Blog Archives - #APeventdesign

    • 17

    Engage!16 Europe- Experiencing Borgo Egnazia

    As an Italian American wedding planner, I was beyond fortunate to attend the Engage!16 Europe Luxury Wedding Business Summit at Borgo Egnazia in Italy. Being an American based, luxury events company that specializes in destination weddings in Italy, it was an absolute must that I flew back to Italy just weeks after returning home to Connecticut. My good friend and colleague Preston Bailey said I couldn’t miss this summit! If it was not for him, I do not think I would have made the decision to return back to Italy so quickly. I had already been to Borgo Egnazia for a walk through so I was familiar with the grounds however, it was my first time personally experiencing it as a guest. As an Italian American wedding planner I completely immersed myself as a “first timer” at and I saw a whole new outlook on luxury wedding planning in Italy.

    blog-1Borgo Egnazia- location of the Engage!16 Luxury Wedding Business Summit. Not only did I fall in love with Puglia but I will continue suggesting Borgo Egnazia to my future couples who plan on getting married in Italy.

    screen-shot-2016-11-15-at-14-39-03Engage!16 Europe Displayed extreme generosity when it came to gifting its attendees. The goodies were incredible! We received everything from this great O-bag pictured to Italian Olive Oil.


    screen-shot-2016-11-15-at-14-41-24This main focal piece in the lobby of the hotel was absolutely beautiful. I personally loved walking into the lobby to be completely distracted by the beauty of this decorative tree.


    Throughout the summit, I gained new friends and acquaintances but also, I gained amazing new Italian vendors to make my events and weddings in Italy even more spectacular! Here I am standing with my newest Favorite Rental Company Andrea Riccio “Wedding Solutions,” from Naples, Italy.


    blog-3Characteristic Pugliese women in costume shared their stories during dinner. Pictured is a woman making flowers and dolls out of fabrics and beading. This is where I first learned of this long time tradition, where the mother of the groom would create these flowers or dolls for good luck. In each petal of the flower, they would place a Jordan almond signifying a wish to be made for each Jordan almond by the groom.


    blog-4As an Italian American wedding planner, I was able to learn so much from a various selection of marvelous speakers! Some of my favorite speakers included: Preston Bailey, David Beahm, Colin Cowie, Marcy Blum and Lisa Vorce. Each of these speakers enlightened me on important tactics they use to run their companies, and I cannot wait to implement them in mine own business.


    blog-5This was a special moment for me. Sharing a photo with all of the Italian wedding planners.

    screen-shot-2016-11-15-at-14-51-43The décor at Engage?16 Europe was superb. The floral details for the Gala created by Borgo Egnazia’s internal florist were he used Olive Branches to continually remind us of the Puglian Territory. All of the centerpieces he created told a story.


    blog-8Meals at Engage!16 Europe were always surprising.

    blog-9Thank you to all of the amazing speakers and guests that attended the Engage!16 Europe Summit. After returning home to my office, I cannot wait to practice my inspirations within my own business and become a stronger Italian American wedding planner. I may have left this event a “first timer” but I already have plans to attend my second Engage Luxury Wedding Business Summit!


    Read more
    • 01

    Celebrate Mother Nature & Your Mamma!

    The invigorating spirit of Spring makes us appreciate the beauty of both mother nature and mother nurture. We celebrate Mother Nature for bringing us blooming flowers, crisp new air, and the rejuvenating warm weather. All these beautiful elements of nature make us forget about cold winter days and embrace this reawakening of life.


    As avid lovers of travel, we recommend visiting Cinque Terre (the five lands) at this time of year. These small coastal towns nestled in the mountains really showcase the beauty of nature as they are bursting with beautiful beaches, salty air, quaint little shops, hiking trails, and some of the best seafood in the world. 



    Cinque Terre AP Events Blog

    Cinque Terre AP Events Blog 2

    Cinque Terre AP Events Blog 3

    Cinque Terre AP Events Blog 8

    Cinque Terre AP Events Blog 7

    Cinque Terre AP Events Blog 6

    Cinque Terre AP Events Blog 5

    Cinque Terre, Art of Perfection Events


    In this time of revival, we commemorate our own mothers as well, giving thanks to those who gave us life and helped us grow. And let’s face it, nobody praises Mammas more than the Italians. In Italy, mothers are the heart and soul of the family structure. Festa della Mamma (Mother’s Day), is celebrated on the second Sunday in May to show mothers and maternity figures that they are appreciated for all they do and cherished by the family.


    Similar to how we celebrate Mother’s Day in the United States, on Festa della Mamma families come together to show appreciation for the woman who made it all possible. On this special holiday, Mamma is meant to be pampered. She is not allowed to cook or do housework; instead, Mamma is meant to relax and enjoy spending time with her family, who showers her with gifts ranging from fresh flowers, handmade cards, and school children often write a special poem.



    APEvents Mother's Day


    Fun Fact – Italian phone companies say that on this day they receive the highest volume of phone calls, due to the fact that children who cannot make it home will call Mamma and express their gratitude for all that she does.


    This holiday is right around the corner and whether you celebrate with your Mom, Grandmother, Stepmother or any other important Mamma in your life, remember to take a moment to appreciate the beauty of nature and the significant impact that your mother-figure has had on your life.


    Also, when visiting Italy, don’t forget to plan a cooking tour with an authentic Italian Nonna. Art of Perfection Events can help you set up an genuine cooking class with an Italian Nonna, run by Rossella Rago and Nonna Anna, who will teach you family secrets on crafting the perfect pizza, homemade pasta, delicious sauce, and limoncello. 


    Cooking with Nonna, AP Events 12

    Cooking with Nonna, AP Events 13

    Cooking with Nonna, AP Events 9

    Cooking with Nonna, AP Events 4

    Cooking with Nonna, AP Events 7

    Cooking with Nonna, AP Events 3

    Cooking with Nonna, AP Events 5


    Buona Festa della Mamma! Xo


    Here are some fun idea’s we think your Mamma would love.


    Mothers Day Board


    *Our collaborators for cooking tours in Italy are Rossella Rago and Nonna Anna and Divine Amalfi Villas*

    Read more
    • 26

    Easter in Toscana


    As Easter quickly approaches, we have been reflecting on Italian Easter traditions, more specifically, in the region of Tuscany. We have been lucky enough to brush up on our holiday knowledge with our native Florentine wine connoisseur, Florencia Tamanini.



    A variety of traditional Easter plates are served on this holiday and with each dish is a perfect wine to pair!




    Le uova sode are hard boiled eggs which will begin the meal. They can be blessed at Church and placed at the table. Be sure to place Rosemary bread on the table as well.





    For the main course, lamb is served with roasted potatoes. Nobile di Montepulciano, a dry red wine made from Sangiovese grapes, will complement this savory serving.





    For dessert, Quaresimali, a chocolate dessert is served. This goes perfectly with Vin Santo, a sweet wine made from Trebbiano and Malvasia grapes.



    An Easter tradition in Florence, the capital of Tuscany, is Lo scoppio del carro, or The Burning of the Carriage. This tradition dates back to July 15, 1099. Every Easter Sunday, the carriage arrives outside The Basilica of Santa Maria Del Fiore around 10 AM. A musical procession takes place outside the church for around an hour until the fireworks inside are set aflame at eleven o’clock and the carriage explodes.  





    Buona Pasqua a tutti!




    Read more
    • 05

    Sun, Sea & CAPRI

    The Amalfi Coast is undeniably one of the most beautiful regions of Italy. This coastline consists of several islands, among the most famous is the island of Capri. Other must-see regions are that of Amalfi, Positano, Minori, Maiori, Ravello and Sorrento. Each little piece of this paradiso offers something unique to its visitors. We now offer Amalfi Coast Villa Rentals be sure to call us for group trips and destination weddings or events!


    The best way to launch your tour of la Costiera Amalfitana is by visiting the Island of Capri. Hopping on a ferry in the picturesque city of Sorrento is easy. Or, we can arrange a Luxury Yacht to sail away on. As you glide across the clear, glassy waters of the Mediterranean, you will take in images of the gorgeous coastline cliffsides.

    Art of Perfection Events Yacht Crew

    Let’s head to CAPRI. Maybe we will bump into some famous visitors! Upon your arrival in Capri, you will be greeted with the sight of a conglomeration of white stucco homes buried into the hills and buoyed boats lining the docks of the port.



    The port of Capri

    Making your way up to Anacapri, you will be greeted with a breathtaking panoramic view of the waters of the Mediterraneo below. Enjoy a nice espresso in the Ana Capri “piazza” and keep your eyes peeled – Capri is a celebrity vacation hotspot!

    You will also discover a mix of new and old architecture built within ancient Roman ruins crumbling over the marina.


    The view from Anacapri

    Our suggestion is to see Capri by land and by Sea. We can arrange a private boat tour of the island to lose yourself in the crystal clear, effervescent waters while sailing by the Dolce & Gabbana Faraglioni.


    I Faraglioni di Capri 



    Yachting in Capri

    For an extra treat, be sure to visit La Grotta Azzurra or The Blue Grotto, a world-renowned cove famous for its effervescent, glowing waters.


    “Grotta Azzurra” Blue Grotto


    La Grotta Azzurra


    Style tips for your Capri Destination Wedding or Event



    After a long sun-soaked day in Capri, you will make your way back to Sorrento. Cap your night off with calamari by the ocean at Marina Piccola. Don’t forget to end your meal with a delicious shot of homemade Limoncello, made with Sorrento’s famous Meyer Lemons.


    Stargaze from the shores of Sorrento while you overlook the island of Capri where you spent your amazing day. You’ll then understand why a trip to the Amalfi Coast is truly unforgettable, “indimenticabile.”

    Read more
    • 04

    La festa della donna

    Screen Shot 2016-03-03 at 11.24.29 AM.png


    A day symbolized by the bright mimosa flower, La festa della donna or Women’s Day is a national Italian holiday. This holiday take place each year on March 8th (8 marzo) and celebrates the political, social, and economic conquests of women the world over. La festa della donna was first established in Italy in 1922 and is still widely celebrated today.


    Screen Shot 2016-03-03 at 12.08.26 PM.png


    In Italy, La festa della donna is typically celebrated by men giving bouquets of mimosas to the special women in their lives. The mimosa was chosen to symbolize the holiday in 1946 by a group of Italian feminists, marking the official first holiday after World War II. The mimosa was especially chosen for its eye-catching hue and fragrant scent.


    As of late, National Women’s Day has become a day for women to celebrate their female friendships and many restaurants and discotheques offer special events throughout the country on this holiday.


    Here at AP Events, we celebrate the power of women business owners every day. Rossella Rago, Maryla Colandrea, Valeria Carrano, and Jennifer Galletti are four Italian-American women who have joined forces to teach travelers how to experience Italy through beauty and passion. Rossella specializes in culinary tours; Maryla plans Italy weddings and special events; Valeria organizes fun boat tours; and Jennifer rents out beautiful Italian villas. These strong and sophisticated female business owners have set out to entice the world and invite others to experience the beauty of Italy not as a tourist, but as a local. They like to call themselves the “Prima Donnas.”

    skyscrapers to lemon grove

    Prima Donna is a networking group for business women who enjoy Italian culture or do business internationally in the US and Italy. Become a PRIMA DONNA today and meet other women who share your passions and help create business connections. Be sure to like us on Facebook and visit our websites!

    PrimaDonna Photo Shoot

    Maryla Colandrea-Scotto:

    Jennifer Galletti:

    Rossella Rago:

    Valeria Carano:

    Read more

    • 28

    National Floral Design Day!

    You may or may not know this, but National Floral Design Day is February 28th! This is an annual event that is committed to the art of floral design, which is an important craft that is internationally understood across cultures.


    We all celebrate with flowers, whether it is with a beautiful bouquet in the hands of an excited bride, a blooming centerpiece at a party, or flowers prospering in nature. Flowers are used to bring color into out lives and beauty into our events.
    Buon a Festa dei Fiori! (Happy National Flower Day!)






    Destination - Italy -Wedding - Planner - Art Of Perfection - Event - Design - Luxury - Blush Flower - Gold Flower - Centerpiece










    Some of the seasonal flowers in Italy in the summer are carnations, daisies, lilies, gardenia, hydrangea, orchids, roses, and sunflowers. For more Italian looking floral designs, try a bouquet that is simple and vintage.







    *via Pinterest*


    As an event planning company, we strive to have an eye for color schemes, style, and perspective. Since flowers are used to celebrate the joy at weddings, anniversaries, and birthday parties, we have a lot of experience playing with floral designs to give the clients exactly what they envision for their magical day.


    One special wedding we planned combined a bride’s love of beautiful antiques with a groom’s love of flowers. Connie and Antonio wanted their wedding to have a simple yet vintage flair that reflected their passions and artistic preferences on their special day. Antonio is the local florist in their charming little town so we wanted to make sure the flowers looked perfect to his professionally trained eye. To make their vision became a reality, we tied together Connie’s antique vintage style with Antonio’s modern flare, creating a theme that revealed the past and the present.


    The couple was married at a breathtaking villa that overlooks a famous castle in Baia, Naples. Castello di Baia is a beautiful castle that is famous not only for its architectural beauty but also because of the surrounding waters. Baia Sommersa, the waters around the castle, contain Roman antiques that are easily visible if you take a glass-bottom boat tour around the castle. Antonio, being a passionate florist, worked with the flower company to create a stunning floral vision for the ceremony and reception.


    Connie wanted a clean and classic all white wedding, so the only flowers used were white flowers that were in season in Italy in late August. To mix their love of antiques and flowers, we had a vintage book on each table with a picture of a flower and it’s scientific name. We also had each table have a special flower name, allowing the guests to have fun as they searched for the white rose, blooming orchid, or blossoming lily table. The floral arrangements on these tables only had that specific flower on the table, adding a classic touch that everyone at the wedding appreciated.














    Art of Perfection Events wanted to make Connie and Antonio’s wedding echo their passions and we know they loved these little touches, making their special day a little more magical.


    No matter what occasion you are using a floral design for, it is important to take a moment to think about the joy and beauty these flowers bring us. On this National Floral Design Day, don’t forget to buy your sweetheart, best friend, or mother some beautiful flowers to celebrate the day!

    Read more
    • 24

    La Dolce Vita: Fairfield Magazine features Art of Perfection Events

    We are honored to be featured in the Fairfield Magazine. Special thank you to our Architect Emilia Ferri Architecture + Design for creating our modern vision. We feel blessed to have worked with amazing vendors who made our ideas come to life. Our CT office is officially open and we hope you will stop by for an espresso and to book your future events in Italy or the US.

    Enjoy the article! Baci, Maryla & Peppe

    Destination Italy Wedding Planner Art of Perfection Events and Italy Villa Rentals9Destination Italy Wedding Planner Art of Perfection Events and Italy Villa Rentals Destination Italy Wedding Planner Art of Perfection Events and Italy Villa Rentals2Destination Italy Wedding Planner Art of Perfection Events and Italy Villa Rentals3 Destination Italy Wedding Planner Art of Perfection Events and Italy Villa Rentals4Destination Italy Wedding Planner Art of Perfection Events and Italy Villa Rentals5Destination Italy Wedding Planner Art of Perfection Events and Italy Villa Rentals6Destination Italy Wedding Planner Art of Perfection Events and Italy Villa Rentals7Destination Italy Wedding Planner Art of Perfection Events and Italy Villa Rentals8

    Art of Perfection Event Design is a full service international event planning company. We handle all of life’s celebrations… Corporate Soirees, Lavish Weddings, Destination Events, Unforgettable Parties, Glamour Fashion Shows and Stylish Photo Shoots. We can plan your event anywhere in the U.S. or abroad but our specialty is Italy. We now offer Villa Rentals and Group Tours to create the ultimate Italian experience for you and your guests.




    Fairfield Magazine Editor Robin H. Phillips

    Photographed by Jane Beiles

    Some Images By David Heald

    Magazine available for purchase at Fairfield Book Store

    Read more
    • 12

    Valentine’s Day Celebration!

    *Featuring special guest writer: Alexandra Dell’Anno*


    Pre-Valentines Day this year, the Art of Perfection Events Team had a little party to celebrate our love of learning new things, event planning, and of course, chocolate.


    As an assistant, we go to the office 2 times a week, enjoy a few espressos as we work and laugh a lot as we gather information and grow together as a team. When Maryla told us we were going to have a Valentine’s Day party, we were all excited to see the beautiful house that existed outside of the office walls.


    When I walked into the dinning room, the beautiful flowers and tablescape made my jaw drop. The shimmery table clothed paired perfectly with the ombré pink water glasses and the vibrant array of colorful flowers. We even all had a personalized nametag at our seat at the table, giving us a feeling of specialized importance.


    table xx




    Processed with VSCOcam with a4 preset




    We began with a friendly competition, in the office, of creating a tablescape with any assortment of crafts that we could find throughout the house. We learned about hosting etiquette, how to properly set a table, and how to match color swatches to go with your clients theme.








    From there we moved back into the dinning room, were we were surprised to see heart shaped pizza and delicious insalata as the main meal. How cute?! We next went around the table discussing which areas of work we would like to challenge ourselves and grow in before we moved to the best part of any meal, dessert. We indulged ourselves with an assortment of fresh fruit, strawberries dipped in chocolate, and beautifully colored macaroons.







    We are event planners, and we love what we do, so of course this party would not have been complete without a photoshoot! We laughed and joked around a lot, while taking many pictures, to find the perfect pose.






    Here at AP Events, we hope you have as much fun this holiday as we did!

    Buon San Valentino.



         The AP Events Team

    Read more
    • 06

    A Valentine in Verona

    It is almost that time of year again, when love is in the air, the color red is everywhere you look, and couples exchange gifts of flowers and chocolate.


    Buon San Valentino!!


    Can you think of a more romantic place in the world than the town where the most famous literary love story of all time occurred? In the quaint town of Verona, Italy, Romeo first laid eyes on the love of his life, the beautiful Juliet. (la bella Giulietta)


    Their love story was an absolute whirlwind full of secret meetings, sword fights, stolen kisses (baci), beautiful poetry (poesia), and forbidden affairs. While Shakespeare himself had never personally been to Verona, he captured the absolute beauty and timelessness of this magical place, where love is thriving all year-round. In Verona, you can experience beautiful architecture as you walk along the streets, shop in charming stores that line the Italian alleyways, see street performers entertaining on every corner, and walk through the house of Juliet. (la casa di Giulietta)


     “Good night, good night! parting is such sweet sorrow, That I shall say good night till it be morrow.”

    ― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet



    Untitled lol


    You can experience firsthand the house that the artistic Shakespeare envisioned for his heroine, Juliet. You can stand on the balcony where Romeo poetically called to his love. You can see the love locks (lucchetti), leave Juliet a letter about your own personal love story (storia d’amore), or you can write your loves name on the wall to symbolize your eternal love and leave a piece of yourself in Verona.


    Untitled !


    Untitled blogg


    Even the food in Verona is sending a message of romance!! (un messaggio romantico)


    food 2.0


    Can you visualize a place more romantic to fall in love? Can you dream of a more beautiful place to get engaged or to say your wedding vows in? While we have yet to plan a wedding in Verona, we would love the chance to put on a ceremony of love in the heart of the town that celebrates a classic love story every day.


    “Can I go forward when my heart is here?”

    ― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet


    View More:


    No matter where in the world you are this Valentine’s Day, the Art of Perfection Events Team hopes your day is full of love (amore), laughter (riso), a little magic (magia) and a lot of chocolate (cioccolato).


    “You are a lover. Borrow Cupid’s wings and soar with them above a common bound.”

    ― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet


    The AP Events Team


    Check out our design board to get some Valentine’s Day wedding ideas.


    If you want to know more about the wedding featured, visit our portfolio. Here are our amazing vendors who worked with us on it.

    Photographers: Ashley Therese Photography

    Coordinators & Stylists: Art of Perfection Events

    Flowers: Carrie Wilcox Floral Design
    Wedding Gown: Sarah Jassir

    Brides Maids Dresses: Adrianna Papell
    Paper Goods & Calligraphy: Meme Davis
    Catering: Massimo’s Ristorante Catering

    Read more
    • 24

    Red Romance in Naples

    Love. Art. Bliss. Beauty.


    This mystical time of the year is full of vibrancy, fun, and a little dash of magic. As you walk along the captivating streets of Naples, Italy you will stumble upon via San Gregorio, famously known as the Christmas Alley.


    Quaint shops line the street on both sides, displaying beautifully hand carved and vividly painted figurines that replicate the nativity scene. This Italian tradition brings smiles to faces and joy to hearts, allowing people of all ages to experience the true joy of Christmas.




    The vivacious hues used in the nativity scenes can also be used to bring a spark of color to your holiday décor and celebrations this season.








    Imagine a Christmas wedding in Naples. A glamorous dress enhanced with bold, red flowers. A table landscape that radiates with red and white napkins, letting your guests experience the romance of the evening. And fireworks to display the spark of love that is exploding in the air tonight.
















    When you combine romance with the magic of Christmas, you will put on a night that nobody will ever forget.


    AP Events can plan your enchanting, dreamlike event in Naples. Envision yourself saying “I Do” in the charmed city that created the Christmas Alley. The Spirit of Christmas and your beautiful love story will come together, with the help of the AP Events team, to create a flawless wedding or event in Italy.


    Buon Natale!





    Read more