Archive for October, 2011

Best of the Shoreline!

We are thrilled to have been voted Best Bridal Shop on the Connecticut Shoreline by the readers of the Shoreline Newspapers!  Click here to read the article!

Ring us at 860.669.4596 to schedule an appointment to experience The White Dress by the shore for yourself ! 

xoxo, TWD

One Dress, Four Ways

In our industry, the phrase, “you can wear it again” has become a bit  cliché.  We wanted to show that with the right dress and fabulous accessories, it can be done!
We took the Coren Moore ‘Courtney’  dress and styled it for four different occasions.  We used our favorite color for the season, peacock, and incorporated it throughout the looks.
Schedule an appointment for our Coren Moore trunk show November 3rd – 5th as we unveil Coren’s latest collection of bridesmaid dresses that have the same versatility as this one!  And did we mention that Coren has a stunning bridal line
Coren herself will be making a personal appearance at the boutique on Saturday, November 5th.  Don’t miss your chance to work with her to create the perfect look for your bridal party, or yourself!  Ring us at 860.669.4596 to schedule an appointment.

 The stunning makeup for the shoot was done by our neighbor, Jennie Fresa.  Stay tuned to the blog next week as Jennie reveals how to create each of these fabulous looks yourself!

Credit Reel~

Photography – Justin & Mary Marantz

Makeup- Jennie Fresa

Hair- W Salon

Dress- Coren Moore

Bouquet- Blush Floral Design

Accessories Credits~ 

Bridesmaid Look:

Headband- Forever 21 , Shoes- Badgley Mischka , Bouquet- Blush Floral Design
Off to work Look:
Cardigan- Ann Taylor, Necklace- J Crew, Shoes- Badgley Mischka , Bag- Hermés
Bridal shower Look:
Cardigan- J Crew, Belt- J Crew, Necklace- Banana Republic, Shoes- Kate Spade
Black Tie Look:
Feather Cape – vintage,  Jewelry- Maria Elena,  Gloves- Ann Taylor, Shoes- Poetic License

xoxo, TWD

Featured: Southern New England Weddings: Destination Edition

Our creative dream-team ~ Carla Ten Eyck, Jubilee Events, Datura: a modern garden, Dana Bartone & Co., Coral Phesant Stationary,  Little Imagination Cakes and yours truely~ was recently asked to style a shoot for Southern New England Weddings Destination Edition.

Below is the cover and the spread~

 The design and inspiration for the shoot came from Candice Coppola, founder and creative director of Jubilee Events.   Following are her thoughts on the shoot : “Our modern, clean and sophisticated shoot for Southern New England Weddings was so much fun to design. We don’t have anything like it in our portfolio and I had been dying to collaborate on something like this for a while. We were largely inspired by a clean color palette, unique and interesting textures (like metal and acrylic) and a gorgeous Givenchy/Riccardo Tisci dress in my search for inspiration for the story board. Belle Mer in Newport, RI was the perfect place to shoot this editorial with it’s simplistic decor, white backdrops and as Carla mentioned in the behind-the-scenes video, amazing light!”

“As our shoot design progressed it sort of morphed into this obsession with taxidermy and a statement decor piece that we wanted to create. Between myself, Nichole of Coral Pheasant and the incredible Tony of Datura: A Modern Garden, we conceptualized this deer head escort card wall nearly 7 1/2 feet tall and completely covered in over 700 varieties of white and ivory roses (from the most wonderful rose grower, Passion Growers). Radic, right? To date, it is my absolute favorite thing we’ve EVER done at a photoshoot– and it almost didn’t happen! Believe it or not, white resin deer heads are hard to come by. After a fighting match with the folks at zgallerie who couldn’t express ship me my deer head in time (!) we scoured decor stores, online retailers, salvage stores… everything from this side of the Mississippi to procure a white resin deer head. We came up with nothing! Total failure. It was quite tragic… until… Tony came across a discarded taxidermy deer head form the day before our shoot with no ears or antlers. Score! And in true Datura: A Modern Garden fashion that deer head not only had the prettiest Styrofoam ears but also curly willow antlers and was painted a magnificent shade of white!”

Some more incredible details from the shoot include the paper suite designed by Coral Pheasant, which included laser cut metal engraved invitations mounted to a python booklet. Nichole also created laser engraved and hand painted gold / clear acrylic menu cards and escort cards, which was inspired by a decadent acrylic/ghost end table with exposed metal brackets found in Elle decor. The paper was a TRUE work of art! 

Below are the incredible shots captured by the oh so talented, Carla Ten Eyck.   Be sure to read her blog post to get her take on the shoot!

It was so fun styling the fashion for this shoot!  It was very much a departure from anything that we had done. I loved the clean and modern feel and all of the white in the decor.  The images above feature a silk organza layered gown by UK designer, David Fielden.  The necklace is from Anne Barge’s Fall 2011 collection and was just perfect in the shot!

The series above featured a silk charmeuse gown by David Fielden.  I loved how the sleek fabric and the beautiful cameo color balance out all of the white.  We paired the gown with bold statement accessories from Maria Elena.

The series below and above feaures a gown by Coren Moore that I selected for it’s architectural feel. I love how the feminity of the ruffle offset the modern feel of the shoot.  And how dreamy is it in front of the fireplace below?!

If you want to see how it all came together, check out the behind-the-scenes- video below by Jim Altieri’s Vintage Cinema. 

 I am in LOVE with this shoot!  Let us know what you think!

Credit Reel

Cinematography: Jim Altieri’s Vintage Cinema
Photography: Carla Ten Eyck Photography
Styling & Fashion: Beth Chapman, The White Dress by the Shore
Event Planning & Design: Candice Coppola, Jubilee Events
Floral Design + Decor: Tony Palmieri, Datura, A Modern Garden
Beauty: Dana Bartone & Co.
Cakes: Hope Wright-Martell, A Little Imagination Cakes
Invitations/Paper: Nichole Michel, Coral Pheasant
Rentals: Rentals Unlimited, Newport
Linens: Wildflower Linen
Paper Garlands: Kristina Marie

Image composition courtesy of Coral Pheasant

xoxo, TWD

2012 Bridal Market Recap Part One

This past weekend we headed to New York for the bi-annual bridal market.  Our trip was a complete whirl- wind. Due to my traveling schedule, we had to see all of our designers in just 2 days!  But, the beauty made it worth the exhaustion!

Amsale runway show~ image by Candice Coppola of Jubilee Events

Bridal market is all about the stunning gowns, the finished looks and of course a complete collection- the runway is where we find our passion and our inspiration. But for the designers inspiration starts someplace else- in a photograph, a story or a luxurious fabric. This year for Amy Kuschel, inspiration was found in the vintage vixens of years past, Old Hollywood glamour and kitschy magazine ads.

Our vote for favorite collection this season was from Modern Trousseau.Head designer, Callie Tien’s  inspiration for her line came by way of her choice in fabric; french, italian and spanish laces, soft, feminine organza and chiffon and uniquely textured designs.

To see more of Modern Trousseau’s stunning Spring 2012 line, view the collection here courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings.

Adelle by Modern Trousseau

Overall, the trend continues to be very feminine.  Many designers showed slightly fuller skirts- either alines or ball skirts, although we did continue to see trumpet skirts and fit to flares.  Every designer showed some version of a tulle bottom dress on their line- either all tulle or some combination of tulle.

The hot neckline for the season was the boat neck.  We saw it in every collection, in both long and short dresses.  Here are a few of our favorites!  We especially loved when it was accompanied by a fabulous back!

left Amsale, right Augusta Jones

left Ivy & Aster, right Jenny Yoo

Amy Kuschel

David Fielden


Augusta Jones

As a result of the royal wedding, we saw a lot of sleeve options- from cap to ¾, to long.  Sleeves were represented in many collections.  Influenced by Kate’s gown, the sleeves were predominately in lace.

left- Amy Kuschel, right- Anne Barge

left- Augusta Jones, right- David Fielden

Some gowns we loved regardless of trend…here are a few of our faves!

Love this architectural silhouette from Amsale!


We loved the silhouette on the left and loved the color of the gown on the right- cafe is the new ivory!


David Fielden

We could not get enough of these stunning colors and textures from Modern Trousseau!


Modern Trousseau

Answering to the diverse taste of brides, many designers were showing versalitly in their lines.

San Francisco based designer Amy Kuschel showed one gown with 3 different neckline options- strapless, vneck and boatneck.  Connecticut based designer, Modern Trousseau introduced a precious collection of short dresses, appropriately called Before Long.  Every style is available in both ivory and black making it perfect for all of your wedding related events!

Jenny Yoo introduced an adorable chiffon dress in her maids collection that is available both short and long and can be worn a myriad of ways!  Imagine having all of your maids order the same dress, yet each one can wear it differently?!  Pure genius!

It was not just about the dresses!  We found some great accessories as well!  We had our eyes peeled for some unique pieces and we found them!

Ivy and Aster introduced these beautiful vintage inspired capelets that transport any gown into a new stunning dimension!

Our favorite milliner, Bijou Van Ness awed us as usual with her stunning hats and cage veils.  Here are a few of our faves!

We saw  newness that we loved in maids as well!  From precious cap sleeves from Coren Moore, to new pretty silhouettes from Jenny Yoo, to an inspired butterfly print from Ivy & Aster, we were swooning! We are thrilled to show off Coren Moore’s newest collection at our upcoming trunk show November 3rd – 5th.  And Coren herself will be gracing us with her prescence on Saturday the 5th!

We want to leave you with pure bridal fabulousness!!  We had the ultimate pleasure of meeting designer David Fielden for the first time.  His avant-garde style and bold use of textures, fabrics and cuts makes his line completely unique. One of our favorite looks was a backless white jumpsuit dress alternative– so 70′s and truly for the bride who wants something amazing and different! You can see some of his 2012 line here and his Milan runway show below… I STRONGLY encourage you to watch the whole thing. The finale is worth the wait!


To get a different perspective on our market visit, be sure to visit Jubilee Event’s blog.  Founder and creative director, Candice Coppola accompanied us and it was fabulous to hear her take on the trends!

Be sure to stay tuned to our blog in the coming days as we reveal the incredible designers that we met and the parties and events that we attended!

Images (unless noted) provided by Martha Stewart Weddings and Beth’s iphone.

xoxo, TWD

Pretty Post: Ashley and Joe


Succulents, sugar skulls and Southern California make for one vibrant Pretty Post! This month we are featuring the day-of-the-dead themed wedding of Ashley and Joe. The couple couldn’t have chosen a more picturesque venue than The Canary Hotel in sunny Santa Barbara, California- its full of old world charm, grand architecture, and tranquil romance.

The lovely bride was the sister of our very own Kelley Solomon.  We were  lucky enough to dress both Mother and Daughter, the first in Vineyard Collection and the latter in Reverie Collection.

The bride’s beauty was done by Team hair and makeup, Santa Barbara. We just can’t get enough of that beautiful bouquet- which was expertly arranged by grassroots florist. And those sugar skull cuff links? You can find those at Nordstrom. The images above were so beautifully captured by Trent Buckle of ProImage in San Luis Obispo.

Do you have a dreamy destination wedding in the works? Do share!

xoxo, TWD

Nov. 3rd-5th: Coren Moore Trunk Show

Image by Carla TenEyck

Make your way to The White Dress by the shore for our colorful Coren Moore Trunk Show! This New York designer not only produces some gorgeous bridal gowns but also some to-die-for bridesmaids frocks! And who knows, you may even find a fabulous little white dress for your reception, rehearsal dinner or anniversary as well! Shopping during the trunk show ensures a 10% discount off the price of your bridal or maids order- give us a ring at 860.669.4596 to book your appointment today.

And to add to the fun…Coren’s  latest collection- including her new chiffon dresses- will be at the trunk show!  Join us for an appointment on Saturday, November 5th and get the chance to work directly with Coren herself!

xoxo, TWD

Nov.10th-12th: Anne Barge Trunk Show

Irene put a damper on our last Anne Barge Trunk Show, so we decided to give it another try!  Join us to celebrate the industries finest with a trunk show featuring the timeless, elegant designs of  bridal industry icon, Anne Barge.

From November 10th through the 12th you will have the luxury of receiving 10% off  of your Anne Barge gown, working with Shawne Reese, the company’s vice president of sales, and choosing from an extended selection of this stunning collection! If it could possibly get better Anne Barge will be sending us a few of  her  Spring 2012 gowns  fresh off the New York runway. Give us a ring at 860-669-4596 to book your appointment. 

Spring 2012 images courtesy of Martha Stewart

xoxo, TWD

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