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CT Cake Chef’s Creations On “Katie!”

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cake1cake2Cake baker/ designer Ana Parzych  and her magnificent bridal and special occasion cakes have had more than their share of celeb publicity  over the years.

On Thursday there will be more national  exposure.

Two bridal cakes by Parzych will be featured on the Katie Couric afternoon show “Katie” on ABC on Thursday as part of a Valentine’s Special  on how to plan a wedding when the budget is no object, and when it is.

The show audience will feature brides wearing their veils and cover all aspects of planning a wedding. The Connecticut cakes, one “a splurge” and the other  “a steal,”  will be featured as part of that segment.

Parzych said getting the cakes to the New York City studio  for the taping Monday was more of a  challenge than creating the cakes. There was that three feet of snow to deal with.

“I had a separate wedding Sunday and then spent all day Sunday getting the cakes for the show ready,”Parzych explained. ” Garry (her husband) got up at 5 a.m. to drive them to the studio on time for the taping,” she said. “It was hectic.”

And if that isn’t enough Valentine’s Day pressure, it will be a Parzych cake that will be center stage at Bryant Park in The Big Apple Thursday when “The Knot,” a popular bridal and wedding site, hosts  “The Knot Dream Wedding.”

The wedding is a culmination of an online voting competition  that has been going on for several weeks. Voters determined the cake, the dress and other details as well as the wedding winners Andre Mercier and Sierra Dickens, who live in Los Angeles. Voters chose Parzych’s white sugar orchid creation for the reception and she has recreated the cake in flavors the soon-to-be-newlyweds chose.

Dickens is a figure skater and will skate rather than stroll down the aisle. The wedding ceremony and reception will be livestreamed on TheKnot.com, MSN Living, the Knot’s YouTube Channel, Huffington Post and other media outlets. The wedding begins at noon.

Parzych (anaparzychcakes.com)  has her studio in Cheshire but also has an office in Greenwich and will soon open a third location in Manhattan.




Introducing Dr. and Mrs. William Petit

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It was a happy day for Dr. William Petit Jr. and Christine Paluf Sunday as the two officially became Dr. and Mrs. William Petit.

According to a release from the newlyweds, the two married at the Chapel at Holy Family Passionist Monastery and Retreat Center in West Hartford with more than 300 guests in attendance. Father David Cinquegrani, director of Holy Family, celebrated the nuptial Mass.

“Music from soloists and strings filled the chapel during a reverent and moving emotional ceremony,” the release said.

The bride wore “Autumn,” an ivory lace gown by Connecticut-based designer Modern Trousseau.

Family members of the bride and groom participated in the ceremony. The bride was given away by her father, Robert Paluf. The groom’s brother, Glenn, and the bride’s sister, Caroline Brayne, were witnesses.

A reception followed at the Riverview in Simsbury. A blessing written by Dr. Petit’s former father-in-law, Rev. Richard Hawke, was in remembrance of his family.

Petit’s first wife, Jennifer Hawke-Petit, 48, and the couple’s two daughters, Hayley, 17, and Michaela, 11, were killed five years ago during a Cheshire  home invasion carried out by Steven Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky. Both men were convicted and are currently on Connecticut’s death row.


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CT Brides On TLC “Randy To The Rescue” Friday

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A couple of CT brides-to-be will be featured Friday at 10 p.m.  on the TLC channel program, “Randy to the Rescue,” starring Randy Fenoli,

Theo Thomas, formerly of West Hartford and who now lives in Danbury,   and Christina Papadopoulos of Orange will appear on the show segment that was filmed in Boston.

The two are among the brides who converge on Fenoli’s pop-up wedding salon for brides-to-be across the country who can’t make it to Kleinfeld’s in New York City. Fenoli works at the famed NYC bridal salon which is the setting for another TLC show “Say Yes to The Dress.”

“I actually had applied to ‘Say Yes to The Dress’ and the show contacted me saying there was anew show that was coming out with Randy,” said Papadopoulos who is getting married in June, 2013.  “I just wanted Randy to help me with a dress because I am all over the place making decisions and I guess they liked my story.”

Papadopolous, a teacher, is marrying Adam Rozum June, 2013. Her wedding will take place in a Greek Orthodox church.

“I wanted something sexy but it had to be modest for church as well,” said Papadopolous. “I got the perfect dress.”

Besides help finding a dress, chosen brides on “Randy to the Rescue” are treated to hair, makeup and accessories so they have a bridal blueprint that can be used for the day of the wedding.

“I absolutely loved being fussed over and being in the spotlight,” said Papadopoulos who ended up purchasing a dress for about $3,000. “I could do it for a career.”

While the family will be watching the show Friday at 10 p.m. together, Rozum will be kindly asked to leave the room.

“I will let him watch a little bit of the beginning when we are both being interviewed on the show,” said Papadopoulos. “But then he has to leave. I want the dress to be a surprise.”

For Thomas  it was an experience neither she nor Randy will forget.

“My wedding theme is Steampunk, so I told Randy that I wanted to combine Victorian-era couture with sci-fi,” Thomas explained. “It’s not your usual combination but I am not your usual bride.”

Thomas who works in Greenwich,  Fenoli had never heard of Steampunk, but once she explained,  it was smooth wedding dress shopping ahead.

“Randy and the whole crew were just as inspired by the theme as I was,” she said.

Thomas marries Lukasz Serafin in September.

Dr. Bill Petit/Christine Paluf to Wed This Weekend

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It’s a very happy wedding bell weekend for Dr. William Petit Jr. and his fiancée, Christine Paluf.

The two are scheduled to be married Sunday.

The location of the ceremony and the reception are not being disclosed.

Petit’s wife and two daughters were killed in a violent home invasion in Cheshire  five years ago.

In the months following, the now 56-year-old  established the Petit Family Foundation, subsequently meeting Paluf, a photographer, who volunteered at foundation fundraising events.

The two were engaged seven months ago.

Heartfelt congratulations and much happiness.