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. Would you like to be a guest? Use our CONTACT (https://www.choosingyourreflection.com/contact) page to reach out and start the conversation! We'd love to hear from you!... Show More

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October 28, 2020 24 min
Special Guest: Channing.
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October 21, 2020 19 min
Special Guest: Marcy.
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October 14, 2020 22 min
This week on Choosing your Reflection we talk with Roz. A “Central” Jersey resident and government employee, Roz recounts how she had both a destination wedding and a reception at home to make sure all of the important people were included in her celebration. With both a vision and a budget, Roz explains how she managed to find an outfit for herself and her party that was both beautiful and practical. Special Guest: Roz.
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October 7, 2020 23 min
Welcome back to Choosing Your Reflection. This week we chat with Kristen, a bridal consultant at Castle Couture in Manalpan, New Jersey. Kristen talks to us not only about her own wedding dress experience, but also about how she guides each of her brides on their individual journey to find the most expressive self garment for their special day. Check out Castle Couture on social media at @castlecouture and @castlecouturebri...
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September 30, 2020 23 min
On this week’s episode of Choosing your Reflection we have Angie. A marriage veteran of nearly three decades, Angie takes us back through her courtship with her husband from either side of a diner grille in classic Norman Rockwell Americana fashion. Constrained by their budget and the lack of inclusive designs for certain figures, Angie was saddled with a difficult task when it came to finding the “perfect” dress. Angie laments on ...
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September 23, 2020 19 min
This week on Choosing Your Reflection we chat with Alyssa. A compliance trainer approaching the 4 year anniversary with her husband, Alyssa tells the story of her courtship in the earlier years of internet dating. With a childhood blueprint of the perfect dress and a beautiful gift from a departed relative, Alyssa shares with us how she found the dress with the glitter she embodies. Special Guest: Alyssa.
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September 16, 2020 34 min
On this week's episode of Choosing Your Reflection we have Samm Blake--a seasoned wedding photographer and a recent bride. Pulling from almost two decades of industry experience, Samm shares stories, tips, and insight from both sides of the lens. Having seen so many beautiful days from behind the camera, our guest explains how her professional past helped her tailor her perfect wedding day, and how having a few extra boxes of f...
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September 9, 2020 25 min
Thank you for tuning in to a very special episode of Choosing Your Reflection. This week we sit down with psychologist and UCLA lecturer Emily vanSonnenberg (http://www.emilyvansonnenberg.com/) for a dive into the science behind what we wear. Unpacking concepts like enclothed cognition, satisficing, and retrospective savoring, Emily helps us understand a little more about the mental side of the journey to finding an outfit, and exp...
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September 2, 2020 26 min
Welcome back to another episode of Choosing Your Reflection. This week we talk with Lexi, whose whirlwind courtship and engagement made finding the perfect dress a tall order to fill in a short time. Shopping online, Lexi managed to surprise herself with the perfect dress in the most unexpected of places. Emphasizing the need to be true to herself and the commitment she made to her husband, Lexi talks about stepping into her freedo...
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August 26, 2020 21 min
Tune in to this week’s Choosing your Reflection as we talk with Nina, who shares the story of how her traditional church wedding was complimented by a 1920s-esque reception in a former Philadelphia speakeasy. An alteration misstep meant that Nina was unable to see her dress until the night before her wedding, but ended happily in a grand reveal to her friends, family, and husband. With the help of a wonderful bridal shop and the...
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August 19, 2020 18 min
In this week’s episode of Choosing your Reflection we talk to recently wed Rebecca. One part of a married pair of engineers, Rebecca didn't split hairs when it came to what was important for her on her special day. She surrounded herself with loving and supportive family and friends but made sure her voice was the clearest in the room. Knowing exactly what she wanted, Rebecca was able to take a dress she liked and add some “sp...
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August 12, 2020 24 min
On this week’s special episode of Choosing your Reflection, last week’s guest, Ashley, joins her husband Kevin as he recounts their wedding story. You’ll love listening to this charming couples' courtship in a way we haven’t had the chance to do yet here at CYR -- from both sides! A high school math teacher, Kevin explains how he brought his work with him to crunch the numbers and tried to de-stress planning their wedding. Ever...
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August 4, 2020 20 min
Welcome back to another discussion on Choosing your Reflection. This week we have the privilege of speaking with Ashley, a graphic artist and recent bride who explains how she used her background in design to plan her trip down the aisle. Ashley also describes how she discovered her perfect dress not once, but twice! Carrying the wise words her mother told her years ago, Ashley shares how she learned that “things shouldn't be ...
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July 29, 2020 35 min
Join us as we travel to beautiful Pakistan to chat with Zarah on Choosing your Reflection. Ever the headstrong free spirit, Zarah explains the unique opportunity she was given to not only get married herself, but to also marry her trailblazing soul with the cultural traditions she holds close. Our guest recounts how she used her creative talents to incorporate love letters to her husband Ahmed and New York City directly into her ...
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July 22, 2020 14 min
Thank you for joining us in our conversation with Maureen on Choosing your Reflection. Married 22 years, Maureen takes a journey that proves that sometimes when it comes to finding the perfect dress the second time’s the charm. With a helping of superstition and a dash of serendipity, you’ll fall in love along with Maureen as she recounts her trip to the altar. Special Guest: Maureen.
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July 15, 2020 14 min
In this week’s episode of Choosing your Reflection, Darrah recounts the role that family played in the process of finding her perfect outfit. Her vision of the dream dress was clear, but her heart was open to beautiful surprises. Our guest shares the tenets of comfort and confidence she held close while on her journey, and describes a happy accident on her special day that created the perfect picture with her future husband. Specia...
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July 8, 2020 21 min
Welcome back to another episode of Choosing your Reflection. Today’s episode features Cooper sharing his story. A charming courtship starting with a choir and ending with wedding bells; Cooper reflects on perfect proposals, a less than perfect bus ride, and how he and his husband created all of the moments together that truly mattered. Special Guest: Cooper.
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July 1, 2020 34 min
Buckle up everyone and get ready to take flight on this episode of Choosing your Reflection! Cherrese sits down with us to share her experience jetting to Vegas for an anything-but-ordinary wedding. Full of special family moments, lady luck, and close calls, Cheresse tells us how she beat the heat and made it down the aisle in Vegas and The Bride. Special Guest: Cherrese.
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June 23, 2020 18 min
In the inaugural episode of Choosing Your Reflection, we invite Lindsey to discuss her journey to the altar. In this episode we touch on her unique rock 'n roll childhood bridal aspirations, her Alaskan courtship, and the ways in which she adapted her vision to honor those most important to her. Join us as we discover how this Rebel Bride’s headstrong and adventurous spirit helps to continually find and create happiness for her...
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