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Weddings & Events

Colin Cowie is the gold standard in weddings, events and milestone celebrations. For more than 25 years, Colin and his team of world-class event producers have taken creative, all-encompassing experiences to new heights, setting trends that have transformed the world of weddings, events and entertaining. As one of today’s most recognizable and sought-after event planners, Colin Cowie’s stylish expertise and relatable sophistication have made him a favorite of society, celebrities and the media around the globe.

Whether it is a stylish wedding, the grand opening of a hotel, a 40th birthday celebration, a Bar/Bat Mitzvah or an anniversary party, flawless execution and exceeded expectations always mark the event. We love to create celebrations of any kind and would be delighted to help you with yours. Events of all sizes and budgets can be accommodated.

Who We Are

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The Colin Cowie Difference

Colin Cowie Celebrations is more than a full-service event design and production company. We pride ourselves on turning dreams into reality by always thinking ahead and partnering with our clients each and every step along the way. We hear. We listen. We respond. We have our finger on the pulse of the latest trends in food, décor and entertainment, always focusing on the personalized details that make an event one-of-a-kind. Our proactive approach and whatever-it-takes philosophy are why we enjoy such a loyal following among our clients.

What truly separates us in the competitive landscape is our five-senses approach to creating exceptional experiences that will be remembered for a lifetime. Our team is extremely motivated and dedicated to making every celebration reflect the host’s personality, taste and budget. Our experience with logistical details, from guest flow to entertainment to photography, ensures a seamless event, whether it is a high profile event for 250 or 125 family and friends at a wedding on the lawn of your home. Most importantly we want you to be comfortable with what you are spending and will work with you every step of the way to ensure the right results at the right price. We realize that when we exceed your expectations, you become our good will ambassadors to our next satisfied client.

Our corporate division’s creative use of strategic event planning delivers targeted results that can significantly contribute to a company’s brand image, always ensuring Colin Cowie’s quality is flawlessly executed. We have tremendous sensitivity to corporate pressures in today’s economic environment and we work within your budget to achieve your event goals, always delivering a meaningful, memorable and magical time to guests.

Wedding Spotlight

A Country Wedding
Colin-Style

Alyssa Milano and Hollywood agent David Bugliari told me they wanted a wedding that was far from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. Their dream was something romantic and elegant with a rustic country feel, exactly the feeling evoked by the groom’s parent’s home in New Jersey. With incredibly green and lush grounds sprawling as far as the eye could see, David’s family home was ideal. It was easy to simply let nature take its course for this midsummer night’s affair.

As guests made their way to the ceremony they knew something special was planned. Not quite sure what to expect, they were transported to a place where the natural beauty of the surroundings took their breath away: an ethereal garden where it seemed as if time stood still. Up ahead, an aisle of cream-colored rose petals led the way through rows of fruitwood Chiavari chairs with eggplant-hued linen chair cushions to a wrought iron gazebo adorned with curly willow, viburnum, dahlias, Calla lilies and white roses. Sandalwood fans, printed with the couple’s logo and wedding date, were distributed in case the temperature rose on this August night. Guests were seated in comfort waiting for the bride and groom to exchange vows.

The ceremony began with music, drawing everyone’s attention. Beautiful bouquets of dahlias, viburnum and garden roses complemented the bridal party’s dresses of eggplant silk. Flowers girls dressed in cream with eggplant sashes carried baskets overflowing with rose petals as they made their way down the aisle followed by ring bearers carrying the rings in bird’s nests. The bride appeared in a gorgeous silk taffeta gown and made her way down the aisle carrying my favorite signature bouquet, Lily of the Valley.

After the ceremony, guests were directed to cocktails with rustic signs nailed to a tree. Weathered terra cotta pots filled with fragrant lavender, mint and rosemary infused the air. Bales of hay served as coffee tables and waiters passed ice cold drinks in mason jars and collected mismatched glassware. An antique buffet served as the bar and an old horse-drinking trough became the champagne and wine cooler.

Embracing our equestrian and rustic theme, the host cards were presented on a jute line attached with laundry pins. The inviting tent, a combination of luxe and rustic, was decorated with wrought iron chandeliers strung with strands of sparkling crystals. The floor of the tent had barn-like wood flooring and for dining, bare wooden farm tables were dressed with burlap runners trimmed with green and purple silk.

A series of round tables with jute linens had overlays in celadon and lilac trimmed with beading and punctuated with corresponding water goblets. Centerpieces of white and green roses, artichokes, antique green hydrangeas, Calla lilies, fiddlehead ferns, eucalyptus pods and viburnum arranged in short vessels packed the tables. These were anchored with metal curly willow trees accented with cream spray roses, lavender lisianthus, camellia leaves and jasmine to fill the taller vessels. Ambient lighting, created with projections of leaf patterns on the inside of the tent, left a warm, inviting glow.

Dinner was served family-style with the menu on blackboards displayed on easels and placed around the room in lieu of traditional printed menus. Guests helped themselves to either beef tenderloin or Branzino fish. To accompany the beef or fish was a selection of salads, rosemary-dusted potatoes and baskets of freshly baked breads. Drinks were offered to guests in jam jars, continuing the rustic theme. For dessert, sweets were passed among guests who mingled around the dance floor: espresso brownies with tiramisu milkshakes, mini cheesecake lollipops, macadamia nut ice cream sandwiches and limoncello lavender curd tartlets with fresh berries.

Later that evening after just the right amount of dancing, as if on cue, a pizza truck pulled up outside of the tent to fuel the party. Alongside, a Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream truck for those that needed something sweet to keep them going as the celebration continued late into the night.

My favorite part was watching the bride and groom dance with their family and friends, clearly having the best time of their lives.

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Corporate Event Spotlight

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Grammy Party Extravaganza

When music label Cash Money Records, who represents top musical performers like Lil Wayne, Drake and Nicki Minaj, asked me to host their 2012 third-annual pre-Grammy party for 1,000 guests, I knew we had to come up with an amazing concept. I had created this same event the previous two years, so this one had to be even bigger, better, and more talked about than the last two star-studded parties. The event took place in Los Angeles at Sound Stage 18 on the Paramount Pictures lot, and no other word but “incroyable” could possibly describe how we transformed the bare-boned venue (an empty sound stage) into the streets of a naughtier and more sensual Paris.

Parisian street lamps were set up and stunning 14-foot tall cherry blossom trees were brought in. With backdrops of realistic-looking storefronts showcasing five “La Masion de Cash Money” bistros as food stations, guests couldn’t get enough of our delectable classic French meets classic American specialties like sweet and savory crêpes, steak entrecôte and buttermilk-fried chicken. Naturally, each dish was paired with an expertly selected wine, enhancing the bistro-like experience.

The Palace of Versailles inspired the décor in the lounge, where guests walked among ornate over-sized gold mirrors, sat on lush plum and black velvet upholstery and danced under monumental crystal chandeliers. Black candles lined the gilded bistro tables topped with arrangements of gold roses in julep cups and yellow mimosas mixed with tall branches. The VIP area was a raised hexagon lit by large chandeliers and draped with ceiling to floor fringe. Surrounding columns were topped with plaster sculptures, creating a sumptuous French parlor atmosphere.

A jaw-dropping 10-foot gold fountain was also on hand, as well as a floor-to-ceiling video montage of the changing seasons in Paris, from winter to spring and summer to fall. My team also designed large mock kiosks—the kind of structures I see when walking near Metro stations in the City of Lights—that ran cutting-edge video of Cash Money Records’ favorite musical artists. Guests were given 3-D glasses that, when worn, revealed a bejeweled image of the Eiffel Tower embedded with the Cash Money Records logo.

The evening’s pièce de résistance? Cash Money’s entertainment, of course. So, in a nod to French burlesque, a dozen dancers opened the show with the French national anthem before proceeding to wow party goers with choreography and high-wire acrobatics, all while decked in boas and bustiers. And this was just the warm-up act! The main events of the evening were performances by Erykah Badu and rappers Drake and Lil Wayne. Still, I couldn’t resist closing the event with a bang: a cannon shot golden confetti onto the crowd as a finale, making this pre-Grammy party a night to remember.

Destination Wedding Spotlight

Destination Wedding: Lake Como

A Dream Wedding in Italy

When a video gaming impresario set to marry the love of his life, he asked me to plan an unforgettable destination wedding for them. I had one response for the mastermind behind an award-winning, cult-classic video game series: Game on!

The setting for their four-day affair was the breathtaking, heart-stopping backdrop of Lake Como in Italy. Though the ceremony itself was the main attraction for the 90 adults and 17 children who attended their wedding, I wanted to curate a gorgeous array of celebrations for the travelers at carefully chosen venues to showcase the best the lake region had to offer.

An intimate family dinner at Il Gato Nero, a hideaway perched atop a mountain, started the festivities on Thursday night. With its magnificent views of the lake and cozy cuisine, the event hinted at the themes and amazing details that would awe our guests in the coming days.

When the remainder of the guests arrived on Friday, a rehearsal dinner was held at the stunning Casta Diva Resort, a private villa-turned-hotel reached by boat after an eye opening tour of the lake. Dining in the garden overlooking the lake was charming and romantic. Our tables were decorated with centerpieces of fragrant pots of rosemary, sage and mint. After dinner and some fun toasts, we made our way back to the luxurious accommodations on the other side of the lake at The Grand Hotel Tremezzo, a five-star palace with panoramic views of the Grigne Mountains that cradle the lake.

The weekend reached a crescendo with Saturday’s wedding at the Villa del Balbianello, a pristine property only reachable by boat. That’s where, under a lush floral arbor of purple and white roses and hydrangeas, the loveliest couple I have met in a long time exchanged their vows. Cocktails to celebrate the newly betrothed followed in the portico. Adults enjoyed a jazz trio, with the groom’s father on sax, while enjoying delicious appetizers and Franciacorta Bella Vista sparkling wine. Meanwhile, the children delighted in a scavenger hunt on the manicured grounds.

As the sun set, we lead our guests to a stunning dinner reception in a clear tent overlooking the lake. They were seated under crystal chandeliers hung from the ceiling over gorgeous long tables dressed in baby pink linens with gray linen runners. The exquisite tables were anchored with matte gray candelabras and matching matte gray candles. Arrangements of roses and sweet peas with an abundance of sparkling votive candles filled the spaces in between.

For dinner, guests were served a meal that included truffle and prawn risotto, lamb chops or branzino en papillote. I can’t help remembering a moment when I looked around the table and noticed the candles had burned half way down, the wine had taken its effect and everyone at the table had a smile wrapped two and a half times around their faces.

Later, guests continued to a second tent for dancing with a great DJ we brought with us from New York. There we had a little something for everyone. For those with a sweet tooth, an Italian candy bar. For those craving something more adult, we offered hookah pipes. With all the dancing and celebrating, we were prepared for appetites to kick back in and we were ready with a midnight menu of French fries, milkshakes and even meatballs in tomato sauce. A good (and delicious) night was had by all.

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Milestone & Celebration Spotlight

A Young Man’s Bar Mitzvah Bash

I've known Zack since the day he was born. In fact, I designed his parent’s wedding years ago at the Hotel Bel Air in Los Angeles. Zack is definitely not your typical teenager. He is far more mature than his 13 years. He has a love of fine food and sports, is well travelled and behaves like a young gentleman.

His parents wanted a celebration for his friends and family that showed just how loved and appreciated he is. They didn't want a party where the children and adults were separated–they wanted to celebrate together. The Trump Soho was the ideal place for the dinner and party, where three areas of the luxury hotel would be used to entertain the guests.

The celebration began with a joint cocktail reception where guests both young and old enjoyed sushi made to order, fabulous crispy pizza and signature cocktails, including a “Zackatini” and a “Zackapolitan” named after the guest of honor himself. On the adjacent patio the kids enjoyed a variety of entertainment and games personalized for them, including customized Havanas flip-flops. While the kids were having fun, the adults enjoyed the music of a chic and elegant electric rock violinist.

Sticking with my rule that cocktail hour should last no longer than 45 minutes, guests made their way to the dining room where long tables, some clad in mirror and some dressed in cobalt blue linens, created a very modern yet masculine look. The dining tables were laid out geometrically with the two main tables running parallel to the dance floor and the rest perpendicular to them. Keeping with our theme, a series of round circular metal rings were filled with miniature white calla lilies. Hundreds of cobalt blue votive candles illuminated the scene. Each place setting was a mix of cobalt blue and silver studded with a blue water goblet.

We decided not to seat the guests immediately, but instead take them right to the dance floor in the center of the room for the Horah. The emcee, Troy Curtis, and the Eric Nicolas eight-piece band had everyone on the dance floor in a second. For dinner, we planned a three-course menu designed to honor Zack and his family’s love of fine food. The adults enjoyed a choice of pan-seared branzino or grilled lamb, while Zack and his friends feasted on tomato tortellini with meatballs and beef sliders, served family-style.

Between dinner and an overly decadent dessert, a video montage of Zack and his family captivated the room. Immediately after, the traditional candle lighting took place with Zack as emcee. He called his closest friends and family up to honor him and light a candle. You couldn’t help but be impressed as Zack told a personal story about each honoree and what made them so special to him – including one for his parents with words of praise any parent can only dream to hear, and another for his sister where he told her how proud he was and how much he loved being her brother.

The kids enjoyed their dinner and games in an adjacent room before making their way to the SoHo penthouse space. Dressed with lounge-like white furniture, a stage complete with plasma screens, a candy bar and a mock cocktail bar, the kids rocked out with Troy Curtis and his dancers, who taught them new moves and grooves. The adults arrived after their dinner and dessert. We all got a big kick out of watching the kids but before you knew it, we joined in too!

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Noteworthy Clients

HERE ARE SOME OF OUR MOST NOTEWORTHY CLIENTS...

  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Jerry Seinfeld
  • Eddie Murphy
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Marc Anthony
  • Tom Cruise
  • Nicole Kidman
  • Jennifer Aniston
  • Bruce Willis
  • Demi Moore
  • Alyssa Milano
  • Jenny McCarthy
  • Sela Ward
  • Don Henley
  • Kelsey Grammer
  • Kenny G.
  • Lil Wayne
  • Lisa Kudrow
  • Charlie Sheen
  • Sugar Ray Leonard
  • Paula Abdul
  • Michael Jordan
  • Hugh Hefner
  • HRH Sheikh Tamim
  • Bin Hamad Al Thani
  • Dom Perignon
  • Cash Money Records
  • The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
  • Island Def Jam Records
  • Mattel
  • Audemars Piguet
  • Davidoff of Geneva
  • Warner Bros
  • CBS
  • The Whitney Museum
  • Architectural Digest
  • Kerzner International’s
  • One and Only Resorts
  • Cosmopolitan Magazine
  • InStyle Magazine