Alison met Justin at a party during their freshmen year of college in Washington D.C., although they didn't start dating until a couple years later. He proposed while the two were hanging out on a Sunday afternoon in their apartment. There are so many beautiful aspects to Alison's wedding. She makes quite the stunning bride and the delicate embroidery on her LD6015 dress really pops against her bright color palette.
The wedding took place at the Vander-Ende Onderdonk House in Ridgewood, Queens, NY- an amazing 18th century Dutch farmhouse in the middle of an area that is otherwise industrial. Alison said "We were really taken with that stark contrast of charming historical farmhouse and gardens and urban grit. It had so much personality, we felt it really suited us and would be a great backdrop for our wedding."
When we asked Alison which of the photos was her favorite, she said it was difficult to choose as their photographer Corey Torpie did such an amazing job of capturing the wedding (we couldn't agree more!) She noted that she loved the photos they took on Flushing Avenue, that show the industrial surroundings of their venue. But this photo (above) was her favorite because it really captured the energy of that day- a little nervous but so excited and happy.
Alison said that the highlight of their big day had to be the amazing array of friends and family that turned up to celebrate with her and Justin. "Having all those people together in one place was indescribable and by far my favorite part of the day."
Congratulations, Alison and Justin! And thank you again to Corey Torpie Photography for sharing!!
The very talented Meg and Josh Souder of Love Is A Big Deal Photography reached out to us a while back with the idea for this inspiration shoot, and we are so glad that they did! Style HB6565 lends itself perfectly to this warm and earthly backdrop. The dress looks absolutely stunning, layered with different textures and simple accessories. Be sure to check out the feature on Green Wedding Shoes too!
Lena is one of our Saja Brides Abroad… and a beautiful one at that! We corresponded with Lena virtually from NYC all the way to UAE. After so much communication, it's such a treat to see her stunning location and the gorgeous way she styled her gown with such soft floral details. We're so thankful to photographers like Melrish Photos & Films that can take us overseas and put us right in the middle of quite the incredible wedding. A very warm congratulations, Lena!
Working with brides-to-be all day long, we've come to learn the endless amount of possibilities when choosing wedding vendors here in NYC. With the launch of our new Saja Wedding Blog, we thought this might be the perfect opportunity to sit down with a very talented professional and dear friend, Christopher Marcum. Interior designer turned makeup artisan, we are so thrilled to pick his brain about the world of bridal makeup.
With an artistic eye and passion for bringing out his clients' natural, inner beauty, Christopher Marcum truly captures the essence of a bride on her special day!
SAJA: How did you begin this line of work?
Christopher: I had ventured into makeup when I was 17 and living in Chicago. I've always been in love with the transformative and uplifting power of makeup and decided to put myself into the mix. Around 25 I went back to school for interior design and had a successful career in that world. This past august I realized my true happiness was with lipstick and I came back to what I loved. It's been a great transition and I couldn't be happier!
SAJA: What do you like most about your job?
Christopher: I love to see what personality comes out of someone when they feel beautiful. Makeup can seem very trivial but it truly is something that can be a huge boost to someone. I love being part of making someone happy by doing something I love.
SAJA: What are your favorite products?
Christopher: As an artist I have many favorites but I love nars for the great colors and beautiful textures in their cosmetics. I also can't live with out tom ford illuminating primer for radiant flawless skin
SAJA: What is your most important tip to a bride on her big day?
Christopher: My tip for a bride on her big day is too not go for a look that isn't her and she feels uncomfortable in. This is a day that you want to be your most beautiful and happiest. Your makeup should enhance not detract. Of course you want to step up your game as you are being photographed but there are ways to take your look and make it extra special. Your makeup shouldn't be something that makes you look like someone else but a way to enhance how beautiful you are naturally. And waterproof mascara
SAJA: How does the process work when consulting a bride?
Christopher: It's about connecting with the bride and understanding what she's comfortable with. I would suggest booking your makeup artist the same way you book all other elements if the wedding. Get them in advance and do a trial run to make sure you are both on the same page and you feel comfortable with what they are going to do for you
We had the pleasure of working with the very talented Casey Fatchett for a styled shoot… slightly different than we're used to. Casey's concept involved an aerial wedding starring a Saja bride floating on a trapeze with bridesmaids hanging from silks surrounding her. The dresses drift so beautifully through these photos and achieve a truly dreamy effect. Thank you so much for such incredible work and for such an inspired vision! Check out even more on Casey's blog.
The Saja Wedding Collection offers ethereal, non-traditional gowns at an obtainable price point. Based out of New York, we happily serve brides who share our similar point of view.