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Choosing Your Reflection

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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.


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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.




Follow Your Heart - Evelyn LaTorre

Another episode, another fascinating conversation on Choosing Your Reflection -- this week with author Evelyn LaTorre. Originally from small-town Montana, Evelyn got a taste for a larger worldview young and decided to let it grow as fast and vast as possible by joining the Peace Corps where she met her future husband in Peru. Two sons, three decades, and two books later Evelyn takes us through her wedding experience, including an unexpected guest, a handmade dress, and a letter to her parents that took longer in transit than her engagement. Special Guest: Evelyn LaTorre.


A Light Nod to the '80s - Anna Keizer and Derek Dehanke

Welcome to another totally radical episode of Choosing Your Reflection with '80s movie buffs and fellow podcasters Anna Keizer and Derek Dehanke. In this fast-paced and fun conversation, Anna and Derek walk us through their special day, which was everything '80s (minus the outfit and leg warmers)! Listen in as Anna and Derek have fun picturing a fantasy wedding re-do, which would, of course, be directed by their beloved director Steven Spielberg! Special Guest: Anna Keizer & Derek Dehanke.


The Essence of Who We Are - Mike Iamele

This week on Choosing Your Reflection we speak with author and brand strategist Mike Iamele. A consummate storyteller and a stickler for intention, Michael walks us through how he and his husband chose subtle details for their rings, outfits, ceremony, and reception, all of which were imbued with purpose. When a highly honored guest pointed out that perhaps only Mike and his partner would notice the subtleties, Michael is quick to reiterate another tenant of his vision: “but they'll feel it!” Join us as we hear the story of how Mike and Garrett displayed "the essence of who we are" in beautiful Aruba! Special Guest: Mike Iamele.


A Gift to Ourselves - Terry B. McDougall

This week on Choosing Your Reflection we have the privilege of picking the brain of marketing guru and best-selling author Terry B. McDougall. Blazing a trail by being traditional, Terry takes us through how her ideal, classic event was far from her familial norm. As a professional at unpacking the purpose behind the presentation, Terri walks us through the meaning of a traditional wedding for her, and how it acted as a powerful statement of her strength of will and determination to write her own future with her husband. Special Guest: Terry McDougall.


White Gown, Blue Suit - April Stephens

Married during college to an Army serviceman and an eventual mother of four, blogger April Stephens recounts her wedding dress decision and how her "going away" outfit suited the entrance into her new life as an Army wife. April also delves into what it means to lose a garment filled with happy memories. Special Guest: April Stephens.


Looking Back - Michael Fiore - NuView Weddings

This week on Choosing Your Reflection we are "Looking Back" with Michael Fiore, editor and co-founder of NuView Productions, a wedding and special event videography company. Michael shares how his epilepsy makes documenting necessary for life and how he turned that need into a passion to visually document the magic of life's moments that lead up to a couple's big day. Special Guest: Michael Fiore.


The Butterfly Effect - Crystal Wilson

This week on Choosing Your Reflection we speak to business owner, wife, and mother of two Crystal Wilson. Crystal explains how she transformed as a person, starting when she met her husband at just 12 years old to accidentally finding her perfect wedding dress before being engaged. Featuring iconic butterfly sleeves and monarchs in her bouquet that represented a relative in spirit, Crystal transformed from being a mother before walking down the aisle to becoming a female entrepreneur after! Special Guest: Crystal Wilson.


With Love from Mayberry - Joe and Amy Zalescik

Thanks for tuning in to our conversation on Choosing Your Reflection with this week’s guests, Joe and Amy Zalescik. Our guests take us through their musical chairs "meet-cute" and the intricacies of planning a wedding while up against a global pandemic. Nothing if not determined, Joe and Amy walk us through making it all work and some tips and tricks to live streaming your special day! Special Guests: Amy Zalescik and Joe Zalescik.


What You Wear Matters - Brandi Sea Heft-Kniffin

This week on Choosing Your Reflection we talk with graphic designer and fellow podcaster, host of Design Speaks, Brandi Sea. Brandi shares how selective presentation and creativity fuel her everyday fashion choices and the outfits that defined her three wedding events. With a refreshing take on what it means to search for that special outfit and the relationships of artist and storyteller, Brandi talks about how looking “timeless” may be less important than viewing a dress as a time capsule in the evolution of one’s self expression. Special Guest: Brandi Sea Heft-Kniffin.


Top Hats & Converse Shoes - Taylor Stilwell

Welcome back to Choosing Your Reflection with this week’s guest and comedic author Taylor Stillwell. Taylor walks us through her two trips down the aisle and her life’s journey in between, during which she formed her new nuclear family. For her second and surprise wedding, Taylor tells how she managed to convince her wife to help plan their outfits without her even knowing it! Special Guest: Taylor Stilwell.


Romance in Lace - Carole Foster

Welcome back to Choosing Your Reflection! This week we take a trip back to a time when cinched waists, poodle skirts, and cardigans were in vogue. Our host’s grandmother Carole shares the story of her whirlwind romance with her late husband Richard. Just as she recognized perfection in her future spouse, when she saw her dress in a magazine she knew it was meant to be hers. Join us as we hear her tell her tale of romance with the love of her life! Special Guest: Carole Foster.


A Regal Riegel Wedding - Liz Riegel

Welcome back to another new episode of Choosing Your Reflection with this week’s guest Liz Riegel. With strong preferences for a traditional aesthetic, Liz recounts how she was able to focus earlier in life on her career, and how there was little internal fuss about her “proper” wedding style. Through our conversation, Liz reflects back on how her first trip to the bridal shop helped her realize how her life was transitioning into its next stage. A fun conversation with a traditional yet "chill" bride who fashioned a dress fit for a monarch! Special Guest: Liz Riegel.


Finding Balance through the Power of Story - Michael Kass

This week on Choosing Your Reflection we have storyteller, coach, and author of the book Story Maps, Michael Kass. He recounts how weddings are one of few ancient rituals left in modern society and shares how couples can practice the "simple" acts of listening and breathing to make the process less stressful. Michael also discusses the importance of aligning your personal stories to find better balance, not only on your wedding day, but every day! Special Guest: Michael Kass.


The Curvy Bride - Michelle Files

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 fitting rooms of the customized bridal experience she offers in her shop. Special Guest: Michelle Files.


Who's Going To Do The Dishes? - Crystal Lutz Welsh

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. Special Guest: Crystal Lutz Welsh.


Trust Your Inner Voice - Dr. Lindsey Elmore

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 decisions can be the best ones through the potential and possibility of the yet unexplored. Special Guest: Dr. Lindsey Elmore.


Eagles, Parrots, Doves & Owls - Merrick Rosenberg

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 evidenced by his parrot personality finding love with his owl opposite! Special Guest: Merrick Rosenberg.


Traveling the World Together - Monica Irauzqui

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 her experience of the world helps tailor unique experiences for newlyweds, almost weds, and everyone outside and in between! Special Guest: Monica Irauzqui.


Reflecting our Values - Allison Tomlinson

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.


The Leader in your Life - Gwenno Dafydd

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 for the big day! Special Guest: Gwenno Dafydd.