in search of that moment. {dear bridal diary}

We are thrilled to have one of our bride-to-be’s as a guest blogger for our site. Months back, she had sent us her ‘falling’ into love engagement story and we are through the moon that she is going to be sharing many more of her experiences with our readers leading up to, and including, her big day! Welcome future Mrs., Daniela!

Read on to find out how Daniela felt while on the hunt for her dream wedding dress. She was in search of ‘that moment’ and when it came – the feeling was indescribable…

After my fiancé proposed in October 2013, one of the first thing I did was (besides make a list of venues) make appointments at more than 10 bridal stores in 3 different counties for my wedding gown, having no idea what I wanted/liked or what our overall wedding theme would be. I was on a mission to try on as many dresses as possible so that I would have no regrets and not wonder if I missed something. People thought I was crazy, that I was going to get confused with all the dresses, get worn out… and they were right. But I’ll go into that later (and yes, Kleinfeld and RK Bridal were definitely on my list of bridal shops to experience.)

I was so excited to start trying on dresses. I had my binder filled with dresses. I ripped out of magazines and printed off of Pinterest. My mom, sister and grandmother came with me, then later on my dad started to tag along (I originally did not want him to see my dress until my wedding day, but it meant so much more to have him there during the process, even if we did argue over his vision vs mine).

I have to say, after a few appointments at local boutiques in Westchester, and realizing that my dream of wearing a Maggie Sottero dress might not come true, I was starting to get discouraged and lose interest in the process. I saw and tried on many beautiful gowns, but none had that “wow factor” everyone talks about (so cliché, but an absolute necessity). I would tell every associate that “I need to sleep on it – I don’t make impulse decisions” (which is true!) because something inside told me to keep looking. Then it got to the point where I had dwindled down my options (because I felt like I had to – my wedding was in 9 months!) and it was between 2 dresses from two different stores.

I was disappointed and saddened that I had these 2 beautiful dresses staring at me on the computer, and while I was leaning to one more than the other, something didn’t feel right. You’re not supposed to be having such a difficult time deciding on your wedding gown, right? Everyone told me that when you found your dress, you would immediately know and be overcome with emotion. Why wasn’t I having that moment? I wanted that moment. I didn’t want to just pick a dress because time was running out and I had to make a decision. I felt cheated out of one of the most important, special and personal decisions of my life (besides picking who I was going to marry, of course!).

And so I finally made it to Kleinfeld’s – my last appointment on the list. Mind you, I literally told my parents beforehand that I was not going to find my dress there (because I had already unhappily convinced myself I found a dress, I just was not sure which one of the two it was), and that we were only going because it’s just part of the ritual/process of finding your wedding dress. (And after visiting practically every store in the area, my family knew my routine.) Fast forward to more than a handful of dresses later that I didn’t even like enough to take off the hanger. I didn’t feel the associates understood my wedding theme (vintage autumn) and what I was envisioning, so I started to get upset, wondering if maybe going to Kleinfeld’s was a mistake. But then there it was, amongst the third set of dresses in all its beauty, my wedding gown. I didn’t even try it on or have it up against me, but I just knew that it was perfect. Once the associates helped me into the dress and finished clipping the back of it, I made my debut to my family and when I looked in the mirror amongst the rest of the brides-to-be, I knew it was true love.

I can’t even tell you the kind of emotions that went through me. Some of them include pure happiness, anxiety (because, ahh, I’m officially going to be a bride!), a sense of calmness, and a lesser weight on my shoulders. I also couldn’t stop smiling and didn’t want to take it off. I finally found it. Over a month later, I still stare at myself in the dress on my phone and can’t wait for my fiancé to see me the moment those church doors open.

If I had to give a word of advice for the brides-to-be going through this process now, it would be to not settle! Wait for that moment- you will know it when it happens.

And I promise you, it will happen!

Daniela

westchester wedding destination unveiled {something blue events}.

Something Blue was recently given a private tour and exclusive planning rights to a brand-new wedding venue in Westchester – which we are excited to begin planning events in! This venue is so brand-new, the name and location have both yet to be announced – but Something Blue has the exclusive inside scoop on all it has to offer, including the very first photos and details of the venue, the grounds and the breathtaking views!

 

Located on the water, this stunning vintage mansion is sure to be the newest and most sought-after wedding destination for those who would like an intimate, private event with a rustic and hidden-away feel, yet prefer the convenience and accessibility that venues in lower Westchester offer.

Just steps away from the water and tucked away in a private wooded area, the house is not only full of its original charm, but the owners have done an amazing job reviving the entire space, both inside and out, for the most discerning of guests. Not a detail has been missed, including restoring the original woodwork and light fixtures throughout the house, which gives this classic yet updated venue its own unique identity.

 

There is truly nothing else like it in Westchester.

 

The abundance of windows bathe the rooms in light, and the wrap-around porch allows for guests to not only enjoy the beauty and comfort of the inside of the house, but also the beauty and splendor of the surrounding area outside.

Not only is it a perfect venue for a wedding, rehearsal dinner or private event, it also has 8 bedrooms which are available for overnight accommodations for hosts and guests.

 

To visit the venue, or to inquire about planning your event there, reach out to Nicole from Something Blue Events at 914-610-6617, or Nicole@SomethingBlueWeddingPlans.com.

Something Blue Events is located in Valhalla, New York, and creates customized events in the Westchester, Fairfield and New York City area. Visit us today to see what we can create for you! www.SomethingBlueWeddingPlans.com

green with shoe envy.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! While your stuck at work (or enjoying a day off – kicking back with a green beer and some soda bread….one can dream!) – set your sights on this green with shoe envy post! Incorporating a bit of personality on your big day can be done in the most subtle ways. For those brides looking to add a pop of color to their ‘white wedding’, stepping into a vibrant shoe will add some spunk, yet still keep it classy. Here are a few feel-good heels sure to make your feet green with envy! Take a peek!

Did/will you be wearing a colorful shoe on your big day? Snap a pic and share below or on our facebook page and remember, “There are two things a girl can never have enough of – good friends and good shoes!” Happy shopping!

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giveaway monday – MissNowMrs.

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A Monday following a time change = READY FOR BED! Thankfully, we have a giveaway to make today worthwhile! Comment on the status  on our Facebook Page with your ‘new’ last name to win a gift card for a full name change service through MissNowMrs! Why knot?!
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super(bowl) anniversary party {something blue events}.

We are kicking off our guest blogging courtesy of Something Blue Events with a twist on a traditional anniversary party! Read on to see how this local event planning company turned a couples’ love of each other (and of football) into a party that was a win-win for all!

What better way to celebrate 30 years of marriage, than with a personalized party that incorporates your love for each other, fun family gatherings, and FOOTBALL?

That’s the fun and unique task that Something Blue Events was given when asked to plan a combined 30th Anniversary / Super Bowl Party for one of the most fun-loving couples we’ve worked with to date! Their anniversary fell very close to this years’ Super Bowl, which was held at MetLife Stadium on 2/2. Being the fun and charismatic couple that they are, they wanted their Anniversary Party to not only reflect them, but to also reflect their love for entertaining… and football!

So we planned them a party to be remembered for years to come.

When asked what they wanted for cuisine, they replied, “It’s the big game! Wings! Can we do that?”

Of course we could!

In addition to having the event catered, we included a surprise for the partygoers: a pre-game tailgate party outside of the event venue, catered by a local food truck! There was no shortage of game day nosh, as they served up 2 hours of pre-game munchies to satisfy even the biggest of appetites. From burgers, dogs, french fries and onion rings to a sweet treat of fried Oreos, guests got their choice of pre-game grub before the big event began!

The surprises didn’t stop there. Once inside the event venue, The Waveny House – a mansion and popular wedding venue in New Canaan, CT – guests were greeted with 4 oversized HD flat-screens to view the Big Game. The décor of the space incorporated everything the couple wanted, and Something Blue’s Creative Director made sure they got just that! From a handcrafted aisle runner made of turf, to centerpieces created with NFL-licensed footballs with hand-tied white rose bridal bouquets, right down to the linens which were coordinated with the colors of the opposing teams, guests were treated with a one-of-a-kind game-day twist on a traditional anniversary event.

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real engagement: pumpkin surprise.

Is it me or is this snowy, wintry, icy weather got you chilled to the bone? To heat things up, today on the blog is a warmhearted engagement story from October that is sure to put a smile on your face. Maria Daniela had been recovering from surgery when she attended an annual party where she was faced with a life-changing question…and a pumpkin filled with bling. Read on to hear about her engagement story – why knot?!

 

Maria Daniela and Billy’s Engagement – October 13, 2013

Billy was having his annual pumpkin carving party on October 13th, 2013 and I had just had my deviated septum repaired on October 2nd so I was not sure if I was going to be able to make it to his get together, if anything I planned to make an appearance (I was not sure if spending hours in the cold weather was okay for my nose). Billy and his friends stressed to me that I had to be there at this party because they all had a surprise for me as my recovery was a lot harder than expected and they wanted to do something for me, which I thought was so nice (I had no idea my life was going to change!). I had arrived late to the party because I was helping my mom set up for her annual Columbus Day party at our house. She even tried to persuade me to stay home that day, or go even later to the party, because she wanted me to be at her party, but I told her it was important that I be at Billy’s. Billy that morning made himself physically sick from nerves – I was so worried he was coming down with something (little did I know…)!

When I arrived at his house barely anyone was talking or eating or carving pumpkins – I thought it was very strange and awkward! Barely anyone said hi to me, barely anyone was talking/eating/drinking, no one was doing anything! Billy said they were all waiting for me to arrive to eat and carve the pumpkins. Oh, well, that was nice of them (I literally had no idea what they had planned). After getting situated and saying my hello’s, I put out some candy I had picked up on my way, added more table decor, and created apple cider sangria from a recipe I found on Pinterest. After finishing these last minute items, I grabbed some food from the buffet table because I was starving and had a seat. About an hour later (as I was still picking on my food), Billy and his friends, along with his mom, were chatting on the lawn a couple yards away from me. I sat staring at them and wondering what was going on because Billy was on his knees with his back to me, facing a bunch of his guy friends and they were having a little pow-wow… my anxiety kicked in, but I kept trying to tell myself it was nothing because I had no idea that he was planning something.

Then Billy’s mom called me over as I was enjoying the pumpkin macaroni and cheese I made the day before… she said I needed to settle a debate they were having, but that I needed to be quiet because the others cannot hear. I felt like everyone’s eyes were on me, and as I stood there so confused and uncomfortable, I said out loud, “Why is this such an awkward situation? Why do I feel something shady going on?”… no one said anything… then in the corner of my eye I see Billy getting down on his knee and bringing a mini pumpkin out from his side. He took the top off, and asked me the most important question of our lives: “Daniela, will you marry me?” I stand there in shock saying “STOP IT! STOP IT!” (It’s on video! Hilarious!) I slowly inched towards the pumpkin as if something was going to pop out of it, and once I saw the ring shining inside I quickly jumped back in shock and put my hands over my mouth, just standing there staring at Billy in disbelief. After a couple seconds of complete silence and everyone holding their breath, his cousin Michele yelled out “Say something!” and I immediately responded with, “Yeah, of course I’ll marry you! Are you kidding me!?”

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feature friday: flip flop bitch.

Happy Friday Everyone!  On this frigid morning, we have the spotlight on a fab local company with a versatile item that is a great addition to any women’s accessory collection! Look out ladies – the Flip Flop Bitch has arrived. Read on to learn more about the brand and products – why knot?!

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feature friday: ashley lauren make up services.

It’s FRIDAYYYYYYYY! (Can you sense the excitement?!) The weekend is almost here and as always I am kicking off my morning with the biggest iced decaf coffee I could find. So while you’re sipping on your go-to morning beverage of choice, read on to find out more about this on-site makeup service business! Today the spotlight is on Ashley Lauren Make Up Services!

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Company Name- Ashley Lauren Make Up Services

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