TFT heads to Martha Stewart’s Wedding Party!

This past Sunday we had the pleasure of attending “Martha Stewart’s Wedding Party” at Gotham Hall in New York City, which was produced by Claudia Hanlin of The Wedding Library.  It was absolutely fantastic and we had such a great time!!

One of the event’s highlights was a panel discussion featuring some of the industry’s icons including the fabulous Floral and Event Designer Preston Bailey, Cake Designer and Expert Sylvia Weinstock, fashion designer Amsale Aberra and Darcy Miller, the editorial director at Martha Stewart Weddings and Celebrations.

We also really enjoyed Claudia’s discussion about the importance of the details in your wedding (of course!) as well as Sue Corral’s talk about branding your wedding.  It was all great information.

Throughout the day, we met fun brides and fell in love with so many awesome vendors, but one of our absolute favorites is Sandy Patangay, owner of Creme Delicious.  Her elaborate and scrumptious cakes are an amazing addition to any event.  Thanks Sandy for being so fantastic!

We look forward to attending the next Wedding Library event!

Rent the Runway Summer Wedding Looks!

As an affiliate of Rent the Runway, we love to share the latest in style and trends found on RTR!

Whether beach, city or country RTR has a look for every wedding you may venture to this summer.

They also have tons of dresses for every event- engagement parties, bridal showers, bachelorette parties and more.

Check out some of these fabulous looks for summer weddings and beyond! Old Bridesmaid Dresses Into Something New!

We have all seen the film 27 Dresses by now, and we know how it can be to have a closet full of bridesmaid dresses and nowhere to wear them all.

No need to worry!

Dessy Group has launched a new website called where you can send in your old bridesmaid gowns and receive credit toward new ones. You simply request a prepaid envelope from, package it according to the directions given and send over your old dress inside of it. Your dress can be designed by almost any brand, and as long as it is not damaged you will receive anywhere from 30-50% off towards one of their six black dress styles. After the discount, the six black dress styles cost around $75-$100 each. Your old bridesmaid dress will either be broken down and recycled or donated to Clothes4Souls.

This is a great chance to do some shopping, and help others and the environment all at once!

Fab Find: Pose Perfectly With Parasols!

One of the latest trends for Spring and Summer weddings is posing with some picture perfect parasols! These beautiful pieces can create unique and memorable photo ops at any location. Not only do they provide fabulous photos, but can be a great addition to offer to your guests. If you are having an outdoor affair where the sun may be a factor, consider having one available for each  guest to use -these make for a great favor or keepsake!

Looking for an eye catching color to provide some contrast with your bridal party? Talk with your planner about coordinating your parasol selections so they will be sure to complement your color scheme. For 2012, some of the hottest colors are pastels such as lilac and celedon as well as bright and vivid hues like electric pink and of course, Pantone’s color of the year tangerine tango. Check out some of our favorite shades that can be found on Cultural Intrigue.

We love the addition of parasols at weddings and events as they certainly add a very special touch! This great shot was taken by our good friends at The Studio Photographers at Mallard Island Yacht Club – how much fun is that?!

Kim Kardashian ‘Kounts’ Down the Days!

Reality star Kim Kardashian will be heading down the aisle in less than a month and the web is abuzz about what she will be wearing! Kim has been spotted with one of our favorite designers, Vera Wang, being fitted for her gowns.

Yes, you heard right, we said gowns!

It is believed that Kim had such a hard time selecting just one gown, she had three separate styles created. Kim wants an Old Hollywood feel, but also wants to incorporate high fashion while maintaining a classic and timeless look. And although she has selected the fabulous Vera Wang as her designer – others in the industry have also shared their designs on how they envision Kim on her big day.

Don O'Neill of THEIA

Rani Totman of St.Pucchi

What do you think she will wear?

Weddings of Distinction: Aqua Bleu Salon

As Platinum Preferred Professionals of Weddings of Distinction NJ, The Finishing Touch decided to venture out and meet some of our WOD family! We had a blast when we stopped in at Aqua Bleu Salon located on Long Beach Boulevard in Ship Bottom, NJ.

Aqua Bleu is a full service salon offering hair, nail and skin treatments. Upon arrival, we were greeted by our stylists, Billie and Michelle, who were super sweet and friendly. The salon’s modern and fun decor had a fresh beach vibe that made you feel relaxed and ready to enjoy the whole experience.

Along with hair/nail/skin packages, they also offer amazing bridal packages for hair and make up for the bride and all of her bridesmaids, so if you are planning on a Long Beach Island wedding, this is the place to go! Whether you’re looking for a fresh coat of polish to sport on the beach, a sexy new hairstyle for a romantic night by the bay or a Swedish massage to take away some tension, Aqua Bleu has it all!

Thanks again to Billie and Michelle -they did a fabulous job and we absolutely loved the vibrant pink color we chose!

TFT Summer Essentials!

Summer is here and the heat is on!

The gals here at The Finishing Touch share some of our favorite summer essentials that we just can’t live without!


When hitting the beach for some sun, I’ll bring along my iPad with fun summer reading.

Ferragamo everything when it comes to summer time! Ferragamo Flat Sandals & Brown Gradient Lens Sunglasses!


Staying protected from the sun and still being fashionable is possible with this wide brimmed floppy hat from BCBG Max Azria.

OPI Nail Lacquer always has a fresh summer collection that is flirty and fun and this year they honor the great state of Texas. This summer I’ll be wearing ‘Do you think I’m Tex-y” – topped with a purple shatter for the beach glam look I love!

(Available at Ulta Stores)

Fekkai Marine Summer Hair Care Collection is a must have as it protects against UV rays as well as humidity.


L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Gelee – To skip the hazardous sun rays, I use this gelee a few nights a week to create a streakless summer bronze.

My white leather Coach Bag  (Madison Leather Sophia Satchel)- Flirty & Summer-y this is my go-to bag for either a day of errands or a night out at the surf club.

Jack Johnson’s new ‘To the Sea’ CD: His music reminds me of carefree beach days and always puts me in the best mood while I drive with the windows down.

To the Sea


For a fun weekend getaway to the beach, I can throw everything into my lightweight Longchamp bag.  The neutral beige is a great color for summer.

For a day at the pool or the beach, I love my black Ralph Lauren Cover Up.  When I get out of the water, it is perfect to wear while I lounge.  The halter top and ruffled hemline make it flirty enough to wear throughout the day.

Crushed Cotton Ruffle Cover-Up - Blue Label Cover-Ups -

I love my black Havaiana flip flops.  They are extremely comfortable and I can wear them at the beach, the pool and even to run a quick errand.  They are perfect for a casual afternoon.


When the humidity and summer heat get the best of me, I can pull my hair up in a quick bun and secure with Goody spin pins.

Eos lip balm in “Summer Fruit” to keep the lips soft.

My Maddy Moo Summer Bag, which I designed in “Calliope Jelly Bean.”

Calliope Jelly Bean Tote Bag


Whether I’m going for a swim or enjoying a game of tennis, I use Coppertone Sport Spray Sunscreen. This waterproof spray lasts all day and doesn’t have that greasy lotion feel!

Coppertone Sport Continuous Spray Ultra Sweatproof

I take Benefit’s “Dallas” bronzer with me everywhere! I just brush some on my cheeks to instantly enhance my summer glow.

Beachside or poolside, I always have my Kodak Easyshare Sport camera in tow! It’s waterproof, so it’s perfect for capturing all my summer memories.

Something Borrowed…

Your wedding dress should be the most beautiful and important dress you’ll ever wear! Many times, if couples have a short engagement period, it might be difficult to make sure a new dress arrives on time and in your size.

Now, with the popular website, brides can peruse dresses from over 150 different designers for a fraction of the price. Yes, the dresses have been previously worn, but the site is ideal for brides that need a dress- and quick! The site even emails you a “New Dress Alert” when new dresses come in that you are looking for.

Wedding gowns on the site are priced between $100 – $10,000. The site’s blog shares tips, ideas and advice on how to effectively plan your budget and still have a beautiful and unforgettable wedding. Brides  learn that if they lower the budget of their wedding gown, the funds can be used elsewhere in the overall wedding budget.

Some of the styles featured on the site~

Demetrios Style 3148 | $550

Monique Lhuillier Sunday Rose | $5,000

Amy Michelson MONACO | $1,700

Vera Wang Dinah | $2,500

A Dash for the Sash!

One of the trends becoming more and more prevalent in bridal fashion is the bridal sash. Many gowns are being designed with beautiful embellished sashes or belts at the waist. Also, many brides are adding on sashes or belts to add a touch of glamour to their gowns. (Like the ones seen here from our good friends at Exquisite Bride!)

If you prefer a more traditional look for your ceremony, you might want to add a bit of glitz to your dress just for the reception with a beautiful beaded belt. If you choose to have a more formal ceremony and reception, you might want to sport a sparkly sash for both events.

Most recently, Princess Catherine wore an elegant, classic dress for her ceremony and then changed for her reception leaving Clarence House in a stunning Sarah Burton gown, with a heavily beaded sash at the waist.

Chelsea Clinton looked radiant last summer as she graced the aisle in a gorgeous Vera Wang gown with a beautifully embellished belt.

Here are some other styles that might strike your fancy…

The Alex Crystal Sash made of Swarovski® crystals & glass beading by KirstenKuehnDesigns

This crisp satin ribbon sash is adorned in dazzling Austrian crystals by Ti Adoro

This Sara Gabriel Jaclyn Sash is made of horsehair ribbon tied into a voluptuous bow and accented with Swarovski® rhinestone…

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go Get Your Wedding Dress!

That’s right, this year WeddingWire has teamed up with Filene’s Basement to participate in their annual, world famous  Running of the Brides®. The event will take place at the Filene’s Basement Union Square location on Friday, June 3rd.

Hundreds of brides from the tri-state area and their teams of bridesmaids will start camping out in the wee hours of the morning to be the first to rush the doors when they open at 8:00AM. Three lucky brides will get the chance to win a wedding gown of their choice, while everyone else will have the opportunity to peruse more than 1700 designer and brand name wedding dresses at very discounted prices.

Filene’s will be open until 10pm and will be accepting checks, cash and credit cards.

So start stretching ladies, and get your running kicks ready, because a bride on a mission is hard to beat!