Choosing Your Reflection

Choosing Your Reflection

Welcome to Choosing Your Reflection, a series of discussions about the allure and mystery of what to wear on your special day. Through conversations with our diverse group of former brides and grooms, we aim to unravel the unique significance of the perfect wedding day outfit and its meaning to our subjects’ pasts, presents, and futures.... Show More

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March 3, 2021 20 min
Welcome to another week with us on Choosing Your Reflection, where we interview Michelle Files, owner of The Curvy Bride bridal boutique. Michelle shares how hurdles in her own journey to find her wedding dress helped fuel her entrepreneurial drive in opening New Jersey’s first plus-size bridal shop. Emphasizing the comfort and inclusion that she didn’t feel in her own search, Michelle takes us through the doors and into the fittin...
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Welcome back to another episode of Choosing Your Reflection, where we share a discussion with Pennsylvania native Crystal. In a gentle tale of two cities, Crystal describes how she met her husband Bill just after moving from one end of the state to the other. Pragmatic with a dry wit, Crystal shares how a pastor's simple question of “Who’s gonna do the dishes?” sheds light on how to successfully navigate the journey of marriage...
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This week on Choosing Your Reflection we are excited to have Dr. Lindsey Elmore, advocate and pioneer in female health and wellness. By sharing stories in which she was challenged to “trust her inner voice” Dr. Elmore recounts her own personal experiences with the wedding process and how she uses them to help others achieve a better understanding internally. Emphasizing growth through change, Lindsey shows ways in which tough decis...
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Welcome back to Choosing Your Reflection where this week’s guest explains personality types with a unique emphasis on the aviary. Public speaker and behavioral expert Merrick Rosenberg breaks down how most people tend to have a dominant personality style in addition to a combination of four bird archetypes. While teaching us the distinct attributes of each bird type, Merrick details how birds of a feather rarely flock together, as ...
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On this special episode of Choosing Your Reflection, we’re asking our audience to imagine what their perfect honeymoon or special celebration excursion would be. Helping us craft our visions and make them a reality is this week’s guest Monica Irauzqui, vice-president of YAMPU Tours. From New York, to Peru, and then Sicily in one year (and married not long after), Monica recounts the wanderlust she shares with her husband and how he...
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This week on Choosing Your Reflection we meet Allison Tomlinson who, with the communal help of her family and friends, created a greenery-soaked wedding. From flower crowns and overflowing bouquets to secret photos in hidden nooks of nature, Allison recounts how she had an iconic day that truly reflected the positive fruits of enclothed cognition and the values she and her husband Matt hold dear. Special Guest: Allison Tomlinson.
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January 20, 2021 32 min
This week we have actress, author, musician, and coach Gwenno Dafydd. Taking equal parts inspiration from the venue she needed to be wed at, her love of the sea, and her ever-playful personality, Gwenno was able to craft a siren’s outfit that was truly one of a kind for her wedding. In addition to her already extensive resume, Gwenno prides herself on being a unique leadership coach to brides, grooms and a whole range of parties fo...
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January 13, 2021 27 min
Join us this week as we sit down with musical performers HannaH and Chef Bliss, a.k.a. the duo HannaH's Field. HannaH reveals how she wrote Bliss a surprise song, Warriors of Love, and sang it to him as part of their wedding vows, while in the idyllic setting of Peoples State Forest. Stay tuned for the end of the episode where HannaH sings Warriors of Love in the duo's quintessential "Modern Hippie Rasta Folk" styl...
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January 6, 2021 33 min
Welcome to an especially educational and inspirational episode of Choosing Your Reflection. This week we chat with relationship specialist MD Ansar Ali. An individual with traditional religious roots and a progressive, inclusive mind, Ansar was tasked with the delicate challenge of marrying someone outside of his family’s Muslim faith. Through a combination of honoring his family’s customs, honoring the love for his wife, and trust...
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Welcome to this week’s discussion with fellow podcasters Stephen and Lee Preston on Choosing Your Reflection. A second marriage for both of them, the happy couple decided time was of the essence and tied the knot just 10 days after they met online! While they acknowledge their courtship was extremely unorthodox and wouldn’t suggest it to others, the pair have turned their whirlwind romance into 8 blissful years of marriage and a su...
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December 23, 2020 30 min
Today on Choosing Your Reflection we talk to Sarah, a new mom and co-host of Hiking Thru Life with her partner on the airwaves and in life, Andy. Sharing a love for a comfortable vibe and the great outdoors, Sarah and her partner tailored their wedding as a love letter to nature. Though she had a few simple aims for her own dress, Sarah walks us through why she told her bridesmaids “no rules”. Special Guest: Sarah Kermode.
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December 16, 2020 32 min
This week on Choosing Your Reflection we speak with piano maestro Lincoln Noel. From the West End to The Duke’s Hall and countless weddings played over the years, Lincoln reflects on the wide array of dress he’s seen through the lens of a traveling musician. Our guest takes the time to explain to us how he reflects professionalism through his code of dress, always making sure there is a clear distinction between his work attire and...
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December 9, 2020 24 min
This week on Choosing Your Reflection we chat with 28-year marriage veteran, Virginia. In this episode’s discussion Virginia recounts the pressures she faced in wanting to wear a non-traditional dress, and fondly recalls her final outfit, which was admittedly a sign of the times for the early 90’s. Reflecting back on her big day, Virginia realizes how her dress was an outward sign of her inner independent spirit on the day she said...
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December 2, 2020 38 min
This week on Choosing Your Reflection we chat with fellow podcaster and host of Hit Me One More Time, David Luzader. David reflects on memories from his first wedding and what he'll do differently when he ties the knot with his current partner. Focusing on the emphasis given to the bride's outfit and offering an oft-overlooked perspective, David shares how he believes grooms should take the time to make their outfit a littl...
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November 25, 2020 27 min
Thanks for joining us this week on Choosing Your Reflection, where we talk to lingerie wizard Lori Kaplan. As founder of the Manhattan boutique Bra Tenders and longtime mentor to theater, film, television and luxury department store clientele in both comfort and style, Lori shares the wisdom and importance of the right fit for any woman’s comfort and confidence through their foundational clothing. Special Guest: Lori Kaplan.
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November 18, 2020 41 min
This week on Choosing Your Reflection our guest shares a story that would make Nicholas Sparks blush. Encountering challenges from the very beginning, Erin details how controversy helps strengthen the foundation for the life she’s built with her husband Mike. From expediting her engagement by over six months to repeatedly fielding concerns over a “non-traditional” dress, Erin shares how important family and faith are for her, her ...
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November 11, 2020 24 min
This week’s guest on Choosing your Reflection is international performer Alexandra Tarcu. From Canada, to Romania, to Iran, and to the Netherlands, Alexandra describes the difficulties of her international courtship while still finding ways to dance through life with her now-husband, Mo. While recounting trials and tribulations, Alexandra manages to share with us how a bridal dress selection can be surprisingly stress-free, especi...
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Welcome back to Choosing your Reflection! This week we talk with wedding coach Shradha WTB. Shradha discusses with us the importance of awareness and accountability to one’s self while walking us through her process with brides- and grooms-to-be (listen to the end of the episode for a special offer). Finally, she shares how her F.A.I.T.H system helps provide mental clarity for what can sometimes be an extremely stressful experience...
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October 28, 2020 24 min
Join us as we talk with Channing, a performer and sales professional who provides motivational speaking and character education for school children. She shares the story of accidentally finding her dress years before and how she had to “stalk” the designer halfway around the world to secure her perfect wedding day outfit. Special Guest: Channing Fitzgerald.
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October 21, 2020 19 min
Marcy, a retired Western Pennsylvania native, shares the story of her whirlwind engagement to her best friend and the love of her life. When her mother surprised her with a stunning dress featured on the April 1985 Brides magazine cover, her Cinderella dream dress became a reality. Special Guest: Marcy Sutherland.
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