Archive for February, 2011

Black Swan

With the Oscar’s upon us today, we are waiting with baited breath to see the stunning gowns that will grace the red carpet!  We have our fingers crossed that Black Swan will take picture of the year.  As the thriller continues to sweep the award shows, we will begin to see its influence on the world of fashion- particularly bridal fashion.

The costumes  in the movie were spectacular. Costume designer Rodarte did an exceptional job incorporating fashion elements into the ballet costumes. Black and White and feather details are both currently hot bridal trends.  With the influence of Black Swan, it will be exciting to watch those trends intensify. We will also begin to see the film’s influence on bridal beauty with more dramatic hair and lashes- and  the resurgence of the ballet bun!

Here is how a few of our favorite talents and designers have exemplified the trends!~

‘Ebony’ by Modern Trousseau

Starletta by Angela Nuran

Floral ~

xoxo, TWD

Destination Inspiration: New England

We are excited to debut our second destination for ourDestination Inspired Eventon Sunday, March 20th. We hope you’ve saved the date for an amazing afternoon of inspiration. We can’t wait to unveil our inspiration tent filled with tablescapes, floral design and gowns, all inspired by the selected destinations.  Whether you are planning a destination wedding, or looking for inspiration for your wedding at home, this is an event NOT to be missed!

Our first destination was inspired by the romantic island of Capriwhere we brought in soft colors and dreamy fabrics.

As friend of The White Dress and event co-creator, Candice Coppola of Jubilee Events, is far more eloquent than I, I will allow her to describe the inspiration that she has created in her own words~

“What do you think of when you think of the great north east? Shades of white and blue, a breezy and cool shoreline, nautical details (stripes/seersucker, shipping knots, sail cloth), Adirondack chairs, clams, oysters and lobster, changing of the seasons, matching pearl necklaces and earrings, Federal Style architecture, the epic blue blazer… Martha’s Vineyard, Kennebunkport, Watch Hill, The Cape and of course nearly every town on the Connecticut shoreline. One thing I love about New England (aside from all those things) is that it can inspire so many different styles— and we intend to use none of the above.
Our muse is found in one of my favorite fashion brands and icons:kate spade. To me, kate is infinitely preppy, feminine, classic and, to put it simply, perfect. What could be more New England than that? With her lady-like silhouettes, high heels, bright lipstick and baubles, kate spade embodies everything about my favorite New England fashion icon, Jackie Kennedy— who was the epitome of the classic look with a modern twist.”
“We can’t wait to show you what we have in store for this look. If you are a New England lovin’ kate spade gal like me, be inspired by bright colors, simple patterns, chunky jewels, color blocking, a bit of sparkle and tailored fabrics. Their brand is so consistent in everything they put together, from the classic and sleek shapes of their staple hand bags to the cheeky little message waiting for you in your new box of perfume. kate spade is about being pretty and fun!”
We hope that you have saved the date for this amazing event… Keep checking your inbox for the formal invitation to an afternoon of beautiful inspiration! Get on the exclusive invitation list by emailing
Until next week when we reveal our third destination inspiration!!
xoxo, TWD

Introducing Lilly Pulitzer Bride!

Throughout the ’60s and ’70s, the Lilly Pulitzer line was the uniform of the affluent at play. Today, the brand continues the same traditions it began more than 50 years ago. Wardrobing women, men, children, homes and now brides, every piece is designed to lift people’s spirits, help create lasting memories and inspire us all to Lead A Colorful Life® …even in wedding white!

We are thrilled to be carrying The Lilly Pulitzer collection exclusively in Connecticut at The White Dress by the shore!

To celebrate the launch of this adorable line, we will be offering 10% off of the Lilly Pulitzer collection through March 12th!  Ring us at 860.669.4596 to be the first to try these beauties on!

xoxo, TWD 

Bliss Celebrations Cover and Feature

There is a new publication in town, and we are in LOVE!!!!  Bliss Celebrations just launched its premier issue, and we are honored to say that our Marie Antionette inspired photo shoot is gracing the cover and is featured as an editorial spread.

This shoot was created as part of photography workshop for Carla Teneyck.  Check out the behind the scenes ‘making of the shoot’ video by Vantage Point Films.  We were honored to collabore with some of the brightest talents in the industry on this shoot!  The shoot was styled by Candice Coppola of Jubilee Events and the beauty was done by Dana Bartone and her amazing team! The floral design that is artfully captured on the cover is by the lovely and talented Elizabeth Zemetis of Blush Floral Design.

We were also thrilled that one of our real bride’s weddings was featured inside the magazine!  Abby Shaughnessy’s flirty Ocean House wedding shot by Leila Brewster and designed by True Event, was a perfect additon to this lovely publication!

We are beyond excited to not only have such a lovely and inspirational publication to introduce to our brides, but also to have our work featured within it!  Stop by The White Dress to pick up your copy of Bliss Celebrations, or look for it in Barnes and Noble, Target and CVS in the coming weeks!

xoxo, TWD

Our New Love….

xoxo, TWD

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is a day to reflect on who and what you love…..
When I think about what I love, many things come to mind…fashion, shoes, the color pink, anything that sparkles, chocolate, champagne and of course my family!
I asked my 10 year old daughter, Lindsay to write something for the blog that represents what love means to her. She chose to write a poem. Our wish for you today is that you feel every letter in the love alphabet!


Love within the ABC’s ~ by Lindsay Chapman

The A is amazing
The B is brilliant
The C is content
The D is delectable
The E is exquisite
The F is fantastic
The G is great
The H is happy
The I is intellectual
The J is joyous
The K is kissable
The L is laughter
The M is merry
The N is nice
The O is outstanding
The P is perfect
The Q is quaint
The R is righteous
The S is stupendous
The T is terrific
The U is undefinable
The V is victorious
The W is wonderful
The X is xoxoxo
The Y is yummy
The Z is zest for life

Love means all this and much more to me…what makes love special to you?

xoxo, TWD

New York City Bridal Shoot

In October we were asked by Robert and Kathleen Trenske to style a shoot for their Taking Off Photography Seminar- the same seminar that took us to Paris last spring!  The day before the seminar we participated in  a fabulous fashion shoot in downtown Manhattan. We went with a 1960’s vibe with a little edge for this shoot.  Pour yourself a martini and enjoy!

To see even more stunning images from this shoot, check out the feature on wedding chicks!
shoot credits~
event design: jubilee events
floral design: datura~a modern garden
headpieces: maria elena and amirah creations
xoxo, TWD
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