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Get Nicole Richie’s Wedding Look!

This past weekend Nicole Richie wed rocker Joel Madden of the band Good Charlotte. The wedding, held at Lionel Richie’s private Beverly Hills estate aimed to be small and intimate for the couple’s friends and family (at least by Hollywood’s standards). Guests were wowed by their personal greeter – an elephant used to symbolize good luck and good energy! The bride wore three wedding gowns throughout the night, all custom designed my Marchesa. Following her personal, vintage chic style, the gowns featured lace and tulle. As a personal touch, the couple had their names embroidered on the sleeve of one of her dresses.

Want to get Nicole’s look for your wedding? Because your budget may not allow for three custom dresses, here are three ways to create three of your own looks -with one dress! Choose a strapless gown to begin with. For your ceremony add a lace jacket and veil to complete your look. For your reception, switch the veil for a ribbon or lace headband. Throughout the night you may want to wear a lace shrug, which simply sits on the shoulders – or remove the jacket completely as the dance floor heats up! To tie your look in with your bridesmaids, consider having lace shrugs custom-made to match their dresses.

Vandana, Sister of the Bride

Rajnis Bridal Shower CollageThank you so much for all of your efforts, time, energy, and thoughtfulness.  Rajni’s Bridal Shower was amazing because of you.

Join Us for the Official Launch Party for Wish Upon A Wedding NJ!!

Join us for a cocktail reception at the lavish Estate at Florentine Gardens with cocktails, rocking music, entertainment with some fun surprises, and  amazing swag bags filled with discounts, samples and goodies!

Mingle with NJ and NY’s top wedding and event industry professionals, engaged couples, and philanthropists from the area.  Learn about this wonderful non-profit organization while enjoying a fabulous night out!

We are asking for a suggested donation of $20 per person at the party. Your donations will go directly towards helping us grant wishes to deserving couples.  Please give what you can to help make wedding wishes come true!

Click here to Register Now!!

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Who Should Design Kate’s Dress? Share your opinion.

Everyone is getting so excited for the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton – as are we! Since the big announcement was made, fashion designers all over the world have been sketching their gown designs for Kate. Fashion giants such as Rivini, Alfred Angelo, and Monique Lhullier each sketched their own vision of how Kate should look for her big day.Take a look at some of these designs that caught our eye – tell us what you think! Scroll over each sketch to see who was the mastermind behind each one!

Celebrate Christmas at Gaylord National Resort

Looking for a quick weekend holiday getaway that has something for everyone?  Look no further than the Gaylord National Resort just minutes from Washington D.C..  Located in the new National Harbor complex in Maryland, this resort features gourmet restaurants, shopping, an indoor pool, a rooftop ultra-lounge, and a 20,000 square foot spa and fitness center.  Its amazing 18-story glass atrium provides spectacular views of the Potomac River and Washington D.C. skyline.

There is no better time to visit Gaylord National then at Christmastime.  Their Christmas on the Potomac celebration, which runs until January 9th,  is nothing short of spectacular.  Amazing light and fountain shows are featured in the atrium, you can have breakfast with the Grinch, and it even snows in the lobby!

Definitely the centerpiece of the celebration is the ICE! Complex.  This 15,000 square foot interactive winter wonderland features the beloved Dr. Seuss tale of How the Grinch Stole Christmas built entirely out of ice sculptures created by dozens of artisans from Harbin, China.

National Harbor also has amazing restaurants and shops including an awesome Peep Store for candy lovers and the absolutely gorgeous Grace’s Mandarin Restaurant that boasts some of the best Asian food anywhere.   Future plans for National Harbor include a Disney Resort! (Priscilla is already planning her trip here!)

The Gaylord Resort and National Harbor are also unique spots for destination weddings or special events.  You can host a fabulous event either at the resort, on the harbor with sweeping views at the Sunset Room, or outside under gorgeous tents right on the Piers.

For more information on Gaylord National and their Christmas celebration, visit www.ChristmasonthePotomac.com.  For more info on the National Harbor complex, visit www.NationalHarbor.com.

Engaged & Enchanted: Engagement Bash at the Palisadium

We love pre-wedding parties!  They give the couple a chance to celebrate with family and friends without the formalities of the wedding day.  They also give the couple an opportunity to express themselves and do something unique and fun.  That’s why we were thrilled when our couple, Rosemarie and Robert, asked us to help them plan and design an all out engagement bash at the Palisadium in Palisades Park, NJ.

The couple wanted something romantic and fun with lots of sparkle.  To compliment the breathtaking NYC skyline views from the Palisadium’s wrap around windows, we created a romantic Victorian inspired event with a modern City Chic twist.

The event was announced with custom designed invitations from our Paperie team.  Silver embossed pockets were embellished with handmade crystal chiffon paper, black velvet ribbon, and gorgeous rhinestone vintage buttons.

We designed four coordinating table designs in pink, black, and silver with crystal and rhinestone accents.  Incredible flowers displayed throughout the room were provided by Santos Florist.  Our friends at Confectionary Designs outdid themselves with an absolutely gorgeous 4-tier cake with sugar pearl accents and custom heart cookie favors that complimented the donation made to the American Heart Association.

We congratulate this beautiful couple on their engagement and look forward to their wedding in June 2012!

Thank you to our incredible vendor team for making this a night to remember:

Venue:  The Palisadium

Dress:  Terani Couture gown from Brielle’s Boutique

Flowers:  Santos Florist

Music and Lighting:  DJ Express

Cake and Heart Cookies:  Confectionary Designs

Photos:  Anthony Rudick Photography and Mariya Molduvanova

Special thanks to Association of Bridal Consultants members, Agnieshka Burke and Mariya Molduvanova, for all of their fantastic help setting up that day.

2011 Color of the Year Revealed!

Global color authority, Pantone, announced yesterday the color of the year for 2011 – Honeysuckle!  The reddish pink color according to Pantone, “lifts spirits and imparts confidence to meet life’s ongoing challenges.” While 2010’s color of the year, Turquoise, represented escaping everyday challenges, Honeysuckle provides energy to help overcome challenges head on.

The color is a wonderful hue for romantic, fun weddings and makes a perfect accent color when you just want a burst of color to enliven a neutral palette.  We could see this color being used in all different styles of weddings ranging from garden soirees to sleek lounge fetes.

We foresee this color becoming a popular choice for bridesmaid dresses, flower-girl sashes, and groomsmen ties.  It has already been added to Pantone Wedding Colors available from Dessy, a leading manufacturer of bridesmaid, social occasion, and flower-girl dresses.  See www.dessy.com for more information.

Celebs are wasting no time! Honeysuckle has already been seen on the red carpet worn by fashionistas such as Kate Bosworth, Liz Hurley, Rosario Dawson and more. Check out fashion icons Blake Lively, First Lady Michelle Obama and Gwyneth Paltrow who we caught rockin’ the color of 2011!

Blake Lively

First Lady Michelle Obama

Gwyneth Paltrow

Here’s to a bright new year filled with confidence, energy, and spirit!

TFT Featured on Bump Smitten!

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Thank you to Bump Smitten for featuring our “Fairy Tale” themed baby shower!

We had such a great time planning and designing this shower-so we love revisiting the day!

Check out this awesome blog post from Bump Smitten!