Sealed with a Christmas kiss…12/12/2012
Tara and Sean said “I Do” last Friday. They choose one of the most magical months of the year to set the tone for their wedding. What could be more romantic than kissing under mistletoe? Sharing your first kiss as husband and wife below mistletoe!! Tara’s bridesmaids looked beautiful in their red silk gowns, perfect for a winter wedding! I loved how Tara and Sean embraced the magic of the holidays when planning their wedding. For centerpieces they had red, white, and green candles surrounded with pine cones and Christmas ornaments, to give an elegant yet festive look to the tables. My favorite was their favors, homemade hot chocolate mixes. All you do is add hot water and you have a delicious warm way to remember their special day on all the upcoming winter nights. Congratulations Sean and Tara! May you share millions of Christmas kisses and always have New Year’s bliss!
“I Do” love something blue….10/23/2012
Heather and Jerry were married Saturday afternoon on the perfect crisp fall day. Our very happy couple enjoyed some private photos in our photo garden before retreating in for a memorable evening affair. Jerry took Heathers hand and led her into their first dance as husband and wife to Love Song by 311, their wonderful families looked on as they gently danced and sang to each other, it was a very special moment.
The Reception, held in the Rose Ballroom, looks magnificent with all the royal blue details. The bride’s maids dress, chair sashes, napkins, and cake details all royal blue looking so opulent and elegant ….it has become one of my favorite colors for fall!
Congratulations Jerry and Heather may you fall in love with one another all over with each magical moment the future will bring!
A very special summer at The Rosewood09/06/2012
My Animoto Video
Kayla and Phil enjoyed all the advantages of our exclusively yours package on Friday evening. Kayla arrived early with her gorgeous bridesmaids to relax and enjoy getting ready before they shared their first look. In the early afternoon sun Phil waited at the base of our grand staircase to have his first look at Kayla on their wedding day. In her beautiful gown Kayla floated down the steps to Phil’s side. The bridal party and family members were watching from upstairs. The moment was filled with laughter and tears, after all they have been together for nine years.
Kayla and Phil picked a fantastic peacock theme! They incorporated peacock feathers into their bouquets, favors, and decorations. To enhance the colors of the peacock feathers they picked purple napkins and royal blue sashes. The grand ballroom looked amazing as their guests danced the evening away. Congratulations Kayla and Phil may you enjoy years and years of peacock kisses!
Today I will marry my best friend…08/14/2012
This weekend we celebrated with three heart warming couples! On Friday evening Julie and Eric arrived at The Rosewood in Cinderella style, a fantastic white car, after a beautiful ceremony in
Saturday morning began with the vows of Nicole and Daniel. This couple was so fun and edgy… it was a pleasure to dance the afternoon away with their awesome family and friends. Nicole’s bridesmaids looked beautiful in their red satin gowns. Their selection of classic cool songs kept guest on the dance floor all night. The evening ended with a sweet treat for the guest a delicious candy bar to indulge in! Congratulations Nicole and Daniel!!
Saturday evening turned turquoise when it was time for the bubbly Brenda and Rick’s reception. Rick and Brenda shared a private first look on our grand staircase…such a romantic moment! Brenda selected turquoise napkins and bows for her ballroom. The pop of color everywhere really gave the ballroom a whole new feel! Rick was sure to add his own touch too as the star wars theme song began to play as they were announced for the first time as husband and wife both of them smiled from ear to ear. Brenda and Rick’s guest took home delicious cake bite pops, turquoise of course! Congratulations Rick and Brenda!!
Its all about you and letting your personality shine through…08/09/2012
This weekend we were honored to be a part of four very special weddings.
Friday night Tricia and Franco exchanged their vows with classic elegance. Red, black, and butterflies created a beautiful setting for this momentous event. Can I just say “WOW” Tricia looked stunning in her gown! Her dress was full of fun and flirty details and adorned with butterfly bling, I loved it! Tricia looked like a pure designer bride. Tricia and Franco incorporated their butterfly theme in understated yet elegant ways. They had ivory butterfly favor boxes filled with delicious bon bons, programs enclosed with a butterfly seal, and a beautiful cake decorated with butterflies. Franco also made his mark when it came time for him to remove the garter. Tricia was in for a surprise… while she was seated on the dance floor the DJ made an announcement saying that there had been a problem in the restrooms and they had to call in a plumber, little did she know it was Franco. He was dressed in a plumber costume and he came out to have a memorable moment with his bride. He put out all his best moves just to see the smile on Tricia’s face, he finally went to work under her gown after removing a few mice he finally found the garter! The evening finished with a delicious candy bar for guests to enjoy. Congratulations Tricia and Franco!
There is nothing like tiffany blue to say I Love you! Love was in the air Saturday morning as we drew closer to the vows of Mary and
Rebecca and Mike our ever so bubbly couple arrived early Saturday evening to take pictures prior to their ceremony. I do not believe there was a moment the entire evening when Rebecca and Mike were not smiling at each other. Rebecca looked very summery in her old fashioned elegant gown. The silk bands and lace flower embellishments were simply perfect; her dress truly suited her style. While in the ceremony as Mike put the ring on Rebecca’s finger she started to do a little dance, I loved that she always showed her excitement. Later in the evening guests along with the bride and groom were surprised with a touching slide show of the bride and groom though the years. Mike provided cigars from his cigar shop for everyone to enjoy with him. Congratulations Rebecca and Mike may your marriage be full of fun like you two are.
A sweet symphony of love can only begin to describe Kassie and Steven’s reception. Kassie and Steven both musicians and music lovers let their passion set the tone for their wonderful reception. Kassie and Steven’s guests enjoyed a barber shop quartet serenading them through out cocktail hour. They also added delicious butler passed sushi to their cocktail hour, one of their favorite treats. Guests enjoyed their mouth-watering signature drink “Lovers Serenade” made with one of Kassie’s favorites Fig Vodka…yum! Their musical theme began to soar in the reception. Eddie Pirrera the fantastic singing DJ kept guests singing along all evening and the dance floor was never empty. The big hit of the night was the surprise performance by Kassie and Steven. Kassie sang beautifully while Steven accompanied her on the piano. Such a talented couple! Congratulations Kassie and Steven may the melody of your life together always have the sweetest tune!
Keeping with Traditions...07/30/2012
Last weekend we celebrated with two special couples! Saturday we began with a traditional ceremony for Meseret and Teshome. Their guest arrived back in the evening to let the celebrations begin. For entertainment they choose a gospel singer, who was fantastic! Meseret and Teshome provided traditional Ethiopian deliquesces for dinner, guest could not get enough of the delicious feast. Congratulation Meseret and Teshome!
Sunday evening we celebrated with another fantastic couple Vimla and Alan, who were also keeping with traditions. They enjoyed a traditional ceremony on Saturday followed by an intimate reception, by Sunday the newlyweds and their guest made their way to The Rosewood to commemorate in a lavish fashion. Vimla and Alan mixed their traditions with some modern twists! After enjoying dinner guests hit the dance floor. The party was not ending any time soon, when the reception ended guest headed out to rest before the final festivity which would be held at Alan’s parent’s home the next day. I love the traditional week long celebration of marriage, such a beautiful fusion of two families; it deserves to be celebrated in a momentous manner. Congratulations Vimla and Alan!
The Love of a Lifetime....07/18/2012
Whether you meet your freshmen year of high school or reconnect further down the road, our couples this weekend showed how special it is when you finally meet the love of a lifetime. Friday evening Lisa and William, who reconnected 20 years later after being high school sweethearts found each other again and we were lucky enough to watch their blissful happy ending begin with a beautiful intimate wedding. Lisa had a vision of timeless elegance. Her ivory and pale blue color scheme was exquisite. I loved that their wedding song was “Save your Love, by Great White.”This was their song when they dated after high school and on their first date years later they were sitting in her car reminiscing when this song came on, it was one of those moments when you know it is so much more than coincidence.
On Sunday afternoon Korenza and Adam said their heartfelt vows in the Garden Room. They met freshmen year of high school and after a few years of being friends their love for one another took over. Thirteen years later and still head over heals in love they begin the next chapter of their life together. Adam and Korenza chose a champagne and sangria color scheme, absolutely beautiful. They created their own centerpieces with glass vases with a sangria flowers, and floating candles. We loved their cupcake favors, how sweet! Congratulations Lisa & William and Korenza & Adam may the love you feel right now be the love that last your whole lives through!
Its a love story baby just say YES!06/26/2012
The Dance of Love....06/07/2012
Remember young love and dancing the night away under the stars. Yes…you guessed it Friday night was prom night at The Rosewood. It was magical to spend the night celebrating with the soon to be graduates of
Saturday evening we celebrated the marriage of Larisa and James. Their intimate ceremony and reception was one of a kind and beautiful in every way. They choose a swan theme for their special day. Swans symbolize love, grace, union, purity, beauty, dreams, balance, elegance, partnership, and transformation. The swan may also bear the message of love and relationships, and most swans tend to mate for life.
Congratulations James and Larisa may you enjoy a beautiful life time together!
On Sunday we kicked off summer with a fantastic couple George and Heidi. Such a fun day! We loved their bright summer colors. The bridal party looked great, the girls in fun and flirty short pink dresses, while the guys were rocking tangerine. They incorporated their color motif into the ballroom with their satin bows, the perfect pop to set the tone for the evening. Congratulations George and Heidi may your marriage be like a summer day fun in every way!
One moment...one love...one incredible weekend...05/24/2012
"From This Day Forward"
"From this day forward,
You shall not walk alone.
My heart will be your shelter,
And my arms will be your home".
Love was in the air this weekend as three fantastic couples were wed in our garden room. Saturday evening began with Rachel and Pete. We loved their whimsical wedding! Rachel paid close attention to each detail and it was beautiful, the sunflower bouquets and centerpieces were the perfect touch to a warm spring day. I really liked how their theme spoke about them, each table was identified from a video game, how fun and UNIQUE!!
Sunday morning began with Lozelle and Yusuf saying “I DO”. Their bridal party looked wonderful in green and salmon. Loved their colorful centerpieces and adorable love bird cake topper. Their vision of understated elegance was lovely…and kept all eyes on our beautiful bride!
Sunday evening began with Kakinda and Brian doing their first look in our photo gardens. Brian and Kakinda were so excited to finally see each other! The bridal party looked sensational in their gray tuxes and coral gowns. I loved their cake with gray and coral trim…so pretty. Guest ended their evening of dancing at the KaBoom Kandy Korner.
How did the season start? With a little boy who stole our heart....04/24/2012
This weekend The Rosewood was in full swing and loving every minute of being a part of so many wonderful events. Wishing wells were filled, blessings were given, milestones were celebrated, and vows were said. After a whirl wind three days we wound down with a very special couple. As the rain came down outside it seemed like pure sunshine preparing Omaria and Jiopinson for their ceremony. With such a busy weekend Patty and Danielle found a little helper for the office, Noah, Omaria and Jiopinson’s son. While Noah answered phones mom was doing her finishing touches in the bridal sweet, and wow did Omaria look beautiful. Jiopinson and Omaria’s intimate ceremony and reception was the perfect ending to a weekend full of once in a lifetime moments, it brought home to all of us what an honor it is to be able to make your significant day the perfect day!
Our Newest Award....04/13/2012
The Rosewood is SO EXCITED to announce its inclusion on New Jersey Bride’s “Love It” awards, a list of the companies in the bridal industry the magazine loves. The Rosewood was selected in the category of Best Value.
Editor Molly Tully says, "Our Love It list is indispensable for any bride planning a wedding in New Jersey, making it the premier go-to bridal resource. These are all the professionals—grouped together all in one list—who we truly love and trust to create the wedding you've always dreamed of. We want New Jersey brides to love every detail of their weddings, and these are the people who will help make that possible."
With more than 250 companies on the “Love It” list in more than 40 categories, the list is a great resource for New Jersey brides.
We Joined Pinterest ...04/03/2012
The Rosewood is officially Pinners! Follow our boards on Pinterest at http://pinterest.com/therosewood/. We hope our boards inspire you!
Melinda and Jose said “I Do” Saturday evening. They transformed their reception with blue butterflies. Butterflies represent the soul. In Greek myth, Psyche, which literally translates to mean soul, is represented in the form of a butterfly. Befittingly, Psyche is forever linked with love as she and Eros (the Greek god of love) shared an endless passionate bond together, both hopelessly in love with the other. Butterflies were the perfect theme to express the bond of Melinda and Jose's souls, which will remain hopelessly in love with each other.
The Rose ballroom looked breath taking with royal blue touches. Blue is calm and tranquil and signifies loyalty, wisdom, confidence, truth, and trust which are all fundamental qualities of marriage. From their colorful fresh flower centerpieces, blue sashes and napkins, the incredible blue butterfly cake, and blue up-lighting the room looked remarkable. Details of a wedding tell so many unsaid things about the couple both as individuals and who they are together in unity. Congratulations Melinda and Jose may your soul’s forever soar together and your endless loves like the butterfly know no bounds.
A Look Back ....03/29/2012
At Nicole and Javier's Ceremony On Site and Wedding Reception at The Rosewood this past November.
Such a stunning video by myweddingmaker.com. They truly captured the love, joy and happiness of Nicole and Javier's wedding day bliss!
I hope you dance...03/14/2012
On Friday evening we celebrated one of our favorite annual traditions The Daddy Daughter dance. From little ones to young ladies the girls of Edison grabbed their favorite guy for a special date night. It is a magical moment to stand on your dads shoes for a dance. From the time we are young to the very significant dance with your father on your wedding day, there are a million moments to let your daddy spin you around and remember he was the first man you loved. I wanted to share some songs for anytime you’re up for a dance and especially if you’re trying to figure out what song is right for the two of you to dance to on your wedding day…
Stealing Cinderella by Chuck Wicks
Because you loved me by Celine Dion
Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carlisle
Cinderella (I Danced With Cinderella) by Steven Curtis Chapman
Daughters by John Mayer
Isn’t She Lovely by Stevie Wonder
My Girl by The Temptations
Do I make you proud by Taylor Hicks
How Sweet It is by James Taylor
There are so many amazing songs which one is just right for your special dance....
Fortunate to have you...03/07/2012
Returning from an incredible week in Las Vegas at the Catersource conference and tradeshow, I was raring to go for Asa and Dylan’s wedding. The energy and passion at Catersource is honestly unsurpassed by anything I have every experienced. After a week of sharing knowledge with other caterers, learning from the best in the business, and opening my mind to possibilities beyond my wildest dreams I could not be more excited to return to The Rosewood. It takes being out of your element to truly see what is in front of you. On the plane ride home I began thinking about all the couples and families I am so honored to work with. No two weddings are ever alike. Being fortunate to get to know each and every couple. How they met, why their theme means so much to them, what they like to eat, details about the exceptional guests they have included in their special day and even why they chose The Rosewood as their wedding venue! It is an extraordinary experience to be a part of each love story.... Intimate weddings tell a story all their own.
On Saturday evening amongst close family and friends, Asa and Dylan embarked on a beautiful beginning as a family. They selected a cherished bridal party their children as ring barer and flower girl. The energy and love in the room was glowing on each guest face and in the red
accents. I loved their fortune cookie favors. From the black container with a silver accent bow, to the message in each cookie thanking their guest for sharing this special day with them. Congratulations Asa and Dylan you were fortunate to find each other but your love will keep going no matter how that cookie crumbles! Wishing you all the best!
2-19-12 Bridal Show02/28/2012
Here is a recap of what a wonderful afternoon we all had at our Elegant Bridal Productions Bridal Show. So much fun! Thank you to all the brides, grooms, family, friends, vendors, and Elegant Bridal Productions for another successful event! We can't wait to do it again!
SAVE THE DATE...01/22/2012
We are hosting a BRIDAL SHOW by Elegant Bridal Productions on Sunday, February 19, 2012 from 1 to 4pm! Register for free at www.elegantbridal.com.
What to expect....
Grab you fiance, girlfriends and/or parents.... your sure to have a blast!
Mixing up a bit of Business...01/18/2012
Last Wednesday we had the pleasure of hosting an educational seminar and business to business mixer with the New Jersey Wedding Vendor Network. The afternoon Educational Seminar on “How to Make Your Print and Online Advertising Work Together,” (led by Alan Berg; renown wedding industry expert, Amy Wilkins; Senior Vice president and publisher of Martha Stewart Weddings, and Brian Laurence; author of “The Wedding Expert’s Guide To Sales and Marketing” and CEO of Local Traffic Builder), left industry professionals enlightened and inspired. Leading into the evening business to business mixer where professionals were able to network and establish relationships with others in the industry, while enjoying a large vendor showcase.
Lisa Truesdale; General Mananger of The Rosewood and myself with Gary Paris Publisher of Contemporary Bride's Magazine!
Lisa and I with Alan Berg and Tara Feeley from Elite!
New Twists on Traditions...01/17/2012
Our couples at The Rosewood have been putting so many fantastic twists on traditional wedding pieces we just had to share. Natalie and Michael who celebrated their reception here last Saturday had some witty ways to remember their special day. On each table in a framed message
they invited their guests to write a note so they could read them on their anniversaries to come. I thought it was a great way to celebrate their wedding anniversaries for the next ten years. The newlyweds also displayed a Webster’s dictionary which they asked guest to choose a word and write a message to the couple of why they choose that word for them. Such an everyday item but as they flip through it at home while looking a word and come across a surprise message I can only imagine the warm delightful feeling it will bring.
Rachael and Pete who are having their wedding here on May 19th sent over their save the date for us to see and we just had to share. Save the dates which used to be so simple and traditional have taken on a whole new significance in the past few years. Rachael handmade these amazing sun flower pieces which guests can either use as a magnet or hang on the wall, either approach is a cheerful way to remind guests of the unforgettable day that is drawing near.
Congratulation Natalie and Michael wishing you years and years of happiness! Rachael and Pete we can not wait to celebrate your sun shinning, sun flowered filled day with you!!
REaDy For The Next Step...01/04/2012
As 2011 was coming to a close we celebrated the beginning of a new chapter for Wendy and Ryan.
Our newlyweds embraced the holidays creating a festive and fun wedding reception.
The Grand Ballroom was warmed with red touches. Wendy selected a red rose wedding cake,
red napkins, and candy canes on the tables.
Guest took home beautiful red monogrammed ornaments as favors.
I loved their sleigh and mailbox. Wendy’s father handmade their card mailbox
and sleigh which were the perfect touch to the festive holiday theme.
The sleigh was used during their ceremony for the ring barer to ride down the aisle in at the church. Congratulations Wendy and Ryan may you share a lifetime of joy together one new year at a time.
A Hue of You...12/29/2011
The color a couple chooses for their wedding helps tell the story of their day. Purple was the color of the year this year. Purple which is meant for royalty reigned on The Rosewood during 2011. There are so many ways to add small splashes of color that make a big statement. Flowers, shoes, dresses, cakes, favors, up lighting, sashes, napkins…ect. If you can envision it, you can create the perfect reception that will portray you. The shade of the color you pick can completely change the tone you are setting. There are various shades of the color purple: amethyst, eggplant, indigo, lavender, lilac, magenta, mauve, mulberry, orchid, plum, pomegranate, puce, royal, thistle, violet, wine. The bolder shades of purple are majestic and regal, while the lighter shades of purple such as lavender or lilac are delicate, sacred, and precious.
Cindy and Antonio celebrated their vows at The Rosewood December 17th. Cindy opted for a purple theme. They accented their table setting with purple napkins and purple organza bags full of candy for their guest. I loved that their cake was tastefully decorated with a purple trim and the three beautiful bridesmaids wore elegant floor length purple dresses. Cindy made use of the color purple to make a big statement.
Congratulations Cindy and Antonio, May your majestic marriage be full of precious moments or should I say “purple precious moments”!