Friday, 26 February 2010

Free Tickets to the Brooklyn Bridal Show!!!

Come meet me and a ton of other great vendors next Sunday, March 7th from 2-6pm at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (aka: BAM). Tickets are normally $20 but as a speaker at the event, Great Performances is giving all Stellina Events blog readers complimentary tickets!!!

To register for the event and get your tickets at no cost, please enter the phrase "brooklynbride" as your promo code when buying your tickets. Please click here to order your tickets.

For more info on the Brooklyn Bridal Show, please see my entry below all about the event.

I hope to see all of you there!



Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Come meet me at the Brooklyn Bridal Show at BAM!

The Brooklyn Bridal Show will take place on Sunday, March 7th at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). In partnership with Great Performances, the caterer who works with BAM (as well as The Plaza Hotel, Wave Hill and many other spectacular venues) they will bring you more than 30 vendors from the Brooklyn area.

I will be there to meet all of you, chat with you in person about your wedding vision, inspiration, and how to design your most perfect day.

Laura Pugliese, our fabulous Makeup Artist in residence, will also be there to consult with you on your wedding day look, test out the gorgeous lip you are going for or feel free to try the smoky eye that you saw at the Golden Globes or on the runway. Don’t forget to bring photos of the looks that you love!

Some of the other vendors who will be attending the great event include Opalia Flowers, Blossom and Branch, Nine Cakes, Kelly Guenther (a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer), Bond Street Productions, and One Hanson Place (a fab venue in Fort Green).

Guests will be able to take in their surroundings and relax while meeting all the vendors and sipping cocktails in BAM’s Lepercq space.

I look forward to meeting all of you there!!!


Here are the details for the event:

Date: Sunday, March 7th
Time: 2 – 6pm
Location: Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Tickets are $30

Click here to buy tickets or go to the following link:

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

ASK THE EXPERT: 5 Things to Look For When Hiring A Professional Makeup Artist For Your Wedding

1. Did you do your research?

Recommendations from friends are great, but make sure you check out their website, portfolio or professional work they have done. Google them! See what others have said, what they have been involved in. If they are new to the field and you really like their makeup, don't be afraid to ask for references. Also, the best test is to see how the makeup wears hours after the trial.

2. Make sure you schedule a trial.

The only way to know if you click with your makeup artist is to spend an hour or more working with them. If they don't do trials, be wary. Would you not test drive a car before you bought it?

3. Note how the interaction went during the trial.

Did they ask questions and make constructive suggestions during the trial? Did they listen to your concerns or ideas for makeup? Did you ask questions and how did they respond to them? Some makeup artists are really good at makeup, but don't always listen to the clients needs or explain what they are doing. It is not a fashion shoot, your special day is being captured for eternity on film. Make sure you are comfortable in the makeup that the artist suggests.

4. Do they seem professional and business minded?

Although makeup professionals can be fun, unique and quirky, they are not always the most reliable people. When selecting, a written agreement or contract is the best way to ensure and guarantee the day for you and the artist. Once you have made a connection with someone that has a great look for you, the last thing you want is to have to worry about doing your own makeup that day, or having Aunt Betty spackle her favorite rouge from 1970 on your stressed out face.

5. Don't be swayed by a price.

Many components go into bridal makeup: the experience of the artist, creating a look, shopping for and using the appropriate products, travel, setting up, clean up and prep work. Doing one bride usually takes half a day's work. Make sure you set aside a budget for the event, and be upfront and honest with the artist to work within your means.

Monday, 1 February 2010

Capturing your wedding story on film: CREATIVE VIDEO EDITING

If you are looking for a videographer for your upcoming wedding in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut or Pennsylvania, definitely take a look at Creative Video Editing. Their films capture the purest emotions from your wedding day and I have to admit, the one from the wedding in Brooklyn on their website even made me a little teary eyed (I am such a softie!).

Michael and Michelle DiChiaro are the amazing team at Creative Video Editing and have been running this family business for the past ten years, based in Westfield, N.J. They are absolutely lovely and very talented. Their passion for what they do comes through with each of their artistic wedding films. In fact, they were recently honored as the Best Videographer in South Jersey.

Their films reveal the joy and happiness of a couple's wedding day. Michael and Michelle have a very special ability that allows them to design and edit their footage so that it tells a couple's story. You can learn about the couple from the words of the bride and groom spoken in the voice over. You can see the love in their faces, hear their humor, learn whether their style is more traditional or avant garde, and get to know them as a union.

The unique beauty of each couple's story unfolds throughout the films to reveal their love, their history and the enchanting wonder of the present day, all interlaced with their hopes for the future.

I always find that in selecting a vendor, talent is obviously the top priority but I believe that chemistry is important as well. If you don't like or trust the people you are working with, then it takes the fun out of planning your wedding and just adds stress to what is meant to be one of the happiest times of your life. Michael and Michelle are such nice people so working with them would be something to be looked forward to as they capture your beautiful day with your loved ones so that you can treasure your memories on film for years to come.

For more information on Creative Video Editing, please go to:

You can contact Creative Video Editing directly by calling 732.768.8207 or emailing them at