Our Evening with Michael Phelps!



Working hard in the event industry has some great perks ~ and this was one of the best.  We were recently invited to the 70thBirthday Celebration at the stylish landmark bowling center in Greenwich Village, Bowlmor Lanes ~ with special guest Michael Phelps!  Yes, Michael Phelps, the record holder for the most gold medals won at a single Olympics.

As we arrived, we were instantly checked off the ‘list’, given wristbands, and finagled our way through press and into the building where we were greeted with a glass of wine ~ which Candice quickly traded in for a yummy Mango Cosmopolitan.  We rode up the elevator about 4 floors and entered a very chic atmosphere full of neon bowling, stylish cocktails and delicious hors d’oeuvres. We met up with our friend Tricia and I threw on oh-so-fabulous bowling shoes to attempt some bowling ~ not such an easy task in our business casual attire. About two games in, the record holder we love Michael Phelps, arrived and joined in on the bowling fun – well at least he sat in the lanes, we did not actually see bowling.  Also in attendance was Benji Madden, showing off his DJ skills, providing us with some great background music.

We had a wonderful evening and would recommend Bowlmor Lanes for your next bachelor/bachelorette party, birthday or customer appreciation event.  There are lots of options for bowling, dancing and holding a private catered event.  We know that we are definitely going back!

Have fun,

Candice and Nikki

Irene & Alex: Classical Style


A classy and chic intimate wedding of 40 guests in one of the greatest cities of the world was held on Saturday, September 13, 2008.  Friends and family from all over the world, as close as New York City and as far away as New Zealand, came to witness the marriage of Alex and Irene.




Perhaps one of the most stunning elements of this wedding was the Bride’s gorgeous gown created by Oscar de la Renta.   Irene was in fact the first to wear this creation made for Oscar’s 2009 line.  The dress has since been featured in so many magazines and TV shows that we have continued to be excited by it even a month after the wedding.



In her stunning gown, clutching a bouquet of pink spray roses, Irene walked the pathways in the Conservatory Garden of Central Park to meet her Groom Alex in the most perfect spot.  The couple was married next to the fountain in the South Garden’s secret garden, in a truly personal ceremony officiated by a dear friend. 




To reflect the Bride's musical background, guests received classical music inspired ceremony programs created by The Finishing Touch's Event Design division.




With our fingers crossed, the rain held out and the cloudy day was actually great lighting for photographs. After the ceremony, the couple made their way through Central Park and along Park Avenue for some great city shots together. They then made their way to midtown in a yellow vintage Checkered Cab.  Along the way there was applause and cheers of congratulations accompanied by many pictures taken at the sight of Alex and Irene in their unique means of transport.



The couple’s intimate reception was held at Le Bernardin, a renowned French restaurant, famous for their exquisite menu and service. The private room was lit by candlelight and the tables were decorated with orchids and hundreds of pink roses. Guests mingled for an hour while a string quartet played in the background, enjoying delicious hors d’ouevres. 





As guests entered the room for dinner they were provided with a unique favor, which was very special to our Bride.  The team at The Finishing Touch’s Event Design division had created small photo books showcasing a picture of each guest, along with a personal Biography, which had been written by Alex and Irene.  It was very important to Alex and Irene that their guests were comfortable and that they knew each other and the books allowed for this in such a creative way.  They were a huge hit with all the guests. 




Guests were served a four-course meal from Le Bernardin made up of amazing food such as Tuna Foie Gras, Red Snapper and our personal favorite Zucchini Flower stuffed with Peekytoe Crab and Black Truffle Sauce.   Each course was paired with an amazing wine specially chosen by Alex.




As is traditional in European weddings, Alex and Irene were toasted by many family and friends.  The speeches given, especially by Alex’s brother Andrew, brought laughter and tears to all eyes in the room, including our own.




Family and friends wined and dined for hours together and it was hard to miss the big smile the Bride had glued to her face all evening. All in all, the wedding was a complete success and was an ultimate savvy New York wedding.




Special Thanks as always to our incredible vendor team.


Love, Luck and Happiness,


Candice & Nicole




Photography by Francesco Mastalia

Mariana & Andrew: Park Avenue Elegance


Nothing quite compares to the elegance of a classic New York wedding.  We were fortunate enough to coordinate a wedding such as this on October 4, 2008 for our couple Mariana & Andrew.  Those attending the ceremony, held at the beautiful St. Thomas of More Church, saw Mariana walk down the aisle in a gorgeous Vera Wang gown holding an all white bouquet ~ following her Bridesmaids who were wearing gorgeous navy blue dresses by the same iconic designer. The ceremony was decorated with beautiful altar arrangements created by Thomas C. Anderson.  The finishing touch to bring it all together was a sophisticated classic program, designed by The Finishing Touch's Event Design division, tied with a silk navy blue ribbon. 


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Following the ceremony, the couple and their guests continued to celebrate at a private club.  The stunning 2-story ballroom was decorated by event designer Thomas C. Anderson in claret (a deep, rich red) and black. 


Claret damask linens were paired with tall black candles and black chavari ballroom chairs with red velvet cushions for a stunning contrast.  The table centerpieces were composed of miniature calla lilies, French roses, cymbidium orchids, amaryllis lilies, and ranunculus in various shades of red, burgundy, chocolate brown, and mahogany. 
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The head table was decorated with topiary trees with a base of deep red apples for an added touch of texture. 
Ballroom 2 
After a fantastic dinner, and a very emotional touching speech by Mariana's father, the guests danced the night away to the Bob Hardwick Sound and were treated to a spectacular cake from Ron Ben-Israel.
At the end of the evening, the happy couple stood on the Juliet balcony above the ballroom where Mariana tossed her bouquet to an excited group of single female family members and friends.  The couple then shared the final dance of the evening overlooking the crowd.
Bouquet toss 
A truly beautiful, classically elegant wedding for a wonderful couple.  A huge thank you to our fantastic vendor team for making this event truly one of a kind.
Warmest Wishes,
Candice and Priscilla

Stacy & Jeff: Autumn Splendor

Fall is in the air and the beauty of the season makes for endless wedding possibilities.  We had the pleasure of planning and coordinating a gorgeous Fall wedding for our couple Stacy & Jeff who were married on September 27, 2008.

Stacy & Jeff 

The ceremony and reception took place at the elegant Green Brook Country Club in North Caldwell, New Jersey.  Stacy's amazing bouquet by The Romantic Garden was made of a mix of Fall flowers, pods, fiddle-head ferns and pomegranates. 


The chuppah was draped in copper and bronze organza and decorated with Fall flowers. 



The simple yet stunning ceremony programs and place cards were made by our Finishing Touch Event Design Division.


Following the ceremony, the guests enjoyed cocktails in the lounge while the ballroom was turned into an enchanted Autumn forest. 


The table centerpieces by The Romantic Garden were made of Manzanita branches decorated with Fall flowers and foliage and illuminate with hanging candles. 



The wedding proved to be a huge party with guests dancing the night away to the fantastic sounds of the Kevin Osborne Band.  The evening was topped off with a spectacular wedding cake from Carlo's Bakery in Hoboken.


As guests departed this truly memorable wedding, they were provied favor bags containing the Bride's favorite Fall treat of apple cider donuts from a farm in upstate NY and packets of coffee that were especially designed for the couple.   The favors, created for the couple by The Finishing Touch's Event Design division, were made complete by a note from Stacy and Jeff sharing their thanks to those who had traveled to share such a special day.  A coffee-to-go station was setup in case guests could not resist the temptation to sample the donuts on their way home.

Truly an unforgettable evening of Autumn beauty, family and friends.  We were honored to be a part of it all. 

All the best,

Candice and Priscilla

Photography by Ron Holtz.  To see a slide show of more images of this beautiful wedding, click here.

Manhattan Bride Fall/Winter 2008 – Choose Exciting Themes

Manhattan Bride FallWinter 2008 


We are featured in the Manhattan Bride Fall/Winter 2008 issue which is on stands now.  In an article, entitled "Choose Exciting Themes" we talk about some of our couples' creative ideas that we brought to life.

Click on link below to read this article.

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Happy reading,

The Finishing Touch Team