Archive for July, 2009

bridal and mothers trunk show

Join us for a Modern Trousseau Trunk Show for Brides and Moms!
July 31st and August 1st by appointment

Designer Callie Tein will be here with her new 2010 collection. Below are few of our favorite new gowns~


From elegant and sophisticated to simple and classic, Modern Trousseau has the perfect look for mother of the occassion. Below are some of our favorites~




Call 860.669.4596 to schedule an appointment. Don’t miss your opportunity to work directly with the designer to create a stunning look for your big day.

Modern Trousseau’s gowns will be discounted by 10% for the trunk show.

XOXO, TWD


Accessories Event!

July 21st ~ August 1st
Receive 10% off any accessories in the store.

Call 860.669.4596 to schedule a personalized consultation with one of our stylists. From veils to shoes to baubles- they are all included in the event! Don’t miss your opportunity to stylize your wedding day look and save 10% !

xoxo, TWD


sample sale saturday!!

Join us this Saturday July 25th 10-4 for a BLOWOUT sample sale!
We have couture bridal gowns priced from 40-70% off of the original retail prices!
We also have great cocktail dresses perfect for rehearsal dinners or attendings wedding on sale for $50-$100!
Click here to view a sampling of our sample sale collection. Additional items are available at the sale.
Below are some of the most stunning deals~
Priscilla of Boston ~ Sasha (size 10)
Originally $5500, now $2500

Melissa Sweet~ Katya (size 8)

Originally $4150, now $1975

Priscilla of Boston~ Elizabeth (size 10)

Originally $3750, Now $1875

Vineyard Collection ~ Dolly (size 10)

Originally $2750, Now $500

Judd Waddell ~ Mary (size 10)

Originally $2500, Now $1000

Call 860.669.4596 to guarentee a fitting room for the sale!

xoxo, TWD


Catering Advice

Following is the second in our ask the expert series. Friend of The White Dress by the shore, the amazing talented Linda Sample of A Thyme to Cook answers commonly asked questions and provides her expert advice below.

photo by Adeline & Grace

Asian “Fish and Chips” Black and White Sesame Crusted Seared Ahi Tuna with Lotus Root Chips, Wakami Coleslaw and Hoisin Wasabi Drizzle

Tips for selecting your caterer ~

1. First—the obvious—they should be licensed, with the highest level of liability insurance, have a stable, highly trained staff who are on permanent payroll (and not ‘under the table’), have experience in a variety of venues and scenarios (especially the site being considered), and can provide references.

2. You want someone who is first and foremost PERCEPTIVE—who gets your vision and can translate it into reality- perhaps with a twist. The caterer you select should reflect YOUR PERSONALITY and understand your priorities and not just what they do on a regular basis. You want someone who GETS WHO YOU ARE and carries out those concepts- whether it is incorporating the lace pattern of your wedding gown on to your cake or having the main focus of the wedding be on food with a multi-course meal. You also want a caterer who has a knowledge base of logistics of the wedding site and flow. They should make appropriate suggestions regarding what works and what doesn’t, given the particulars of the venue, guest count, season, etc.

3. You also want someone you can trust and who also values cost-effectiveness. There is so much waste and “fluff’ in the wedding industry and you want someone who will steer you in the right direction along those lines.

Current Trend in Catering~

1. First and foremost—use of seasonal, local, indigenous ingredients with certification of origin.

–Everyone wants local, fresh, foods and they want to know the source. At A Thyme to Cook, we design our menus individually, based on the bounty of our local farms, and revise them constantly—nothing is prepared ahead, pre made or frozen. We always cook on site and our great pastry chef, Bill, bakes all our breads from scratch.

2. A creative twist (but not intimidating) on a familiar comfortable food—-perhaps a rum and coke in ‘gel’ form—the same flavor but totally different presentation.

photo by Adeline & Grace

“Rum & Coke” White Rum Gelee with Coke Granita Accented with Lime Zest

3. Seated meals still seem most popular . A seated meal presented as 1 course on 1 large plate (perhaps a cool rectangle, step plate) is not only cost-effective but expedient in service.

4. Focus on non-alcoholic beverages that are different—everyone has been loving our peach-mango-passion fruit ‘Fizz”—it can also be transformed into a signature alcoholic beverage with the addition of rum or vodka .

5. An element of surprise—whether it is a late- night passed “Liquor Lollipop” ( for which we received an International CATIE Award) or tiny gelato cones, or s’mores—or a surprise hot dog grill at midnight following the most formal of weddings—everyone loves an unexpected twist

Some Creative Ideas~

1. Instead of greeting guests with a refreshing beverage (especially when they may arrive at a ceremony site in the hot sun) —we make all kinds of refreshing Frozen Pops—-rose-scented water ice pops (so romantic and aromatic but subtle) , a cucumber lemon pop—even garden salad pops—cuts down on water bottles ( which are not so green)!!!

photo by Adeline & Grace

Popsicles: Coconut Wasabi, Lime Lavender, Mango Lemon Verbena

2. Flavor combinations of savory with sweet in unexpected ways-—wasabi and dark chocolate, jalapeno and lime sorbet, black pepper and berries, coconut and curry—in hors d’oeuvres, entrees and beverages

3. Interesting natural vessels for foods—wood planks, edible shells, and cones—-having ‘no-waste’ foods that have no sticks or picks.

photo by Adeline & Grace

Citrus Infused Raspberry, Kiwi and Cantaloupe “Pearls” on a Poppy seed Edible Spoon

4. An assortment of wonderful sweets are VERY popular and we like to put new twists on retro desserts——-we butler-pass tiny red velvet whoopie pies, the most adorable crispy peanut butter n jelly cookies, tiny blueberry shortcake shots, tiny snow cones

5. Creative wedding cakes that reflect the couple—maybe a long geometric shape with entwined initials for a couple who are architects, or recreating nautical rope knots as a border—and of course, cupcakes. The concept of the wedding cake is that there is one unit that all can partake in—so we often do gigantic pies, or strawberry shortcakes

Favorite Venues~

-There are so many wonderful and unique venues here in Southern New England– Jonathan Edwards Winery in N Stonington, Harkness Mansion in Waterford, Saltwater Farm in Stonington, Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, Branford House in Groton, Mystic Art Center, Elihu Island in Stonington, the gorgeous Stone Acres in Stonington, Ct River Museum in Essex, Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown, The Webb Barn in Wethersfield, Tyrone Farm in Pomfret—each has its’ own distinct beauty and personality!

xoxo, TWD


flower power

Prints are currently hot for bridesmaids! This vintage inspired floral print by Kathlin Argiro (who we happen to be having a trunk show with this Thrs- Sat), provides a fresh and updated look for the bridal party.


If floral printed dresses are not your cup of tea, prints and patterns can still act as an amazing source of inspiration for your wedding. We have taken the palatte from the floral pattern above and have selected flowers, centerpieces, a cake, invitations and solid bridesmaid dresses that conjure up the same romantic, english garden feel. all images provided by brides.com


Inspiration can come from anywhere…go find yours!
xoxo, TWD


a stunning venue~ a unique event

Nestled in the Litchefiled Hills lies a quiet getaway called Winvian. It is set amidst 113 aces, bordering extensive woods and lakes. It boasts a unique fully restored barn and annex with two exterior patios that have the ability to be tented and that lend intself to a stunning and romantic bridal setting.
click invitation to enlarge
Our brides have recieved a unique invitation to visit and tour this one of a kind property on Friday July 17th!


xoxo, TWD

jenny yoo summer promotions !

for maids!for brides!

click images to enlarge and view promo details

Call 860.669.4596 to schedule an appointment to view Jenny Yoo’s collection.
xoxo, TWD
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