Who’s Heading Your Wedding Plans: Mikie Russo Saves the Date

Alfonso & Angela Ribeiro



Do it yourself! Why? Why would anyone want to plan their whole entire wedding by themselves? That has always been my thought, as I watch brides try to piece their wedding single handedly, or worse, get family members with no planning experience involved. To me it is a recipe for disaster. I don’t care if you’re Martha Stewart herself—she still has a team. So should you!

So we are going to start a series of interviews with some of the industry’s most sought after wedding planners. We are going to start with one of Hollywoods’ in-demand professional planner Mikie Russo.

Mikie’s celebrity clients, including Kevin Jonas, Joey Fatone, Kathy Griffin, Shaquille O’Neal and more. His full-service event planning company orchestrates dazzling special events and projects—from sophisticated weddings and elegant corporate affairs to custom home decorating.

Getting the Inside Scoop

When planning the wedding of Alfonso & Angela Ribiero, what was the most special/unique thing about that wedding?

Alfonso loves to golf and he wanted to get married on the 18th hole of his favorite golf course. His bride Angela was on the same page; however, the backdrop wasn’t as pretty as I liked, so I found another location on the golf course that was much more fitting for a ceremony.

You mentioned a Greek, Italian, Jewish wedding that was planned by you, can you tell us in 2 or 3 sentences about what made each one special, and similar?  What was the basic desire of the brides that made them feel at ease about having a professional planner?

Greek, Italian and Jewish wedding ceremonies are so special because they are enriched with cultural traditions, each being so different yet filled with pride, love and respect. 

Having a professional wedding planner takes the stress away and eliminates any uneasiness the couple might feel. That’s the number one reason brides call upon my services!

You mentioned a wedding in Italy, how difficult is it for brides/couples to plan their own wedding?  Why should they seriously consider hiring a professional?

It’s very difficult for a couple to plan their own wedding.  Most couples haven’t planned a large event EVER! Why take a chance by throwing the biggest event of their lives? Couples should seriously think about hiring a wedding planner because that’s their job! As an event planner, I know all the ins and outs of what it takes to create an epic event and I save my clients money along the way.

Why is it especially important to have a planner when planning a destination wedding?

Logistics!!!! There are so many moving parts to a destination wedding, it becomes very overwhelming for a bride/couple to handle.

5 tips explaining

• Arranging transportation
• Welcome celebration
• Setting up daily activities and excursions
• Making sure everyone is at ease and knows daily activities
• Making sure all events run smoothly and everyone is having a relaxing/enjoyable time


So there you have… let Mikie Saves the Date.




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Mikie Saves the Date” is produced for FYI by High Noon Entertainment. Jim Berger and Scott Feeley are executive producers for High Noon. Gena McCarthy and Audra Smith are executive producers for FYI.
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With a unique sense of style and a flair for orchestrating unforgettable occasions, event planning extraordinaire, Mikie Russo creates uniquely personalized and visually arresting weddings and special events for his clients.

Mikie has been planning events that are nothing short of spectacular for over ten years. With a do-it-yourself attitude and a passion for all things DIY, this Long Island native broke into the industry because of his passion for flowers. At a young age, he spent his days crafting floral arrangements that impressed his family and friends, which led to his first job with a florist where he worked with brides, and ultimately to his own event planning company, Michael Russo Events.

Mikie’s celebrity clients, including Kevin Jonas, Joey Fatone, Kathy Griffin, Shaquille O’Neal and more. His full-service event planning company orchestrates dazzling special events and projects—from sophisticated weddings and elegant corporate affairs to custom home decorating.

Mikie has the proven talent to execute the most magical day for each and every client, no matter the budget.

For more information, visit his website at: www.MichaelRussoEvents.com


Myrdith Leon-McCormack

Over the past several years, Myrdith Leon-McCormack has evolved from one of the nation’s most successful Celebrity Manicurist, represented by Factory Downtown, to one of the most sought after branding experts with her firm MLM Represents and as a Huffington Post blogger.

Leon-McCormack, founder of MLM Represents, oversees all practice areas and is involved in providing strategic direction to select clients. Her particular area of expertise is advising clients on how to best leverage their brand as an asset to serve as a powerful leadership tool and drive business performance.

Leon-McCormack’s innovative strategies to connect consumers more effectively by associating them with the world’s most influential celebrities, musicians, arts, film and personalities has been part of her incredible success to collaborating with some of the industry’s most influential people in the world of the arts, music, and film. MLM Represents client list includes: Isaiah Washington, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Lois Samuels–the Vessel, and Justin Davis. Her new business has afforded her the opportunity to travel the world to great countries such as Egypt, Qatar, Dubai, London, France, Ireland, to name a few.

Leon-McCormack’s creative vision and strong knowledge of the entertainment and arts has created yet another venture with the weekly radio show, Keep It Moving w/Marsha Jews on WEAA 88.9 FM, a national public radio station, as Executive Entertainment Producer.

As the Editorial Director of World Bride Magazine, she drives the magazine into the 21st century where visions of people of color are seen in a more positive and progressive direction.

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