Michelle Rago, Ltd.—Blog

What’s new at Michelle Rago Destinations….

May 21st, 2014

A new face and a facelift!

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One of the toughest aspects of being an entrepreneur is marketing and branding. We are constant gardeners. It is a task I happen to love but it takes a tremendous amount of time and dedication. I spend hours thinking about what message goes out into the world and what kind of business my market presence will bring back.

Last year I launched a completely hand-drawn website, which I absolutely love.  It is playful and elegant. I feel the simplicity of the site allows people to absorb the portfolio of our work with ease.

As I always do… and in anticipati0n of the new season, we have freshened the site up a bit. We are excited for you to take look AND meet our newest “Team Rago” member, Luke Wilson …although he is far from new to the industry.

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We have clarified our scope of services in the “Destination Weddings” section under “About Our Services.” Check it out!

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Although we know what we do day to day…we thought it would be helpful to clarify all the ways in which we can work together. We love that our relationships with our couples continue well beyond their weddings to assist them holidays and entertaining not to mention their honeymoons.

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Last, but not least, we are thrilled to share the newest member of “Team Rag0″ …

Luke Wilson
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Luke is a full-service destination event planner and producer.

We are thrilled to have him aboard!

He is waiting to discover where in the world you will go together

Bisous!

Michelle

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Team Rago Instagram goes live! (…because behind the scenes really is the bomb)

March 26th, 2014

I am so excited to announce our new “Team Rago” Instagram !

Follow us here

@Teamrago
#teamrago

I have loosened my grip and turned over the reigns to my peeps for a behind the scenes perspective…because behind the scenes really is the bomb. Trust me destination planning is exhausting, physical, strenuous and sometimes downright scary. But between it all we always manage to have a laugh and appreciate the gift that has been given.

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Soooo, I’m gonna kick back (just a little) and have them share their experiences of where we are in the world and what we are up to…

from their perspective.

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Meet the faces behind the magic, Brittney & Alessandra.

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 I have taken the liberty of scouring my photos so that I can share how fab they are with you and to embarrass them just a little bit.

Something about my girls….one thing for sure is…they both love the beach.

Eh hem… I took this shot on the big island of Hawaii of Brittney -could be a Miss Hawaii calendar!

(this is day 8 of a job and trust .. she is wiped out)

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Alessandra is from the Bahamas and has braved this winter in NYC. Why she hasn’t retreated home I’ll never know!

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Social media is a gorilla of a job when you’re an entrepreneur, so the assist from them both will be amazing.

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…I’m sure they will both surf through it!
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So, whether they are trying their “first” oyster…
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Or getting ready to talk the client off the ledge from the backseat of a helicopter…
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Or… painstakingly trying to explain to me what the hell is happening inside that damn computer.
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The rest is up to you… follow them.

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They are delightful and funny and make everyday worth it.

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Thank you in advance for being supportive!

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Go Team Rago!

Follow us here

@Teamrago
#teamrago
Bisous, Michelle

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How might you accessorize a Minimalist Design retreat?

March 4th, 2014

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Here’s a fun game to play…

This cold has driven me indoors today. During my confinement I came across this minimalist hotel design from Portugal and started to dream about how I might add my touches to make it a bit more homey. I love the sand floor and of course imagine it would be tucked right near the sea.

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Of course, add gorgeous garden roses for a pop of color and the dreamy fragrance.

 

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Here are some playful place matts and a cane chair back for some chic design touches.

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 I love linen flags and think they add a festive touch for the ceiling and are very inviting for guests who pop by.

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Always have chilled wine…

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Shop at the farmer’s market and leave the bag on the counter.

 

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Collect iron pots and host a seafood dinner.

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Love this cardboard side table and comfy furniture for the great outdoors.

 

Tal Ilany and Justin Seweryn

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The magic of a fire-pit at night is sure to cap off any evening.

 

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What little cottage in the world might you accessorize?

Bisous,

Michelle

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Pass the bouquet please…

February 19th, 2014

 

So much energy and labor goes into the design and construction of the bride’s bouquet (never mind the bouquet was originally a prop to distract the unmarried girls from ripping the bride’s dress to shreds!) Once carefully picked and composed it is delivered (hopefully beautifully packaged) to the bride in the quiet of her room before the ceremony.


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Photo: Angela Talley

Planning & Design: Michelle Rago Destinations

Delivering the bouquet should be dine with reverence. The bouquet is the first thing on the wedding day that the bride touches and sees come together from her vision. It should be done with the utmost professionalism and kindness.

Tal Ilany and Justin Seweryn

Photo: Christian Oth

Planning & Design: Michelle Rago Destinations

 It is a beautiful moment not to be over looked between planner/designer and bride. She will get butterflies of excitement for the dream about to become reality when she holds the bouquet for the first time.

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Phot0: Christian Oth

Planning: State of the Art

Bouquet: Michelle Rago Destinations

Make sure the petals are not bruised. Make sure the ribbon is evenly trimmed. Make sure the bouquet is not dripping with water. Know the names of the flowers.

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Photo: Robert Evans

Planning: Michelle Rago Destinations

Bouquet: Preston Bailey

Be proud of your all you have achieved in creating the design and making her vision come true. Have that pride lead the way … when you pass the bouquet.

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An Open Letter to Philip Seymour Hoffman

February 3rd, 2014

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I casually met Philip Seymour Hoffman at Corsino while having dinner at the bar with a friend. He was with his son and his cell phone was out of juice so my friend lent him hers to make a call. We chatted for a few minutes-established we were members of the same social Club and basically exchanged casual New Yorker niceties.

I am so, so sad about his death because he was a brilliant actor whose films I always made a point to see and of course because he leaves behind a wife and children.

The manner of his death was ugly. That is not the way anyone wants to leave this world. I have had many people in my life who have suffered from addiction and suffer from addiction and I do not wish it on anyone. It is all consuming and colors everything with difficulty.

I believe when you die…you see everything. I have convinced myself you are basically sitting on a cloud with your chin in your elbow contemplating what happened. Whenever things have gotten really rough or I am super afraid to confront a situation head on… I say to myself… I do not want to be sitting on “that cloud” in heaven pissed at myself for being afraid or incapable of managing a situation. That vision drives me as silly as it may seem.

I have anonymously ridden in elevators with Philip Seymour Hoffman, crossed the street and eaten in the same restaurants over the years. He was a guy you would absolutely want to invite to a dinner party. He seemed the quintessential New Yorker I liked just having him messing about the city I have grown up in.

Maybe it’s snowing today to just make New York brighter for a few hours…I don’t know. But Philip… if you can indeed hear me…I will always remember you with a wry smile and admiration. I am sorry there is no turning back from your choices but as with all the delightful aspects of your life I have enjoyed…I will honor the result of your struggles as lesson to be well respected.

And of course next time I am at Corsino I will raise a glass to you buddy.

Your fellow New Yorker…

Michelle

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