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New Press ~ Candice featured in New Jersey Bride Magazine!

Bride Cover

The Finishing Touch's Candice Benson, MBC™ gives tips and tricks on planning the perfect Destination Wedding in the newest issue of New Jersey Bride. 

Check out the article here and pick up your copy on newsstands now!




Fab Find: Give Something Blue

Tffany Cards

Get your bridesmaids something fun in that oh so special blue box.  Tiffany playing cards come in sets of blue and green and blue and pink, and cost $30.  Click here to learn more.

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Christine & Francesco – A Romantic Italian Wedding at The Park Savoy


This fall we had the pleasure of planning a big Italian wedding hosted by the Park Savoy in Florham Park, NJ; another great venue that was transformed from an old mansion years ago.

The ceremony was held at the newly renovated and gorgeous church of St. Bartholomew’s in Scotch Plains. Having such large families, Christine & Frank included 6 young boys to be junior groomsmen who enthusiastically helped hand out programs, designed by The Finishing Touch Event Design, and tissues to guests as they entered the church. In a touching and full Catholic mass, Christine & Francesco exchanged their vows in front of 200+ family and friends.



Following the ceremony, we had a surprise waiting for the Groom ~ Frank’s soccer team arrived in uniform to greet he and Christine with bubbles and white streamers.  It was such a fun touch.


Once we reached Park Savoy, the bridal party, dressed in deep red gowns, and Christine & Francesco took photos in the outside garden.  Guests enjoyed mingling and eating inside the cocktail hour as well as on the outside patio as the enjoyed the beautiful piano playing provided by Craig Scott Entertainment.   As guest’s entered the foyer leading to the ballroom, they were met with a warm engagement photo of the couple and a very unique “guest book” created by The Finishing Touch Event Design.  Guests were asked to retrieve a ‘wish’ from an apothecary jar and in turn were asked to leave a wish for the Bride and Groom. We couldn’t resist & reached in to retrieve a wish “You will soon receive a phone call from a long lost friend.”  Can’t wait!

Ladies in Red 

Garden Pic 

Sign In 

Inside the ballroom, oval tables with crisp white linen provided the canvas for Crest to display tall pewter candelabras with pillar candles and red Rose petals at the base. The room was illuminated in amber coloring and the couple’s monogram was projected onto the dance floor with a Gobo provided by Dynamite FX. We created personalized table names representing Christine and Frank’s favorite Italian cities as well as beautiful wrapping for the candy dish favors, which included the traditional, boubboniere. They were truly a compliment to the beautiful table design.  



Table Names 


Christine & Francesco also treated the kid’s table to ‘goodie bags’ filled with games, funky sunglasses and toys to keep them occupied through the night.  The sweetheart table was placed in front of Park Savoy’s white marble fireplace with votives and pillar candles lining the mantle. Their four-tiered white wedding cake decorated with gorgeous flowers was displayed alongside Christine’s surprise cake to her groom in shape of a soccer ball.

During the reception, guests enjoyed music by Michael at DJMC Entertainment, which included the tarantella, a traditional Italian dance. As if the expansive cocktail hour and a four course meal wasn’t enough, guests were welcomed into Viennese Hour to find a Gelato station, waffle & ice cream station, chocolate fondue fountain, assorted gourmet pastries, a cordial bar, just to name a few.

Wedding Cake

Soccer Cake

Working alongside the Park Savoy staff made our job extremely easy! Special thanks to Alan, Bill and all the wonderful staff.   Much love & luck to the newlyweds, Christine & Francesco!


As always, a big thank you to our vendor team:

Stationery: The Finishing Touch Event Design

Venue: Park Savoy

Lighting: Dynamite FX

Music:  Craig Scott Entertainment & DJMC Entertainment

Florist: Crest

Photography:  ESP Studios





A Valentine’s Day Photoshoot


This year my husband Shawn and I had a very special Valentine's Day.  We spent the afternoon doing our first family photoshoot with our twins Serena and Samara.  Terry of A Pretty Pixel was an amazing photographer who made the shoot easy and lots of fun.  We can't wait for the girls to do their next photo session with her soon. 

Terry is not only fantastic at doing maternity, baby, kids and family shoots….she is also a great wedding photographer.  We hope to work with her on a fabulous wedding in the future.  Check out her blog here.

Live, love, laugh,


We Are So Excited To Be In Style Me Pretty’s “Little black book” Again!

Style Me Pretty Logo

We are so proud to be listed in Style Me Pretty's 2010 Little Black Book of the best wedding vendors for the second year in a row. 

Style Me Pretty’s Little Black Book is a highly critiqued collection of wedding service providers – from mom and pop boutiques to A-Listers. Personally recommended by industry insiders and Style Me Pretty readers, there are a few hand-picked listings per category.  

The Finishing Touch is excited to be listed among these vendors in New Jersey!

Get Inspired ~ Hot Colors for 2010 ~ Fuchsia & Tangerine

This season's hottest color combination is Fuchsia and Tangerine.  Combine these sultry hues for stunning tablescapes or for an unforgettable bouquet.  Check out our "Spice of Life" inspiration board to get ideas on how to use these shades to add some pizazz to your big day.

Spice of Life Inspiration Board

Happy Valentine’s Day From The Finishing Touch!

Valentine's Day 2010 v2

Say It With a Love Song ~ Check out this Sweet offer from our friends at Craig Scott Entertainment

Jenn and Eliu

 There are few ways that express your love for your partner better than the perfect love song. And with Valentine’s Day coming up soon, one of our vendor partners Craig Scott Entertainment has assembled the most romantic playlist for your romantic evening. 

Some songs will inspire you and others might surprise you. But there is no doubt that
these songs will set the right mood. Some brides- and grooms-to-be may even find
their first dance for the reception.

These songs are available as a special “Valentine’s 2010” iMix at the iTunes store       ( http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewIMix?id=354889185  ) for your mp3 player so you can create the ultimate Valentine’s Day playlist for your special someone.

Read on and enjoy!

1. You Are the Best Thing-Ray LaMontagne

2. Chasing Cars-Snow Patrol

3. This Never Happened Before-Paul McCartney

4. When You Say Nothing At All-Ronan Keating

5. The Book of Love-Peter Gabriel

6. You & Me-Dave Matthews Band

7. My Funny Valentine-Chet Baker

8. Truly Madly Deeply-Savage Garden

9. Falling In Love At a Coffee Shop-Landon Pigg

10. Lucky (feat. Colbie Caillat)-Jason Mraz

11. Let's Just Stay In-Tony DeSare

12. Fortunate-Maxwell

13. The Look of Love-Diana Krall

14. Everything I Have Is Yours-Billie Holiday


Fab Find: Talking Pillows


Looking for that fun gift or a unique guest sign in for your Wedding?  Order a customized pillow from Design Lab 443.  Each pillow can be made with you and your sweetie's names making it a special piece to cuddle with in your home. It is perfect for Valentine's Day! They can also put two word phases instead of names… "Marry Me", "Kiss Me", "Oh Baby"… whatever you would like!

Pillows are 14X14 with 100% polyester form inside. Front is an off-white thick cotton with a heat transfer print. The back side is a blue material that matches the blue heart.

Order your pillow today!

All products featured in Fabulous Finds are strictly editorial and are not paid product placements.