Meet our Talented Event Consultant & Design Team
Senior Event Consultant & Founder
Candice Benson, Master Bridal Consultant™ and owner of The Finishing Touch, has always had a love for the event industry. Even before leaving college, Candice was working in the world of politics planning some of the largest campaign events in New Jersey. During her years in Corporate America, Candice continued to cull her creativity and skills in organization and time management as a highly sought after Project Management Consultant. Candice took every opportunity to plan events and her life changed forever when she planned her first wedding. She knew it was what she was meant to be doing and The Finishing Touch was born. Although located in NJ, Candice has planned events throughout the NY tri-state area, New England, Europe. Mexico and the Caribbean. Traveling frequently, Candice loves to share inspirations she finds with her clients who are always looking to incorporate elements never before seen into their events. Candice has earned the designation of Master Bridal Consultant™ by the Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC). The designation of Master Bridal Consultant™ is the highest level of achievement given by the Association of Bridal Consultants. Candice joins only 50 Wedding Consultants across the globe to hold the prestigious designation. Candice is dedicated to creating beautiful events for her clients, as well as to raising the bar of professionalism within the industry. Candice is proud to serve as the State Coordinator for the ABC and as the State President of Wish Upon a Wedding in NJ. She is also a proud member of the International Special Events Society (ISES) and the National Association of Catering Executives (NACE). Candice is often featured in some of the industry’s top event publications such as The Knot, Brides, Manhattan Bride, NJ Bride and Special Events Magazine and has been a featured planner on Lifetime’s wedding show “Get Married.”
Senior Event Consultant
From an early age, Stephanie found herself planning and organizing events, parties and fundraisers for family and friends. With a background in Business Office Management, she keeps us all organized while helping to plan amazing décor. Stephanie is also our Director of Sales/Marketing and is our TFT blogger. Her other passion is fashion and she is always keeping us up to date with the latest styles and trends. Aside from planning events, Stephanie is also an accomplished choreographer and currently teaches hip hop and jazz classes around the area.Stephanie loves to bring happiness to others and always gives her all to ensure a fabulous event!
Senior Event Consultant
For as long as she can remember, Amy has had a passion for event planning and creating extraordinary affairs. Her creative, detail oriented and outgoing personality are the perfect fit for planning spectacular events. After earning her Bachelors degree in Business Management from Monmouth University and Associates Degree in Marketing, she was able to fine tune her vendor negation and time management skills. She made her way into the industry after planning many personal, professional, and charity events for the CEO of a large Real Estate Development Company. Amy then went on to work as a Catering Sales Manager and to date has planned tons of small intimate affairs, week long corporate meetings, elaborate multi day weddings and everything in between. Amy takes great care with each and everyone of her clients ensuring a successful and memorable event. Amy has also used her creative abilities to start up her own company, Dimestore Candy Buffets, which provides Candy and Sweet Treat Buffets for all special occasions. She also takes great pride in giving back to her community having previously worked with children’s cancer charities and is proud to currently sit on the Board of Directors for Wish Upon a Wedding New Jersey as the Event Planning Chair.
Senior Event Consultant
Soroya loves everything about planning weddings and events! She has been an Event Consultant for The Finishing Touch since 2008 and has enjoyed planning everything from sophisticated weddings to fun filled (and sometimes elaborate) birthday parties. Her past experiences include working in the entertainment/fashion, publishing and hospitality industries in Marketing for companies like Sony Music, Scholastic Inc. and The W Hotels Worldwide. Soroya has a B.A. from Syracuse University, a Master’s in Media Studies from The New School University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Metropolitan College of New York. She has studied in London and Paris, and enjoys exploring the world. She is outgoing, creative, organized and most fittingly detail-oriented.
Misha became a part of The Finishing Touch team during the summer of 2009 while she was completing her studies at Towson University. An energetic and lively personality, Misha became an instrumental part of the team over the years, working on various events and marketing efforts. In addition to wedding and event planning, Misha has organized fundraisers for Operation Smile, a charity for children living in impoverished areas with cleft lip or cleft palate.As her family is of Indian decent, she has had the opportunity to visit India six times. This experience has really given Misha a knack for understanding diverse cultures! Misha’s helpful, creative and enthusiastic personality makes her successful in all she does!
Jennifer joined The Finishing Touch team in 2011. She has a Bachelor Fine Arts degree in Communication Design from New Jersey City University. Throughout and proceeding college, Jennifer worked for private design studios and in the field of publication design. In 2003, she completed her credentials to become a highly qualified Teacher of Art. She taught visual art on the K-8th grade levels in the Jersey City Public School system while maintaining a seasonal position in graphic design. After receiving tenure, Jennifer relocated and left her teaching position to care for her new daughter full-time. She now has two beautiful girls. After spending their first years with them, Jennifer dove right back into the world of design. Jennifer is a member of the Graphic Artists Guild.