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Suzanne Neville Designer Spotlight: May 30th-June 2nd

SUZANNE NEVILLE DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT | MAY 30th – JUNE 2ND

A Little Something White will be hosting a Suzanne Neville Designer Spotlight from March 7th-1oth! During the event we will be highlighting gowns we have in store, view best sellers from past seasons along with our 2019 Faves! “Designer to the Stars”, English designer Suzanne Neville’s designs 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!

“I’M KNOWN FOR MY CORSETRY; IT’S ONE OF MY SPECIALTIES…I’M ABLE TO HIDE SCAFFOLDING WITHIN EVEN THE SOFTEST LOOKING OF SHAPES.”
 – SUZANNE NEVILLE

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SUZANNE’S PRINCESS PREDICTIONS!

Sareh Nouri Designer Spotlight: May 16th-19th

SAREH NOURI DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT | MAY 16th-19th
Starting May 16th – 19th A Little Something White will be hosting a Sareh Nouri Designer Spotlight! During the event we will be highlighting gowns we have in store, view best sellers from past seasons along with faves from the 2020 Collection! 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!

“The Spring 2020 Collection is inspired by royal princesses, so we named the gowns after princesses from around the world.”
– SAREH NOURI

“My passion began when I designed my own gown.”
– SAREH NOURI

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Kelly Faetanini Designer Spotlight: May 2nd-5th

KELLY FAETANINI DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT | MAY 2ND-5TH
Starting May 2nd – 5th A Little Something White will be hosting a Kelly Faetanini Designer Spotlight! During the event we will be highlighting gowns we have in store, view best sellers from past seasons along with the fresh-from-the-runway Spring 2020 Collection! For every gown purchased Kelly Faetanini will donate to the Make a Wish Foundation in your honor. Purchase your gown during the event and receive 10% OFF! Appointments are required. Please contact us on our website or at 203-309-5110 to request an appointment!!

INSPIRATION
Take a trip down memory lane and embrace a sense of vintage redux that exudes Old Hollywood glamour with Kelly Faetanini’s Spring 2020 Bridal Collection. Recall luxe fabrics and intricate textile designs in muted gold brocade and unique laces done in new ways. This season, the Spring 2020 Kelly Faetanini Bridal Collection embodies the soul and classic vibe of Marilyn Monroe with a romantic feel that is timeless and sexy. Explore decades past revived with a Kelly Faetanini signature spin on sophistication.

Tell us about your design process:
“WITH A SOLID 25 DESIGN SKETCHES IN HAND, I BEGIN TO SOURCE FABRICS + LACES WITH MY DESIGN TEAM.”
– KELLY FAETANINI
(The Bridal Council Interview, April 2019)

What you’ll see:
“YOU’LL CONTINUE TO SEE OUR PLAYFUL PUNCHES OF COLOR + MEMORABLE OMBRE DESIGNS, BUT I’M ALSO REFRESHING FOR THE GIRL WHO IS POLISHED + FASHION FORWARD.”
– KELLY FAETANINI

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Bridal Fashion Week…Here We Come!

5 things to know about
BRIDAL FASHION WEEK!

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BELOW ARE THE MOST COMMON QUESTIONS BRIDES ASK US!

WHAT IS BRIDAL FASHION WEEK (a.k.a. BRIDAL MARKET)!

Starting this Friday we will be heading into NYC for Bridal Market, which is a multi-day event that happens every 6 months, where bridal designers descend on NYC with their new collections. From runway shows to intimate appointments with designers, this is an incredibly fun, (yet exhausting) series of days where we are presented with 10-15 new styles from each designer. We then select a handful from each designer to purchase for the store!


HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHICH GOWNS TO PURCHASE?

We cannot purchase every dress from a new collection (even though we’d love to), so we hone in on certain styles we think our brides will love. We have to put our own personal styles to the side and strictly think of the brides walking through our doors in search of the perfect gown!

WHEN WILL THE GOWNS YOU BUY ARRIVE AT THE STORE?

As you may know, bridal gowns can take up to 6 months to be made, same is true for the gowns we purchase for the store! Sometimes we get lucky + gowns arrive as early as 2 months + as late as 6 months after market!

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE A GOWN I SAW ON THE RUNWAY. IS THERE ANY WAY FOR ME TO TRY IT ON BEFORE IT ARRIVES TO YOUR STORE!

The short answer is YES! We host designer spotlights throughout the year, where we bring in a designers most recent collection as well as best sellers from past seasons.

IF I’M A 2020 BRIDE SHOULD I ONLY BE BUYING FROM THE SPRING 2020 COLLECTION!

The concept of seasonality in the bridal business is very different than in ready-to-wear. Many gowns with a “Spring” moniker will be just as appropriate for a bride getting married in April, August or October! Bridal fashions don’t shift from trend to trend like ready-to-wear clothing, so you won’t see a huge shift in styles. Basically what this all means is you should buy what you LOVE + don’t worry about what season it comes from! To this day one of our top selling gowns is from “Spring 2017”, so choose the gown you feel beautiful in… A beautiful confident bride is always going to be timeless!

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“Don’t Stress The Dress” Bridal Gown Rush Event: April 4th-7th!

WHAT IS A RUSH EVENT?

During this event we have WAIVED the RUSH FEES for weddings taking place between July 15th – September 30th! So if you haven’t found your perfect gown yet and are worried if rush fees will blow your budget – Attend our event April 4th -7th!

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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 some 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.krauss@gmail.com. Ashley is generously offering complementary consultations to anyone referencing this blog post.

Stay tuned for “Part 3” – Exercise Tips!

Suzanne Neville Designer Spotlight: March 7th-10th

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!

“I’M KNOWN FOR MY CORSETRY; IT’S ONE OF MY SPECIALTIES…I’M ABLE TO HIDE SCAFFOLDING WITHIN EVEN THE SOFTEST LOOKING OF SHAPES.”
 – SUZANNE NEVILLE

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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!

Pre-Wedding Day Prep {Part 1 – Beauty}

Today we kick off part one of a three-part series focused on helping you to look and feel your best on your wedding day! There are three critical areas to focus on in the months before the wedding day – skincare, nutrition, and exercise – and we have discovered that most brides start thinking about these much later than they should.

Erin Infantino of Simply Gorgeous by Erin graciously agreed to meet me for drinks (coffee for me and celery juice for Erin!) to share what a bride’s skincare regimen should be in the months leading up to her wedding day and why this is so important! Erin has been a makeup artist for over two decades and has done the makeup of countless ALSW brides.

Every bride wants her skin to look flawless on her wedding day. What I have noticed among my thousands of brides over the years is that they all have questions about skincare. And the one important thing to know is that makeup will only look so good as the skin it sits upon. My personal philosophy is to make skin look flawless with as little foundation and concealer as possible. No one wants a caked on face! This is where a good skin care routine comes in. I recommend starting about six months before your wedding day, if possible. The sooner you start a good skincare routine, the more time you will have to reap the rewards of it. Below are some of my top tips. I could probably go on forever but I don’t want to overload you with information!

Drink Water
If you think you drink enough water, you most likely don’t! You should be drinking roughly half your weight in ounces of water. If you weigh 150 pounds, you need to drink 75 ounces of water. Throw some lemon in it and just make it happen.

Always Wash Your Face Before Bed
Even if you didn’t wear makeup that day, you still touched dirty surfaces and surely touched your face. Wash all that bacteria away and prep your skin with products your skin can soak up and benefit from.

Schedule a Personal Consultation with a Skin Care Expert
Every woman has their own unique skin so a personal consultation with an aesthetician or skin care expert is smart. Oily skin has different needs than dry skin or sensitive skin, and you want your own personal skin care goals to be addressed. Don’t try to get advice from a sales rep behind a counter. Make sure the individual has been educated and trained on the skin’s anatomy and what ingredients you should use or stay away from.

Gut Health
Let’s talk “gut health”. Too much sugar or dairy in your diet will wreak havoc on your skin. Our gut is our second brain and tells our body what to do. Our skin is our largest organ so if something isn’t right internally it will manifest itself in your skin. Keep sugar, dairy and alcohol to a minimum. Take a probiotic that’s suitable for you – I recommend a high quality one that requires refrigeration. Health is always a worthwhile investment.

Add These Products to Your Regimen
One product all skin types can benefit from is a Hyaluronic acid serum. This is naturally found in our bodies and is nothing to be worried about just because it has the word “acid” in it. It’s a hydration booster and plumps up the skin to appear nice and healthy and vibrant. Even if you’re oily, you can be dehydrated and you can benefit from this. Its meant to be worn under your moisturizer or can be worn alone if you’re excessively oily. A second product most skin types can benefit from is Vitamin C serum. Make sure it’s an L-Ascorbic as this tends to cause less or no irritation. This brightens the skin, feeds the skin’s strength, and fights off free radicals and toxins in the air.

Your Daily Routine Matters
If you decide to do facials, please, PLEASE invest in good at-home skin care as well. It’s pointless to get your car detailed and washed if you’re never going to maintain basic cleaning in the days afterwards. The same goes for your skin…what you do day to day matters most!

Thank you, Erin, for taking the time to share these tips with us. Erin and her team can be reached at erin@simplygorgeousbyerin, on Facebook, and on Instagram!

Stay tuned for “Part 2” next week – Nutrition Tips!

Vendors we Love: Will Talamelli Films

We are thrilled to feature Will Talamelli Films! Not only are we blown away by his talent, we have such a connection with this talented guy and he has become a friend to ALSW. We sat down with Will to talk about how he approaches your wedding day, his adorable daughter Adylae, and how he got his start in the wedding industry! Thank you, Will for taking the time to talk to us!

ALSW: How did you get into the wedding industry?
Will: I was doing some video production around New Haven for small businesses and restaurants. During that time my friend Matt Branscombe was building a really great wedding photography business. His client asked if he was able to record a couple clips, instead of being distracted and possibly missing a shot he asked me if I could do it. I took that as an opportunity to break into the wedding industry by making a six minute film of the day. I still had a lot to learn but that gave me the platform to get more work.

ALSW: What is your favorite part of a wedding day?
Will: The father-daughter dance is my favorite part. I keep picturing the day I’ll get to do that with my daughter.

ALSW: What do you feel is most important when meeting with a couple?
Will: It’s so important to be comfortable with the people you hire, because I’m with a couple during their entire wedding day. To me it’s important that after a few minutes we’re laughing like old friends.

ALSW: When making a film where do you pull inspiration from?
Will: Oh that is such a loaded question {lol}. I’m very interested in utilizing the environments I’m in and incorporating those characteristics in the film. I could literally talk about this forever but one of my biggest inspirations is listening to other creatives. Hearing how musicians, artists, film makers, chefs etc. think is very inspiring and makes me want to work harder.

ALSW: What should a couple expect when working with you?
Will: That I’m really easy going. Anxious energy is contagious and there are usually a lot of nerves on a wedding day so I try to be as calm as possible. Also, expect to see me in weird places for cool shots, bushes, flowers, high grass, even in a tree on one occasion.

ALSW: What would you say is your “style”?
Will: I call my videos atmospheric. Any environment I’m in plays a big part in the visual structure of my videos. I try to highlight the personality of the environment as much as I can and in a way make a separate character of out it.

ALSW: What is something you can’t live without?
Will: Aside from the obvious of my little girl, ice cream. I swear I’m an adult but ice cream is just the best.

ALSW:What state or country would you like to go back to, or visit?
Will: I really want to go to Japan and just eat everything.

ALSW: What is something that makes your day better?
Will: If we are talking a wedding day – when I am not worried about time. If there is a first look and I get all the romantic stylized shots out of the way I feel so good about the rest of the day. It’s the best feeling when you know you have all your money maker shots in the bag and the rest of the day is just creative documentation. There is just this feeling of relief to the whole process, especially knowing I don’t have to bother the bride and groom and take them away from their cocktail hour or dinner. I know my job is to make the best video possible for the couple and if I have to grab them for a couple minutes it’s not a big deal but I do try to respect the fact that a wedding day can be overwhelming and everyone needs a minute to breathe. So not having to do that is such a good feeling – but if there is a beautiful sunset I’m pulling them away from whatever they’re doing!

ALSW: What’s the most interesting place you’ve ever been to?
Will: Barcelona. I want to go back and do more exploring, I saw all the must sees but I’d like to experience the lesser known parts.

ALSW: What is your claim to fame?
Will: Hahaha, I’m not famous but I’ll take this opportunity to say this. I wouldn’t have a career if it wasn’t for the help of my friends. Matt Branscombe of BSC Studio gave me the opportunity to film my first wedding which I am forever grateful for and Amy Jones of Amy Champagne Events helped my business develop. She liked my work and enjoyed working with me so she sold me to 8 couples in one season. It completely changed my portfolio for the better and I’ll never stop being grateful for the risk she took on an unknown wedding vendor that she saw something in. Also everyone in the industry that recommends me, I always say thank you but it’s extremely flattering that an a very crowded industry the people I respect recommend me to their clients.

ALSW: What are some of your talents?
Will: I love film making in all forms but it’s not my only medium of art. I went to art school for illustration and painting, I’ve been a musician for 22 years and I’m a retired chef. I’m was actually the youngest chef in Connecticut to get an “Excellent” rating from the New York Times. Sounds like a brag but I worked so hard for that I’m not afraid to tell everyone!

We worked with Will on a promotional video for ALSW a few years ago, and we love it!

Below are two beautiful ALSW brides whose hired Will to shoot their wedding. Enjoy these short clips from their wedding videos!