Happy Birthday David!!

The team at TFT want to wish a very Happy Birthday to our good friend David Salamone from The Studio Photographers!

The Studio Photographers are a group of highly talented and creative photographers led by the Salomone family. Their passion is to have the person viewing the images be moved and learn something about their client, whether it is a close relative, friend or a total stranger.  They believe that photography should be more about evoking emotion than just taking a pretty picture. Following their passion has taken them to the top of the NJ and NY wedding photography industry and abroad.

We have had the privilege of working with David many times and we absolutely LOVE it – as we know the product will be amazing!

Check out some photos David has captured for TFT!


Thank you David for all of these fab photos – wishing you a very very Happy Birthday!!


The TFT Girls

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?!

Meredith and Greg Featured on the Wedding Channel!

Wow we are feeling the Wedding Wednesday love! Our couple, Meredith and Greg have been featured on the Wedding Channel! Special thanks to our good pals over at The Studio Photographers-love you guys!

Check out the slideshow on WeddingChannel.com here!

Spring Is Almost In the Air…

The countdown to Spring is 30 days – and we can’t wait!

To celebrate Spring’s arrival, our good friend Feuza Reis is running a sweet promotion for Spring Session Shoots!

Book a Portrait Collection session now for a March or April shoot and save 25%! But hurry and book by February 23, 2011- spots are filling up fast!

And that’s not all – 2011 Weddings save 10% if you book by March 10!

For more information on Portrait Packages, click here.

Make your reservation today! To book, contact Feuza at feuza@feuzareis.com.

The Finishing Touch featured in (201) Bride

Check out what Candice has to say about upcoming trends for 2011 in this (201) Bride article – which also features our good friends The Studio Photographers!

Click here to read the article!

Vote for Our Couple Kelly and Rick in The Studio’s Photo Contest!


Check out some of our couple Kelly and Rick's engagement photos taken by our friends at The Studio Photographers. Help Kelly and Rick win a free portrait for this month's contest by voting for our favorite photo or another one that you love! Click here and type in Kelly and Rick to vote for your favorite! The Finishing Touch team is looking forward to their September wedding on Long Island!

Guest Blogger: Terry From A Pretty Pixel


Hi, I'm Terry, the owner/photographer at A Pretty Pixel Photography.
The Finishing Touch was nice enough to invite me to be a guest  



I am a wedding photographer & a portrait photographer as well. I  
specialize in maternity/newborn and baby photography.

For all of you getting married or who are all ready married it's the  
next most important stage in your life… and I'd love to be a part of  



I am offering all readers  $50 off their maternity or baby session,  
just mention this blog post.
Here are some examples of what I do-




Click here to visit Terry's website, and to get in touch with her today!

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,


Storytelling Photo Shoots: Claudia & Andy


As Engagement Season is upon us we wanted to share with you one of our favorite recent Engagement Shoots with our fun couple Claudia and Andy:  

Everyone has seen the oh-so-typical engagement pictures couples like to have taken prior to their wedding day. Often times, these photos are used as a Save the Date, a  Holiday card, or are framed decor for their wedding reception. Our May 2010 couple, Claudia and Andy wanted to put a different spin on their engagement shoot and certainly did just that.

Working with Heather Waraksa, New York City-based professional photographer who was recently ranked in the Top 10 Wedding Photographers by PopPhoto.com, made it easy for our couple to produce enthralling and unique photographs.

In early November, Claudia and Andy brought a few changes of clothes to a suite at the famous Hotel Chelsea and met Heather for a day of shooting.  The suite provided a luxurious and dynamic backdrop for our couple's photo shoot. Heather photographed in a time lined sequence, outlining a glamorous and romantic night out in the city.We can not wait to see the photos Heather produces for their wedding at the Crystal Plaza.

Take a look at Heather's Blog to see all the fantastic shots: Claudia & Andy's Photo Shoot


Nancy & Rafael – Old Hollywood Glitz & Glamour Wedding


Nancy and Rafael came to us to help them fully plan their dream wedding.  The Bride expressed her love of the glamour of old Hollywood and wanted to capture that feeling at their wedding.  We went right to work creating an unforgettable day for them and their guests.

Our design team at The Finishing Touch Event Design worked closely with the couple to design the look of the wedding from top to bottom.  This included unique beautiful pocket invitations that featured a red damask cut out velvet border and blind embossed monogram.


Stationery photo by Ron Holtz Photography

After almost two years of planning, the big day finally arrived.  The beautiful sunny and warm Saturday afternoon was captured with stunning photography by David and Tami of The Studio Photographers.  The Bride looked like a Hollywood femme fatale herself in her mermaid style lace and crystal gown and dramatic cathedral length veil.   She wore gorgeous crystal and pearl necklace and earrings custom designed by Vandana Jewelry and crystal adorned open-toed pumps.  The Romantic Garden created a stunning hand tied cascading bridal bouquet of all white flowers.





The traditional Spanish Catholic ceremony was held at the majestic Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Paterson, NJ. 




Guests were greeted by gorgeous tea length ceremony programs, created by our design team, which detailed how the couple incorporated traditions from their Hispanic culture into the ceremony.  Some of these traditions included the coin (arras) and cord ceremonies.  The arras represents the groom's dedication to the welfare of the bride.  It signifies the bride and groom's mutual hope for wealth, prosperity and security as they build their lives and family together.  The cord symbolizes the love and friendship that bind the couple together.  The figure eight shape of the cord represents the infinite nature of matrimony.






After taking pictures both inside and outside the church, our couple was whisked off in their limo with their bridal party to take romantic pictures at Lambert Castle in Paterson, NJ.  On beautiful grounds and with a historic backdrop, they posed and laughed as the Studio Photographers captured all of the highlights.


Then it was off to the Westminster Hotel in Livingston, NJ where the reception was to be held.  The Westminster was the perfect venue to hold this event with its red and gold color scheme.  The lounge in the hotel's restaurant, The Strip House, with its photos of Hollywood starlets on the walls and signature red velvet wallpaper was a perfect place for the couple to take fun, romantic pre-reception photos.


As guests entered the hotel, they were greeted by gorgeous white Manzanita trees adorned with red crystals provided by The Romantic Garden.  Hanging on the trees were whimsical crystal embellished seating cards created by our design team.  


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Guests had the opportunity to sign their photo guest book created by The Studio Photographers which featured their beautiful engagement photos.  


The room was also decorated with framed childhood pictures of Nancy and Rafael as well as framed photos of “old Hollywood” couples to set the theme for the reception.


Guests enjoyed the fabulous cocktail hour while listening to Spanish guitar music.  The Westminster created a Peruvian station especially for the Groom to reflect his heritage.  The station featured fantastic ceviche served in martini glasses based on an old family recipe.


The Westminster also mixed up refreshing Watermelon Martinis and classic Mojitos that were passed to guests on silver platters.


Upon entering the ballroom, guests saw the magnificent 4-tier black and white damask wedding cake designed by The Westminster that took center stage.  It was topped with red roses and a crystal monogram cake topper.


The room was a glow with beautiful lighting and the couples monogrammed logo on the dance floor provided by In the Mix Entertainment. 


The ballroom was set to mimic the look of a 1940s supper club with square tables covered in custom garnet crushed shimmer linens from Cloth Connection and black chivari ballroom chairs with burgundy velvet cushions from Party Rental Ltd


Black napkins enrobed custom crystal embellished menus and were topped with white orchid heads. 


The Romantic Garden created two different stunning centerpieces.  The tall centerpieces featured red roses, white hydrangea, and white ostrich plumes with a crystal "necklace" atop trumpet vases with a hanging crystal pendant inside.  The centerpieces were illuminated from their bases. 


The low centerpieces featured red roses, white hydrangea, and black ostrich feather tufts in black glass cubes. 


To complete the look, tables were topped with square mirrors, red rose petals, black beaded table lamps, and damask adorned candles.  The tables were also named after classic romance movies like "Casablanca" and "From Here to Eternity."  One of the tables was named "Aladdin" after the movie the two longtime sweethearts went to see on their first date!



Guests dined on the Westminster's famous Filet Mignon and danced the night away to a DJ from In the Mix Entertainment and a full 12-piece Latin band, La Orquesta C.A.N.I. 




To add a little glitz to cake cutting time, the Bride removed her veil and changed into a feather and crystal fascinator, which is a fun retro-style hair accessory that fit perfectly with the feel of the wedding.





To put a sweet end to a fabulous reception, guests were treated to a red and black candy buffet.  Guests happily filled up the personalized take away containers from our design team with gourmet chocolate covered almonds, M&Ms, cherry jelly beans, white chocolate covered pretzels, and mini nonpareils.




After the reception, guests were invited to join our couple to relax and wind-down into the wee hours of the night at the hotel’s Strip House Lounge. 





It was a truly magical event that we were honored to be a part of.  We wish this fun couple a lifetime of happiness filled with glamour and romance.  


Happy Planning,

Priscilla and Soroya