Allison Du Val – Managing Director of The Foundry – Chuck Baker Photography
“There is that family aspect – both my parents and I still live in parts of the building. We are at The Foundry every day and consider it our home.” For The Foundry’s Managing Director Allison Du Val, running one of New York City’s premier event venues is much more than just a job. She grew up in The Foundry, skipping through the building’s maze-like corridors and exploring its raw grounds daily. Over the next two decades, she watched the former metal foundry, which was also her home, transform into a captivating space for hosting weddings and exclusive parities. Never losing the awe and wonder that filled her imagination as a child, Allison deeply understands and cares about the history, character, and spirit of the building. Read More
When we first came across Megan Carty’s artwork, it was her abstract paintings that initially caught our eye. Radiating with color and energy, they stand out, even on the most candy colored of Instagram feeds. We soon noticed that Megan also paints flowers. Further investigation led us to discover that many of Megan’s floral paintings are actually bridal bouquets. Needless to say, we were obsessed and immediately reached out to Megan, inviting her to participate in our Women Paving the Aisle Interview series.
Megan lives in Pepperell, Massachusetts with her husband and three children. Her journey to becoming a full-time artist wasn’t linear. “I had to kiss a lot of frogs to realize what I didn’t like while discovering what I did like to do,” she says. Never losing sight of her artistic aspirations, she currently works from her home studio and lists Anthropologie, Minted, and Loom & Kiln as clients. Read More
Marissa Molnar – Founder of Marissa Molnar Hairstyling – Susan Shek Photography
How you choose to wear your hair down the aisle is going to stay with you for the rest of your life – in wedding photos. For Marissa Molnar, however, a bride’s hairstyle goes much deeper than achieving that picture-perfect look. From the second they sit in her chair until whisking off in the getaway car, she wants her clients to feel completely present in the moment, connected, and comfortable with how they look. When these elements are all in check, achieving that radiant glow every bride dreams about is inevitable. Read More
Danielle Stern – Founder of Lefty’s Right Mind – Brittany Sturrett Photography – courtesy of artist
Imagine painting a monogram on a pair of Christian Louboutin heels as their owner stands overhead, nervously watching your every brushstroke. An undeniably stressful situation for even the most seasoned painter, this is all in a day’s work for Danielle Stern, Founder and Owner of Leftys Right Mind, a Luxury Creative Studio based in New York.
We’ve known Danielle for some time now, first interviewing her in 2016 when she was just starting out, mainly doing hand-calligraphy signage for local restaurants and boutique shops. Bride & Blossom worked with Danielle to create the floral décor for her unforgettable wedding at Cold Spring Country Club in 2017. One of the best things about doing weddings is fostering relationships with our brides that last long after the vows have been exchanged. Keeping in touch with Danielle, we have watched her flourish on both a personal and professional level. Read More
Natalie LaRosa – Founder of Soil + Soul – photo courtesy of artist
When we were tagged in a photo on Instagram featuring artwork of preserved baby’s breath, our first thought was, “Wow! This is beautiful!” Admittedly, our second thought was, “But, what does this have to do with our wedding flowers?” Then we saw that a past bride had made the post and also tagged Soil + Soul Studio. Turns out, the tiny white flowers were actually taken from a bouquet of baby’s breath we made for Holly, the past bride, to carry at her wedding last year. We then reached out to Holly for more details. Read More
Daniela Grafman – photo courtesy of Vision Event Co.
As Chief Amazement Officer of Vision Event Co., an event planning company based in New York City, Daniela Grafman wears many hats. She’s a self-described ‘Mama Bear’ to a talented team of individuals who work with clients ranging from non-profit and corporate to couples planning their wedding. Daniela could be planning a gala at the New York Public Library one day, scheduling the speaker line up for a design conference the next, and on Friday, fine-tuning last minute details with vendors for the weekend’s nuptials at The Foundry. Being able to navigate from event to event while catering to each client’s expectations comes from over ten years of experience in the industry. Read More