Archive for May, 2011

Happy Memorial Day!

In honor of the holiday, we will be closed on Saturday, May 28th.  We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, May 31st.  Happy Memorial Day!

inspiration board courtesy of style me pretty

xoxo, TWD

Finishing Touches

Modern Trousseau has a stunning collection of belts and sashes that are the perfect complement to any gown!  You can transform even the simplest gown into a black tie knock out with one of these stunning beauties.

Here are just a few of our favorites!





Modern Trousseau’s exquisite sash collection will be available during our trunk show from June 2nd -4th and will be discounted by 10% along with their gowns.  Woodbridge, Connecticut based designer Callie Tein will be on hand Friday and Saturday during the trunk show to assist you in selecting the perfect sash to compliment your Modern Trousseau gown!   If you purchase a gown during the trunk show, you will received a personalized sketch from Callie!  Ring us at 860.669.4596 for your appointment.   And don’t forget to spread the word to Mom…Callie also designs Mother of the Occasion and we will be dedicating time on Friday to finding the perfect ensemble for her! 

xoxo, TWD 

New Faces

We are sad to say that recently two of our associates have retired in order to spend time with their children.  Flo and Lindsay have taken on the full-time role of Mom, which of course is the hardest job in the world! 

In their absence, we have added some fabulous talents to our team that we are overjoyed to introduce you to!

From left:  Ally Giannini, intern- Allycurrently attends  Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden.  She has aspirations of becoming a filmmaker, so you may see her around the boutique with video camera in hand! 

Anneke Sharp, sales associate and office coordinator- Anneke recently graduated from The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles and has previous experience in the bridal industry.

Melanie Kluger, sale associate- Melanie is a newly-wed herself!  Melanie’s background is in costume design and she comes to us from a quaint bridal boutique in Manhattan. 

The White Dress by the shore welcomes our new members with open arms and we know that you will too!

The White Dress staff:  From left~ Allie, Abby, Anneke, Jill, Beth (owner), Melanie, Kelley, Kelly and Alicia (manager)

images by Carla Ten Eyck

xoxo, TWD

Editorial Shoot at Lord Thompson Manor || Midsummer Night’s Dream

This is a HUGE blog post, but it is bursting with beauty!  We had the pleasure of styling the fashion spread for The Connecticut Bride’s Spring/Summer issue, which is currently on newsstands. It was an honor to work with such a tremendous team of talents who helped to bring this incredible project to life!

The inspiration for the shoot was A Mid Summers Nights Dream and the location selected was the lush and lovely Lord Thompson Manor.  In the words of Candice Coppola of Jubilee Events , who created the shoot’s design and vision, “When you think of A Midsummer Night’s Dream– aside from the storyline of love– it has always been a visually stunning piece of work. Remember the 1999 film with Michelle Pfeiffer and Kevin Kline? Romantic, whimsical, colorful, full of nature and flowers, weird, eccentric, fairytale-esque… we channeled all these things into our inspiration board and came up with a color palette of pinks and purples, with a lot of green and deep wood tones.”

Our team came up with several different looks throughout the day– each having a slightly different fashion flare, but all in keeping with the romantic theme of A Mid Summers Night Dream. Our first look was inspired by one of Candice’s favorite paintings, The Swing , by Jean-Honore Fragonard. The infamy of this painting is the relationships between the characters, where the man in front of the woman is having an affair with her, while the man lovingly pushing her is her husband.

lord thompson manor photoshoot wedding connecticut mid summer nights dreamFashion credit:  Gown- Modern Trousseau, Headpiece- Maria Elena, Maids- Jenny Yoo, Bridal Shoes- MADELiNE

The table scape designed by Jubilee Events and Tony of Datura: a modern garden was dripping with fresh moss on a vintage, hand-carved, wooden table. They used moss as chair cushions– accented with colorful orchids. The stunning focal point was an old brass chandelier dangling from a tree, which  Tony embellished with hanging  green amaranthus and orchids. Posh Paperie created garden menu cards with crepe paper flowers and butterfly place cards. 

Fashion credit: Gown- Priscilla of Boston, Headpiece- Haute Bride, Shoes- MADELiNE  

A subtle butterfly theme was carried through the entire shoot. It was represented in the paper,  in this romantic  Augusta Jones gown accented with scattered butterflies, and in the unbelievable butterfly bouquet created by Tony. 

Fashion credit: Gown- Augusta Jones, Earrings- Haute Bride,  Bracelet- Maria Elena

Fashion credit: Gown- Augusta Jones, Earrings- Maria Elena, Shoes- MADELiNE

The layout below is inspired by the scene in A Mid Summer’s Night Dream when Puck, a fairy servant, acquires a magical flower, the juice of which can be spread over a sleeping person’s eyelids to make that person fall in love with the first thing he or she sees upon waking.  He does this in an attempt to untangle the web of  love between the two couples.

Fashion credit~ Gown- Anne Barge, Headpiece- Kristina Eaton

Fashion credit~  Gown- Melissa Sweet,  Accessories- Haute Bride, Tuxedo- Valentino Tailors

Shoot Credits~

Location: Lord Thompson Manor

Photography: Carla Ten Eyck

Shoot Styling & Design: Jubilee Events

Fashion, Accessories and Model Styling: The White Dress by the Shore

Floral Design & Decor: Datura: A Modern Garden

Hair & Makeup: Dana Bartone & Company

Vintage Furniture: Unique Vintage (see Jubilee Events for details)

Tableware: Party Rental Ltd

Paper Story: Posh Paperie

Calligraphy: Neither Snow

Our dream team lead by Carla TenEyck, recently shot the fashion spread  for The Connecticut Bride’s Fall/Winter issue.  Watch newsstands in July for a stunning combination of vintage inspired looks- from regal to whimsical! 

xoxo, TWD

May 19 – 26: Maria Elena Trunk Show

Maria Elena Accessories

This is a trunk show not to be missed!  Due to an overwhelming reaction, we just extended the trunk show through Thursday, May 26th!   Miami based designer, Maria Elena,  features vintage inspired, filigree headpieces, jewelry and accessories.

A 10% discount will be granted off of the first piece purchased at the trunk show and a 15% discount will be granted on each subsequent piece of equal or lesser value.  Be sure to bring your Mom along for accessories as well!  The more you spend, the more you save!

Ring us at 860.669.4596 to set up your accessory consultation!

xoxo, TWD

ABC loves Amsale and so do we!

We have always loved the Amsale line!  We are thrilled to announce that starting this August we will be launching the line in our store. 

This past week Amsale gowns were featured on 3 ABC shows~ Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice and Brothers and Sisters. The stunners that each of the brides wore is below.

Amsale gowns on ABC shows

Here is a sneek peek at a few of the gowns that we will be carrying in our boutique! 

Dahlia Amsale

Analisa Amsale

Keep an eye on the blog and website for an announcement of when the gowns arrive and a schedule of upcoming Amsale events and trunk shows!

xoxo, TWD

Melissa Sweet & Priscilla of Boston Spring Promotion

We have a sweet Spring promotion. During the month of May, we will be offering a 10% discount  on any Melissa Sweet or Priscilla of Boston gown purchased with a retail price over $3500.  Our new 2011 gowns have arrived and are stunning!  Call 860.669.4596 to view the collection.

Mandy by Priscilla of Boston Photography by Carla Ten EyckMandy by Priscilla of Boston ~ Photography by Carla Ten Eyck

Gigi & Farren By Melissa



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