Jen and Daniel’s Elegant Spring Wedding – Bourne Mansion, Long Island, NY

I received a telephone call from Jennifer’s mom who lives in the next town over inquiring about invitations.  Her daughter, Jennifer was in the throws of trying to plan a wedding as well as finish up her Phd.

They had picked the Bourne Mansion, in Oakdale, NY to have the reception.  It is an absolutely exquisite spot to hold a wedding, but in terms of planning, certainly not easy as they had to rely on the venue for many of the other vendors for the wedding.   At least for them, having a stationer in the area would make one step a little easier.

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Black moire fabric fold over invitation with satin ribbon.

Jen and her mom came to the studio and had a very clear idea of the type of invitation they wanted to see.  She was planning a very elegant wedding and the tone of the invitation needed to express the event properly.

They chose one of my all time favorite invites, our black moire outer shell invite with cream interior.  It suited the mood of the wedding perfectly and incorporated a side slip pocket for the additional inserted papers.


Interior invitation to St. Patrick Church, the location of the wedding ceremony.

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A quick shot of the entire wedding suite in cream on black.

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We also created their wedding program and table cards.  Unfortunately we did not get a chance to photograph these for the blog.  Both were done closer to the time of the wedding.

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The handsome newlyweds outside the Bourne Mansion.

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I loved Jen’s gown the bottom “skirt” detached to expose a fully beaded wedding gown underneath.

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Jen incorporated red & white in her wedding colors  as you can see by the girls gowns.

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Beautiful Jen and her lovely maids.

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The Brennan / Sousa family – loving the white/ red and black.

I so loved working with Jen and her mom.  They made a great team!

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Totally in love with the beading on her gown.  Simply gorgeous!

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Our table number decorated with a little added ribbon and bling.

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Absolutely loving the soft colors of the floral arrangements for the

It really works well with the overall space and uplighting.

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A beautiful fire work display

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A glorious end to a fabulous wedding celebration.

Wishing them all the best for a wonderful life together!

Wedding Venue:  The Bourne Mansion, Oakdale, NY

Photos courtesy of Emilia Randler and

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Shows & The Persnickety Life of Buying, Creating & Selling

It has been a few weeks since I have had a chance to post to the blog.  It seems like the summer flew by, and we have been so busy that finding the time to sit down and write a few words has been tough.

I’m excited to say that we are going to be doing some rental goods for the bridal market now in terms of linens and fabulous table top sparkle!   It’s a perfect extension to what we already do, and we have had a lot of clients asking for us to handle these categories.

This past summer we did do a number of shows.  I do have several businesses so we were out in force at all the shows – as buyers – finding new products to bring to our event clients as well as our promotional clients.  At the same time, we did do a very select few bridal shows.  One was at the Candlewood Inn.  That show is always well received and I have to say it was once again a small mob scene.

So first, let’s talk about my buying expo.  Below you will see some fabulous items we picked up to service our clients as table top items.  We certainly do have girls that like a little sparkle at their wedding and these votives and table number holders will certainly work beautifully for those couples looking for an added touch of elegance to a table.

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Fabulous silver and crystal votives and table number holders

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I know you may not get it – but we have a bride looking for a Snow White themed wedding

I found the big red apple!

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We love these laser etched cutting boards – they certainly make

a nice bridal gift – monogrammed.

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The blank “flags” are perfect for writing a message and we love the mini cones as favors

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We are always on the hunt for good men’s wear gifts – grooms are always looking

for upscale items for their groomsmen and it doesn’t have to be a flask!!

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For our Boho Bride (and yes we are seeing some of them ) as well as just

girls wanting something pretty in their hair!  We have these fabulous leafy type bands

that can be worn with or without a veil.  Very trendy – very chic.  I bought a bunch of them!

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OK I love the tipsy wine glasses what can I say – I love wine and these just made my day…

they were to cute!  I may just bring them in for giggles!

So once I got over the buying show, it was then on to our selling show at the Candlewood Inn. The Show is put together by Wedding Steps.  They do a couple with the group that owns the Candlewood Inn.  We will also be at the Foxhill Inn show coming up on October 6, 2015.  Check the Wedding Steps site for times and tickets.

Now we love this show.  We do draw a lot of business from the couples that attend the show, so it is one that I am sure that we are well prepared to do.  One of the ways we prepare ourselves is to have all hands on deck.  This year, that included having my kids help out.  Yes they are young, but with clipboard in hand – they were great at meeting and greeting couples and moms.

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Our resident model boy, Ethan, who when not looking like a music boy – did help out!

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All the excitement!  So many people… so little time…

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We had times where the table was at least 6 deep trying to look at all our invitations.

Now that we are beginning to see the light of day we will be posting on more of our upcoming additions and finds.  We will be doing all of our own glass engraving as well as all new line of apparel and laser cutting.  I am really excited over the new avenues we will be venturing out in shortly.

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The Persnickety Bride’s fun loving hip couple…. Katie and Ali

I love a collaborative effort in creating wedding stationery and event product.  Having come from a marketing and sales background prior to entering the event business, I have learned that no one person, business,  or success story is an island unto itself.   It takes a lot of coordination and communication to make things happen.  So it shouldn’t come as a surprise when I say that I love an involved couple.  I really do!  Especially when they agree with one another.  Yes, I have had the occasional couples fight over items that we are providing for them.  It’s especially interesting to see  the differences of what they like and what they don’t like in paper color or fonts .  One person wants one type of favor and the other “half” wants something completely different.    Who likes the bows and who is more drawn to laser cut or letterpress.  Or the spouse to be that is just there because it’s their duty to be at the meeting.  It’s almost expected in my line of work.  Then there are other couples that just are super collaborative,  fun loving and have terrific ideas.  Those are couples that can see the big picture and aren’t daunted by the outcome.   They know what they like and are confident in what will be the final product.  For these couples, you know their wedding is just going to have the right detail, color and texture  and that it will be pretty special.

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We are just loving Katie’s birdcage and wait until you see the flirty bridal gown and bridesmaids gowns super pretty and fun!

I knew that when I first met Katie and Ali we were going to get along famously.  First off, I am a sucker for fall weddings.  I am a red head that loves the jewel tones and colors of fall.  I’m all about it.  So they had me at the word … Fall.  Once we started talking, I realized that paper textures and colors were very important to what they envisioned for their wedding stationery suite.  They were confident, and they were quickly able to articulate the look they wanted to present to their guests.  I could easily visualize just by their clear direction what we needed to get done.    I’m lucky, because honestly it is sometimes hard for couples to articulate what they want clearly as well as for them to “see” what is going to be produced as I pull out swatches of paper and suggest fonts and colors.  It does get overwhelming if you don’t keep everyone on target.   I guess if you had to equate it to something that people understand, it is like looking at a house that you want to buy and you have to visualize yourself in it.  Creating the look in any artistic fashion does take some doing.

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The stationery suite opens up with an outer folio in a textured wood grain feel with a thin gross grain bow.  The papers done in a sage and clementine (which I must note is also the name of Katie and Ali’s cat) was also part of the stationery suite.  Actually, I believe the clementine was done as the rehearsal dinner card.   Katie and Ali opted to do icon’s for the food selection (another tip to the fun, playful couples viewing this blog).   As we didn’t have duck and lamb icons in our stationery stable, we had to create them to go along side the fish icon that was in our font collection.

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How much do we love the Celtic Knot hair pins.

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The gorgeous  tea length lace and tulle wedding gown

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Back to the colors of the day.. talk about a vibrant bouquet!

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Beyond the adorable black and white first look!   LOVE IT!!!

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Ceremony over – one happy camper and his tickled wife! Check out the beautiful staggered floral hangings.

Pequot Museum Wedding (1)

Every cool couple should have their own magazine cover don’t you think!

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The Space where Katie and Ali had there wedding,Mashantucket Pequot Museum Connecticut,  is just incredible such a wonderful venue for a chic wedding and reception the photography done by HK Photography is simply outstanding.

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I love the bark wedding cake.  On the top are these cute two little birds in a nest.

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How much do we love the brides maid dresses! So flirty and fun.  How about the matching ties for the groomsmen!

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The bride and her gals – love this picture so a great view of their pretty dresses.

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Venue: Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, Mashantucket, CT

Floral: Sharon Elizabeth’s Floral Designs, Berlin CT

Photography: HK Photography, Shelton, CT

Cake: Franck Iglesias | Executive Pastry Chef FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO

Hair and makeu: Norwich Spa at Foxwoods, CT

Stationery: The Persnickety Bride, Sandy Hook, CT

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A new day of marriage equality in the United States

I started my career in the book and gift industry back in the 1980’s.  I was very lucky to work side by side with highly creative and talented people, many of whom were gay and lesbian.  At the time, it was difficult for some to be “out” in business as they held executive positions and weren’t comfortable with portraying their private life for fear of issues with their employers, or worse, the clients or others in their field.

It has pained me deeply over the years to see my friends not receive the same rights as others when it came to equality as people and especially equality in marriage.  All they asked was to have the same rights as others and commit themselves in marriage.  This was nothing more than any other loving mature couple.  Many who I knew had  “commitment ceremonies” years ago,  are still together today.  My God, I have friends that I have known for close to 30 years and are still together.  Some have children as well.  They deserved their legal rights then and I am so very happy they have them now.

Just the other day, I watched a video of Tyne Daly give a tearful speech on stage of her experience during the time of her wedding to actor/ director, Georg Stanford Brown in 1966, when multiracial marriages were outlawed in 17 states in this country.  As Ms. Daly stated “Hate is very strong but love is stronger”.   In 1967, a case by unique chance named  Loving vs. Virginia, took down those hateful laws.  It amazes me that it took so long for us to get there on gay marriage – but now that we are here, all we can do is celebrate and rejoice.

I, along with so many others around the United States and around the world, applaud the Supreme Court for finally getting it right.

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Love does win.   Love will always win.  Let’s promote love and family however it is meant to be.  Let us all learn to look hate in the eye, stare it down, and win.  Because isn’t living in love and goodness better than hate and misery?

I leave you with these words from Coretta Scott King.  She and her husband were certainly no strangers to racial intolerance and social adversity.  I think it speaks volumes on what we all need to remember in life.  We are a community of people, living on this earth – let’s unite regardless of our differences and make the best of what life has to offer for our families, communities and the world.

“I believe all Americans who believe in freedom, tolerance and human rights

have a responsibility to oppose bigotry and prejudice based on sexual orientation.”

-  Coretta Scott King.

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Letterpress… A love affair with a stationery work of art

I received a request for a consultation from a bride that wanted to meet next week.  Unfortunately, I was completely booked up on the days that she wished to meet me, so instead we met yesterday afternoon.

When she entered my offices she told me that she was overwhelmed in making decisions on her wedding stationery.  I do find that many brides to be come in with a look of despair on their faces.  Picking the right stationery for the biggest day in your life is not an easy proposition for many  people.

Although this bride really knew what she wanted in her wedding stationery suite.  The first words out of her mouth were “I would like to see letterpress”.   Now just the mere mention of letterpress makes my heart flutter.  I am a paper lover.  I have always loved great stationery, great design but letterpress is just in a class all it’s own.  The feel of 100% cotton paper under your fingers, the texture that is derived from creating letterpress product.  It is a subtle, it is stately it is quality through and through.   Now don’t get me wrong, there are absolutely beautiful suites that we create in thermography, but the texture and feel of letterpress is quite frankly an “island” unto itself.

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Vintage Letter press machine

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Individual letter and motif fonts used to load into vintage presses

Letterpress printing was derived and evolved from the first printing press

created by Johann Gutenberg in the 1400’s

Over the centuries it evolved into a form of embossed type for social stationery.

In the 1990’s letterpress made its resurgence in a big way back into the hearts of wedding and event planning with various named social planners such a Martha Stewart using it to announce lush formal affairs.

Over time, letterpress has evolved into a social stationery art form that can be created to achieve any look a whether formal or chic contemporary.

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A fine letterpress invitation sets the standard and tone for a wedding.

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In this this particular suite, letter press is mixed with a thermopress

reception card to give a unique mixed media effect to the suite.

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Embossed with a custom designed monogram motif, this suite outsides

classic elegance with wonderful texture and design “branding” from the

Save the Date to the formal invitation.  For the couple that wants to stand

out from the pack.

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A classic look of silver ink and gold foil text.  This suite comes with gold liner and

additional suite papers of silver, white and gold.

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This is an example of one of the hot colors of the season – blush and charcoal on cream.

Simply stunning and flows fabulously with many of the beautiful lace gowns trending

this year.

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Are you that contemporary bride that is looking for the wow factor.

You want the stately feel and look but you also want an edgy visually

striking invitation suite.  Well we have it in letterpress.  You can be

as bold as you care to go.

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Now this letterpress is outstanding in a folio piece to hold all the additional paper

together.  The design work on the folio and papers are fun, get give a rich feel to what

you can already tell will be a visually stunning celebration!

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Lastly you can have the elegance whether it be a vineyard or barn wedding.  Motifs make

the statement.  Using them wisely in the design scheme can make all the difference in

the visuals you incorporate at your wedding venue.

Never ever shy away from considering letterpress for your wedding.  It is timeless, a classic art form that your guests will recognize as art and quality.  It sets the tone for your beautiful celebration.

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The history of the Bomboniere… better known as the Jordan almond wedding favor.

The Bomboniere of years ago was well know as Jordan Almonds.  They were wrapped in either tulle or satin cloth and collected either as a little bundle on a person’s place setting or in a wine glass or a little crystal bowl or glass.

These sugared almonds also known as “dragges” we well known as wedding favor gifts around the world but in particular, places like Italy, Greece and the Middle East they were particularly an expected item at a wedding celebration.

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The ” classic five” Jordan Almonds in the above picture

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Jordan Almonds wrapped in tulle and tied with the wedding theme colors

Good Jordan almonds are covered in a sugar outer shell while the inside is a roasted almond.

The importance of putting together the bitter almond with the sugary coating is to represent the bitterness and sweetness of marriage.  There are five almonds that are distributed (and they should always be distributed in uneven numbers so that it shows the indivisible bond of the couple for life) .  The five almonds represent all that a couple should have in a marriage: Health, Happiness, Longevity, Fertility and Wealth.

Now see before I got into the wedding business I didn’t think much about the significance of the Jordan almond.  I came from a family of Italian and French and they all made a big deal about having Jordan almonds at weddings.  Only recently have I had couples come in asking me how to incorporate the tradition of Jordan almonds back into their wedding favors.  Don’t get me wrong they want to give something else, but due to heritage, the moms in european families ask my ideas on what to do to bring these sweet/bitter little treats back into the fold.

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Just a few ideas on boxes that we have given clients wanting to preserve the tradition of  Jordan almonds as favors

I happen to like things shown in great packaging.  I have never been to find of these almonds just sitting in a tulle bag.  With boxes it can be so much more elegant.  We use boxes all the time with chocolate.  So it would seem perfect sense to use with Jordan Almonds as well.

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The “mini” champagne glass with almonds

Now the mini champagne glass is cute, but I happen to like when it the idea is taken to having a real size champagne glass.  At least the couple can get use out of it later.

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The multi color candy bar 

The candy tables have been all the rage at weddings and here is a cute kind of country themed Jordan almond “candy bar”  where guests can just take what they would like to try in the various flavors.

Now if you have a very sparkly wedding you could always add Jordan almonds that are wrapped in gold or silver foil.  They will make for a great added humph of sparkly color and can really play up your wedding colors.

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The Silver Jordans 

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The Gold Jordans 

The fanciful Jordan almond in silver or gold can make a fabulous showing if you are doing centerpieces in crystal or gold with as accent colors.  As I said they look particularly great in glass and can be packaged in all sorts of creative ways.


The Joy Blush Club – One of 2015 Hottest Wedding Color Trend

 I love color.  I especially love my job as I am constantly looking at different hues and textures daily.

This year it it truly about blush, rose, champagne, gold, silver and gray.

The flowers fall somewhere between monochromatic tones with a hint of blush , pink  roses or peonies are all the rage.

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I am so in love with the look of lace in blush it is so gentle and romantic.

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A fabulously elegant Ecru Letter press invitation that we just recently did in a blush and gray letterpress a lovely gray liner accents the inside of the envelope

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This wedding table has the most gorgeous floral arrangement I have seen in a long time the colors give such a regal feel to the lush moire table cloth. The pearls add an extra softness to the overall feel.  Very romantic.

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Now here is a beautiful Bahama shimmer paper with a corral colored font.  A gorgeous tone on tone look.  We love using the Swash cursive font as it is so dramatic a look.

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I love the look of the of the design on the off white plates.  Note how special they look against the soft pink and white flowers.

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There are so many shades of blush and pink that we have seen this year.  The above is more of a muted corral or warm pink against a grey background as a table number card.  On the table above are a warmer deeper shade of  peonies matched up with white and greens to create the floral centerpiece.

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The texture on the above invitations are absolutely stunning.  It feel like Chantilly lace.  As a matter of fact, it is a common favorite with brides that are going lace in their wedding gown.  It is a very romance look to have that blush and grey together.   The ribbon on the flap over invitation acts as a holder for smaller papers within the wedding invitation suite.

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 A finishing touch tag that matches the above suite.

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Ah and last but not least the incredible desserts decorated to soft blush perfection.  The sugar flowers on this cake to match the wedding decor.


The Persnickety Bride Speaks – Seminar on Wedding/ Event product

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of speaking to brides, couples and their parents with regard to all the products that we create here at The Persnickety Bride with the seminar group Wifey for Life owned by Lauren O’Brien.

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It’s actually been a while since I have spoken to a group regarding any of my businesses.  I have to admit I was a bit rusty between trying to present and timing it to the darn projector.  As everyone who knows me knows – I am much better doing a stand up routine  in explaining who we are and what we do then messing with electronics :)

So the first topic of conversation is my background.  I believe it is important that people know we are not some fly by operation.  That the overall business has been around since 1991.  In layman’s terms, many of my  bridal couples were in diapers when I started my company.   I tease many of my clients that they could be my kids if I actually started having kids that young.  Of course that didn’t happen and that is why I am an AARP mom of tween kids today, but that is a whole other story!

My main company DBP & Associates, Inc. started in the book, gift and stationery industry selling and developing product for many major retailers across the US.  I bought for the Waldenbook chain, was the VP of Dove Entertainment in LA and started my business in the national representation and development of books, music, stationery, gifts and toys in 1991.  In 1997 I started Persnickety Promotions our advertising specialty company.  After having several business clients asking me to help their children with their custom wedding products, I enjoyed the process of dealing on a personal level with clients ,  I started The Persnickety Bride in 2007.

My first goal in dealing with any client is that they are important.  They matter.  I don’t care how big or small you are – you are deserving of my attention and expertise.  I’m old fashion in the belief that if you do well by others it will come back to you ten fold.  That philosophy has worked very well for me over the years and I am sticking to it.

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The above review is our standard – we strive for the best in all that we do.

So first and for most  you do want people to tell others how terrific you are as a company!  Be honest, bring the highest level of product to your clients, keep the information clear so that all parties know what they are doing and move through projects on time and on budget.  There is a lot of work that goes on in this office from all our businesses and keeping on track is what we are best at doing.  We use extremely good product sources and vendors to get everything on time.  We are PERSNICKETY in all that we do!

So first off as I told everyone at the seminar.  Your vendor has to be tried and true – giving you great service, fabulous quality and at the value  and look you would expect for the project.   Although we work with a number of very high end projects (both corporate and professionally) we do also work with couples trying to make a certain price point on items.  We are always there to make suggestions and do have products available to meet various budgets.

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See how much I love to talk with my hands – it is the French/ Italian in me!

Here is the initial presentation of our customizing companies The Persnickety Bride and Persnickety Promotions.

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Explaining the differences and of paper selection, the overwhelming number of choices now available to couples in terms of digital press, thermography, digital thermography, letterpress, foils, and engraved product, custom laser cuts etc.   The Persnickety Bride does all of the above including electronic and hand created calligraphy.

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We went on to explain textured and shimmer paper products, weights of paper, folios what needs there are in paper and other customized product to create a cohesive look.

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More touching and feeling of product going on with bride’s to be.

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The ultimate in invitations engraved and letterpress invitation combination.

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What we do in custom silk boxes and folios for brides that make their wedding the epitome of elegance.

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Creating custom venue items that our of outstanding quality keepsake value in all types of designer colors.

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I have yet to find a custom project that I don’t love.  These are just some of a few lovely custom glass wear times we have done for couples.  I passed around the middle glass to the seminar participants explaining how we created their custom logo on their stationery as well.

We also do a huge number of etched glass products and acrylics.  We have the availability of doing all types of quantity customizing – it’s a one stop shop bonanza!

We are currently working on a custom shot glass for one couple and another couple we are looking at custom wine glasses for their wedding.

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We talked about jewelry, head pieces and hair pieces all that we carry in our studio.

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Lastly we talked about custom food items.  We work with chocolate manufacturers, candy manufacturers and cookie manufacturers to make some of the most exquisite items.  Above is actually a custom mini cake in fondant and chocolate cake we had created with acrylic box and bow.

We are currently working on a chocolate favor item as well as heart shaped custom lollipops.

All in all it was a great seminar and I thank Lauren for inviting The Persnickety Bride to speak. Photos of the seminar are courtesy of Wife for Life and the photographer for the day.

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The Persnickety Bride – Stylized Bridal Shoot – with Donna Cheung Photography

On April 12th, Donna Cheung and I got together to create not one but two stylized shoots for submissions for wedding magazines and wedding blogs around the northeast and nationally.

Anyone who has ever worked with me know that you need to get your “Big Girl” pants on and work hard to keep up with me.  Everything was pulled together really nicely with all our selected vendors.  We have gotten a great response from many publications as well as from brides and their families who have seen these shoots appear those far.

I have three children that do some modeling and acting so of course this gave me an opportunity to put their skills to great use.  Although the shoots were a little unorthodox for what you would see in a typical wedding – these kids were just terrific and honestly I don’t think we would have achieved the level of notoriety without them.  I thank my model mom friends who allowed us to photograph their gorgeous kiddos.   Certainly these pictures are a great addition to any portfolio!!

So without further adieu my readers – I present to you the Donna Cheung and The Persnickety Bride

Spring Shoot at Crabtree’s Kittle House – Chappaqua, NY

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First we start off with the gorgeous bride and groom

our couple models: Aja Knowles and Micah Stratton

Our children models (left to right) : Ethan C., Aeryn C., Melo L., Isabella C., and Tatum S.

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The gorgeous couple again and their sweet purplishious girls and handsome ring bearer

All bridal party accessories – The Persnickety Bride, Newtown, CT

Dresses and Wedding Gown: Julie Allen Bridal, Newtown, CT

Hair and Make up done by Beauty Entourage, Newington, CT

Tuxedos: Zemo Mens Wear Store, Stamford CT

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Creating a theme around rich deep purple, lighter lavender, with yellow and gold highlights make

for a fabulously inviting stationery suite – Created by The Persnickety Bride of course :)

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We took our formal table out into the garden to give it a beautiful backdrop of foliage with the fresh bright pop of yellow from the

floral arrangements created by Flowers by Danielle, Monroe CT

Table linens by White Plains Linens, Peekskill, NY

Table scape design / shoot design : The Persnickety Bride, Newtown, CT

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A simple lavender menu card sits on beautiful Tiffany Platinum place setting

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We took a couple gorgeous shots with wedding jewelry and head pieces.  This stunning

rhinestone clip, necklace and earrings are all available at The Persnickety Bride.  We selected these

pieces as they gave a classic yet bygone feel to the lace dress

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Then we tried the netted bird cage which looks very chic as well but we were

so in love with the look of the rhinestone clip we went back to it for the rest of the shoot.

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Love this fabulous colorful bouquet by Flowers by Danielle, with little direction she did a lovely job.

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Going for the dramatic we paired up our matching sets (that can be made in all sorts of colors)

for a chic dark purple look of card box, wedding congratulations book and pen set.

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I love these cooks by my friend Marcie Cake Creations for The Persnickety Bride

You can get cookies sent all over the country just by dropping us a line – the tags looks

great and colors were a perfect match!

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Our lemony confection cake was made by Cakes By Donna in Hamden, CT

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Now of course like with any shoot involving kids you have to have a little fun!

Our kiddos just loved goofing around and Donna Cheung caught it all!

The Cute!!

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The crazy faces – not meant for publication!!

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The behind the scenes friends who helped so much

(our kid’s assistant agent Chelsea)

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The obligatory kids model looking shot!! :)

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And of course I have saved the best for last the totally sexy wine cellar shot that I will

only give one because they are so steamy and being considered for print publication

we need to keep a lid on these … let’s say the bride and groom were not around the children

or the “guests” when these shots were taken … hmm hmmm

I want to thank Crabtree’s Kittle House in Chappaqua, NY for the great use of their venue

Most importantly to all the vendors and models mentioned above for their help in pulling this together so nicely.

Of course this great shoot was created by Donna Cheung Photography in Greenwich CT

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Creating your romantic rustic wedding celebration

Needless to say rustic, romantic wedding have been on the upswing the past couple of years.  Blogs such as Style Me Pretty. have shown masterful works of photography with gorgeous, rustic wedding shoots that just beg every couple to find the perfect barn or weathered outpost building for their wedding or reception.

There are many venues to chose from in the tri state area for a romantic rustic wedding.  The first thing the couple needs to determine his how rustic is rustic.

We find that many of our  area couples want a good mix of romance with what I like to call a “hint of burlap”..  :)  They want the feeling to be romantic and whimsical with little vintage and rustic touches along the way.  Yes there may be some burlap, but we find the burlap is often a backdrop to lace and other soft elements in flowers, greenery and table settings.

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A fabulous backdrop of expose brick in the venue, soft exposed lighting, lace gown and a romantic monochromatic floral bouquet.

Setting the tone for an upscale rustic wedding does require a little work.  You want to have the details but need to keep them clean and fresh looking adding personal touches along the way.  What makes a rustic wedding special are really all the unique elements and details that tie in the personalities of the couple.

It could be anything from incorporating old photographs of family members in vintage frames to using skeleton keys with attached table  cards for their guests.  As a company we do find that mason jars of course are popular favor items (and we can create a number of glassware items for couples).  As a matter of fact, we were just asked to do custom hurricane lanterns for centerpieces at an upcoming wedding.    Although that wedding is not a rustic wedding theme, the idea of  custom hurricane lanterns is perfect for a rustic centerpiece.

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Remember the little things and creating vignettes at your wedding.  The details could be just a small grouping with a little fence, but the carving says it all.

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Wonderful little picture frames with inspirational love “sayings” inserted inside

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The above wedding stationery bringing a slight bit of lace t0 add elegance and gives a little more formal feeling to the celebration. This particular product that we carry also comes boxed which is now also a very popular way of sending invitations.

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The above invitation masterfully combines battenburg lace and a touch of burlap to create a unique rustic feel that can be embraced through the elements of your wedding.

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Lighting plays an important part in setting the mood and romance of any wedding.  I love candlelight to add gentle element lighting to a room.  These candles above are simple and lovely and little ribbon, a little lace and this bit of DYI is perfect for a cake table or to add a few for ambiance to guest tables.

Thanks again for stopping by our blog post.  If you have just found us, please book mark us and make us a favorite site!  We will certainly post all that his happening in our office and let you know of new trends we see in bridal and event stationery, favors, table top and other accessories.

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