Nina and Evan- Prescription of Love

When we first met Nina and Evan, we could tell right away how excited they were to be married. We started planning all the fabulous details for a wedding at The Castle at Skylands Manor at the end of the summer. Due to unexpected family circumstances however, the couple made the decision to move their wedding date up and to make it a smaller, more intimate affair. Both Nina and Evan are physicians so they are always working hard and helping others – so it was our pleasure to help them in any way for their wedding day.

Once the new wedding date was established, we went right to work! And with just two weeks to plan – it really was here before we knew it! The couple decided to have an afternoon photo session prior to the ceremony, so they started their preparations early in the day. Nina had her hair and make up done by our friend Magda of Magda’s Designs who did a fabulous job-as usual! Nina and Evan then met with photographer Marie Papp at the Arboretum in Summit for some amazing photos among beautiful gardens. Fiore Films was also there to capture some great footage of the couple.

Friends and family joined the couple at the Father of the Groom’s home in Short Hills, which was transformed into a beautiful ceremony space complete with chuppah by the talented team from The Romantic Garden.  As guests arrived they were greeted by music played by a harpist provided by Craig Scott Entertainment. It was certainly something special to see Nina and Evan married that evening.  After the ceremony, the newlyweds and their guests had a champagne toast that was given by the Father of the Groom.

Then it was off to celebrate at dinner which was held at Fiorino Ristorante in Summit. The guests dined on Northern Italian cuisine accompanied by delicious red and white wines. Fiorino’s created a custom wedding cake for the couple as well as a groom’s cake. Nina surprised Evan with the groom’s cake (that doubled as a birthday cake!) which was made with his favorite ice cream – Starbucks Java Chip Frappuccino! Yum!

It was an absolute pleasure to work with Nina and Evan and we wish them all the best for a happy and healthy marriage!

Special Thanks:

Marie – Marie Papp Photography

Sharrone – Fiore Films

Sue – The Romantic Garden

Craig Scott Entertainment

Rabbi Boston Goldman

Fiorino Ristorante

Bridal Fashion Week hits NYC!

Melissa Sweet 2011 Collection

The Finishing Touch loves Fall not only because it brings us beautiful foliage but it brings Bridal Fashion as well!

Bridal Fashion Week is in full swing in NYC and the TFT girls are excited to check out some of the newest collections. With shows from designers such as Priscilla of Boston, Christos, Pronovias, Monique Lhullier and more – we are overwhelmed with all of the fabulous gowns and accessories.

Enzoani 2011 Collection

If you aren’t lucky enough to be there yourself, you can catch live feeds from some of our favorites like the Wedding Podcast Network and The Knot TV on Demand – and be sure to tune in on Wednesday, October 20 at 2:30 PM (EST) to see The Knot’s live wrap up show with special guest Mark Ingram, where they will share their top picks for fashion and trends.

Join us for the Brides.com and Brides New Jersey Networking Event!

Join the TFT girls, Brides New Jersey and brides.com at Maritime Parc for a cocktail reception!

Editors of Brides New Jersey and brides.com will be there to network with top local wedding professionals.

The Finishing Touch is working with some great vendors to plan and design what is sure to be a  fabulous event at this gorgeous new venue – you don’t want to miss out!

Be sure to RSVP to network.nj@brides.com if  you have not already done so.

Can’t wait to see you there!

Maritime Parc | Liberty State Park -84 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07305

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Dress: Casual Business Attire

And the Winner Is…

Congratulations to Marah Winkler and Jimmy Silvestri of Forked River who won the Roman Jewelers Luxury Wedding Contest!

Pictured: (L to R) Molly Tully, Winners Jimmy Silvestri and Marah Winkler, Candice Benson, Toni Ryan and Roman Shor.

The engaged couple won a $100,000 luxury wedding after raising over $20,000 for the Special Olympics New Jersey which provides sports training and competitive opportunities for children and adults with disabilities. Candice served as a judge for this contest along with Roman Shor, President and Owner of Roman Jewelers; Molly Tully, editor at New Jersey Bride magazine; and Toni Ryan, host of 94.5 WPST’s More Variety Workday. They had a tough decision to make, as there were nine couples in the running who raised over $67,000 for local charities.  After 20 minutes of deliberation, they proudly chose Marah and Jimmy, who were completely stunned.

Marah Winkler and Jimmy Silvestri embrace as they are announced as the winning couple.

The couple raised funds by hosting a “Bowl-a-thon”, a special “Bounce U Childrens Event” and organizing a Mega 50/50. They also generated awareness for Special Olympics New Jersey by distributing information to local businesses, creating a Facebook page, sending home flyers in schools, reaching over 50,000 viewers with PSAs on TV 21 of Ocean County and running radio PSAs on 105.7 The Hawk.

Marah and Jimmy will be married on February 12, 2011 at The Villa in Mountain Lakes. The all expenses-paid luxury wedding includes a couture wedding gown, five-night honeymoon on Hawaii’s Big Island, full photography and videography services, food and drink for 200 guests, wedding cake, limousine services and everything else to make a wedding possible. The Finishing Touch is proud to be providing coordination for their special day and we are so excited to work with this deserving couple!

Click here to read more on this contest and the winning couple!

Amy and Mo – This Magic Moment

“Wow!” That was the word we heard the most at Amy and Mo’s beautiful wedding on October 1st.

The ceremony was held at the Mother of the Bride’s gorgeous home in Colts Neck, NJ that featured breathtaking grounds complete with a horse farm. Due to some morning rain, the ceremony was moved inside the house where a beautifully decorated canopy was set up by Anel’s Elegant Creations. A little rain wasn’t going to stop this amazing couple! Our friends at Abella Studios were there bright and early to capture all of the fabulous details of the day. Amy looked absolutely stunning in her Maggie Sottero gown as she walked down the aisle to Nat King Cole’s “When I Fall In Love” to greet her smiling Groom. The ceremony was beautiful as they had extra special moments where they honored their parents, shared an Irish blessing, and had a sand ceremony bonding their love – which also included their daughter Autumn. It was truly an amazing moment.

After the ceremony it was time to celebrate! While guests headed to the reception, Amy and Mo along with their bridal party, made a quick stop for photos at Monmouth University where they took some fun and unique shots. After the photo session, they set off for the reception which was held at the Crystal Ballroom located at the Radisson Hotel of Freehold.

Upon arrival to the Crystal Ballroom, guests entered the Cocktail hour which featured an amazing selection of Middle Eastern fare. They had some great details during the Cocktail hour such as a remembrance table, a custom ice sculpture and in place of escort cards they had jars of homemade jelly for each guest.

Walking into the ballroom, guests were blown away by all of the decor. The bride and groom had their own private canopy which was perfectly paired with purple and red uplighting, surrounded by two lounge areas. The guest tables were decorated with  beautiful centerpieces that featured pink and purple floral arrangements, lanterns and decorative candles.

Amy and Mo were out on the dance floor all night long, with Chuck from Versatile Entertainment keeping the crowd on their feet and the beat going. An Arabic band also performed every hour and was such a hit! Later in the evening, Amy and Mo surprised their guests with a traditional belly dancer who came out to dance with everyone. It was clear that everybody had an amazing time!

It was an absolute pleasure working with all of the vendors for Amy and Mo’s special day. We were so excited to work alongside Abella Studios again who captured all of the fabulous details of the day. Be sure to check out their blog on Amy and Mo’s Wedding here! Thanks also to Ozzy and Chuck at Versatile Entertainment who provided the ceremony and reception music as well as the awesome lighting.

We were so lucky to have worked with Amy and Mo – they were absolutely wonderful and are such a fun couple! We wish Amy, Mo and their daughter Autumn all the best!

With Love,

Stephanie and Agnieshka

Photography: Mark Krutyansky- Abella Studios

Hair: Dana Tichio – In Style Down the Aisle

Make-Up: Karen Susser

Music: Ozzy LaMilia and Chuck Gookins – Versatile Entertainment

Flowers: Bobby – Anel’s Elegant Creations

Video: Art Guglielmo – Northeast Horizons

Reception: Amy Grandinetti – Crystal Ballroom at Radisson Hotel of Freehold

Transportation: New Concepts Limo

Belly Dance Perfomance: Sasha – Belly Dance by Sasha

Candice to be a Judge for the Roman Jewelers Wedding Contest!

Tomorrow, October 7th, the winners will be announced for The Roman Jewelers Wedding contest!

The Roman Jewelers Wedding is a one of a kind luxury wedding given away to the one deserving couple who has best accomplished a Good Deed for charity.  The grand prize? A fantasy wedding at The Villa in Mountain Lakes totaling $100,000- absolutely free! Our very own Candice will be serving as a judge alongside Roman Jewelers Owner and President Roman Shor, New Jersey Bride editor Molly Tully and 94.5 PST deejay Toni Ryan.

The Finishing Touch is also super excited to be donating our services for this contest by assisting the winning couple with planning and coordinating their big day!

So who will be the lucky bride & groom?

Click here to read about each of these couples and stay tuned to find out the results!

Fall Photos with Feuza!

Our good friend Feuza of Feuza Reis Photography, is offering a fun fall photo session on October 11th at VonThun Farms!

The package includes a 45 minute session, 20 High Resolution Images, an  8×10,  and 4 Hay Ride Tickets all for $120!

Refer a friend and get an extra 8 x10-what a sweet deal! Be sure to reserve your time now – spots are filling up quickly!

Other date available is October 30, 2010. We’ll be there taking advantage of this great deal – will you?

Wonderful Fall Cookies for Weddings and Showers

Want to give a delicious favor to your guests . Check out these beautifully personalized brownie pops and cookies. They are a wonderful way to say thank you to your guests.

CLICK HERE TO ORDER YOUR TREATS