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!

Happy Halloween from TFT!

Happy Anniversary Tara and Roy!

Happy Anniversary to our couple Tara and Roy! Tara and Roy were married at the beautiful Knoll Country Club  – it was an amazing day with incredible details and has been featured on Style Me Pretty and in (201) Bride magazine! Let’s take a look back at their beautiful wedding day – we wish them all the best and a very Happy Anniversary!


We were blessed to work with our beautiful couple Tara and Roy who came to us from 3,000 miles away in Seattle, WA, to help bring the visions of their wedding day to life.

Tara and Roy, who goes by Trey to his friends and family,  had a wish for a unique, fun, fresh, elegant and whimsical wedding.  As they were located so far away and only made it to NJ a couple of times, we were challenged with coming up with multiple design ideas before ultimately landing on the perfect fit for their big day.

We were so excited to work along side some of our favorite wedding professional partners, including Frank from The Studio Photographers who captured the beautiful details.


The first step in the planning journey was to find the perfect venue in NJ, where both Tara and Roy grew up.  The pair have lots of family members in the tri-state area and thought it would be the best place to say their “I Do’s.”  After scouting out several locations, it was decided that The Knoll Country Club in Parsippany was the ideal place.  Tara wanted her guests to have several different experiences throughout the event, and The Knoll offered exactly what she was looking for.  Sitting on top of a lush green golf course with a gorgeous white tent for the cocktail hour and beautiful reception room with panoramic views, it was the perfect setting.

The FT Design team set out to create the perfect stationery for the day, starting with the invitation.  A special iconic motif was custom designed that was used to tie all of the elements together from the invitation to the programs.  The green color of the motif was used throughout the affair, along with accents of chocolate brown, and Sue from The Romantic Garden made gorgeous vibrant bouquets and centerpieces, with pops of pink and peach.




On the wedding day, the excited bride arrived to The Knoll with her bridal party to get their hair and make-up done by one of our favorite people, Magda from Magda Designs.  As always, Madga did a fabulous job and our bride was stunning!  Wishing Tara and Trey the very best, the bridesmaids had a quick celebratory toast before lining up for the ceremony.

Girls toast

Bride looking at room

Tara and Trey’s almost 200 guests were greeted upon arrival by champagne as they settled into their seats outside at the gazebo where the weather was absolutely gorgeous.  Cristina, the officiant from Inclusive Ceremonies, presided over the evening ceremony where the couple wrote their own heartfelt vows.  As a surprise to Trey, Tara’s sister and Matron of Honor sang an acapella rendition of “The Way I Am” by Ingrid Michaelson.  After our couple was pronounced husband and wife, guests showered them with rose petals, something that we arranged as a surprise for the bride.

Just married

Bridal party

Couple kiss

After a fun cocktail hour where Royal Violins played everything from jazz to pop songs, guests were ready to continue the celebration at the reception.  The DJ’s were Keith Wilhelm Son & Lyn Rick Rhyme who played everything from Motown, to calypso to swing and had the dance floor packed and grooving the entire night.  The reception kicked off with Tara and Trey’s perfectly choreographed first dance to “Can’t Help Falling In Love With You” covered by Andre Bocelli.  There was also a special video put together by Tara’s sister Catherine, which featured Tara and Trey from childhood.  It was a touching tribute of their love set to music, and the guests really enjoyed it. Throughout the reception, guests enjoyed the couple’s signature cocktail “Summer Soiree”.  Guests also  loved the red velvet wedding cake that donned a fun retro cake topper along with the massive (and yummy) dessert display.

First dance

Cocktail card


The great love that Tara and Trey share was clearly evident throughout their entire wedding.  We wish them a long and happy life together filled with everything wonderful!!

Bride and groom toast

Bride and soroya

Bride groom soroya stephanie

Wishing you continued love, luck and happiness,

Soroya & Stephanie

A special thank you to our fabulous vendors who made the day magical:

Venue: The Knoll Country Club

Hair and Make-up: Magda Designs

Photography: The Studio Photographers

Video: Image Solutions

Florist: The Romantic Garden

Officiant: Inclusive Ceremonies

Ceremony Music: Royal Violins

Reception Music: Keith Wilhelm Son & Lyn Rick Rhyme

Accommodations: The Embassy Suites in Parsippany

Happy Anniversary!! Christina & Akinyele’s July Wedding: Just What the Doctor (and Nurse) Ordered

Outside Pic

Happy Anniversary to our couple Christina & Akinyele! We had the pleasure of not only working with them for their big day but also more recently had the chance to coordinate their daughter Gabby’s 1st Birthday! Check out more on their special day – wishing them many, many more years of happiness and love!


Christina & Akinyele came to us to make sure their special day would run perfectly.  Some of their plans were set – the venue, photographer, flowers…. but something very important was missing. They wanted to put their own one of a kind mark on their wedding.  After a great initial consultation we started right away working on how to make their special day unique, and creating ways to showcase how their love grew while they worked together at a NJ hospital (Christina is a Nurse and Akinyele is a Doctor).  Our design team got to work coming up with fun and elegant ideas and put together one of their signature Decor Books to give the couple inspiration for how their big event would come to life.

With the decor elements in place, Soroya worked closely with both Christina and Akinyele (who was a very involved Groom) over several months to finalize all of the arrangements, and to make sure all of the details would be perfect.  Soroya worked with the pair on everything from selecting engagment pictures and frames, determining the rehearsal dinner location, confirming linens, draping and lighting for the ceremony and reception, selecting entertainment, establishing shuttle transportation for hotel guests to and from the wedding, choosing welcome bag amenities for hotel guests, and suggesting gifts for loved ones who participated in the wedding.

Finally the big day arrived.  It was a beautiful July afternoon when the Bride’s limo from Entertainment Express Limo pulled up to the Pantagis Renaissance in Scotch Plains, NJ.  Christina was greeted by Soroya, who brought her, her bridesmaids and family up to the bridal suite to get ready to look picture perfect for the amazing day ahead.


While the ladies were getting their hair and makeup done by Jeline Bland (the Bride’s talented Aunt) and Felicia Enix from MAC Cosmetics, the Groom, his father and Groomsmen were taking fun photos done by Mark S. Cunningham Photography.

Groom and Groomsmen

Throughout the afternoon, Pantagis was buzzing with the ceremony room and ballroom being transformed with the help of Jersey Street Furniture Rental (draping and uplighting), M&B Party Designs (linens), and River Dell Florist (floral decorations).

Everything was set and it was time for the ceremony to begin.  Guests arrived at the ceremony and were greeted by the groomsmen handing out ceremony programs.  The programs featured the couple’s custom monogram designed by The Finishing Touch Event Design which resembled a hospital logo featuring the quote “…loves heals everything”.  The ceremony room was a sight to behold with elegant floor to ceiling ivory draping, a beautiful arch of white flowers and greenery, and the glow of romantic candlelight.


All eyes were on the gorgeous Bride as she processed in accompanied by her proud parents to the beautiful sounds of a harpist from Cloud Nine Harp.  She met her handsome Groom at the altar where a touching ceremony was performed by the Groom’s uncle, Reverend Terry Carmichael.

Ceremony After Kiss

Toward the end of the ceremony, Christina & Akinyele performed the traditional “Jumping of the Broom.”  This is an African American tradition in which the Bride and Groom signify their entrance into their new life, and creation of a new family by symbolically “sweeping away” their former single lives, former problems and concerns, and jumping over the broom to enter upon a new adventure as husband and wife.  The broom was the same broom used by the Bride’s parents on their wedding day, so it was a very symbolic moment.

Jumping Broom

Following the ceremony, guests headed to the cocktail hour and picked up their escort cards, where they were assigned to tables bearing names that went along with the couple’s hospital/medical theme.

Close up seating cards

Guests also had the pleasure of seeing the gorgeous engagement photos the couple had taken with Mark S. Cunningham Photography which were displayed in beautiful gold frames on easels before entering the ballroom.

Large engagement pic

Engagement Pics

As a fun twist on the traditional guest book, The Finishing Touch Event Design developed faux prescription sheets that gave guests the opportunity to write the couple a “Prescription for a Good Marriage.”  The creative and often hilarious “prescriptions” written out by the guests were put in a keepsake scrapbook and presented to the couple at the end of the evening as a special momento.

Prescription pads cropped

The ballroom was truly a gorgeous setting.  The windows were draped with soft flowing sheer fabric, and were all aglow with lilac uplighting.  The chairs were decked out in form fitting ivory satin covers with alternating sheer bows in champagne and chocolate brown.  The tables were topped with ivory lines, chocolate brown sheer overlays, and alternating chocolate brown and ivory napkins.  Gorgeous centerpieces of purple and white flowers stood atop elegant candelabras.  To add some extra sparkle, crystals and rose petals were sprinkled on each table, and favors of heart topped wine stoppers were at each place setting.


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Reception Room Cropped

To complete the look, The Finishing Touch Event Design created custom table names in shimmery plum and gold that featured the names of television medical dramas, which were mounted on beautiful gold table easels.

Table Name Cropped

Introductions could have seemed to be a daunting task for the DJs, Keith Wilhelmson and Lyn Rick Rhyme, considering the couple requested that each bridal party member be introduced to their own song, but the DJs pulled it off without a hitch.  Each bridal party member (including the parents) had songs chosen specifically for each of them including “For the Love of Money” by the O’Jays and “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough” by Michael Jackson.  To add to the fun, the bridal party came out strutting “Soul Train” style with their own individual dance moves!  This was a great kick off to the fun filled reception.

After a quick hairstyle change for the Bride, and the bustling of her dress, the couple was announced, and decended the magnificant staircase decorated with beautiful blooms.


Following a high energy entrance through the traditional bridal party arch, the couple went right into their first dance, which was a beautifully choregraphed ballroom dance to “The Best is Yet to Come” by Frank Sinatra.  Their guests were captivated and impressed with the fancy footwork, and the very dramatic dip at the end of the dance.

First Dance

After dances with their parents, toasts, and a blessing of the meal, the couple and their guests settled in to enjoy a delicious dinner.


Once dinner was complete, the DJs kept the crowd moving on the dance floor, but there were more surprises to come…

Party People

Little did everyone know that Christina and her family are a VERY talented bunch.  More memorable moments kicked off when Christina surprised Akinyele by serenading him with a love song.  Guests were blown away by Christina’s beautiful and powerful singing voice.  Then Christina, her father, sister, and uncle performed some songs together.  The group actually performs together professionally as The Temple Dynasty singing a mix of R&B, House, and Jazz music, so this was very special treat for all in attendance.

Family Singing

To add to the surprises, Christina’s father, using the name DJ Dynasty (and who is also a member of legendary rap group, The Original Sugar Hill Gang, along with original members Wonder Mike and Master Gee and new member Hendog) gave a spontaneous performance of their groundbreaking hip hop single “Rapper’s Delight.”  Everyone jumped to their feet, and the energy in the room was so electrifying, there was no was left in their chairs.

Sugar Hill Gang

When the excitement calmed down, Christina & Akinyele cut their wedding cake, that was gorgeously decorated with fresh flowers which coordinated with their wedding colors.

Cake Cutting

Cake Kiss

To put a sweet ending to the perfect evening, guests were treated to a candy buffet with a special twist.  Guests had the chance to fill personalized pill bottles with the purple, gold, and white candies (including gourmet chocolates and jelly beans) to take home. The pill bottles featured a special message from Christina and Akinyele along with their custom monogram.

Candy Bar Cropped

Candy Jars

It was a wonderful evening filled with surprises and special touches and we are thankful and honored that we were able to be a part of it.  We wish nothing but the best for this adorable young couple as they embark on a new chapter in their lives.

Christina Smiling

Soroya with Bride and Groom

FT Team

Happy Planning,

Soroya, Priscilla, and Misha

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!

Collage 1 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!

Super Sweet Bridal Shower!

We have had the pleasure of working with our lovely bride-to-be Rosemarie over the past year in bringing her big day together – so when we were asked to provide some decor for her beautiful bridal shower we were beyond excited! The TFT team created a custom candy bar and signage to complement the pink, sage and gold theme. It was an amazing event to be a part of and it was so great to see the bride-to-be so happy. Check out some pics of the dessert table and signage designed especially for Rosemarie’s bridal shower!

Wishing all the best for Rosemarie and Robert and looking forward to their big day on June 16, 2012!


“Should we create a wedding website for our guests?”

We often hear that question from our clients asking if it is necessary to create a site for the big day. Wedding websites are a definite ‘to do’ for couples as it provides a way for your family and friends to keep up to date with all of your wedding plans. Though it is not absolutely necessary, it certainly is the easiest way to keep everyone informed of all the latest happenings – and it can be super fun to create! Here are some tips on creating your perfect ‘I do-dotcom.’

Choose Your Host ~ Find the best web hosting site available to share your wedding details. Our top pick? Wedding Window! This site give you a ton of design options including custom colors, fonts and layouts! Wedding Window allows you to truly personalize your site and make it your own. Check out a demo from Wedding Window here!

WeddingWire also offers free wedding website templates from Vera Wang, Martha Stewart and more – check out some of their designs!

Share Your Story ~ You two are madly in love and crazy about each other…but we want to know how it happened! Tell the whole world your love story. Be sure to include how you met, when you fell in love and of course all of the proposal details!

Talk About Your Peeps ~ These are the people that have been standing next to you your whole life and will be standing next to you as you recite your vows. Create a section where you can talk about each member of your bridal party and how each of them have affected your life. This is a nice way to let them know how special they are to you and also an opportunity to introduce them to your guests.

Map it Out ~ List the accommodations available for your Out of Town guests as well as some fun things to do. Look into special discounts that may be available at local malls, museums or landmarks. You can also share places that are special to you and your fiance. Have your guests dine at your favorite restaurant or where you got engaged!

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?!