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You Can Dress Her Up But…

I was fortunate enough to be invited to the exclusive Grand Opening of the stunning bridal salon, IN WHITE located in Agawam, MA this past  Tuesday night.  The Lancaster, PA company purchased the locally-owned Bancroft Bridal last month, renovated and renamed the business to match its sister store.

This night was a little bittersweet for me because Bancroft Bridal is where I said yes to the dress, 15 years ago.

An extra special perk at the party was that I got to re-introduce myself to the woman who helped me find my gown!  Kristin was in her first year of bridal consultancy back then, and here she is, years of management under her veil now – and will continue as the Manager of In White.

It’s really fabulous to see someone who understands great customer service and wants all her clients to have a phenomenal experience at her shop, still shining and loving what she does!

The epic pictures of me of the event were taken by award-winning Seth Kaye Photography (who was recently named one of the Top 50 Photographers in the USA!)

Here I am captured with my partner in crime for the evening, Tanya Costigan of Bowties & Butterflies Event Planning

I LOVE MY JOB!

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Leanne with Tanya Costigan (Bowties & Butterflies Event Planning) Veil Moustaches

We Three Brides

Leanne with Cortney (of In White), and Tanya of (BT&B)

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Sister Brides! In White encouraged us to play with the dresses, so….we did!

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S’cuza Me – Whish wey iz dee bah?

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I FOUND THE GOWN! This dress jacked my boobs up so much I could practically motorboat myself. The dress itself was stunning!

 

EDIT: I should add a picture of my real gown that I wore 15 years ago with my handsome groom:

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Leanne with her grandparents and husband

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Leanne and the girls performing Madonna’s “True Blue”

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Dress Closeup

Benefits of Massage for the Bride-To-Be

Engaged! 

How exciting to plan a celebration of the joining of two soul mates, right? I remember planning my own wedding in 1999 amid all the hoopla of the upcoming new millennium; talk about hectic! The excitement from the beginning can give way to stress as the date looms closer. All those little details can have you seriously considering elopement to Vegas! The saving grace during my own wedding planning was a gift from my mom – she sent me for a massage that had such a calming effect on me, I nearly floated down the aisle the day of my wedding.

While there’s a long list of benefits from receiving a professional massage, here’s a few that the busy bride-to-be may want to consider:

– Massage increases happiness. During wedding planning, feelings of sadness may arise if a loved one is not going to be at the celebration. Massage can help your natural feel-good hormones, serotonin & dopamine, increase which helps change a negative attitude into a positive one before you walk your gorgeous self down the aisle.

– Massage increases wellness. Elevated cortisol levels inhibit immune system function, leading to illness and [gasp] dreaded weight gain. Two things a busy bride just shouldn’t have to worry about before her big day are having a runny nose and not being able to zip the dress!

– Massage increases memory. The hippocampus is the region of the brain related to memory forming, organizing & storing them, and retrieving those memories when needed. Massage helps create faster and more elaborate development of this region to give you superior memory performance. Brides-to-be may find this helpful to recall details during planning, while grooms may wish for the opposite – especially after his bachelor party!

– Massage increases rest. Delta brainwave activity is linked to deep sleep. When your mind won’t turn off long enough to get a good night’s rest it effects your decision making & function. And take it from me, an experienced bridesmaid with a closet full of dresses: No bride should be deciding our dresses without enough sleep! (“And you’ll be able to wear this dress again, isn‘t that great?!”)

At SkinCatering we’ve made it even easier for brides to fit a massage into their busy schedule because we specialize in busy people!  Our hours are 8am to 8pm Monday thru Friday, 9am to 1pm on Saturday, and by appointment Saturday afternoon/evening & Sunday morning.  We even have a mobile massage option!

Have a whole bridal party that needs to decompress? We offer massage parties that give each guest mini-massage sessions at mini-prices, and the bride gets hers free with at least 5 participating guests.

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