Category Archives: #HipNJ Weddings

#HipNJ Weddings profiles the top vendors and venues unique to the Garden State, and dishes on the latest trends the #HipNJ bride must know while planning The Big Day!

#HipNJWeddings: Justin Alexander Bridal

Did you know that one of the top wedding dress designers is located right here in #HipNJ?  In our latest #HipNJWeddings segment, we visited the showroom of Justin Alexander Bridal in Pine Brook!

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino (who will be rocking a JA Signature dress at her upcoming September nuptials!) sat with creative director Terry Hilferty to talk about what every bride needs to know while shopping for the most important dress she’ll ever wear.

The #HipNJ bride is “sophisticated,” explained Terry.  Justin Alexander has found that the New Jersey bride gravitates to the finer laces or some other type of special treatment. Trending now is a cap sleeve or pop-over jacket to transform the dress, creating two different looks. What the #HipNJ bride wants, she gets!

No matter your style or budget, there are many lines to choose from.  Justin is the core line, portraying a vintage and timeless look. Signature is the higher-end line off of Justin, having more intricate detailing.  Sincerity features a girl-next-door feel that is effortless to wear.  While the Sweetheart is the most affordable line, it still upholds the same romantic character as her counterparts.  Finally, their newest line Lillian West features gowns that are simplistic yet sexy.

A current concern of the wedding industry are counterfeit dresses. These dresses are manufactured and sold out of  Asia.  Crooks are stealing Justin Alexander’s copyrighted images and posting them on their websites.  Thinking they are getting a beautiful bargain, horrified brides are receiving dresses that don’t come close to the quality that Justin Alexander and other reputable designers provide.

To ensure that the #HipNJ bride is getting her authentic Justin Alexander dress, please visit I Do…I Do… in Morristown, Jay West in Haddonfield, or a #HipNJ location near you.

For more information, visit their website.

#HipNJ Women in Small Business: VeroLuce Photography

A picture may say a thousand words, but after the special person in your life sees your boudoir images, they’ll be rendered speechless.

Veronica Yankowski, owner of VeroLuce Photography, is a highly accomplished celebrity photographer that specializes in all aspects of the trade.  However, it’s her stunning Inner Diva Boudoir sessions that has caught the attention of the Garden State- and beyond.

Veronica’s work has been on the pages of numerous publications, including Cosmopolitan.  She has shot Signy Coleman of “The Young and the Restless” and Dina Manzo from “The Real Housewives of New Jersey”, among many other notable personalities.  But the majority of Veronica’s business is making the everyday woman look and feel their best.

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino chatted with Veronica and some of her loyal customers about this sizzling hot photography trend.  Veronica’s passion and love for her craft oozes from her every word, and VeroLuce clients count their boudoir sessions among the best days of their lives.  Lisa Marie was so blown away by everyone’s vibe, she just had to hit the sheets for her own session!

A boudoir day with Veronica is a must-have experience. Her accomplished hair and makeup team do a phenomenal job dolling you up.  Veronica does such a great job in quelling any insecurity that you may have,  and her warm aura enables you to own the moment for the camera.  You walk away from the photo shoot feeling like a confident, beautiful superstar, and the images to back it up!

An album of your classy, sexy boudoir is the perfect wedding gift to your fiance.  It also makes a great anniversary present, or an amazing way to document your pregnancy.  Even if you aren’t celebrating a milestone, it’s one of the best ways to celebrate you!

For more on VeroLuce Photography and Inner Diva Boudoir, please visit Veronica’s website.

#HipNJWeddings: Bridal Shower Trends at Cielo

TREND ALERT!

Your grandmother’s Sunday brunch bridal showers are a thing of the past.  #HipNJ brides are now incorporating tradition with a fun night out with the women they love!

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino recently celebrated her bridal shower at Fairfield hotspot Cielo.  While the modern Italian fare (rock shrimp arrabiatta, orecchetta w/sausage & cauliflour, and chicken scarpiello) satisfied all generations, the Friday night soiree’s standouts were the custom cocktails (“The Lisatini!”), music and dancing.

Lisa Marie enjoyed her night so much, she had to sit down with Cielo owner Chef Anthony Pucciarello for #HipNJWeddings.  Lisa Marie discovered that #HipNJ brides are flocking to Chef Anthony’s old school-meets-new world experience; bridal showers make up 80% of their private parties!

Cielo’s other standouts include the beautiful bar area, which boasts ornate ceilings and granite countertops.  Chef Anthony’s signature “Inside-Out Meatball” is a must-have (yes, it’s a meatball filled with spaghetti, tomato and basil!)  And no #HipNJ‘er can resist the “Dirty Jersey” martini!

To book a bridal shower, or to make a reservation for dinner, call 973.808.1414 or visit their website.