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Pumptastic: Valentino Couture Bow Lace Pumps

Are you looking for gorgeous lace pumps to coordinate with your wedding gown? Well, you may want to visit Saks to check out these peep-toe Italian lace pumps. They are so romantic and timeless!



Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones


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Custom Stationery: Starry Night Theme Sweet Sixteen Invitations

Besides planning and styling events, A Perfect Setting also offers custom stationery for any milestone occasion. Thanks to a referral from Finer Touch Entertainment, my graphic designer and I were hired to provide custom stationery for a New Rochelle sweet sixteen party at the Surf Club on the Sound.

After an initial consultation to understand the client’s vision, color scheme and theme a proposal was presented with three invitation configuration options along with a variety of card stock swatches for selection. Once the configuration and paper were chosen, the graphic design phase of the project began. After the design was approved, the client received a complimentary invitation suite sample to touch and see.  Cool right?


custom-invitations-westchester-new-yorkAre you looking for custom invitations for a wedding, sweet sixteen, bar or bat mitzvah in Westchester?  Give us a call!  We would love to hear from you. 800-451-2951

Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones



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Real Wedding: Michelle and Rocco’s Vintage Wedding at Cortlandt Colonial Ballroom

Nothing excites me more than to work with a bride that loves details as much as I do. 10 minutes into the initial consultation, I knew I could give Michelle the level of detail and sophistication she wanted for her vintage wedding especially since the “default settings” provided by Cortlandt Colonial just wouldn’t do.

She chose a lovely color palette of Victorian lilac, ivory and pinks. The decor concept had a huge emphasis on lace, pearls and mercury glass.  It all began with the design of the custom invitations – gorgeous cameo metallic paper with Victorian lilac imprint.

westchester-wedding-plannerMichelle carried a gorgeous clutch bouquet with just a hint of color; amnesia and vendela roses, white lisianthus, white ranunculus, and accents of purple caspia. For her something blue, she pinned a lucky charm next to her custom embroidered tag.







wedding-planner-in-westchester-new-yorkI love how the vibrant bouquets with amnesia roses, hot pink spray roses, purple lisianthus, solid purple dendrobium orchid heads and clippings of purple stock popped against the bridesmaids’ gowns.

outdoor-cocktail-hour-cortlandt-colonial-ballroomI added a few high boy tables to the cocktail hour set up with ivory satin linens and Victorian lilac sashes and napkins







The entrance area is typically used to display escort cards. But I decided to do something a little different by styling the mirror shelf with vintage elements – lace doily runner, strewn pearls, and pillar candles. For guest seating, I had my graphic designer handcraft a custom layered seating chart adorned with Victorian lilac lace and Swarovski pearls. Simply vintage chic! And a great keepsake to frame for the home.


lace-and-pearls-wedding-in-cortlandt-colonial-ballroomThe ballroom tables were designed with two different centerpiece styles, ivory satin linens to the floor with exquisite floral lace overlays. With my love for paperie, the table top was styled with custom layered table numbers and menu cards tucked in pocket napkin folds adorned with a touch of purple caspia.


The venue typically uses a 6 foot table for the cake (way too big for a wedding cake!).  So I used the table for the favors only – Godiva chocolates. Oh, what a treat! Who doesn’t like Godiva?

homestyle-bakery-peekskill-lace-wedding-cakeThe vintage buttercream cake sat pretty adorned with Victorian lilac ribbon and a vintage pearl brooch on a custom ivory pearl cake riser.  I was overjoyed when I came across Lenox Jubilee pearl cake and knife serving set, toasting glasses and guest book. These accessories fit the theme perfectly.


cortlandt-colonial-weddingAlthough Cortlandt Colonial has uplighting, they only have lighting on two walls of the ballroom. So I had to add uplighting to the wall behind Michelle and Rocco. I also added lighting throughout the garden area to enhance the guest experience once the sun set.


big-apple-entertainment-pelham-new-yorkBig Apple Entertainment was the DJ for the night and they certainly kept guests on the dance floor.

vintage-wedding-a-perfect-setting-wedding-cortlandt-colonialIt was a pleasure styling and designing this Cortlandt Colonial wedding in Westchester. And I only had to manage 12 vendors/suppliers to bring the decor vision to life.

Are you into details like Michelle? We would love to handle the decor of the wedding while you plan it. Click here to learn more about our decor design services.

Event Styling + Design: A Perfect Setting, Inc.

Ceremony + Reception: The Ballroom at Cortlandt Colonial

DJ: Big Apple Entertainment

Bridal gown: Oleg Cassini

Bridesmaids gowns: Allure Bridal

Bridal gown Cleaning and Preservation: A Perfect Setting, Inc.

Favors: Godiva

Photography: Photos by Johnathan

Wedding cake: Homestyle Desserts Bakery

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Guest Blogger: Stress Management Tips for Busy Brides

Dress fittings, invitations, rehearsal dinners and more! As a busy bride, there’s a lot you’re likely dealing with, including tackling numerous tasks while trying to keep everyone involved and satisfied. Suddenly, minor things you never imagined could become sources of tension and stress may emerge, leaving you feeling frustrated and frazzled.

So what can you do to help manage wedding-related stress? Check out the following 3 quick tips for remaining blissful on the way to your special day.

Tip 1-Take Care of You

Whether you’ve been engaged a few months or a few years, as you set the date and the countdown to the big day begins, make maintaining your own health and well being a top priority. It might involve things like pampering yourself after a hectic week with something like heading to the spa, going for a walk outdoors or simply spending some time alone to rest and recharge. By caring for yourself and tending to your needs this way, you’ll be in a better position to focus on wedding matters that require your attention.

Tip 2-Manage Concerns

No sooner than you share the happy news of your engagement, you may find yourself hearing or reading tales of wedding horror stories that describe mid-ceremony disasters. It may lead you to start wondering whether or not your own special day will go smoothlyFortunately, there are ways to manage concerns like this to move from feeling helpless to feeling empowered. For example, if your concern is related to a reception detail that hasn’t yet been resolved, talk it over with your partner, your wedding planner or others who can help put things in perspective and offer assistance as needed. By addressing real concerns with practical solutions, you can make the shift from thinking the worst to preparing for the best.

Tip 3-Let Go

Your bridesmaids have opposite opinions about the wedding colors, a friend isn’t thrilled about the location for the ceremony and your co-worker is complaining about not being invited. Yikes! Are you wearing yourself out trying to make everyone happy in situations like these? Pause for a moment and breathe. Reflect on what matters to you and your partner in celebrating this special day. While you may wish that everyone else approved of every wedding-related decision made, it can help take some of the pressure off to recognize that this likely won’t happen.  So rather than dwell on it, let go of the idea that everyone will like all of your choices. As you weigh others’ opinions along with your own thoughts and desires, be comfortable with striking a balance that feels right for you.

These are just a few tips for managing wedding-related stress.  To learn more about goal-setting, accountability and support for your health and well-being, visit Balanced Butterfly.

Best Wishes!

Natasha Blakeney, MPH, CHES

Health Coach and Certified Health Education Specialist

Natasha’s passion and expertise in health and wellness spans over a decade, including experience as a health educator, trainer and health coach. Through Balanced Butterfly, Natasha supports women to unleash their own potential, create positive transformations and achieve their goals for whole, healthy living. A Certified Health Education Specialist, Natasha holds a BA in Physical Education, Exercise and Sport Science and a Master’s Degree in Public Health, in the area of Health Behavior and Health Education. Natasha is also a Health Coach, trained through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition®.

Photo credits: Dream Wallpaper, Accademia Eventi, Writing Culturist

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Sneak Peek: Michelle and Rocco’s Cortlandt Colonial Wedding Cortlandt Manor, New York

When Michelle booked the The Ballroom at Cortlandt Colonial, she knew she needed to enlist the services of a wedding stylist to help give the event space a refined transformation. Thanks to a Facebook post, asking for help, a mutual friend told her she MUST hire me. Talk about the benefits of 6 degrees of separation!

westchester-new york-wedding-designerThe decor for this vintage inspired affair was gorgeous with details galore.  I can’t wait to share more with you next week.

Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones





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The Stylist Picks: Wedding Gowns by Berta

Are you looking for a gown that will take your breath away?  Well, you must to check out wedding gowns by Berta.  #swoon-worthy…#sexy…#omg!!!  Here are a few of my favorite gowns from the winter 2014 collection.

This illusion back gown is simply exquisite!

Take the plunge!  I’m lost for words…

Look for a Berta Boutique near you!

Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones

Photo credit: Grace Ormonde via Berta


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Summer Sale: Wedding Gown Cleaning and Preservation

wedding-gown-preservation-nycAre you wondering what to do with your bridal gown now that the wedding is over? Well, I highly suggest our cleaning and preservation service. We partnered with the best of the best in the industry that offers the highest standard of quality and care of bridal gowns.



Here is how it works:

  1. You will set an appointment to drop off or have us pick up your bridal gown along with 3 accessories of your choice. i.e. veil, garter, tiara, gloves, sash, ring bearer pillow, etc.
  2. After we receive your gown and collect a 50% deposit, it will be inspected for stains, snags, holes, loose beading, etc. You will be informed about the current condition of your gown with the option for repair for an additional cost.
  3. Once your gown is checked into the system, it will be prepared for cleaning and preservation.
  4. 2 to 10 weeks later your gown and accessories will be ready for pick up, from our office, in a lovely preservation chest. It’s easy as 1-2-3!

Clean and preserve your gown before the sugar, perspiration, and grass stains become permanent! Click here to set up an appointment to drop off or have us pick up your gown. Our summer sale for this service ends Saturday, September 2oth.

Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones




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Tablescape Inspiration: A Bold, Colorful and Festive Table Setting

I love color! So I had to design a bold, colorful and festive tablescape for my stylized photo shoot at the Renaissance Westchester hotel.

Color Palette: Plum, Chartreuse, Ocean blue and Gold

event-styling-and-design-a-perfect-setting-wedding-and-events-westchester-plannerThe design concept was Moroccan inspired with a funky flair.  I decided to style the table with a gorgeous plum ruffle linen (oh, how I love any shade of purple!).  I had plum ruffle chair backs made to add pizzazz to the commonly used chivari chairs. My graphic designer did an amazing job with the custom menu cards; triple layer with silk backing.

If you envision a bold and colorful theme for your wedding, go for it! Thanks Matthew J Wagner for these awesome pics.

Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones

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

Tina and Robert are officially hitched! The ceremony at St. Luke AME Church in Harlem New York by Rev. Marcellus Norris was absolutely beautiful.

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 a few pics from Saturday and I can’t wait to see what Glamour Me Studio captured.


A Perfect Setting Wedding and Events, Inc.

More to come soon!  Stay tuned…

Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones

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Sparkle and Shine: Happy 4th of July!

high-end-new-york-city-wedding-plannerWhatever you do today, celebrate with style.

Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones

Photo credit: Broxton Art via The Knot

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