Monday, April 18, 2011

Where do I get my Inspiration?

So many people ask me where I get my inspiration?  Living life is where I find my inspiration!  Travel, restaurants, movies, walking the street and so many other moments in life.  One of my biggest inspirations is New York City are the amazing Broadway shows!  When I used to do theater in school, I used Broadway to escape my day to day life, and just go see shows that were so creative that they really taught me how to open my mind and imagination to an entirely new level.  It’s so amazing to see what people dream up and then bring to life on the stage.   I have been quite busy traveling and filming My Fair Wedding that when I am back in New York City I find myself escaping to the theatre each time. 

I recently had the pleasure of seeing three wonderful shows. From Vanessa Redgrave in Driving Miss Daisy. to Priscella Queen of the Dessert.  Yes these are two diverse shows but I was inspired by both.  Priscella was pure fun! The show had such a wonderful message about acceptance and embracing others and yourself for who you are with no judgment.  This past week I saw Wonderland, which is about an all-grown up Alice (now a mother) going down the rabbit hole (her elevator shaft in her apt building).  It was so creative and the costumes were just INCREDIBLE (not to mention the performance of the Queen of Hearts!).  Alice is now a mother and stressed with many responsibilities and the journey into Wonderland teaches her to loosen up and live life and have FUN, which is something I live by!  There was this wonderful lyric in the last song at the end of the show “ Nothing can exsist until you dream it first” that so perfectly described everything I believe in and strive to be.

I'm also super excited to be going to be see Spiderman next!  Of course, you never know, in my career… there is always that chance that a bride will request a Spiderman wedding…and I WILL be ready with ideas!

So live life with your eyes wide open so you can embrace unexpected moments because you never know when you will be inspired....because "Nothing can exsist until you dream it first!!!!!"

David

Thursday, April 7, 2011

I AM ALWAYS LEARNING ON THIS BEAUTIFUL JOURNEY CALLED LIFE

Hello everyone!  I am doing something really special that I wanted to share with you.  My journey to Topeka, Kansas was quite the trip but I was determined to get here to meet Ryan, a young, shy 17 year old kid from the Make-A-Wish organization.  You see, I am here to grant his wish. From the moment you meet Ryan, you know that you are in the presence of kindness.  His strength and courage in the face of tremendous health issues really has inspired me in a whole new way. I had to blog about Ryan....not because of his health struggles but because of what he has taught me.
I was really excited to talk to him and get to know him, but he was really, really shy and kind of quiet.  I knew that wasn’t going to stop me.  Our worlds are so vastly different that I can understand how Ryan might be uncomfortable to spend time and chat.   What I love is that he has a wise, old soul.  You do not meet people in life like this often and when you do...you stop and take it all in.   

After a while of me doing a lot of the chatting, he mentioned he had just been to New York, so I asked why.  Ryan is in the marching band at his high school. I immediately responded and said..."so was I". He became so excited and quickly asked what instrument I played.   I shared with him, in case you are wondering too, I played the saxophone , clarinet and later became the drum major (thank you very much).   I asked him what he played and he said percussion.  We began to laugh and chat more.  I  leaned over and said “so Ryan, do you think we are band geeks?”....he looked up and laughed and said "Yeah I do".  I said you are right but we are actually really cool!!!   Finding something that we had in common made him loosen up and he started talking about his love of video games.  When I told him how I just LOVE playing video games his eyes completely lit up.  I could literally feel the walls between us crumble and all of a sudden we were just two normal guys sitting on a porch, him wearing my hoodie (it was freezing out) and me wearing his Dad's jacket….talking about the things we loved.

Whenever someone is nervous, if you just talk about what they love, their passions or their hobbies, you get to see the real them.  The fact that I felt such a bond to this 17 year old boy that was so different than me, just gives me hope that someday I WISH that everyone will learn that all of us are really more alike than different at their core.  Maybe Ryan wasn't shy, maybe he is wiser than I thought.  Perhaps he was doing what I was doing- listening, observing and getting to know me as I was getting to know him.  He was trying to make me feel comfortable just as I was doing the same for him. 

I really just want to remind everyone know that no matter how different you may THINK you are from some body, there is always a common thread that you two share but only if you take the time to find it.  Finding it, and the journey of getting to know people and yourself in the process is so beautiful.  In this electronic age, sometimes we need to just slow down and take the time to talk to each other. We all must take a breath so we can stop and really listen to one another.  Thank you Ryan for teaching me and for sharing your journey. 

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Affordable Glam at Sears

On an episode of “My Fair Wedding,” I was toasted by my bride at the end of the night and was beyond touched by her words to me...... She said, “Everyone says that diamonds are a girl’s best friend...well, I think that David is a girl’s best friend!”  I was so moved by those words.  

So girls, I have something to add to that.  Yes, diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but you now too can have me as your best friend.  I now have the good fortune of bringing you the right ring for the right price and at the right location...Sears!    I want to make sure I can be there from the moment the diamonds sparkle on your hand when you are engaged. 

I think a lot of brides don’t believe they can get the ring of their dreams and it just breaks my heart.  I have designed my new Sears bridal jewelry collection to bring the sparkle without the worries not being able to afford it.  Now you can feel good about your ring and your budget.  The rings are celebrity inspired and I really took the time to carefully select designs that were high quality and reflected the cut and color of the diamond. 
There are  4 different collections based on style and personality –so there is something for every girl, no matter their personal style.  I’ve been around so many different types of brides and I cannot express how much I believe that your ring should reflect YOU and your unique personality.  I want every bride to look down at their hand and to be just as in love with their rings as they are with their fiancé. 

I’m really proud to be able to offer this line of jewelry to help make everyone feel beautiful and glamorous on their wedding day.   http://www.sears.com/shc/s/dap_10153_12605_DAP_David+Tutera?adCell=W2

Friday, April 1, 2011

Home Is....Where the Heart Is

Hello everyone!

I just wanted to talk about the amazing fundraising event this past weekend in Corpus Christi at the church I was baptized, confirmed and basically raised in at my hometown of Portchester, New York!

The church asked if I could help out at their 1st annual fundraisier for underprivileged children to attend the nearby Corpus Christi/Holy Rosary Catholic school.  Of course, I was happy to use my relationships to help plan the event and bring awareness and financial support to a great cause.  (along with literally thousands of white roses).  What I didn’t realize was how going back home to attend and plan the event would be such a surreal, heart-warming experience.

The event took place in the gymnasium of the school.  The theme was angels and they opened the night by having 106 teddy bears with halos and angel wings that you could “adopt” to add to fundraiser.  Such as sweet, cute and brilliant concept! As I finished saying hello to everyone and sat at the table with my family, friends, brother Gregg and sister Amy (and of course, my partner Ryan) and the program commenced,  this beautiful 6 year old girl took the floor and belted out “ISN’T HE BEAUTIFUL” with this angelic voice that just gives me goosebumps to think about. At that moment, I really forgot about the show, all of my clients, the 20 million ideas going through my mind and just felt this sense of peace and happiness.   It was just so nice to go back home and be around such kind, grounded people and my family.  My mother and father are the most down to earth, loving people and being around their energy, and love was more inspiring than being on the most exotic location in the world.  I feel so lucky to have grown up in such a great community that really nurtured who I was and taught me to dream big, but appreciate the little things in life.  Home truly is and always will be where the heart is and I was so humbled by the entire experience.  Thank you so much to Sister Karen and Christine who worked so hard to make this first event a HUGE success, they did a wonderful job – BRAVO to them!