The Grand Finale: Finishing Touches

By Laura Camerlengo

 Say “I Do!” With Doves

White doves have been symbols of love and peace for thousands of years, and with good reason, says dove trainer, Bruce Stanley. “Doves mate for life, one of the main reasons couples want doves released at their weddings.” Together with his wife, Pamela, he operates New York City Love Doves, which he describes as “a ministry for love and healing.” With more than 40 years of experience breeding and training white rock doves – the only doves that are used for releases – Stanley has created romantic release ceremonies that complement any wedding’s style. A crowd favorite is Love Doves’ basic wedding release package, where the bride and groom free a pair of doves from a heart-shaped wicker basket while another seven doves are released in unison.

New York City Love Doves, 67 Courtney Loop, Staten Island, NY; 917.757.5891;   

The Write Stuff

Wedding invitations not only tell your guests the “who-what-when” wedding details, but also introduce them to your wedding’s overall style. Yvonne Wong-Fein, creative director and principal of Double Happiness Creations, is known for creating custom invitations and announcements that reflect the personalities of their subjects. While many of the company’s designs are Asian-inspired, Wong-Fein tailors her invitations to accommodate myriad cultures and design sensibilities. “We use quality paper and materials, and work with reliable vendors that can letterpress, create custom folders, emboss, die cut, you name it,” says Wong-Fein, who recognizes that her business success comes from having life experience. “Seven times a bridesmaid, one time a bride and now mother to a one-year-old, I present to my customers a gamut of knowledge about these joyful life events.” Echoing her company’s motto, she adds, “Some pursue happiness. We create it.”

Double Happiness Creations, 131 Varick Street, Suite 920, Manhattan (by appointment only); 646-580-9038;

Time For Your Grand Entrance…

Picture this: It’s finally your wedding day and you’re waiting to walk down the aisle to meet your groom. You take one step forward toward your future… and slip and fall. Not exactly what you had in mind? (We didn’t think so!) Prevent a wedding catastrophe with The Original Runner Company’s non-slip fabric aisle runners. Original Runners have foam backings to keep them flat and secure, unlike the typical paper or gauze aisle runners, ensuring a flawless entry. The customizable runners come in over 25 colors and prints, and can be monogrammed or hand-painted with a design or motif to match your day of love.

The Original Runner Company, 151 Forest Street, Montclair, NJ; 973.744.7070;

A Thousand Words Spell Love

A professional photographer is a must-have at every wedding to ensure that all your big day’s best moments are captured. But how about a painting that captures all the details of your special event at the height of celebration? That’s exactly what Jessica Weiss-Marder, a celebration artist, can do. Serving clients in New York and New Jersey, Weiss-Marder will travel to your party with a blank canvas and paint the night away, giving you an heirloom to cherish forever – while providing unique entertainment that will certainly make your event stand out among the rest!

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