Details: October 11, 2014 at Christ Church of Greenwich (ceremony) & Whitby Castle of Rye Golf Club (reception)
Designer:
Liancarlo (bridal gown & veil), Noir by Lazaro (bridesmaids),
Photographer: Nate Creamer

What did you enjoy most about your experience with A Little Something White?

From the first email I received from Ashley, the owner, and Amber, I felt like I was an important customer. I had a wonderful experience trying on wedding dresses and after trying on two dresses at another store and four or five at A Little Something White I decided on my wedding gown. They were very helpful, gave me as much time as I wanted to walk around in the gowns and made me feel comfortable. They talked me through different options and when I went to the trunk show I got my dress and veil. My mom and dad, future mother in law and a couple of my girlfriends came with me and also had a great experience.

How did you and your husband meet?

Allan and Julia met through Vanessa, Julia’s maid of honor. She introduced them senior year of high school. After many months of Vanessa trying to get Julia to meet Allan, they finally did at a mutual friends’ party in Rye in February 2006. They started dating a couple of weeks later and the rest is history.

How and where did you get engaged?

We got engaged in Morocco while we were staying in Marrakech. Allan had planned a horse-drawn carriage ride and then dinner at Riad Joya, the boutique hotel that we were staying at. We had a wonderful sunset tour of old Marrakech, and then returned to our hotel for a private dinner on the roof-top terrace. There were musicians when we arrived and rose petals decorated the table. We had an incredible 14 vegetable moroccan salad, beef tagine (a signature dish of the country) and a great bottle of red wine. Dessert had just been delivered when Allan got up from the table after saying, “I love you”. He then quickly sat down as the call to prayer came on. We waited a few minutes before speaking as we wanted to be respectful and then he got down on one knee. Julia immediately started crying and said, “yes” before she saw the ring.

We were soon greeted with congratulations from the hotel staff and I soon realized that Allan had been planning for months. When we got back to our room, there were rose petals and champagne awaiting our return. It was one of the greatest days of our lives! Then we called our family and friends and let them know of the good news. They had been waiting by the phone for hours to hear from us, as they knew it was all going to happen that day!

What was your favorite part of your wedding day?

We wanted all of our guests to feel included and that they were all important. Instead of a sweetheart table, our table included our bridal party and other close friends. Surrounding our table were all of our guests tables. We also wanted everyone to have a great time – we know we were successful when for the majority of the night everyone was out on the dance floor dancing to the band.

If you could give a piece of advice to a bride going through the process now, what would it be?

There will be stressful moments but try to remember that you’re marrying your best friend and that’s all that matters at the end of the day. Take a deep breath and enjoy the beginning of a lifelong adventure.