Happy New Year from The Finishing Touch!

New Years Newsletter 2010

Storytelling Photo Shoots: Claudia & Andy


As Engagement Season is upon us we wanted to share with you one of our favorite recent Engagement Shoots with our fun couple Claudia and Andy:  

Everyone has seen the oh-so-typical engagement pictures couples like to have taken prior to their wedding day. Often times, these photos are used as a Save the Date, a  Holiday card, or are framed decor for their wedding reception. Our May 2010 couple, Claudia and Andy wanted to put a different spin on their engagement shoot and certainly did just that.

Working with Heather Waraksa, New York City-based professional photographer who was recently ranked in the Top 10 Wedding Photographers by PopPhoto.com, made it easy for our couple to produce enthralling and unique photographs.

In early November, Claudia and Andy brought a few changes of clothes to a suite at the famous Hotel Chelsea and met Heather for a day of shooting.  The suite provided a luxurious and dynamic backdrop for our couple's photo shoot. Heather photographed in a time lined sequence, outlining a glamorous and romantic night out in the city.We can not wait to see the photos Heather produces for their wedding at the Crystal Plaza.

Take a look at Heather's Blog to see all the fantastic shots: Claudia & Andy's Photo Shoot


Happy Holidays from The Finishing Touch!

Happy Holidays

Kate & Dan’s Beautiful Fall Wedding

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When two Italians marry, you can bet there is going to be a huge elaborate wedding with PLENTY of good food! For Dan & Kate, Shadowbrook provided the setting for both their ceremony and reception. Located in central New Jersey, Shadowbrook provides an old mansion feel with gorgeous grounds to host your ceremony or cocktail hour. The day started off with pouring rain as Kate and her girls got dressed and took pictures in their bridal suite, but we were lucky to see the sun break about 2 hours prior to the planned outdoor ceremony ~ giving  Kate both good luck (rain on your wedding day) and her dream outdoor garden ceremony. The bridesmaids, dressed in black & white floor-length gowns helped Kate step into her beautiful gown and cathedral length veil.

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We always encourage a few private moments when our Groom first sees his Bride.  Our photographer, Jeri Houseworth captured the emotional moment and many laughs, drinks and pictures were taken afterwards.  It was hard to miss the look on Dan’s face as he showed such adoration to his bride.

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At promptly 6:00 PM, Kate, escorted by her father, walked down the aisle to Canon in D played by a string trio, to wed her fiancé underneath the most gorgeous structure made of white birch, created by the fabulous team at The Romantic Garden, complete with brown & beige drapery, ivy, spray roses and hydrangeas to match. A short, yet sweet ceremony officiated by the Honorable Robert Schaul, a close family friend, was followed by a stunning outdoor cocktail hour. Guests were treated to seasonal canapes and full open bars situated amongst Shadowbrook’s gardens while listening to the string trio play Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin in the background.

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As guests proceeded into the reception, they found their seating cards created by The Finishing Touch Event Design, attached to ivory organza bags which held two turtledoves representing love and friendship.  Family and friends entered into the Oak Room set with 200 gold chivari chairs, spice pintuck linen and the 10 piece Band of Gold playing to welcome them. Autumn centerpieces made of deep terra cotta, reds and coral flowers sat in gold urns, along with personalized menus tucked inside a flat-fold napkin emulating a ‘V’ to signify the bride’s new last name.

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With impeccable service and a four course meal, guests spent the night wining and dining with dancing in between courses. As an added touch, guests were also treated to hand rolled cigars, a delicious four-tiered wedding cake, an international coffee bar and cannolis, éclairs, chocolate covered oranges and strawberries at each table. Italian always do dessert best!

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We wish Kate & Dan all the happiness and love in the world. Vive l’amore!

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Thank you as always to our amazing vendor team:

Florist: The Romantic Garden
Venue: Shadowbrook
Music: Band of Gold
Transportation: Andiamo Limousine & Lacey Limousines

Cigar Roller: Cortez Cigars

Cake: Piece O’ Cake

Stationery: The Finishing Touch Event Design

Ceremony & Cocktail Musicians: Craig Scott Entertainment
Photography: Jeri Houseworth Photography

Guest Blogger: Picking the Perfect Wedding Day Jewelry from Vandana at Vandana Jewelry


I recently attended a jewelry showcase for one of our favorite wedding professionals, Vandana Jewelry.  Vandana has custom created jewelry for several of our Brides and her creations have been featured on the Style Network reality show "Whose Wedding is it Anyway?" 


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The showcase featured some of the latest trends in jewelry including fun, funky cocktail rings. 


I picked up a couple of stylish pieces including a double onyx and sterling silver bracelet and elegant pearl and crystal earrings.


I asked Vandana about her company and if she could share with us all some ways to pick the perfect jewelry for your wedding day.  Please read on for her great tips.

Happy Planning,




 The Studio Photographers 

Vandana Jewelry is elegant and feminine. I started to design and make jewelry over a decade ago and found a passion for creating wearable art. Since then, my focus has evolved into a variety of areas of hand-made jewelry design.

The materials that I use are sterling silver, Swarovski crystals, semi-precious stones, freshwater pearls, and gold overlaid on sterling silver. I source only the highest-quality pieces so my clients can enjoy their jewelry's beauty for a lifetime.

Have you ever wished that someone could design jewelry that was uniquely suited to your personality, style, and taste? As a bride, you want a unique piece of jewelry that is yours and yours alone on your special and memorable day. 
When selecting jewelry for your wedding day consider the following: 

1) Colors that compliment your skin tone:  Pearls are great since they can actually compliment just about any skin tone and since they come in a variety of colors it is easy to find a color that works well with you.  To compliment olive and darker skin tones, sterling silver and/or clear colored crystals along with pearls work well.  For pinkish skin tones we recommend gold tones with colored Swarovski crystals to match your wedding colors if possible.

2) Neckline & Color of your dress:  For a sweetheart neckline, maybe consider a longer necklace with a Swarovski crystal teardrop pendant.  The size of the pendant can vary.  For a straight neckline, choose a shorter necklace with elegant and simple accents.  If you have a cream colored dress, cream colored pearls to match work wonderfully.  For dresses with crystals and/or sequins, Swarovski crystal pieces accent very nicely with them.  
3) Length and size of pieces that work with your body type:  For petite frames, choose shorter necklaces and not too heavy or chunky pieces.  For medium frames, 18 inch necklaces and matching bracelets work nicely.  For large frames, brides can usually pull off a 3 piece set of necklace, earrings & bracelet.
4) A piece that will make you feel that it was especially made for you: 
When you buy a customized unique piece of jewelry that is a result of a consultation with a designer and really takes into account all the things unique to you, this is a piece that you will treasure for years to come.  Every time you put it on not only will it remind you of your special wedding day but the fact that no one else in the world has this unique piece and that it is as special as you are.

For samples of my work, please visit www.vandanajewelry.com.  My specialty is in customizing unique one of a kind pieces so feel free to contact me for any special requests.