January 22nd, 2015

“I Do” with a Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks IN THE NEWS

Ladies, just heard about this new trend:  Couples are getting married at … Starbucks.   Seriously.


And we can’t even.


January 13th, 2015

A Sweet Tooth Tour for Valentine’s Day FUN STUFF


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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

Bridal Reflections Expands Massapequa Salon! FASHION FRONT

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!

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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: 

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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

Editor’s Note:

 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

A Unique Take on the Bridal Bouquet, at Bridal Reflections FLOWERS

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.

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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.

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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


Massapequa Salon

10/16 Boutique De Voile- Veils and Accessories Trunk Show

September 18th, 2014

Some Bubbly for your Long Island Wedding DETAILS & IDEAS

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.

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Try a few of these  Signature Cocktail Recipes:
MARTINI® Prosecco Bellini

2 parts white peach puree

MARTINI® Prosecco

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

Save The Dates for Bridal Reflections Trunk Shows! FASHION FRONT

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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


Massapequa Salon


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!!


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 www.Ticketmaster.com 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.