Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!!!!!

From all of us at PBW, we wish you and yours a very happy and healthy new year! May 2011 bring all of us much love, success, prosperity and good health.


Monday, December 27, 2010

Winter Magic at the Venetian: Lauren and Brian's Big Day

It was such a pleasure working with this wonderful couple!

Lauren came to Melissa with a few months to spare, needing assistance in bringing her design elements and special touches together for her white and silver (with bling, of course!) winter wedding December 4th. They hit the ground running (without even meeting in person until weeks later!)...securing fabulous linens, chargers, a custom runner, beautiful silver chameleon chairs, and revamped the couple's design concept with a new floral designer (the amazing Lisa and staff at A Touch of Elegance!). Lauren was amazingly laid-back and loved all the options we set before her...a total breath of fresh air!

The day was seamless...without a snag in any detail of the whole day...a rarity in weddings (most planners and vendors will tell you this!), especially with a bridal party of 24! Lauren was a vision in her couture Kenneth Pool gown..bridemaids were gorgeous (all 12 of them!)...and Brian was uber dapper along with his groomsmen.

The Venetian Palazzo Ballroom was simply stunning ...people were almost afraid to walk in the room (and we loooove that!). Three gorgeous centerpiece designs from A Touch of Elegance set the sophisticated and opulent atomosphere our couple was looking for!

Thanks so much to the fabulous team of vendors that came together to make this day perfect:

Floral Design: A Touch of Elegance (

See a glimpse of their day here!
Limos: Danaro Limousine (

Linens: Cloth Connection (

Chargers: Something Different Party Rental (

Silver Chameleon Chairs: Classic Party Rental (

Custom Runner: The Original Runner Company (

Entertainment: The Kevin Osbourne Band of Hank Lane Music

Lighting and Montage: Magic Moments

An extra special thank you to Carlos, Jimmy and the staff at the Venetian...another amazing job, as usual! And to the incredibly talented and tres magnifique Berit Bizjak of Images by Berit ( for capturing all of the special details of this day...the sneak peek of images we received has us salivating for more (And we will be showcasing more for sure)!

And last, but not least, a special shout out to our very own Adhari and PBW intern Alicia for being on point as Melissa's assistants...way to rock it out, ladies!

Cheers to you Lauren and Brian...much love and happiness always! Thanks for allowing us to be a part of your perfect day!

Friday, December 24, 2010

"It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!"

Greetings and happy holidays! My apologies to our readers...I've been a very bad blogger. This December was one of our busiest and we simply couldn't find time to update our blog. Our new year's resolution will undoubtedly be to blog more!

We had so many great weddings and events in December. Congratulations to our December brides: Laura, Lauren and Katie. And for the first time in years PBW has a New Year's Eve bride. Very exciting!

I promise to post pictures from all of these gorgeous events asap, so be sure to check back after the holiday.

But for now, let me take the opportunity to wish you and yours a very merry Christmas!!!


Thursday, December 9, 2010

Wish Upon a Wedding - NJ's Launch Party

It's that time of year again...parties, celebrations, and lots of holiday cheer. It's also a time to reflect and be thankful for all the generous gifts we receive.

I must thank all the vendors who have reached out over the past several months offering to donate services to Wish Upon a Wedding brides/couples. Words simply cannot describe how grateful the entire board is for your generosity! We will soon be granting wishes and utilizing your services...but first, we have to celebrate the launch of one of the organization's newest chapter...NEW JERSEY! Our board has been very hard at work planning a fabulous launch party! The event will be on January 18th at 6:30pm and will be held at the amazing Florentine Gardens. If you are a vendor wishing to get involved with the organization or a wedding professional of any kind, or just someone looking to learn more about our NJ are invited! Please email me for details!

I hope to see all of you there!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Helpful Article on

I recently had the pleasure of working with the editors of on an article about wedding and budgeting. Hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

I just wanted to take a moment and wish all our blog readers a very happy Thanksgiving! We have some great weddings coming up in December and will be sure to blog all their fabulous details soon!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Amazing Professional Pics!

I love it when photographers rock it out (and call me and my team "chicks!") Be sure to visit John Arcara's blog to see the amazing images he recently captured at PBW clients' Kelly and Tom's Asbury Park wedding! Words simply can't describe it...just fabulous photography. Thanks John!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Congratulations to Kristen and Juan!!!

PBW clients Kristen and Juan were married on Saturday and enjoyed a gorgeous reception at the Heldrich. PBW ladies Angela and Rose were on hand to ensure the day went flawlessly! The weather was perfect and the reception room looked fabulous! We hope to post professional pics soon...(but you can check out some great images at Special thanks to A Touch of Elegance for the breathtaking centerpieces and Cloth Connection for the linens. Wishing the adorable couple all the best!!!!

Elyssa and Tom - Purple Elegance at Florentine Gardens!

It is with great pleasure that I'm finally able to congratulate PBW clients Elyssa and Tom on their wedding! We have been working with this sweet couple for two whole years! I have enjoyed every single minute of it...and as usual, it was bitter sweet to see all our hard work come to fruition this past Saturday night. This Delaware couple came to us for help planning their entire wedding. We booked all their major vendors and then started the design process. We ultimately decided on a color palette of light green and deep purple with gold accents. By incorporating Tuscan style seating, lush linens, unique floral arrangements and couture stationery, we were able to deliver to our couple the wedding of their dreams! It was a fabulous and flawless evening! And I MUST give a huge shout out to my right hand girl Melissa for all her hard work that nightA special thanks to everyone who helped make the event so spectacular!

Denise and her staff at Florentine Gardens, A Touch of Elegance for the gorgeous florals, Sal Travis Entertainment and Elegant Ensembles for the entertainment, Cam Turner Designs for stationery, Creative Unlimited Videography, Scott Bush Photography, Something Different Party Rentals, Table Wraps for linens, Cakes by Stef, Pink Comb Salon for hair and makeup, and The Original Runner Company for the stunning aisle runner.

Congratulations to this absolutely amazing couple. We wish them years of happiness!!!!

P.S. I promised I'd give a shout out to Bern and Nicole..(huge WWIIA fans who were at the wedding) Hi was such a pleasure to meet you!!!!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Pics are in: Shannon and Aaron's Fall Engagement Shoot!

Though 2012 seems so far will be here before you know it!

The newest couple to join the PBW family, Shannon and Aaron will be kicking off 2012 with a sophisticated and uber stylish winter wedding at the Addison Park in central NJ. With design concepts and color palattes swirling in her head, Melissa is too excited to get the party started with this adorable couple!

The couple snatched up the talented Josh Lynn right away and got moving with a late October engagement shoot in Spring Lake..the location of their January nuptuals. We love all the shots, Josh!

Looking forward to lots of fun in the coming months, Shannon and's going to be a blast!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Congratulations to Anisa and Kevin!

After two long years of planning and designing, PBW clients Anisa and Kevin tied the knot in pure style!!! It's always bitter sweet when we finally execute a flawless event...sweet because there's no better feeling in the world than seeing years of hard work come to fruition...bitter because you no longer get to work with such wonderful clients! As you can see from these gorgeous pictures by Josh Lynn, the wedding was autumnal, colorful and elegant!

Special thanks to all the amazing vendors who helped make the day so perfect!

Park Avenue Club (venue), A Touch of Elegance (florals), Elite Sound (entertainment and lighting), Elle Ette (stationery), Party Rental Ltd (linens), Something Different Party Rental (rentals), Krystle Clear (video), Lisa's Candy Buffet (dessert/candy).

I have to thank Anisa and Kevin for two fabulous years of working was such a pleasure!!! I wish the couple years of wedded bliss!!!!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Classic Elegance, with a twist: Lindsey and Jonathan

We are so excited to share some wonderful images of PBW couple Lindsey and Jonathan's October 16th wedding! Shout out to Chris and Suzanne at CLB Photography for the fantastic shots!

Melissa began working with this special couple early in 2009...the wedding day seemed so far away, but they went ahead and hit the ground running, securing all the fabulous vendors to set the day up for success! Lindsey and Jonathan wanted to celebrate in style...keeping with the traditions of classic elegance, BUT were looking something other than the "cookie cutter" image of the term.

Over the coming months, Melissa worked with the couple to create a classy, yet modern palatte of pewter and black, with touches of deep pinks, merlots and greens. The gorgeous floral design by A Touch of Elegance was brought together with lighting and rentals that included beautiful pintuck linens from Table Wraps and black chiavari reception chairs by Party Rental Ltd.

The backdrop to this event was the ballroom of the Grand Summit Hotel in Summit...and we have to say, it was an amazing transformation that made all of Lindsey and Jonathan's guests say "WOW!" . 21 months of working together made this day bittersweet for Melissa...but it was all worth it the moment our couple saw their room for the first time!

It was a truly memorable celebration and we thank Lindsey, Jonathan, and their adorable daughter Abigail for allowing us to take this wonderful journey with them!

And now...a huge shout out to the A-Team of professionals that made this day great!

Make-Up and Hair: Tricia Catenaro and Ten Hair and Makeup
Transportation: Santos VIP Limo

Photography: CLB Photography (

Floral Design: A Touch of Elegance (

Linen Rentals : Table Wraps (

Chairs: Party Rental Ltd.
Stationery: Cam Turner Design (

Entertainment: Sam Hill Entertainment- Only in America Band

Shuttle: Coach USA

And a very special thanks to our own Erika for being Melissa's right hand and rocking it out!

Cheers to you, Lindsey and Jonathan...we wish you a lifetime of love and happiness!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Lord and Taylor of Westfield - Shopping For a Cause

On Wednesday I had the honor and privilege of taking part in Lord and Taylor of Westfield's semi-annual charity shopping event. They asked me to design a holiday table using some of their gift department's gorgeous holiday decorating items. I really enjoyed coming up with a festive and unique table design and then talking to customers about how they can set the perfect table for their holiday entertaining. The best part...everyone who attended that day (and there were thousands!!!) bought tickets and the proceeds benefited dozens of local charities. Thanks to so many generous friends and family, I was able to raise hundreds of dollars for the NJ Chapter of Wish Upon a Wedding. I'm so grateful for everyone who came out to support my charity! I'm also very thankful to Patty at Something Different Party Rental for the beautiful linens and place settings and Lisa from A Touch of Elegance for donating the beautiful florals. I'm excited to take part in the next event this coming spring! Hope to see you all there again.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Professional Pics are In! Heather And Anthony

Here are some amazing shots taken by Laura Bruen on September 18th at the wedding of PBW clients Heather and Anthony. Special thanks to A Touch of Elegance, Original Runner Co, Pink Cake Box, Table Wraps, Cam Turner Designs and the staff at the Stone House in Stirling Ridge.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Professional pics are in! Kelly and Tom...

Take a look at these fabulous images we just received from last Friday's wedding at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel in Asbury Park! Special thanks to Jon Arcara Photography for these rockin' images.

Kelly came to PBW last year asking for help in designing a chic, modern and colorful wedding. We decided on a unique color palette of midnight blue and lime green. By incorporating mirrors, crystals, custom stationery and shimmer linens, we achieved a stunning look that really wowed the client...Check out the reveal pic below...I never get tired of seeing their expressions when they walk into their ballroom for the first time!!! I absolutey loved working with Kelly and Tom and wish them nothing but the best!!!!

And of course, a huge shout out to our amazing vendors that day:
First and foremost...a HUGE thanks to my fabulous assistant Erika who was my "go to girl" all day.
Stephanie and her staff at the Berkeley, Ultimate Caterers, Touch of Elegance (florals), Infitinity Studios (lighting), Cam Turner Design (stationery), Cloth Connection (linens), Something Different Party Rentals and Jersey Street Furniture.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Busy Busy Weekend!

Congratulations to all our PBW brides who tied the knot over the weekend: Lindsey, Kelly and Liz all had beautiful and flawless events and we were honored to be part of them. I promise to post professional pics asap but here are a few teasers!