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Real Event: Dragos and Marcela’s Growing in the Garden Baby Shower

Dragos and Marcela didn’t have a theme in mind to celebrate the coming of their twins; Emily and Dragos Jr. After inquiring about the nursery theme (to avoid duplication), I came up with a baby shower theme growing in the garden with an emphasis on butterflies and frogs.

The parents-to-be decided to host the baby shower at their residence in the Riverdale area of the Bronx. I chose a cheerful color scheme of hot pink, yellow, navy blue and orange.

The centerpieces were artsy in design to resemble flowers growing in a garden with pretty butterflies resting on them. Flanked on each side of the oblong rectangular centerpieces were moss frogs.

The cake design was a replica of the graphics from the custom invitations. It sat pretty on top of a table styled with a bright yellow underlay and green “grass like” overlay.

The growing in the garden baby shower was a hit! I can’t wait to style and design another one. Are you discerning and stylish? Do you envision a modern styled baby shower with a level of sophistication? If yes, click here to inquire about our decor design services.

Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones



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Sneak Peek: Dragos and Marcela’s Baby Shower

It’s such a huge compliment when past wedding clients hire A Perfect Setting for another milestone event. I was simply overjoyed to have an opportunity to work with Marcela and Dragos again. They were expecting not one baby but two! Just like the wedding, they wanted a stylish celebration to welcome their twins E + D. Here’s a sneak peek with more to come next week.

Can you guess the sex of the twins based on the color scheme?

Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones




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Custom Stationery: Cinderella Inspired Wedding Invitation

Today I want to share with you some more fabulous graphic design and paper styling from A Perfect Setting’s talented graphic designer. When I explained to Zeb I was styling a modern Cinderella wedding and showed her the graphic from the acrylic envelope box for inspiration, she knocked the design out the park and exceeded my expectations once again. LOL!

Shown is a 5×5 invitation suite in coral with deep coral and navy blue imprint. Do you see the Cinderella pumpkin coach without it being so Disney-ish?

Since we work with the discerning and stylish, Tina and Rob had to have their wedding day stationery coincide with the invitations. Shown is a 6×6 layered table number, 2×2 favor tag, and tent escort card.

If pre-designed invitations aren’t for you, call 800-451-2951 to schedule a consultation. Designing custom invitations and stationery is a lot of fun.

Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones

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Real Wedding: D’Andrea and Jarrett’s Wedding at The Davenport Club in New Rochelle

D’Andrea grew up in Westchester and wanted to return home to marry the love of her life. Getting ready took place in her granddaddy’s home in Yonkers. When Carmel and I arrived hair and make-up was running ahead of schedule – a day-of wedding coordinator’s dream.

She chose the wedding colors peach and silver with accents of bling.

I love how the bridesmaids wore different styles in the same color and fabric.

Before heading to the church, D’Andrea wanted to take some time to read a letter of love and appreciation to her granddaddy. These two have a special kind of love. What a touching moment!

The blushing bride was all smiles as she made her way to her love, Jarrett. Once she was down the aisle, Chandai made a mad dash to the reception hall to oversee floral and decor set up.

These two love birds couldn’t stop flirting with each other during the ceremony.

Although A Perfect Setting was hired for wedding day coordination, D’Andrea knew my specialty is decor design. During our hand over meeting, she asked if I could enhance the ballroom setting. I quickly pulled out linen swatches for her consideration. I also suggested she rent chairs.

The napkin ring holders were made out of bling wrap.

D’Andrea was so overwhelmed with emotion when she entered the ballroom. She immediately started crying as she thanked me for taking her wedding decor up a notch.

The night ended on a high note with a thank you speech from the newlyweds. Jarrett and D’Andrea were truly gracious hosts. Chandai, Carmel and I enjoyed working with this couple and their families. Ah, another great wedding for us to brag about!

Are you having fun planning your wedding but know you need a wedding coordinator to set your plans in motion on the day-of? If yes, click here to learn more about our wedding day coordination services. It’s an investment you won’t regret! I promise.

Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones

Wedding Day Coordination: A Perfect Setting, Inc.

Ceremony: Sacred Heart Church

Reception: The Davenport Club

Bride’s Hair: Styles by Stacy

Bride’s and Bridesmaids Make up: Make up by Natasha

Florist: Odyssey Floral Design, Inc.

Photography + Videography: H & H Photographers

Transportation: Eclipse Limousine



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Wedding Trend: Transform Your Event Space With Uplighting

Today lighting is key to enhance and transform an event space from ordinary to extraordinary. Although there are many different types of lighting, the most popular is uplighting. Check out a few of my favorite events where uplighting was incorporated into the decor design concept.

White uplighting to enhance the purple and gold wedding decor at the Radisson Hotel New Rochelle.

Blue uplighting to enhance the bold and dramatic Fall wedding decor at Crest Hollow Country Club.

Red uplighting to take the decor up a notch for a swanky retirement celebration at the Radisson New Rochelle Hotel.

Do you see the impact? I wish I had pictures before the uplighting was turned on so you could see the difference.

If you don’t have the budget to design a gorgeous table top with custom linens, chargers and fancy centerpieces, uplighting is the way to go. Most venues provide this service free of charge. Just be sure to ask before you book. There are some venues that charge a fee to flip the switch.

Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones

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Sneak Peek: D’Andrea and Jarrett’s Westchester New York Wedding

D’Andrea and Jarrett secured a Maryland based wedding planner to assist them with their Westchester, New York wedding. However, the unexpected happened! Their planner became ill and needed emergency surgery. D’Andrea knew she needed a Westchester wedding day coordinator to help set her plans in motion. Thanks to WeddingWire she discovered A Perfect Setting and hired us over the phone 9 weeks prior!

Stay tuned for more on this PEACHY bling wedding next week!

Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones

Photo credit: H & H Photographers



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Destination Wednesday: Beaches Turks and Caicos

It’s Destination Wednesday again! I am uber excited to tell you about my two night stay as a Certified Sandals Specialist at Beaches Turks and Caicos – “The Caribbean’s Hottest Family Resort.” It’s a great getaway for a family vacation, romantic trip or a destination wedding. The resort is ONLY 15 minutes away from the airport. It has 19 restaurants, 10 pools, 4 villages, two pristine day care centers, a retail village of shops and so much more.

The Caribbean Village is situated in the midst of lush gardens with easy pool and beach access. Here’s a quick glimpse of the Honeymoon Luxury Concierge Suite.

The French Village is set back from the ocean, with easy pool access and it’s near the water park. Inspired by the elegance of Versailles, this village features formal gardens, romantic fountains and a cypress-lined boulevard of restaurants. Charming chateau-style accommodations surround a stunning zero-entry, half-acre pool.

The Italian Village is grand yet intimate with easy pool, beach and water park access. With a commanding presence in the center of the resort, it brings a touch of la dolce vita to the Caribbean. I had the pleasure of staying in this village. Check out my over-sized suite. It was truly home away from home!

The kids room can accommodate up to three children. There’s a trundle underneath the bottom bunk. They can entertain themselves with X-Box while you relax on the other side of the pocket door.

The room features a king size mahogany, four poster bed, adorned with a plush duvet, lounge sleeping chair, 42″ flat screen TV plus a bar area with its own refrigerator and microwave.

The view from the balcony…

The newest addition to the property is the Key West Village. It’s simply luxurious and modern with a laid back “The Florida Keys” vibe.

Next is a glimpse of the fabulous Key West One Bedroom Concierge Suite with a garden view. It features a master bedroom with luxurious furnishings.

The suite comes with a fully equipped kitchen with state of the art stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops. There is a large living room with a trundle, flat screen TV and dining table.

Now onto the Key West Four Bedroom Butler Villa Residence. Can you believe these Villas sell out 9 months to a year in advance?

In addition to having 4 unique villages to choose from, Beaches Turks and Caicos has great activities for kids ranging from infancy to adolescence. I was quite impressed with Camp Sesame that caters to children from 0 months to 4 years old located in the Key West and Caribbean Villages.

Which village is your favorite? I’m torn between Key West and Italian. If Beaches Turks and Caicos interests you for a family vacation, destination wedding or a luxurious getaway, click here to go to my Sandals website to check out current pricing for rooms and airfare! Or call 800-451-2951 to schedule a consultation for us to see which Sandals/Beaches property works best for your style, travel interests and budget.

Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones


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Real Talk: Why A Perfect Setting Can’t Be Your $1500 “Day Of” Wedding Coordinator

As a Wedding Planner and Stylist, I truly love working with clients who value what I do and trust me 100% to ensure their wedding day is stress-free. I’m fully aware not every potential client will be able to hire A Perfect Setting. However, lately I’ve had too many inquiries asking “Why are you so expensive?” or “Can you reduce your price?” And the answer is No, unfortunately I can not be your $1500 “Day Of” coordinator. And here’s why…

The phrase “Day of” is totally misleading. It makes me cringe every time I hear it because it is impossible to show up on the day of the wedding and manage it efficiently and effectively. Our Wedding Day Coordination aka Month of Services begins 6 weeks prior to the wedding. This includes meetings, conference calls, venue visit, confirming with vendors, reviewing contracts, creating schedules and timelines, 10+ hours on the wedding day – just to name a few. Most importantly it is my job to find the pitfalls in the wedding plans and resolve them weeks before with little to no stress. And I always find pitfalls! That “Day of” Coordinator, for $1500 or less, won’t get to address these issues until the day of or the day before your wedding.

Now let’s talk numbers! Say for instance you hire A Perfect Setting for Wedding Day Coordination. Here is a simple breakdown that may raise your eyebrows a bit.

$1500/6 weeks = $250 a week

$250/5 days = $50 a day

And I haven’t included the hourly pay rate for my trained coordination assistants to this equation. Would you work for less than $5o a day?

Team APSWE would LOVE to give you the opportunity to be a guest at your own wedding. However, we simply won’t offer a service that doesn’t allow us to do our job thoroughly. And it’s a myth to say a Coordinator can execute an entire event properly in ONE day. I hope you now understand the value of this service and why A Perfect Setting can’t be your $1500 Day of Coordinator.

Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones

Photo credit: Nick Carter Photography (1st and 3rd pic) + Windau Photography









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Custom Stationery: Glitz and Glam Wedding Invitations

Look what’s HOT off the printing press!!! My graphic designer and I have been working on this custom wedding invitation project with Melissa and Christopher for the past 9 weeks. And the end result is simply EXQUISITE!!!

If you’re thinking about having a glitz and glam wedding, this sparkly invitation is right up your alley. The best part is the glitter won’t come off and make a mess!

Are you having a difficult time finding the right invitation to set the tone for your wedding? Maybe customized invitations just aren’t for YOU! Give us a call to come into our Westchester studio. Together we can create the right configuration, paperie combination, and graphic design that reflects YOU and ONLY YOU!

Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones









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Real Wedding: Francis and Soye’s Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury Long Island

When Soye proposed to Francis, he knew they needed to enlist the services of a seasoned wedding planner. He immediately thought of A Perfect Setting thanks to a job well done for his Doctorate graduation party in 2009. Francis, on the other hand, didn’t think the investment was worth it until the planning journey started to unfold. Working with two, crazy in-love, New York City Department of Education psychologists for 14 months was a lot of fun. What I loved most was opening and closing our planning meetings with prayer!

Francis envisioned a glitz and glam wedding with a color palette of pale pink and blue. However, this color scheme was better fit for Spring. So I suggested we deepen the color palette to include burgundy, medium to dark shades of pink, platinum and charcoal grays for her November wedding.

The day began with a super early start at the Residence Inn by Marriott in Plainview, Long Island. Coordination assistant, Simone, and I handled getting ready at the hotel while Chandai oversaw set up for the ceremony and reception.


After Francis took a moment to take in her bridal transformation, Nick asked if we had time for a few bridal portraits (of course we did!). I gently closed the bedroom door to give Francis the peace she needed to relax and revel in the moment.

Francis looked absolutely exquisite in her Demetrios bridal gown. The addition of cap sleeves added a romantic and timeless touch. Her pink and ivory bridal bouquet was designed to perfection to coordinate with the style of her gown.

The bridal make-up was simply flawless! Can you tell Francis loves the color pink?

While planning the order of service details, I suggested Francis and Soye observe the sand unity ceremony with their sons to represent the union of a blended family. Judah and Jaydrien were so excited to participate.

When Francis and Soye entered the Emerald ballroom, they were astonished by the bold and dramatic Fall wedding decor (a last minute change due to Crest Hollow’s unexpected news of re-upholstered chairs. The new seat color totally clashed with the original linen decor).

After all the oooh’s and aaah’s, Francis said “This is so beautiful!” and started to cry. She loved how I inverted the wedding colors by styling the tables with burgundy linens and blue napkins to coordinate with the chairs.

Lush floral arrangements captivated with diamond crystal curtains surrounding an upside down champagne vase. For a decorative twist, an open rose was placed inside the vase on each table in alternating colors of pink and burgundy.

The paperie (menus, favor tags, and table numbers) was custom with graphic design elements from the invitation suite. My graphic designer/paper stylist exceeded my expectations, as usual. She’s super talented! Click here to see a close up photo of the paperie.

Blue uplighting was the finishing touch!

Knowing how much Francis loves glitz and glam, I splurged on the sweetheart table design. It was styled with high-end custom linens; a charcoal gray base with a platinum sequin overlay that sparkled like diamonds from every angle in the room.

During dinner, I whisked Francis and Soye out of the ballroom for a quick wardrobe change. On our way to the bridal suite, we stopped for a few pics outdoors. Thank God Chandai remembered to bring stylish umbrellas.

Francis’ second bridal look was understated elegance. She chose a strapless peplum bridal gown. Francis had the train cut and added a bejeweled beaded applique belt to take the look of the gown up a notch. The finishing touch to this look was a rhinestone hair comb to accent her side swept chignon. Soye’s second look was simple; a blue and gray neck tie with a solid blue pocket square.

Once Mr. and Mrs. Zaid-M were ready, guests experienced another riveting introduction by bilingual MC Edwin from Finer Touch Entertainment which segued into a turnt up dance set.

This Crest Hollow Country Club wedding was simply magical with a day filled with showers of blessings. The love Francis and Soye displayed for one another brought forth blue skies and sunshine to everyone that witnessed their day of commitment. I will forever be #TeamZaidM. My prayer is for God to protect this marriage each and every day.

Stylishly Yours,

Tamieka L. Jones

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

Bridal Gown #1: Demetrios via Macy’s Bridal by Demetrios

Bridal Gown #2: David’s Bridal

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

Bridal Hair: Styles by Stacy

Bridal Shoes: Nine West and Ivanka Trump

Bridesmaids dresses: Eden Bridals via Macy’s Bridal by Demetrios

Ceremony + Reception + Wedding cake: Crest Hollow Country Club

Cinematography: LJR Films

DJ: Finer Touch Entertainment

Groom + Groomsmen Tuxedos: San Marko

Hotel Accommodations + Rehearsal Dinner: Residence Inn by Marriott

Photography: Nick Carter Photography

Transportation: Tran-Star Executive Limo



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