March 13th, 2015

A&E “Married at First Sight” Returns for Season 2 IN THE NEWS

Now we know some — OK — many of you are obsessed with the A&E reality docuseries, “Married At First Sight” – in which matchmakers and experts match up a couple but they don’t meet until their actual wedding date!   Well, we have great news for you.   This extreme social experiment is returning for a second season on March 17 at 9 pm EST on A&E.

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To celebrate, some fortunate New York singles got together on Thursday, March 12 for a super cool event with New York Magazine and featuring A&E’s “Married at First Sight” matchmaking experts Dr. Logan Levkoff, Dr. Joseph Cilona and Spiritual Advisor Greg Epstein.

Using the matchmaking science behind the hit show, the experts behind the series united compatible couples for the first time at an exclusive “Matched At First Sight” blind date mixer.  Using a questionnaire created by the “Married At First Sight” matchmaking experts, singles provided in advance in-depth looks into their personalities and preferences, answering thought-provoking questions such as:

  • Who do you prefer to initiate sex & intimacy: you or your romantic partner?
  • Describe yourself when it comes to being neat & tidy in your home environment.
  • What adjectives would you use to describe your mother/father? From these traits, which do you differ the most fro

The  experts then  carefully culled through responses to identify matches for the event at Troy Liquor Bar, 675 Hudson Street at 13th Street.   The most compatible pair won an island getaway, putting the match to the test on the “Ultimate First Date.”   We can’t wait to hear if it’s a true match!

 

February 25th, 2015

Special Trunk Show Events, Bridal Reflections! FASHION FRONT

Long Island Brides — shopping for your dress?  Be sure not to miss this very special Bridal Reflections Trunk Show — By appointment only!

GALIA CARLE PLACE

And mark your calendars for these  March trunk shows:

Carle Place Salon

3/4 Thomas Knoell Accessories
3/4-3/8 Galia Lahav
3/13-3/15 Lazaro Bridal
3/18 Boutique De Voile Accessories
3/20-3/22 Eve of Milady
3/20-3/30 CM Couture Evening Wear
3/27-3/29 Legends Romona KevezaBridal Reflections

Fifth Avenue Salon

3/5 Thomas Knoell Accessories
3/6-3/8 Victor Harper
3/12-3/15 Romona Keveza Couture Bridal & Evening Wear
3/18 Stephen Yearick Bridal & Evening Wear Fashion Show
3/19 Boutique De Voile Accessories
3/19-3/22 Stephen Yearick Bridal & Evening Wear
3/27-3/29 Ines Di Santo

Massapequa Salon

3/6-3/8 Blue by Enzoani
3/25 Boutique De Voile Accessories

February 16th, 2015

The Wedding Doctor Will Cure What Ails You IN THE NEWS

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.  

Jocelyn Charnas is "The Wedding Doctor."

Jocelyn Charnas is “The Wedding Doctor.”

 

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

Elisa DiStefano’s Wedding Details CELEBRITY WEDDINGS ON LONG ISLAND

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:

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Elisa and Mo

 

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.

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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: 

Massapequa Salon

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.

me and Diann

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.

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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.


MARTINI® Mimosa

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