Let me start out by saying how much I love weddings. The magical moment where two people pledge their love and devotion for one another in front of their friends and family is something I find truly special and sacred. I am very fortunate in my life to have a job that I love in an industry that I’ve also dreamed of working in. For years I’ve learned the ins and outs of the business from the very best mentors and bosses. The countless hours of focusing on the details; from hand pressing napkin folds so the menu fits in just right to perfecting the square knot on the top of a welcome basket to lining up the chairs along a table just right to get that perfect table shot have all worked their way interchangeably into my life and have led me to the job I have today.
Having the pleasure and opportunity to actually have worked under Kristin Newman in the past not only how taught me how to plan a magnificent affair but also how to establish a relationship with the bride and groom and their families. This is probably the biggest lesson I’ve learned. The importance of trusting her and her team to plan your wedding; designing everything from the couple’s monogram to the brides bouquet in mind is no easy feat, yet they succeed every time and do it with such grace and love for the couple. It is with these lessons, details, relationships, vision and design that have led me to my job; the bride’s look for her day…the dress.
The dress… the item that sets the tone of the wedding… the anticipated reveal for each wedding guest, the exact moment when the groom sees his bride for the first time is all surrounded by THE DRESS. Growing up I loved bridal gowns. I was always volunteering myself to be anyone’s flower girl in their wedding. I’d spend hours dressed up in my mother’s old bridesmaid dresses. I’d even go as far to search in the attic for her veil, found it, dusted it off and invited all the neighborhood kids to my mock wedding in the backyard complete with my little sister serving as my maid of honor and my fresh bridal bouquet compliments of my mother’s garden. My adolescent years with my backyard faux weddings transitioned into my high school years….celebrity weddings. I would find myself finding out every detail of a celebrity’s dress and could not wait to get my hands on the latest US Weekly, thumb through all the pages and find out who was engaged, who got married and would there be a picture? I prided myself on being “in the know” and started familiarizing myself with designers. Well now that the high school and college years are long gone it is still no surprise to come into my house today and find a giant stack of bridal magazines arranged on my coffee table. I have every one out there. Saying that let me preface that I strictly look at the fashion. I do not have a style board for what I want one day for a wedding dress (well at least not on paper), I just love bridal fashion. I love to educate myself on any and all bridal designers, dresses, new trends, bad trends, new fabrics, styling…the works.
This obsession, (if you want to call it that) I prefer interest, has actually helped me in my job. As a bridal wedding consultant I have had the pleasure and pure joy of helping hundreds of brides find the dress. I have styled their complete look right down to the perfect earring and right color shoe. I love helping a bride take what she has always dreamed of for her big day and achieving it. Truthfully, I love when I’m able to actually pick out the dress that she chooses as the one…it certainly validates my childhood faux weddings and hundreds of dollars spent on bridal magazines. The lessons that I have taken from my work experience with Kristin have transitioned into my professional career today. I genuinely become friends with the bride and her family. By becoming a friend I establish an honest appreciative friendship that starts the minute an appointment begins with finding the dress, continuing throughout all of the bridal fittings and up until the big day I am there…and I would not have it any other way.
I was so thrilled and honored when Kristin asked me to launch her blog, Behind the Seams. Behind the Seams is a fashion blog all things bridal. I’m going to be blogging not only about the trends and fashions for each season but will be giving you an inside scoop into Bridal Fashion Week, interviews with upcoming designers and designer spotlights as well. I really want to have topics that are interesting yet helpful to anyone such as brides who are just starting to plan their wedding, bridesmaids who just got asked to be in a wedding or even a guest attending an upcoming nuptial. Behind the Seams will offer an insider perspective into this amazing industry with the passion and “interest” I have had all my life. I want this to be an interactive blog as well. If you have questions about anything email me! If you want to know more about something when trying to find your dress or shoes or jewelry email me! I want to be as helpful to you as my mentors have been for me. I hope you enjoy this bi-monthly blog as much as I will be when writing it. The next post is already in the works, Fine Features for Fall, so get ready. Until then!