Saturday, December 19, 2009

It's Holiday and Engagement Season. What to give??

Did you know that the holidays just happens to coincide with Engagement Season :)

About 40% of couples get engaged between Thanksgiving and Valentine's Day.

Here are a few Gift giving ideas from Get an online source for weddings that will help out and set the mood.

Top 11 Gifts for a Newly Engaged Bride (or Groom!)

He popped the question! She’s over the moon. How do you show her you’re here to help celebrate this gi-normous life changing event? Here are 10 girly gifts to give your sister, soon-to-be sister, childhood confidant or BFF, a.k.a bride to be. Plus we could never forget the groom so we’ve got him covered as well.

1. Plan Ahead

The best gift you can give a bride is organizational skills. Bestow a bright and funky planner on her to get her started down the aisle.

Turquoise Bride’s Planner, $15.99

2. The Spitting Image

For the fashion-forward friend, give a personalized, unique illustration that expresses her personal style. From every hair color to every style of dress, there’s a framed and matted creation that will remind her of her inner fashionista.

Fashion Illustration, $20 for 5 x7

3. The Bridal Party

Pamper her with a collection of shower gels inspired by wedding traditions. Sure to get the beautiful bride ready before the big day, this set includes a 6 oz Wedding Cake Ultra-De

licious Shower Gel, 6 oz Bubbly Ultra-Rich Shower Gel, and a 6 oz Bridal Bouquet Ultra-Feminine Shower Gel in a signature box.

Bridal Party by Philosophy, $30

4. The Princess Bride

For bridal royalty. Inspired by the tiara gifted to Queen Mary, enjoy this bride tank top - something old on something new. An ideal present for the princess bride., $29


. Etiquette Lessons

Ok, you don’t have to spring for a whole lineup of classes. Just buy your gal pal Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette in hardback. It’s the go-to-guide for the classy, thoughtful bride. Make sure she never makes a misstep., $18.47

6. Hands Down The Best Gift!

Only the newly engaged know how embarrassing it is to have scruffy cuticles and unpolished nails. E

veryone is always grabbing your hand to ooh and aww. Buy her this kit and her hands will be ready for show-off showtime!

Professional Manicure/Pedicure Nail Kit, $42

7. With This Ring

You know she wants to tell the world he put a ring on it—without having to say a word. Get her this fun-key ring to show off a bit. She’ll toss her house and car keys on it and every time she pulls it out will be reminded she’s headed for wedded bliss.

With This Ring Crystal Engagement Ring Keychain, $4.90

8. It’s a Wrap!

Comfy terry cloth wraps are always a favorite gift and can be personalized with her future monogram. Get her ready to be Mrs. Happily Ever After.

Terry Cloth Bath Wrap, $36

9. For Her (and Him)

Give your friend a boudoir photo session she can use to surprise her fiancé. A hot trend for brides to be, noir-inspired shots can be tasteful (think more Dita Von Teese, than Playboy) and will get her in the mood for her wedding night. Tell her to smile and work it, you sexy thing!

Boudoir Photo Session, price on request

10. Sweet Siblings

Tell sisters and soon to be sisters-in-law how much they mean with a sentimental token. Personalize this folksy, sweet frame by sliding in a childhood photo. Sugarboo Designs uses quotes from luminaries and simple classic style for thoughtful gifts she’ll love.

Sister, Open Your Heart by Sugarboo Designs, $85 and up

11. For the techie, gadget groom:

Forget cord confusion, the Duracell Mygrid allows for all of your electronic devices to be charged at once.

Duracell myGrid Charging Pad

Amazon, $76.79

Happy Shopping!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Holiday Card from Lela New York - Happy Holidays to ALL!!

Wishing you and yours a Happy Holiday and Safe New Year!

Best Wishes, Lela xoxooxx

Interview with a Wedding Pro - Candice Dowling Coppola

I had the amazing opportunity to recently work with New England/Connecticut Wedding and Event Planner, Candice Dowling Coppola from Jubilee Events on a wonderful Glam Wedding photoshoot (picts hopefully coming soon). She's fabulous in incorporating original vintage inspired ideas to her amazing weddings and events.
I had the chance to interview her and wanted to share it with you guys. Enjoy!

1. What makes Jubilee Events unique?

Our staff is what sets Jubilee Events apart from any other company. We bring a wide variety of talents and creativity to each event we do! I also think we provide an experience for our couples that can’t be found elsewhere.

2. What services do you provide?

Our services really are endless – we provide full event management, design, and coordination. Our services are truly a great mixture and balance of creativity and information.

3. What can you advice brides and couples to be aware of or avoid when looking for an event planner?

When looking for an event planner it’s really important to ask for a portfolio of their work and check references (from past brides or even vendors). Overall, I encourage couples to hire someone that they really like, get along well with, whose style they admire, and someone they are completely comfortable with.

4. Any trends you see happening in weddings?

There are so many! Old is new, new is old. Right now we’re really seeing a lot of romantic elements – romantic colors, fabrics, draping, details, flowers…. It’s endless. There is a lot of femininity back in the style of weddings, from the gowns to the invitations. A lot of feminine touches.

5. Do you have a favorite wedding?

I do! My own. You can see it in BRIDES magazine on newsstands at the end of this month!

6. How do you stay motivated, what inspires you?

Coffee keeps me motivated and inspires me. I’m most inspired by things that are unrelated to weddings. A swatch of fabric, a chair, a bowl of soup… the list is endless. I recommend to my clients and my blog readers to allow yourself to be inspired by ideas that are not related to weddings!

** All photography by Carla Ten Eyck http://www.carlateneyck ** Headshot by Raw Photo Design

Thanks Candice! xoxoxooo

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Fall/Winter Real Wedding Inspiration

Just got these beautiful images from amazing photographer Laura Klein.
This Real Wedding took place at the Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa.
Laura's images are breathtaking! Capturing the amazing views of the locale.
The Luxury purple silk wedding invitations and stationery were designed by Lela New York.


Monday, November 23, 2009

Coral Color Crystal invitations by Luxury wedding invitations designer Lela New York

Check out these beautiful coral colored silk wedding invitations Lela New York designed for Tamara's wedding. Lela New York added a pretty gold ribbon to match the ink and crystal buckle. The result was an amazing introduction to the couple's big day!


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Beautiful Letterpress Vintage Lace Wedding Invitations by New York invitations designer Lela New York

I wanted to share these amazing lace letterpress wedding invitations that were inspired by the vintage theme of the bride's beautiful lace gown. The couple was having an intimate Newport, R.I. wedding that was held in a beautiful hotel that over looked the ocean called The Chanler at Cliff Walk.

The wedding invitations were printed in 3 colors. A beautiful dark eggplant, pewter and a soft cream that when printed imitated the lace details on the brides dress! Lela New York also designed their beautiful letterpress programs, menus and place cards to complete their wedding day style. All printed on 100% cotton/tree free paper.

I loved the way they came out, hope you do too!

Friday, November 13, 2009

New Invitations by New York wedding invitations designer Lela New York

Just wanted to share these recent gold fabric envelope wedding invitations by Lela New York.
The actual invitations were printed in glass. These luxury wedding invitations are decorated with crystal appliques and were finished with the couples custom envelopes and wax seal.
The wedding was help at the Metropolitan Club in NYC.



Monday, November 9, 2009

Lela New York's Luxury wedding invitations featured in Elegance & Simplicity!

Hello all!

I love it when Lela New York's luxury wedding invitations are featured in other amazing wedding blogs! This week we are featured on a new amazing "green" blog called Elegance & Simplicity - Engaged & Green Blog. It's a great site to help plan any beautiful wedding and helps with wonderful green inspiration.

Thanks Katie!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Share your Romantic Wedding Proposal with us and AOL might cast you in their new show

Hi you guys!

If you would like to share your wedding proposal story just let AOL know you have received your personal invitation from Lela New York and follow the instructions below.

"Do you or your friends/parents have a romantic, amazing, silly, funny, or creative proposal story? Stick Figure Productions and AOL are looking for couples (ALL AGES) to share their unique story for a new show “Pop the Question.” We would LOVE to hear your romantic tale!

If you are in NYC or the surrounding area and would like the opportunity to share your UNIQUE story on camera please send a brief summary along with a photo and your contact information ((name, age, location, years married, and phone number)) to

REMEMBER to tell them Lela New York sent you this invitation :)

Good Luck!


Thursday, October 15, 2009

Amazing New Jersey wedding Cake Designer serving New York weddings and NJ!

I love introducing new designers, especially new cake designers with such pretty details and yummy flavors!
I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Eat Cake Be Merry, a NJ cake designer who offers not only cake but cupcakes, and cookies for all occasions. Serving New Jersey and New York. Here is our conversation:

1. What makes eat cake be merry unique?
EatCakeBeMerry offers a freshness for the modern bride that is looking for clean details, bright colors, and sophistication of design. We customize all our cakes so we can make it extra special for the couple on their wedding day.

2. What services do you provide?
We offer three services within our company: EatCake, EatCupcakes, and EatCookies. These provide a variety of options for all the events that surround your wedding, such as the reception, rehearsal dinner, bridal showers, and guest favors.

3. What can you advise brides and couples to be aware of or avoid when looking for a cake artist?
Look for a cake artist that is skilled with the features that you want on your cake. For example, if you are looking to for a lot of intricate piping , you should choose a designer who you know specializes in that technique rather than a designer whose strength is in sculpting cars.

4. What style or ingredients and flavors do you like to work with?
I really enjoy combining classic cake flavors, like vanilla and chocolate, with fresh fruit fillings. It's also a treat for me when couples are looking for more unique flavors, such as green tea buttercream.

5. Do you have a favorite cake that you have created?
With all the heart that goes into each cake, its hard to choose a favorite!

6. What are the latest trends in cake design?
Well, couples are definitely moving towards graphic patterns and vibrant colors. Cakes are really becoming a creative expressions of the bride and groom for their special day.

Thanks Liz for sharing!
You can contact Eat Cake Be Merry at
or view their online cake gallery at Eat Cake Be Merry

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

TLC is looking to cast couples for a new Wedding TV show

Hi everyone!

Just got this amazing news from TLC casting.
TLC is looking for couples in the NY, NJ, and CT that area getting married in the upcoming months to be featured in their new wedding tv show. The couples also get a chance to win an all expense paid, 5-STAR Vacation! It's said to be the opposite of bridezilla, featuring beautiful weddings. Above is the info! Should be fun!
***Make sure tell them Lela New York sent you! ***

Monday, September 28, 2009

Pictures from We Tv & David Tutera's Premier of My Fair Wedding & launch of David Tutera By Faviana

I had the pleasure of being at New York City's Gotham Hall for the premier of We Tv's My Fair Wedding with David Tutera.
The opening act was amazing by Nuttin But Stringz! Followed by the collaborative launch of David Tutera By Faviana a line of luxury wedding gowns inspired by couture red carpet affairs and events. The collection is expected to be in stores by February 2010. David can add this to his amazing list of accomplishments from floral and event design to his newest book, The Big White Book of Weddings. Everyone also enjoyed the premiere of My Fair Wedding with David Tutera and of course it was exciting, funny and amazing to watch the transformation. One of my fav wedding shows.
Here are some pictures of the fab event enjoy!!

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