styling

YOUR DREAM BRIDAL / LOOKBOOK STYLING by emily starr alfano

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of the various professional hats i wear, perhaps my favorite is stylist. being able to dream up a concept and see it through just makes me happy. a few months ago, i was asked to lead the creative charge for a fun project...the your dream bridal lookbook. the boutique, owned by kick ass new mama malinda macari {who came to the shoot with her months old son}, is in sudbury and offers a unique selection of bridal dresses. malinda carries dresses that are 100% focused on the bride, designs that are stylish yet allow you to be yourself. designers include truvelle {an exclusive to the boutique}, azul by liancarlo, lea-ann belter, laudae and more. but the best part? your appointment is in a one-on-one setting {yes, as in the boutique is completely yours!} so you get malinda's complete attention. make sure to keep reading because she's hosting a trunk show this weekend!

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the shoot was a collaboration in the best sense of the word...every area including photography, styling, florals, hair, makeup, video and more was covered {thanks to natalie from in good company} so we all felt taken care of and were able to truly focus on our respective talents. we bounced ideas off of each other and the end result was really special. i left the shoot feeling creatively energized and when beth sent over the final images, my jaw literally dropped. just take a look for yourself...

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ok so are your or someone you know getting married? because malinda is hosting a trunk show from may 25-27 for her exclusive designer - truvelle, and she has a few appointment times remaining. brides will be able to CUSTOMIZE a bespoke dress made literally just for you. this is an opportunity that doesn't come along often and i can attest to the truvelle dresses being equally as beautiful in person as they look in photos! make your 90 minute private appointment today here.

and finally, i wanted to give a shout out to the stellar team of creatives who helped bring this shoot to life. 

photography / elizabeth laduca
creative direction + styling / mStarr design
bridal boutique / your dream bridal
florals / wild folk studio
rentals / kadeema rentals
hair / maricruz hairstyles 
makeup / glamour cosmetics
models / maggie agency
shoes / bella belle shoes
rings / e scott originals
video / stop go love 
pr / in good company

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YOUR HOME, YOUR STYLE + A GIVEAWAY! by emily starr alfano

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well i can't say that being featured in a book is an everyday occurrence. more like once in a lifetime! i'm honored to have our home {#farmhousedialfano} included in Your Home, Your Style: How to Find Your Look & Create Rooms You Love, a recently released book by my gal donna garlough who also happens to be the style director for joss & main.i hope you keep reading because you're interested BUT if you're not {it's ok. i guess.}, at least scroll to the bottom to learn about our giveaway {insert smile}.

donna has really outdone herself with an easy-on-the-eyes, easy-on-the-brain book that should appeal to pretty much anyone who owns a home and is looking for some style advice. joyelle west {who has photographed our house 3 other times here, here, + here!} was the exclusive photographer for the book and unsurprisingly, the images are beautiful. 

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so what's the book all about? donna features 13 homes that were designed + decorated by the owners rather than interior designers. it's a guide to designing and styling but also a guide to learning more about your own style, what you're drawn to, and how to build off of that. she offers tips, takeaways and helps you focus! 

we photographed the house in december of 2016 after max's early arrival pushed back shooting and by then, donna and joyelle had a lot of great content already so we skipped photographing the kitchen and max's room and focused on the living room, dining room and master bedroom. so it's interesting to see the book images a year and a half later as the house has changed! nothing major but new rugs, pillows, side tables etc. and let's be honest, i'm changing things up in here weekly which means it looks different than the glitter guide shoot from just this past november. and different from just a couple weeks ago so....

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master bedroom / joyelle west photography

because they want you to buy the book {which, you know, makes sense. and you should buy it!}, the publisher rizzoli only allows promotion of the images you see above. but there's so much more i want you to see! so here's a little peek into the book...

dining room chair detail

dining room chair detail

our coffee table styled two ways {#1 and #4}

our coffee table styled two ways {#1 and #4}

the living room. since then i've changed out pillows and replaced those feather prints with photographs from our travels.

the living room. since then i've changed out pillows and replaced those feather prints with photographs from our travels.

the back of max's door

the back of max's door

the ledge over our bed. it's been updated since then.

the ledge over our bed. it's been updated since then.

my animal-themed jewelry display.

my animal-themed jewelry display.

a nook in the living room. it's also been updated!

a nook in the living room. it's also been updated!

there's more in the book so buy it here! also check out an interview i did for donna's blog, self styled, here!

and just in time for mother's day, donna and i are hosting a giveaway! she's signing two copies of the book so for the design enthusiast mamas out there {or those who want to make their special day even more special!}, make sure you're following me on instagram and be on the lookout for a post this weekend with details on how to enter. 

lastly, i put together some links for items you see in the book. shop them below.

happy friday!

ps. looking for help with your home? ask about our interior styling services.

pps. fun fact! both courtney {who used to work for me}, and lindsey {who is a former bride + current collaborator} are also featured in the book.