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The Wedding Guide

The Wedding Guide

  • Wedding Planners
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  • Caterers
  • Wedding Cakes
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The Wedding Guide

a rivertown look at all things weddings + special celebrations

Ring shots are a staple at every wedding. When I started it, was always done in someone’s palm, or on the fingers of the bride and groom. We quickly became bored with that. Nothing a little pyrotechnics can’t fix!  
This was shot with a leftover sparkler from  
the bride and groom send-off at the end of  
the wedding.
Saying “yes” is just the beginning.

Once the heart is moved, the brain has to get busy—dreaming things up, planning them out, then changing them all around until they’re perfect. You can’t do it alone! Organizing your dreams into one big day takes a team. To make your job easier, we’ve asked some regional experts to share their wedding wisdom with you.


My toughest catering gig was a wedding during a hurricane. No power, everything was going wrong, but I knew I couldn’t tell the bride that we would have to cancel. So I worked with a generator in the kitchen, and sent the staff out to buy as many candles as they could find to light the tables. Once we got it set, the room was so romantic—candelabras everywhere. Everyone embraced the moment and enjoyed themselves. Then, just as we served dessert, the lights came back on, and everyone cheered and toasted!

Anthony Accomando
Halo & Horns Catering


The photographic process has historically been about finding the right light, and setting best composition. My process includes allowing the organic interaction to lead the camera to the unspoken narrative from the heart of the heart–the story as it unfolds and the spaces between. Choosing the iconic Garner Arts Center as the location for this bride and family shoot set the tone for the coming festivities. Carried out over two days that included two ceremonies, the event was a celebration of traditions both old and new, and the potent act of choosing each other—everyday.

Nina Skowronski

Semi-Naked Summertime Cakes
Tiered semi-naked cakes with fresh flowers and a custom topper by The Cake Fairy in Harrington Park.

The Cake Fairy, LLC. 
88 La Roche Ave, Harrington Park, NJ 
(201) 660-7897 

The Cake Fairy is an appointment-only cake purveyor whose specialty delivers the sweet magic of three-dimensional fondant characters and sculpted wedding cakes. They are known best for taking the difficulty out of planning big events. Whether you’re planning classic confections for your big day or require a more specialized dessert, The Cake Fairy delivers.

Kelli Teglas Events 
Tri-State Area 
(201) 321-7022 

LCR Events 
1 Red Oak Trail, Cortlandt, NY 
(914) 646-4514

Lovely Event Planner
New York & Connecticut 
(718) 730-4984

Chére Rosalie
Westchester & Hudson Valley 
(845) 458-1187

Small Shindigs
NY, NJ, Hudson Valley, Catskills 
(973) 943-6884

BV’s Grill 
400 High Ave, Nyack, NY 
(845) 675-8740

Five Alarm Pizza Company
Westchester | Bergen | Dutchess 
(914) 825-8950

Halo & Horns Catering
Sparkill, NY 
(845) 825-8950

Hand Crafted Catering & Events
25 Drake Ave, New Rochelle, NY 
(646) 392-7417

Nisa Lee Events
129 Wolfs Lane, Village of Pelham, NY 
(914) 552-5258

My Savory Gourmet
Rye, NY 
(914) 912-1737

Purdy’s Farmer & The Fish
100 Titicus Rd, North Salem, NY 
(914) 617-8380

Town and Country Caterers 
922 Route 9W, Congers, NY 
(845) 268-9291 

The Cake Fairy, LLC. 
88 La Roche Ave, Harrington Park, NJ 
(201) 660-7897 

Carousel Cakes 
5 Seeger Dr, Nanuet, NY 
(845) 627-2323 

Nyack Sweets
Nyack, NY
(347) 267-6675

Sweet Grace, Cake Design
312 St. Nicholas Ave, Haworth, NJ

Christopher Kelly Studios
Tri-State Area
(845) 300-1057

Dreamlife Wedding Photo & Video
216 East 39th St, New York, NY
(917) 388-2835

Jean-Pierre Photography
Garnerville, NY
(347) 444-0697

Joanne Giannetti Photography
651 Main Street, Sparkill, New York 10970
(845) 680-8888

Lush Photography
187 North Frank Street, Nyack, NY
(845) 358-7986

Nina Skowronski Photography
Tri-State Area
(201) 259-4216

Ricky Restiano Photography
Tri-State & On-Location
(914) 961-1650

Samantha Finch Photography
Tri-State Area
(845) 492-7739

Diego Stuart Films 
New York & Worldwide 
(954) 865-7170 

Infinity Frames 
(914) 233-4641

Secret Fire Media
Greater Hudson Valley 
(845) 240-8627

Angela Civale Abate
Photo by Tom Harmon

Amaryllis Event Décor 
35 Industrial Pkwy, Northvale, NJ 
(201) 914-3969

Amaryllis Event Décor is the recipient of numerous high-ranking industry awards. With over 25 years of experience, Amaryllis Event Décor is considered a leader in event and wedding planning. They have the industry knowledge and experience to make each event magical and unique. This team of professionals will work tirelessly to turn your vision into a reality.

One Heart Ceremonies 
Tri-State Area 
(845) 354-2157

One Heart Personalized Ceremonies creates beautiful and memorable customized wedding ceremonies for couples in New Jersey, New York City, Long Island, and beyond! Each wedding ceremony is carefully planned around religious or non-religious beliefs, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, as well as personality and preferences. One Heart Ceremonies designs the
ultimate ceremony to reflect the very special qualities of each and every couple.

Amaryllis Event Décor 
35 Industrial Pkwy, Northvale, NJ 
(201) 914-3969

Heart and Soil 
4 Clark St, Newburgh, NY 12550 
(909) 224-8238

Ned Kelly & Co 
456 Piermont Ave, Piermont, NY 
(845) 359-4480
Norwood Florist
1313, 55 Oak St Suite B, Norwood, NJ 
(201) 224-3227

West Nyack Florist
726 W Nyack Rd, West Nyack, NY 
(888) 353-2203

Angela Civale Abate 
Westchester & On-Location 
(914) 879-4161

Ashley Lauren Beauty Lounge
Westchester, NYC, NJ, CT 
(914) 361-1265

Euphoria Hair Gallery
740 W. Nyack Rd, West Nyack, NY 
(845) 512-8961

JKFlashy Makeup Service, Inc. 
Tri-State, NY, NJ, CT, World Wide 
(914) 630-7970

Maureen’s Hair Studio 
646 Main St, Sparkill, NY 
(845) 365-3257 

SKC Beauty 
200 East Eckerson Rd, Suite 280 
New City, NY 
(914) 980-4701


Bari Braun Wedding Officiant
NY & NJ 
(201) 693-2156

Pastor Stephen Francis
NY, CT & NJ 
(860) 416-6192

Rabbi Linda Portnoy Goldberg
White Plains, NY 
(914) 479-9716

One Heart Ceremonies
Tri-State Area 
(845) 354-2157

Our Wedding Officiant
300 W 23rd St, New York, NY 
(917) 523-1438

Letitia’s Bridal 
730 Route 304, New City, NY 
(845) 425-3330

The experienced team at Letitia’s believes that every special occasion is as unique as you! Letitia’s exquisite collection of gowns features a wide array of sizes and price points. The expert seamstresses can customize any gown to meet your individual needs. Call to book your appointment at Letitia’s where “It’s all about YOU!”

Aleana’s Bridal Shop 
852 NJ-17, Paramus, NJ 
(201) 444-1500

Alluring Brides
35 S Middletown Rd, Nanuet, NY 
(845) 507-0289

Letitia’s Bridal 
730 Route 304, New City, NY 
(845) 425-3330 

Rana Bridal 
485 Slyvan Ave, #1, Englewood Cliffs, NJ 
(201) 503-9611 

Falkirk Estate & Country Club, Photo by Ricky Restiano

Falkirk Estate & Country Club 
206 Smith Clove Rd, Central Valley, NY 
(845) 928-8060

Breathtaking Ramapo Mountain views and world-class service set the backdrop for your wedding at Falkirk Estate. This boutique style venue hosts only one wedding at a time, so your ceremony and reception are private to you and your guests. With its lush landscaping, waterfalls, and elegant ballroom, Falkirk Estate is an extraordinary venue for your wedding or special celebration.

DoubleTree by Hilton
DoubleTree by Hilton

DoubleTree by Hilton
425 E. Route 59 Nanuet, NY 
(845) 623-6000 

Create your perfect wedding day at this Nanuet, NY hotel with beautiful grounds and customizable services. Doubletree by Hilton brings flair, elegance, creativity, and exclusivity to every wedding affair; they book only one wedding at a time. The experienced Doubletree team executes events impeccably to ensure that your celebration is a wonderful memory for a lifetime.

The Nyack Seaport
21 Burd St, Nyack, NY 
(845) 353-3200 

With reception rooms that offer sweeping views of the Hudson River and the Mario Cuomo (Tappan Zee) Bridge, outstanding customer service, and custom-created menus, Nyack Seaport will build your dream wedding. They book one event at a time so that the professional and courteous staff can assist you with all your event needs—from food, to flowers, to entertainment.

The Nyack Seaport, Photo by Nina Skowronski
The Nyack Seaport, Photo by Nina Skowronski

14 & Hudson
457 Piermont Ave, Piermont, NY 
(845) 680-0014

Abigail Kirsch
at Tappan Hill Mansion 
81 Highland Ave, Tarrytown, NY  
(914) 631-3030

Bear Mountain Inn
99 Service Rd, Tomkins Cove, NY  
(845) 786-2731

Blue Hill at Stone Barns
630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills, NY  
(914) 366-9600

Boscobel House & Gardens
1601 NY-9D, Garrison, NY 
(845) 265-3638

DoubleTree by Hilton
425 E. Route 59 Nanuet, NY 
(845) 623-6000

Falkirk Estate & Country Club
206 Smith Clove Road Cental Valley, NY 
(845) 928-8060

Lyndhurst Castle
635 S Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 
(914) 631-4481

Maritime Parc
84 Audrey Zapp Dr, Jersey City, NJ 
(201) 413-0050

New York Country Club
103 Brick Church Rd, Spring Valley, NY  
(845) 362-5800

The Nyack Seaport 
21 Burd St, Nyack, NY 
(845) 353-3200

The Old Tappan Manor
137 Orangeburgh Rd, Old Tappan, NJ 
(201) 768-3292

Paramount Country Club
60 Zukor Rd, New City, NY 
(845) 634-4626

Rockland Country Club
380 Rte 9W, Sparkill, NY  
(845) 359-3440

The Rockleigh
26 Paris Ave, Rockleigh NJ 
(201) 768-7171

Tarrytown House Estate
on the Hudson 
49 E Sunnyside Ln, Tarrytown, NY  
(914) 591-8200

Terrace on the Hudson
 21 S, Rte 9W, Haverstraw, NY 
(845) 271-4932

The Time Nyack Hotel
400 High Avenue Nyack, NY 
(845) 675-8700

The View on the Hudson
101 Shad Row, Piermont, NY  
(845) 365-0009

Valley Rock Inn
27 Mill St, Sloatsburg, NY   
(845) 618-9123

Around Town Entertainment
New York & Metro Area 
(917) 679-8636

Cafe Wha? Band
115 McDougal St, New York, NY 
(212) 254-3706

Doug Winters Music
Tri-State Area 
(914) 588-7286

The Glorious Unknown 
(413) 848-4002

Live Music Pros
NY, NJ, CT & Beyond 
(800) 249-6874

Big Apple Entertainment
68 Purchase St, 3rd Floor, Rye, NY 
(914) 833-0001

Jimmy Dee Entertainment
402 Claremont Ave, Thornwood, NY 
(914) 428-9231

Music Masters
Tri-State Area 
(877) 879-6874

Total DJ Entertainment Group
Tri-State Area 
(845) 628-2800

Twin Sounds Entertainment
West Nyack NY 
(845) 535-9088

The Artist’s Palette
52 Omni Ct, New City, NY 
(845) 721-9529

Creating custom invitation designs throughout the tri-state area, the Artist’s Palette, is dedicated to providing a wide variety of tailored-made items for smaller intimate events to the grand.  Well-known for their attention to detail and making the experience of planning any event an easeful one.

The Artist’s Palette
52 Omni Ct, New City, NY 
(845) 721-9529

Katie Fisher Design
12 E 49th St, Floor 11, NY 
(212) 390-8385

Rockland County Invitations
45 Delongis Ct, Sparkill, NY 
(845) 398-1605

RSVP to Me Invitations 
625 Franklin Tpk, Allendale, NJ 
(201) 825-7787

Barry’s Estate Jewelry
295 NY-304 Bardonia, NY 
(845) 624-7100

Bourghol Brothers Jewelers
73 Lake Rd, Congers, NY 
(845) 268-9752

Callahan Jewelers
220 Closter Dock Rd, Closter, NJ 
(201) 768-6136

Mamari Jewelers
35 S Middletown Rd, Nanuet, NY 
(845) 624-3159

Somos Desginer Jewelry
78 S Broadway, Nyack, NY 
(845) 348-0800

Blissful Spa of Nyack
198 Main St #2, Nyack, NY 
(845) 353-6439

Castle Hotel & Spa
400 Benedict Ave, Tarrytown, NY 
(914) 524-6392

Cloud 9 Skin Wellness Spa
7 W Central Ave, Pearl River, NY 
(845) 641-1025

Iris Makeup and Spa
2071 Lemoine Ave #303, Fort Lee, NJ 
(201) 313-7200

Lazur La Vie Laser Spa
267 A Main St, Nyack, NY 
(845) 623-6140

Mani & Pedi
490 Piermont Ave, Piermont, NY
(845) 848-2219

Rockland Med Spa
2 Medical Park Drive #4 West Nyack, NY
(845) 358-8878

SoJo Spa Club
660 River Road Edgewater, NJ
(201) 313-7200

Spa J
207 Livingston St, Northvale, NJ
(201) 768-6666

Spavia Day Spa
379 NJ-17 S, Ridgewood, NJ
(201) 639-2288

Magic 2 Go Travel Services 
(201) 768-2417

Let Magic 2 Go Travel work their expertise when you are imagining your dream honeymoon, saving you both time and money. In addition to perks and personalized touches, your agent handles every aspect of your vacation—airline tickets, lodging, ground transportation, activities, tours, and more. And if things go awry, the Magic 2 Go Travel team will do the work for you.

Advanced Limousine Service 
294 Harrington Ave, Closter, NJ 
(201) 768-7900 

For more than a decade, Advanced Car Service in Bergen County, NJ has provided dependable and affordable transportation solutions–(use em dash)offering clean late model cars, driven by an experienced and friendly local driving team as a staple of its services. Count on them for your limousine, party bus, and taxi cab needs.

Advanced Limousine Service
294 Harrington Ave, Closter, NJ 
(201) 768-7900

GK Limousine Service
15 Bell Ln, Tappan, NY 
(845) 422-7683

Moonlight Limo & Party Bus
250 Pehle Ave, Saddle Brook, NY 
(201) 254-0126

Liberty Travel
52 E Route 59, Nanuet, NY 
(845) 623-8027

Magic 2 Go Travel Services
(201) 768-2417

WAC Travel – Italy & Greece
70 S Broadway, Nyack, NY 
(845) 535-1300


Family and friends can be a big voice, but this is the day about you. You only get to do it once, so enjoy the journey as well as the destination. Also, remember that your guests will have a great time even if you didn’t have time to order those Jordon almonds for their table.

Battello, Jersey City


What I often tell clients when we first speak is that you don’t need to hire a planner. Anyone can plan their own wedding. But, it’s great if you have room for one in your budget. Many couples don’t realize how many last-minute details must be coordinated between vendors, family, friends, and guests. This is the job of a wedding planner.

Wedding Planner
LCR events, Cortlandt Manor

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