Details: September 27, 2014 in Farmington, CT
Anna Maier (bridal gown), Toni Federici (veil)
Photographer: Katie Slater Photography 

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

My experience with A Little Something White was a little more unique than most. I went shopping at their salon when I was looking for bridal gowns in November, and they were so sweet. You could really tell that they didn’t just care about making a sale, they were truly interested in finding the right gown for me. I ended up finding my dress from another salon, but I always appreciate the way they helped me find what I was looking for, even though it ended up being at another store.

The following year, in August (I was getting married the next month in September), my dress still had not come in to the salon that I had purchased through, and they could not tell me definitively when my gown would arrive. They could not give me an explanation why, but they told me that they couldn’t guarantee my dress would come in time to have alterations made. My mother and I then made a decision that I was going to go buy a new dress, and just sell the other one once it had come in, whenever that would be.

Panicked and overcome with emotions (as girls typically are around their wedding date), I went to ALSW because they had been so helpful and understanding the first time around, to see if there was anything that they could do. As I told them tearfully what had happened, they sprung into action trying to find me a gown that would be perfect for my wedding day. They literally bent over backwards contacting designers and pulling from their own inventory to find me a dress that I really loved. I ended up finding the most perfect gown, and they were able to make all the necessary alternations in just 2 fittings. The seamstress even added a little blue heart on the inside of the dress made out of my father’s blue shirt for my something blue.

The ladies at ALSW gave me my perfect wedding day because of their patience and kindness. I truly appreciate them going above and beyond what would typically be expected by a wedding salon, they absolutely saved my day, and I will always be thankful for that.

How did you and your husband meet?

We worked together at our first job out of college. We were friends for about 2 years, and then we started dating. 5 years later, we got married 🙂

How and where did you get engaged?

We got engaged in Old Lyme, CT, where my family owns a beach cottage. We went and had drinks on the beach one evening, and as the sun went down, and the air got a little chilly, we decided to start packing up. Just as I turned to grab my beach chair, I saw Andrew on his knee. He said some very romantic things and asked me to marry him! I was crying so much that I just shook my head and we hugged and had a nice celebration with my family and friends that night.

What was your favorite part of your wedding day?

My favorite part of my wedding day was the ceremony. My husband and I had dated for 6 years, so standing up there and finally exchanging our vows in front of our friends and family was so amazing. I had done a lot of research and hand chose each part of the ceremony, so it felt very personal and intimate.

A runner-up to my favorite part was the very end of the night. My husband and I were the last people to leave to reception, and we put all of our friends on the shuttle so we could just be alone for a few minutes. We stood there and just took a breath, soaking in what we had just gone through. It was such a special moment between us, and I will always remember that feeling.

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

I would have 2 pieces of advice for brides. First, don’t ask too many people their advice! Your day should be just that, YOUR day, so make it what you want it to be. I was asking so many people their thoughts, and all it did was confuse me further. Only ask questions you really want answers to, and only ask the people who really know you and your fiance. This will help narrow down some of the issues that you need to make decisions on.

Second is to take a breath, slow down and enjoy the day. So many people told me this and I could not be happier that I did. The whole day is going to fly by, and it’s going to feel like a blur. So don’t forget to stop every now and then and just soak it in. You will never have another day like that, and it’s so important to be able to look back on the day and remember what an amazing time you had celebrating with your friends. families and new husband.