National Stationery Show Spotlight: Fine Day Press

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I love the Global Weddings line by Fine Day Press. Each invitation set is named and design to give you the feel of the city for which it has been named. Cool, right? Their designs are very unique and would definitely make a statement. See their entire collection on their web site.






National Stationery Show Spotlight: Hello! Lucky

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Hello!Lucky has been a fav of mine for many years. One of the reasons that I love them is because they create stock invitations that feel custom. Primarily because of their unique designs. They will make a tweak to the color, add a unique font, and you can have your very own custom look. See their destination collection and much more on their web site.






I was sick as a dog a few weeks ago and totally missed the National Stationery Show. I was so disappointed. But I have the booth list and I want to spotlight some of my favorites invitation companies this week. So if you are still looking for your invitations, check out who I think is hot - all this week!

First up is Smock Letterpress. Love them! This was the amazing NSS invitation that they sent to me.



I have been a big fan of Smock for quite some time. Probably because I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE letterpress. If you can afford letterpress, do it! For me, it just raises the bar to send your guests an amazing invitation on the crispest of white card stock carefully printed on a fab letterpress machine. Here are some of my favs:






Oh My Aching Feet: Steve Madden's Bride Sandals

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We have all been there. Almost in tears because your feet are killing you. I don't know about you but your wedding day is going to be a long day. Here's a stylish alternative to swap with your high heels and still be super cute. Lovin' the "Bride" sandal by Steve Madden. Available at Dillards.



Here's something totally different, bridal lovelies. Fly high in Jamaica with “I Do at 700 Feet” wedding packages at Rainforest Adventures at Mystic Mountain. The Ocho Rios eco-adventure destination hosts nuptials above the treetops in pure Jamaican hospitality.

What do you get: fresh mountain air and stunning ocean views. “I Do at 700 Feet” wedding packages include a marriage officer, bridal bouquet, boutonniere for groom, on-site wedding coordinator, professional photography and more. Ceremonies take place flying high on the Sky Explorer or atop Mystic Mountain. Afterwards, the happy couple will slice into a one-tier wedding cake and toast with champagne. There is also a professional photographer and album keepsake, too!

Get your wedding rush at 700 feet with Rainforest Adventures at Mystic Mountain! Pricing information is available at (876) 974-3990, (876) 974-3991 or visit their web site.

PROMO: What's Good in Brides June Issue

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Check out these highlights from the June issue of BRIDES magazine, on newsstands today:


* Check out the new look of BRIDES: The editors have given the magazine a little mini-makeover this month. Look out for new typefaces and layouts—as well as an updated voice that looks at a wedding as both a modern celebration and a timeless ritual

* In our updated Buzz section, you’ll find all kinds of timely and seasonal information – this month, it’s nail polish that smells like bubble gum, a Lady Gaga-inspired wedding dress, and more (p 57 – 66)

* The editors of BRIDES (and our readers!) tested products galore in the BRIDES 2010 Beauty Awards to find the best brands to give any bride that wedding-day wow factor. We feature the top honors in makeup, hair, skin and fragrance (p 101)

* We tell you how to have no regrets on your wedding day: Real brides share their wedding mistakes – so brides-to-be can have a regret-free day (p 116)

* You wouldn’t believe the wacky things you can rent for your wedding day – hot-dog cart anyone? Check out our fun list of things that can spice up your special day (p 120)

* BRIDES has great ways to celebrate your wedding at any age – from dresses, to beauty tips and planning advice (p 180)

* Enter our BRIDES Operation Dream Dress contest: Create America’s most beautiful wedding gown. Submit a sketch of a wedding dress that illustrates this year’s “cutting-edge classic” theme and you could win $10,000 and will see your dress on the cover of BRIDES, and sold nationwide by David’s Bridal. Visit OperationDreamDress.com to enter (p 34)

NEW WINNER IN THE PLANET WEDDING GIVEAWAY

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We didn't hear from the first winner so we chose another winner. Hopefully, you will get back to us so that you can receive your copy of the fab book, Planet Wedding: A Nuptial-Pedia.

The winner is Jenny! Jenny, please email your mailing information to me @ bridalwishlist@gmail.com. Congratulations!

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PROMO: South Beach's The Angler's Boutique Resort

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The Angler’s Boutique Resort is the quintessential destination for honeymooners looking for a mixture of play and privacy; nestled away on Washington Ave this Mediterranean hideaway offers voyeuristic views of South Beach from your own villa-esque retreat. Cloaked in ivy with lush outdoor gardens and a lobby that looks more like a living room, this casually chic establishment is reminiscent of a friends European vacation home. More than just another pretty façade,



The Angler’s boasts personalized service so stellar they take in hand-penned thank you notes by the dozen. Each guest receives a mini-consultation before check-in to ensure all their hopes and desires are fulfilled during their stay. The admired property also offers a locally renowned restaurant, 660 at The Angler’s. Sit down at one of the communal tables on the front porch or at a cozy table for two in the garden and read from the menu fashioned to look like a story book written by the property’s previous visitor – Ernest Hemingway. Two blocks from the beach and all of the action, The Angler’s offers guests all the South Beach perks without the South Beach chaos or attitude.



The Angler’s travel package ‘Destination: Romance.’

· Welcome bottle of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries

· A love poem and rose petals on the honeymooner’s bed

· Framed picture of the couple from their stay upon departure

· Continental breakfast for two in bed each morning

· One romantic candlelight dinner for two at 660 – valued at $150

· Two beach chairs and an umbrella daily at our beach concession

**This package has a 3 night minimum

**Duplex with Jacuzzi $499/night. Villas: $699/night

For more information, visit The Angler's Boutique Resort.



Since opening in 2007 the Miami Beach property has remained a fresh approach to the luxury boutique resort experience reminiscent of old Florida. The service is sincere and attentive. The hotel is an enclave of 4 unique buildings featuring luxurious rooms that are designed for comfort and convenience. The Angler’s is ideally located minutes from the Port of Miami and Miami International Airport. The Atlantic Ocean is just two blocks away and a short walk will take you to great area restaurants starting in the lobby with our own 660 at The Angler’s.



660 at The Angler’s is located within the esteemed boutique resort. 660 at The Angler’s is a celebrated local dining staple. Headed by Executive Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli, the Mediterranean inspired menu at 660 is creatively presented without the sacrifice of sophistication or taste. Featured items include Crispy Braised Pork Belly maple, sweet potato, pecans, smoked oil, sea salt; Olive Oil Poached Piquillo Peppers goat cheese, crispy baguette, and sea salt; and Twelve Hour Braised Short Ribs with porcini & truffle risotto, and port wine reduction. Prices range from $4 to $29. A new beer list also débuted as well as an Artisanal cocktail menu with nostalgic drinks. 660 at the Angler’s currently enjoys its rating of #13 restaurants out of 404 in South Florida on TripAdvisor with the hotel in the top three spot consistently. Service is a hallmark for The Angler’s and 660. For more information or to make reservations, visit The Angler's Boutique Resort.

Capturing That Moment: The Brilliance of Gene Smirnov

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Philadelphia wedding photographer, Gene Smirnov, knows how to capture the moment. Look at these amazing images of bride and groom, Ksenia and Mitya. The backdrops for these photos were incredible. How cute is the ice cream photo? Love it. See his entire portfolio at smirnovweddings.com.







NO WINNER YET IN THE PLANET WEDDING GIVEAWAY

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The Bridal Wishlist and the writers of Planet Wedding, Sandra and Harry Choron are giving away a copy of their fab book, Planet Wedding: A Nuptial-Pedia. But we haven't heard from the winner, Ginger.

Ginger, you have until 5 pm today to get in contact with me. If I don't hear from Ginger, I will randomly choose another winner.

It's official. Solange Azagury-Partridge has launched her new engagement ring line happily entitled "Tough Love." There are some very unique and totally adorable rings in her collection. The "Claw" (third from the top) is my absolute favorite. See her entire collection on her web site.






Beautiful Adornment: Elva Fields Has You Covered

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Bridal lovelies, you know that I love jewelry. I believe that a gorgeous piece of jewelry can make such an exquisite statement about you and add the perfect touch to your wedding day attire. Elva Fields has you covered. Designer Emily Wheat Maynard had created a collection of fine handmade jewelry company comprised of one-of-a-kind and limited edition vintage necklaces, earrings and bracelets. Prices range between $30 and $400.

Elva Fields currently offers three collections – Elva, June and Deb.

Elva: Exclusive, one-of-a-kind designs that feature vintage and/or antique components integrated with precious metals and natural gemstone beads.

June: Earrings, bracelets and necklaces created in limited editions from 1940s glass beads, vintage cameos, charms, buttons and semi-precious stones.

Deb: A twist on eco-friendly design by featuring entirely reclaimed and recycled elements - from chain to clasp.

Not only is her jewelry drop-dead gorgeous, but Emily gives back! Three dollars ($3.00) of every online purchase is donated to Spencer County’s Backpack Buddy program to feed schoolchildren on weekends.





NYC Bridal Event: Aveda's National Green Event

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NYC-area brides, join Aveda beauty specialists this evening a beauty countdown with hair and makeup tips for the big day, the endless photo opps, how-to-maintain reception kisses and the honeymoon. Adele Wechsler gowns will be presented because being eco-conscious does not mean sacrificing style. There will also be local green vendors, Celadon & Celery Florist and Sugar Flower Cake Shop, who will be showcasing options for guests’ upcoming nuptials.

Guests may enter to win an Adele Wechsler headpiece, a floral design class with Celadon & Celery and Aveda packages with a grand prize drawing for an Adele Wechsler Eco Couture Gown or a honeymoon stay at Hamanasi Resort in Belize!

Wednesday, May 5, 6-8 pm
Liz Russell Salon
685 Third Ave (between 43rd and 44th Streets)
RSVP rena@tinathomson.com




Bridal lovelies, you know that I am a shoe lover beyond belief. So you know that I am have fallen head over heels for the newly launched shoe-shopping site, myShoes.com. Shoe-lovers now can find the perfect pair at the best price from hundreds of stores – all in one, easy-to-compare place and all according to personal style. In partnership with the leading discount coupon site PromotionalCodes.com, myShoes.com offers a unique coupon integration, which combines the store’s listed price with relevant discounts and applies any online coupons and promotional codes available so a final “price after coupon” instantly appears.

For a personalized online shopping experience, an exclusive ShoeStylist search feature provides recommendations tailored to individual preference. By choosing among several different categories like style, heel height, color, brand and more, the ShoeStylist is able to display customized options and compare shoes from a wide selection of retailers like Nordstrom’s, Macy’s, Zappos, Heels.com and many others.

To make it even better, myShoes.com has a Monthly Shoe Giveaway for a chance to win a new pair of the season’s must-have style. If you love shoes (like I do), this is your place! A place where a girl’s enthusiasm for shoes is encouraged.



Bridal lovelies, please visit the amazing sponsors of the 2010 B-List Conference.



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Jessica Foster Confections

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David Tutera

Envelopments

Delphine Press

Smock Paper

The Pink Initiative

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Iomoi

Lo Boheme

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Pottery Barn

Chronicle Books

Santa Barbara Preserves

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GIVEAWAY WINNER: Planet Wedding: A Nuptial-Pedia

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The Bridal Wishlist and the writers of Planet Wedding, Sandra and Harry Choron are giving away a copy of their fab book, Planet Wedding: A Nuptial-Pedia. Thanks to everyone who entered.

The winner is...

Ginger


Congratulations, Ginger! I will be in touch with you later today to get your contact information.