Kelven Book began his love affair with events as a 13-year-old church organist playing for weddings, which included consulting with bridal couples on music for their ceremonies and their receptions, wondering all the while why these receptions couldn’t be more elegant, or more enjoyable, or more memorable.

After a successful business career, alongside his part-time organist gig, Kelven finally began planning and catering events, working with exclusive firms in Boston, Washington, D.C. and now with Canard Inc. in New York.  Blending his perspective from these cities, Kelven has a unique ability to coordinate cuisine with design and logistics.

Kelven lives for the challenge of making each event even more memorable than the last.

He has contributed his entertaining skills to Martha Stewart Living, Southern Living, Celebrate with Style, AM New York, WPIX, and a host of Bridal Magazines.  He is regularly heard as an entertaining expert on Martha Stewart Living on SIRIUS radio.

 

My Wedding
As a Wedding Planner and Caterer, I wanted to attend my wedding as a guest!  I encourage all my brides and grooms to delegate everything to me, or friends and family, so that they enjoy their special day as guests of honor, unburdened by any details to distract them from their celebration.

I followed my own advice, and had a grand time with family and friends, an occasion I will not soon forget!

My partner Tom and I decided to marry in Boston, since we met there at a piano recital.  We chose the 15th anniversary of the day we met, and I tracked down the recitalist to play before the ceremony.  We structured the wedding around the concept of a European Salon, where guests were invited to a grand residence to hear music or lectures.

I designed the invitation and recital program with black and white striping, a hint of piano keys.

The recitalist played a short afternoon program in the grand townhome of a dear friend, which set the mood for the ceremony (held in front of the piano).  The formal tea reception following included a buffet of traditional tea sandwiches, savories and pastries, in addition to butlered contemporary bites, a touch of old and new tastes, something for every guest to enjoy.  Of course, I had enlisted another dear friend, a caterer/chef in the area, to take care of the entire menu.  I had no idea what would be served until the reception began…after all, I was a guest!

Now that I have gone through the process of getting married, I am more excited than ever about weddings.  It’s a very special time, made even more meaningful when shared with family and friends.