Monday, April 27, 2009

More Fabulous E-Pics!

Check out these beautiful pics!!!!

Our clients Eva and Delon recently had their engagement pics taken by Chris and Suzanne of

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Westfield NJ - Papyrus Bridal Event - Sunday April 26

If you're in the area, Papyrus of Westfield will be having their annual Bridal Event tomorrow from 12 to 5pm. I hear the Westfield street fair/spring fling is also it should be a great day!!! I, along with my good friend and photographer Josh Lynn, Mike Hernandez of Sounds to Go DJs and Stef from Cakes by Stef will be on hand at the Papyrus store to talk to brides. Be sure to come out and enjoy the street fair and visit us! See you there!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

PBW Bride Featured in a National Bridal Hair Magazine

As you all know we simply adore Michelle LoConte of the Pink Comb Salon and I Do Hair and Makeup. She has such amazing talent and has transformed dozens upon dozens of our clients into glamorous brides for their wedding day! Her work has received praise and recognition over and over again and most recently she was published in a national bridal hair magazine. And we're proud to say that one of our very own brides Lauren Kovacs was featured in the spread. As you can see from the pictures, Lauren looked stunning on her big day! Her "do" was simply fabulous!!! Also credited in the magazine was her makeup artist...PBW's very own Adhari Fullman. Congrats to Michelle and her team, Adhari...and of course to Lauren, a truly beautiful bride!!!

Our wish was granted...Professional pics of "OZ" are here!


We got a fun treat yesterday....more pics!!

We are so excited to share some of the amazing images of Melissa's Baby Shower... captured by Chris Lo Bue, one half of the fabulous team at CLB Photography!!

Here is a pic of me and
Chris being silly....

Thanks so much Chris...they are FANTASTIC! And another huge THANKS to everyone involved!



Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Somewhere Over the Rainbow...Another PBW Baby is on the Way!

On Sunday, the PBW ladies gathered at the Jumping Brook Country Club in Neptune, NJ for a joyous occasion...Melissa's GORGEOUS Wizard of Oz themed baby shower! It was absolutely beautiful (but we expected nothing less...come on's the super stylish and detail oriented Melissa we're talking about!!!)
The tables were designed to reflect popular elements from the classic movie. There was a Dorothy, Tin Man, Emerald City name it, Melissa had it! I however, was seated at the Glinda Good Witch table...not sure if that's a good thing (LOL), but I didn't care one bit because the table was beautiful!
Special thanks to Linda and Jill of for the creative and breathtaking table centerpieces...those ladies are so talented! And to Cam Turner for the adorable invitations and stationery, and to for the delicious and one of a kind cake. CLB Photo was on hand to capture the day...and we'll post their pics soon! But here are some images I captured.
Melissa, we all wish you, Jay and baby Loiacono many days of joy...and even more nights of sleep!

Love always,
Jenny and the team!

Amazing tablescapes!!!

One of our favorite floral designers, Lisa from Touch of Elegance ( recently created three UH-MAZING table designs for an event at the Meadow Wood Manor in Randolph. All I can say is WOW! I'm always so in awe of her work, but this time she really blew me away. Check out these pics!

Congratulations to Lori and Richard!

We recently had the honor of working with Lori and Richard. The couple exchanged vows on April 3 and celebrated their wedding at the beautiful Manor in West Orange. Our very own Melissa worked closely with the couple to help them coordinate their elegant dream wedding. Colors were subtle hues of spices with touches of callas for beauty! Special thanks to for the beautiful flowers and Vito from for the amazing pics! We had such a great time working with Lori and Richard and wish them nothing but the best!!!!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

You Love Us!!!!

We just recently heard exciting news. PBW was chosen as one of NJ's "best of" in the wedding planner department on! Brides voted for their faves and we are so excited they love us! Thanks to all our wonderful clients who gave us such fabulous kudos. We couldn't have done it without you!

It's time for spring wedding design reveals!

We're always looking for new and fabulous wedding design concepts. It's one of our favorite aspects of the job! It seems recently however, we've been getting a good number of requests for black and white damask tablescapes and designs. I love the pattern...and love a good design challenge. Melissa and I turned to our go-to floral guru Lisa at Touch of Elegance and we had an intense brainstorming session. After hours of meetings and two parking tickets in the NYC garment district...(ugh) we hit the jackpot and found our inspiration!

Our clients wanted over the top, elegant, unique and drop dead gorgeous. Their only wish...make sure there's purple and some damask. I think we hit the nail on the head with this one! Lisa created a one of a kind, amazingly tall lamp shade design with damask fabric, hanging crystals, internal lighting...the works! We complimented with pink and purple peonies and roses, smoky purple linens, bengaline cushions, silver beaded chargers, room lighting, damask treatments on napkin and candles and custom stationery by Cam Turner Designs.

We unveiled the design to the client last night in our studio and they were BEYOND thrilled!!! We love that!!!! So now we are overly anxious to unveil this design at the wedding next month at the Liberty House (there's alot more to it...a total of 3 different centerpiece styles that all compliment each other!!!!) It's gonna rock!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Wall Street Journal article - Something Borrowed, Something Green

I recently had the pleasure and honor of being interviewed for an article in the Wall Street Journal (hits newstands today). The controversial topic focused on whether or not couples should ask for money instead of tangible presents at their weddings.

Personally, I feel it's NEVER ok to ask for a gift, be it money or a new set of steak knives. I'm sorry if you have 2 blenders, 4 cutting boards and zero counter space. It's NEVER classy to ask for cash!

So to all the brides and grooms out there who may be tempted to include a small line that reads "monetary gifts preferred" in their invitations....DON'T DO IT!

Love Jenny


Beautiful Drama!

We recently had the pleasure of working with a wonderfully creative couple, Canella and Adam. When they came to us over a year ago, they asked for our help in creating an over the top theatrical and dramatic wedding design that was unique and reflective of their love of the arts. By using deep rich colors, lush florals, designer masks and special entertainment like professional belly dancers and contortionists, we were able to help the couple have a beautifully dramatic wedding unlike any other! Special thanks to Terrace on the Park, Touch of Elegance for lighting, florals and linens, Magic Moments for the amazing music, Jar of Ideas for the gorgeous stationery, Screaming Queens and for entertainment, and of course the incomparable Josh Lynn for photography. Canella and Adam, we loved working with you and wish you all the happiness in the world!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

New Episode of WWIIA airing May 19th!

Hello WWIIA fans! We have a new episode coming out soon! The wedding of Divina and Aaron will be airing Tuesday night May 19 at 10pm on the Style Network. This episode is sure to please for several reasons:

1. The couple is simply fabulous...great personalities, outgoing, the works!

2. The design/theme of their wedding was so original...stemmed from the place of their first encounter... "Barnes and Noble."

3. I was 7.5 months pregnant while filming (I apologize now for my HUGENESS and LETHARGY!)


Wedding planners, Professionalism and the Puffer Fish

I typically rely on blogging as a means to share news, trends and exciting accomplishments with our readers. But I'm taking a different route today...offering some insight into something that I feel is definitely worthy of blogging.

It’s not often that PBW gets to mix wedding planning with marine biology. Unless, of course, you count ocean-themed weddings! But that’s a topic for another blog entry.

We’re sure you’ve seen pictures of the pufferfish – the big, round, intimidating critter – right? Well, it turns out that the pufferfish is, in fact, a pretty clumsy, slow, puny member of the underwater kingdom who needs to puff itself up with air and water to appear bigger and meaner to ward off potential predators.

Well, people tend to puff themselves up too – in job interviews, online dating profiles, and lots of other situations involving exaggerated self-promotion. It’s called puffery and while we at PBW don’t condone any exaggeration of credentials or accomplishments in the wedding planning industry, we can understand why some planners may feel the need to do so.

We are alarmed, though, about a disturbing trend that a number of brides-to-be have alerted us to where mere puffery has morphed into something entirely different and more distasteful.

It seems that the wedding planning business is not immune to the type of badmouthing, devious plotting and outright lying that you expect to see on primetime reality TV programs like “The Apprentice” or “Survivor.”

We’ve heard stories about planners making personal attacks against not only other businesses, but individual planners as well, including unfounded statements about physical and mental health, as well as other outright fabrications.

Maybe it’s the state of the economy and a fiercer competition for a limited pool of clients. Maybe it’s a lack of good business acumen or principles. Perhaps it’s just general cattiness. Or maybe something more…psychological.

Whatever the root cause may be, the good news is that this type of talk seems to have the opposite of the intended effect. All of the brides-to-be who we’ve spoken to say they found such comments off-putting and considered it a factor in deciding against using that particular planner.

We here at PBW take great pride in our reputation and professionalism. We don’t badmouth other planners. We don’t need to. We let our success, rate of referrals and the overwhelmingly positive comments of former clients speak for itself.

Chances are if your prospective planner spends time talking about their competitors instead of focusing squarely on their own abilities, services or accomplishments, they may not really have great confidence in those services or their ability to provide you with the wedding of your dreams.

PBW encourages all of its prospective clients to meet with several planners before deciding whose services to use. In fact, we are so confident in our wedding planning philosophy and abilities that we want you to meet with us last. We guarantee that we will do our best to exceed any comparable package or services.

And that’s not just puffery, that’s a fact.