to say, I was thrilled and uber-excited when she agreed to share her gifts with our brides on I Do Over. After a grueling production schedule and some time to get back in my own zone—I had a chance to sit down with Arminé and relive some of the fun and a bit of the stress from making dreams come true in only 5 days!

DV: What was your experience like working with our brides on I Do Over?

Arminé: My experience with all three brides was very fulfilling, yet challenging. Since all three women had experienced a wedding disaster, we committed so much time and extra effort to ensure perfection the second time around. Each bride received a custom designed dress to fit their personality, venue and most importantly their dreams of the perfect dress. With all three brides, you will see three distinctively different gowns all with the Armine’ touch but designed specifically for them. It was great pleasure to witness the smiles on their faces; priceless!

DV: I have always been a big proponent of a woman wearing the color that makes her glow on her wedding day instead of defaulting to white. What are your feelings about colored wedding dresses?

Arminé: I absolutely love colored wedding dresses and as an artist, I admire the personality that comes alive whenever a bride discovers an untraditional but perfect color for her dream gown. I feel that the color of a dress reflects each bride’s personality; bringing dimension and character. My love affair with wedding gowns began at the age of three as I stared mesmerized at my Aunt at her wedding.  She floated down the aisle in a gorgeous soft blue gown and I instantly fell in love.

DV: We saw a few disasters on I Do Over that involved wedding attire. In fact you designed the gown for Dana Santini—our premiere episode after her bridesmaids dresses never showed up and her girls walked down the aisle in the groomsmens’ tuxedo shirts. What tips can you offer a bride to avoid her own wedding gown disaster?

Arminé: When shopping for your bridal gown, I advise all brides to make sure they are choosing a salon that understands their needs, style and ultimately works within their budget. A woman’s wedding gown will be one of the most if not the most important purchase in the planning process and an unreliable source can cause immense stress and as we saw—a lifetime of bad memories.

DV: You have quietly built a national reputation for exquisite design while tucked away in Studio City. What inspires you the most when designing a gown?

Arminé: When I am working with a bride, her personality, personal style and venue tend to drive the creative process. However, I also always ask questions about her partner. All aspects of the wedding starting with the dress needs to represent both the bride and groom. When I’m working on a new collection I get my inspiration from music and art. I also love draping using a mixture of different fabrics to create texture and dimension.

DV: If you could design a wedding gown for 5 women—dead or alive—who would they be and why?

Arminé: Blake Lively because she is a gorgeous, young woman who has already established herself as a ‘Fashionista’ and has a special aura to her.

Gwen Stefani has a simple boldness about her. She can go out without make up other than red lipstick and look fierce.

Halle Berry has such a strong yet elegant style. She always knows how to dress appropriately and never lets her audience down.

Marion Cotillard’s timeless beauty and style amazes me. She is elegant and classy. She is fierce yet charming and I would love to see her in my designs.

Audrey Hepburn, because I was obsessed with her after watching “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” as a child.

DV: Your personal style is so sophisticated and tailored. Do you have any personal fashion icons?  If so, who and why?

Arminé: My fashion icons are Coco Chanel, John Galliano, Alexander McQueen and Jean Paul Gaultier. Chanel for its timeless classic looks while the other three, amaze me by their choice of color, structure, fabric choices and design elements.

DV: What’s next for Arminé and R-Mine Bridal?

Arminé: For years R-mine was known for carrying high-end designer bridal gowns next to my own designs. As much as I love and respect all of the designers that I worked with, I’ve decided it’s time to change R-mine’s image to a specialized couture boutique. I am working on a new bridal and evening collection. Each dress is hand made in our studio offering our client’s a personalized shopping experience and a custom fitted gown.

My clients can choose from our coll­­­­ection of gowns, opt for personalized elements when we fabricate one of our collection gowns for them, or I can work with them personally to design something that is one of a kind.

For more information about R-Mine or to view the complete collection, click here!

And of course, don’t forget to tune in to the premiere episode of I Do Over on Sunday, November 13th at 10pm on WEtv for a glimpse of the custom gown that Arminé designed for Dana Santini!

So do share, what is the worse wedding disaster you have heard of that involved dresses? Join the Diann Valentine family and share it with us all!

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October 13

Give Me French Inspiration by Diann Valentine

We’re happy to bring you this tip from celebrity wedding planner and Wedding Paper Divas stationery designer, Diann Valentine. To shop for her designs, check out our Diann Valentine collection.

With my growing schedule of appearances, speaking engagements and interaction with my fellow event professionals more than ever, I have grown increasingly bored with event design as a whole.  I keep showing up hoping to be moved, inspired or enlightened by someone or something but to no avail. So when a last-minute invitation from a friend came to spend a few days in Paris for Fashion Week, I expeditiously cleared my schedule, packed my bags and gave my husband a long kiss goodbye in search of something new. Few cities evoke such a distinctive experience like Paris. An exciting mix of historical architecture, haute couture fashions, delectable desserts and an overwhelming jult of raw sexuality. Paris stimulated my senses with such emotional overload leaving me full of respect for the French and renewed inspiration.

National Academy of Music!

Concorde Square Fountain!

St. Marie Madeleine

The Business of Vendome Place!


Laduree’—Home of the Original Macaroon!


Entrance into Lychee Henri IV—Location of Kanye West Show!

Give Me Fantasy…

The Viktor & Rolf show was my favorite of the weekend likely because of their generous use of color and whimsical drama in their latest collection.  Strong color blocking, cut-outs and ribbon details paired with feminine full skirts of tulle graced the runway.  It was easy to drool over the haute couture fashions but I watched tablecloths, custom tent draping, floral centerpieces and topiaries float on by as I felt chills run down my spine thinking of all of the ways that this collection would inspire some of my upcoming projects.

Read the rest of Diann’s post by visiting the Project Love Blog.

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September 15

Goodwill Breeds Goodwill by Diann Valentine

We’re happy to bring you this weekly tip from celebrity wedding planner and Wedding Paper Divas stationery designer, Diann Valentine. To shop for her designs, check out our Diann Valentine collection.

Just a few weeks ago, I shared a story that appeared in the August 1st issue of Jet Magazine and how much immense pride I felt. Unfortunately, that story ran before the premiere date of I Do Over moved to November 13th so technically the incorrect date was shared. However, much to my surprise and delight, Jet Magazine has followed up with another mention in their August 22nd issue where I Do Over appears with a roundup of all reality shows slated for the fall and I am again so grateful.

It can easily be said that Jet ran this story again because our premiere date changed but I am always looking for God’s hand and his favor in my life so I believe it is a bit more than that. Goodwill breeds goodwill and when we are committed to putting that perspective forth in the world, then I know for sure that it will always come back to you; hence, my second mention in Jet in less than a month.

This practice simply provides a pathway for our gifts to take flight. Our humility draws attention and grace into our lives fueling us to continue to be our best selves. So, do me a favor and share some goodwill today.

And of course, don’t forget to tune in on Sunday, November 13th at 10pm on WEtv when I Do Over premieres!

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August 25

Some Things are Just Sacred! from Diann Valentine

We’re happy to bring you this weekly tip from celebrity wedding planner and Wedding Paper Divas stationery designer, Diann Valentine. To shop for her designs, check out our Diann Valentine collection.

I have been blessed to have received a great deal of positive media in my career. The majority has centered around my client’s weddings or events where I have received credit or my tips for an entertaining or design story. However, as I anticipate the premiere of I Do Over, the trajectory of my press is changing with more and more coverage solely focusing on me and this new chapter in my life. When a recent mention and photo appeared in Jet Magazine it was amazing. My family was so excited and I could hear the pride in their voices as they boasted about it to everyone that would listen. “Diann is on page 13 in the new Jet,” went on for weeks. You see, for black families and black households, Jet is legendary. They have told our stories of triumph and heartache for years and I too am proud to have finally graced their pages.

Nothing in life is owed or promised to me so I am careful to remain humble and grateful for every single blessing—big and small and most importantly to enjoy the journey of life. Now, I would normally just crop my portion of a story but it also felt good to be featured underneath Jay Z… one of the people whose hustle I admire! Don’t forget to tune in on Sunday, November 13th at 10pm on WEtv for the premiere of

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August 4

Enjoying Every Single Minute! by Diann Valentine

We’re happy to bring you this weekly tip from celebrity wedding planner and Wedding Paper Divas stationery designer, Diann Valentine. To shop for her designs, check out our Diann Valentine collection.

I knew that the heart of wedding season was the perfect time to introduce I Do Over to my respected colleagues in the wedding industry but deciding on the best city was my quandary.  Atlanta had been good to me over the years and always embraced my presence so it seemed like the best logical choice. And with my birthday being in early July, it also seemed to be the perfect excuse to throw a great party and offer an early preview of I Do Over.  And a great party is exactly what transpired in Atlanta on July 14th. Unlike all DRV productions and personal parties I have hosted myself, I was able to actually be a guest and simply enjoy every single minute of it!

I’ve prepared so long for this moment!

The invitations were created using my signature collection from Wedding Paper Divas. I altered the design and the colors to create a custom version of the Artistic Waves suite to coincide with the design of the party.  Mike Colon gave us great images from the show to offer guests a sneak peek of some of the design perspective they can expect when I Do Over premieres.

Artistic Waves Suite from the Diann Valentine Wedding Stationery Collection!

There was no chance of a great party without my I Do Over team and entourage with me to celebrate. My stylist Jason Sky could not attend but he made sure I represented for the night in this gorgeous Angela Dean gown! Tiffany Pompey was our Design Coordinator and carefully executed my vision for the design of each wedding. Cece Counts was our Entertainment Coordinator and worked tirelessly to book all sorts of talent including R&B crooner/Actor Chaz Shepherd. D. Micah Lindsey was our Family Coordinator and attended to all of the needs of the families of our brides. Stephanie Scribner was our Logistics Coordinator and worked hand in hand with our Wedding Producer Paula Bond to ensure that every detail was planned to perfection. Leo Eley was my one man glam squad who worked tirelessly on my hair and make-up and created the best wedding night looks I’ve ever had. And my baby-girl Riann Valentine was our Guest Coordinator and worked closely with our Supervising Producer to ensure our brides guests made it to each wedding especially since they were only given 5 days notice.

The ‘I Do Over’ Entourage

Cece Counts, Leo Eley, DV, Riann Valentine, D. Micah Lindsey, Tiffany Pompey, Stephanie Scribner

WEtv’s Suzanne Murch

I have produced several high-profile celebrity weddings in Atlanta so I thought it would be a good market for me to introduce I Do Over in an intimate setting. However, I had no idea that the event community would embrace us with such a phenomenal show of support. What started out as a simple conversation with my friend Stacie Francombe of Inspire Smart Success turned into a wonderful experience with all sorts of blossoming friendships.

Stacie Francombe and DV

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July 28

Hello Essence Music Festival! from Diann Valentine

We’re happy to bring you this weekly tip from celebrity wedding planner and Wedding Paper Divas stationery designer, Diann Valentine. To shop for her designs, check out our Diann Valentine collection.

This year has been full of wonderful surprises, developments and changes in my career. In July, I joined WeTV at the Essence Music Festival in a very new role. During the pre-production of this activation, I was able to design the WE tv booth and give them a fresh perspective on a corporate exhibit booth.  An inviting environment where women could come and experience the WE tv brand in a comfortable and engaging space using my favorite, delicious hot pink sofa from Form Décor as the centerpiece of the space. However, once I hit the ground I was not a designer but the host of WE tv’s newest wedding show, I Do Over!

This love symbol from Rrivreworks completed the look!

On Saturday, I was interviewed by Uptown Angela and hung around for a meet and greet with festival goers and seized every opportunity to tell someone about I Do Over!

DV interviewed by Uptown Angela

I also carved out some time for some silly photos in the HD Photo Booth.  Sean Spencer has developed a great evolved photo experience that makes everyone look fabulous.  And I especially love the black and white images and that no one was shoving a sign or a boa on me.  I personally don’t need any props to have fun with a photo booth!

I’m such a HAM!

I have too much fun with Leo Eley—my Hair and Make-up Guru!

I was even able to hang with my big sister Julie—don’t I look just like her!

After my appearance, it was time for The Braxton’s and they brought the laughs and great stories of sisterhood.

To read the rest of Diann’s post, visit her Project Love Blog.

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June 23

At Home with Diann Valentine

We’re happy to bring you this weekly tip from celebrity wedding planner and Wedding Paper Divas stationery designer, Diann Valentine. To shop for her designs, check out our Diann Valentine collection.

This year I had the privilege of teaching a session at Engage 11 in San Diego. I can still remember the day when Rebecca responded to the email request I had sent her almost a year previously and asked if I was available for this year’s conference. I had heard so many great things about the Engage experience but I have not attended a wedding conference in years so I really had no expectations.  All I knew was that I was thrilled to join such an established group of wedding professionals—many heralded as the leaders in our industry and at this year’s Engage, I would be listed among them.



I love working with smart, strong women and Rebecca Grinnals and Kathryn Ace certainly sit at the top of my list. They are incredibly insightful and have put together an incredible experience that left me in awe!

Rebecca and Kathryn Photo Courtesy of Jessica Claire

Having traveled the world creating so many wonderful expressions of love—I am not easily impressed.  However, the opening night party was my absolute favorite of the entire experience for several reasons:  (1) The Grand Del Mar is one of the most magical destinations on the west coast. It features the perfect blend of Italian elegance and style with a modern edge for the luxury travel experience and I love traveling well!  And Paige Levy-Kouretchian is so genuinely warm and accommodating and always a gracious host.

Paige Levy-Kouretchian and the adorable Todd Fiscuss – Photo Courtesy of Jessica Claire

(2) It was a casual, unscripted gathering that allowed us to relax, network and engage in so many visceral touch points from the food stations, to the photo booth to the incredible entertainment—my senses were fully engaged!

The Gorgeous Elizabeth Messina and DV- Photo Courtesy of Jessica Claire

(3) Edgar Zamora from Revelry designed a gorgeous chic outdoor lounge set against the backdrop of the Aria Lawn and Pavilion.  So often times I see designers go into venues with beautiful concepts that completely fight the architecture of the space. Revelry infused a mix of French Provencial furnishings with natural organic wood pieces and stunning florals from my friend Eddie at Tic Tock that was understated, elegant and edgy. This design showcased a beautiful extension of the gorgeous architecture at The Grand Del Mar with a harmonious rhythm that played like a beautiful melody!

Photo Courtesy of Jessica Claire

Photo Courtesy of Jessica Claire


Photo Courtesy of Jessica Claire

And (4) I was able to bring my best friend and daughter Riann with me to experience my professional world yet again. Success and accomplishments mean so little when the people you love the most are not involved and proud of your accomplishments so I hope that Riann looks back on these times with great pride!

Photo Courtesy of Jessica Claire

Me and My Best Girl!

Want to see what else Diann Valentine has been up to this summer? Make sure to check out the rest of this fun post on her Project Love Blog.

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