Archive for July, 2011

Featured Designer: Anne Barge

For the month of August, the featured designer is industry style icon, Anne Barge.   Throughout the month, we will be offering 10% off of our in-store collection of Anne Barge’s gowns. 

Anne is an incredible designer with a long and elustrious career in the bridal industry.  Anne started her career in bridal as an apprentice for bridal designer, Jim Helm. One of her most intriguing positions was in London in 1996, where she worked  for British mogul Richard Branson. Anne was the managing director for Virgin Bride and designed a private label bridal line that introduced British brides to designs that were completely different from the traditional English look prevalent at that time.  During her tenure at Virgin, she influenced a change in wedding gown styles and wedding tradition in the UK. One of Anne’s most significant  influences on British wedding customs was that she introduced adult bridesmaid gowns to the boutique, bucking the tradition of having only children as attendants.

In 1999, Anne launched the Anne Barge Bridal Collection which combined classic designs in the finest of silks with museum quality beading and embroidery. The line is represented in the finest stores throughout the country, UK, Spain and Japan. Her gowns have been featured in magazines internationally as well as having been selected as the winner for NBC’s 2003 Today Show Throws a Wedding.

Designer Anne Barge

We are honored to not only be able to carry the Anne Barge collection in our boutique, but to consider Anne a colleague and a friend.  Anne will grace us with her presence on August 26th & 27th during our trunk show to launch her Spring 2012 Collection.  Anne is an absolute doll with a sweet, southern charm.  We know that you will just adore her! Present at the trunk show will be both her Couture Collection priced between $4000 and $6000 and her La Fleur Collection priced between $2800 and $3900. 

We are offering 15% off of the Couture Collection and 10% off of the La Fleur Collection during the trunk show that runs August 25th -27th by appointment. (trunk show discounts are not combinable with featured designer discounts) 

Here are just a few of Anne’s designs that we adore that will be available during the trunk show.

images provided by Martha Stewart Weddings

Ring us at 860.669.4596 for an appointment to view the Anne Barge collection and for the opportunity to meet the talent behind it!  

xoxo, TWD

Meet the designers~ Modern Trousseau and Anne Barge

This month we are offering the incredible opportunity to meet and work with two of our best-selling designers~  Callie Tein of Modern Trousseau  and Anne Barge.

image by Carla TenEyck , Kennedy gown by Modern Trousseau

Connecticut based designer Callie Tein of Modern Trousseau will be present on Friday August 12th and Saturday August 13th during our trunk show for brides and moms that runs August 11th – 13th.  Callie will be presenting her Fall 2011 collection  and will be available to customize the perfect look for your special day.

We are hosting an Anne Barge Trunk Show August 25th – 27th and Anne Barge herself will grace us with her presence on August 26th & 27th.  Don’t miss your opportunity to meet this bridal industry style icon and view her latest collection of stunning gowns!

Ring us at 860.669.4596 for appointments for either of these exclusive trunk shows and your opportunity to ‘meet the designer’.

xoxo, TWD

Ivy and Aster has arrived!

Look what has just arrived!!  We just received our 1st 3 samples from Ivy and Aster and we are swooning!  Let me introduce them!

Sweet Pea ~ a beautiful swiss dot chiffon gown $2200

Morning Glory~ a vintage inspired lace beauty $770

Sweet dreams~  a ‘sweet’ lace and tulle confection $880

To schedule an appoitment to experience these beauties for yourself, ring us at 860.669.4596!

xoxo, TWD

August 11-13: Modern Trousseau Trunk Show

We are thrilled to not only carry the  Modern Trousseau bridal line exclusively in Connecticut, but to be one of the first stores across the country to have their latest collection available for purchase!

Join us August 11th – 13th for a trunk show featuring the latest styles for brides and moms!  Connecticut based designer, Callie Tein will be on-hand Friday and Saturday to customize your look for your special day!  A 10% discount will be granted on any Modern Troussseau purchase made during this exclusive trunk show!

Here is a sneek peak at a select few of the latest wedding dress styles~ and we love them all!

Modern Trousseau KennedyKennedy




We are dedicating appointments for moms to Friday, August 12th.  We want to provide  our mothers of the occassion a time focused solely on you- and finding the perfect ensemble that compliments your personal style!

Be the first to purchase a 2012  Modern Trousseau bridal or evening wear gown!  Ring us at 860.669.4596 for your personalized consultation.

Bridal gown prices start at $2600 and Mother’s ensembles start at $900 before discount.

xoxo, TWD

Exciting Changes for Moms…

We are thrilled to introduce some exciting changes to benefit our mothers of the bride!  We recently redecorated our Mother of the Occasion studio on the second floor.  Additional lighting and racks make finding the perfect ensemble even easier!

We have also introduced a new designer to our Mother of the Occassion collection. The Siri  collection is designed by Beverly Siri,  a San Francisco based designer who brings to fashion distinct textures, stunning colors, outstanding quality and always in a modern yet classic style.  The collection ranges in price from $500- $800 and the standard lead-time for ordering is 10 weeks.  The collection is available in a myriad of colors and fabrics and there are jacket options with every dress.  Below is a sampling of our newest pieces in the Siri collection.  To schedule an appointment to view the Siri collection in our new Mother of the Occasion and Evening Wear showroom, please call us at 860.669.4596.

Photos by Abby Scott

xoxo, TWD

Amsale comes to The White Dress by the shore!

We are over the moon about carrying the Amsale bridal collection in our store!  The dresses are exquisitely designed and manufactured and are perfect for our classic New England bride.  Below are just a few of the beauties that we have purchased for our store.  All of these, plus Amsale’s 2012 collection will be discounted by 10% for our debut trunk show that runs this Thursday, July 28th – Saturday, July 30th.  We still have a few appointments left for Thursday evening and Saturday,  and have many appointments available for Friday. Ring us right away if you want to see the collection!

Saundra Chung, Amsale’s head of sales will be at the trunk show on Saturday to help you to select the perfect gown for your special day!

In addition to Amsale’s STUNNING couture bridal collection, she has a precious collection of  “little white dresses” that are perfect for your reception, shower, rehearsal dinner, or even as a graduation dress!  If you purchase 2 Amsale dresses at the trunk show, you will receive 15% off the second dress of equal or lesser value!

Ring us at 860.669.4596 for a trunk show appointment!

xoxo, TWD

Ask The Experts ~ Destination Inspirations

Having just returned from a lovely weekend in Block Island- a beautiful spot for destination weddings, I have them on the brain.  This ‘ask the experts’ post focuses on a destination wedding expert- Jess Mcann Nana. 

We love every single one of our brides.  Every once in awhile, one of our brides truly touches our lives and becomes not just a client, but a friend.  Jess is one of those brides!  We loved every second of working with Jess as a bride and now we are thrilled to continue to work with her as she grows her incredible blog – Destination Inspirations.  As destination weddings (and proposals) have become increasingly popular, we asked Jess to weigh in on the trends that she is seeing.

Jess graduated from Sacred Heart University with a BA in Media Studies and has always had a love for exploring blogging and social media. She continued on to Quinnipiac University where she graduated this past May with a Master’s of Science in Interactive Communications. It was during her graduate studies that Jess found her love for blogging and learning more about SEO. During that time she was also planning her own 2010 destination wedding in Mexico. The experience inspired her to launch her own destination wedding blog, Destination Inspirations. Having lived in both Ecuador and Belgium along with her love for traveling, Jess wanted to create a blog that would inspire weddings from around the world. In addition to daily inspiration she wanted to be a resource for those planning a destination wedding and share her own experience. Below are her insights on the latest trends in destination weddings.

What are some of the most popular locations for destinations weddings?

#1  is definitely Mexico. It offers the widest array of accommodation’s for guests and also offers the most for every budget. With such an array of both adult only or kid friendly all-inclusive and non-all-inclusive resorts, couples have a variety of options. From beach side affairs to private restaurants, in Mexico you can have it all.

#2 Jamaica, it offers the most all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean. With its tranquil beaches and laid back island feel, most venues offer packages that include all your wedding vendor needs from florists, makeup artists to DJ’s.

#3 California, Napa Valley has really increased in popularity as destination weddings are no longer just thought of as a beach celebration. From wineries to shabby chic barns, couples come to Napa to share a one of a kind experience with guests.

#4 Florida offers both a wonderful location for beach weddings but now also offers incredible hotels to private villas or intimate affairs at a sea side restaurant. An easy to travel location, where for US citizen’s the marriage legal process, is a piece of cake.

#5 Hawaii, the ultimate island experience, greet guests with orchid lays and treat them to a Hawaiian luau. A place revered for its natural beauty and full of culture. Couples have a wide selection from having an intimate dinner to the most lavish affairs.

#6 Paris, the city of love would only be a very natural place for couples to become one. Known often for destination wedding elopements, couples can have the ultimate romantic wedding. You can stroll the city in your wedding attire with pictures in front of the Eiffel Tower followed by a romantic dinner on the Seine River.Or cozy up at one of the many renowned culinary restaurants this beautifully city has to offer.

#7 Italy, a destination known for its delectable food and family style dinners along with the beautiful scenery makes for a very exclusive location. Couples can rent out villas where a week-long vacation is offered for guests with a wedding under star light and an incredible dining experience.

#8 Dominican Republic, a very budget friendly choice that gives you white sandy beaches, pool side receptions at resorts that can take care of it all for your special day. For those looking to have a relaxing vacation combined with their destination wedding, this is an ideal choice.

#9 Canada, has become an increasingly popular destination giving couples with a rustic outdoor taste the oasis of their dreams. From cabins, to ceremonies by lakes, row boats and s’mores and of course sunset ceremonies with spectacular views makes Canada a dream destination wedding location.

#10 Las Vegas, a place where you can have a dreamy destination wedding at some of the world’s best hotels and offer the best in entertainment for guests. Today you can see couples having black tie affairs or very intimate celebrations at celebrity famous restaurants. This is a destination where fun can be had by all.

Are there any up and coming locations for destination weddings?

Spain has been seeing quite a lift in destination weddings this past year. It offers both its beautiful beach side towns in Costa del Sol to amazing hotels and Cathedrals in Barcelona. Very affordable flights are now available along with both affordable accommodating boutique hotels and private mansions available for rental. Many couples not only have a week of celebrating but many stay after for their honeymoon. Offer guests a nightof typical Spanish tapas, sangria for a welcome drink, some flamenco dancing and it’s no wonder this is fast becoming an up and coming destination.

When planning a destination wedding, what are the 3 most important points to consider?

Time – make sure to not only give yourself but also guest’s ample time to save up. Time will also allow for you to lock down great rates and the opportunity to keep everyone informed.

Budget – Don’t only consider a budget for you but also consider a budget for your guests. If you are looking for an intimate experience and are ok with only a few guests being there or you want a wedding with 200 guests the budget and expense of your stay are important factors.

Wedding Planner – I can’t say it enough, don’t cut the corners and believe you can do it all yourself. Wedding planners should be first and foremost included in your budget. They are familiar with the location as well as work with the best and most reliable vendors in the area. If you decide to go with a resort that includes a wedding coordinator I still suggest hiring a wedding planner to coordinate other important events off the resort such as a rehearsal dinner, welcome night, day after brunch, catamaran excursions and all those additional details that make a destination wedding so amazing.

We have heard that destination proposals are becoming more popular. What locations are trending for proposals?

This has become something huge and I just love it. Destination proposals often have a lot of thought and coordination put into them. The end result makes not only for the most amazing proposal but something truly unique and unforgettable. I have been seeing more and more photographers there to capture the proposal. It’s wonderful to share that moment with family and friends. Top locations right now are, Paris, Italy, Florida, Mexico, California and our very own New York City.

As you were a destination bride, any tips for travelling with your gown?

Well for me it was easy because I had the best of the best taking care of my gown, The White Dress By The Shore. Josie from Beneath The Gown perfectly steamed and double packed my gown so I could carry it on the plane. Now ladies don’t assume your flight has a closet where they will allow you to hang your gown. Call your airline beforehand to make sure. If you have a fuller gown with tulle and more material the best way is to bring it in a carry on and have it packed up for you by the wonderful ladies at The White Dress. Beth herself will tell you she transported a full tulle gown to Costa Rica this way. When it arrived it was like it had never been off the hanger. Today I love that I am seeing fuller gowns with feathers, tulle, and ruffles for destination wedding brides. The transportation of these exquisite gowns is an essential piece to your destination wedding piece of mind.

Lastly like any wedding enjoy every moment. Destination weddings are all about spending time with family and friends. Having had one myself even with 95 guests it was actually the most intimate affair. You have the chance of spending time with the ones you love for more than just two nights. The time together is something very special and unforgettable. Below are ten of my favorite images from destination weddings I have featured. They evoke that emotion that lets you know, this is what having a destination wedding is all about.

Ask The Experts With Jess McCann Nana From Destination Inspirations

Image credits
Elegant Images ~ Raw Photo Design ~ Hello Studios ~ Justin & Mary ~ Stephanie Williams ~
Jonathan Thrasher ~ Janis Ratnieks ~ Jose Villa ~ Elizabeth Medina ~ Sybrand Cillie


xoxo,  TWD

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