Details: June 1, 2014 at Bill Miller’s Castle, Branford, CT
Sareh Nouri (bridal gown)
Photographer: Jeanine Rose Photography

What did you enjoy most about your experience with A Little Something White?

I loved the atmosphere of Ashley’s shop and how elegant and classic the dresses were that she offered. Ashley looked at the photos I’d brought, trying to decide on the type of gown I wanted, then asked me some questions about myself, my fiancé and the type of wedding I wanted. Then, she brought me the most amazing selection of dresses to try on. A Little Something White was the second place I’d looked for dresses (of five shops I eventually visited) and I just couldn’t get the Sareh Nouri gown out of my head. Before I left, Ashley made sure I was aware that Sareh was holding a trunk show in ~4 weeks and that not only could I save a little bit of money with the help of Sambla, but I could meet the designer and discuss a couple of changes I would need in the gown (I’m 5’9″ and needed an extra inch added to the length). I returned for the trunk show, had an amazing experience with Ashley and Sareh and ended up with a wedding dress beyond my wildest expectations.

How and where did you get engaged?

We decided in early 2013, after approximately a year of dating, to start looking for a house together. We did a few preliminary internet searches and both stumbled upon the same house, independently and e-mailed each other the listing. The house was built in 1926 and had been on the market for nearly a year. We were convinced there was something horribly wrong with it, but couldn’t get it out of our minds. We decided in February to make an appointment to see the house. The realtor that met us told us that she was actually expecting another offer later that evening, but was happy to show it to us. My husband, who is a former property insurance adjuster, looked very carefully at the house and was enough convinced that the house was worth fighting for, that we put in an offer of our own. After a short bidding war, our offer was accepted. Then came the official inspection. Unbeknownst to me, my husband had already been ring shopping for a couple of months, finding an antique Tiffany engagement and wedding set. He suggested we both take off work to meet the inspectors and then have dinner at a nice restaurant to either celebrate an awesome house, or console each other over the money pit we may have just bought. Fortunately, the house passed inspection with flying colors! We got ready for dinner at Carmen Anthony’s restaurant in New Haven where he ordered champagne. I thought it was just to celebrate our new house, when he got up from the table, dropped to one knee and asked me to marry him!

What was your favorite part of your wedding day?

We loved watching our families and friends meet and interact with each other. Everyone got along so well, the ceremony and reception were seamless and the feeling of harmony, love and happiness just encompassed the whole day.

If you could give a piece of advice to a bride going through the process now, what would it be?

First of all, have a vision for what you want and don’t be afraid to fight for it. We spent a lot of time with our vendors talking about what we wanted and how we wanted it carried out. Vendors frequently come with a pre-set plan because many couples struggle with the detailed decisions that need to be made. If you already have a vision (however nebulous it may be), don’t be afraid to keep explaining to your vendors and having them repeat it to you until you’re satisfied it’s what you want.

Secondly, budget your time. You will end up doing a lot more work than you think you will and you don’t want to get caught a month out from your wedding with no centerpieces/programs/etc! I was diligent (though stressed at times), but finished the last of my tasks (the programs) with a week to spare before my wedding. It allowed me the luxury to relax, enjoy our out of town guests and not be stressed out the night before the wedding.