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Hersam Acorn's Fall 2013 Bridal Special Section: I Do, I Do

Hersam Acorn's Fall 2013 Bridal Special Section: I Do, I Do

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Hersam Acorn's Fall 2013 Bridal Special Section: I Do, I Do. A special section for Darien Times, Greenwich Post, The Lewisboro Ledger, New Canaan Advertiser, The Redding Pilot, The Ridgefield Press, The Weston Forum, The Wilton Bulletin.
Hersam Acorn's Fall 2013 Bridal Special Section: I Do, I Do. A special section for Darien Times, Greenwich Post, The Lewisboro Ledger, New Canaan Advertiser, The Redding Pilot, The Ridgefield Press, The Weston Forum, The Wilton Bulletin.

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he average recent wedding guest shared 22 wedding-related photoson social media sites. Four in 10 said this social sharing was encour-aged.These social media stats, from a survey of more than 1,000 adultsfrom bridal stationery website Wedding Paper Divas, don’t sur-prise local wedding planners Katherine Jacox or Amy Cagginello.“Instantaneous messaging and photo sharing — it’s such a popular,second nature thing,” said Jacox, owner of Paisley Events in Ridgefield. She alsoattributes social media sites buzzing with in-the-moment posts from guests to theaverage age for getting married being a lot younger than even five years ago.Cagginello, owner of Milford-based Amy Champagne Events, has seen couplesplacing signs with a custom hashtag for wedding guests to use when posting tosites like Twitter and Facebook.It’s unlikely, however, that all of the seven in 10 Twitter-using wedding guestssurveyed who admitted to tweeting about a wedding while in attendance, or thefive in 10 who “checked in” to a wedding using Facebook or Foursquare, hadthe bride and groom’s blessing to share far and wide. While there’s going to be theoccasional wedding guest tryingto one-up the photographerand everyone else by beingfirst to post a first kiss photo, Jacox said it’s more likely thatguests are super-excited towitness the nuptials and just don’t think about it. And here comes thebride (and groom)with a request: Leavethe iPhone at home.This “unplugged wed-ding” trend is related to a fewother current trends — moreintimate weddings, encore(second) marriages, and the“rustic bride” movement, Jacox said.The way Cagginellosees it, “social media and
Special Section to:
Greenwich Post
The Darien Times
New Canaan Advertiser
The Ridgefield Press
The Wilton Bulletin
The Redding Pilot
The Weston Forum
The Lewisboro Ledger
I Do, I Do 
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I Do, I Do: Fall Bridal
 Hersam Acorn Newspapers  
October 3, 2013
The popularity of strapless wedding gowns has made bridalveils and headpieces more important than ever. There willalways be “oohs” and “ahhs” from the guests as they see thebridal gown for the first time, but the bride’s face and hair havebecome the center of attention, which makes the choice of aveil a subject in itself.Bridal consultants in the area’s many superb bridal shopssay that fingertip veils take first place, because they are elegant,romantic, but also practical and comfortable for the bride towear. The graceful length (just to the fingertips) enhances anystyle gown. The fingertip veil is usually trimmed with the sametrim as the gown — lace, beading, or simple satin edging.Of course, many brides see themselves in a chapel-lengthveil (longer than fingertip), which is more formal and tradi-tional. For weddings in a religious environment, this look canbe quite breathtaking. It requires a stately posture and a self-confident attitude. It is also a clue to the groom that he shouldbe equally well dressed. Once in a while, a bride will go all outand wear a cathedral-length veil (six to 12 inches longer thanthe gown), which was the length of choice for previous genera-tions, especially at church weddings.On the other side of the veil world is the charming, contem-porary “birdcage veil,” which looks like more of a fancy hat,covering the face (usually just covering the nose) and the backof the head, a sort of Audrey Hepburn look. This is particularlygood looking with a short dress or a suit, and it is designed tobe part of an ensemble.There are also one-of-a-kind hand-painted veils, byDebraMoreland for Paris. They are lightly stenciled with flow-ers, birds or abstract designs. These are truly heirloom veils.Investing in a veil can start a family tradition. Six generationsof women in one family have been wearing the same Belgianlace veil. Any veil that is to be worn again must be cleaned pro-fessionally and preserved in acid-free paper.“I would agree that anything one-of-a-kind is big right now,”said Ashley Krauss, owner of A Little Something White BridalCouture in Darien. “One of the trends I love is brides who weartheir mother’s veil. We have a lot of brides that are coming tous and want to wear their mother’s veil, but want to make achange to it. For one bride, we are removing it from the capthe mother wore and applying lace (the same lace used in thebride’s gown) to the mother’s veil to create a beautiful lace trim.”The one thing every consultant agrees on is “No tiaras!” Forawhile, back when, the bridal headdress would come as close aspossible to royal attire, and veils would descend from crowns,coronets, multi-tiered and layered peaked adornments thatcould make the bride several inches taller. This almost requiredan even taller groom, which didn’t always happen. There arevery many vintage wedding portraits where the bride dominatesthe scene so completely that the groom almost looks like herbutler.
Alternatives to a veil
 When weddings are held outdoors — a more and morepopular idea — the bridal wardrobe takes on a very differentpersonality. For a destination Caribbean beach wedding, thebride will often wear a wreath of rosebuds, leaves, feathers orsparkles, something very storybook looking. Flower wreathsusually match one or more of the same flowers that are in thebouquet. Wreaths have been made of shells, sequins, ferns orberries, and if there are also little girls sprinkling rose petals,they might be wearing similar wreaths.There’s an increasing trend to wear hair up, baring the backof the neck, and favorite hair ornaments for this choice arebrooches of some sort, enameled flowers, rhinestone hairpinsor some special piece of jewelry. Interesting fashion note: thereare signs that the requisite strapless wedding gown is morphinginto gowns with small cap sleeves, sweetheart necklines; lessbare skin. But no matter what, the gown, the veil, the wreathor the single flower, will be the one outfit that the bride willalways remember. Another fashion note: rumor has it that for second or thirdweddings, the bride usually doesn’t wear a veil, except if it’s thegroom’s first wedding.Bridal shops consulted for this article are The PlumedSerpent in Westport, Sukrans in Norwalk, Sposa Bella inFairfield, Marie’s Bridal Shoppe in Fairfield, and A LittleSomething White in Darien.
 The wonderful wearing of the veil 
by Lois Alcosser
 The history behind the veil 
Wedding day attire has changed in many ways, butone component of getting dressed for a wedding that haswithstood the test of time is the wearing of a weddingveil.Though many brides know it is tradition to wear abridal veil, many do not understand why. Here is a look atthe history behind the veil and why it is continued to beworn today.
Why a veil
The veil and the bouquet that a bride carries maypredate the wearing of white. Although there is no defini-tive reason for wearing a veil, many surmise it has to dowith ancient Greeks and Romans’ fear of evil spirits anddemons. In fact, this is where many of the bridal tradi-tions actually come from, including bridesmaids wearingsimilar dresses in order to serve as decoys for the bride. Inan effort to frighten away or disguise the bride from evilspirits, brides-to-be were dressed in brightly colored fab-rics like red and obscured by a veil. But in many cases, theveil prevented the bride from seeing well. That is why herfather or another person “gave her away.” He was actuallyescorting her down the aisle so she wouldn’t bump or tripinto anything. The veil also served as a method of shield-ing the bride’s face from her future husband, especially inthe cases of arranged marriages.Superstition has it that it is bad luck for the groom tosee the bride prior to the wedding. A veil hiding her facealso ensured that the groom would not see his soon-to-be-betrothed until the ceremony.Eventually the meaning behind the veil transformedas weddings evolved into religious ceremonies. The veilcame to symbolize modesty and obedience. In manyreligions it is seen as a symbol of reverence for womento cover their heads. When white wedding dresses wereworn to symbolize chastity, the white veil followed suit.
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October 3, 2013
I Do, I Do: Fall Bridal
 Hersam Acorn Newspapers  
 Whether it rolls up ready to serve as fullcaterer, or the fun fare is there as a plus-one,gourmet food trucks are making an appear-ance at Connecticut wedding receptions.Given the popularity of food trucks thesedays — spotted not only in urban centers andon The Food Network, but even along Route1 — it’s not surprising that couples have adesire to hire these businesses for their wed-dings. Just how popular are they? When American Culinary Federation members weresurveyed last fall, nearly two-thirds labeledfood trucks a “hot trend.” And among con-sumers polled for the National Restaurant Association’s 2012 Household Survey, 43%said they have purchased items from a foodtruck, with the Northeast respondents beingmost likely to have done so (51%).Many independent food truck operatorssupplement regular street service with cater-ing work, explained Annika Stensson, seniormanager of research communications for theassociation. “Brick-and-mortar restaurantswith food trucks are also using them for cater-ing jobs,” she said.Here are some questions couples mustanswer before bringing a food truck into thewedding celebration mix:• Is it an add-on or the sole food provider?Of the 30 or so weddings done by GMonkey,a Durham-based vegetarian, eco-friendlyfood truck owned by holistic nutritionist AmiBeach Shadle and organic chef Mark Shadle,about half had the truck as the only caterer,and half had it in addition to other caterers.Obviously, the variety of food offerings helpsmake this determination.• If an add-on, is the main caterer aware of and OK with the food truck? Not every venueis going to welcome the food truck idea, soif this is important to you, you’ll be makingarrangements around the same time you bookyour location.•. Is the site ideal for a food truck? AmyShadle has found that the best venues allowthe truck to be the primary focal point, withparks, farms, and other scenic locations withlots of space being ideal. “The only require-ment for us is that we be parked on a flatsurface area and nothing muddy,” she said,adding that GMonkey becomes “a conversa-tion piece” that guests want a tour of.• How will guests get be served? Sometrucks deliver the food and set it up buffet-style, and others have the “added ‘fun factor’where guests order directly from the truckwindow on-site,” said Stensson.• Are special diets a consideration? Darkchocolate, red velvet, ultimate vanilla, whitechocolate cream cheese, and salted caramelcupcakes are served from a vintage-styletruck. These decadent delights are all part of the deal with The Cupcake Truck, a Hamden-based food truck business. But for couplescontending with food allergies, this particularoption may not be the one. With food truckkitchens being tight for space, it’s probablynot reasonable to assume any of these busi-nesses could accommodate serious food aller-gies (though it wouldn’t hurt to ask).• Is it a good value? “Having a truck pro-vide food for a private event can be a bud-get-friendly food option that adds a uniqueflair,” said Stensson. GMonkey, for instance,tends to run $20 to $60 per person and up,depending on how involved the menu is,Shadle said. Their seasonally inspired foodis sourced heavily from local farms and foodproducers, and menu ingredients are natural,organic, and fair trade. The Shelton-basedLittle Red Seafood Truck, meanwhile, servesNew England-style seafood, from lobster rollsand fried shrimp to clam chowder and tunaand swordfish burgers. “Though our truck isunique and fun, the food that comes out of it is very good quality seafood,” said ownerCathy Szabo. And with so many local foodtruck options, the search for the perfect wed-ding day fare will surely be delectable.
Gourmet, you say?
Wedding day food trucks serve up reception fun
by Melissa Ezarik
 Local food trucks that cater
Biago Express;
Big Green Truck;
biggreentruckpizza.com, 203-752-9547
The Big Grey Pizza Truck;
ctpizza-truck.com, 203-859-5981
Catering By Roxanne;
cateringbyrox-anne.com, 203-428-7788
The Cheese Truck;
thecheesetruck.com, 203-850-3504
The Cupcake Truck;
followthatcup-cake, 203-675-3965
Eddie’s Pizza Truck;
eddiespizzaNY.com, 917-710-4757
Fire Engine Pizza Company;
the-fireenginepizzaco.com, 203-333-3473
Frank Andrew’s Mobile Kitchen;
 franksmobilekitchen.com, 860-669-1221
gmonkeymobile.com, 860-759-8880
Little Red Seafood Truck;
szabos-sea-food.com/The_Little_Red_Seafood_Truc.html, 203-543-235
Maddy’s Catering;
maddysfoodtruck.com, 203-550-2464
Rocket Fine Street Food;
rocket-streetfood.wordpress.com/, 860-689-5585
Super Duper Weenie Truck;
super-duperweenietruck.com, 203-334-0033
Wild Hog BBQ;
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