CT Bridal Event's fifth-annual nuptial expo enriches wedding plans with new ideas, provides free samples of baked goods, and supplies marital merchandise from more than 30 vendors. Guests can launch bouquets skyward to assess their aerodynamic qualities before perusing photography samples and bakery selections topped with couple figurines, monograms, and edible wedding certificates notarized with permanent icing. Love Me Two Times showcases discounted designer wedding gowns, mother of the bride and groom gowns, party dresses, and fistfuls of elegant jewels. Visitors can wander over to a bridal museum that documents fashion and makeup tips through wedding history, from recent nuptial extravaganzas to Marie Antoinette's infamous cake gown, which incensed the bread-wearing populace of France.
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While she was traveling back and forth from the Northeast to the Midwest every week, Mari Vivace found herself frustrated by her lack of makeup, or rather, her lack of makeup she needed. She actually owned enough makeup to fill a suitcase, but she didn't want to cart it all around like some sort of pageant queen who moonlights as a RuPaul impersonator. Yet, that's what she would have to do if she was ever going to have the right products to create a soft daytime and a more vibrant nighttime look. She finally realized that if she was ever going to get multipurpose makeup, she'd have to create it herself. And thus, Inspiration Cosmetics was born.
Today, Inspiration Cosmetics' products streamline the makeup process. Things like the paraben-free 3-in-1 Stick, which can be used as a blush, lipstick, and eyeshadow, and the Lip Twins cylinder, which contains both a lipstick and a matching liner, make getting ready in the morning even faster. The website offers tips for applying each product, and Inspiration Cosmetics even has a cadre of makeup artists who video chat with clients to teach them how to design the perfect look for work or a night out on the town.
Leather sofas sit across from a large wooden bar, whose polished surface reflects the flashing lights of flat-screen TVs overhead. The casual, yet elegant, atmosphere of Corrine’s dining room mirrors the distinctively American sensibilities that inform the restaurant’s menu. Chefs pluck their culinary inspirations from regions as diverse as the North East and the Deep South, arriving at a selection that includes rotisserie chicken, bourbon-glazed tips, and seared fillets of Atlantic fish. Though far-flung in origin, these dishes have at least one thing in common: each pairs nicely with a beer or cocktail poured by the barkeeper.
Corrine’s isn’t just known for its food, though. Three banquet spaces, including a grand ballroom, host private events seven nights a week that range from casual cocktail parties to wedding receptions for up to 300 guests. Back in the dining room, live entertainment takes place nearly every night a week; the schedule features everything from DJ-hosted ladies’ dance parties to cover bands and Dad playing his favorite Grateful Dead songs with a borrowed guitar.