What moment would you say was the most memorable one you’ve experienced at a wedding?
“It was a couple of years ago at a destination wedding in Mexico. I got super emotional during the best man’s speech. It’s a good thing I had the camera in my hands; it helped me hide the tears flowing down my face. The best man was the groom’s older brother. When he opened up about their relationship, and how he’d moved away at some point, he got choked up, and it hit me like a ton of bricks. I’m one of six kids and my siblings are a huge part of my life. His openness and vulnerability in that moment about his relationship with his brother was so beautiful and completely resonated with me.”
If you could give a few tips to a couple to ensure that they have great photos what would it be?
“Communication, comfort and chaos!The big thing is really being comfortable throughout the whole process and relationship. This will allow us to communicate and not be afraid to say what comes to mind. Also, when we’re comfortable together, most importantly, you’ll be comfortable in front of the camera. Lastly, the chaos; embrace it! Acknowledge it and give it space. The day is going to be crazy and that’s ok…haha I’m there for you!”
The all ivory bridal party is such a stunning one to say the least!
Cake dusted in gold by David Alan Catering.
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!
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.