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Venues We Love: Wadsworth Mansion

VENUES WE LOVE // WADSWORTH MANSION

Since we opened our doors six + half years ago, we have heard our brides rave about the amazing venues they chose for their big day + the amazing vendors they have worked with, so we thought what’s better than streamlining the process for our future brides! Over the next few months we will be highlighting the venues we know both we + our brides have loved! From the opulent mansions to the intimate spaces.


Photography by VO Photography // ALSW Couple: Cara + Dan


For the first in this series we wanted to highlight the historic Wadsworth Mansion! Known for their timeless elegance + historic details, Wadsworth Mansion is the destination for brides + grooms alike! We had the privilege to sit down + chit chat with Jess (Director of Events), to get a behind the scenes look into what our brides can expect when choosing Wadsworth Mansion for their venue.


THE HISTORY BEHIND THE VENUE!

Built in 1900 for Coloney Clarence S. Wadsworth + his wife Katharine as a country summer residence. Wadsworth’s love of forestry + land conservation led him to hire the Olmsted Brothers, to oversee the design of their 500 acres, transforming the grounds into a working landscape. Years later to be sold from one owner to the next to just meet decay + vandalism, conservationist fought to repurpose + find a new uses of the estate for future public use. After many years of historic rehabilitation + modern amenities the venue we know + love came to life!


1934, THE CELEBRATION OF THE FIRST WEDDING WAS HELD AT THE WADSWORTH MANSION.


Q&A

WITH WADSWORTH
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What would you say is the best feature of your venue the most couples love?

“We are a historic Mansion that only hosts one wedding a day. Couples who get married at the Mansion are looking for an experience beyond your standard wedding venue and our space encourages that kind of creativity. We have a wonderful indoor/outdoor event space where ceremonies are outside on the vista, cocktails and formalities on the terrace, dining in our Beaux Arts style ballrooms, followed by guests heading back outside for dancing under the stars.”

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What should a couple expect when working with you?

“We love weddings at the Mansion and we are dedicated to providing each couple with a positive experience from start to finish.  We have a knowledgeable staff who is happy to assist with all the big and little decisions leading up to their wedding day!


HAVING A FORMAL SIT DOWN DINNER? NO PROBLEM, WADSWORTH CAN HOLD UP TO 200 GUESTS!


ALSW REAL WEDDING!


Cara + Dan // Pops of Royal Blues + golds to accent the neutral color palette of the structure.


GUESTS CAN STAY UNTIL 12:00AM ON FRIDAY + SATURDAY EVENINGS!


Photography by VO Photography // Gown: Pronovias // ALSW Couple: Cara + Dan


Q&A

WITH WADSWORTH
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What are some foods favorites your couples choose for their wedding day?

“We have a list of caterers our couples can choose from and each has their own specialties offered. We see many delicious dishes served at the Mansion!”

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Is there an inventory of décor (candle holders, lighting, vases etc.) that a couple can choose from? Or are they bringing in rentals?

The Mansion is a beautiful backdrop for a couples wedding day however many couples will choose to rent décor to enhance the experience. We do not have anything on site so couples can work with florists or rental companies to select décor that fits their vision.”


So many great spots around the grounds for intimate photos
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Photography by VO Photography


Q&A

WITH WADSWORTH
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What would you say is your “style”? ?

“We have a pretty versatile style at the Mansion – some couples host weddings with a more classic feel and some will go with a  boho vibe, and then we see everything in between!”

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What does your venue offer?

“We offer exclusive use of our Mansion for 9 hours. The tables and chairs, and an Event Supervisor to coordinate with vendors and oversee the day from start to finish.”


Photography by Eric Foley Photography


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WITH WADSWORTH
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What would you say was one of the most memorable moments your team has seen working a wedding?

“We had a bride surprise her groom with a helicopter entrance to the ceremony. That was pretty amazing!”

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What is the back up for outdoor spaces if the weather is unpleasant?

“They can move everything inside the house or they can rent a tent for the terrace and host their ceremony, cocktails, and dancing.”


Left: Joanna Fisher Photography // Center + Right: Provided by Wadsworth Mansion


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Everything for your Maids from Head to Hem!


OUTFITTING FROM HEAD TO HEM!

Bridesmaids dresses by Hayley Paige + Amsale // Earrings by Sara Gabriel // Vendor Spotlight: BridesmaidGiftBoutique.com (more…)

Real Wedding // LAMPLIGHT + WATERCOLOR

Lauren + Ahmad // 5.27.18
The Pond House // West Hartford, CT


“IF I COULD RELIVE ANY MOMENT FROM MY WEDDING DAY, IT WOULD BE THE FIRST DANCE!”
-LAUREN

THE INSPIRATION!
Nestled in the Elizabeth Park Gardens, this space is a perfect backdrop for a garden inspired wedding, from the floral watercolor bridesmaids dresses to the lanterns accented with garden roses and ranunculus carried by the maids instead of traditional bouquets!


THE FIRST LOOK!
Tucked in a quaint garden, the bride tapped her groom on the shoulder for the grand reveal of her simple chiffon Sadoni gown and pencil edged veil!


Look at her groom’s face!


How clever are the floral lanterns instead of a bouquet!

THE CEREMONY!
With a pond backdrop and cobble stone lined aisle the couple looked so at peace with their family + friends surrounding them.


The first kiss as husband + wife!

Q&A
WITH ALSW BRIDE LAUREN
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What did you love most about working with A Little Something White Bridal?

A Little Something White was the first and last bridal boutique I went to. I was never fully excited about planning a wedding, so naturally I had no idea what I was doing. I had a budget that I really wanted to keep, and Liz picked out the most simple dress that I thought I was going to hate. Well, I felt like a princess, my mom cried, and I knew in that moment that it was going to be my dress. She also picked out my veil and headpiece. All and all, the best part about A Little Something White was that they made me comfortable and really did all the work for me. I felt beautiful!

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

To any new bride, per my experience, try on all the dresses! You go in loving one style and walk out with something way more suited for you.

THE DETAILS!
Find your succulent – find your seat.


The rings nestled in a bed of moss, pearl accents throughout from the sandals to the hairvine by the House of Mac + Zoe.

Q&A!
WITH ALSW BRIDE LAUREN
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How did you meet your husband?

I met my husband at a gym, he was a personal trainer + will take it to his grave that I approached him for his number. (That didn’t happen, he totally asked me for mine!) Either way, we hit it off, but the timing just wasn’t right at the time. Years later he asked me on a date. We went out for chicken parmigiana (haha) and I swear I fell in love with him immediately. The rest is history!!

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How did he propose to you?

In January 2017, I dropped a 45 pound weight on my foot at the gym. It hurt like hell. I was put in a boot and couldn’t divulge in anything super fun for quite some time. Ahmad seemingly couldn’t wait to propose, so he got down on one knee while I was cooking dinner on a random Tuesday night. He then woo’ed me with is killer dance moves to “Lady in Red.”

THE PARTY!
Dining tables lined in lush garden roses, greenery + soft neutral linens!


Some tasty bites + first dance steps.

Q&A!
WITH ALSW BRIDE LAUREN
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What was going through your mind as you walked down the aisle?

Walking down the aisle was just like I had imagined. I remember looking ahead at Ahmad and lovingly smiling back at him. It all seemed so surreal.

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

If I could relive any moment from my wedding day, it would probably be the first dance. That was a once in a lifetime moment that I will never forget, but would do 50 times over again. It was the best day of my life.

THE VENDORS!

Gown: Sadoni “Lotus” , Veil: Toni Federci “Ruby” , Headpiece: House of Mac & Zoe via A Little Something White Bridal Couture // Photographer: Empty Bee Art // Ceremony/Reception: The Pond House – West Hartford, CT // Hair: Ledy Zhinin // Make up: Kara Benaducii // Florals: A Special Place Floral Studio  //  Videography: Millside Wedding Films Cake: Creative Cakes by Donna

Real Wedding // FARM CHIC: Blushing Blues

Nikki + Evan // 8.18.18
The Hangar at Candlelight Farms Inn // New Milford, CT


“I NEVER ONCE WORRIED ABOUT MY DRESS, ALTERATIONS, VEIL, OR ACCESSORIES!”
-NIKKI

THE LOOKS!
Subtle beading and layered lace on a soft nude lining by Pronovias – fit to perfection. A great seamstress is a girls best friend!


The Cinderella moment with Nikki’s pearl accented wedges + rings by Robertson Jewelers!


Don’t forget the clear umbrella for the rain drops!

EMBRACE THE RAIN DROPS!
In films, directors use rain to signify change, cleansing of the characters world as they know it + paving the way for a fresh chap
ter in their life.
So remember to DANCE in the rain!

THE CEREMONY!
With a thunderstorm on the horizon the couple decided to move the “I Do’s” inside the hangar, making for a cozy atmosphere to exchange their vows.

Q&A
WITH ALSW BRIDE NIKKI
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What did you love most about working with A Little Something White Bridal?

“I never once worried about my dress/alterations/veil/accessories. I knew everything was going to be perfect. Not only because of the environment but how easy ALSW was to work with. One vendor that caused me ZERO stress which is always a HUGE win when planning a wedding!”

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

Be open minded, my dress was completely what I said I didn’t want. I have a small chest and there was no way I wanted a strapless w/sweetheart neckline and that’s what Kim picked for me and it was AMAZING and everything I could have dreamed of.”

THE DETAILS!
Rose Gold Earrings by Haute Bride + a delicate cluster bracelet by
Sara Gabriel.

Can we talk about this darling custom ring box created by the couples friend + officiant created from salvaged wood… How adorable is the little man carrying it?!.

Custom signs by the MOH (I think we all need friends like theirs!) The flower girl looked so precious in her flower crown created by Floral Designs by Melissa, such a perfect mixture of greenery + subtle pop of blush roses.

Q&A!
WITH ALSW BRIDE NIKKI
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How did you meet your husband?

“We actually went to high school together but weren’t friends! Then in college my best friend, is his best friends little sister. She told me Evan was having a party over summer break and so we went. Evan and I ended up being beer pong partners and won (no joke) 20 games of beer pong in a row. I didn’t really like him at first, I even had a boyfriend at the time. But then we continued talking, I broke up with my boyfriend and we’ve been together ever since!!”

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

“The whole 20 minutes before the wedding was so crazy because a major thunderstorm just rolled through and we had to move the ceremony from the field to inside the barn where my reception was. There was literally every emotion running through my mind. But it honestly was my favorite part of the entire night.”

THE PARTY!
Held in an old wood airplane hangar created a cozy backdrop for the guests to dance the night away. Is anyone else craving cake, or is it just us!


We love a mix of table sizes and shapes makes for a great flow + perfect way to get guests to mix + mingle more easily.

Q&A!
WITH ALSW BRIDE NIKKI
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If you could go back and relive a moment from your wedding day, what would it be?

“Oh god, everything. Probably taking pictures with just Evan and walking down the aisle/saying our vows to each other.”

THE VENDORS!

Gown: Pronovias “Druida” , Veil: Toni Federci “Monique”, Earrings: Haute Bride + Bracelet: Sara Gabriel via A Little Something White Bridal Couture // Photographer: Constance Schiano Photography // Ceremony/Reception: The Hangar at Candelight Farms Inn – New Milford, CT // Suits: Jos A Bank // Rings: Robertson’s Jewelers // Hair and Makeup: Hair by Jami Valz / A Cut Above Salon / Make up by Destinee Renee // Cake: McKinney & Doyle Restaurant // Florals: Floral Designs by Melissa // Rentals: All Seasons Party Rentals // Lighting/Entertainment/Videography: Vivid Events // Invites: Vistaprint // Ring Box: Salvaged Woodworks // Custom Signage: OKT Design

Real Wedding // IN LOVE WITH A LIEUTENANT: Dress Whites + A White Dress

Carter + Jake// 11.24.18
Westchester Country Club // Rye, NY


“I COULDN’T WAIT TO GET TO THE FRONT OF THE CHURCH + MARRY THE MAN OF MY DREAMS!”
-CARTER

THE LOOKS!
The bride in her ivory organza ballgown with alencon lace accents by Suzanne Neville + the groom in his dress whites. How stunning are these two?!


Who doesn’t love a crisp white uniform?! Provided by the US Navy!


Stunning flats by the talented Manolo Blahnik, + lets not forget the men + their love of America!

THE CEREMONY!
Surrounded by family + friends, Carter + Jake said their “I Do’s”.

Q&A
WITH ALSW BRIDE CARTER
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What did you love most about working with A Little Something White Bridal?

“How helpful and easy the entire ALSW team was to work with! They made me feel so special every time I came in. I continue to send other friends there to get their dresses! ALSW was an absolute dream to work with!”

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

“Try on dresses even if you don’t like them initially. You never know how you will feel once you have the dress on! I ended up with a dress that I initially did not like. The dress may surprise you!”

THE DECOR!
An intimately lit Westchester Country Club decorated + ready for the guests to eat, drink + dance! The lush floral runners by Honeysuckle and Roses bring a touch of subtle elegance to the damask covered tables.


A Sleek cake by
Ron Ben Israel.

Q&A!
WITH ALSW BRIDE CARTER
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How did you meet your husband?

“My brother introduced us, they were roommates at the United States Naval Academy. We were friends for a bunch of years before we started dating and then the rest was history.”

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

“I just couldn’t believe our wedding day was finally there. I couldn’t wait to get to the front of the church and marry the man of my dreams.”

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

“Seeing Jake for the first time. The moment I began walking down the aisle with my father, it was clear to see how loved we both were. The look on his face was absolutely priceless. I could relieve that moment over and over.”

THE TREATS!
His + Hers candy faves!

THE PARTY!
Touches of the Hawaiian engagement… Check!

The night ended with a BANG!

THE VENDORS!
Gown: Suzanne Neville “Cabianca” + Veil: Toni Federci “Tahini” via A Little Something White Bridal Couture // Photographer: Peter Oberc Photography // Ceremony: Church of the Resurrection- Rye, NY // Venue: Westchester Country Club – Rye, NY // Rings: Home – Hawaii // Hair and Makeup: Adelyn’s Canvas // Cake: Ron Ben Israel // Florals: Honeysuckle and Roses // Band: Storytellers

Tip of the Week // All About The Maids!

GRAB YOUR GIRLS…

IT’S BRIDESMAIDS SEASON!


4 WAYS TO MIX + MATCH

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!

Request an appointment!

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!

Request an appointment!

WHEN TO BUY?
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!

WHAT SIZE SHOULD I ORDER?
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!

HAPPY SHOPPING LADIES!

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

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


“THE SECOND THOSE DOORS OPENED I WAS INSTANTLY FILLED WITH SO MUCH LOVE + JOY!”
-KAILYN

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

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

THE GOWN // Q&A
WITH ALSW BRIDE KAILYN
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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!”

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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.”

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

THE LOVE STORY // Q&A!
WITH ALSW BRIDE KAILYN

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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 DETAILS!
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!

THE PARTY!
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 TREATS!
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!

THE VENDORS!
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 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!

Vendors we Love: Timothy Burke Mannle Photography

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

“SOMETIMES IT MAY LOOK LIKE I’M ZONING OUT…I’M REALLY TRYING TO TUNE IN TO SO MANY DIFFERENT THINGS!”
-TIM


THE MAN BEHIND THE CAMERA

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.

THE MIND OF A PHOTOGRAPHER // FILM BY: SHANE FILMS

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


Tongva Park
– Santa Monica, Cali.


Q&A

WITH TIM
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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.”

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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!”

ALSW + TBM PHOTOSHOOT COLLAB!
Coffin’s Beach – MA., Pronovias chiffon + tropical florals!


Q&A

WITH TIM
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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.”

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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.

THE VENDORS!
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: Makeup.by.marlo // Model: Alexandra Bettencourt // Florals: All Purpose Flowers

THE WEDDING DAY!
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!


Q&A

WITH TIM
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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.”

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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.”


THE VENDORS!
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


Q&A

WITH TIM
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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.”

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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.”


Check out TIMOTHY BURKE MANNLE PHOTOGRAPHY below!

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!”
-CARA

THE LOOK!
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 CEREMONY!
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!

THE GOWN + THE PROCESS // Q&A
WITH ALSW BRIDE CARA
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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!

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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!

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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!

THE DECOR!
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.

THE LOVE STORY // Q&A!
WITH ALSW BRIDE CARA
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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.

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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.

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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 DETAILS!
The Shoes, The Earrings + The Rings!

THE PARTY!
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!

THE VENDORS!
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