September 21st, 2016

Destination Expert HONEYMOONS

Brides, we are often asked how to decide where to go on a honeymoon and where to find the best discounts and rates.  So we’re happy to introduce you to Ames Evergreen Travel, a Long Island agency that is well-versed in creating incredible honeymoon experiences for local couples.

Now, we know what you’re thinking!  A travel agent? In a time when the internet has so much information at the tips of our fingertips, why use a travel agent?  The answer is precisely because of the internet — so many couples are overwhelmed by a head-spinning variety of travel services online — it requires almost a full time job just to sort through them and compare rates and hotels.  That’s where Ames Evergreen Travel comes in.  You give them a short list of requirements, and they will give you back of list of amazing destinations and properties.  Not sure at all where to go? No worries —  They’ll guide you through the process so you and your fiance can narrow it down.

So check off one more item from your massive wedding to-do list!


June 15th, 2016

News 12 Long Island IN THE NEWS

Thank you, News 12 Long Island, for including the June 2016 issue of Newsday’s WeddingStyle in today’s morning broadcast (I’m the editor)!


Thank you to everyone who contributed amazing bridal products for our segments, and a special thank you to Painted Rock Designs in Huntington! Owner Melissa Sitbon Philip created gorgeous flowers for us in a summer garden theme.   When talking about summer weddings, it’s all about color this season…Pops of corals and plums are front runners for summer, and whimsical bouquets and arrangements evoke a “hand-picked” feeling. The beautiful wooden vases create an organic twist to the centerpieces;  they’re less traditional, more earthy and bohemian.  There’s an easy elegance about these that simply say, nature.

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Here are details on all the other products we featured in the News 12 Segments:



Tate’s Cookies – Made on Long Island and a favorite local treat—so many varieties!  Each gift box contains seven signature chocolate chip cookies.  $40 for a 12-pack of boxed cookies.  At

Eleni’s Cookies  – made in Manhattan, Eleni’s can create just about any cookie shape and design.  And they can add your monogram for an elegant take –home gift.  Prices vary, at

240 Sweet – handcrafted gourmet marshmallows come in many flavors — A perfect pack of 4 petite puffs come in a case of 30, for  $150.00. 10 puffs come in a favor pack for $10.00. At

Bijou Candles– luxury fragrant candles in a variety of scents;  pretty bases can be used after the candles burn!  Bijou is based in New York City.  Two sizes, $32, which are also nice bridesmaids gifts, and for favors, the small is $10.  At

Whimsical Notepads – For something fun and unique and practical, these notepads come with different inspirational statements.  And created here on Long Island, at Ben’s Garden.  Set of 3, $14 at

Mini Palm Plants –  Perfect for summer weddings these are sweet, mini palm plants with custom color ribbons.   $4.31each at Miniature

Air Plants – adorable glass terrariums with small air plants that require misting. They can be used as  escort cards, for table décor and of course, unexpected favors.  $7 each from  

Outdoor Wedding Ideas


A nice idea for outdoor weddings is to set up a basket of necessities for guests and a few fun and casual activities.   For example:

Pretty Paddle Fans – They come in an assortment of colors, or mix and match.   $15.50 – $19.50, set of 10 at

Rookie Sunglasses –  Match your color scheme or order a fun variety. These are great for photo opps and also as favors.   $11.95 each at

Lawn Games:  Washer Toss $79.99and Hook N’ Ring $24.99  ultra-portable, easy to set up games made of 100% wood and steel.

Groom’s Gifts

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Guys are sometimes hard to buy for –  But here are fantastic gift ideas for groomsmen!

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Crystal Dome Paperweights –  These make a beautiful gift. They are handcrafted on Long Island, French Crystal Compass $60;  Vintage World Map $60 at

Seamless Leather Wallet – These aren’t ordinary wallets.  The Frontier Wallet is made with no thread stitching, from a single piece of leather.  Can be customized with embossed initials. $65 at  Also these cool luggage tags –  Get Lost Luggage tags – $22, Explorer Luggage Tag$32.00

Original Grain Watch – It’s made from reclaimed American Oak Whiskey barrel wood and steel.  $189 at

For Grooming Guys: 

Sabon — Sabon was founded in Israel but now has a store in NYC and other parts of the world. For pampering, Blue Body Scrub Lemongrass Bergamot $35; Shower Oil Lemongrass Bergamot $ 25.00; Gift Set with toiletry case, shower oil, shampoo, shaving cream and hand cream $42  –  Fit for wallets, these handy combs come in a variety of styles.  Matte Black Fine Tooth Comb – Personalized “Rich”  $19.99; Stainless Steel Bottle Opener $15,95 at

Wedding Survival Kit by Mojuba – Includes shoe shine wipes, lip balm, band aids, and all kinds of emergency goods.  $42 at

For Techie guys:

S-BOX  Portable Bluetooth Speakers  — These are water proof, have an 8-12 hour battery life and has built in microphone so you can even answer calls hand free $99

MIXIT↑™ Lightning to USB Keychain – This charging accessory doubles as a charging cable and keychain for his iPhone or iPad. Simply plug it into any power pack or charger via the USB port.  Lots of other cool products.  $34.99

For Old-fashioned fun:

Rustic Lawn Dominoes - This set of 28 durable oversized dominoes is hand crafted from solid wood, $124  From Olive & Cocoa

Tequila Shooter Set - Serve tequila or any favorite spirit in these six thick textured glass shooters that sit snugly in an elegant  wrought iron stand. This clever caddy also features a handy tray at the base for fresh lime and salt garnishes. $138  From Olive & Cocoa

Bar Set –  Unique two of a kind wine pull and bottle opener two-piece bar set is Silver plated  wine pull & bottle opener   $50.00 by Kate Spade

Groomsmen Goodie Bacon Bundle – For guys who love bacon, they’ll love this gift box; comes with smoked bacon, bacon jerky,  bacon seasoning and a bacon pub glass. $41.85 At

For Guys With Cold Feet –  Erin Barges Designs makes these fun socks that say ….  $19.99 at

April 26th, 2016

Rooftop Sips in New York City! FUN STUFF

Brides, warm weather is FINALLY here!  And what a perfect time to gather up your besties and head to New York City for cocktails and a view.  From the classics like The Jane Rooftop to the trendy hot spots such as Refinery Rooftop, these venues offer a much-needed escape from the chaos of wedding planning.

The Jane Rooftop


Open: May 6

Guests at The Jane Rooftop can enjoy unobstructed waterfront views of the Hudson River as day turns to dusk. The rooftop is designed by Sean MacPherson and has the same faded bohemian splendor as the rest of The Jane with hand-chipped paint, exquisitely cracked walls, and stools dripping with fringe. The venue (which formerly served as an apartment for the ever-fabulous RuPaul) features an outdoor terrace and octagonal bar. Café Gitane offers revelers an abbreviated version if their ground-floor menus, including fan favorites like the signature avocado toast as well as a selection of salads, sandwiches, and house specialties like meat and vegetarian lasagna. Guests, locals, and sunset-enthusiasts alike can sip on signature cocktails and take in the views. *Rooms start at $99/night, so if you’re not ready to go home, stay here. 113 Jane Street


Pod 39 Rooftop

Open: April 25

Perched 17 floors high, the top of the Pod 39 Hotel reveals a seasonal rooftop oasis. With crawling ivy, potted plants, and panoramic views of the city from the river to the East, the Freedom Tower to the South, the Empire State Building to the West and the Chrysler Building to the North, this two-story open roof space is the ultimate gathering place for after-work or evening out. Framed with original brick arches and surrounded by terra cotta columns, the buzzing bar scene features a taco cart and tequila-inspired cocktails from Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield’s Salvation Taco. 145 East 39th Street


Pod 51 Rooftop Deck


Open: April 25

Pod 51’s Rooftop Deck offers sun-bathers and star-gazers a more-relaxed alternative to NYC’s buzzing rooftop scene. Adorned with oversized lounge benches, colorful Adirondack chairs and a 12-foot long picnic table (with awning!), it is the ideal spot to gather for a DIY picnic. Visitors can bring up their own wine, homemade dishes or craft beer growlers from the ground floor’s new Salvation Burger by Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield. Treat yourself to a signature 8-ounce patty topped with caramelized onions and Taleggio or go meat-free with the veggie burger made with beets, root veggies, sweet potato vermicelli and rice. For a lighter snack grab a pickle plate or wood-roasted beet salad with Rogue blue cheese and top your meal with a boozy shake or homemade fried pie. 230 East 51st Street


Refinery Rooftopat Refinery Hotel

Open: Year Round

Perched on top of Refinery Hotel, Refinery Rooftop, located in the Garment District, offers industrial, raw elegance with unobstructed, unparalleled views of the Empire State Building. This 3,500 square foot rooftop features three distinct sections that transition seamlessly from indoor to indoor to outdoor spaces.  The cozy interior space is complete with a fireplace and wooden ceilings which are constructed from wood salvaged from the original building’s water tank.  The expansive indoor and outdoor space is capped by a retractable glass roof and the outdoor terrace, which includes playful porch swings and a view that is second to none. Refinery Hotel is a former hat factory and 1912 Neo-Gothic building that has transformed into a luxury, industrial-chic hotel in New York City’s Garment District.  63 West 38th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue


Gansevoort Park Rooftop at Gansevoort Park Avenue NYC

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Open: Year Round

Set twenty stories above Manhattan’s NoMad neighborhood, the tri-level rooftop features rustic chic décor and lounge-style seating, as well as a newly reimagined event space, the Red Room, with renowned DJ entertainment. The Drift, which has all of the charm of a small beach town but set in your own backyard, invites locals and guests to sip on refreshing cocktails and Coconut Cartel coconuts, catch 80’s flicks (on select nights) and test their motor skills with life-sized Jenga. 420 Park Avenue South at 29th Street


Zerzura at Plunge at Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC

Open: Year Round

Get ready for summer at Gansevoort Meatpacking’s Saharan-inspired rooftop lounge, Zerzura, that offers a true sanctuary in the middle of bustling New York City. In addition to 360-degree views of the Hudson River and Manhattan’s skyline, the expansive rooftop features an outdoor terrace with a retractable glass roof, a secret garden, wrap-around balconies and pool, perfect for soaking in sun. The loft boasts soaring 20-foot ceilings, communal seating, and pops of light and color, making it the ideal venue to gather with friends for delicious lite bites and specialty drinks, made with a Mediterranean flare.18 Ninth Avenue at 13th Street


March 22nd, 2016

Bridal Wars, Coming to Long Island! FUN STUFF

Are you ready for Bridal Wars?  It’s coming to Long Island!  Forget the standard bridal expo — this is much more fun.

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Bridal Wars is a touring team competition event in which teams of three — the bride and two girlfriends — compete in one-of-a kind challenges, win great prizes from participating vendors and have a blast doing it!  The teams, registered in advance, arrive dressed in DIY team attire. Once  they check in at the event, the fun begins.  The teams have two hours to go station to station and complete any challenges they would like to take on.

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Bridal Wars will be on Long Island on Sunday April 10th from 11:00 to 1:00 pm  at The Sports Arena located at 620 Middle Country Road, St. James.

The Grand Prize on Long Island is a package valued at over $3,500!!  It includes: $500 gift certificate to Two By London Jewelers, Bach Weekend Getaway, Pure Life ​Cookware set valued at over $1,500 and a two night stay at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas!

To register your team go to:,   To learn more visit

Have fun!


March 11th, 2016

Bridal Reflections Expands! FASHION FRONT

Long Island Brides, Bridal Reflections has a newly expanded Carle Place Salon! The Salon now features a spacious new showroom where brides can walk the red carpet and see a 360 degree mirrored view of their gown. It is a truly state of the art space with luxurious fitting rooms and the finest selection of couture gowns.  Call 516-742-7788 to schedule your appointment. BR Expansion 2

Upcoming Designer Trunk Shows:

Victor Harper Bridal Trunk Show March 11th-13th By Appointment: (212) 764-3040 Fifth Avenue Salon
Paloma Blanca Bridal Trunk Show March 11th-13th By Appointment: (516) 795-2222 Massapequa Salon
Sottero & Midgley Trunk Show March 18th-20th By Appointment: (516) 795-2222 Massapequa Salon
Eve of Milady Bridal Trunk Show March 25th-27th By Appointment: (516) 795-2222 Massapequa Salon
Hayley Paige Occasions Bridesmaids Trunk Show March 11th-13th By Appointment: (516) 742-7788 Carle Place Salon
Donna Morgan Trunk Show March 18th-20th By Appointment: (516) 742-7788 Carle Place Salon
Boutique De Voile Accessories March 23rd By Appointment: (516) 742-7788 Carle Place Salon
Boutique De Voile Accessories March 31st By Appointment: (516) 795-2222 Massapequa Salon
Lazaro Bridal Trunk Show with Designer Appearance March 11th-13th By Appointment: (516) 742-7788 Carle Place Salon
Eve of Milady Bridal Trunk Show March 18th-20th By Appointment: (516) 742-7788 Carle Place Salon
Boutique De Voile Accessories March 24th By Appointment: (212) 764-3040 Fifth Avenue Salon

January 4th, 2016

Bridal Reflections Trunk Shows FASHION FRONT

A month-full of trunk shows — that’s what’s happening in January at Bridal Reflections!  Be sure to make an appointment in advance …

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13 Boutique De Voile Accessories Trunk Show- Carle Place Salon
14 Boutique De Voile Accessories Trunk Show- Fifth Avenue Salon
15-17 Maria Farbinni Bridal Trunk Show- Fifth Avenue Salon
15-17 Simone Carvalli Bridal Trunk Show- Carle Place Salon
15-18 Marisa Bridal Trunk Show- Massapequa Salon
20 Eve of Milady and Amalia Carrara Bridal Fashion Show *Designer Appearance*- Carle Place Salon
22-24 Eve of Milady and Amalia Carrara Bridal Trunk Show- Carle Place Salon
21-24 Ysa Makino Bridal and Evening Wear Trunk Show- Fifth Avenue Salon
22-24 Bill Levkoff Bridesmaid Trunk Show- Carle Place Salon
22-24 MGNY Evening Wear Trunk Show- Massapequa Salon
27 Boutique De Voile Accessories Trunk Show- Massapequa Salon
29-31 Ines Di Santo Bridal Trunk Show- Fifth Avenue Salon
29-31 Ysa Makino Bridal and Evening Wear Trunk Show- Carle Place Salon
29-31 Joan Calabrese Flower Girl Trunk Show- Carle Place Salon

December 16th, 2015

Totally Into Totes? FUN STUF

We’re totally into these totes by Vine Street Market.  Usually retailing for $65,  we’re offering you an amazing discount of only $19.99!  Just shop here and be sure to  type in  Deal Code: LOVETOTE


These chic reusable bags are designed in Los Angeles and seamlessly mix high fashion with an everyday carryall — perfect for the grocery store, travel, yoga, a
laptop and more.  Each features an inside pocket to stash cell phone, keys, wallet etc.  Wear them over the shoulder or crossbody messenger style. Each tote folds up into it’s own pocket for easy stashing.

Holds up to 60 lbs. Machine Washable. Canvas, 22” x 34”   Made in the USA.

“I’ve been using mine nonstop as a purse, airplane carry-on, diaper bag…it’s the perfect casual everything bag. They’re lovely, durable, and an easy way to be Kind,” said Alicia Silverstone.

November 3rd, 2015

Trunk Sales at Bridal Reflections! FASHION FRONT

Brides, if you’re shopping for your wedding gown, do make an appointment at Bridal Reflections for one of these fabulous trunk shows!

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11/6-11/8 Eve of Milady & Amalia Carrara Trunk Show- Fifth Avenue Salon
11/11 Thomas Knoell Accessories Trunk Show- Carle Place Salon
11/12 Thomas Knoell Accessories Trunk Show- Fifth Avenue Salon
11/12-11/15 Gala by Galia Lahav Trunk Show- Fifth Avenue Salon
11/13-11/15 Simone Carvalli Trunk Show- Carle Place Salon
11/18 Boutique De Voile Accessories Trunk Show- Massapequa Salon
11/20-11/22 Ines Di Santo Trunk Show- Fifth Avenue Salon
11/20-11/22 Stephen Yearick Bridal & Evening Wear Trunk Show- Carle Place Salon
11/27-11/29 Stephen Yearick Bridal & Evening Wear Trunk Show- Fifth Avenue Salon
11/27-11/29 Eve of Milady Trunk Show- Carle Place Salon

October 28th, 2015

Shout Out From a Recent Long Island Bride IN THE NEWS

Brides, guess who just got married on Long Island?

ME.  Which is why I need to send a few shout outs here.

Thank you to the amazing Nicole D’Angio, who made my hair do things I’ve never seen before.  In a good way.  After these curlers and her magic …


…my hair looked spectacular.   But the make-up application helped.  So thank you to Dede of New York Artistry, who made me look ten years younger and made me feel twenty years younger with her excellent makeup skills.


Thank you to Bridal Reflections for their kindness and patience with an “older bride” who didn’t really want to look like a bride!

A huge thank you to Boutique de Voile for their gorgeous bridal jewelry.

And we couldn’t have pulled it off without our superb caterer, Elegant Affairs.  In regards to Elegant Affairs — just WOW.

We also must thank our talented, Emmy Award-winning photographer, Randee Dadonna and our wonderful videographer, Jessica Rotkiewicz – they both captured all the fun moments beautifully.

September 8th, 2015

Go Glamping with Firelight Camps DID YOU KNOW…?

Romance and relaxation – what every couple needs both pre- and post-wedding.  Am I right, brides?  So here’s a truly unique experience you must check out – glamping (glamour camping).   I had the pleasure of experiencing Firelight Camps, open from May 15 – November 1 at Ithaca, NY, which is a lovely five hour drive from Long Island.


Once on the grounds of La Tourelle Hotel, where the glamping takes place, check in is in the spacious lounge tent, where they offer free tea, coffee and water, plus a complimentary glass of Finger Lakes wine every day of your stray during happy hour.  Complimentary continental breakfast is served here each morning, as well.  This is also where socializing take s place, if you opt for that. Two firepits just outside the lounge tent  provide  a cozy ambiance and warmth  during cooler weather (firelight yoga, anyone?) and a bocce ball court is a nice diversion from the on-site hiking trails.

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Guests are provided with battery-operated lanterns and luxurious safari-style tents.  Mine featured hardwood floors, a plush Queen bed, a desk and a storage trunk and a gorgeous, private deck overlooking woods.  Can you say, “Serenity, now?”


As a bonus, August Moon Spa, featuring spa products sourced from local, organic ingredients, plus a sauna and steam rooms,  is just a hundred yards away.   Make an appointment in advance, after a full day of exploring the gorgeous Finger Lakes region, which has an abundance of waterfalls, hiking  and wine tours.

About Firelight Camps:  Firelight Camps creates comfortable and invigorating overnight outdoor experiences to encourage self-discovery, bonding with family and friends, and a reverence for the natural environment. The company strives to incorporate sustainable development and eco-tourism practices to create economic growth while preserving rural landscapes. For more information, please visit