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!
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 tocheck it out for even more fabulous images.
At The White Dress by the shore, we believe that all women in white should feel special! That is why we offer a lovely customizable collection of graduation dresses for those young women who are entering into a new phase of their life! We know that June seems a long way off, but as everything that we do is special order, we are now taking orders for graduation dresses!
Jenny Yoo and Coren Moore dresses must be ordered by February 15th for a May 15th Delivery. With our current Coren Moore trunk show that runs through February 12th, you can receive 15% off of your dress! Call 860.669.4596 to schedule a consultation to view our Little White Dress Collection.
As you may have read in our previous blog post we recently had the opportunity to style the editorial spread for the latest issue of Connecticut Bride. In reviewing the behind the scenes shots from the shoot, I came across these incredible images of pieces from Maria Elena’s last collection of accessories. We are so thrilled that we will have these pieces and many others in our store this Thursday – Saturday for a trunk show (January 27th – 29th). We are offering 10% off your first Maria Elena bauble and 15% off any additional piece of equal or lesser value!
We were honored to be asked byConnecticut Brideto style their first ever fashion spread. The inspiration for the shoot was Shakespeare’s Mid Summer’s Night Dream. The stately elegance ofThe 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!
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!
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 ofThe Feast Connecticutto 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!