Happy Anniversary Nancy & Rafael!

We would like to wish a Happy Anniversary to our couple Nancy and Rafael! We had a great time planning and designing their Old Hollywood Glitz and Glamour wedding at the Westminster Hotel in Livingston, NJ. With lots of red, black and white decor (including feathers!) this was certainly a fun and fabulous event to bring to life. We wish them continued happiness and much love!

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Happy Anniversary Meghan and Keith!

We can’t believe it was a year ago this week that Meghan and Keith were married on a beautiful autumn day in Hoboken! We all wish them a very Happy 1st Anniversary!

Check out this blog about their classic autumn wedding in the home of “Mickey Blue Eyes”!


One of our favorite couples, Meghan and Keith, wed on 11.7.09 at the trendy W Hoboken. Both marathon runners, it only made sense for them to send out their save the dates with a picture of them in their running gear, tying their shoes and stating ‘Guess who’s tying the knot!’ written below. Meghan, who’s spreadsheets almost outdid ours, and Keith were a very organized and decisive couple throughout the planning process.

One of our favorite hotels, the new W Hoboken played host to the wedding on this crisp fall day. Meghan and her bridesmaids had hair and makeup done at their hotel room which provided an absolute stunning view of the NYC skyline. Playing homage to their Irish backgrounds, bagpipers led the way as Meghan and her girls, dressed in beautiful champagne dresses, walked from the hotel to St. Peter & Paul’s church a few blocks away. Always something that excites a bride, cars honked and walkers yelled their best wishes as we passed by.


As we know there can always be things that happen that are out of our control no matter how much preparation takes place.  In Meghan and Keith’s case all enjoyed a laugh as Keith tripped over Meghan’s veil just as she arrived at the alter, removing it for the remainder of the ceremony. Father Frank joked that ‘if this was the worst thing that would happen in their marriage, they were golden!’. A beautiful ceremony led by Father Frank whom had guided the couple throughout pre-Cana, provided touching & humorous stories of the couple. Once declared husband & wife, everyone was led to the W Hoboken by the bagpipers.


Cocktail hour was held on the second floor and offered an array of passed hors d’oeuvres and food stations such as Mac & Cheese balls, sliders, an Asian wok station. Along the ledges, the couple provided old photos of past family weddings, as well as a slideshow that played on the W’s built in plasma TV. Detailed touches consisted of the cream and brown scroll place cards to match their invitations as well as custom table numbers, provided by The Finishing Touch.



The ballroom was adorned with crisp white linen, brown chivari chairs and deep red & orange centerpieces. Craig Scott Entertainment provided the 8-piece band, Escapade, along with a Frank Sinatra impersonator. Keith and Meghan danced their first dance to ‘Better Together’ by Jack Johnson.  To pay respects to the great Frank Sinatra,  Meghan and her father danced to ‘The Way you Look Tonight’ sung by the Band’s extraordinary Sinatra singer.


The cake, provided by the now famous Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken, was cut and guests were also treated to a cigar roller (what Hoboken wedding would be complete without offering Sinatra’s signature: a cigar) as well as The Finishing Touch providing a delicious candy bar stocked with the couple’s favorite candies. Guests couldn’t get enough of the chocolate-covered pretzels, Twizzlers and Swedish fish, claiming they were filling a second bag ‘for their spouse’.


All in all, the day turned out to be an absolute gorgeous and successful wedding day for our beautiful couple, Meghan & Keith. It is always bittersweet for us when the wedding night comes to a close, but we know we will always be in touch as we hope they will share their honeymoon, new home and possible baby news with us in the future.


Many thanks to the fantastic vendors we worked alongside of:

W Hoboken – A special thank you to Vivian & Brad who took care of our every need and made the planning process & day-of a breeze!

St. Peter & Paul Church & Monsignor Frank

Shrewsbury Quartet

Craig Scott Entertainment

Jan Press Photography

Gardens Bloom Florist

Hoboken Premium Cigars

50th Wedding Anniversary at The Venetian

On April 18, my mother in-law and father in-law, Cira & Salvatore, celebrated their 50th Wedding with a blessing at Our Lady of Mount Virgin Church and a reception at the fabulous Venetian in Garfield, NJ.


To help make this joyous occasion extra special, we at The Finishing Touch created beautiful Antique Gold fold-out pocket invitations accented with handmade floral embossed paper.  The invitation opened up to show their wedding photo and then flipped open to reveal a photo of them now. 

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The Venetian's newly redecorated ballroom was decked out in ivory and pale yellow flowers.  We created coordinating seating cards, menus, and table names to complete the event's look.  The tables were named after different places that were special to the happy couple throughout their 50 wonderful years together.



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After a delicious dinner and dancing, guests enjoyed the couple's 4-tiered cake and fantastic Viennese table.

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Thank you to the following wedding professionals for making this day so special for them:

Venue – The Venetian (with special thanks to their pastry chef, my good friend Amanda Longo, and her team for creating all those amazing desserts!)

Photography & Video - Studio Uno

Flowers – Santos Florist

Music - DJ Express


Best Wishes,