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!!


August 14th, 2014

Add Keurig to Your Bridal Registry DETAILS & IDEAS

Brewing up your bridal registry?   Make sure you include a Keurig K45 Elite Brewing System to your list!  It’s a must-have for every newlywed kitchen.

The Keurig Elite brewer brews a cup of coffee, tea, hot cocoa or iced beverage in under one minute at the touch of a button. With the choice of three cup sizes, the Elite brewer offers a removable drip tray to accommodate travel mugs.

And Long Island brides, did you know that in addition to traditional black, this latest model comes in a slew of cool colors — Rhubarb, Patriot Blue — AND Coconut White?   We just love these!

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August 14th, 2014

Elegant Groomsmen Gifts DETAILS & IDEAS

Personal, elegant, functional and timelessly modern. Reclamation Etchworks‘ spirit decanters are the perfect groomsmen gifts.

Available in graceful, artisan-etched bottles for your bridal party’s favorite spirits — from vodka to bourbon or scotch and tequila —  each bottle can be custom engraved.

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Made from upcycled bottles, this is a sustainable gift that you can feel good about giving. Company founders Timothy Daw and Ethan Terry, veterans of the San Francisco cocktail culture with backgrounds in industrial design and mixology, collect bottles from the finest Bay Area bars and restaurants then laser etch them with a period-inspired Art Deco style. The effect is a truly unique and stylish gift inspired by the current cocktail craze with a nod to the craft’s origins.


Reclamation Etchworks decanters are available individually or in two sets:

The Constance Foundation Set: this set of four identically sized bottles features the foundation spirits of many classic cocktails: Bourbon, Genìevre (Gin), Agave and Rhum. $99  Add personalization  $129

Individual Constance Style Decanter: a single bottle offering in the style of the Constance set, this elegant glass decanter is the perfect vessel to display and enjoy your favorite spirit. More choices are available including Rye, Scotch, Whiskey, Cognac, Pisco, and Vodka. $39.  Add personalization: $49

The Variance Set: this flagship set includes the four basic building blocks for many classic cocktails, each in its own uniquely sized decanter: Bourbon, Genìevre, Agave & Rhum. $199

August 13th, 2014

Get Married on the Stage of The Fantasticks! FUN STUFF

If you’re looking for a really unique way to get married (and not on Long Island), just take a short ride into Manhattan and tie the knot on the stage of one of the most well known musicals in the world, THE FANTASTICKSIt’s the world’s longest running musical, famous for its classic tale of true love—a modern twist on Romeo and Juliet.  Cast members will be marrying couples of all faiths & sexual orientations until September 5, 2014.


After numerous proposals at the show over the years, the show’s producers have decided to go a step further and actually marry these couples at the show.  The wedding will include a reception space after the show and a complimentary bottle of champagne.

Performances of THE FANTASTICKS at The Jerry Orbach Theater in the Snapple Theater Center, 210 West 50th Street are on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays at 8PM, Wednesdays at 2PM, Saturdays at 2PM & 8PM and Sundays at 3PM & 7:30PM.  Tickets are priced at $76.50 and can be purchased by calling the box office at 212-921-7862, by logging onto or by visiting the Snapple Theater Center box office. A limited number of premium front row seats are available for each performance priced at $126.50.

August 13th, 2014


Those Jordan almonds wrapped in tulle?  NO.

Check out  Les Cinq Amandes the luxury confections designer featuring the finest European dragées, chocolates and custom gifts and wedding favors from around the world.   Order  colors to match your wedding decor, with oh-so-elegant packaging!  

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August 6th, 2014

Look Who Just Got Married on Long Island! LONG ISLAND WEDDINGS

We so congratulate Long Island’s top event planner, Michael Russo on his July 26, 2014 wedding at Harbor Club at Prime in Huntington, NY.

We adore everything about this…Our best wishes to the happy couple!


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July 30th, 2014

Wedding Toast with VOGA DETAILS & IDEAS

Looking for an elegant alternative to the standard wedding favor?  This vino is different.



VOGA Italia hails from Italy, the country best known for producing some of the world’s best wine, as well as for its’ keen sense of style. VOGA Italia’s collection encompasses crisp, delicious wines thoughtfully packaged in a revolutionary designed bottle — a sexy and sleek glass cylindrical bottle featuring a unique resealable cap.

The collection retails from $5.99 to $15.99 and includes Pinot Grigio, Merlot, Moscato, Dolce Rosso, and Sparkling.   Best of all, it also comes in a personal sized “Baby Sparkling” wine  (187 mL), mini sparkling wine in chic packaging that makes for a perfect wedding favor.  It retails for $5.99 each — just tie a ribbon and tag and your guests are good to go!


July 17th, 2014

Thatched Cottage Closes, Leaves Wedding Couples in Limbo IN THE NEWS



We are sad to hear that the Thatched Cottage in Centerport is closing in October.  Not a surprise, since they had filed for bankruptcy protection.  Sometimes that helps businesses get back on their feet.   Not in this case, however, and we know many couples who had booked their wedding there are now scrambling to find a new venue.    As Newsday reported in January, back then eight couples cancelled their wedding reception there, just in case.

Which begs the question, did you book your wedding there and are now stuck trying to find a new space?   Let us know here.

July 14th, 2014

Bridal Reflections Sample Sale & Trunk Shows! FASHION FRONT

Great news at Bridal Reflections:  On July 31st, they are holding a SAMPLE SALE!

This is happening at the Carle Place salon only and appointments are required — 516-742-7788.
The dresses are being sold for $350-$895 and valued at $2,500-$7,000! Featured Designers: Ines Di Santo, Eve of Milady, Lazaro and Jim Hjelm. This event is cash and carry. No alterations.


In addition, Bridal Reflections is hosting several trunk shows this month –

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7/11-7/31                      Victor Harper Trunk Show Month
7/24                              Renee Pawele Bride- Couture Bridal Accessories
7/31                              Thomas Knoell Accessories

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7/9                               Renee Pawele Bride- Couture Bridal Accessories
7/11-7/13                      Stephen Yearick Bridal & Evening Wear
7/18-7/20                      Yaki Ravid
7/23                              Thomas Knoell Accessories

7/10                              Boutique De Voile- Veils and Accessories
7/25-7/26                      James Clifford



June 20th, 2014

Generations Riviera Maya HONEYMOONS

You may have noticed that I’ve been gone for bit — but there’s good reason:  I was on a fabulous hosted vacation in Mexico at one of the newest beachfront resorts, Generations Riviera Maya, a Karisma Hotels and Resorts property.  

This 144-all-suite resort, which is just a quick half hour ride from the Cancun airport, features butler service and all-inclusive gourmet cuisine in its on-site restaurants that are individually themed — and each one is beautifully decorated to suit your mood.   Feel like Pan Asian for dinner?  Try Jade’s Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai and Vietnamese menu.

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Looking for something bold and unique?  Make a dinner reservation at Wine Kitchen, Restaurant & Tasting Room, which has a seductive ambiance.  

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Of course, for casual fare there’s the beachfront Chef Market Grand Cafe & Deck, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets to please every palette.  

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I sampled pretty much EVERYTHING in there and here’s one item that you CAN NOT MISS:  the chocolate cake.   It was available every day and seriously, this was the best chocolate cake (moist, creamy) that I’ve ever had.    But I digress — let’s talk about the suites!

In a word:  massive.  I stayed in an elegant one bedroom jacuzzi suite featuring a living area separated by a decorative divider.  The living area features a pull-out couch and dining table–plenty of room for your BFFs.  But if there’s a whole group of you, there are larger suites available — a three bedroom suite, for instance, can also include an infinity pool right outside your balcony.

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Each suite overlooks the resort’s refreshing (and huge!) infinity pool …

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…and of course, the beach.  The beach!! 

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See the look of sheer bliss on my face?   This can be you.  

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So if you’re wondering where to go on your honeymoon or just a fun getaway with your friends, either before or after your Long Island wedding — look no further than Karisma