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Real Wedding Wednesday: Jamie & Will

Congratulations to our bride, Jamie, who married her forever love on September 15, 2018 at the Belle Haven Club! Jamie was exquisite in her Suzanne Neville Botticelli gown and lace jacket and her girls rocked their Hayley Paige Occasions dresses. We love how amazing they look in the all white color scheme! Congratulations to Jamie and Will on their spectacular day and below are a few of our favorite photos from her big day!

Jamie and Will’s wedding was featured on Carat’s and Cake. Click on the photo below to view the feature!

Tip of the Week: Do Your Research {Part 1 – Budget}

Chances are, if you’re engaged, you have BIG feelings about gown shopping. You’re either ready and excited and can’t wait to get started or you put it off for a while because you were a little nervous about the process. Or you fall somewhere in between. The good news is that we’re here for you and promise to make the experience a wonderful one. We have a singular mission in working with you, and that’s to find you a gown you love at a price you feel comfortable with an experience that leaves you with that warm and fuzzy feeling. That sounds great, right??

One thing we advise prior to coming in is knowing what you are comfortable spending on your bridal gown as well as your tolerance for fluctuations around that budget. Both are important to communicate to your stylist and something that we will ask you when we speak to you.

Additionally, establishing your own budget is step one, but we also recommend making sure you are comfortable with the price range of gowns a store carries before you visit it. Bridal gown shopping is fun but can be time consuming, and we believe the time you are spending should be enjoyable and productive. Walking into a place where the gowns are priced more or less than your budget is no fun for you. So make sure to ask that question and know the answer.

At A Little Something White, we have two different types of collections – “special order” bridal gowns and “off the rack” bridal gowns. With a special order bridal gown, you will try on an example of the gown in the boutique, and then we place an order for that gown from the designer in the size and color of your choice. With this type of order, you may also be able to make certain changes to the gown, or customizations, since the gown is being made for you only after we place the order. With an “off the rack” bridal gown, the gown you try on in the store is the exact gown you will be purchasing, and you will take it with you on the day of purchase. Gowns from our special order bridal gown collection may be priced anywhere from $2,000-$11,000, with the bulk of our gowns falling in the $2,800-$6,500 range. Gowns from our off-the-rack bridal gown collection may be priced anywhere from $1000-$3,500.

Vendors we Love: Brooke Allison Photography

Today we are highlighting Brooke Allison Photography! With her use of soft pastels and natural light her work has an overall calming effect. Brooke’s eye for detail and loving approach towards her couples makes her a definite favorite of our brides!

~About Brooke~

i’m brooke, and one day i woke up and told my husband, “i’m going to be a wedding photographer.” No, really. i said it aloud + believed it deep in my bones (my husband smiled back at me but secretly thought it was just dream talk). At the time, i was working long hours at a corporate marketing job and had never owned a camera of my own.

That was nine years ago and shooting weddings continue to take my breath away. My approach to photographing weddings is like Type A-control freak mixed with a free spirit who loves natural light; basically, let’s plan the day ahead as best possible so we are left with nothing but a day of possibilities … where we can get lost shooting together outside somewhere.

My favorite photos are the stolen moments where you and your loved one just breathe each other in. i like to blend into the surroundings, capturing the organic + candid moments that unfold.

i shoot anywhere + everywhere but especially love intimate weddings, backyard weddings, classic style weddings, weddings under a tent covered in drapery and twinkling lights but most importantly, weddings filled with sentiment + family + meaning. A location is nothing without a genuine love story.

i’m a wife + momma to a strong-willed + energetic little boy and sweet + cuddly little girl (they are the loves of my life + we fought hard to get them here). i drink french press coffee every morning, love antiquing (especially thrift stores in cape cod with my mom + sister every summer) and wild flowers in my house (in cute jars I’ve scored at a tag sale or thrift store).

i spend my afternoons gardening + watering our plants with my sweet boy (he loves to help and has his own watering can), could eat endless donuts (especially old-fashioned) and have an abnormally large china + glassware collection (all cheap + meaningless to most people but they make me so happy). Classic new england architecture and preppiness is my jam. And, of course, everyday is better when it ends with a beer (an IPA + the hoppier the better).

The commonality with all my brides is that something about my work + who i am + what i love resonates with them; i feel lucky that this often leads to a friendship + cocktail dates where we share our love of the target dollar bin + other fun stuff.

i hope that this tiny look into me + my work inspires you to connect.

You can follow Brooke and her beautiful photography on Instagram at @brookeallisonphoto (weddings) and @storiesofsentiment (family sessions).

Below are just a few of the many ALSW brides that Brooke has photographed!

Real Wedding Wednesday: Amy

Congratulations to our bride, Amy Yobbi, who said “I Do” to her forever love on October 27, 2018! Amy wore the Pronovias Ofelia gown and Toni Federici veil! Below are a few of our favorite photos from her big day!

Tip of the Week: Know Your Timeline

The ring is on, the champagne is popped to celebrate, the venue and date are set…..and now it’s time to gown shop! When is the right time to gown shop? We advise buying your gown 8-11 months before your wedding day. In the era we live in today of “fast fashion”, you may not realize that bridal fashion follows a whole new set of rules when it comes to timing. Don’t fret, we are here to demystify it!

One of the things I love about bridal gown shopping is the fact that you get to pick out a gown which is then hand-made just for you. That means it’s not hanging on a rack in some stock room…when we place the order for your gown, the designer and her team hand cut the fabrics, hand sew them together to the size and specifications we tell them, and then put on the finishing touches to make it perfect just for you. This is a garment unlike anything you have worn before and will likely ever wear again!

However, all of that magic takes time to happen. Once you pick out your bridal gown, the designer requests 6-8 months for production to make sure they have enough time to source the fabric, which often comes from special mills overseas, cut and create the gown, and send it through a rigorous quality control process.

So what if you don’t have 6-8 months? Not to worry! We have an amazing relationship with our designers and are often able to get gowns more quickly than that time frame, for a fee. We once got a gown made in a week! We also have an amazing selection of gowns available for purchase off-the-rack, meaning you can buy the gown and take it with you that day.

Once the gown has arrived, you will likely need alterations in order to get the perfect fit. At ALSW, our seamstresses require 2 1/2 months to perform those alterations.

So as you can see, 8-11 months before your wedding is the ideal time frame in which to order your gown. But remember, for ALSW brides, nothing is impossible and we are here to help you find the perfect gown!

Happy New Year!!

Spectacular. That is the best word I can choose to sum up how I feel about 2013. For me, it was a year of incredible happiness, both professionally and personally. Coming into the year, I had high expectations for A Little Something White for its first full year in business. And as I reflect back on the year, I cannot help but feel immense pride at what my team accomplished. As a small shop, we all work tirelessly with the goal of ensuring our brides have an amazing experience. We had the pleasure of working with several hundred brides this year and are so grateful for those of you who gave us the opportunity of working with you on your wedding day. Many of you took the time to tell us how happy you were with your experience at A Little Something White, and we are so appreciative of that feedback. It was you speaking up that helped us to receive several accolades this year. For the second year in a row, we were selected as one of The Knot’s best bridal salons, an award that is decided based on the reviews of our brides. Additionally, we received the honor of Moffly Media’s “Best of Gold Coast” award in the Bridal Gowns category. This was voted on by our brides just six months after we opened, and is therefore all the more meaningful for us!

In the midst of this thrilling year for the store, I was blessed with my second child in July, a boy we named William. A lot of people told me I was crazy to start a business and have another child in the same year, but as I reflect back on the last six months, I can only thing that I am immensely fortunate. Will has been a true blessing and while he has added an extra element of crazy to my life, it is far outweighed by the happiness he has brought us. And after successfully (at least I think so) managing a growing business, a newborn, and a three year old over the last five months, I feel incredibly fulfilled both professionally and personally.

I would be remiss if I didn’t end this post with an enormous thank you to my team. To Amber, who managed the store effortlessly over the last five months while I spent a little extra time with my family, and Kim, who joined us in June, hit the ground running from day one, and has dazzled so many of our brides in her short time here, and Bridget, who ensured every single one of our brides had the perfect fit on her wedding day (I’m not kidding, I can honestly say that every single bride was happy with her alterations), I can only say thank you a million times over from the bottom of my heart. You are a special team and I am immensely grateful for everything. Thank you to my family as well, for continuing to support me day in and day out. It is because of you that I am able to dedicate myself to growing this successful business and I am and always will be your biggest fan.

Cheers to an amazing 2014!!

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Photo credit: Pinterest

Interview with Sareh Nouri

Our Sareh Nouri trunk show kicked off on Friday, June 14th and continues through Saturday, June 22nd. We are so honored to carry this collection and to be working with Sareh. We are thrilled that on Saturday the 22nd, she will be at A Little Something White and working with our brides! Earlier this week, we sat down with Sareh herself to learn more about the person behind this amazing collection. Read on to hear what she had to say!

1) What inspires you?

I’m inspired by so many beautiful things – Persian art from my Middle Eastern heritage, early bridal fashion, nature, and the soft, luxurious fabrics used in my collections.

2) What makes your collection unique?

My gowns are lightweight and every gown has a personal touch from the choice of lace to detailed buttons.

3) How would you describe the bride that wears a Sareh Nouri bridal gown?

She’s confident, alluring and effortlessly beautiful on the inside and out.

4) If you had to pick a favorite gown in the entire collection, which would it be?

That is hard to say. I have a few favorites. Lets just say I love tulle and lace. I would say White Swan (shown below) is one of my favorites.

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5) What can we look forward to in your next collection?

Lots of beautiful lace, and sparkle!

6) What is the best part of your job?

The best part of my job is every time a bride to be is wearing a Sareh Nouri gown and says, “this is it”. It’s an incredible feeling that inspires me to continue.

7) What piece of advice would you give to a bride who is just starting her gown search process?

A wedding gown is an emotional purchase. I always tell brides to do their research but stay open-minded. We must remember that just because the gowns look gorgeous in a magazine doesn’t mean that we will fall head over heels in love when they try one on. Pick the styles you like (sleeves or no sleeves, full or slim-fitting, trumpet), but it could change once you try them on! Be honest with your consultant regarding budget, and in the end you will benefit by finding “the one”!

8) Why do you like working with A Little Something White?

We love working with A Little Something White because your bride encompasses all that the Sareh Nouri brand is about… She is classic, elegant, one-of-a-kind, and timeless. Ashley’s commitment to providing her brides with the best bridal gowns in the industry coupled with excellent customer service and genuine interest in her bride make A Little Something White a dream boutique to work with!

Here are some of A Little Something White’s favorite Sareh Nouri gowns!!

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Spring 2014 Bridal Market Recap!

Almost two weeks ago we returned from bridal market in New York City. So why am I just posting our recap now?? Well, that is what happens when you as a business owner plan a family vacation to Disney World within days of returning from market. Although I am late in posting this, I’m still just as excited to share with you the wonderful gowns and trends that we saw! And in the next week, we will introduce you to our newest bridal and bridesmaids dress designer, coming to A Little Something White this summer!

Gorgeous Embellishments

Recently, many of our brides have been asking us for classic gowns with a twist. We think many of our designers nailed it with their use of embellishments in this newest collection. We just love with how so many of our designers have taken an classic styles and made them just a bit more unique.

Beautiful Necklines

We love that brides are finally embracing non-strapless bridal gown options, and all of our designers seem to be responding to that trend! We continue to see stunning options being introduced for brides that do not want to wear a strapless gown on their wedding day. From all lace necklines, to beautifully embellished straps, to cap sleeves, there is something for everyone!

Amazing Texture

We love what the addition of texture can do to a bridal gown. One of our most sought after gowns at the boutique has been a beautiful floral and Swarovski-crystal embroidered gown. The embroidery, which adds an additional dimension to the gown, is simply stunning while the silhouette of the gown is quite classic. From tulle flowers to beaded lace to pearl embroidery, we are loving the texture on these styles! If you like these gowns in the photos, you should see them in person. They are just stunning!

The detail can be difficult to see in the full body shots below, so we included some secondary images for each of the gowns which give an up close view of the texture.

Stunning Backs

We always tell brides not to forget what the back of their gown looks like!! Fortunately for them, all of our designers have managed to find ways to take the stunning beauty that we see on the front of their gowns and have it continue to the back. There were so many options that we couldn’t just pick four photos from market, so we have included two rows of pictures!

Tons of Tulle!

When our brides think of tulle, they often think of massive ballgowns with layers and layers of tulle. That is not the case with the tulle creations we came across at market. Many designers are using tulle in creative ways for added romance and beauty. Below are four different and distinct ways our designers used tulle. Liancarlo used an Italian stretch tulle through the bodice and hips and then accented that with asymmetrical tulle skirt ruffles. Alvina Valenta and Marchesa both showed trumpet styles with lace through the bodice and hips and tulle at the bottom, with Alvina Valenta choosing to accent the skirt with horsehair trim around the edge of the tulle. And Junko used a simple tulle overlay on the skirt of this gorgeous ballgown to allow their gorgeous lace to subtly peak through the skirt while remaining prominent in the bodice.

Stay tuned in the next week as we announce the newest designer that will be coming to A Little Something White this summer! We are so excited!

Oscars: Red Carpet Roundup

The Oscars. One of my favorite nights of the year. Watching the Oscars’ Red Carpet is my favorite three hours of television all year long. Typically, I find a comfortable place on my couch, delegate the childcare responsibilities to my husband for a few hours, and soak up the gorgeous fashion. This year was a little different. With my husband on a business trip and my rambunctious 2 1/2 year old by my side, I enjoyed the red carpet but wouldn’t describe my personal viewing party as particularly relaxing. Nonetheless, I was able to focus enough to come up with our list of favorite red carpet looks from the night!

Bridal-Inspired

Many of our favorite gowns seemed plucked from the aisle! In our opinion, Jennifer Lawrence (Dior Haute Couture) and Amy Adams (Oscar de la Renta) were two of the more gorgeous stars of the night. We hate following the crowd, and we know Jennifer Lawrence was a favorite of many people, but we couldn’t help but fall head over heels in love with her gown. Amy Adams also wowed us with her entire look, not just her gown! We loved Charlize Theron’s sleek Dior Haute Couture gown and sparkled peplum. Her hair felt a little severe to us but we also recognize she didn’t have much length to work with and it is probably cut that short for one of her movies! And last but certainly not least, we thought Georgina Chapman, co-designer of Marhcesa, was stunning in her gown. Pregnant? No big deal for Georgina!

Black Beauties

On the opposite end of the spectrum, some of our favorite stars were beautiful in black. Norah Jones really wowed us…when we first saw her we didn’t even know it was her! She has grown and matured so beautifully, and we think she looked statuesque in this Tadashi Shoji gown. Adele, in Jenny Packham, is a perfect example of how to dress a fuller figure in the right way. We think her gown hugged in the right places and she was ravishing. Sandra Bullock typically wows us, and this year’s Elie Saab gown was no exception. We would have preferred to see a bit more with her hair, but the gown was beautiful. Giuliana Rancic (in Rafael Cennamo Couture) and Stacey Kiebler (in Naeem Khan) were also gorgeous in black. But one of our favorite black beauties was Jenna Dewan-Tatum. Her Reem Acra gown was simply stunning on the soon-to-be mom, and the keyhole back on her gown was just gorgeous. She moved quickly down the red carpet on Sunday, and we wish we had the chance to see more of her!

Pop of color

Reese Witherspoon in Louis Vuitton, Jennifer Garner in Gucci, and Kerry Washington in Miu Miu all wowed us and stood out among a crowd of stars that often wore white, black, or nude hues. It’s not as obvious in these photos, but Jennifer Garner’s gown had a gorgeous cascading detail in the back that just added to the whole look. We also wanted to give a huge applause to Robin Roberts. Coming off a rough year, we think her poise, beauty, and confidence on the red carpet only served to enhance the beauty of her gown (Marc Bouwer).

Shimmer and shine

While not overly prevalent on the red carpet this year, there were two stars in particular whose shimmer we cannot ignore. Jessica Chastain in Armani Prive looked absolutely gorgeous, and she was reminiscent of the Oscar statue she was vying for. Jennifer Hudson was just….wow. Does she continue to get more and more beautiful? Her deep blue long-sleeved gown was gorgeous on the carpet and the slit up the front was glamorous and tasteful. Nicely done, ladies!!

Disappointments

Our Oscar round-up wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t mention those who disappointed us on the carpet this year. The biggest disappointment for us was Anne Hathaway. We are still elated over her Oscar win, but felt that her high-necked, dull pink Prada gown just wasn’t glamorous enough for what proved to be one of the biggest nights of her career. It is rumored that she decided at the last minute to not wear the gown Valentino had designed for her because it was rumored to be too similar to Les Miserables co-star Amanda Seyfried’s gown. We think she would have been much better off taking that risk! Was Jennifer Anisten beautiful? Yes, she pretty much always is. But we felt her Valentino gown and hair down was boring and blah. She always wows on the red carpet so we were surprised with her selection. And last but not least, we felt Renee Zellweger in Carolina Herrera was just a big thumbs down. At various points throughout the night, her hair appeared wet and messy, as if she had gotten caught in a rainstorm. And we felt that her gown was not all that flattering to her body. The back of the dress seems to be pulling strangely, as if it’s just a bit too tight. Again, a big disappointment for us because the shimmer of the gown is gorgeous!

All photos taken from The Hollywood Reporter

Golden Globes 2013: From the Red Carpet to the Aisle

If you read our previous blog post, you know which Golden Globes red carpet looks we are in love with (and which ones not so much). Believe it or not, many of the styles shown last Sunday could just as easily show up in a wedding (just in white or ivory)! Below are five styles from the Golden Globes that we think would translate beautifully into the bridal world.

1) Open any magazine this week, and Amy Adams is definitely on the best dressed list from the Golden Globes. We happen to agree. She absolutely blew us away in her Marchesa gown. Want this look? Marchesa introduced a similar look in their Fall 2013 collection. Even better? This collection will be at A Little Something White on February 8th and 9th during our Marchesa trunk show!

2) Do you love Anne Hathaway’s sleek Chanel gown? We do!! Junko Yoshioka has a similar style that is part of their Fall 2013 collection. It is certainly more embellished than Anne Hathaway’s gown, but it is just as sleek and striking. Want to try on this style? This collection will be at A Little Something White on February 1st and 2nd during our Junko Yoshioka trunk show!

 3) Jessica Alba was stunning in her Oscar de la Renta gown. We think the Anna Maier “Laetitia” gown from Anna Maier’s Spring 2013 collection is the perfect option for a bride who loves Jessica Alba’s look. And while we can’t suggest how to get your hands on the $5.8 million Harry Winston diamond necklace that Jessica wore, Laetitia does come with a gorgeous crystal beaded bow in back that ups the drama of this gown even more. We carry the Laetitia gown at A Little Something White, and if you think it’s beautiful in these photos, you should come see it in person…it is simply stunning!

4) Kerry Washington and her Miu Miu dress were not on our favorites list. We actually love the sheer overskirt on Kerry’s dress, but we didn’t love the length. If you like this gown, Kelly Faetanini’s Georgina gown from her Fall 2013 collection could be the perfect bridal look for you and is definitely in the right length! Even cooler is that Kelly’s gown can be made in two pieces so that the overskirt can be removed during your wedding or in one piece with the overskirt attached. So cool, right? This is one of the dresses we ordered from Kelly’s collection, and we actually ordered it in a way that gives brides not two, but three different options. Curious? Make an appointment to come see this gorgeous gown when it arrives at A Little Something White in March or at our Kelly Faetanini trunk show on March 8th and 9th!

5) We still can’t get over how gorgeous the very-pregnant Kristen Bell looked on the runway in her Jenny Packham gown. We think her look can easily translate not just from the red carpet to the aisle, but from maternity to non-maternity. Marchesa has a gown in its Fall 2013 collection that we think is the perfect option for a bride who loved Kristen Bell’s look. This Marchesa gown is also part of the collection that will be at A Little Something White on February 8th and 9th during our Marchesa trunk show!

Golden Globes gowns photos sourced from US Weekly and Pop Sugar: Amy Adams (Marchesa), Anne Hathaway (Chanel), Jessica Alba (Oscar de la Renta), Kerry Washington (Miu Miu), Kristen Bell (Jenny Packham)