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Sneak Peek: Tina and Robert’s Villa Barone Manor Wedding Bronx, New York

Tina and Robert are officially hitched! Styling and designing this wedding over the last 9 months was so much fun.  I’m so thankful for the referral from Jonisha and Jason.

Here are some decor shots from Saturday and I can’t wait to see what Glamour Me Studio captured.

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More to come in a few weeks!  So stay tuned…

Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones

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Sparkle and Shine: Happy 4th of July!

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Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones

Photo credit: Broxton Art via The Knot

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Stylists Tips: How to Find the Wedding Gown of Your Dreams Without Breaking the Bank

If you are a bride on a budget or simply a gal who loves a great bargain, you can find a bridal dress at an affordable price. Here are some of your options:

Buy a Second Hand Dress

You can purchase a dress that someone else wore for their wedding at a fraction of the original price. Some brides-2-be feel this is bad luck and are not comfortable with the leftover karma of a pre-owned dress. Also leftover, most of the time, are the tares and stains that may not have been properly repaired or cleaned.

Wear your Mother’s Dress

She’ll be thrilled, but after all the alteration and dry cleaning costs necessary to get her dress looking fresh…you may not be.

Shop Sample Sales

You may find a wedding dress at a great price at a sample sale. They are generally chaotic, overwhelming and nerve racking. You compete with all the other girls shopping at the same time who are trying to grab the best buys. You are on your own without a stylist or salesperson that has the knowledge and expertise to help you make the right decision. They are held only a few times a year so you will have to wait to buy. Gowns that are handled by hundreds of girls, digging through racks and racks of inventory, get damaged and stained easily. As far as the special and beautiful bridal shopping gown experience…it’s not happening here.

Or you can shop a boutique specializing in designer wedding dresses without the designer price tag like Forever Amour Bridal. Our bridal salon is warm and welcoming with stylists who are dedicated to taking the stress out of finding your dream dress. We provide highly personalized service with an amazing assortment of leading designers in all styles and sizes. All gowns are priced significantly below regular original retail prices. Check out our reviews on The Knot…Now we’re talking!

Call Forever Amour Bridal today, by appointment, 212.486.2900 or Email us.

Stylishly Yours,

Regina and Joanna

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Decor Comparison: A Tale of Two Weddings at The Marros Estate in Rye, New York

One of my favorite wedding locations in Westchester is in Rye, New York. I refer to it as a “hidden treasure.” The Marros Estate is located on the expansive grounds of the Greek Orthodox Church. The 19th century stone mansion takes you back to the elegance of Old World European charm. Simply breathtaking!

Well, I had the pleasure of working two weddings at Marros. One where my role was that of a wedding day coordinator and the other as the planner and stylist. Can you guess which wedding was styled by me?

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Wedding #2:

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Are you having a wedding at The Marros Estate? If you are, I would love to help you transform the space. Don’t settle for “default settings” make your wedding reflect you and your fiancé(e)’s style.

Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones

 

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Heeltastic: Valentino Dia Crystal and Satin Evening Pump

Are you looking for the perfect shoes to compliment your designer gown? Well, you may want to check out these swoon worthy Valentino’s.

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Oh my gosh, aren’t they glamorous? Run to Neiman Marcus to buy a pair before they are out of stock.

Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones

 

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Summer Sale: Find The Wedding Gown of Your Dreams at Forever Amour Bridal

Our friends at Forever Amour Bridal are having a summer sale starting Monday, July 23rd. They have amazing prices for designers like Simone Carvalli, Paloma Blanca and more. Stop by this lovely boutique and tell Regina or Joanna you heard about them from me, Tamieka L. Jones, at A Perfect Setting. They will take extraordinary care of you!

Call and book your appointment today! This is a sale you don’t want to miss.

Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones

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Find Your Seat: Different Ways to Display Seating Arrangements

One aspect of planning my clients dread the most is coordinating seating arrangements. Unfortunately, there’s no way around it unless you have an event with 50 or fewer guests or decide to do maitre d’ seating.  So here are a few different options to consider to help your wedding guests find their table assignments with ease.

1. Segmented Seating Charts: I created this display for a rustic wedding at Harvest on Hudson and loved the results. It’s also a less expensive option than having a handcrafted custom seating chart.

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2. Custom Seating Chart: My graphic designer handcrafted this gorgeous seating chart with lace and pearls from a vintage theme wedding I designed at Cortlandt Colonial.

Photo credit: Photos by Johnathan

3. Escort cards: This is the most common option of them all. The tent cards can be printed with the table number/name on the front or the inside.  Just note printing the number on the inside costs more.

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Photo credit: Nick Carter Photography

Whichever way you choose to guide guests to their tables, be sure to list your guests names in alphabetical order.  Otherwise, you will have a traffic jam around the table that will take quite some time to dissipate.

If you’re interested in learning more about our stationery services, don’t hesitate to contact us!

Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones

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Jonisha + Jason: A Modern Classic Wedding at The Fountainhead New Rochelle, New York

Reflecting on this wedding brings a huge smile on my face. I worked with Jonisha and Jason to get them “white carpet” ready for 18 months.  They envisioned a semi-formal modern yet classic wedding that was vibrant in color and spirit. I would best describe their style as understated elegance.

One common element you will see are accents of bling from the attire to the decor. Enjoy the details of this lovely coral, peach and tan wedding!

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englewood-new-jersey-wedding-plannerJonisha fell in love with a light gold bridal gown and it paired perfectly with the bridesmaids’ coral dresses by Alfred Angelo.

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new york city wedding plannerJonisha’s bouquet is one of my all time favorites!  I’m so glad I asked the floral designer to add gloriosa lilies and orchids to the mix.  They really gave the bouquet texture and depth.

new-york-city-wedding-plannerPew and column decorations were a gift to Jonisha and Jason from the wedding coordinator of St. Luke AME Church.

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new-rochelle-new-york-wedding-plannerThe hostesses wore peach dresses, by the same designer, to distinguish them from the bridesmaids.

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new-rochelle-wedding-plannerDuring dinner I whisked Jonisha to the bridal suite for a dress change. To make Jason feel included we had him change his tie (lol!).  Once they re-entered the room, the party turned up thanks to Finer Touch Entertainment!

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Do you envision a detailed wedding that’s understated yet elegant? Click here for us to chat! We will have so much fun working together.  I promise!

Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones

Planning: A Perfect Setting, Inc.

Church: St. Luke A.M.E. Church

Reception: The Fountainhead

Bridal Gown: Mon Cheri

Bridal Shoes: Ivanka Trump

Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Angelo/Alura’s Bridal

Bridesmaids shoes: Marc Fischer/Macy’s

Tuxedos: Jos A. Bank

Groom and Groomsmen shoes: Cole Haan/Jos A. Bank

Floral Designer: Arcadia Floral Co.

Invitations + Favor tags: Cousin of the Bride

DJ: Finer Touch Entertainment

Photo/Video: Garden State Photo Studio

 

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Christian Louboutin: Shoe Glam Alert for the Modern Cinderella Bride

French designer, Christian Louboutin, has done it again!!!  I can’t stop swooning over these gorgeous mesh embellished mini crystal pumps.

Can you see the glittery back quarter and heel?  OMG, I think I want a pair!

Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones

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Sneak Peek: The Fountainhead New Rochelle New York Wedding – Jonisha and Jason

Here’s a sneak peek from Jonisha and Jason’s semi-formal wedding.  These two couldn’t be more perfect together!

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Isn’t this bouquet breathtaking? Stay tuned for more next week!

Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones

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