Monday, June 29, 2009

Dress Pick of the Week: Amsale (Avery)

Are you in search of a designer gown?

The AVERY by Amsale
Silk Taffeta. Strapless Taffeta gown with ruched bodice and soft gathered skirt. Sweetheart neckline features covered button detail. Available in Ivory as sampled and White

To see this and other Amsale gowns, go to AMSALE DESIGNER WEDDING GOWNS

Friday, June 26, 2009

Michael Jackson-We will never forget!

We were all shocked by the news of Michael Jackson's death, yesterday 6/25/09.
Michael touched the lives of young and old. Michael, the singer, dancer and philanthropist will be in our hearts forever.

If you are a true fan, leave a comment with your favorite MJ memory.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Vendor Spotlight:Couped-Up Productions

I really do work with some great vendors!Rob of Couped-Up Productions was such a pleasure to work with at Brina& Nick's wedding and we thought that other brides would definitely benefit from his services.Yes, you want a videographer that will capture all the beauty of your day, but all your vendors need to also have personality, and Rob does. This man really has a passion for what he does. We conducted a little interview with Rob and this is what he had to say:

What services do you offer?

I specialize in weddings and wedding videography only. I recoded in HD and in true 16x9. I try to edit the wedding video around the feeling that I get when I am there watching it happen. For example, Elegant weddings take on one style of editing while upbeat crazy wedding take on a whole other light.

How long have you been in business?

I have been capturing wedding memories since 1995 working for a well known long island video company. In 2000 I started Couped-Up Productions as a wholesale solution for other photographers and event videographers. Then in 2007 I decided to stop being the "man behind the curtain" for others and move Couped-Up Productions to the foreground.

What is your most memorable moment as a videographer?

Besides watching the Groom faint numerous times or guests go a little to crazy, I would have to say my most memorable moments are when I can look at a couple and know that its right. That they are there for the right reason. Than years later run into them and see that it is still all there. I have seen my fair share weddings to know that it's just a matter of time before it is all going to be over.

If you could tell brides one reason they should hire a videographer, what would it be?

After the day has passed the music has stopped, the cake was eaten, the dress has been hung up and the fancy limo ride is no more it is wonderful to be able to relive the expressions and actions of loved ones through live video on your special day. The value of video becomes greater as time goes by. It's a gift you give to yourselves and your future children.

To see get additional information on packages and see samples, go to COUPED-UP

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Wendy & Kevin 5/30/09

I have really had the pleasure of meeting some great couples and Wendy and Kevin were nothing short of wonderful. They had a wedding ceremony in Manhattan, followed by a very lavish reception at Leonard’s of Great Neck. With a ceremony and reception so many miles apart I was very amazed at how many people showed up to their ceremony (the church was packed). Wendy went for a love birds and feathers theme, which was clearly incorporated on their wedding stationery and reception d├ęcor.
Everything was beautiful, from their programs, large centerpieces, cake, wish tree, candy buffet to the personalized matchbooks and cocktail napkins.
Their DJ did an awesome job, guests could not stay off the dance floor (especially all the groomsmen). All the groomsmen changed into comfortable Chucks and that was the start of the dance off.
The night ended with the guests lighting sparklers as the bride and groom left the hall.
Here are some really cool pics below.

W and K letters were displayed on the church doors



Their Invitations

The fab dress

The happy couple

One of my faves

The Bridal Party took pics in the Meat Packing District

The Centerpieces

The guys changed into Chucks

The Candy Buffet Favor

Sparklers at the end of the night

The wonderful vendors that made this wedding a success:

Reception Hall: Leonard's of Great Neck
Video-Orange Films
Photography-Something in Blue
Hair & Make up- LI Wedding Lounge
Flowers-Jasmine's Floral Design
Cake-Gail Watson
Lighting-World of Illumination
Limo-Silver Star

Wendy & Kevin moved to another state to start their new life together. I wish them many years of happiness and hope they stay in touch.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Check Out Our Interview on NYCityWeddings

We were featured on NYCityWeddings and thought you might like to take a read...

You can read the full full article HERE

Monday, June 22, 2009

Dress Pick of the Week: Maggie Sottero Destination JD8101

Would you go Short? This Maggie Sottero short and sassy dress is perfect for a destination wedding on the beach.

One-piece, strapless, short A-line skirt with zipper closure. Sassy, yet sweet, this shimmering lace over satin style features tulle frills highlighting the sweetheart neckline and bottom hem, with a satin sash and bow accenting the waist.

Colors Available
White, Ivory, Ivory over Light Gold

For more about this and other destination wedding gowns, go to DESTINATION WEDDINGS

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Real Weddings:Brina & Nick 6/6/09

Brina was one of my brides that booked with me before meeting me. Although she had signed a contract with me in the early stages of her planning (for DOC services) we didnt actually meet until one month prior to her wedding.
She is one of the most organized brides I have ever met and I just loved it!
Brina & Nick got married at The Fountainhead in New Rochelle. A wedding with over 200guests and personalized from the tiniest of details.
They had an interfaith ceremony, followed by reception where guests were served with some of the tastiest food I have ever swallowed :)
Brina took the time to add her personal touch to everything. She made votive placecards, almond flowers for each placesetting,bathroom and slipper baskets for the guests, their favors to guests were cucina italiana bread trays.
But if you asked me, the big WOW for the night was the living/strolling tables. They had two living/strolling tables, one with candy for the guests and the other with cigars. I have never seen candy and cigar disappear so fast.

The vendors that help to make their day awesome:

Reception Hall-The Fountainhead
DJ-Sound Plus
Photo-Susan Farley
Video-Couped-Up productions
Ceremony Music-Marie Stack
Limo-Top Class Limo
Strolling Table-Screaming Queens

The couple with the guys



Almond Flowers



The Strolling Tables before the guests attacked


Brina & Nick, I wish you all the happiness in the world and cant wait to hear about your honeymoon.

Real Weddings:Lee & JJ 5/23/09

I met Lee in Fall of 2008 and she was nothing but a pleasure to work with. If there was ever a laid back bride, it was her.
She was planning an intimate NYC wedding and we hit it off right away.
After having their first venue going bankrupt and closing 3 months before their wedding.....they still managed to pull it off and maintain their sanity.
Their ceremony was on the Hudson Piers in NYC folowed by the reception at Country (a restaurant in The Carlton Hotel).
I knew the Pier was a public space and I had a nightmare the night before (yes, I can admit) wondering how we would get the public traffic out the way, set-up everything and make sure all the guests actually got to the right Pier. But after all my worrying Nicole and I put our heads together and helped to make it a wonderful day. I can honestly say, everything went so smoothly my heart was content at the end of the day.
The guests were shuttled to the pier where they witnessed the ceremony. All the guests were given champagne on the pier, they had a wonderful dinner followed by dancing at The Carlton and then a candy bar for their sweet tooth at the end of the night.

Their awesome vendors:

Reception Hall-Country @ Carlton Hotel
Band-Dexter Lake Club Band
Florist- Scott's Flowers
Photo-Kira Pollack
Cake-a friend of the bride.....but so yummy
Ceremony Music-Omar Haddad
Hair & MU- Ashleigh Cucci
Limo-Legends Limo
Shuttle-Jofaz Buses
Officiant-Murphy Birdsall

The musicians

Exchanging of Vows

Champagne Toast


Cake-this was so yummy!

Lee and JJ, I wish you a lifetime of happiness!

I promise to post again when I receive professional pics.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Leslie Simmons Photography launches a new website

My friend Leslie Simmons just launched her new website, LESLIE SIMMONS PHOTOGRAPHY. She is a very talented photographer, but dont take my word for it.....check it out on your own.

For more information on her rates go to her Wedding Photography Website

Thursday, June 11, 2009 declares a new holiday....

This July 4th we're celebrating YOU and your 'maids for the sassy, smart, strong women that you are!

Before you officially become a Mrs., enter for a chance to be named
Miss Independence (your bridesmaids should enter too) and you could win the ultimate bachelorette prize package...
Paint the town pink, white and blue:
A 3-night girlfriends getaway to Nassau, Bahamas for you and 4 bridesmaids provided by Breezes

$1,000 Ann Taylor gift card to use toward bridesmaid dresses, your honeymoon wardrobe or anything else you love from Ann Taylor

5 bridal beauty bags full of goodies for you and your 'maids provided by

For more information on how to enter, go to

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Letterpress Stationery

Letterpress has been a popular choice for most brides when it comes to printing all their wedding stationery. But what exactly is letterpress?

Letterpress printing is using a press with a "type-high bed" printing press and movable type, in which a reversed, raised surface is inked and then pressed into a sheet of paper to obtain a positive right-reading image. What sets it apart from the offset lithography and laser technologies that dominate the printing market today is that letterpress works by a relief method. It creates an actual impression on the paper, an embossed effect that you can see and feel. It was the normal form of printing text in the West from its invention by Johannes Gutenberg in the mid-15th century until the 19th century, and remained in wide use for books and other uses until the second half of the 20th century.
There has been a rebirth of wide spread interest in this style of printing over the last several years.

Image from Dolcepress

Monday, June 8, 2009

Dress Pick of the Week: Camille La Vie Style#41792

Taffeta mermaid strapless shirred gown with assymetrical knot detail, flare skirt and chunky organza covered jemstones.

Click the link for more info on this and other Camille La Vie Gowns

Thursday, June 4, 2009

From a Past Bride to a New Bride

I was a bride not too long ago and I thought it might be helpful to post some advice from the eyes of a bride (not a planner).

We all know how expensive a wedding can be. Everyone wants the gorgeous and elegant wedding but it comes at a price. Here is my advice to you.

1) Stay within your budget. Just make sure you budget includes everything from your gown to gratuities.

2) Don’t let family or friends stress you out with how to plan your own wedding. It’s your day, you do what you want.

3) You will know your true friends when it comes around to your wedding. If someone you really expected to be there for you doesn’t show an interest, don’t sob about it.

4) You will get overwhelmed at some point during the planning, just breathe, make a list of all your “to-do’s” and take it one step at a time. Even hire a planner :)

5) Some things you should spend the extra money on- Decide what is most important to you and splurge there. For some people its photography. What's important to you?

6) DIY what you can but don't go crazy trying to do it.

7) Everyone will not RSVP. As easy as the process is, some people just won’t. Don’t sweat it, just call them up.

8) Start planning early. Don’t think you have an unlimited amount of time because time flies by so fast.

9) Everyone that comes to your wedding will not give you a gift. You would think people should just know by now (but they don’t). We just went with the idea to not expect anything and we turned out pretty ok. We were grateful for what we got.

10) Do your research. You will want quality but it is possible to get quality at a resonable price. Compare your prices before you make a decision. You can save yourself a lot of headache by doing some research.

11) You don’t have to invite everyone you know to your wedding.

I hope someone finds this as useful information.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Wedding Vows on your Wedding Rings

For many years people have gotten their wedding bands engraved with their initials and their wedding date because they were limited to how much they could have engraved on the ring. What about engraving how you really about 43 words?
WeddingVowRings (WVR) can put approximately 43 words on a 4mm band. What is more special than having your own personal thoughts engraved in your band? It is a constant reminder of the vows you exchanged, worn on your hands everyday.

WVR offer these rings in 4k, yellow and white gold, platinum, titanium and more.

For more information: Go to

Monday, June 1, 2009

Dress Pick of the Week: Romona Keveza

Feathers or no feathers?

Even though this dress is from the runway and may not be available for purchase, I am liking the feathers. Do you?

Click the link for more fabulous Wedding Gowns by Romona Keveza