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Wedding Special Occasion Guide
Jan 31, 2018

Wedding Guide

Wedding Special Occasion Guide

Weddings and showers, proms and anniversaries – the big moments in your life should be perfect, and that requires a lot of planning. Whether you’re choosing a location, shopping for clothing, planning a menu, want to look your best, there a lot of decisions to be made. The Journal’s Wedding Guide is a great place to meet the merchants who want your important celebration to be the best it can be. Congratulations on your special day!

Bride Fit/ Sheila Piehler

Online Training and Coaching or on HealthStatus’s website, Also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Email for a free 20-minute call

Sheila Piehler is a board certified Holistic Health Coach (AADP), with 27 years’ experience in fitness, who is ready to inspire and partner with you to reach your health, wellness, and fitness goals. 12 Weeks to A Fit Bride is a roadmap to looking and feeling fit and fabulous on the big day.

Her 12 week online/video program will get you “Bride Fit” in your body, mind, home, and relationship. You’ll receive 12 + weekly videos on topics like fitness, nutrition, creating habits that support stress management and happiness, setting up the kitchen for easy healthy meal preparation, along with developing habits that support healthy and happy relationships.

The whole package is approximately the price of one personal coaching session and it includes a complimentary 20-minute video chat with Sheila so she can customize your current shape and specific goals.

“I can really relate to my clients. As a single mom of three boys (13, 18 and 20 years), I struggle with stress and time management, and balancing healthy eating, regular exercise, and pleasure. I’ll share the wisdom and knowledge of my life experiences, education, and continued learning to give you the best formula for success. I will create a couple ways to work with each bride including personal coaching. I look forward to sharing 12 weeks together to get you Bride Fit.”

Chilangos and Chimney Cake


272 Bay Avenue, Highlands

(732) 708-0505 

Chimney Cake

181 White Road in Little Silver

(732) 361-1429

Are you looking to step away from a traditional wedding? Hire a local gourmet food truck for your special day! Food trucks are a super-popular wedding catering trend. You can hire them for your reception or just for a late night snack before your guests leave.

Here are two delicious offerings that work together to make your party pop. Chilangos serves up authentic Mexican favorites, like tacos, quesadillas, and lots more.

Chimney Cake Factory from Little Silver offers a sweet ending to your new beginning! The owners, Denes and Angella Feher offer a unique, traditional Hungarian pastry prepared from all natural ingredients, always freshly baked on the truck and customized for each guest. Those mouthwatering chimney cakes( kürtöskalács) are then filled with premium quality ice cream, topped off with home-made whipped cream, fresh fruits, and chocolate fudge, and served just the way you like them. Their unique and delicious desserts are served with freshly brewed coffee, cappuccino, or espresso. They guarantee your guests will leave with a smile!


Cocktail Caravan

(732) 275-4736 

Cocktail Caravan is a mobile bartending service for hire at outdoor weddings, and celebrations at home. Get the party started when the mobile bar and its professional, insured staff arrives ready to serve guests delicious drinks. They come prepared with all the supplies including sodas, juices, fresh seasonal garnishes, cups, straws, cocktail napkins, and more. Simply buy the alcohol of your choosing from your favorite local liquor store, and they’ll handle the rest. Cocktail Caravan’s  inventory of boutique Shiplap bars is the perfect addition to smaller gatherings at home or to serve as a satellite bar for larger weddings. Since you buy the alcohol of your choice, you’ll enjoy significant savings on the cost of an open bar for your event. Cocktail Caravan’s unique bar rentals, friendly and insured bartending staff, and cocktail catering packages create a gathering space for guests to enjoy drinks at a wedding, rehearsal dinner, shower, and more.

Grand Marquis 

1550 U.S. Route 9 in Old Bridge

(732) 679-5700 

Family-owned and operated, this landmark New Jersey catering venue sets the standard for luxury and elegance. For over 30 years, the Grand Marquis has been the name in special event catering in New Jersey. The Grand Marquis experience is characterized by a meticulous attention to detail. Celebrate your moment and let our dedicated event specialists help you create a celebration that is distinctively “you.” Whether it’s an intimate anniversary celebration for your closest friends, a bar/bat mitzvah for classmates, a prom or a wedding gala, you can rest assured that the professional, experienced and attentive staff at The Grand Marquis will see to it that your once-in-a-lifetime event is everything you hoped it would be and more. Their talented team of award-winning chefs and pastry chefs will combine their culinary expertise to provide a once in a lifetime culinary experience. The Grand Marquis offers a picture-perfect venue for your event. The waterfalls, magnificent light fixtures, decorative marble flooring, the glass atrium, luxurious bathrooms and dressing suites, lavishly manicured grounds, and impeccably designed ballrooms are just a few of the functional and visual amenities that set The Grand Marquis apart as a leading catering location. Beyond the meticulously kept facilities and award-winning cuisine, the staff at the Grand Marquis who create your event take incredible pride in service that exceeds expectations. Every detail is tastefully considered to make your special occasion memorable, from your first meeting with the event specialist until the final dance. Let the Grand Marquis and its staff help create memories that will last a lifetime.

 Hair and Company 

12-14 White Street in Red Bank

(732) 747-6983 also on Facebook

Open Tuesday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., (Wednesdays and Thursdays until 8:00 p.m.) Mondays are private appointments for cancer patients who need wig services, wig fittings, and styling appointments.

Owner Michele K. Lawson is a stylist with a real heart who specializes in corrective color, weddings, and special events. She and her highly trained staff deliver all the latest techniques from precision and creative cutting to Balayage and ombré and all multi-dimensional color, corrective color, special occasion, formal hair, and updos. They also offer high-end makeup, waxing, smoothing treatments, and keratin and Brazilian  blowouts at this full service, family friendly unisex salon.

Longevity is key and Hair and Company has stood the test of time and is still growing strong adding new clients daily, and walk-ins are always welcome.

Michele says, “Our hairstylists are extremely talented. Myself and many of our staff started here in our teens and early twenties and are still going strong. Hair and Company has been in business for over 44 years at the same location in Red Bank, and I am humbled to say that after taking over two years ago as the new owner many of our clients are lifelong patrons. From their first haircuts to their wedding days and on; soon after, they start bringing their children to us! I love to see the generations return and become life-long clients to our Hair and Company family.”

Hair and Company also offers wedding day packages. Whether in-house or traveling to your location, their talented stylists and make-up artists will provide top notch services for your special day.

With prom season coming up, Michele says to ask about upcoming prom specials and the latest, hottest trends in up styling, formal hair, and make-up.

Additionally, Michele is very proud to say she also offers private appointments for free wig services from finding the perfect wig, styling, to any wig care and related issues for patients going through that difficult time.



Hotels Unlimited

Hours: All email or phone inquiries will receive a response within 24-hours (inquiries on weekends or holidays will receive a response by the next business day). The catering offices are typically open seven days a week, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Special accommodations are available for tours of the facilities outside of the normal office hours.


Hotels Unlimited operates some of New Jersey’s most popular hotels and banquet facilities including six award-winning banquet halls in central NJ. Each offers spectacular service, experience, and style for weddings, bar mitzvahs and bat mitzvahs, holiday parties, birthdays, meetings, events, and more.

There are choices to perfectly match your event’s size, budget, style, and location. Whether you choose the Sheraton Eatontown Hotel, Sterling Ballroom at the DoubleTree Tinton Falls, Crystal or Emerald Ballroom at the Radisson Hotel Freehold, Versailles Ballroom at the Ramada Hotel & Suites Toms River, Atlantis Ballroom at the Days Hotel Toms River, or the Windsor Ballroom at the Holiday Inn East Windsor, you’ll host award-winning weddings and events, with all-in-one convenience.

“Everything, everyone, and every detail was just perfect from the first email to the staff smiling and waving at us as we left. We always felt like we were their only wedding!”

“Their staff puts in 110 percent and it shows! Everything was beyond perfect.”

Their brand new Premier and Exclusive wedding and bar/bat mitzvah packages are two of the most popular menus that include everything – from a lovely cocktail hour to a three-course dinner and dessert. Also, ask about great deals for off-season weddings and events. Meeting and social event packages are also available.

Sheraton Eatontown Hotel

6 Industrial Way East, in Eatontown

(732) 542-6500 ext. 2601  

Sheraton Eatontown Hotel is Hotels Unlimited’s newest property with luxuriously renovated guest rooms and a top-to-bottom interior renovation planned for completion in 2018. Sophisticated couples will love the new event spaces featuring star-like prismatic chandeliers, high ceilings, and rich finishes based on elements of nature.

Sterling Ballroom

700 Hope Road, in Tinton Falls

(732) 544-9305  

Sterling Ballroom at the DoubleTree by Hilton Tinton Falls, is a sleek, modern wedding and banquet venue in Monmouth County near Eatontown, Red Bank, Asbury Park, Long Branch, and the best of the Jersey Shore. They offer everything you need under one fabulous roof.

Crystal and Emerald Ballrooms

50 Gibson Place, in Freehold

(732) 780-3405  

Crystal Ballroom is a glamorous venue for any wedding reception, social event, or corporate gala. With gorgeous crystal chandeliers, indoor and outdoor ceremony areas, gourmet catering, and an expert team of event coordinators, it’s easy to see why the Crystal Ballroom is a Monmouth County favorite.

Versailles Ballroom

2373 Route 9, in Toms River

(732) 719-1206  

Versailles Ballroom wedding and event venue, at the newly remodeled Ramada Hotel and Suites of Toms River, features a candlelit fireplace, French doors, and a huge dance floor in a dazzling setting. Their catering team has over 30 years of industry experience combined and they can’t wait to meet you.

Atlantis Ballroom

290 Route 37 East, in Toms River

(732) 731-8000  

Just minutes from the beach, Atlantis Ballroom is an Ocean County favorite for wedding receptions, bar/bat mitzvahs, social events, and corporate galas. With indoor and outdoor ceremony areas, gourmet catering, Hollywood Lighting, and an expert team of event coordinators, they have everything you need under one roof.

Windsor Ballroom

399 Monmouth Street, in East Windsor

(609) 443-8000 x600  

Windsor Ballroom at the award-winning Holiday Inn East Windsor is a Mercer County gem, minutes from Hamilton, Princeton, and West Windsor. Fall head over heels for their wedding and event facilities, lavish menus, and extraordinary team. They’re all yours.

Lady K’s Bake Shop

4B West Front Street in Red Bank

(908) 770 7564 and on Facebook, Instagram, Pintrest 

Kayla Barbuto, the baker behind Lady K’s Bake Shop, has combined her entrepreneurial spirit along with acclaimed culinary skills, to create a unique, increasingly popular and successful business.

In March 2012 Kayla graduated from the baking and pastry arts program at the Institute of Culinary Education right in the heart of New York City. That education and the skills she acquired allowed her natural talent to flourish. Upon graduating, word of Lady K spread rapidly in her hometown of Marlboro. She decided to take advantage of the growing business opportunities coming her way.

Kayla’s hard work and dedication has allowed her to grow her business to serve clients all over the tri-state area  . She is also excited to announce the opening of her Red Bank store where you can stop in for a fresh cappuccino and pastry or arrange a special cake-tasting with the artist. She creates beautiful, professional and delicious cakes all while having fun along the way. She believes these unique works of art should not only look beautiful but taste delicious, too! Focusing on wedding and specialty cakes, Kayla is able to make her client’s occasions truly memorable.

Through sustaining a friendly relationship with her growing number of satisfied customers, the future of Lady K is sure to be sweet!

Kayla is ready to help you design an artful expression of your personal style, so check out some of her creations online and start planning your cake of a lifetime.

Lynne’s Fashion Boutique

31 Church Street in Little Silver

(732) 530-5443 

Winter hours: Tuesday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Closed Sundays and Mondays. Find quality fashion with a personal touch at Lynne’s Fashion Boutique. Dedicated to personalizing your fashion experience, Lynne’s Fashion Boutique caters to women who want to look sensational for everyday or special occasions. You’ll find casual and evening attire with fabulous accessories – jewelry, belts, shawls, scarves, handbags and more! Their daywear designers are typically not found in department stores, so you do not see yourself coming and going . Plus, they    offer a selection of sizes in a particular style, with lots of separates to mix and match, giving you a look all your own.

Violet is the color for the upcoming spring season. And at Lynne’s, the fashions always include the newest styles and trends, along with timeless classics to give you a wider selection of looks.

Lynne’s evening gown selection is particularly extensive and enticing. They specialize in helping women find the perfect mother-of-the-bride and mother-of-the-groom dresses. Their friendly, personalized service provided by a most knowledgeable sales staff will make your shopping experience one-of-a-kind. Lynne’s Fashion Boutique also has an expert seamstress on-premise , available for alterations. Come enjoy the ultimate boutique experience. Gift certificates and free gift wrapping are also available.


Medimorphosis Physician Assisted Weight Loss

499 Broad Street in Shrewsbury.

(732) 389-0131 or on Facebook and Twitter

Open Monday and Wednesday from 1:00 to 8:00 p.m.; Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Closed Tuesdays and weekends. Medimorphosis Physician Assisted Weight Loss is the place to turn to if you have made a serious commitment to lose and manage your weight. This customized, physician-supervised program, under the direction of Dr. Claudia Huegel, a dually board-certified family physician and bariatric physician, offers a comprehensive approach to weight management. It starts with a complete medical evaluation to identify any physical, medical, environmental, behavioral, or emotional triggers that contribute to the patient’s weight. A treatment plan is then custom-designed and the initial 12-week-long phase includes weekly visits, a research-based and often genetically determined food plan, cognitive and behavioral counseling to help you change the way you think and lead to permanent behavioral change, along with medication where appropriate, and an arsenal of proven-effective tools for weight loss and maintenance.

In addition, mindful eating and mind-body medicine techniques such as meditation, biofeedback, and breathing techniques are incorporated into treatment. Every patient is an individual and therefore, each program is customized to his or her specific needs.

The effective program works for all and is especially helpful for those, with medical conditions brought on by weight, who require close monitoring and attention. Dr.   Huegel is joined by her experienced and compassionate staff including behavioral counselor, Lisa Kaplan and family physician and bariatrician, Dr. Carol Penn.


Molly Pitcher and Oyster Point 

Molly Pitcher Inn                                           

88 Riverside Avenue in Red Bank        

(732) 858-5310                                              

Oyster Point Hotel 

146 Bodman Place, in Red Bank       

(732) 639-5264 

Say “I DO” at Red Bank’s finest hotels, The Molly Pitcher Inn and Oyster Point Hotel.

The Molly Pitcher Inn is the ideal location for your water view wedding. Whether it’s your special day or a vow renewal, the historical Molly Pitcher Inn is a classic name for an elegant affair. Envision beginning your evening with your cocktail reception on the promenade on the banks of the Navesink River, then dancing the night away in the water view Ballroom. A luxury setting, impeccable service, and remarkable food will create an unforgettable wedding.

Your wedding will be customized to include, the ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner, bridal lunches, and farewell breakfast. They offer four different wedding packages to choose from and enhancements to make your day even more special.

Each year The Molly Pitcher and its sister hotel, The Oyster Point, do their BRIDAL SHOWCASE ” A View for Two”. This year the event took place on February 3 with participating local businesses.

There are still a few dates available through December 31. Ask about special incentives, as well as two-day/night stay for wedding couple and overnight accommodation for parents on the evening of the wedding. The professional catering staff will assist you with all aspects of your wedding day. For more information or appointments, please call or email the Catering Department for Molly Pitcher or The Oyster Point Hotel, (732) 639-5410,


Photography by Christine Enna

(201 ) 580-6908 

Hours by appointment only

The Art of Connection

A wedding is a day when two individuals come together, two families are joined, and the event is celebrated by extended family and friends alike.  At Christine Enna Photography, they understand the camera provides an opportunity to capture and explore all of those moments and connections. They blend documentary and candid style photography with a creative flair that best reflects the couple’s individual style.

With over ten years of professional experience, Christine and her team approach their work with the idea that making people feel comfortable in front of the camera is significant to producing beautiful and lasting images. The ability to connect camera and subject enables them to capture unique moments.

They are a full-service studio located in the Navesink area. They offer one-on-one personalized client services and guidance from the initial meeting to picking up the album, along with a wide arrange of price and package options including the popular “five-hour wedding package.” Christine is also a seasoned commercial photographer specializing in food images and hosts monthly gatherings for local artists.

This winter season, they are running LEARN TO USE YOUR CAMERA classes; a six-week overview of basic photography skills. Check out the website and join the email list for details.


Rose of Sharon Florist 

4057 Asbury Avenue in Tinton Falls

(732) 922-1806 also on Facebook and Instagram

Open Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday for holidays/weddings/events only

For over 20 years owners Jeffrey and Brian Echandia have been making brides happy throughout the tri-state area. They love giving each bride a happy, positive, and seamless, stress-free experience.

As your one-stop shop for all your floral and décor needs, Rose of Sharon will provide you with linen service, canopy rentals, chair embellishments, candelabras, and accents. They create spectacular floral designs and gorgeous detailed bridal bouquets that sparkle with Swarovski crystal embellishments such as brooches, pins, and crystal wrap.

You will work directly with the owners from your first meeting, right through the event, and the takedown of all items.

“Brides take great comfort in knowing that I will be there for them from start to finish. We have five-star reviews  from all our brides and pride ourselves in working within every bride’s budget. It’s all about the personal one-on-one at The Rose of Sharon.”

They are also well known for the fabulous themed bar and bat mitzvah celebrations. “We’ve done all kinds of amazing parties, from a day at the carnival to a fashion runway theme, to winter wonderland, sports, and lots more. We can make your event vision a reality.”

For the upcoming prom season, Rose of Sharon carries an extensive collection of crystal bands and corsages in all varieties.

Bookings for 2018 are still available. Call Jeffrey and Brian.


Tuscany Italian Specialty Market and Catering

Two locations

130A South Main Street in Marlboro


285 Gordon’s Corner Road in Manalapan


Hours for both locations are Monday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuscany – a perfect choice for wedding celebrations. Tuscany Italian Specialty Market and Catering in Marlboro and Manalapan, NJ is the ideal choice to enhance every facet of wedding celebrations. Bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, and after-party gatherings, are certain to be delicious and memorable when Tuscany meets every detail for these special occasions. A high caliber Italian emporium, Tuscany’s proven experience of 21 years blends flavor, freshness, presentation, and service to create an atmosphere that pleases bride and groom, and guests, from near and far. Tuscany offers its authentic Italian recipes for guest lists either long or intimate. Tuscany’s signature flavors are evident in their pastas, meats, fish, poultry, outstanding homemade mozzarella, and imported cheeses.

Custom wedding cakes are among Tuscany’s specialties, featuring an on-site bakery with a pastry chef from Italy who can skillfully design and bake delicious, gorgeous cakes while also offering a traditional array of pastries, cookies, and homemade breads. Their full-service catering can provide attentive wait staff and complete tableware to create beautiful settings for every wedding celebration.  Since 1997, owners Vinny LaFranca and Sal Faenza have devoted their masterful culinary skills and penchant for quality to create and build Tuscany’s excellence. From Italy to New York to the Jersey Shore, these Italian sons have journeyed far in miles, education, and dedication to establish Tuscany as an epicurean marvel.

Let Vinny and Sal craft a menu sure to please every palate for the special wedding events that celebrate love and life. See you soon at Tuscany.