About Us & Our Team
Reverie Gallery was designed and developed as a resource for engaged couples to assist in choosing the best possible vendors for their personal style, as well as to bring wonderful weddings into the hands of the most skilled and talented vendors. Our blog showcases the best and most beautiful weddings in every style from vintage, to classic, modern, exotic, and whimsical. Reverie Gallery was born through a mix of our truest passions: our love for family, our affection for beauty in design all around us, a devotion to meticulously planned and visually beautiful events, an affinity for representing businesses we believe in, and our personal dreams for a business with heart and soul.
Why Reverie Gallery? Before I founded Reverie Gallery, I was the Founder and Creative Director of Ambiance Luxe Wedding Designs, a Wedding Planning Company headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut. After planning a little under two hundred weddings, I founded Reverie Gallery to bring my passion for weddings to the next level. We created an Inspirational Blog for couples around the world showcasing weddings of every style from wild and funky, to modern, to classic and traditional, and vintage. If it’s stylish, well put together, and unique you can find it on our website. My passion is promoting the very best wedding vendors and helping couples to find a vendor who matches their personality. Our Vendor Boutique cleanly and beautifully shows off the best and most talented vendors available today. We can’t wait to release that part of our site shortly after our Blog launches. Our site is optimized for mobile use as well as on your computer, we have the very best technology available. We work on SEO in every post to have our posts easily found by couples searching for inspiration. Speaking of inspiration, I also continue to design several wedding shoots each year to push the envelope for wedding design! If you want to see my most recent projects and weddings, take a look at my personal portfolio website.
My Job: As the President of Reverie Gallery, I work on many facets of our business every day. I am always actively searching for the most talented wedding professionals to reach out to for Blog Submissions and to join our Vendor Boutique. From the administrative side of keeping our team together and our vision moving forward, to choosing stories to post, and thinking of the the big picture and what we will do next, every day is different and my to do list is ever changing! I love what I do! I love being collaborative with our team, coming up with ideas for blog posts, and looking through vendor websites for the perfect inspiration. My favorite thing to do is to find unique features that are going to appeal to unique couples, and showcasing a diversity of styles that are all beautifully executed.
Favorite part of my job: My favorite part of my job has changed since we launched! While I love working on finding the most beautiful content for our blog to inspire couples in their wedding design, through the process of launching Reverie Gallery I have been asked to speak to wedding professionals around the country and provide education to help creatives grow their businesses. I am so passionate about this! I’m thrilled to have been chosen as a Brand Camp speaker for May of 2015, and a Learn Elite teacher for December of 2015. Happy to share new projects as they come along! Stay tuned on our social media to stay in the loop.
School: Trinity College and Keene State College. I graduated with a degree in Business Management, but that was only after switching from Theater & Music majors. My college career was certainly not a straight trajectory or a quick accomplishment, but I am so glad I had the opportunity to study theater, film, web design, music, and dance before settling on Business Management. I learned so much and I’m so glad I took the time to enjoy my education.
Design Taste: My personal design taste is a mixture of a bunch of styles: clean, classic, and luxe with a little vintage, a little rustic, and a sense of whimsy. My favorite color is turquoise and all variations of it. It makes me feel calm and happy and fresh all at once. When decorating my house, I like a lot of neutrals and natural elements mixed with some glam and bling here and there. Our wedding was a really good indicator of my style, and Jonathan had a huge say in the design too, it was the perfect mixture of us and I loved everything about it!
What does love mean to me? Love means supporting your soul mate through anything that comes your way, but also I think it takes time and effort to truly love, to give your heart to another person, to think of them and what they like or want or need, to plan the perfect date, to support each other when times are tough, but all of that effort brings joy and happiness when things come together, and when you feel like you’re the only two people in the world at that moment, that have a secret and a connection that nobody else can understand. As Shakespeare wrote “The course of true love never did run smooth.” And another one from Shakespeare that speaks to me “A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.” I believe in love and I believe in romance and flowers and twinkling stars and fireworks and butterflies. You just have to look for it and when you have it, treat it carefully and kindly and treasure your soul mate because if you have found yours, you’re a lucky person!
My Love: My true loves are my husband, our daughter, our furbabies, my family and friends, Reverie Gallery and our team! These loves keep me running every day even when I’m on empty.
Kids: My little princess, Brynnleigh, is the best thing that has happened to me other than my husband. She is smart and sweet and will turn two years old September 1, 2014. She is talking up a storm, loving swimming this summer, and her favorite places to go are to ride the carousel, visit the zoo, or go the park. I couldn’t have chosen a more perfect baby. She is the light of our lives.
Pets: We have an 11 year old American Eskimo, a 7 year old Papillion, and a Doberman puppy. We also have a demure cat Bijou.
Where I have lived: Greenwich, Manchester, Hartford, and Clinton Connecticut, Keene New Hampshire, Skaneateles and Auburn in New York.
Traveled: Lake George, Nantucket, Cape Cod, Palm Springs California, the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Florida, Palm Springs California, Houston and Dallas Texas, Montreal, Cayman Islands, St. Martin, Turks & Caicos, Spain, France, and Italy.
Favorite moments of a wedding: My favorite moment of my wedding was walking back down the aisle holding hands with my husband after we had just tied the knot. It was glorious and euphoric! My favorite moments as a wedding planner were talking to my brides and grooms in a hushed voice just before they walked down the aisle, waiting with my couples as they were just about to get called into the reception during introductions, and showing my couples (and sometimes an excited mother of the bride here or there) their wedding reception design in it’s full splendor before the guests got to see! OH and after the wedding? The best part is seeing the wedding photos and reliving the entire day again!
Flowers: Peonies, tulips, and white lilacs. I am a spring flower girl, and I LOVE the elegance of all white flowers.
Coffee or Tea? I have a perfect drink for every time of day. I love to start my day with a caramel coffee or latte, and in the afternoon or evening if I need a little zip, my favorite is Jasmine tea with milk & sugar. If I need a warm afternoon or evening mug to hold between my hands without caffeine it’s time for a steamed milk with a fun flavor like honey or raspberry.
Favorite Food: For breakfast it’s got to be berries and honey yogurt, lunch and dinner I love summer rolls with either avocado or chicken, lettuce wraps with peanut sauce, a good burrito, Vietnamese lemongrass chicken, Pad Thai, crème brulee, and cheesecake for dessert!
Photo by Rachel Girouard Photography, Makeup by Lauren Caruso, Hair by Meagan of Naomi Martinez Studio
Jess McCann Nana
What I do: I get to blog Reverie Gallery’s amazing styled shoots on Mondays and occasionally a really beautiful wedding or different wedding related occasion. You can also find me consulting from time to time on our SEO and social strategies.
Favorite part of my job: What is there not to love! I am the luckiest girl in the world to get to kick off everyone’s week with inspiration that is breathtaking and inspiring. It is the best way I could ever ask to start my week.
Undergraduate at Sacred Heart University in Media Studies
Masters in Interactive Communication at Quinnipiac University
Design Taste: Modern, preppy with a little bit eclectic mixed in.
What does love mean to me? “You get lost, and it’s the kind of lost that’s exactly like being found.” Claire LaZebnik
My love: He goes by Mr. Nana and I have other loving names for him but he might kill me if I shared them here.
Kids: Boy/Girl Twins Jonathan and Riley who are going to be 2 in July. You know the saying double the trouble, twice the fun.
Pets: Our beloved French Bulldog Angus, he will always be our first baby.
Where I have lived: 8 years in Ecuador where I was born and I am from, 6 years in Belgium, 17 years and currently still living in beautiful New England in Connecticut.
Traveled: Almost everywhere but there are still a few on the bucket list. My favorite destination continues to be Playa del Carmen, Mexico where we were married.
Favorite moments of a wedding: Definitely the dance floor. There is something about seeing the bride and groom in their first dance as husband and wife and then dancing the night away and being surrounded by a lot of love.
Flowers: Peonies and everything unique.
Coffee or tea? Coffee: in abundance please.
Favorite Food: Tacos – I could have them every which way with every ingredient.
Photo by Rachel Girouard Photography, Makeup by Lauren Caruso, Hair by Meagan of Naomi Martinez Studio
What I do: I work directly with new Vendor Boutique members. I help build profiles, making sure their companies and work are presented exactly how they want it and answering any questions along the way. I also get to work with our amazing blog team! I schedule each accepted submission, gathering the necessary information from the talented vendors and start the prepping process before publication!
Favorite part of my job: There are so many things I love about my job. I love finding those breathtaking vendors who have weddings that are so stunning, unique and well done that I can’t wait to share them with our team. However, my overall favorite thing by far is working with a team, and being a part of something I know is going to be amazing.
School: I pursued my undergraduate degree in both Early Childhood Education and Human Services in New York State. Although those areas are what I originally felt most drawn to, I am continuously surprised with how much I have enjoyed pursuing additional interests in the last couple years, in particular; wedding design!
Design Taste: My design taste is eclectic. I appreciate everything from vintage to contemporary. I think design should reflect the individual. As for wedding design elements I find I most enjoy the personal, meaningful touches that a couple is able to include that represents them whether that be a unique program, creative guest book, symbolic centerpiece or the like.
What does love mean to me? It’s hard to put in words. I think love is a gift and it comes in many forms. Big. Small. Simple. Complex. It is something I believe everyone not only deserves but needs. It is worth waiting for.
My Love: See pets 🙂
Kids: When the time comes I want a bunch of them!!
Pets: I have one dog, her name is Luna and I love her very much. She is a lab mix and just turned one!
Where I have lived: I’m originally from Upstate New York however right now I am currently living in Charlotte, NC and loving it!
Traveled: I’ve had the opportunity to travel throughout North America and Canada but I’ve not yet had the opportunity to see many of the places I’d like to see. I would like travel the world before starting a family, and eventually share similar experiences as a family down the road.
Favorite moments of a wedding: I love watching the groom and his reaction as his future spouse walks down be aisle. I know a lot of people share this favorite moment with me. How can you not? It’s so magical! I also really enjoy the party that follows the ceremony! Everything from the couple’s first dance to the father-daughter dance to everyone on the dance floor!
Flowers: I am constantly finding new flowers I love. A few of my recent favorites are; Hydrangeas, Snapdragons, and Orchids.
Coffee or Tea: Both!
Favorite Food: I love food. Sometimes I need a little push to try new foods but more often than not, I like what I try.
Other Fun Facts: I really enjoy spending time with my friends and family.I like to be active, especially outdoors, but value my downtime and try to take time to relax on a regular basis, specifically with my dog Luna!
What I do: I am so excited to be able to write for Reverie Gallery & enter a whole new facet of the bridal industry. I have been working in the industry for over 10 years having started when I was just 16. Now I am currently the Director Of Operations for two bridal salons in Connecticut. I also work from time to time with many different designers in the industry during buyer’s markets in New York City.
Favorite part of my job: No matter which area of the bridal industry I find myself in, I will always love the fact that all of it leads to two people’s most important day of their lives.
School: Bachelors Degree from Sacred Heart University In Fashion Marketing & Merchandising
Design taste: Preppy Fashion. Antique Décor.
What does love mean to me? “You know that place between sleep and awake? That place where you still remember dreaming? That’s where I’ll always love you…that’s where I’ll be waiting.”- Hook
My love: Mr. Nicholas Cairo, my husband, married 6/25/16!!
Kids: Can’t wait to have them!
Traveled: Everywhere & still discovering new places! My favorite will always be Capri, Italy, the crystal blue water and colorful caves!
Favorite moments of a wedding: There are so many great moments, but my favorite has to be the getting ready and the time leading up to your ceremony. Those are the moments when the butterflies from your first date come back and you get to create such great moments with your family and friends.
Flowers: Sunflowers for my mom
Coffee or tea? Peppermint Tea IV please
Favorite food: Caprese Salad or if I’m really going there, a hot dog.
Photo by Rachel Girouard Photography
What I do: I worked on Wall Street for more than 10 years then decided to stay home full time and raise my son. As it turns out, I don’t have the personality to not work! I’ve always wanted a career that would allow me to explore my creative side. I’m a hopeless romantic & I love all things wedding. I’m so excited to be a part of the RG family!
Favorite part of my job: Working with fun, energetic & passionate people
School: University of Massachusetts
What does love mean to me? Love means having someone that cares for you unconditionally
My love: My family
Kids: My 2 year old son
Where I have lived: CT, San Francisco, New York City, Houston
Traveled: India, Thailand, France, Italy, Greece, Norway
Favorite moments of a wedding: The look on the Groom’s face when the bride walks down the aisle; father/daughter dance; mother/son dance
Favorite flowers: Peonies
Coffee or Tea? Definitely Coffee
Photo by Binaryflips Photography
What I do: I seek out the very best wedding vendors that our industry has to offer. I help vendors consider their ideal locations, business goals and dreams, setting them on the road to growth, balance and success.
Favorite part of my job: Creating a community of inspired professionals that can learn, create and grow together while simultaneously creating a beautiful place for brides to go with confidence to find the very best for their wedding.
School: B.S. Trade Education SUNY Oswego
Design taste: I love vintage, unique and glamorous. I love the use of bold color on a wall over adding decor.
What does love mean to me? To me love is when you would rather make someone else happy even when it makes you step outside of your comfort zone. Also knowing that when someone loves you, that it isn’t contingent on anything.
My loves: I have a tremendous amount of love in my life from my husband, children, pets and massive extended family but my true love and passion is education. I believe that there is no end game. When I have reached a certain level or goal I am never satisfied. I believe we should never stop learning and pushing the boundaries of what we are capable of.
Kids: My older son Blaise is 15, my beautiful stepdaughter Morgan is 11, and my younger son Jett is 5.
Pets: Tuna the Chihuahua, Fritz the Chug, and Kitty the Cat
Where I have lived: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Indiana, New York
Traveled: I have a lot of favorite spots in the East Coast, such as: Lake Winnipesaukee NH, Portland ME, Chebeague Island ME, New Bern NC, Pawley’s Island SC, Destin FL. I have been blessed with a lot of work related travel in the past few years to different cities in the US such as St. Louis, Chicago, Columbus OH, Detroit, Dallas, LA, Philadelphia and many more. Internationally I have travelled to Sicily, Dominican Republic, Cabo San Lucas MX, as well as numerous trips to Cancun.
Favorite moments of a wedding: When the bride and groom are face to face, taking in each other’s reactions as they say their vows.
Flower: Poppy, Hydrangea
Coffee or tea: Coffee, constantly.
Favorite food: Lobster. I don’t care if it is in it’s shell, on a steak, or on a New England style hot dog bun. I LOVE lobster.
Other fun facts: I am an avid DIYer. I cannot resist the urge to make things more beautiful, or to function more efficiently. I love the challenge that comes with DIY home projects, wether it be as intense as remodeling, or as small as a craft. It is always a learning experience and I love the satisfaction of completing a project.
Photo by J. Freeman Photography
“Elegance is a glowing inner peace. Grace is an ability to give as well as to receive and be thankful. Mystery is a hidden laugh always ready to surface! Glamour only radiates if there is a sublime courage & bravery within: glamour is like the moon; it only shines because the sun is there.”
C. Joy Bell C.
“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.”
Jack Kerouac, On the Road
"The Privelege of a lifetime is being who you are.”
“Style is when the inside is as beautiful as the outside.”
“I've always believed in savoring the moments. In the end, they are the only things we'll have.”
Anna Godbersen, The Luxe
“Honoring love and high style always goes hand in hand.”
“If I get married, I want to be very married.”
"Be so good they can't ignore you."
“Love is the closest thing we have to magic.”
“Love doesn’t make the world go round, love is what makes the ride worth while.”
Franklin P. Jones
“In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.”
“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.”
Henry David Thoreau