Check Out Our Photo Montage Created by Fiore Films

For our client party, held at the W Hotel in Hoboken, Sharrone Calafiore from Fiore Films created a fabulous photo montage for us that was played on large video screens provided by In The Mix Entertainment

Click here to watch this beautiful montage of some of our past weddings.

While you are there, check out some of the other video clips from Fiore Films.  They do some of the most unique and creative wedding cinematography we have seen.  They are one of Style Me Pretty's Little Black Book event professionals and are continually featured in their blog.

We hope you enjoy it. 

Candice, Leah, Nicole, Priscilla & Soroya

More on our Fabulous Client Party At The W Hotel

As promised, we are excited to share some additional pictures from our May 2009 client party from Ron Holtz Photography.We loved seeing the images of our brides mingling with soon to be brides.  We hope you enjoy and that you can join us next year!

Click here to read about the details from this festive event.

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Floral Design by The Romantic Garden

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One of our fall 2008 Brides, Stacy

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Samples of some of the Amazing Stationery created by our Finishing Touch Event Design team

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The W with wonderful lighting by BML Blackbird

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Fun services from Bliss Spa

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Candice sharing a bit about our Company and thanking all for joining us

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One of our 2010 Brides, Claudia

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More Mingling….and Cocktails 

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Happy Planning,

Candice, Leah, Nicole, Priscilla & Soroya

 

 

 

Debbie & Julian’s Elegant Rehearsal Dinner and Celebrity Style After Party

A rehearsal dinner for a weekend destination wedding can be very important as it gives the guests a chance to relax and get to know each other before the big day.  Since guests from all over the world were flying in for our clients' New York City destination wedding, it was particularly important that the rehearsal dinner be extra special. 

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Debbie & Julian's guests gathered at New York City's premier Kosher steakhouse, The Prime Grill, to enjoy a Friday Night Dinner.  The Prime Grill has a wonderful warm and classy ambiance and is said to be a favorite spot of celebrities including Madonna.  

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The dinner guests were first greeted with delicious canapes such as Wild Mushrooms and Truffles on Belgian Endive Spears and creative cocktails.  As they took their seats, they were treated to a fabulous sushi display on each table.  After enjoying appetizers such as Braised Short Rib Rumaki, many guests feasted on the piece d'resistance of the Prime Grill, their famous 22 oz. Rib Roast.  Each portion was big enough to feed a whole family let alone one person.  To round out the delicious dinner, a fantastic Chocolate Hazelnut Rocher was served which resembled and tasted like a huge Ferrero Rocher Chocolate candy.   

It was a lovely evening that allowed Debbie and Julian to spend some relaxed quality time with their family and friends. 

Following a wonderful dinner, Debbie and Julian headed to a casual after-party with their friends at NYC's coolest rooftop bar, the posh AVA Lounge located in the Dream Hotel.  Another celebrity hotspot, it is normal to see stars like Kevin Bacon, Paul Rudd, Johnny Knoxville and Sheryl Crowe enjoying the fabulous drinks and tapas under the stars ~ Rumor has it that Justin Timberlake was there the night of Debbie and Julian's party. 

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Debbie and Julian had reserved the lounge's rooftop deck to enjoy the views of Times Square and Columbus Circle with their friends.  The group partied into the wee hours.  Luckily, the wedding was on Sunday so they had Saturday to recover from an exciting night.  We would highly recommend AVA for anyone looking for a great night out. 

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Details on their ultra chic wedding at the Mandarin Oriental coming soon!

Candice & Priscilla

Erin and John’s June 2009 Wedding-The Finishing Touch to the Rescue!

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All Photos you will see in this blog were provided by Battery Gardens to show off their fabulous site! Photo credit:Jang Photographers http://www.jangphotographers.com/

 

We occasionally have brides who tell us that they have decided to plan their wedding themselves, only to return closer to the wedding to ask us to step in and ensure all their hard work goes according to plan. Now, this may seem like a piece of cake, but trust us, it is no easy task. Given that we are hired much closer to the wedding, and have not been a part of all the detailed planning, we must immediately get down to business. Confirming all vendor services, balances, creating the detailed day-of timeline and tying up all loose ends are only a few of the major items we focus on. The weeks pass by in a whirlwind but watching the bride and groom enjoy their wedding day without stress is reward enough.

In what turned out to be a very rare occurance, we were recently hired 5 days prior to the wedding by our couple Erin and John who were married in a beautiful ceremony on June 6th. Our beautiful bride, Erin, works in the finance industry, and John is a NYC restaurant owner of Tribeca’s Steakhouse Dylan Prime. [Our owner Candice highly recommends the Lobster Grilled Cheese Sandwich!]

With rain pouring everyday during the week, we called in a favor to Mother Nature and the sun broke out Saturday morning, providing a gorgeous day in Manhattan. (Yes we can control the weather, he he.)  While Erin was pampered and dressed at the Ritz-Carlton in Battery Park and John at the Wall Street Inn Hotel, Misha (our fabulous Summer intern) and I ensured all guests received bottles of champagne and truffles as they checked into their rooms, steamed Erin’s gown and helped the bridal party into their dresses. Once the photographer arrived at the Ritz, the girls took some pre-ceremony shots in the hotel as well as Battery Park, with the Statue of Liberty in the background. Once it was time to head over to the ceremony at the quaint, Our Lady of Holy Rosary, across from Battery Park, we walked down the hallway to grab the elevator.

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As is the case with most events, we hit our first road bump.  As we approached the elevators, we started to hear a fire alarm coming from another floor. The elevators were all out of order and one of the stairwell doors was locked! I quickly called the Front Desk and we were told the Fire Department was on its way and we just had to wait it out. Knowing I had a VIP to get to a wedding, I calmly tried each and every stairwell and eventually found a door that was unlocked. Fortunately, as we were just about to head down 7 flights of stairs, the elevators began running.  We were a couple minutes late to the ceremony, but the bridesmaids said, ‘It wouldn’t have been like Erin if we arrived on time!’

Father Jose, who flew in all the way from Texas, performed a very beautiful and touching ceremony, including a full Catholic Mass. As a surprise to her father, Erin & John had hired NYPD Emerald Group to play the bagpipes as soon as the church doors opened. As both Erin’s parents are retired law force officials, as well as Irish, it came as a wonderful surprise.  The bagpipers led the group through the park to Battery Gardenswhere they then enjoyed cocktails and TONS of hors d’oevures right on the Hudson River, overlooking the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

 

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Around 8:30 PM, guests were ushered upstairs to an immaculate ballroom and the voices of the Jeff Lubin Band from Hank Lane Entertainment filling the room. Each guest found at their place setting, a clear glass bottle personally labeled as Erin & John’s Signature Drink called The Big Apple Martini. On the back of the bottle was an explanation of how to prepare the drink and the couple’s thank you. These thoughtful and personal favors were a huge hit and people raved about their creativity. The guests dined and danced the night away, while taking in the breathtaking views of the Hudson. All in all, the day was a complete success. We truly enjoyed helping make the day memorable for such a wonderful couple. We wish them only the best!

All the best,


Nicole & Misha

Maria’s Summer Soiree

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Having a former bride come back to us to plan another event is one of the greatest compliments we can get. This was just the case when Jim Mullan, the father of our Bride Jennifer, came to us asking us to plan a surprise 60th Birthday Party for his amazing wife Maria.  The party was held on Saturday, July 18th at Calcada Restaurant in Newark.  Jim's Daughter, Jennifer wed her Groom Eliu just a couple short months ago in the Dominican Republic and we were honored to help them put together a fantastic beach ceremony and reception. As Maria's tastes in decor are just as eclectic as Jennifer's (check out her wedding photographs at our photo gallery!) we knew that Priscilla from our Event Design team would create a design nothing short of unique.

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Preparations for this once in a lifetime event started a few months ago with the search for the perfect location.  Once Misha took Jennifer to Calcada Restaurant, they both knew it would be the perfect location for a Summer soiree in Maria's honor. As Calcada was a blank palette it allowed the team's imagination to flow with tons of great ideas for decor.

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On Saturday, Misha, Candice, and Priscilla arrived at Calcada to decorate the outdoor space. Teal and Marigold table clothes covered the tables. Each table had its own unique centerpiece. Some tables featured fishbowls with floating flowers and candles.  Others featured centerpieces of gorgeous Yellow Mokara Orchids and Mango Calla Lillies.  One unique element of the table design was the gold lumineres featuring photos of Maria and her family.  The tables were also decorated with cards printed with modeling photos of Maria and the city they were taken in.  The bar and buffet was decorated with celadon vases in various shapes and sizes and cards featuring funny, famous aging quotes.  To complete the look, bright colored circular and square lanterns covered the tent ceiling and illuminated the restaurant.

As the guests prepared for Maria's arrival at 7:30pm, Candice was constantly receiving texts from Jen regarding their whereabouts. As soon as Candice got the text that said "Here!", the DJ, Dave from In the Mix Entertainment prepared to play Maria's favorite song, "La Vida Es Un Carnaval" by Celia, and Melissa the photographer stood by ready to capture the moment ~ and you can see below that she did so perfectly.

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Shocked would be an understatement of Maria's reaction. Overwhelmed with emotion, Maria had no idea what was yet to come. The night began with tons of great food made by Calcada. Eating, dancing, drinking, and catching up with old friends was the perfect way for Maria to celebrate her 60th Birthday. A couple hours into the evening, the guests sang “Happy Birthday” and a beautiful cake, with a traditional Mola design printed onto it, prepared by Wyckoff Bakery, was served to the guests. The cake was delicious and was a perfect way to incorporate Maria's culture.  

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All the guests had a great time celebrating with Maria and her family while enjoying the beautiful summer night. At the end of the night each took home a personal photo favor with a photo of them and the guest of honor, which was provided by Melissa the photographer. The night was a complete success and we were honored to be a part of such a special occasion. Happy 60th Birthday Maria!

All the Best,

Misha, Candice &, Priscilla

The Finishing Touch Feature on Wedding Lighting and Design Elements -(201) Bride

The Finishing Touch, Wedding and Event Planning is proud to be featured on (201) Bride with our tips on adding lighting and design elements for a fabulous wedding for their August 2009 web exclusive.

Click here to read the article.

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Jenn’s Exotic Bridal Shower

When our bride Jenn's mother and bridesmaids came to us looking for ideas for her bridal shower decor, the Design Team at our sister company The Finishing Touch Event Design was more than happy to help.  After discussing Jenn's interests and style with them, they put together one of their signature Decor Books to offer some inspiration and helped them find unique decor items.

The theme of the shower was Far East Exotic which incorporated Jenn's love of exotic decor, inspirational literature, and art.  The event was held at the Bonefish Grill in Secaucus, NJ.  Guests were greeted by a table featuring an adorable Balinese Festival Parasol and custom seating cards.  The seating cards were made of colorful inspirational quote cards from Tavis Smiley with tags with the guest name and tables printed on them. 

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The reception tables were decorated with more Balinese Festival Parasols in Grass Green and White and Nepalese Lanterns handmade from Lokta Paper.  Each table was named after Jenn's favorite artists including Salvador Dali, Frida Kahlo, and Pablo Picasso.

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Jenn was very surprised when she walked in to see her friends and family waiting to shower her with love and good wishes for her upcoming wedding.  She was also touched to know that her mother and bridesmaids put so much thought and time into making sure her shower was extra special and tailored to her.

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Special thanks to Jenn's friend Leslie for the great photos!

We can't wait to share with you all the details and gorgeous photos of Jenn & Eliu's destination wedding in the Dominican Republic.  Stay tuned for a post on their special day coming soon.