The Finishing Touch Wins 2010 WeddingWire.com Brides Choice Award

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The Finishing Touch Wedding and Event Planning has just received the 2010 Bride's Choice Awards™ for event planning from WeddingWire, the nation's leading wedding technology company.

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The annual Bride's Choice Awards™ recognizes and celebrates excellence in quality and service within the wedding industry, as determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over 500,000 newlyweds. 

Thank you to all of our FT couples for their nominations.  We are truly honored.

WeddingWire is an online wedding planning resource designed to empower both engaged couples and wedding vendors. WeddingWire enables engaged couples to search, compare and book over 100,000 reviewed wedding vendors nationwide, from wedding photographers to wedding cakes. WeddingWire also offers an online community and a suite of cutting-edge planning tools, including wedding websites and wedding checklists, all at no charge. For wedding vendors, WeddingWire provides free online management tools creating the only market opportunity that gives businesses control over their clients, reviews, leads and performance. In addition, WeddingWire has partnered with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. (NYSE: MSO) to provide its network of local vendors and online wedding-planning tools in the Weddings section of www.MarthaStewartWeddings.com. For additional information, please visit www.WeddingWire.com.

Happy Planning,

The Team at The Finishing Touch

201 Bride FT Web Exclusive on Creative Wedding Themes

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Creating the perfect wedding theme will make your wedding more memorable. Click here to read our tips on 201bride.com. 
  

Fab Find: Creative Wedding Portraits

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Handdrawn custom portraits from a photograph using a cintiq pen and tablet. This unique gift can be printed in any size you desire up to 13×19. Great gifts for weddings, anniversaries, parents, and grandparents.

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Wedding at Waldorf Astoria: Miracle on 34th Street…(well not quite, it was 49th Street)

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There is nothing better than Christmastime in the New York City..creating the most romantic & whimsical feel a city could produce.The Finishing Touch recently had a couple from Delaware come to us to plan a small and intimate wedding for December 28, 2009. Lewis had proposed to Christina at Rockefeller Center at Christmastime, and they felt it was only fitting to also have the ceremony in New York City in late December.

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Having three children and the holidays looming, Christina and Lewis were seeking someone who could pull the wedding of their dreams together in only 4 weeks. Considering the date of the event falling on a Monday, we were lucky that many of our vendors had availability and flexibility. The Finishing Touch pulled together the wedding our couple had envisioned; a suite at the famous Waldorf Astoria, complete with lavender and ivory floral designs, string musicians, photography and of course, cake.  

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The Finishing Touch Event Design team created a romantic & soft ambiance in the suite with a lavender and ivory color theme. The room was decorated with white tulips, lavender rose petals, alternating height pillar candles and of course votives everywhere to create the perfect ambiance. 

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We were lucky to have Julie Laudicina, a fabulous and thorough wedding officiant, perform the marriage ceremony. Julie always creates very personalized and sentimental ceremonies for our couples. Please visit her blog to read more about Christina & Lewis's wedding ceremony at the Waldorf and how they were able to incorporate the three children in a special and unique way.

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Immediately following the heartfelt and tearful marriage ceremony, the couple enjoyed cutting their snowflake-inspired three tiered cake to strings playing 'Ode to Joy'. The cake was decorated with a chocolate 'K' as a topper; a fun & personal spin on typical cake toppers. Considering it was a small ceremony and not many people were to eat the cake, we were able to have a cake with a faux middle tier. This option allows couples to cut costs without anyone noticing and is very common now-a-days in the cake business. 

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Once the suite ceremony wrapped up, one of our favorite photographers, Francesco, took the family around the timeless Waldorf Astoria for photos.  The family then dined at the classy and delicious Rothmann's Steakhouse on 54th Street and ended the night back at the Waldorf's warm and cozy suite.  We were so happy to help another wonderful couple have another memorable wedding day.

Wishing you a happy & healthy New Year,

Nicole

Many thanks to our fabulous vendors whom assisted in creating Christina & Lewis's dream wedding day:

The Finishing Touch Event Design

Francesco Mastalia Photography

Julie Laudicina, Officiant

Craig Scott Entertainment

Waldorf Astoria, NYC



Tips on How to Write Wedding Vows That Wow

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Writing your own wedding vows can be a very special way to personalize your wedding ceremony. 

While writing your vows should be taken seriously, as you will remember these words you shared for many years to come, there are also ways to make them lighthearted.  Here are a few things to consider as you sit down to write the words you will be saying in
front of your family and friends.

Think about the important things you would like to promise your partner.  You may want to somehow incorporate things like trust, honesty, patience and loyalty.   

 
Feel free to include a quote, or the lyrics from a favorite love song.  What are the things you most admire in your fiance?  How did you feel when you first met?  What have you learned from being with this person?  How do you feel when you are with each other?  Was there a very funny or special moment that brought you closer together? 

 
If you have been together during a difficult time in each other's lives, now may be a good time to express how much it meant to you to have that person's love and support. 

 

Last but not least, be sure to practice saying your vows before your big day.  Say them to each other, or if you want them to be a surprise, practice in front of a mirror or with a friend so you are comfortable with the words. 

 
Even if you get choked up, as long as the words are coming from your heart, it will be a treasured moment for all in attendance.
 

Give Sex And The City Inspired Gifts

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Sex And The City jewelry is coming to a city near you.  Inspired by the iconic television series, these specially designed necklaces capture the glamour and sophistication of the beloved characters of Sex And The City.

Click here to learn more.

 

Baby oh Baby! The Finishing Touch throws a Baby Shower at The Woman’s Club of Ridgewood

 

With the arrival of Baby Girl Benson coming any day now I wanted to share the details and beautiful pictures from my truly amazing Baby Shower.  On November 1st, my wonderfully creative team showered me and baby with love and fun shared by friends and family with a Vintage Sports themed baby shower.  You may be wondering why a sports theme for a baby girl.  Those who know me, know that even though I have a huge love for shoes and bags, you are just as apt to find me in my Tedy Bruschi jersey as my Ferragamos.  

 

The shower was held at the beautiful Woman's Club of RidgewoodThe room looked truly unique and so amazing!  

 

 

The overall sports theme was easily evident even upon guests' arrival where they were greeted with a copy of the vintage "Ticket" invitation created by The Finishing Touch Event Design.  

 

 

There was also a baseball pendant welcoming Baby Benson which served as a unique guest book.

 

 

Each table was named for different sports terms and the centerpieces had a layer of baseballs under glass topped by an arrangement of wheat grass and red and white Gerber daisies.  The tables were set with pink linens and surrounded by white chivari ballroom chairs from Party Rental Ltd. that were decorated with big red satin bows.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not one detail was missed as even the side tables all held decor pieces of mini pink footballs.  I could barely hold back the tears when I first saw the room seeing all of the thought that had been put into the details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The theme of the day carried through in the yummy food from Encore Catering that was served.  The party started with passed hors d'ourves of mini hot dogs, hamburgers, tiny fries and of course a touch of New England ~ Mini Lobster Rolls!  Guests also enjoyed the Powderpuff Punch (non-alcoholic for the mommies-to-be) and the Curveball Cocktail.  Everyone was then treated to a beautiful buffet lunch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The meal was topped off by delicious red velvet and vanilla cupcakes made by Pink Cake Box that were decorated with baseballs, footballs, and megaphones.  

 

 

The team had arranged to have Photography by Melissa on hand to capture all of the details and all of the fun, including the many games that my Grandmother "Gagam" seemed to keep winning ~ now I know where my competitive streak comes from!  

 

 

 

Everyone left with popcorn favors with tags that read "About to Pop" from The Finishing Touch Event Design and custom pink and red jersey cookies from Wicked Good Cookies.

 

 

 

It was such as amazing day that I will certainly never forget.  I can not say thank you enough to my amazing, supportive, loving husband and to my team who always go above and beyond in everything they do and this was certainly no exception.  Thank you to my friends and family who shared in the joy of the day.

 

All the Best,

 

Candice

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The Finishing Touch Wedding and Event Planning Team

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The Campbell Twins Have Arrived!!!!

We told you all we have been very busy at the end of 2009 and still had a lot to share in the early months of 2010 about the exciting things that lie ahead for The Finishing Touch. 

We are so very excited to finally announce the arrival of our consultant Soroya's baby twin girls. 

Congrats Soroya & Shawn!

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My husband Shawn and I are so proud to announce the arrival of our precious twin daughters.  On Monday, November 23, 2009 we welcomed Serena Hannah at 1:57 pm and Samara Hailey at 2:01 pm.  Our first holiday season with our babies has made it the best one ever!  Our babies have brought us pure joy and we can't wait to watch them grow in the New Year.  Cheers to 2010!

Warm Wishes,

Soroya