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Announcing The Ignite Experience – Houston!

The Ignite Experience curriculum will inspire the development, learning, understanding and application of creative excellence. Ms. Valentine will be available throughout the day for high-power, one-on-one interaction as she shares her insights on creating a systemic approach to gaining enrollment from clients, colleagues and co-workers as it relates to ‘seeing’, considering, accepting and placing a premium on creative, out-of-the-box ideas and concepts.

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Happy New Year Deconstructed!

Ebony Magazine invited me to share with them my interpretation of a New Year’s Girlfriends Brunch so I invited a few of my best girlfriends Sheree Fletcher, April Daniels, Shamicka Raymond, Tichina Arnold and Tameka Raymond to hop on a plane and join me in Miami as I brought this story to life.

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The increasingly alarming numbers of Black men killed at the hands of law enforcement has broken my soul. I cannot help but think that any of those men could have easily been my husband or Lola’s Boyfriend or maybe just another Black man that I love. History proves that the US Justice System has never been on the side of black men but technology and cell phones and social media has brought these facts to greater light interrupting all of us in our tracks and commanding that we at least give these brutal acts a second look. When I witnessed the senseless killing of Eric Garner as he pleaded for his last breathe as an alarming number of police officers stood watch moved me beyond my brokenness and into action. I called on my best girlfriends and asked them to interrupt their holiday plans, disrupt their schedules and pause of some of their planned holiday activities with their families to join me for we needed to make our voices heard and our presence felt. On December 23rd, myself along with Sheree Fletcher, April Daniels, Sandra Campbell and Treiva Williams hosted #UnitedForJustice – a fundraiser to benefit the widow of Erica Garner. We received a tremendous amount of support and criticism which both prove that our efforts were perfect for this moment in time.

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Love Above All Returns in Grand Style!

Every year on Valentine’s Day, the Empire State Building gives three lucky couples a chance to tie the knot at this historic landmark. If you believe your love should culminate at this magical location, which also happens to be where my friend Preston Bailey married his love Theo – submit your own creative video pleading your case of why you deserve this storybook ceremony. You can be one of the lucky couples to marry along with 24 of your closest guests. And this year, the Empire State Building is teaming up with one of my favorite online stores – Red Envelope. Red Envelope will be hosting a luxury gifting suite for these winners to make sure they leave with a few amazing items to start their new lives with.

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Lush Tabletop Featured in Grace Ormonde Wedding Style

We are thrilled to share that one of our lush tabletops that featured custom linens designed using over 25 layers of tulle, custom table caps, mercury glass centerpieces with dreamy white florals, custom place cards and clear ghost chairs to add a little edge is featured in the current Fall/Winter issue of Grace Ormonde Wedding Style magazine that is currently on newsstands in the US and international cities. We hope you will check it out! Also, a big thank you to our creative partners that helped us create such a magical night: Designing Life, Naked Eye Image, Bella Flora, Beyond Lighting, Classic Party Rentals and MOHA Photography for capturing this amazing image!

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The Soundtrack of My Life!

I recently chatted with Fri from one of my favorite wedding magazines, Wedding Nouveau. I love this publication so much because it is one of the rare magazines that represent women of color – all colors. After catching up on our lives and careers she asked me for the soundtrack of my life. I didn’t have to think long about this because everything about my life revolves around love. 1+1 by Beyonce is what immediately came to mind. So often along my journey of life I feel like it is me against the world but this song reminds me that I’ve got someone who is standing beside me, protecting me and taking the world head on with me…

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US Weekly Showcases the DV Designed Suspended Cake Stand from Tamra Barney & Eddie Judge’s Nuptials!

In this week’s issue of US Weekly, the magazine gives an exclusive and stunning glimpse of some of the details from Orange County Housewives Tamra Barney and Eddie Judge’s nuptials last weekend at The St. Regis Monarch Beach. The story offers a detailed view of Tamra’s custom cuff that I designed to replace the bulky and often cumbersome bridal bouquet. The 8 harpists that lined the center aisle also get a beautiful showcase in the wedding recap. However, I am most excited to see the custom suspended cake stand that I designed to hold their wedding cake as it floated above the dance floor along with a pair of oversized pearls! I hope you enjoy all of the juicy details!

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Tamra Barney and Eddie Judge Tie The Knot!

After an incredibly short amount of planning time, Tamra Barney and Eddie Judge tied the knot at an opulent ceremony on the Grand Lawn of the St. Regis Monarch Beach. She wore an amazing Mark Zunino gown for the romantic ceremony before enjoying the best party of her life in the Monarch Ballroom. I immensely enjoyed working with Tamra and Eddie and getting to know the woman off-camera. It is evident that they make each other very happy and we wish them a lifetime of love and happiness.

Although no official photographs have been released, I did find this paparazzi pic of Tamra and Eddie during the ceremony holding her amazing bridal cuff I designed with Justin Howard of Flaming Flower Productions that featured hanging crystals and Phalaenopsis Orchid stems. This was a modern accent to her gorgeous gown without impeding the view of all of its intricate beadwork.

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Diann Valentine Opens “Wedding Confidential” for 20/20!

On Friday, January 18th I was honored to joined the ABC News family as the opening interview and wedding expert for their “Wedding Confidential” Special on 20/20. I was so excited to interview with ABC correspondent Amy Robach who was fun and witty, charming and so easy to talk to. Jason Sky styled me in a gorgeous Stella McCartney dress, Christian Louboutin heels and Proenza Schouler handbag. Leo Eley perfected my make-up with a nude face and not so small top knot while hanging with me in NYC for this interview – keeping my spirits high and laughing all day. In case you missed the interview, here is a clip of a few of my tips that made it on the ABC website. And I promise, the fried chicken comment just slipped…oooops!

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