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The Private Receptions Team
Private Receptions is a wedding planning and design company founded by Nerissa Balland and operated by Lauren Ricciardelli & Lexi Weinberg. The firm specializes in one-of-a-kind weddings that represent their client’s unique style, vision and love story. With locations in New York City and Hilton Head, South Carolina; the Private Receptions team is happy to plan and travel to wherever your wedding takes place.
Together, Lauren and Lexi alleviate the anxiety and frustration that people often face when orchestrating their own wedding. Their ability to handle difficult situations with grace, and impeccable attention to detail make them a great asset to your dream wedding day.
Lauren Ricciardelli – President, Creative Director
Lauren heads up the Hilton Head, SC location of Private Receptions but frequents the New York area for weddings in the Big Apple.
Lauren works with clients to create a unique planning experience with a fresh visionary perspective that she then executes into an eventful and memorable occasion. Her calm demeanor and “can-do” attitude are a breath of fresh air during the wedding planning process. Lauren sees each wedding as a reflection of the couple’s love story and personal style. Her love for the little details and creative eye allows her to bring the overall wedding vision to life in elegant and, sometimes, unexpected ways. From intimate garden weddings to a black tie soiree, understanding and executing the client’s needs and ensuring that they have the perfect wedding is her top priority.
Born and raised in Maryland, Lauren is a ‘city girl with southern charm’. With a background in performance and visual arts, she discovered her passion for wedding planning while achieving her MFA in Arts Management. (Completed 2010) In tandem with her MFA, she also earned a Certificate of Wedding Planning from the QC School of Wedding Planning. (2010)
Maintaining her ‘day job’ and her educational career, she continued to freelance with Nerissa Balland and Private Receptions until January of 2012 at which point the company was passed to her from its founder. She was also an active member and Event Leader with Urban Girl Squad, a social networking group for women in New York City from 2010-2013.
Lauren and Lexi continue to carry out Nerissa’s vision of a wedding planning company that has it all and gives it all to you. She uses her passion and charm to create lasting memories for her clients and their families. Seeing the happy tears, gasps of wonder, and carefree smiles that each wedding brings is her greatest joy.
Lexi Weinberg – Vice President, Director of Weddings
As the face of the New York location, Lexi brings an eye for detail, partnered with a creative outlook to the events she executes. With warmth and calm she makes wedding planning a breeze for her clients. Her natural enthusiasm and life long love of weddings helps ensure that each bride’s special day is exactly as she dreamed. Like Lauren, her background in the performing arts allows her to “produce” events that are not only seamless but highlight the star couple’s personality and unique story.
After moving to New York, she worked for haute couture Italian designer Francesco Fino, where the fine-tuned details of bridal fashion were quickly absorbed. Lexi also worked at the renowned Plaza Hotel as an Event Coordinator starting in 2010, where she directed and coordinated social events for the hotel, assisted the Director of the Plaza boutique in developing and launching merchandise; and was the developer of the Eloise Birthday Party program. During her time at the Plaza she also began executing weddings as a free-lance planner before starting her own planning company in 2011, Something Old Something New York. Lexi could not have been more excited to join forces with Lauren Ricciardelli at the beginning of 2013. When not planning weddings she is spending her time leading events with the fabulous ladies of Urban Girl Squad, a great group for meeting new women who are the movers and shakers of New York City and inspiring them to try something new.
Nerissa (Balland) Eisenstadt- Founder (2008- 2011)
Respected throughout the wedding industry for her business savvy and artistic talent, Nerissa (Balland) Eisenstadt brought to life a company that not only has it all, but gives every ounce of it to you!
After receiving her MFA from Pratt Institute, Nerissa created and developed the event design & floral division at B.R. Guest Restaurants and the JAMES Hotels. Nerissa worked as the Director of Style and Design where she facilitated event décor for high profile guests and organizations including Rudolph Giuliani, Howard Stern, EMI Records, Bon Appetit, Wine Enthusiast, The James Beard Foundation, New York Magazine, CityHarvest, Food & Wine Magazine, The New York Times, and Fox 5 Morning Show.
Over the past decade, Nerissa has immersed herself within fine arts, event design, and advertising & marketing. Her ability to balance both the tactical and creative is a rare commodity within her industry. Nerissa has spent the last two years on the Board of Directors for the NY Metro Chapter of ISES, International Special Events Society, initially as the Director of Communications in her first year and promoted to Vice President of Communications in her second.