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


August 7th, 2015

Bridal Reflections Trunk Shows FASHION FRONT

Gown shopping?  Call Bridal Reflections right away for an appointment at one of these fabulous trunk shows:

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Carle Place Salon:

8/12 Thomas Knoell Accessories Trunk Show

8/14-8/16 Donna Morgan Bridesmaid Trunk Show

8/14-8/16 Simone Carvalli Trunk Show

8/21-8/23 Galia Lahav Trunk Show

8/21-8/23 Jim Hjelm Occasions Bridesmaid Trunk Show

8/26 Boutique De Voile Headpieces, Veils and Accessories Trunk Show

8/28-8/30 Eve of Milady Trunk Show
Fifth Avenue Salon:

8/13 Ines Di Santo Fashion Show

8/14-8/16 Ines Di Santo Trunk Show

8/21-8/23 Ysa Makino Bridal & Evening Wear Trunk Show
Massapequa Salon:

8/14-8/18 Eve of Milady Trunk Show

July 21st, 2015

Best Wedding Weekend Getaway DID YOU KNOW…?

Brides, we know you’re on the lookout for fun ways to celebrate your upcoming nuptials with your girlfriends, so plan a weekend getaway from Long Island and head right to downtown New York City, where you’ll find  fabulous luxury accommodations and top-notch service at Trump Soho.  The neighborhood offers an abundance of chic shopping, art galleries, cool restaurants and it’s just steps away from the nightlife hubs of Tribeca and the West Village.


But once inside the hotel,which has 391 massive guestrooms and suites (ask for connecting rooms if there’s a whole lot of you!)  featuring spectacular floor-t0-ceiling windows providing views to die for,  you may be tempted to just stay put — during warm weather months, you and your gal pals can hang out poolside at Bar d’Eau, featuring a deck with amazing views of the west side of Lower Manhattan.  




In cooler weather, the newly added Mr. Jones offers a sophisticated, elegant and fun bar experience — perfect for custom cocktails after a great meal at the hotel’s signature restaurant, Koi Soho, combining sleek and sushi.

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A weekend away isn’t complete without pampering!  So be sure to make reservations at the  11,000 square-foot Spa, which we hear was influenced by Ivanka Trump’s travels around the world.  Skip the traditional facial or massage and opt for a truly unique experience — Ask about their exclusive Moroccan Hammam, an intense, full body exfoliation and warm Ghassoul clay application in a private steam room.  We gave it a try recently, and can attest — this treatment will leave your skin ultra-soft and supple.  (By the way, groups of six or more can enjoy relaxing treatments, food and beverage, and exclusive midweek pricing.)

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Finally, while you’re spending time at the hotel with your girls, do ask about their numerous wedding-related offerings. The hotel boasts four great rooms for your wedding, if you decide not to get married on Long Island. And they also offer cool spaces for pre- and post-wedding celebrations, such as SoHi, a spectacular open layout on the 46th floor that has 13-foot, floor-to-ceiling windows providing jaw-dropping views in all directions.   Check out the gorgeous decor variations:

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July 6th, 2015

Groomsmen Gifts DETAILS & IDEAS

Here’s a unique idea for groomsmen gifts:  a Sock-of-the-Month Club membership.  Balitello’s Performance Dress Socks—a pragmatic accessory—help fashion-forward professionals achieve a balance between comfort and individual expression.  In a nutshell, they’re comfortable and really cool-looking socks.

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Just CHOOSE A PLAN for each of your pals.  Simple as that!

July 2nd, 2015

Add A Special Touch to Your Long Island Wedding DETAILS & IDEAS

You don’t have to be a DIY bride to customize certain aspects of your wedding — for instance, use LabelWorks Printable Ribbon Kit from Epson.  Print personalized satin ribbons for all your wedding-related gifts with this easy to use and fun system, to make your wedding ultra-personal — special touches your guests will truly appreciate.


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Available online here, prices start at $69.99.

July 1st, 2015

Bridal Reflections Sample Sales! FASHION FRONT

Mark your calendars — Bridal Reflections is having sample sales!  Make sure to call in advance for an appointment…

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Bridal Reflections Fifth Avenue

Summer Clearance Sample Sale

July 14th & 15th


Dresses from $750 and up

75% off retail prices


Cash & Carry

By Appointment Only


260 Fifth Avenue

New York, NY 10001

And of course, keep in mind these fabulous trunk shows for July:

7/8 Boutique De Voile Headpieces, Veils and Accessories Trunk Show- Carle Place Salon

7/9 Boutique De Voile Headpieces, Veils and Accessories Trunk Show- Fifth Avenue Salon

7/10-7/20 James Clifford Trunk Show- Massapequa Salon

7/10-7/12 Eve of Milady Trunk Show- Carle Place Salon

7/14-7/15 Summer Clearance Sample Sale- Fifth Avenue Salon

7/17-7/19 Jim Hjelm Bridal Trunk Show- Carle Place Salon

7/22 Boutique De Voile Headpieces, Veils and Accessories Trunk Show- Massapequa Salon

7/24-7/26 Stephen Yearick Bridal & Evening Wear Trunk Show- Fifth Avenue Salon

7/24-7/26 Jim Hjelm Occasions Bridesmaid Trunk Show- Carle Place Salon

7/24-7/26 Cristiano Lucci Trunk Show- Carle Place Salon

7/30-8/2 Galia Lahav Trunk Show- Fifth Avenue Salon

June 29th, 2015

Beauty Bridal Party Gifts DETAILS & IDEAS

Looking for special bridal gifts?  We love these:  Sherri Ziesche, founder of San Francisco’s cool apothecary store on Polk Street in Russian Hill, has recently launched her own line,  ZIESCHE MODERN APOTHECARY.  The introductory line consists of three products:  hand and body wash, body lotion and bath salts —  ideal, elegant and useful gifts for the bridal party  and mother of the bride.

Retailing at $21.95 for the 8.5oz bottles and $32.95 for the 16oz bottles, each product is formulated with a nourishing blend of botanical ingredients, from the body wash that gently cleanses to the smooth and silky body lotion that is easily absorbed by the skin for long-lasting moisture, leaving your skin supple soft and glowing.


Sherri’s flagship store Beauty Company remains a local favorite in San Francisco’s storied Russian Hill neighborhood. Originally opening in 2002 as a place to introduce her clients to the unique beauty products she found in apothecaries in Asia and Europe. Today, Beauty Company occupies 4,000 square feet on Polk Street in the neighborhood and is regarded as a full-service beauty destination that provides 5-Star rated salon services and an amazing selection of the highest quality, locally and internationally sourced products.

June 26th, 2015

Get Your Wedding Gown at Auction! IN THE NEWS

Brides, the government is having a mega-sale on wedding gowns — that’s right, the U.S. government!

According to this NPR article,  the government is “auctioning off the contents of a bridal shop in Juneau, Alaska, that were seized by the U.S. Marshals service after the owner was sentenced for her role in a drug trafficking conspiracy. Prospective brides can find gowns, women’s and men’s formal wear, and even a 3-carat diamond and platinum engagement ring.”  Wedding gowns start as low as $46!

Gowns for auction

Just click here and place your bid!