September 16, 2008

Featured Vendor

Allison Coya Hand Crafted Jewelry

I recently got a call from Allison Coya of Allison Coya Hand Crafted Jewelry. Allison creates custom jewelry for weddings and special events. Rather than searching for that perfect piece of jewelry, you can tell Allison your vision and she will create it for you. I love this because oftentimes you find jewelry that you like but it either doesn't match perfectly, clashes with your dress, isn't the right size, etc. It's a great gift not only for the bride, but for attendants as well. The bride can custom create jewelry that goes along with the bridesmaids dresses and the attendants will get to keep their original piece of jewelry designed just for them. Here are some samples of her work and a little bit more about Allison!
Name: Allison Coya
Business: Allison Coya Hand-Crafted Jewelry
Website: I’m putting together something…I’ll keep you posted…
Location: Upper Saddle River, NJ
Type of Vendor: Custom make stylish jewelry using the finest semi-precious stones, cultured pearls, Swarovski crystals, silver and gold. My business is made to order and is not mass produced….which makes my pieces unique and my business very personal.
How Long In Business: 7 years…it started as a side business while I was working at the New York Stock Exchange, but has since turned into my main business.
Work Style: I’m very laid back, but very driven and I’m a perfectionist...I hold myself to the highest standards. I give myself early deadlines so my clients don’t have to think about when they are getting their jewelry…brides, especially, have enough to think about! My style is very hands on…I like to involve my clients in design aspects of the jewelry, which also makes the experience more special.
Training: Mostly self taught, but I did take a series of jewelry classes at FIT. Other than that, I have a Business Administration degree from Fordham. :)
Favorite Color: Red, but I also love Orange…fiery colors are my favorite!
Sports Team: Mets, Giants
Languages: English, but I would love to speak Spanish and Italian too!
Favorite Food: Oh, I can’t just pick one…I love food!
Hidden Talents or Favorite Hobbies: I love to make jewelry…it’s my passion! I also love to snowboard with my husband, but haven’t gone in a few years. Traveling is one of my favorite things to do too.
Home Town: East Meadow, NY…I’m a Long Island girl!
Favorite Place: St. Bart’s….that’s where my husband and I went on our honeymoon and hope to go back someday.
Pets: None, I have 2 small children…that’s enough to take care of and clean up after!
Favorite Holidays: Christmas…it’s just a magical time of the year.
Favorite Quote: “Everything happens for a reason.”
Best Part Of The Job: The excitement when people see the finished product is definitely the best for me, but I really enjoy the whole experience of working with someone. Weddings are definitely my favorite! It’s such an exceptional time in a woman’s life and I love creating beautiful jewelry for brides and bridesmaids that they’ll always have, wear again and remember the sentiment behind it.

I think this necklace is gorgeous! It would go with just about anything and you could wear it over and over again.

I love the gold accents on the necklace. It'd look so great with a formal gold and brown wedding. That gold gives it a subtle pop without being too much.

I love all things pink - this is by far my favorite necklace!

If you'd like to work with Allison on some jewelry for your wedding or upcoming special event, you can email her at, or contact us for more information, Tell Allison that we sent you!

September 15, 2008

Save The Dates

My best friend Jannet got engaged in early August. She'll be getting married next summer on the beach in Long Branch, NJ. The anchor will be one of the central themes to her wedding. She volunteered to be the guinea pig on my first project with Jill from Peekaboo Paperie (see below). I can't take any of the design credit on this, it was all Jill, but check out how amazing her choices came out:

In the end, Jannet decided to go with this design:

Keep checking back for more collaborations between As You Wish & Peekaboo Paperie. To have us work on a project for your wedding, email us at

Photo credit: Tania Lezak Photography.