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Encore!

This magical weekend in Dallas did not end after the gorgeous dinner. The DVLW team worked through the night (literally) to flip the tent into one large Parisian lounge for brunch and a mini birthday celebration for Bishop T.D. Jakes the following day. Tables were swapped out, linens changed, chairs re-configured, lounge furnishings installed, new floral centerpieces, a birthday cake, lots of accessories to finish the space with a residential feel that I deem so incredibly important for any entertaining space, French pastries – oh and let me not forget the French poodles!

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Ring The Bell!

Once the program at the AT&T Performing Arts Center to honor Bishop T.D. Jakes concluded, an intimate group of special guests joined them for a private dinner to continue the celebration of his Triumphant Journey. A two-week installation by the DVLW team that included torrential thunderstorms, landscaping challenges due to weather and some emergency water excavations finally culminated with an awe-inspiring tented dinner. This design was inspired by one of my recent trips to fashion week in Paris. While understanding that this would be a dinner to celebrate Bishop Jakes, I knew that the host of the evening would be Mrs. Jakes and the design should be reflective of a sophisticated woman with phenomenal taste and tremendous love for her husband. Luckily she agreed and with her blessings we designed an evening that mixed classic French motifs with modern edge for a stunning conclusion to a magical evening.

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Reason To Celebrate!

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When the timeline of your life reads like that of Bishop T. D. Jakes, Sr., there is reason to pause. He has impacted millions of lives through his ministry, music, books, philanthropic work, films and testimony. After 35 years of serving the people, Mrs. Serita A. Jakes, The Potter’s House of Dallas and T.D.J. Enterprises decided it was time to celebrate his journey thus far. Needless to say, I was thrilled and humbled when my favorite Dallas family called on me and the DVLW team to help them celebrate in style.

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The Queen of Color!

I recently had a chance to sit down with Weddings in Houston and talk about how this journey of love evolved for me. The editor penned me as “The Queen of Color” and I must say – I really like the sound of that!

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A Beautiful Surprise!

I consider myself incredibly optimistic but having survived as a business owner for so many years, there are few occurrences that surprise me. That is until I received a call from Desiree Rogers from Ebony Magazine while in Hawaii producing Tichina Arnold’s wedding. She personally called to congratulate me on making the Inaugural Ebony Power 100 List. Needless to say, I was beyond surprised – more like shell-shocked!

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Rock with DV in Riviera Cancun!

I will be returning to the Inspire Smart Success Experience (ISSE) in Riviera Cancun December 3-6, 2012 with a new bikini to join my friend Stacie Francombe, Preston Bailey and the amazing Mike Colon for a few days of learning on Mexico’s famous Riviera Maya coast. The make-up of the wedding industry is evolving although not as quickly as I would like. I love diversity and I know that the rainbow of talents that make up the Diann Valentine Living Well team creates an atmosphere in which we can all bring our different gifts, talents, cultural differences, eclectic styles and varying artistic disciplines to create some pretty magical moments. So I’m offering you a unique opportunity!

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The Knot Luxe List

I am thrilled, humbled and proud to share that I made the Luxe List in the Fall issue of The Knot. Over the years I have received a lot of publicity and great coverage of my art but there is such a great feeling to be acknowledged by my peers – my fabulous friends and innovative colleagues that strive like I do – to move our industry forward.

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Brilliance or Imagination?

With each new meeting with a woman who is inclined to trust me with her most precious love story or a home owner that is willing to rely on my vision for their living space – I find myself compelled to explore, probe and expand my imagination to discover a revitalized approach to the project at hand. I currently find myself in the middle of one of these quandaries. Lighting fixtures in event design are begging for resurgence – a re-discovery and a fresh perspective. Walter Hubert helped me to look at crystals in new imaginative ways when he suggested hanging strands of crystals in Toni Braxton’s reception tent, which transformed her wedding reception into a sea of diamonds. Raymond Thompson helped me to look at the transformative qualities of lighting when applied to architectural elements as he did for Gary and DeLeon Sheffield’s wedding.

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The Honey Tea

Get Married Magazine recently asked me to take the color honey and use it to inspire a plethora of creative design ideas for a summer wedding. Well I gave it my two cents of how I envisioned this warm and cozy hue…Valentine Style of course!

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A Basketball Wife Becomes An Official Football Wife!

One of the highpoints of my summer was designing and producing the international wedding of Evelyn Lozada and Chad Ochocinco. We devoted a lot of time together perfecting the details of her opulent nuptials and I had the opportunity to ascertain her as more than a bridesmaid in Jennifer Williams wedding or the feisty Puerto Rican bombshell on Basketball Wives. We laughed and cried together and I can attest to why so many fans love her. She wears her heart on her sleeve, honest with her emotions and present to every moment in her life. She puts tremendous value on loyalty and lives her life unapologetically to the fullest and somehow gives us all permission to do the same.

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