Things to do after you get engaged – Article on (201) Bride

•January 4, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Take a look at this very helpful article on (201) Bride from The Finishing Touch, a full service wedding and special event planning company specializing in designing, planning and coordinating clients’ special events.

Important Decisions
Things to do after you get engaged
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“When you first get that beautiful ring from your guy, the initial excitement can be overwhelming. After crying and screaming with joy, it is nice to make some calls and send texts and emails to spread the good news to the world,” says Candice Benson, president and founder of The Finishing Touch. “Once the initial communication phase is over, it is time to start making some important decisions about your big day.”

Size Your Ring and Get it Insured
Now that you have your new bling, the last thing you want to happen is that it falls off of your finger. To make sure your ring is secure, and that you will always be able to treasure it as a family heirloom, be sure to have it properly sized by your jeweler. In your fiance’s excitement to purchase the perfect sparkler for you, he may have neglected to buy ring insurance. Follow up with your jeweler immediately to review the available insurance options for your ring.

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Kalli’s and Chris’ NJ Wedding Trailer from The Venetian, Garfield, NJ

•December 28, 2010 • Leave a Comment

This is a Wedding “Coming Soon” Trailer created for Kalli & Chris, whose Ceremony was held at St. Athanasios Orthodox Church, Paramus, NJ and Reception at The Venetian, Garfield, NJ.  Kalli has been blogging for (201) Bride this past year, detailing all of her experiences as a Bride-To-Be. You can read more here

Abella Studios’ “You Pick The Best Engagement Shot” Contest 10/20-11/20

•October 20, 2010 • Leave a Comment

NJ Wedding Engagement Shoot - Photo ContestNJ Wedding Engagement Shoot - Photo Contest by http://www.abellastudios.comWe picked some of our favorite engagement shoot photos out of thousands for the first, ever, Abella Studios’ “You Pick The Best Engagement Shot” Photo Contest!

The contest will run from October 20th, 2010 to November 20th, 2010.

The couple whose photo gets the most like/comment “Votes” will be Our Big Winner and will receive an Abella Studios $300 portrait reprint credit!

NJ Wedding Engagement Shoot - Photo Contest by http://www.abellastudios.comSo, if your photo is one of the entries, be sure to let everyone know to “VOTE” for YOUR photo and don’t forget to do it yourself once every day. Good luck and let the voting begin!!!

Check It Out And Cast Your Vote!!!

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Amy’s and Mo’s NJ Wedding Photography by

•October 7, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Abella Studios‘ NJ Wedding Photography for Amy & Mo.

This Wedding was a real blast. We started out on huge horse farm in Colt’s Neck. The house was just gorgeous. The ceremony was held inside, due to weather, but the setting was still absolutely beautiful. A canopy was set up in the family room and all the guests were seated on either side with an amazing view of the ceremony and the green pasture just outside the windows where horses roamed.

The Reception was held at The Crystal Ballroom at The Radisson, Freehold, NJ. The setting was just breath-taking. The up-lighting, flowers and overall design of the ballroom really made it look like a scene out of Casablanca.

Throughout the day I had the pleasure of working with Stephanie Eckweiler of The Finishing Touch Events and must say that it was an absolute pleasure.


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Stephanie Eckweiler of The Finishing Touch


She, and her assistant kept everything running on track without being overbearing and their presence was only felt when an extra hand was necessary or to ensure that each and every detail was attended to. I worked with her on another event a few months back and once again was impressed with her performance and eye for detail.

Take a look at the images and you’ll see exactly what I’m talking about. Enjoy.


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Winners! NJ Wedding Photo Contest by

•September 16, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Exactly 1 Month ago, we picked some of our favorite NJ wedding photos, out of thousands we have captured over the last year, for the first Abella Studios Semi-Annual “You Pick The Best Shot” Photo Contest!
NJ Wedding Photo by

NJ Wedding Photo by

The contest ran from August 16, 2010 to September 15, 2010. The plan was that the couple whose photo gets the most votes would become Our Big Winner and would receive an Abella Studios $300 portrait reprint credit! Well, the contest ended last night and all we must say is WOW! We are truly amazed at how close it was.  As each of the top voted images had close 600 votes, it was way to close simply have a winner and a loser, so we decided to crown TWO WINNERS! Congratulations to both of our couples – Pam & Neal and Daria & John on winning!
NJ Wedding Photo by

NJ Wedding Photo by

We are extremely impressed and excited to see how many people actually got involved to help the couples get such a high number of votes. A very special “Thank You” going out to all of their friends and family who voted over and over again driving their photo to the top!
Can’t wait for the next contest!!!

New Abella Studios’ Engagement Shoot Sign-In Book

•September 14, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Great ideas don’t always come from experts in the industry. Instead, this awesome idea came from one of our recent clients, who got married last week – Loudia. She wanted to share the engagement shoot photos, captured at Skylands Manor in Ringwood NJ, with family and friends, while capturing their comments and wishes to the Bride & Groom.  She did, however, have a specific look and feel of the sign-in book in mind. We were super excited to produce the Sign-In Book for Loudia to help share those images with her friends and family at her Wedding, which took place at the Brooklake Country Club, Florham Park, NJ. While we already offered a sign-in book option, her vision was a bit different.

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After discussing Loudia’s ideas for her sign-in, we talked to our Album Company, worked up the perfect product and thus the All-New Engagement Shoot Sign-In Book was born (see video clip). While we still offer a variety of Sign-In Books, which vary in size and cost, we couldn’t be happier adding this one to the line of our products to help ensure that we always exceed all of our clients’ expectations.  Thanks Loudia!!!

Abella Studios Featured in Contemporary Bride Magazine’s “Real Weddings” –

•September 3, 2010 • Leave a Comment

NJ Wedding Photo - Valley Regency Wedding of Dina and Michael by

NJ Wedding Photo - Valley Regency Wedding of Dina and Michael by

Dina and Michael’s friendship blossomed into a relationship after sharing a spontaneous kiss while in college. The two immediately became inseparable and on June 30, 2007, Michael arranged to bring Dina, her brother, sister, and best friend to Serendipity’s in New York City. As their orders came out, Dina’s plate read, “Will You Marry Me?” in chocolate fudge. After she excitedly accepted, the people around them began to cheer and clap. “The day was even more special because when we returned home, a surprise engagement party was set up for us. It was nice to be able to celebrate with family and friends. I was so surprised,” reminisced the bride. With about two years until the big day, the couple was able to enjoy their engagement and have plenty of time to plan their July 11, 2009 wedding.

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When it came to finding the banquet facility, the Valley Regency fit perfectly with what Dina and Michael were looking for. They loved the high ceilings, spacious ballroom, windows, big dance floor, and the overall décor. In addition, the couple liked how it was one wedding at a time and how they offered an on-site ceremony location, which made it convenient for their guests.

The interfaith ceremony was held in the garden area underneath the gazebo. Ryan Kaplan, the ceremony officiant, did a great job incorporating both of their lives within the vows. Dina walked down the aisle wearing a custom-made ball-gown-style dress. It was a sweetheart neckline with an off-the-shoulder top and a pick-up skirt adorned with Swarovski crystals. She held a bouquet of calla lilies and stephanotis with crystals. “Seeing my wife for the first time in her dress was by far the best memory of the day,” Michael reminisced.

The bride’s maid of honor and bridesmaids wore black strapless, floor-length dresses with white sashes around the waist. The groom looked charming in a classic black tuxedo, white shirt, vest, and tie, while his best man and groomsmen wore black tuxedos, white shirts, and black ties. After Dina and Michael were announced as husband and wife, guests made their way into the cocktail hour room, which also has an outdoor terrace overlooking the beautiful gardens.

NJ Wedding Photo From Dina & Michael's Wedding held at Valley Regency

NJ Wedding Photo From Dina & Michael's Wedding held at Valley Regency. Photographed by

During cocktail hour, guests indulged in a sushi bar, pasta station, mashed potato bar, and passed hors d’oeuvres. They also had a martini luge that served a variety of cold drinks to order. Guests had a choice of chateaubriand, fish, chicken, or veal. “The food was unbelievable. There was so much food and the presentation of everything was phenomenal,” noted the couple.

Designed by Le Petit Gateau, the wedding cake was a five-tiered, square vanilla cake with cannoli filling and white frosting. It had a black scrollwork design, black satin ribbon, and a monogram cake topper. In addition to the wedding cake, a Viennese hour was set up with an ice cream bar, a white-and milk-chocolate fondue fountain, fruit, cookies, pastries, and after-dinner cordials.

Tim from Abella Studios photographed the day’s events flawlessly. He was able to get their large bridal party to cooperate and was personable. They also liked his unique photojournalistic approach, which captured the real moments as they happened. “Any questions we had, Tim was able to answer them and made us feel extremely comfortable in knowing he would do a great job on the wedding day,” commented Dina. (…read more)


Ceremony & Reception Location: Valley Regency

Officiant: Ryan Kaplan

Photographer: Abella Studios

Entertainment: DMC Sound featuring Dawn Michaels

Florist: Regency Design Group

Bakery: Le Petit Gateau

Bridal Salon: NY Bridal Couture

Headpiece/Veil: NY Bridal Couture

Formal Attire: Men’s Warehouse

Invitations: Uniquely Yours

Favors: Uniquely Yours

Hair Salon: Casa Bella

Jeweler: Salvatore & Company