Archive for January, 2011

wedding row wednesday~ Boudior Shoots

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, we thought it the appropriate time to blog about boudoir shoots.
 Historically known as a private suite near the bedchamber of an elegant woman, the “boudoir” salon has been present in art, from paintings to photography worldwide for ages.  Today’s photographers have taken an old tradition of capturing a women in her private “boudoir” and updated it by allowing brides to celebrate their beauty and to be empowered by it. A boudoir session is a wonderful and intimate gift to give your betrothed as a wedding, anniversary or valentine’s gift!  

Beneath the Gown, wedding row member and our counterpart at The White Dress by the shore provided all of the stunning lingerie in these images. This is THE place to go to get yourself outfitted for your boudoir shoot.

The images below are by two Connecticut photographers who have truely mastered this craft!
Raw Photo Design
Raw Photo Design
Raw Photo Design
Raw Photo Design
Raw Photo Design
Raw Photo Design
Carrie Roseman
Carrie Roseman
Raw Photo Design
Raw Photo Design
Photography: Carrie Roseman  and  Raw Photo Design

xoxo., TWD

So pretty on Style Me Pretty~Our Ocean House Shoot!

In May of 2010, we were honored to work with a dream team of vendors at the Ocean House in Watch Hill, Rhode Island for a workshop put on by Candice Coppola of Jubilee Events and Carla Teneyck, called Collaborate and Create.  The three day seminar  focused on working with a community of talents to pull together a styled shoot. Along with an amazing group of attendees, we also had the creativity of our usual team to help pull together FIVE gorgeous shoots in 3 days!  Below, is just one of those incredible shoots!

In the words of Candice Coppola, the co-creator of Collaborate and Create and founder of Juliee Events,  “We designed this shoot to be rich in color and slightly quirky. There are a lot of textures and patterns and they all work really well together. Sometimes people get scared of mixing patterns and textures and instead, stick to a very generic formula of matching colors and fabrics. In some instances, that look can be wonderful– but with most designs, I really encourage you to embrace texture, color, and patterns. It will make your look three dimensional and more interesting!”
“We set up a beautiful table scape, which has become one of my all time favorites, with mix-matched china (some vintage, some rental), vintage silverware, hanging mirrors, vintage and rental linens, and an AMAZING centerpiece chandelier that hung above the table (with a little help from our team!).”

The fashion inspiration for the shoot was really quirky, preppy.  We love the pop of Tiffany Blue incorporated in the accessories and the quirky tuxedo detail on the Amy Kuschel gown.  It was an interesting contrast to the very casual seersucker vest and pants and fun patterned tie!
This shoot was debuted on Style Me Pretty last week in a lovely feature. Be sure to check it out for even more fabulous images.

image by Crane Song Photography

image by Crane Song Photography

Shoot credits~
Photography: Carla Ten Eyck & Crane Song Photography (where noted)
**be sure to check out Carla’s site for a behind the scene look at this shoot!
Location: The Ocean House of Watch Hill, Rhode Island
Shoot Design & Styling: Jubilee Events
Fashion & Accessory Styling: Beth Chapman of The White Dress by the Shore
Floral Design & Decor: Datura: A Modern Garden
Hair and Makeup: Dana Bartone & Company
Jewels: bellaPerlina
Ring Bowl: Paloma’s Nest
Shoes: Hey Lady

xoxo, TWD

behind the scenes at our Connecticut Bride shoot!

We were honored to be asked by Connecticut Bride to style their first ever fashion spread.  The inspiration for the shoot was Shakespeare’s Mid Summer’s Night Dream. The stately elegance of The Lord Thompson Manor  was the perfect setting for the shoot.  We had the perfect day with warm weather, stunning pink foliage and magical lighting!  We were honored to work with some of the brightest talents in the industry on this shoot and had a blast!  Here is a glimpse at the ‘behind the scenes’ of the shoot.  The magazine is on new stands now.  Be sure to pick up a copy to see the finished product!  Don’t miss our bride Daneille Seaton featured on the cover~ shot by the infamous Carla TenEyck!

Beth Chapman owner of  The White Dress by the Shore
Candice Dowling owner of Jubilee Events
 Dana Bartone owner of  Dana Bartone & Company

Photograpgher Carla Ten Eyck
Tony Palmieri owner of  Datura-A Modern Garden 
Stay tuned to our blog in the coming weeks to see those images from the shoot that did not make the final spread! Check out photographer Carla Ten Eyck’s blog to see additional behind the scenes shots and read her always fun anecdotes!
Shoot Credits~
Photography: Carla Ten Eyck
 Event Planner: Jubilee Events
Fashion Styling: The White Dress by the Shore
Bridesmaid Designer:  Jenny Yoo
Bridal Designers:  Modern Trousseau, Priscilla of Boston and Augusta Jones
Floral Design: Datura-A Modern Garden
xoxo, TWD

xoxo, TWD

the royal wedding gown predictions

It is officially 101 days until the royal wedding and the big question, is what will Kate Middleton wear?  I was recently asked by the editor of The Feast Connecticut to comment on what the future princess Katherine should select for her wedding attire. Here are my thoughts:

“The entire bridal industry is on pins and needles to see what Kate selects to wear !  It is so exciting to anticipate the trends that will be ignited by her selection.  Kate’s style is simple and understated and her wedding gown needs to reflect that. I  think that her gown should be long sleeved with a touch of lace incorporated into it.  She has a stunning figure, so a fit to flare silhouette with a long train would be striking on her.  A long veil with a  blusher would be the perfect accompaniment to her gown, along with the requisite tiara.  Ideally Kate will select a simple, yet elegant tiara that she will wear more as a headband than a tiara.” 

I found it difficult to take gowns from the runway as an example of what she will wear.  I haven’t seen anything out there that is worthy of her! She needs a custom gown fit for a princess!   I took the inspiration for this assignment from Womens Wear Daily.  They recently asked top fashion designers to sketch the gowns that they thought that Kate should wear and I was inspired by the following:
sketch by Monique Lhuilier
sketch by Tori Burch
sketch by Reem Acra
British designer, Bruce Oldfield has been rumored to have received the honor of designing the gown. He has a big task ahead of him! We can’t wait to see the finished product!
xoxo, TWD

Our shoot featured on the cover of Gala Weddings Magazine!

Of course, my passion is fashion!  When I entered into the bridal industry from the retail fashion world nearly 10 years ago, a whole new amazing aspect of fashion came alive to me.  I have been working with an incredible team for a little over a year styling shoots in some of the most amazing locations in the world.  One such shoot took place last year, right here in Connecticut at the historic and elegant Mayflower Inn in Washington, Connecticut.  The Mayflower is such an incredible hidden gem and a STUNNING location for a wedding!- Not to mention a perfect venue for a quaint honeymoon getaway or a fabulous bachelorette weekend at their world renowned spa!

Since our team began collaborating together, we dreamed of the day that we see our work come alive in print.  And today is the day!  We are thrilled that Gala weddings has created an 11 page spread of our romantic winter wonderland shoot at the Mayflower!

In the always poetic words on Candice Coppola of Jubilee Events, following was the inspiration for this shoot. “We were inspired by winter, the color blue, toile, and interesting textures like birch, evergreen, yarn, and vintage paper. Tony created several amazing bouquets– one of which has been a steady contender for my all time favorite bouquet. Ever. And it’s featured! Beth created a preppy look that my heart continues to lust after– gorgeous dress, cardigan, sparkly belt, layered pearls. Yum! Posh Paperie sent me a box of THE MOST gorgeous creations– paper pinwheels made of vintage music sheets, die cut “lace” paper embellishments, menu’s that open with a surprise hidden inside, and the prettiest invitation you ever did see (also featured!). Lovely Lollies delivered delicious dessert table that we styled– filled with peppermint patties, homemade marshmallows, candy can sticks, french macrons, and SO much more.”

I am so honored to have worked with the incredible team that created this beautiful shoot:

Photography: Carla Ten Eyck and her team– Sara Code-Krawl , Rebecca Hales , and Greg Lewis
Hair & Makeup: Dana Bartone & Co.
Fashion & Accessory Styling: Beth Chapman of The White Dress by the Shore
Floral Design: Datura: A Modern Garden
Paper: Posh Paperie
Confections: Lovely Lollies
Shoot Styling & Table scape: Candice Coppola of Jubilee Events and her dynamite team– Diana, Amanda and Ashley.

 Our team compiled two beautiful and inspiration stories, one of which you can see in the new issue of Gala Weddings – Look for it at Big Y!  Purchase this magazine even if you are not planning a winter wedding.  The fashion, flowers, table scape and scrumptious treats will be sure to inspire you!

 Click here to see the behind-the-scenes post from 2009 with stories behind some of the images featured in the magazine. Carla also posted her perspective this morning on her blog,  and Tony is sharing his gorgeous bouquet work with you on his blog today from the shoot.
There are so many incredible images that did not make it into this issue, so be on the look out for them on our blog and website in the coming weeks! A big thank you to Gala Weddings for featuring our work and to our incredible team for inspiring me and never ceasing to amaze me with your endless talents!

xoxo, TWD

French Inspired Shoot in New Orleans – Part II

This is part 2 of our New Orleans photo shoot!  Feast your eyes on all of the exquisite details!  From the flowers created by Datura: a modern garden, to the beauty by Jennie Fresa, to the table scape designed by Jubilee Events, to the stunning images themselves by  Carla Ten eyck and her talented team of photographers,  this shoot is a sight to behold! I am so honored to have been a part of it!
We were thrilled to have the shoot recently featured on Southern Weddings Website. 
We finished the shoot in the nick of time before the sky opened up and we got a good old fashion southern thunderstorm!  Carla captured our lovely table scape being drenched in the photo above and Tom Morlock of Vantage Point Films, captured the deluge on film!
Can’t get enough of these images?!!  Want to see them larger and enjoy more of them, check out  Jubilee Event’s blog! 
Credit Reel~

Photography: Carla Ten Eyck & Co. (Katie Slater & Sara Code-Kroll)
Design & Styling: Jubilee Events
Location: Royal Street & The Cornstalk Hotel
Fashion & Styling: The White Dress by the Shore
Floral Design: Datura: A Modern Garden
Hair & Makeup: Jennie Fresa Beauty Library
Cinematography: Vantage Point Films
Musicians: Dr. Jazz and the New Orleans Sounds
Confections: Sucre
Groom’s Tux: Perlis
Shoes: MADELiNE Shoes & Poetic License Shoes
Paper: Posh Paperie
Calligraphy: Elizabeth Porcher Jones Calligraphy
Custom Headpieces & Floral Sashes: Twigs and Honey
Vintage Jewels: Karen Lindner Designs
Jewelry: Haute Bride
Linens: Gala Cloths
Custom China & Napkins: Sarah Drake Design
Pink Candelabras: Nachtmann  & Riedel
Champagne: Pommery Gold POP Champagne
Cake Stands: Orange & Blossom
Vintage Umbrellas: Bella Umbrella

xoxo, TWD
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