After I Do!

Now that you’ve said I DO, the question is where will you newlyweds spend a few days relaxing after the hustle bustle of your big day. Here are four suggestions from Vision of Excellence

If you are an Eco-friendly couple Nukubati Resort is for you! Nukubati is a beautiful private all inclusive island resort in the Fiji Islands. Nukubati is the only resort in Fiji with access to underwater treasures where manta rays, dolphins, turtle, whales and fish species parade around. The plentiful garden produces organic fruits and vegetables as well as seafood.

If you are a couple all about romance, relaxation and adventure Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort is for you! This Polynesian-style resort looks over Bora Bora’s white sandy beach Island. While honeymooning you can enjoy complimentary water sports; snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boating, and windsurfing. And after a long day in the water enjoy a hot stone healing treatment at their full-service spa.

If you are a couple that do not want to break the bank, Poconos’ Cove Haven Resort is for you! Spend your nights at in the romantic suites or on the dance floor at Champagne Palace and day on a speedboat, paddle boat or water skiing. Regardless of what season you visit the Poconos there is something to do.

If you are feeling extra lucky after marrying your love then Las Vegas is for you. The Platinum Hotel Las Vegas is a modern luxurious non-gaming, non-smoking all suite hotel only one block off the strip. Enjoy a new change of pace while still being able to enjoy the casino, nightlife, and attractions of Sin City.  


Save the Date!

Do I really need to send out Save the Date Cards?

What is the purpose of sending out Save the Date Cards?

If you will have guest traveling long distance or are you having a destination wedding then YES you should send out save the date cards. Even if those do not apply save the date cards are simply a way to announce to family and friends your wedding date and to ask them to respectfully reserve the date for your union. Typically save the date cards are mailed out at least 4 to 6 months before the wedding and maximum 12 to 15 months. Giving all guest ample time to make arrangements.

Save the Date Cards are not meant to be formal.Most brides prefer the Save the Date Magnets because your guests can put it on their refrigerator and it serves as a constant reminder. And the best part  about picture personalized save the date magnets you do not have to throw them away.

Little Borrowed Dress

If you are a bride who is concerned about your bridesmaid’s pockets and closets space: Little Borrowed Dress is the wedding boutique for you!!!

Little Borrowed Dress is an e-rental business that was built to help brides plan a more practical wedding without compromising their style. We offer stunning bridesmaid dress rentals for a fraction of the price to help ease the financial burden of being part of a bridal party

How do I rent from Little Borrowed Dress?

Find your favorite bridesmaid dress looks while browsing our online look book.

RSVP online for a trunk show in your area.

Bring your girlfriends to try on your favorite dresses.

Place your rental order and we’ll send you a confirmation.

Wear the dress on the big day

Simply place the dress in the return shipping envelope provided and drop it at your Post Office or in the nearest blue USPS mailbox—simple!

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Fairy Lens: Q & A Interview!

Q & A Interview with Iryna

Lead Professional Wedding Photographer of 

Located in the heart of New York

Tell us a bit about yourself and when you first became interested in photography… what/who inspires you?

Today I have 7 years of experience in professional photography. My father used to be a very good photographer when I was child. I guess I inherited it.

What was your #1 favorite photography moment from this past year?

I cannot choose #1 favorite moment from all photo sessions. Moments of happiness from smile to tears are unique! I enjoyed every photo session I had.

Black & white Vs. Color photography -your thoughts

I love colors. Since the evolution of digital cameras people can enjoy the bright colors of photographs. However, if my clients like Black & white photos, I always do Black & White. Some photos can be beautiful in monochrome because Black & white gives a real sense of a classic moment and a photojournalistic approach.

Whose wedding (dead or alive) would you have liked the opportunity to photograph and why?

If I had a chance I would take photos of wedding of my grandmother and grandfather. I do not have their wedding photographs at all. I think photographs are very important for every family because they help to remember the happiest moments of their life. FairyLens makes your memories last forever!

What advice would you offer to brides and grooms looking for a great photographer?

Bride and groom should choose the photographer after checking photographer’s portfolio.  The couple has to be sure they like their photographer’s work. Once they have found a photographer whose style they like, they should contact that photographer.

Bride and groom should meet their photographer face to face before the event to discuss details. Photographers of always make a free presentation for the clients. During the presentation, bride and groom can see more photographers’ works and ask all possible questions about photography.

Another advice is the budget process. Couple should determine their budget for the wedding, how much they want to spend on their photography. always customizes its packages according to the clients’ needs.

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Q & A with Make-Up Artist, Dede Tosun

 Dede Tosun

Make-up Artist

Stony Brook, NY

Tell us a bit about yourself and when you first became interested in make-up artistry…what/who inspires you?

It’s sort of cliché but I always enjoyed painting my nails, curling my hair, and experimenting with makeup. So I guess people took my having fun with beauty a bit more seriously than I did. Friends and especially my mom would always ask me to do their hair and makeup for nights out. People would always compliment how great they looked. It was until then that I said to myself, “okay you need to do something with this skill that everyone says I have”. So I went to school for Esthetics where I learned mostly about skin. But the key to great makeup is great skin! From there I started working in a salon where I would do makeup for clients who were going to events, dinner or just touching up whatever they had on so I can play with new colors and products.

What is your favorite wedding style of make-up?

My favorite style of wedding makeup is a jazzed version of the bride. Meaning, a shimmery eye and a bit smoked out in the crease with a pair of lashes!

What are 5 beauty products you cannot live without in your wedding make-up kit?

MAC Paint Pot, False Lashes, Airbrush Foundation, and Urban Decay Naked2 Palette

What was your #1 favorite make-up artistry moment from this past year?

I can’t say that I had one favorite moment. But i really is exciting when a bride trusts you enough to create a look for her. I’m lucky enough to have a few of those moments this year!

What advice would you offer to brides looking for a great make-up artist for their wedding day?

It really is important not to skimp on your makeup artist. We are just as important as your photographer. After all you will have your wedding photos for a lifetime and you cannot change the way you look in them. So with that being said, make sure you vibe with the makeup artist and make sure you have seen samples of their work. Does he or she understand what look you want to achieve for your big day? Do they listen to your likes and dislikes. If you can answer yes to those questions then you have found your artist.


Q & A with A Floral Story

A Floral Story is a full-service floral design company based out of Lindenwold, New Jersey servicing the greater Tri-State Area. We offer custom floral design for all size and type events – weddings, parties, sweet 16s, funerals, and more.

Owner & Lead Designer Carolyn and daughter Annie,

Tell us a bit about yourself and when you first became interested in becoming a Florist… what/who inspires you?

My mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother have always loved and appreciated flowers and I just grew up watching my mom working tirelessly in her garden. Each of them always spent countless hours maintaining their gardens, which were full of wild flowers and had a natural feel. I suppose I just grew up with that same appreciation having been around such talented women with such green thumbs! Later in life Ion one of my frequent visits to Longwood Gardens in Kenneth Square, PA I instinctively decided to enroll in floral design classes, more out of the desire to work with botanicals and flowers than as a career. I loved what I did so much, here I am today!

What is your favorite flower?

Currently my favorite flower is the dahilia. They come in so many vibrant colors and are very versatile in wedding work – pinks and purples for spring weddings, burnt orange and burgundy for fall and creamy white for winter weddings. They are less traditional that the familiar rose, and lily and just add a beautiful unexpected touch to every arrangement.

Where do you get inspiration for your floral designs?

I get my inspiration from the bride. I really listen to her “vision” and then try to translate that as best I can with the flowers. I love creating non-traditional, almost whimsical designs, ones that truly mimic the themes and ideas a bride desires.

How would you describe your style?

I would describe my style as asymmetrical and artistic, deriving from my art background – I was a design major at Moore College of Art in Philadelphia. I like to treat my work as individual pieces of art – each is unique and aims to convey a message or idea. I also often incorporate different mediums into the floral designs for extra details, anything to break the traditional mold of “flower arrangements” and offer a new take on floral design. What advice would you offer to brides looking for an amazing florist for their wedding day?

A bride’s vision of her “big day” will never become a reality unless the vendors hired truly understand and share that vision and can use their expertise to translate those ideas into their work. Bride’s should hire a florist who is willing and able to comprehend a bride’s conceptual ideas and use floral design to express them. If a florist seems unwilling to think outside the box with their designs, is dismissive of a bride’s ideas, or pushes a bride into a pre-designated “wedding package” – stay away! Every wedding is an entirely unique event and the creative designs that help make it such should be too.




When getting married, choosing your location should be at the top of your To-Do list. Your wedding venue is one of the most important aspect of your big day because it takes up a chunk or your budget and your guest will always remember how your venue looked. This is a very important decision for you and your fiancé. Here are a few helpful tips before you begin your hunt.


 Budget: The cost of your venue can take up a large percentange of your wedding cost so whatever venue you choose make sure it works with your budget.

Guest List:  Whether you want an intimate affair or a party for your friends and family. The number of guest is an important element when picking your venue.

Wedding Style: What is your wedding look? Whether it’s a garden party, modern affair, Victorian era, knowing what your venue looks like is very important. Be sure to tour!

Parking Space: Lack of parking spaces can have guest enter your wedding venue in a sour mood. Make sure there is ample parking at the venue of your choice.

Venue Restrictions: Be knowledgeable on the venue restrictions if any. Some venues have restrictions when it comes time, decoration, catering, floral arrangements and vendors.

Pick the venue that sweeps you off your feet! Pick the venue that you can imagine marrying your sweetheart! Pick the venue that steals your heart!

Photos: Midtown Loft (Top), The Palm House (Middle), & The Plaza Hotel (Bottom)

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Congratulations on your engagement! So when is the big day? Almost every recently engaged couple is asked that question.

Here are three helpful tips to think about when choosing your big day while not breaking your pockets:

  1. Summertime is the most popular time of the year for weddings. Perhaps you should go for a day in April when the flowers are blooming or a cold winter day with snow in your background.
  2. Weekends are the most common time to get married. Dare to be different and get married on a Tuesday.
  3. Do you love holidays? So do I, but that double celebration might cost you double the price.

Congratulations again !