February 16th, 2015
Stressed out? You’re not alone. In a recent Newsday Bridal Planner article, author Dina Santorelli interviewed Jocelyn W. Charnas, a Manhattan-based licensed clinical psychologist who received her master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from Adelphi University. She now works with couples from the tri-state area on how to better cope with the stress and anxiety that comes with getting married. They call her “The Wedding Doctor.” Here’s a sample question from the article.
What is it about getting married that’s so darn stressful?
Engagement is a time of extraordinary transition and change. Every hairline fracture in a family dynamic has the potential to open up and intensify. It is like shining a giant spotlight on the most sensitive issues, such as family structure, including any divorces or strained relationships, family finances, and sometimes stark differences between families in terms of values and culture. As a rule, most people aren’t at their best when faced with change.
For more, click here.
February 13th, 2015
We totally love our friend Elisa and what better time than Valentine’s Day to highlight her dazzling, romantic wedding to Mo Cassara at Oheka Castle?
So go straight to Newsday for the scoop, but here are a few images from Brett Matthews Photography that we adore:
January 22nd, 2015
Ladies, just heard about this new trend: Couples are getting married at … Starbucks. Seriously.
And we can’t even.
January 13th, 2015
Looking for something sweet to do with your plus one this Valentine’s season? New York entrepreneurial company Sugartooth Tours is kicking off its popular Sweeter than Sugar Valentine’s Tour in February. What better way to get in the Valentine’s Day spirit than with a fun and festive excursion of NYC’s greatest sweet treasures with your sweetheart?
This year’s Sweeter than Sugar Tour will take place in the quaint neighborhood of Chelsea. Tour-goers will have the opportunity to indulge in delicious treats, including half-pound cookies, artisan hot chocolate, and more. In addition, guests will feed their minds with the tasty and colorful culinary past of Chelsea and brush up on their Valentines Day history and trivia.
“This tour is our most popular seasonal tour each year. There’s just something romantic and fun about exploring the city with your plus one in a way you’ve never done it before,” said co-founder of Sugartooth Tours, Sarah Rolleston. “In a city that is so big and has so many people, finding hidden gems with that one other person close to you makes the experience that much more personal and exclusive.”
On the tour, each group will enjoy six decadent stops. Guests will have a chance to explore the Chelsea Market before embarking on an adventure to discover how Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the trendy meatpacking district! Finally, the tour will wind down in the West Village, where guests have the option of adding a wine or beer pairing with their final sweet treat for some extra one-on-one time with that special someone.
Available tour dates include February: 7th, 8th, 13th, 14th and 15th at 5:30pm. Ad-ditional time slots include February 14th and 15th at 2pm. Tickets are $50/person and include six tastings along the way. For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit www.sugartoothtours.com.
And if you want to add this tour to a full day of New York City romance, check out my recent how-to and where-t0-go article in NowU.com!
November 11th, 2014
Long Island Brides — exciting news from our friends at Bridal Reflections:
Bridal Reflections is excited to announce the expansion of our Massapequa Salon, first opened in 1973, is complete! We have tripled the size of the bridal department and have also added several additional top designers to our collection. Experience elegance redefined in our spacious new salon. With over 40 years of experience and family ownership, we look forward to the next 40 years in our redesigned Massapequa home!
To make an appointment at the newly expanded Massapequa salon, visit their website or call 516.795.2222. Want to see more of the new Massapequa addition? Visit Bridal Reflections pinterest board. And do keep in mind these upcoming January, 2015 trunk shows:
1/16-1/19 Jovani Evening Wear Trunk Show
1/16-1/18 Enzoani Trunk Show
Carl Place Salon
1/8 Bridal Sample Sale
1/9-1/11 Jim Hjelm Bridal Trunk Show
1/16-1/18 Legends by Romona Keveza Trunk Show
1/23-1/25 Eve of Milady Trunk Show
1/23-1/25 Jovani Evening Wear Trunk Show
1/28 Thomas Knoell Accessories Trunk Show
1/30-2/1 Stephen Yearick Bridal & Evening Wear Trunk Show
Fifth Avenue Salon
1/29 Thomas Knoell Accessories Trunk Show
1/22-1/25 Victor Harper Trunk Show
1/30-2/1 Ines Di Santo Trunk Show
And this just in: They are hosting an exclusive Ines Di Santo runway show on January 29th at the Fifth Avenue Salon! Come view the 2015 Ines Di Santo collection straight off the runway! January 29th at 7pm. Call 212-764-3040 to reserve your spot.
October 6th, 2014
Long Island brides — I just attended the coolest event at Bridal Reflections’ Fifth Avenue Salon, where I met the fabulous event planner and TV personality, Diann Valentine.
At the salon, she presented the Diann Valentine Signature Bridal Cuff, “to replace the bulky and often cumbersome bridal bouquet that repeatedly impedes the view of a bride’s gown,” she writes on her blog. “Designed as an accent of flowers adorned with crystal beading, exotic floral, and elaborate details, the Bridal Cuff is worn as a hands free accessory that adds a modern twist to the longstanding tradition of a bridal bouquet.”
I must say, these are a pretty unique statement for the bride who really wants to do things differently.
Are these for you? Click here for more info. And remember to make an appointment at your nearest Bridal Reflections salon for these great trunk shows!
Fifth Avenue Salon
10/15 Galia Lahav Fashion Show
10/16-10/19 Galia Lahav Trunk Show
10/23 Boutique De Voile- Veils and Accessories Trunk Show
10/24-10/26 Ines Di Santo Trunk Show
10/31-11/2 Victor Harper Trunk Show
Carle Place/Westbury Salon
10/10-10/12 Yaki Ravid Trunk Show
10/17-10/19 Legends by Romona Keveza Trunk Show
10/22 Boutique De Voile- Veils and Accessories Trunk Show
10/24-10/26 Enzoani Trunk Show
10/31-11/2 Eve of Milady Trunk Show
10/16 Boutique De Voile- Veils and Accessories Trunk Show
September 18th, 2014
Brides, looking for some unique entertaining ideas and cocktail suggestions for your wedding celebrations?
Prior to the actual wedding there are so many moments to celebrate – bridal showers, bachelorette parties or asking friends and family to be part of your special day. MARTINI Sparkling Wines are a sophisticated and stylish option. Available in a new fully sparkling Prosecco, a flirtatious Sparkling Rosé and a naturally sweet Asti, there’s a wine for every taste.
And check out these adorable MARTINI minis as place-cards at a shower, or thank your bridesmaids for standing by your side with a bottle of MARTINI Prosecco.
Try a few of these Signature Cocktail Recipes:
MARTINI® Prosecco Bellini
2 parts white peach puree
Pour white peach puree into a glass. Top with chilled MARTINI® Prosecco and serve.
2 parts chilled MARTINI® Asti
1 part Orange Juice
Pour orange juice into a flute glass. Top with MARTINI® Asti and garnish with strawberry.
MARTINI Sparkling Lemonade
1.5 oz. Lemonade
3 oz. MARTINI Sparkling Rosé
Pour lemonade into a flute. Top with MARTINI Sparkling Rosé
September 16th, 2014
Fifth Avenue Salon
9/12-9/14 Yaki Ravid Trunk Show
9/18 Boutique De Voile Veils and Accessories Trunk Show
9/18-9/21 Victor Harper Trunk Show
9/25 Renee Pawele Bride- Couture Bridal Accessories Trunk Show
9/26-9/28 Ines Di Santo Trunk Show
Carle Place Salon
9/12-9/14 Alvina Valenta Bridesmaid Trunk Show
9/12-9/14 Simone Carvalli Trunk Show
9/17 Boutique De Voile Veils and Accessories Trunk Show
9/19-9/21 Jim Hjelm Occasions Bridesmaids Trunk Show
9/19-9/21 Rina Di Montella Evening Wear Trunk Show
9/26-9/28 Ysa Makino Bridal & Evening Wear Trunk Show
9/17-9/20 James Clifford Trunk Show
August 29th, 2014
A hearty hug to our friend Elisa DiStefano and her new hubby, Mo Cassara, on their wedding at Oheka Castle on Thursday, August 28, 2014! Much joy and much love!!