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Custom Stationery: Starry Night Theme Day Of The Event Stationery

A few weeks ago, I shared with you these gorgeous custom, handcrafted sweet sixteen glitter invitations from our stationery division.  Today, I want to show you how our graphic designer carried the starry night theme from the invitations to the escort cards and table names.  Consistency is keep when it comes to paperie!


Looking for custom stationery for a wedding, sweet sixteen or any milestone event?  Give us a call 800-451-2951.  We would love to create custom, handcrafted stationery that’s unique to you.

Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones





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Real Wedding: Jasmine and Jared’s Marros Estate Wedding in Rye, New York

I can’t believe 6 years ago Councilman Jared Rice and Jasmine tied the knot in Westchester. I can recall our initial consultation as if it were yesterday with Jasmine clearly stating her preferences as Jared silently tallied how much each would cost (LOL!). “Please don’t take me to David’s Bridal“, “No chair covers, please. I want nice chairs!“, “And please don’t take me to a catering hall. I’ve been to them all in Westchester!” As she continued to rattle off her preferences, I just smiled and said to myself  “This is the flavor of bride I’ve been praying for!

a-perfect-setting-weddingsJasmine rented two penthouse suites at Avalon on the Sound East in downtown New Rochelle for wedding day preparation.

Jean M invitationsThe wedding colors were a vibrant blend of yellow, orange, brown, bronze and gold – simply perfect for a Fall wedding. Jasmine’s mango calla lily bouquet captivated from every angle and complimented her gorgeous silk satin Simone Carvalli gown.












custom-invitations-westchester-new-yorkAfter guests enjoyed cocktail hour under a tent in the Spanish courtyard, they were mesmerized by the presentation of the escort card table.

marros-estate-rye-ny-weddingsGorgeous taffeta pintuck linens, matte satin yellow napkins, gold chargers and custom chocolate circular menus with gold foil imprint added a level of sophistication to the table settings.  The finishing touch was fruitwood chivari chairs with matte satin yellow cushions to match the napkins.


marros-weddings-in-rye-new-yorkJasmine loves candles therefore I had to incorporate them into the decor for the reception. Candles were everywhere throughout the ballroom; in the windows and on every table. The effect was simply breathtaking!



westchester-wedding-plannerTo enhance the wedding experience, guests were surprised with entertainment during dinner. But I also had a surprise for my bride. Jasmine loves animal print but didn’t mention this detail until all the decor was finalized. I had to find a way to incorporate it in the wedding but wasn’t sure how. When I secured Sira I described the color scheme in hopes she had a costume that would compliment the decor. When she responded “I  have an animal print costume that would coordinate perfectly“, I knew God was working in my favor. Whew!

It was the best feeling in the world to hear Jasmine shout from the sweetheart table  “I love my wedding planner” as Sira started her performance.






westchester-wedding-plannerJasmine and guests danced the night away thanks to Finer Touch Entertainment. She didn’t want it to end and I didn’t either. I truly enjoyed working these high school sweethearts but I’m so blessed to have them as friends today.

Are you too busy to plan, design and coordinate your wedding? Are you concerned about setting a realistic budget? Do you desire to have a wedding that looks high end without the price tag? If yes to one or all, I can definitely be of assistance. Click here to learn more about our full service planning services.

Wedding Planning + Styling + Design: A Perfect Setting, Inc.

Ceremony: Shiloh Baptist Church

Reception: Marros Estate

Bridal gown: Simone Carvalli

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

Bridal shoes: Stuart Weitzman

Custom Bridal veil: Lisa Oquendo

Bridesmaids dresses: Amelia’s Bridal

Tuxedos: Men’s Warehouse

Transportation: Club International Limo

DJ: Finer Touch Entertainment

Photography: Nick Carter Photography

Cinematography: Dream Images RLMP





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Custom Stationery: An Estate Style Wedding Invitation Suite

Paperie is an important aspect of what I do when it comes to styling and designing a wedding. The invitation sets the tone and style as it reflects the degree of formality of the celebration.  So please choose wisely!

Here’s a glimpse to see how A Perfect Setting’s paper stylist incorporated the bride’s color selection of silver, wine and blue into her custom wedding invitations.  In an effort to keep the invitations within budget, I suggested a flat ensemble (no layering of paper) with an emphasis on the graphic design.  It was refreshing to work with a 4×9 invitation suite – a first in a very long time!


We also provided the bride with the Spanish translation of the wedding invitations for her family to enjoy.

Anything is possible when working with us for your stationery needs! Are you looking for wedding stationery that coordinates with the style and theme of your wedding but is unique to you and only you?  If yes, click here to learn more about our custom stationery services and how we can help you set the tone for your upcoming wedding.

Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones



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Stylist Advice: Get Sleek and Sexy for The Big Day…Without Really Trying!

For many brides and bridesmaids, getting into “the dress” can create a lot of stress and anxiety as they wonder, “I ordered my dress in a size X …will I still be that size when the Big Day comes around?” Some may even go as far as deliberately ordering their dress a size or two smaller because they wish to lose some weight before the ceremony. It’s helpful to know that there are a few key things that you and your bridesmaids can do that don’t require counting calories or following any particular diet.

Hot Tip # 1-Water Water Everywhere

Ok, we all know this, but it bears repeating.  Water is Earth’s zero-calorie beverage of choice. While individual daily consumption needs vary, a decent rule of thumb is to aim for about 6-8 glasses a day, which is about 48-64 ounces of water.  If that feels too overwhelming, take things slow by gradually adding glasses of water with your meals each day. Start by drinking 1-2 glasses of water with your breakfast one day, then a few days later have water with your lunch and so on.  As you intake increases you will likely to consume far less “liquid calories” overall-and that’s a good thing!

Hot Tip # 2-Eat Your Veggies

This may seem like a “no-brainer” tip also, but it’s amazing how little love veggies get. It’s all too common for potatoes  to be go-to vegetable at a meal, but that leaves a lot of other tasty choices behind, including those which are far less starchy and low in calories that you can eat without busting your calorie budget.  Broccoli is a vegetable a lot of folks are familiar with and may choose add to the mix from time to time, but what about some other vegetables that typically get less exposure?  Like Spinach or Swiss Chard?  Kale or Bok Choy?  Or even Asparagus or Carrots? Add these in abundance to your plate at breakfast, lunch or dinner and you’ll be less likely to indulge in large portions of unhealthy food.

Tip# 3-Get Up and Dance!

Chances are high that at some point during the wedding reception, you are going to take to the dance floor to get your groove on…so go ahead and get a head start in practicing your dance moves. Dancing is a simple and low-impact way to fit in some physical activity into your routine.  It’s possible in just 15 minutes of dancing to burn off up to 100 calories or more. Do that twice a day several days a week and you’ll start shaving hundreds of calories off each week. Do more and you’ll see even greater results as your clothes start to feel looser and you feel an increase in your energy.  And the best part-no gym membership required!

These are just a few of many quick simple steps you can take to keep you on track for the Big Day. Give them a try and experience the difference!

Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones



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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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