Fab Find: Dream Car for A Day!

Trying to find a unique wedding gift for your Groom? Why not surprise him with his dream car…for a day!

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At Gotham Dream Cars, you can rent luxury vehicles for your Groom to cruise around in for a day. Their luxury lines include some of the most exclusive manufacturers in the world such as Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati and more! Want in on the action? Consider renting your dream car for your Wedding Day…and leave together in style.


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This is surely a great way to surprise any Groom – just imagine his face when you hand over that set of keys (but be sure to remind him he has to return it!)

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?!

Jillian & Alan: An Ultimate New York City Wedding

Happy Anniversary to our couple Jillian & Alan!

In honor of Wedding Wednesday, let’s take a look back at their stunning NYC wedding that we were so honored to be a part of!

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On a beautiful day in September, our couple Jillian & Alan held their exclusive wedding at the historic Puck Building in New York City. The day began with a photo session with Francesco Mastalia Photography. Jill & Alan saw each other for the first time that day on the rooftop terrace of their apartment building.

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The couple then went on to pose for photos at iconic sites throughout the city.

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The Bride & Groom and their bridal party stopped in Times Square to take some amazing photos including posing with members of the cast of Broadway’s Young Frankenstein!

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Finally, it came time for their chic all-white ceremony at the Puck Building. As guests arrived they were greeted with sparkling water and beautiful classical music from The Schiller Quartet.


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All eyes were on our gorgeous Bride as she walked down the aisle in her simple yet stunning ivory lace gown with her proud Father at her side.  Surrounded by their bridal party and covered by a white canopy, Jillian & Alan were married in a touching ceremony officiated by the charming Julie Laudicina.

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For the reception, the blank canvas loft space overlooking the city was transformed into an ultra lounge atmosphere by Jersey Street Furniture Rental.  They created the look using sleek lounge furniture, illuminated tables, and flowing white drapings.

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The room was decorated with stunning all-white centerpieces from Florisan that were draped with pearls.

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The entire evening was one continuous cocktail hour with amazing food from Hudson Yards Catering which is owned by Danny Meyer of Union Square Cafe and Gramercy Tavern fame.  The event was kicked off with passed canapes such as Lobster and Watercress Dumplings and Truffled Mushroom Feuilette.  Guests were then treated to stations that ranged from genuine Blue Smoke Barbecue to mini modern presentations of raw bar selections including Union Square Cafe’s Crab and Endive Salad.

Dessert included a gorgeous wedding cake from The Painted Cake.  There was also a selection of delectable mini desserts such as mini ice cream cones and individual berry trifles.  The night was capped off by a late night snack of authentic miniature Shake Shack Burgers.

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We believe that the most special events are those that have a personal touch.  Our very talented artist Bride painted a gorgeous water color of cherry blossoms.  This water color was used in everything from the invitations to being the inspiration for the Wedding cake design.

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The gorgeous shimmery programs, menus, and signature cocktail signs were created by our design team and also showcased Jillian’s beautiful cherry blossom design.

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The guests danced the night away to the band from Hank Lane and had a blast dressing up and taking fun photos in the photo booth from Party Booths.

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What an amazing day for a truly special couple!  We wish them a life of love and happiness.


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Fab Find: Cinderollies

OK ladies, now we can all agree that many of us have a bit of a..well..a shoe obsession.  When we get that perfect pair that completes an outfit (or creates an outfit!), we will walk around for hours in our stunning stilettos. And although we love every minute of showing off our fab heels…we may not be loving all the stress they cause on our arches by the end of the evening.

That’s why this week’s fab find is truly a wish come ‘shoe’!

Cinderollies are super cute rollable, compact ballet flats that can fit right into your purse to relieve you whenever you have had enough of your heels! These are a must have! These are also perfect gifts for the gals in your bridal party – something for them to slip into on the dance floor.

We love love love Cinderollies – be sure to get your feet a pair!


Fab Find: Bella Puzzles

Looking for a unique guest book alternative? Well today’s Fab Find is exactly that!

Bella Puzzles creates custom made wooden puzzle guest books that can be personalized with your name, photo and wedding date!

Each puzzle is created by hand and can be custom designed and cut just for your wedding day! You can even customize the shape to be something significant to you and your fiance such as a hobbies, activities, locations and more. Your guests will love to write fun notes and sign their very own piece of the puzzle. There is also a photo puzzle option, where you can choose a photo to be printed on one side of the puzzle and have your guests write their notes on the opposite side.

This puzzle guest book is a great alternative because it’s a fun activity for your wedding guests, an heirloom made to last for decades, a truly unique guest book, and a piece of art you can frame to enjoy everyday.

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!

Candice:

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!

Stephanie:

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.

Nicole:

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.

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Soroya:

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.

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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.

Jennifer:

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.”

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Clancy:

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!

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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.

A Reception Menu with a Taste All Your Own

Selecting the culinary delights to go on your wedding reception menu is a chance for you and your future spouse to get creative and let your personalities shine. A customized menu makes your reception more memorable for both you and your guests!

Two celeb couples that just tied the knot in the Lone Star State, chose wedding menu items that certainly reflected their personal styles!

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Dallas Cowboys QB, Tony Romo and beauty queen, Candice Crawford shared their Texas nuptials in front of 600 guests including top NFL stars at the beautiful Arlington Hall in Dallas. Romo and his bride stayed true to the sport and offered football fare to the guests. Wedding planner, Todd Fiscus called it “man food”.

What was served:

  • Short Ribs
  • A pizza bar
  • “The wedding cake was almost as tall as the ceiling. It was huge!” according to what a source told US WEEKLY
  • Guests received food-themed goodie bags that included items such as Dude Sweet Chocolates, gourmet popcorn, a miniature Moet champagne,  chips and salsa,”Killer Pecans” and a Neiman Marcus gift card

Goin’ to the Chapel

The sweethearts of country music, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton ‘got hitched’ on May 14th at the Don Strange Ranch in San Antonio, Texas. The country crooners offered down home fixins to their 550 guests to ensure a good time was had by all and no one left on an empty stomach.

The pair not only planned the menu, but literally took a part in preparing it. Venison was featured on the menu, and a few days before her wedding, Miranda posted this message on her twitter account:

“Last thing loaded for the wedding!!! Harvested by…me!!! http:///t.co/i8QTcco”

What was served:

  • Venison quesadillas
  • Mesquite-grilled beef tenderloin
  • Herb-encrusted quail
  • Homemade corn pudding
  • Red-velvet and lemon mini-cakes served in shot glasses
  • A vanilla cake with hot-pink icing that was five tiers high and designed to look like aged, tooled leather

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…

The Brooch Bouquet

Many brides today are opting for unique brooch bouquets instead of the traditional floral bouquet. Often bridesmaids and attendants carry real flowers, while the bride will carry a brooch bouquet to stand out from the rest of the party! The brooches in the bouquet can be modern, traditional or have a sentimental value.

Many florists or jewelers can create brooch bouquets, and you can also ask your wedding consultant for assistance. Various locations such as vintage shops or online stores can be searched to find truly unique pieces. Often times friends or relatives may give the bride-to-be a unique piece that has special meaning to add to her bouquet. This is also a creative way for the bride to add a little extra sparkle and the “something old” to her wedding day ensemble!

Royal Wedding Buzz with Candice on Contemporary Bride!

With just a few days left until the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, we are sure Kate has been following a beauty regimen to keep her hair, skin and nails in top form for the big day. Below Candice offers her suggestions for Kate before her wedding day, and, of course, any bride-to-be can follow this regimen.

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Exercise:

As the center of attention on your wedding day, you want to make sure that you are fit and confident in your beautiful gown.
With so many details to think about, finding time to hit the gym may not be at the top of your priority list. But when you think about all the people who will be taking your picture that day, and the moments you will want to treasure in your album for a lifetime, making time to burn calories will become more important.

You should first set realistic goals. Then enlist your fiance or bridesmaids as your workout buddies. Choose something you will enjoy doing over the course of several months like yoga, pilates, belly dancing, swimming or biking. Try to incorporate thirty minutes of activity into your routine at least three times a week.

If you prefer a more rigid structure, join a boot camp or hire a personal trainer and nutritionist. Either way, get moving today, eat healthy and don’t forget to have fun! If you have any health conditions, be sure to check with your doctor before starting your exercise plan. Your hard work and discipline will pay off when you “wow” everyone on your wedding day.

Skin Care:

Skin care leading up to your wedding day is very important. Here are some tips to help you get your skin ready for your special day.

~ Sunscreen is an important part of any bride’s daily routine. To keep your skin beautiful in pictures, apply daily weeks before you say “I Do.”
~ Use products to help stabilize your current skin type versus relying cleansers and lotions that are no longer appropriate.
~ Leading up to and on your big day, keep your pout beautiful by applying a moisturizing balm with Shea Butter to soften lips and give them a soft, kissable look.
~ For ultimate wedding skin, consider a series of monthly facials to unclog pores, reduce fine lines, treat acne and even out skin tone up to six months in advance of your big day.
~ Do not experiment with new products and facials for the two weeks before your wedding.
It also never hurts to stay hydrated by drinking at least eight glasses of water per day. Remember, your skin will be your best accessory.

Hair:

Your hairstyle will play a major role in your overall look on your wedding day. Here are some tips to consider as you finalize your look.

~ Decide on a hairstyle before you choose your veil or headpiece. Play with a few styles before finalizing your look.
~ Visit your hairstylist at least six months before the wedding to set up a hair care regimen.
~ Touch up your existing hair color two weeks before the wedding. Prepare a hair emergency kit for reception touch ups.
~ Think about whether your hairstyle will hold up at an outdoor wedding.
~ Match your hairstyle to your gown in degree of formality.
~ Consider extensions and hairpieces to add volume for special hairstyles.
~ Plan special hairstyles for the bridal shower and rehearsal dinner.
~ Get a final trim two weeks before the wedding.
~ Wear a buttoned-down shirt to your wedding day hair session.
~ Talk to your hairstylist to set a shampooing and conditioning schedule for the days before the wedding.
~ Invest in a good haircut. You’ll need less styling if you have a good foundation.
~ Decide if you will remove your veil after the ceremony. You’ll need to adjust your hairstyle accordingly.
~ Have your hairdresser practice with your veil and tiara.

Nails:
Start thinking about how you would like your nails to look on your wedding day. Remember, your hands will be photographed during special moments, especially during the ceremony when you exchange your rings and during the reception when you are cutting the cake. Plus, your guests will be excited to see your new wedding ring throughout your day. Start getting weekly manicures about three months before your wedding date to get your nails in tip top shape.

~ Find a manicurist you really like and stick with that person leading up to your wedding. It will be important to find someone you trust so there will be no last minute surprises.

~ Determine the color and length you desire for your wedding day nails when you start meeting with your manicurist. You may want them short and square or long and oval. You may want to wear pink polish or get a french manicure. Try different colors on the days that you are getting fitted for your dress to see which look will work best.

~ Don’t forget to also get a pedicure. You may want to match the color that you are wearing on your fingernails, or go completely bold with a bright hue. Either way, your new hubby will appreciate the time you took to make sure you have soft feet and polished toenails on your wedding night.

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