Archive for March, 2011

The White Carpet Experience

Recently one of our brides was treated to a White Carpet Appointment and the experience was artfully captured by Amy Trahant of Take Aim Photography.

Here are Chrissy’s words about the experience:

“I have to tell you that we had one of the best days ever on Sunday at The White Dress by the Shore. You made us all feel welcomed and I truly felt like the most special person on earth. The White Carpet appointment is without question, something EVERY bride should experience when shopping for a wedding dress. I have told so many people about my experience with you both and I know that my bridesmaids have done the same as well. The quote most commonly heard: ‘I wish I had done that when I was looking for a wedding dress!'”

Chrissy’s special appointment included a stunning bouquet from Fleur de Lys inspired by her wedding color palate and delectable treats for herself and her guests that were hand selected off our White Carpet Menu and prepared by The Elegant Occasion. To learn about this personalized, one of a kind shopping experience, watch our White Carpet Video.
Thank you for allowing us to create a beautiful memory for you Chrissy!
xoxo, TWD

Modern Trousseau Gowns and Cocktails

Join us on Wednesday, March 30th from 5:30 -8:30 as we welcome Callie Tein from Modern Trousseau to our boutique for a trunk show that runs through April 2nd. Enjoy sips and nibbles from The Elegant Occasion while you browse Callie’s collection – including some new beauties from her yet to be unveiled 2012 line. If you are in the mood to slip on a few gowns, we are taking hour long appointments at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30. If you are not ready to try anything on during the soiree, no worries! Schedule a time to come back during our trunk show Thursday through Saturday. And be sure to bring mom, as Modern Trousseau offers a stunning collection of mother of the occasion gowns as well!

On hand for the evenings festivities will be a bevvy of talents! Candice Coppola of Jubilee Events will be inspiring us with a stunning table scape for two featuring the floral creations of Hana Floral Design. Jennie Fresa‘s beauty team will be performing mini hair and make up trials to allow you to envision yourself on your big day in the gown of your dreams. And the oh so talented Carla Ten Eyck will be here snapping photos to capture the memories! We are beyond honored to have the event sponsored by Grace Ormonde Wedding Style New England. Grace’s fashion editor Tracy Trouf will attend the event and will be more than happy to share her professional opinion on which style would be the perfect gown for you! All of our guests will also receive Grace’s stunning new issue that just hit the newstands!

Don’t miss the festivities. RSVP at 860.669.4596 and be sure to let us know if you would like one of the coveted appointments to try on gowns during the event. If you are lucky enough to purchase your gown on Wednesday evening, you will not only be granted the 10% trunk show discount, but you will also receive a signed sketch of your gown from Callie herself!

See you soon!

xoxo, TWD

Modern Trousseau Bridal/Moms Trunk Show

Experience the couture creations of Connecticut based designer Modern Trousseau. Modern Trousseau is one of the few designers in the industry that creates stunning designs for brides and moms- and this trunk show will feature both! Because we feel that every woman deserves her own special moment, we have separated our appointment times for brides and moms.

Bridal appointments are available March 31st – April 3rd during regular store hours. Mother of the bride appointments are available on Friday April 1st from 10-3:30 and Sunday April 3rd from 10-1. Appointments are 1 ½ hours in length. To schedule an appointment, ring us at 860.669.4596.  Appointments are sure to book quickly, so please plan ahead!

A 10% discount will be granted on any Modern Trousseau gown or mother of the occasion ensemble purchased during the event.

Bridal prices start at $2800 before discount.  Moms prices start at $850 before discount.

xoxo, TWD

Meet the designer!

As we kick off our Modern Trousseau Trunk Show we would like to invite you to a cocktail soiree to meet designer Callie Tein on Wednesday March 30th 5:30-8:30. Enjoy sips and nibbles while viewing Modern Trousseau’s bridal collection – including a sneak peek of several styles from her new 2012 collection that is not due to hit the runway until April!

The event can be a time to mix and mingle with Callie, Beth Chapman, owner of The White Dress by the shore, the event sponsors and fellow brides! Or, we are accepting hour long appointments to try on Callie’s creations. Appointment times are at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30. Appointments are limited, so please call 860.669.4596 to book your appointment.

Renowned wedding photographer Carla Ten Eyck will be on hand to capture a shot of you in the gown of your dreams and members of Jennie Fresa’s beauty team will be available to make sure you are camera ready! If you purchase a gown during this very exclusive event, you will not only be granted the 10% trunk show discount, but will receive a signed sketch of your gown from the designer herself!

Event Sponsors: Grace Ormonde Wedding Style New England, Jubilee Events, Jennie Fresa Beauty Library, Carla Ten Eyck, Hana Floral Design and The Elegant Occasion

xoxo, TWD

Destination Wedding Gowns

The 1996 wedding of JFK Jr. and Caroline Bessette set the trend for destination wedding gowns. Her sleek charmeuse Narcisco Rodriguez gown was understated and elegant- a perfect choice for her low key wedding on Cumberland Island in Georgia.

As time has evolved, so have the choices for destination wedding dresses. Your wedding gown should be a reflection of not only your wedding location, but more importantly your sense of style. The silhouette that you select should flatter your figure and make you feel comfortable and beautiful on your big day.
Gone are the days where a charmeuse slip dress is the only option for a destination wedding. We have put together a selection of gowns below that are completely appropriate for a destination wedding, yet allow you, the bride to look like a bride. It is important when selecting your destination wedding gown that you select a fabric that is light weight, travels well and will steam out beautifully once you reach your destination.
gown by Anne Barge
This organza layered gown with alencon lace trim and stunning horsehair finishing details is a light weight and breath taking choice for a destination wedding. In fact, I was fortunate enough to recently use this gown for a photo shoot with Carla TenEyck and her team in the Costa Rican rain forest! This is a perfect example of a gown that allows the bride to look like a bride, yet be comfortable in a destination location!


Speaking of Costa Rica…this image is from our shoot last in November in that amazing country! This elegant fit to flare gown is made of silk tulle. It provides a stunning silhouette and the lightweight fabric is the perfect choice for traveling. It does not wrinkle and will steam out beautifully once you reach your destination.
We love, love, love this gown for a destination wedding! It is a dress that is ready to party – for sure! The silk shantung fabric would hold up well during travel and the whimsical details set the tone for a fun event!

This whimsical organza layered gown is a fun and flirty option for a beach wedding or a wedding in a non-formal setting. Can’t you picture the layers of this gown blowing in the wind on a romantic hilltop?

We used this silk tulle ‘Wallis’ gown from Modern Trousseau for our photo shoot last spring in Paris. It is the perfect travel companion! It is lightweight and will hold up extremely well during travel. This versatile gown can be accessorized in different ways depending on the formality of your location.

gown by Judd Waddell

This classic taffeta gown from Judd Waddell is ideal for a simple, elegant wedding. We can see this gown anywhere from an ocean side ceremony in Connecticut to a vineyard in Tuscany. The silk taffeta is a lightweight fabric and the draped skirt will mask any wrinkles that might occur during travel.
Join us for our Destination Trunk show March 22nd -26th and try on these gowns as well as other stunners that are perfect for your wedding at home or abroad! A 10% discount will be granted off of any gown purchased from our destination collection.
xoxo, TWD

It’s not too late to RSVP…

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We hope that you can join us at our event this Sunday from 11-3!  It is one you won’t want to miss!  Get ready to be inspired! And don’t delay in making an appointment for our Destination Trunk Show that runs March 22nd – 26th.  Receive a 10% discount off of any gown in our Destination Wedding Gown Collection from such designers as:  Anne Barge, Amy Kuschel, Augusta Jones, Judd Waddell, Jenny Yoo, Modern Trousseau, Melissa Sweet, Priscilla of Boston and Vineyard Collection !
xoxo, TWD 

the final destination: Costa Rica

So far on our blog we have revealed to you the first 3 inspirational destinations for our event on March 20th, as well as the delicious menu of food inspired by these stunning locations. Now, we are revealing our final inspirational destination- Costa Rica!

I have had the pleasure of travelling to Costa Rica twice last year to collaborate on photo shoots with several of our event sponsors: Stay in Costa Rica, Carla Ten Eyck, Candice Coppolla of Juilee Events, Vintage Cinema and dd Nickel. I can honestly say that is one of my favorite places in the world!…Especially for a wedding! We are thrilled to announce that Stay in Costa Rica will be giving away a 5 day, 4 night ‘mini-moon’ in Costa Rica, complete with a couples massage and facial, a tree top zip line tour through the jungle and a sunset cocktail cruise, to a lucky bride who attends the event or purchases a gown during our Destination Trunk Show that runs March 22nd -26th.

Below is the inspiration board for our Costa Rican inspirational vignette that will be revealed during the event. The board was created by Candice Coppola of Jubilee Events. In putting together the board, Candice found her inspiration from the beautiful country itself, as well as an all-natural, 1970’s vibe.
“This board oozes an element of quirkiness and takes advantage of all that Costa Rica has to offer. I never advocate fighting with natural elements— you should embrace them! We have a lot of elements happening here, but a repeat of color and style. I love the vintage travel posters, the gorgeous anthropology painting with the suitcase and shoes (the muse for this board!) and that amazing photograph of the Costa Rican rain forest.”

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{ suitcase & shoe painting from anthropology; costa rica rain forest, vintage travel posters, pretty girl in a bed of colorful flowers, and vintage camera from we heart it; paper suite from martha stewart weddings; red and white striped shirt with skirt from anthropology }

As our trips to Costa Rica have resulted in a incredible collection of work, we’re going to be showcasing our images by Carla Ten Eyck and her team on the first level of the boutique during the event. Our friend Jim Altieri from Vintage Cinema will also be showcasing his recent work from our November shoot as well. We can’t wait to see you on March 20th from 11-3 p.m. — be sure to RSVP by emailing us at The deadline to reserve your spot is Thursday, March 17th. Learn more about the event by seeing the official invitation on our blog!

xoxo, TWD
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