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Tip of the Week // All About The Maids!




Interested in mixing it up a bit or have a group of girls with different body types, but don’t know what to do?

Option 1: Choose a color + fabric + let your girls select their favorite styles!

Option 2: Choose a color, mix the  fabric + styles!

Option 3: Choose a color palette (3-4 shades) + fabric. Let the girls pick the styles they feel fabulous in!

Option 4: Choose a color palette (3-4 shades) + mix of fabrics + styles. Let those photos pop with a bit of personality!

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HAYLEY PAIGE OCCASIONS | Price point: $230-$320
Fabric Choices: Chiffon, Crepe, Satin & English Net!
Accents of: Sequin, Lace, Tuileries & Beaded Straps!
Book your styling appointment to view the Hayley Paige Occasions line!

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Start shopping 5-6 months prior to the big day! Bridesmaids dresses take 12-14 weeks to arrive and give yourself a month for alterations! Keep in mind your stylist won’t place your bridal party order until every girl has paid and a size has been selected. This is to ensure the dresses are all cut from the same bolt of fabric!

AMSALE | Price point: $270-$320
Fabric Choices: Flat Chiffon, Crinkle Chiffon, Crepe, Jersey, Faille & Tulle!
Book your styling appointment to view the Amsale Bridesmaids line!

Finding the right size can be tricky, and we always base our recommendations off of measurements and how they correlate with a designer’s size chart. For instance, if a girls bust is an 8, her waist a 6, but her hip is a size 10. We recommend to order the 10, it is always best to go with the widest part of your frame and have the rest of the dress altered down!

Bridesmaids dresses are designed to be altered, so don’t fret if there is a jump in the measurements!


Real Wedding // BUILT FOR A VANDERBILT: Historic sites + Candlelight

Kailyn + Stephen // 10.27.18
Sleepy Hollow Country Club // Scarborough, NY


An 1819 Vanderbilt mansion once owned by W. Rockefeller himself than transformed into the Sleepy Hollow Country Club by a board of directors whose names grace the pages of history books – John Jacob Astor IV, Cornelius Vanderbilt III, Edward Julius Berwind + others. This Venue is rich with history, joy + love!

The French lace + flowy organza skirt by Suzanne Neville were the perfect match to her husband’s handsome tux + shining cuff links.

Filled with nerves, joy + happiness, Kailyn walked towards the altar as a bride + walked away… As a wife!


What did you love most about working with A Little Something White Bridal?

“I had an incredible experience with ALSW and I’m so glad that I chose them for my bridal salon. What I loved most about my experience with ALSW was the intimate setting. Kim took time to really understand what I was looking for in my bridal gown. And later, my seamstress went above and beyond to make sure my dress was perfectly fitted. From the moment arrived to start my search to the moment I left with my dress in hand, I felt like the entire ALSW team was in my corner!”


What would you recommend to a new bride beginning her gown shopping?

“Trust your gut and make your opinion the priority! There are so many people with opinions throughout the wedding process, and at the end of the day, the only person that needs to love that dress is you! I would also recommend keeping your dress a total secret until this big day. The only people that saw my dress were those I went shopping with (my mom, mother-in-law and sister-in-law) and my maid of honor. It was a hard secret to keep but seeing everyone’s reactions on the day of was priceless. I will forever treasure my “first look” pictures with my bridesmaids and immediate family.”

Mansion woodwork, lush runners, crystal chandelier + dinner by candlelight.



How did you meet your husband?

“My husband and I met the first day of freshman year at Xavier University. We were very close friends for a long time and then started dating later in college.”


How did he propose?

“Well, the story of how my husband was suppose to propose is a far more interesting tale! We live in Washington, D.C. and he had planned to propose on the back of the Lincoln Memorial…however, I am known to be a little difficult to surprise and I kept unintentionally derailing his plans! He ended up proposing at home in our apartment a few minutes before we were headed out the door to meet my parents for brunch. It absolutely blew me away and it was a perfect, quiet moment between the two of us.”


What was going through your mind as you walked down the aisle?

Walking down the aisle was one of my favorite moments of the day, which in retrospect, is kind of funny as it was the part I was most nervous about! However, the second those doors opened I was instantly filled with so much love and joy. I couldn’t stop looking around the room. It’s truly an incredible experience to see every single person you love in one room, at one time and I couldn’t stop thinking about how blessed I am.”


If you could go back and relive a moment from your wedding day, what would it be?

“That is such a hard question! We truly loved every moment of our day. I don’t think I have ever been as excited in my life as I was when the priest announced us as Mr. and Mrs. Foy and we walked (…rather – basically ran out of excitement) back down the aisle! However, the small in between moments really stick out in my head too! Turning around during the ceremony and seeing all my loved ones looking back at me — watching our family enjoy the day with our closest friends — seeing everyone’s reaction when we walked into the reception! All the small moments that I could have never planned for are what made the day beyond perfect.”

The Shoes, The Rings + the six pence! Can we talk about the mix of florals by Forever in Bloom!

Those shoes – can we talk about the details – Vince Camuto did it again!

There’s no fabric that dances like Organza, no sound better than a cello + nothing tastes better than some good food with the ones you love.

The sweet, the savory + the smokes!

We know every girl out there is going to LOVE this one! Nothing better than kicking off the heels and sliding into some comfy flats!

Gown: Suzanne Neville “Cezanne” via A Little Something White Bridal Couture // Photographer: Monika Eisenbart // Ceremony: Church of the Holy Family – New Rochelle, NY // Venue: Sleepy Hollow Country Club – Scarborough, NY // Hair and Makeup: Ashley Lauren Beauty // Invitations + Paper Goods: L.S. Amster // Cigar Roller: La Casa Grande Cigars // Flats: Recue Flats // Catering + Cake: Lulu’s Cake Boutique // Cocktail Hour Music: Amadeus Quartet // Florals: Forever in Bloom // DJ: Elite Sound Entertainment // Rings: Nagi Jewelers

Pre-Wedding Day Prep {Part 2 – Nutrition}

Every bride wants to look and feel her best on her wedding day. Today we kick off part two of our three part series focusing on things you should be doing now to make sure you are ready for the big day! Last time we touched on beauty….today we talk nutrition! We sat down with owner Ashley Krauss, who is also a health and wellness coach (we just love that entrepreneurial spirit), to find out her top nutrition tips for brides.

After working with thousands of brides over the years, the common theme I hear time and again is that brides want to look and feel amazing on their wedding days. While for many brides, this means losing some degree of weight and toning up, for others it’s simply that they want to move through the wedding process with more energy and less exhaustion. Nutrition plays such a critical role in all of his, yet I find many brides downplay its importance. I always advise my brides to pay close attention to what they are putting into their bodies daily, even if they aren’t trying to lose weight, but especially if they are! Below are some of my top tips!

Start Early
Changing your eating habits? I encourage you to start early. You should begin your wedding-day nutritional regimen 4-6 months prior to your first fitting. If you have a substantial weight loss goal, I would recommend even more time. Additionally, you are going to want to reach your weight loss goal by the time your first fitting begins (about 2 1/2 months before your wedding) and then plan to maintain from that point on. If you continue to lose weight after your first fitting, you could be looking at a higher-than-average alterations bill.

Focus on progress, not perfection
A wedding often turns even the most laid-back woman into a perfectionist. So much emphasis is placed on having the “perfect day”, and it’s easy to fall into the trap of looking at things in a very black-and-white way. Weight loss is not a linear path and there is no such thing as perfection. Focus on making progress and allow for some set-backs, and you will be much more successful.

Nutrition is 80%, Exercise is 20%
While exercise is amazing, improving your nutrition is correlated with much success in losing weight and gaining energy than simply exercising more. As an avid Peloton rider, I often hear fellow riders ask the instructors where they get their abs from…and their answer is always “my abs are made in the kitchen.” There is so much truth to that, and while I always encourage exercise, the biggest change you need to make is with what you put in your mouth.

Don’t Go It Alone!
Want to make sure you stick to our goals? Grab your fiancé, maid of honor, bridesmaid, even mom to lose weight with you! After all, you aren’t the ONLY one who wants to look good on your wedding day! When you pair up with someone else, you hold each other accountable. And accountability is proven to be a huge motivating factor for those trying to lose weight. It’s easy to cheat on ourselves, but it’s harder to cheat on someone you care about. Pick one or two people who you know are truly motivated and ask them to get healthy with you. And then after your wedding, think of how amazing you will feel knowing that you inspired someone else to get healthy! I would also advise working with an expert who can help you evaluate your goals, come up with a program to make those goals achievable, and hold you accountable.

Reduce Stress
You’re probably thinking, “I’m planning a wedding, is this tip a joke?” And I get it. I remember being so stressed out while planning my wedding, and I wish I could go back and have a do-over (same guy though!) Research shows that the more stressed we are, the more cortisol is released into our body. And a higher level of cortisol is linked to weight gain, especially in women. Additionally, when we’re stressed, we tend to engage in habits that aren’t waistline friendly, such as eating and drinking. So acknowledge that while you can’t get rid of stress completely, you can take some steps to reduce it. Add exercise, get a massage, get better sleep, and delegate some of your wedding prep tasks!

Get Sleep
Try to get at least 6-7 hours of sleep a night on most nights. I know this may sound unrealistic to do all the time, but try to achieve it as often as possible. Even if you aren’t getting the full 6 hours, stack the odds in your favor that the sleep you get is restful. Studies show that those who are chronically sleep deprived have a much harder time losing weight. In this day and age, we tend to tie our self-worth into how “busy” we are, and so many people wear sleep deprivation like a badge of honor. It’s not, and it’s not going to serve you well in your weight loss goals!

Listen To Your Gut
Gut health…say what?!?! It’s not the most fun topic but quite important if you’re trying to lose weight. Even the healthiest of foods, like fresh fruit and veggies, are much less nutritionally dense today than they were 30 years ago. Add in all of the processed, sugar-laden food present today and our bodies are not functioning optimally. Your gut may very well be lacking in the good bacteria that keeps it healthy, as they are not given an environment to grow and thrive. This can lead to bloating and other digestive issues. We recommend adding an excellent quality probiotic to your diet each day as well as eating clean, unprocessed foods as often as possible (do 80% of your shopping at the perimeter of your grocery store and you should be good!)

Stay Hydrated
Water, water, water!! Drink as much water as possible. A good rule of thumb is to aim for ½-1 ounce of water per pound of body weight. So a 150 pound person should be drinking 75-150 ounces per day. Water does so many things for our body – aids in digestion, helps our brain function optimally, and actually helps us feel less hungry. In fact, the next time you think you’re hungry, drink an 8 ounce glass of water first. Our brains often mistake thirst cues for hunger cues.

Thank you, Ashley, for taking the time to share your wisdom with us! If you have any questions or are looking to get a jump start on your nutrition, please contact Ashley at Ashley is generously offering complementary consultations to anyone referencing this blog post.

Stay tuned for “Part 3” – Exercise Tips!

Vendors we Love: Timothy Burke Mannle Photography

Learn more about Tim, where he pulls inspiration from + how to ensure you get the perfect couple shots!

We love this couple. How fun are they?!
Joshua Tree National Park – Cali



I’m a husband, a dad and a photographer. I love spending time with my family and cannot get enough of my kids. If I could dance and be silly with them all day long, that’s what I’d do. It could be the Frozen soundtrack or 90’s hip-hop, either will work. I’m easily lost listening to music (I use to be a battle DJ). To explore and be adventurous are good things. I’m always thinking of the next destination and where we can go. It doesn’t have to be a big trip. It could be down a country road, driving by the horse farm, around the corner from my house. I’m a dreamer. I’m a lover of all things analogue and tangible, from vinyl to film. Being able to actually touch what you’ve created is simply satisfying. Remaining connected and finding balance are important aspects of my life. I’m inspired by so many things and hope that I inspire too.


It’s all about the connections… between the landscape, the couples + the camera! Being comfortable is EVERYTHING!

Tongva Park
– Santa Monica, Cali.



What moment would you say was the most memorable one you’ve experienced at a wedding?

“It was a couple of years ago at a destination wedding in Mexico. I got super emotional during the best man’s speech. It’s a good thing I had the camera in my hands; it helped me hide the tears flowing down my face. The best man was the groom’s older brother. When he opened up about their relationship, and how he’d moved away at some point, he got choked up, and it hit me like a ton of bricks. I’m one of six kids and my siblings are a huge part of my life. His openness and vulnerability in that moment about his relationship with his brother was so beautiful and completely resonated with me.”


If you could give a few tips to a couple to ensure that they have great photos what would it be?

“Communication, comfort and chaos!The big thing is really being comfortable throughout the whole process and relationship. This will allow us to communicate and not be afraid to say what comes to mind. Also, when we’re comfortable together, most importantly, you’ll be comfortable in front of the camera. Lastly, the chaos; embrace it! Acknowledge it and give it space. The day is going to be crazy and that’s ok…haha I’m there for you!”

Coffin’s Beach – MA., Pronovias chiffon + tropical florals!



How did you get into the wedding industry?

“After college, I worked in a photo lab for about 6 years. I was also a competitive DJ back then. I didn’t know it at the time but the skills I picked up allowed me to get my start in the industry. About 10 years ago, I was working at a country club. Whenever there was a wedding, I would chat with the photographers and DJ’s. I ended up becoming good friends with one of those DJ’s and he gave me a great opportunity to get started.”


What is your favorite part of a wedding day?

“It’s definitely a first look. It’s such an intimate moment. It’s also an incredible culmination of emotions for the bride and groom that I get to capture. Pure happiness!”

We love how Tim played with the landscape to give you a skewed sense of reality.

Gown : Pronovias “Dramia” // Veil: Tia Mazza “VPF23” via A Little Something White Bridal Couture // Photographer: Tim Burke Mannle – TBM Photos // Location: Coffin’s Beach – Gloucester, Mass. // Hair: Epic Beauty Boston // Makeup: // Model: Alexandra Bettencourt // Florals: All Purpose Flowers

Being able to truly capture the magic of a wedding day, is something spectacular. Most often a photographer only has one chance to get the shot!

Check out our bride Eva + her hubby below!

Can we discuss our bride Eva in her Suzanne Neville “Rosa” gown… STUNNING!



What should a couple expect when working with you?

“A fun, laid back experience. I like to think of shooting with my couples as the three of us just hanging out and I happen to have my camera.”


What would you say is your “style”?

“I never know how to answer this. I love to create a clean and natural image that is more or less honest to the moment.”

“Eva’s wedding day was a spectacular mix of glam meets nature, designed by Lindsey at Amy Champagne Events.”

Gown : Suzanne Neville “Rosa” // Veil: Tia Mazza “VPF23” via A Little Something White Bridal Couture // Photographer: Tim Burke Mannle – TBM Photos // Location: Bear Mountain Inn – Bear Mountain, NY // Wedding Planner: Lindsey – Amy Champagne Events // Hair + Makeup: Family Friend // Invitations + Paper Goods: Minted // Cake: Lovely Cakes // Florals: Forever in Bloom



What do you feel is most important when meeting with a couple?

“That we’re all comfortable with each other. It’s always a great idea to jump on a call, FaceTime or meet in person. It’s really important to make a connection.”


Where do you pull inspiration from?

“A lot of inspiration comes from my family and that love. I’m just working with other families. It reminds me of mine and fills me up.”


Real Wedding // A GOLDEN BRUSH STROKE: Gilded + Royal

Cara + Dan // 6.23.18
Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill Estate // Middletown, CT

“Don’t worry about the weather…No one remembers a sunny day!”

The gown was fit like a glove, Cara’s Atelier Pronovias “Vicenta” crepe gown with illusion neckline and lace detailing was exactly what this day called for.

The walk down the aisle of St. James Church was rich with family traditions + tears for sure!

Can we talk about her mothers veil?! Wowzers!


Q: What did you love most about working with A Little Something White Bridal?
A: I loved how personal the experience was and how exceptional the consultants were. Liz, my consultant, was AMAZING to work with and understood what I was looking for while also showing me lots of different options. I felt so comfortable and not rushed at all, and also had a blast trying on dresses. In fact, this was the only store I went to and I purchased my dress on the first try! ALSW also worked very closely with me to make sure I could wear my mother’s mantilla veil from my parent’s wedding in 1976 and also helped to clean, restore it, and fit it so I had a cohesive look with my gown. I would go wedding gown shopping again at A Little Something White if I could!


Q: What would you recommend to a new bride beginning her gown shopping?
A: Enjoy the experience, be open to trying different looks (you don’t know what a gown will look like until it’s on you), and bring supportive people (I had my mom, my mother in law, and my MOH/sister in law). Wedding dress shopping is a high point of wedding planning so while you should come prepared for your appointment, you should also have fun with it – you’re trying on beautiful gowns!


Q: If you could go back in time and tell yourself something about the planning process what would it be?
A: Enjoy it! While there are a lot of logistical aspects of a wedding, all of your vendors are professionals who know exactly what they’re doing and can take care of everyone’s needs — that’s why you hired them! I was amazed at how much fun I had on the actual day and how relaxed I could be because my vendors just ran everything seamlessly. Also, don’t worry about the weather – I was so nervous about the weather, but even though it rained on my wedding day we still were able to take photos outside and do cocktail hour and dancing outside. As the priest, Father Carlson, said during our ceremony, “No one remembers a sunny day.”

The all ivory bridal party is such a stunning one to say the least!

Wadsorth’s great room is the perfect backdrop for the crisp white linens, greenery lined head table with pops of royal blues + golds.

Cake dusted in gold by David Alan Catering.


Q: How did you meet your husband?
A: I met my husband Dan during our freshman year at Boston College. We met at the first football game of the season, and were friends for a couple of years before we “officially” started dating during our junior year.


Q: What was going through your mind as you walked down the aisle?
A: It was a surreal moment and one I had thought about my whole life. I was definitely nervous, and I didn’t want to trip or cry. Once the church doors opened and I had my dad steadying me, I locked eyes with Dan and I knew I this would be a wonderful day– I was marrying the love of my life in front of all of our friends and family. I also hid in my limo with my dad before walking down the aisle, and he gave me two words of advice which also gave me comfort: 1) Don’t trip (haha) and 2) Make sure to always balance work and family.


Q: If you could go back and relive a moment from your wedding day, what would it be?
A: It’s so hard to choose from! Just the general feelings of warmth, love, and joy that was present with Dan and with all of our friends and family there – they are feelings I will never forget. A few highlights were Dan’s grandfather facilitating our vows, the sense of relief and happiness once we finally said “I do,” the limo ride from the church to the reception with my parents (with champagne), my Dad’s speech (he wrote a poem!), and the reception where every single person was dancing, singing, and laughing — I could go on and on. I’m also so glad we hired a videographer so we can relive our wedding day whenever we want.

The Shoes, The Earrings + The Rings!

Dance, Dance, Dance the night away! It’s so Ranunculus did it again with their mix of delicate peony accents and twig detailing for height.

Don’t let us forget to mention the Cigar Rolling Station… Ohhh the Cigars… They were a hit!

Gown + Veil: Atelier Pronovias “Vicenta” via A Little Something White Bridal Couture // Photographer: VO Photography // Ceremony: St. James Church – Manchester, CT // Venue: Wadsworth Mansion – Middletown, CT // Hair and Makeup: Your Bridal Suite // Band: Jim Scianna Trio // Invitations + Paper Goods: Jessica McSweeney // Cigar Roller: Up in Smoke // Catering + Cake: David Alan Catering // Florals: It’s So Ranunculus // Videographer: Barnberry Productions // DJ: Jock in the Box // Furniture Rentals: AFR Furniture Rentals & Event Furnishings // Tent Rentals: Taylor Rental + Party Plus of Orange, Branford & Monroe

Suzanne Neville Designer Spotlight: March 7th-10th


We are thrilled to be hosting a Suzanne Neville Designer Spotlight from March 7th-1oth! During the event we will be showcasing some of Suzanne’s newest styles, best sellers from past seasons, and some of our personal 2019 faves! “Designer to the Stars”, English designer Suzanne Neville’s gowns are breathtakingly beautiful…modern, yet timeless! Purchase your gown during the event and receive $300 OFF! Appointments are required. Please contact us on our website or at 203-309-5110 to request an appointment!



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Real Wedding // MOUNTAIN MIST: Linen, Lace + Greenery

Elizabeth + Charlie // 9.15.18
Ausable Club // Keene Valley, NY

“It feels like it was all a dream!!

Perfectly fitted in her Mira Zwillinger “Sophia” tulle gown, Elizabeth couldn’t have looked more effortlessly beautiful! Hints of subtle sparkle and floral appliques scattered through out, made for an ideal compliment to the Adirondack mountains.

Stunning Mountain backdrop and cloud filled skies beautifully captured by Tomas Flint (Adirondack Wedding Photography).


Q: What did you love most about working with A Little Something White Bridal?
A: “The whole process of finding a dress and coming in for fittings was so easy with ALSW but my favorite part was when I found the dress ALSW popped a bottle of champagne for us! We had looked at dresses a few other places in NYC before and none of them even allowed alcohol so it was a fun surprise when I found my dress.”


Q: What would you recommend to a new bride beginning her gown shopping?
A: “I would just recommend planning out enough time to try on as many dresses as you can. I thought I had an idea of what I wanted going into the process and ended up falling in love with a very different dress than I expected.”


Q: If you could go back in time and tell yourself something about the planning process what would it be?
A: “I would definitely remind myself to relax and not stress over the details too much. There will always be minor last minute issues but everything will work out in the end and no matter what goes wrong it will still be one of the best days of your life.”

Tan linens, floral chandeliers + birch accents. Such a chic design by Juniper Events, such an elegant way of bringing the outdoors in.

Can we discuss the lush florals by Trillium?!


Q: How did you meet your husband?
A: “We met in high school but did not start dating until college. Charlie went to the same college as his sister who was my best friend in high school and they were only an hour away from my college. We started dating when I would visit their school. Charlie’s sister was my Maid of Honor in our wedding.”


Q: What was going through your mind as you walked down the aisle?
A: “I was definitely concentrated on not tripping and a little anxious about everyone watching me. I was also feeling really lucky while walking down the aisle for so many reasons but mainly I was feeling very lucky to have my dad walking with me. He went into cardiac arrest a year and a half earlier and almost did not make it. I was so happy he was with me and in great health!”


Q: If you could go back and relive a moment from your wedding day, what would it be?
A: “I would love to relive the whole weekend. It all went by so fast sometimes it feels like it was a dream.”

Jpaper’s nod to nature are sleek + personalized with this custom designed invites! Can we talk about how cute the grooms crescent moon tie is? Lee Allison Co. ties… We “Love you to the Moon + Back!”

Cheers, ribbon frosted cake + Confetti Bombs! The live band Carnivale made sure the dance floor was never empty.

Twinkle, twinkle…

Gown + Veil: Mira Zwillinger “Sophia” via A Little Something White Bridal Couture // Photographer: Tomas Flint – ADK Wedding Photography // Location: Ausable Club – Adirondack, NY // Wedding Planner: Mimi Wacholder from Juniper Events // Hair and Makeup: Katherine Elizabeth Salon // Band: Carnivale // Invitations + Paper Goods: JPapers // Cake: Centerplate // Florals: Trillium

Tip of the Week: Book An Appointment

Your venue and date are set. You took our advice from the last two weeks and figured out which bridal boutiques have both the right price range of gowns and will deliver the best experience (missed those blog posts – read here and here). So now it’s time to get shopping, right? Almost…..

Bridal gown shopping is not like shopping for everyday clothes. Your bridal gown will likely be the most unique and self-expressive garment you ever wear in your life. If you are like most of our brides, this is the first luxury clothing item you have ever purchased and will probably be the fanciest piece of clothing you ever wear. Bridal gowns come in a variety of shapes, fabrics, colors, and sizes. What’s more, many designers offer the ability to make changes to the pattern of the gown (what we call “customizations”) to make it uniquely yours. What does that mean? You need to make sure to work with an expert to get it right.

At A Little Something White, our bridal stylists are experts in connecting your personality, body type, and wedding day vision with the perfect gown for you. All three of those factors are incredibly important in finding the right gown. ALSW bridal stylists collectively have several decades of experience in working with and styling brides. What’s more, they have a lifetime of experience in connecting with people, and that is one way I believe we differentiate ourselves from other stores out there. You will be treated with an unparalleled amount of kindness and respect. I digress….

In order to ensure that there is a both a bridal stylist to work with you and an fitting room available, we strongly encourage you to make an appointment for your visit with us. Additionally, this allows you to connect with your stylist prior to the appointment so that she can learn about you and your wedding and have some gowns picked out for you.

However, if you find yourself wanting to come in at the last minute, don’t be afraid to call us to see if we have last minute availability. We often can accommodate same-day requests, especially during the week. And if you walk in without an appointment, know that you’ll be greeted with a huge smile and open arms, we just can’t promise that we will be able to fit you in on the calendar at the exact moment. But that’s what coffee shops are for, right? In that case we would likely send you out for a cup of coffee and then ask you to come back a little later when something opens up.

Click here to schedule an appointment or call us at 203-309-5110. Happy Shopping!!

Vendors we Love: Shindig Lighting

I am so excited for today’s vendor feature!!! Dan Gombos started Shindig Lighting after seeing that the the wedding market was lacking in lighting production. And now, years later, he is THE person to go to in Connecticut and the surrounding area if you want the best of the best in lighting for your wedding! Not long after starting ALSW, I had the opportunity to meet this insanely talented (and incredibly nice) guy. Little did I know that Dan would end up working with TONS of ALSW brides. Read on below to find out how Dan approaches the wedding, what you should expect when working with him, and his favorite design that he has ever created! Thank you, Dan for taking the time to talk to us!

ALSW: How did you get into the wedding industry?
Dan: I worked for a catering company in Westport as a high school summer job. Toward the end of summer, after working enough events, I asked my boss what service was “missing” in our area. Without hesitation he responded “lighting”. And the rest is history. The next week I went out and started buying lighting fixtures (with no knowledge whatsoever of what I was doing) and hustlin’ to get those bookings!

ALSW: What is your favorite part of a wedding day?
Dan: While we’re not always on-site during the reception, our favorite part of the day is setting up. We love the energy and comradery of being around the other vendors. That’s where our relationships are made and help us do our job better!

ALSW: What do you feel is most important when meeting with a couple?
Dan: Since our business is very visual, it’s extremely important that the client understands the image we’re trying to paint and vice-versa. Lighting and decor is possibly the most foreign vendor a couple will book; a lot of words and phrases will be met with blank stares. It’s our job to convey, through words and visual imagery, what we’re talking about and how these services could be incorporated to their wedding.

ALSW: Where do you pull inspiration from?
Dan: We work hard on being ahead of the upcoming trends, which means, for the past 2 years, we’ve been looking alot at Australia. This upcoming season you’ll find a lot of lighter wood / rattan and natural colors from us. We invested heavily last year in certain items and have added a few more for this season. We’ll keep recommending these items and designs for the next year but will take cues from other parts of the world for what will be popular next year.

ALSW: What should a couple expect when working with you?
Dan: We consider ourselves a boutique company and only take a few events a day. This allows us to keep our services personal enough where we can really get involved and develop a design that is cohesive with the rest of the reception. While most couples are hesitant to give a vendor a “budget”, it’s crucial for us to know what they’re comfortable investing. We like to work backwards with a starting figure to make a cohesive design rather than work UP to a budget and play around with “which items can we mix-and-match to get to this number”?

ALSW: What would you say is your “style”?
Dan: We like to be on-trend but also offer classic options. We have classic styles of chandeliers (crystal, iron orbs, edison bulb beams) but also have more modern and current options (geometric brass, rattan market baskets, sputnik gold chandeliers). Our custom fabric options allow us to be traditional for a wedding or we can change the texture and style for a bar mitvzah. Flexibility allows us to adapt to what are clients are looking for.

ALSW: What would you say was your favorite design you’ve created so far?
Dan: This past summer we were hired to create a custom grid “chandelier”, which consisted of 3 10′ x 10′ lattice frames. From the lattice we suspended, at various heights, various sized iron orbs with chandeliers inside the orbs. In addition we also suspended, also at various heights, different sized grapevine balls wrapped with twinkle lights. In total we hung about 3 dozen fixtures, a dozen from each lattice section. Each lattice section was then suspended at different heights above the dancefloor, which really gave a unique texture to the ceiling area as well as creating great depth in the tent!

Below are a few of Dan’s favorite photos displaying his work! For additional photos, please visit the Shindig Lighting website!

Real Wedding Wednesday: Liz & Russell

Congratulations are in order for Liz and Russell who were married on September 29, 2018 in beautiful California! Liz was stunning in her Pronovias Devany gown. The place where Liz and Russell got married will always have a special place in their hearts. From Liz, “We met and live in Malibu, California and were married in the hills at Triunfo Creek Vineyards in Agoura Hills, CA. Both our home and the venue survived the Woolsey fire with minimal damage, but our community and our hearts are very much still recovering and will be for quite some time. We are thankful that our wedding day is a time we can look back on with such joy and gratitude, remembering that special place and how beautiful the weather and the hills were. It is tragic to now look at those same hills and see scorched land, but we are grateful that we still have each other. My beautiful dress also survived the fire, and I’m looking forward to hopefully passing it on to my daughter one day.” Below are a few of our favorite photos from her big day as well as details from Liz about working with ALSW and her wedding day!

ALSW: What did you love most about working with A Little Something White?
Liz: I had a few negative experiences before my MOH found A Little Something White Bridal on a whim from a random google search. I have a thicker body (size 14ish), and the previous try-ons I had were so difficult because the places I went not only had limited dresses in my size (or none at all), but the women were almost annoyed to have to cater to my size. The dresses I managed to get on were not flattering, and it was really discouraging to see myself in the mirror, especially when – like most women – I had always imagined that moment being magical. At A Little Something White, Amber was so welcoming and immediately I could tell this experience was going to be different. She was warm and kind and did not shy away from finding me plenty of dresses to try on. She made it happen for me, and as a result, I felt beautiful and confident and found my wedding dress!!! I cannot say enough about how wonderful my experience at your boutique was. I have talked to many brides and you’d be surprised at how many have such negative first experiences, and a tough time finding the right dress. I am very thankful that I had such an amazing, fun day at A Little Something White Bridal!

ALSW: What would you recommend to a new bride beginning to gown shop?
Liz: Quality over quantity. Also take your time and DO NOT compromise. Don’t go alone, but don’t bring too many people (I chose to just go with my MOH, but we facetimed my future MIL once we narrowed things down).

ALSW: If you could go back in time and tell yourself something about the planning process what would it be?
Liz: Enjoy it. Seek out the joy and the fun and excitement in all the planning. It’s not all going to be exactly the way you want it to be, but it’s going to be what you make it. If you stress out and get frustrated, you’ll make it a miserable experience. If you choose positivity, you’ll make it a hopeful and joyous experience (not just for you, but for everyone involved). Your emotions and demeanor rub off on all people involved in the process. You affect others, and you have the opportunity to bring light and fun to the chaos.

ALSW: How did you meet your husband?
Liz: Russell and I met and became friends when I was in the process of taking a job out here in Malibu. He was a part of the group I hung out with when I was making visits out here, and we immediately clicked (as friends). We grew closer when we started confiding in each other about the people we had crushes on at the time. I totally friend-zoned him. I eventually moved out here and about after both of us were rejected by the people we liked, he took a chance and asked me out on a date. His exact words were “I feel like I’d be an idiot not to try. Not to ask you out on a date and just see if something could be there.” A year later, he said to me, “a year ago I said I’d be an idiot not to ask you out. Today I feel like I’d be an idiot not to ask you to marry me.” The rest is history…

ALSW: What was going through your mind as you walked down the aisle?
Liz: Finally. I hope my dad keeps walking and doesn’t break down. I wish my mom were here. Everyone’s looking at me. Oh my gosh. I love him so much. Look at his face. He’s crying. I love him so much. Here we are. I am here. This moment is happening. Woah. I’m marrying him right now. Don’t trip, don’t trip, don’t trip.

ALSW: If you could go back and relive a moment from your wedding day what would it be?
Liz: The dancing. All the dancing.

Location: Agoura Hills, CA
Venue: Joseph Ramli Photography
Florals: Greenwich Floral Design
Venue: Triunfo Creek Vineyards
Rentals: A Rental Connection
Coordinator: Stop and Stare Events
Alterations: A Stitch In Time Bridal
Suits: The Black Tux