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Pumptastic: Oscar de la Renta Ambria Metallic Beaded Lace Sandal

I guess this week is all about Fashion! Look what I found…a sparkly lace beaded sandal by Oscar de la Renta. All I can say is GORGEOUS!

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Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones

 

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The Stylist Picks: Ines Di Santo Madrid Bridal Gown

I can’t stop swooning over this drop dead gorgeous Ines Di Santo bridal gown!!!  It screams COUTURE for the stylish and discerning bride. I call this look Vintage-Mod. Vintage and a touch modern fused together.

Chantilly lace is so romantic and timeless rendering a vintage look.  But the scalloped plunging V neckline with illusion sleeves finished with lace cuff gives this sheath silhouette a modern flair that’s simply breathtaking. A simple cathedral veil would be the perfect finishing touch.

Check out more fabulous gowns by Ines Di Santo here.

Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones

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Real Wedding: Francis and Soye’s Crest Hollow Country Club Wedding Trailer by LJR Films

Happy Friday!!! Check out this amazing cinematic wedding trailer from our friends at LJR Films. Lesean Rowe is super talented with a creative eye. Oh to the MG!!! I can’t stop watching this video. I just love everything about it; the music he selected for the trailer, the couple, the gorgeous fall wedding decor by yours truly (wink wink), guests having a great time on the dance floor and the list goes on and on.

Video is the dynamic element that allows a couple to relive the magical moments of the wedding day just as they occurred. I’m so glad Francis and Soye changed their minds and added cinematography to the wedding budget. The additional cost was well worth the investment and I knew they would be in great hands with LJR Films.

Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones

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Destination Wednesday: Sandals Emerald Bay

2 weeks ago I shared my experience at Sandals Grande Antigua. Today I want to share the second property I toured on the FAM trip -  Sandals Emerald Bay in Great Exuma, Bahamas known as the “Ultimate Golf & Spa Resort.” The airport transfer is only 10 minutes away from the George Town airport. The resort is sophisticated just like Sandals Grande Antigua but secluded within 500 tropical acres along a pristine 1 1/2 mile powder sand beach and seven exceptional restaurants.

Here’s a sneak peek at the Beach House Oceanview One Bedroom Walkout Butler Suite.

Just imagine romantic walks with the love of your life on this beach. The sand really feels like powder under your feet!

If you are about that Pub life, there’s one on the property to enjoy!

Here are a few peeks of another suite; The Beachfront Honeymoon Walkout Butler Villa. It’s truly  home away from home with a Butler waiting for your arrival.

Your very own walk-in closet!

Enjoy reading a great novel in this seating area as you listen to the ebb and flow of the ocean.

If you or your fiance(e) are into golf, this is definitely a great property for consideration. You will enjoy the Greg Norman designed champion golf course. Golf is included for select room categories. As a Certified Sandals Specialist, I would love to tell you more about this amazing, low-key yet luxurious get away. Call me TODAY at 800-451-2951 or click here to go to my Sandals website!

Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones

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Love is Sweet: Valentine’s Day Wedding Cakes

As the saying goes “Love is sweet!” and so are these Valentine’s Day wedding cakes.

Modern and super cute! - Bridal Partytees.com

Rustic and ombre – Brides.com

Pink and red elegance -  Pink Cake Box

I’m loving this tiered red cake with pink separators and floral accents.

Wishing you a fabulous Valentine’s Day a day in advance!

Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones

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Fabulous Find: A Great Way to Include Your Kids in the Wedding Ceremony

Very often we think of marriage as the joining of just two people – the Bride and Groom. However, with children present from previous relationships, marriage becomes the proclaiming of a new family – a blended family. Studies show children accept a parent’s marriage more readily when they feel included in the wedding plans. While most couples include their children in the bridal party, I think it’s more meaningful when they are also recognized during the wedding ceremony. Many of my clients have incorporated their children in the sand pouring ceremony to emphasize the blending of two families. But I recently discovered a fabulous find that’s a great symbol of unity and love when children are involved- The Family Medallion.

It’s available as a pendant (for a necklace or charm bracelet), lapel pin or ring. The design of the three intertwined rings is the perfect symbol of a couple coming together to create a blended family. Each medallion comes with a resource booklet on how to recognize and present the children with The Family Medallion during the wedding ceremony.

Will your marriage create a blended family? Are you looking for a great way to include your children or step children in the wedding ceremony? If yes, check out and order The Family Medallion today!

Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones

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Real Wedding: Aimee and Michael’s Surprise Wedding at The Radisson Hotel New Rochelle

Aimee was struggling to get her wedding plans started. When her bestie mentioned I was a wedding planner she called me immediately. And what a pleasant surprise it was to hear Aimee’s voice after all these years! She said “Julissa told me you’re a wedding planner and I knew I had to call you. If you’re still the way you were in high school, I know you will get the job done!” And my response was “Nothing has changed but the date!

With Aimee and Michael wanting to exchange vows in 5 1/2 months, I was retained immediately to plan, design and coordinate their swanky engagement party that would turn into a surprise wedding. Yes, surprise! So I came up with a plan to switch the itinerary for the wedding day by having the cocktail hour first, ceremony then dinner and dancing. And I knew the Radisson New Rochelle hotel would be the best venue to help me pull off this surprise wedding!

I convinced Aimee and Michael to go with an elegant invitation that didn’t scream WEDDING. When I came across this unique matte amethyst pocket invitation with 4 slots with metallic gold card stock inserts of different sizes, I knew it was the ONE to set the tone for the occasion! Each insert had a title; This is it!, Celebrate, Accommodations and RSVP with all the details for the engagement party.

The first look took place right outside the Radisson New Rochelle hotel. After an emotional embrace and a few snaps from Max, everyone departed to take formal portraits at the Huguenot Twin Lakes park on the grounds of New Rochelle High School.

After formal portraits were done, the bridal party returned to the Radisson to change for the engagement party. As guests arrived, they were directed to the chic Noma Social lounge to enjoy an extensive cocktail hour.

At the conclusion of cocktail hour, guests were directed downstairs to the Empire ballroom and were blown away by the gorgeous engagement party decor; gold chivari chairs with plum cushions, gold shimmer linens, orchid shimmer napkins, custom table numbers, candelabra floral centerpieces with crystal strands, gold bedazzled chocolate favors and uplighting.

Once all the guests were seated, the DJ started playing soft background music which was my cue to start the ceremony. The Honorable Sallie Manzanet-Daniels entered the ballroom to welcome everyone to Aimee and Michael’s surprise wedding in Spanish and English. The ceremony processional began and the exchange of vows took place in the middle of the dance floor for everyone to witness. After the pronouncement, I had my lighting tech turn on the wedding gobo and it was P-A-R-T-Y time.

The surprise wedding was such a HUGE success, I received a heartfelt compliment from Aimee’s dad at the end of the night. He said “Tamieka I must be honest with you. I was totally against Aimee hiring a wedding planner. I felt it was an extra expense that wasn’t needed because our family has planned weddings in the past. But after seeing the room, experiencing such an organized wedding day and how you handled the planning and RSVPs. I get it! I now see and understand the difference a professional brings to the table. Thanks for making my Aimee happy and keeping her stress free!

And this is why I love what I do. Are you discerning and stylish like Aimee and Michael with very demanding careers? Let’s chat and see how we can work together.

Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones

Wedding Planning + Event Styling + Design + RSVP Services + Day of Coordination: A Perfect Setting, Inc.

Bridal gown: Maggie Sottero via Kleinfeld

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

Bridal shoes: Nine West

Bridesmaids gown: Bill Levkoff via Macy’s Bridal Salon by Demetrios

Entertainment: DJ Lex (Friend of the Groom)

Wedding cake: Family friend of the Bride

Photography: Maximillian B Nucci Photography

Cinematography: Unique Visions Studio

 

 

 

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Destination Wednesday: Sandals Grande Antigua

As a Wedding Stylist and Certified Sandals Specialist, I advise my clients on the best places for destination weddings, honeymoons and luxury vacations. Less than 2 months ago I had the pleasure of attending a FAM trip to experience Sandals Grande Antigua. The airport transfer is a short distance – only 15 minutes. The resort is situated on Antigua’s best beach with 11 global restaurants and a gambling casino near by.

The Mediterranean village is a mid-rise building with luxurious suites. The architecture draws inspiration from the palatial villas of European coastal cities.

Here is the view from the Mediterranean Honeymoon Ocean View Club Level Suite.

The Caribbean village is a tropical paradise with private low-lying villas where you can enjoy your very own plunge pool.

Both villages come with Butler Elite services to anticipate your every need.  Imagine having a cell phone to reach your Butler from anywhere on the property. If you want to experience new heights with special touches and surprises, you must try Butler Elite.

Antigua is one the most beautiful locations for weddings, honeymoons or a romantic getaway for two. I would love to help you figure out which room category would be best for you. Click here to see all that Sandals has to offer!

Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones

 

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Sneak Peek: Aimee and Michael’s New Rochelle, New York Wedding

I miss working with Aimee and Michael who found one another thanks to eHarmony. Planning, designing and coordinating their fete was a lot of F-U-N! Here’s a sneak peek from this New Rochelle wedding with more to come next Friday.

Stay tuned!

Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones

 

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Let’s Celebrate: A Perfect Setting Turns 11 Years Old Today

A Perfect Setting has been in business for 11 years! I am so grateful for our clients, past and present, for helping us continue to do what we love to do; plan, design and coordinate the BEST events ever!!! Since it’s also Throwback Thursday, I thought it would be super cool to show still moments in time of myself and my amazing coordination assistants.

Once in a while we get to pose as a team in between ceremony and reception. Simone has been with APSWE since August of 2006 and Chandai since October 2011.

Photo credit: Nick Carter Photography

Before sending a bride down the aisle, I always check to make sure she’s 100% photo ready for her grand entrance while a coordination assistant cues the processional. Communication via walkie-talkies is EVERYTHING on the day of the wedding.

Photo credit: Oliver Kpognon Photography

I stay busy from the moment I arrive on the scene doing whatever is necessary to get the bride and her bridal party ready for the ceremony while my assistants oversee the fellas and ceremony set up.

Photo credit: Glamour Me Studio

I try my best to stay out of the shots but sometimes it’s just impossible. I must escort my bride to her limo with my emergency kit in hand. If you only knew how heavy this bag is! But I won’t complain, I must be prepared for the unforeseen.

Photo credit: Yun Gen Yang Photography

Once in a blue moon I’m hired by a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. unbeknownst to me. So when it’s time to sing the Sweetheart song on the wedding day I proudly put my clipboard down and serenade my sister-client with my sorority sisters.

Photo credit: Windau Photography

I found another Team APSWE shot with Carmel who has been with APSWE since June 2009.  Simone would have been in this shot but she was busy getting Dragos and Marcela to the restaurant after the ceremony. It truly takes a team effort to efficiently and effectively coordinate the day of the wedding.

Thanks for reminiscing with me.

Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones

 

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