Q: What are the essential items a bride should bring when trying on wedding dresses? A: “A bride should bring whatever will make her feel her best while trying on wedding gowns. Whether that be a strapless bra, a pair of heels, or a specialty undergarment. If you plan on wearing any of these items underneath your gown on your big day, you should certainly bring them along to your appointment!” Q: What tips do you have for brides who aren’t sure how to pick a dress? A: “Think about how you want to look and feel on your big day. Some brides view their wedding dress as an opportunity to step out of their comfort zone, and really go big. Others see it as a way to express themselves and choose a dress that really suits their personality. Choosing your desired wedding look will help you choose the dress that best suits your style.” Q: What is your favorite part about working with brides? A: “Seeing a bride’s wedding vision come to life in the perfect dress is absolutely the best part about working with brides. The look on a bride’s face when ‘the dress’ get zipped or laced for the very first time, at that very moment, the energy and happiness is nearly contagious.” Q: Which Maggie Sottero/Sottero & Midgley gown would you choose to wear for your wedding day? A: “The one is easy… Shauna by Sottero & Midgley. Otherwise lovingly referred to by our consultants as the “Gatsby Dress”. The styling, bead work, and feathers make this dress a show-stopper, and one that guests would be telling all their friends about. What bride doesn’t want that?!” Q: What’s your favorite bridal trend? A: “Our favorite bridal trend right now is a detailed back. There are so many variations within this trend, from lace backs to open backs to sheer backs. The possibilities are endless, as are the dresses that accompany the cool backs. Gone are the days of looking like everyone else. There are so many options now, brides are guaranteed to walk down the aisle looking timeless and memorable.” Q: If you could tell brides one thing, what would it be? A: “Don’t over think it. Often times, brides stress too much over making the decision… It should be easy and effortless. When he asked you to marry him, you had no doubts. Choosing your dress should be just as easy.”
Styled shoot featured in Seacoast Weddings Magazine
Once upon a time there used to be a “wedding season” such as the freshness of the June Bride or the vibrancy of the autumn leaves. I’m finding now there is no real wedding season now. Weddings are 12 months a year. Which is certainly good for the wedding professionals for sure! Lately there have been a barrage of winter weddings, photo’s done wearing a faux fur shawl or shrug outside with the winter snow falling on you or indoors next to a roaring fireplace.
A small group of New England wedding professionals got together to do a mini style shoot showing how you can bring a pop of vibrant color into a wedding while the temperature outside is bitter cold. But the day we planned to shoot, the temperature outside without the wind chill was 6 degrees, the florals wouldn’t have survived so wedding photographer Allison Sica of Kiss the Bride Photography called upon her friends at the Tuscan Kitchen in Salem New Hampshire. “Tuscan Kitchen is a photographer’s dream. Edwin Santana who is the private dining and catering manager at Tuscan Kitchen is one of my past clients and they graciously opened their doors for us. The setting has a classic elegance to it. With its frosted glass windows, the upstairs event room was a perfect backdrop. The sheer pink curtains and window brought in a natural, romantic light. Tuscan Kitchen is an intimate venue that photographs very well.”
Marry & Tux Bridal provided the fantastical gown that an up and coming model, Amber Markland, showcased and we were all blown away by its beauty. The florals were from Harrington Flowers, Brad Harrington describes this shoot as “A GORGEOUS dress, a beautiful model from Honolulu, some pineapple protea and a whole bunch of talented wedding vendors!” The florals were stunning and professional makeup artist Nancy Gorman of Makeup by Nancy provided Amber with a beautiful berry lip color to match the coloring of her bouquet. No one said you can’t make a winter wedding fun and vibrant. These professionals can make it happen! Photographer – Kiss the Bride Photography Wedding Planner – Fetching Events Gown – Marry & Tux Venue – Tuscan Kitchen Salem NH Florals – Harrington Flowers Makeup Artist – Makeup by Nancy Hair Stylist – Jenna Osberg HMUA Model – Amber Markland