Archive for April, 2011

Royally Lovely

What a whirl wind of a day! I was up at 3, in the make-up chair at 4, and live on tv every half hour from 5:15-8 on WTNH/My TV 9. Afterward, we hosted a royal wedding viewing party with some of the industries brightest talents and our lovely brides.  To watch a sneak peek of the footage from today, click here.

When I saw Kate (Princess Catherine) glide down the aisle of Westminster Abbey, I was breathless! I felt like it was my own wedding day! She looked absolutely stunning in a long sleeve lace accented gown designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.  It was reminiscent of Princess Grace’s gown and certainly reached every single expectation that I had of its beauty!  I  made predictions about what she might wear and was pleased to see that she did not disappoint!

I was thrilled to see that Kate chose a sleeved silhouette for her gown. It was the appropriate choice for The Abbey. I was also happy to see that she wore a traditional blusher over her face and selected a gown with a long train. What I admire about Kate is that she chose a gown and wedding details that were in line with tradition, but also reflective of her personal style.

I loved Pippa’s choice of a bridesmaid dress. It was modern, elegant and sophisticated. I foresee a lot of brides wanting to recreate that look for their wedding gown! I adored that all of the attendants were in a shade of ivory. It was not only elegant, but completely fresh. The flower girls were absolutely precious. I was enamored with the fact that the flower girl attire was reminiscent of that of Diana’s wedding. I imagine that they made that selection as an homage to her.

This wedding will signify a change in the wedding industry. It will bring back all things lady-like and elegant. We will begin to see more classic formal gowns, traditional veils, gloves and hats! What a thrill!   Stay tuned to the blog for additional media coverage and images from our viewing soiree!

Catherine and William’s wedding was reportedly viewed by over 2 billion people worldwide.  Citizens around the world have always been in enthralled with the royal family,  but this wedding came at the perfect time.  With all that is going on in the world including economic woes, natural disasters and civil unrest, it gave the world a brief distraction.  It was wonderful to get lost in the fairytale, even for a few hours.

xoxo, TWD

Ask the Experts~ An Interview With Jim Altieri of Vintage Cinema

For those of you who are new to our blog, we have an ongoing series called  Ask the Experts, where we interview industry taste-makers on their expertise.  Today we are featuring Jim Altieri of Vintage Cinema. Jim is an incredibly talented film maker that can take the experience of telling your wedding story to another level. I have had the honor of working with Jim on several occasions, including a recent trip to Costa Rica where he filmed behind the scenes of our photo shoots. Jim is the ultimate stealth photographer- he is always there capturing every single moment, but you would never know it! It is truly an art form!

Jim also recently captured the footage of the Destination Bridal Event that we hosted in March.

You like to refer to what you create as wedding films instead of wedding videos.  Why is that?

I do prefer the term “films” over “videos”.  “Video” has a negative connotation because we’ve all seen about 20 years worth of amateur, dark, shaky, blurry “videos”.  If I ask someone if they’d like to see a video, they think of bad home movies.  If I ask someone if they’d like to see a film, they think artistic cinematography.  If I were being totally honest I’d call my final product “digital files” but thats not very romantic or fun.  I try and marry the best aspects of digital filmmaking with what we love the most from those old 8mm and 16mm home movies.  I emulate the old film stocks as well as add in some film grain and a few other tricks I have up my sleeve.

Why do you feel it is important for a bride to have a wedding film in addition to still photographs?

I think wedding films & photography compliment each other. There are moments throughout your wedding day that are best captured in stills, and other moments that are best captured in motion. What I create is somewhere in between a still photograph and a documentary film. I liken it to a living photograph. I almost always shoot at a faster than normal frame rate and then play those moments back at a slower speed which keeps the moment alive. It also allows the viewer to focus in on a look, a kiss or a slight touch of the hand and take it in. Those are the moments that make your wedding day so amazing and surreal. They are the moments that I love to shoot the most because they bring that day to life again for my viewers.

What are your favorite types of weddings to film?

I love when couples personalize their day.  It’s so great when the couple lets their personalities shine in every aspect of their wedding and it helps me to make something very unique and personal for them.

What is your favorite aspect of filming weddings

I get emotionally attached to the couples I film.  When I throw on my 200mm telephoto and close out the rest of the world with my viewfinder during their vows or first dance… it sticks with me.  It’s funny because I spend the day trying to be out of sight and discreet but I’m really intimately studying every move of my bride and groom… trying to pick up on little special moments between the two of them, their friends and family. By the end I feel like I know them pretty well.  I enjoy developing that relationship with the couple.

How do you select the music to accompany your films?  It is always so perfectly appropriate and it sets the tone for the video.

Music inspires much of what I do.  I studied jazz piano for a long time and I’ve worked in animation.  That experience gives me a really good sense of timing which I bring to my edits.  I’m always keeping an ear out for new music or old classics that might fit the couples that hire me.  The footage I capture, the vibe the couple gives off and the venue all have their own character and need to work together.  I always find my music after I shoot so that it reflects these elements. I’ve tried it the other way around and I always end up changing my mind after the shoot.  I spend a lot of time clicking through the “Listeners Also Bought” section in iTunes too.

Below are some examples of Jim’s extraordinary wedding films. I can’t watch a single one without shedding a tear (whether I know the bride or not)!:

Emily & Pat

Sally & Oliver

Krystal & Paul

Nichole & Tim

To view more of Jim’s work, visit his website Vintage Cinema, Jim can be contacted via his site or at 203.414.3840.

xoxo, TWD

Royal Wedding Coverage

Announcing a Royal Wedding event right here at The White Dress By The Shore! Tune in on MY TV 9 starting at 5:30am followed by footage of our viewing party on ABC’s 20/20 beginning at 9pm.


xoxo, TWD

Something old…Something new

One of our favorite designers, Anne Barge  has taken what is old and has made it new again.  Anne appreciates timeless, classic, beauty and her designs reflect that aesthetic.  Anne’s latest gown, aptly named the Jacqueline gown, is an updated replica of  the wedding dress that Jacqueline Bouvier wore in September of 1953 when she married John Fitzgerald Kennedy.  

The original gown was an off-the-shoulder silhouette.  Anne has modernized the gown by making it strapless.  Anne’s original design had a cut out detail at the bust.  She created this customized version of the neckline specifically for our store! 

To see this classic beauty in person, ring us for an appointment at 860.669.4596.  You will be in love!

xoxo, TWD

Modern Trousseau Gowns and Cocktails Recap

At the end of last month we had the honor of hosting a meet and greet cocktail party featuring the latest designs of Modern Trousseau before they graced the runway!

Brides mixed and mingled while shipping champagne and enjoying delectable treats from The Elegant Occasion.

The lovely and talented Candice Coppola of Jubilee Events sponsored and planned the event and designed a beautiful table for two that graced our front window.  The romantic floral display was created by Hana Floral Design.

Brides tried on gowns, while our guests looked on.  Jennie Fresa and members of her beauty team were on hand to make our brides picture perfect while renowned photographer Carla TenEyck snapped the lovely ladies in the gown of their dreams.

Our guests of honor for the evening were designer Callie Tein of Modern Trousseau, pictured on the left with The White Dress’ owner, Beth Chapman and the fashion editor of Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine, Tracy Trouf, pictured on the right. 

Thanks to all of our guests and sponsors for a lovely evening!

xoxo, TWD

Royal Wedding Fashion

With the royal wedding 11 days away, we are all waiting with baited breath to see what Princess Catherine selects to wear for her royal nuptials. The Spring 2012 bridal collections were revealed in New York last week during Bridal Fashion Week. We scoured the runways to select the gowns that we think would be perfect selections for Kate.

left: Carolina Herrera, right: Oscar de la Renta

Priscilla of Boston

left: Monique Lhullier , center: Modern Trousseau, right: Romona Keveza

In my last post about the royal wedding fashion, I noted that I felt it imperative that Kate don some sort of sleeve for her Westminster Abbey ceremony. The venue is a 1,000 year old church, where kings and queens are crowned. In respect of tradition, I feel that the coverage is necessary.  My hope is that the silhouette that she selects- albeit traditional- will have some shape in the skirt to show off her fabulous figure! 

11 more days!  Until then, we can only wait and wonder …..

xoxo, TWD

Spring 2012 Bridal Runway Report

We just returned from bridal market and our heads are swirling with all of the beauty that our designers sent down the runways!  Here are a few shots of us with some of our favorite designers.

left: Beth with designer Anne Barge,  right: the TWD girls and Candice from Jubilee Eventswith Lindsie Jones, designer of Haute Bride

The TWD girls and Candice with Callie Tein, designer of Modern Trousseau

The overall trend continues to be romance and femininity!  Organza, ruffles, layers and ribbons were plentiful and put us in a spring mood!

The color of the season was blush pink!  The color was represented on almost every runway.  Whether it was a floral or ribbon accent on a gown, or the entire gown itself, we loved the dreamy pop of subtle color!

gown and lace bolero by Ivy and Aster


gown by Christos , image by Martha Stewart Weddings

There was a prevalence of texture in each and every collection.  Lace is still ever-present, but it came in many different iterations.  Some designers mixed lace with other fabrics, while others used stunning embroideries and jaquards as a lovely alternative to lace.

Gown by Modern Trousseau, image by Martha Stewart Weddings

left: Modern Trousseau,  right: Ivy and Aster   images by Martha Stewart Weddings

left: gown by Modern Trousseau right: gown by Vineyard Collection

Silhouettes overall were super feminine! The waisted ball-skirt- both short and long- was the silhouette of the season.  There was also a presence of fitted silhouettes with full skirts- creating a feminine, yet dramatic look.

from left:  Augusta Jones, Anne Barge, David FieldenIvy and Aster

gowns by Modern Trousseau  images by Martha Stewart Weddings


gown by Modern Trousseau

The highlight of market was the presence of sleeves!  This alternative to strapless looked completely fresh and new and we know will only catapult to popularity after the royal nuptials at the end of the month.

left: Priscilla of Boston, right: David Fielden

gowns by Modern Trousseau,  images by Martha Stewart Weddings

 We found some incredible new lines that we are thrilled to add to our collection.  Stay tuned to the blog next week as we reveal our newest designers!

xoxo, TWD

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