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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

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

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

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

“It feels like it was all a dream!!
-ELIZABETH

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

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

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

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

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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: “I would definitely remind myself to relax and not stress over the details too much. There will always be minor last minute issues but everything will work out in the end and no matter what goes wrong it will still be one of the best days of your life.”

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

Can we discuss the lush florals by Trillium?!

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

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

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

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

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

THE SPARKLER SEND OFF!
Twinkle, twinkle…

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

Vendors we Love: Shindig Lighting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Real Wedding Wednesday: Liz & Russell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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!

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!