Six Questions in a Little White Dress with Jess Galfo of Dressed by Jess

I am really excited to bring back my series entitled "Six Questions in a Little White Dress," which I used to do once a month in year one of Love & Light Photographs. If you haven't been an avid follower since these glory days like some people, (ahem, hi mom) allow me to explain this series to you. It's simple, engaged girls pick their favorite Little White Dress (I know I bought WAY too many of these the year I was engaged) pose for a few photos, all while getting real and answering Six Questions about all thing wedding planning. That's it! I know how many emotions wedding planning can churn up, and I am hoping from this series you can relate, share ideas, (and maybe a really cute LWD!) and know you're not alone out there. 

First up, is Jess Galfo of Dressed By Jess! She is a Style Me Pretty blogger bride, works in social media in NYC, and runs her own fashion blog ALL while planning her June 2016 wedding. Whew, this girl has her work cut out for her. Read her questions below! (outfit info at the end of the post!)

1. Describe your upcoming wedding to us...big classy affair or small bohemian and intimate? Do you have a theme or just sticking to a certain color palette? We tried our best to keep it small, but we both have big families. We want our guests to feel the love we share, along with the everyday things that we both enjoy. It's more about the experience. The color palette is very soft and will feature hints of French Blue. Our venue has a non-traditional ballroom. The entire dance floor is surrounded by floor to ceiling glass sliding doors which open up and overlook the bay. We both fell in love with it for this very reason! 

2. Priorities! Where are you splurging for the big day and where are you reeling it in? We splurged on the timeless elements for our wedding. We wanted a lively band, an experienced videographer, and a photographer that understood our style. Hi Jessa, that's you ;).

3. Being a bride today is much different than it was 20 years ago. What old traditions are you holding on to, and what new traditions are you making your own? I'm very traditional. However, we are not getting married in a church and I will not be participating in the garter-throwing activity. There will be a bouquet toss though. I think it's about creating your own experience and cutting things out that you don't feel comfortable with.

4. Is your fiance very hands on or very hands off when it comes to planning? Both have their challenges! How are you dealing and what is most important to him on the big day? He is so hands on! He is in charge of entertainment and our honeymoon. When he was younger he was in a band, so music is very important to him. He was more picky than me when choosing the band. It's been a huge relief to have his help. 

5. Have you found something helpful for planning or stumbled upon the coolest vendor or website? Share your hidden gem!!  Hidden gem? Paige of Gilded Lily Events. I honestly don't know what I would have done without her through this process. I am so indecisive and she really helped make each decision extra clear. She also cut my to-do list in half in terms of decor. If you can budget for it, I highly recommend a wedding planner or event coordinator. It's so hard to keep on top of all the details while working a full-time job. If you are recently engaged I must tell you this, wedding planning is a FULL time job. It never ends :). Try not to stress too much and enjoy every moment.

6. What is the best piece of advice you have received about wedding planning when you got engaged? Worst piece of advice? The best piece of advice I received is to let things roll off your shoulders and enjoy your day. Some people will try to make this day about them, but it's about you and your fiancé. That's it. Worst piece of advice? To not include hotel information on your save the dates. It's important to let your guests know as many details as possible ahead of time. Hotel rooms book quickly so it's best to communicate this information on the save the dates. I'm still kicking myself for that! 

BONUS QUESTION! If you could have one person as your celebrity bridesmaid, would would it be and why?! Oh this is an easy one...hands down Lauren Conrad! She has been an inspiration to me for years and years. I met her in person at a Barnes and Nobles book signing and completely blacked out. I have just a little bit of a girl crush on her. Can you blame me?

Little White Dress: Eliza J

Shoes: LC Lauren Conrad

Styling: Gilded Lily Events 

Bouquet: Katydid Florals

Rentals: Dovetail Vintage Rentals

Venue: Asbury Park Convention Hall

(More outfit details over on Jess' blog which you can find right here!)