Archive for May, 2012

What We’re Loving: Like Minded Locals

Are you a bride getting married in Spring or Summer of 2013?  Now is the time to start shopping!  And what better than purchasing a gown produced right in your backyard!

Here are some fabulous facts about two of our favorite designers who have upcoming trunk shows  at our  boutique in June- Modern Trousseau and Amsale.

We love these designers because they have the same values and beliefs as we do- each produce unique, domestically made gowns and they believe in treating each bride with the individualized attention she deserves.

 Amsale and Modern Trousseau design, cut and sew their collections locally ,in Connecticut and New York City respectively. Both create a unique pattern for each bride with special attention to the clients specific measurements and customizations.

The TWD team had the pleasure of traveling to NYC this past winter to visit Amsale in her design studio (check out the post here). We witnessed Amsale’s skilled workers cutting, draping and sewing gorgeous couture gowns. We were thrilled to see all the hand sewing, pleating and beading that goes into making just a single Amsale gown. We even had the pleasure of meeting with Ms. Amsale Abbera herself (working hard right amongst the rest of her team ,we might add).

Designer, Callie Tien, of Modern Trousseau works in quite the same fashion- amongst her staff of seamstresses in charming Woodbridge, Connecticut. Callie’s attention to detail and hand-draped custom fit make her designs irresistible to the classic, yet modern bride looking for something truly special.

We have a long-standing relationship with Modern Trousseau-  in fact we were the first store in the country to carry them!  We are honored to be their exclusive Connecticut retailer.

Stay tuned to the blog for a post about the special ‘muslin process’ offered by The White Dress by the shore and Modern Trousseau in which you are able to make customizations to get the perfect fit,  as the gown is constructed right on your body!

 Join us for two exclusive events happening with these designers this month and receive a 10% discount off of your purchase.  This is your chance to try on stunning, hand made designs that you’re sure to fall in love with.  

Ring us at 860.669.4596 to reserve  your spot at our Modern Trousseau Trunk Show running Thursday, June 7th – Saturday,June 9th and our Amsale Trunk Show running Thursday, June 21st – Saturday, June 23rd.  Modern Trousseau ddesigner Callie Tein will be present at the trunk show on the 9th!

xoxo, TWD

June 21-23: Amsale Trunk Show

Amsale is for the ‘forever modern’ bride who appreciates a timeless style and elegant design. Join us for a trunk show featuring Amsale’s latest collection that is sure to make your bridal dreams come true! Ring us at 860.669.4596 to book your coveted spot and receive 10% off during this not-to-be-missed event!

Looking for a change-into or rehearsal dinner dress?… Then this trunk show is also for you as Amsale offers a stunning line of Little White Dresses that take just six weeks to order!

 image by Justin & Mary, styling by Beth Chapman, hair by Terri Coon for Timothy Pamment, make up by Jennie Fresa

xoxo, TWD

June 7-9 : Modern Trousseau Trunk Show


Join us for a trunk show featuring both Bridal and Mother of the Occasion collections from Connecticut based Modern Trousseau! Designer Callie Tein’s silhouettes are perfect for the bride or mom who loves classic details but also wants to set herself apart from the crowd.

At this event you will have the chance to view and try on gorgeous gowns from Modern Trousseau’s complete collection, meet the designer, and receive 10% off your purchase!

We love Modern Trousseau for so many reasons and we are sure you will too! Ring us at 860.669.4596 to schedule your appointment!


xoxo, TWD

What We’re Loving: Cardigans for brides and maids!

Our new favorite accessory is the cardigan!  Whether it is to keep the bride or maids warm on a chilly fall evening, or to bring a pop of color into the attire…we can’t get enough of it!  We are over the moon that one of our fave designers, Ivy & Aster introduced a new line of cardigans for brides and maids at April’s bridal market.  We are waiting with baited breath for them to hit our boutique.  Stay tuned to the blog for their arrival!  In the meantime, you can get a sneak peek at a few of them below, mixed amongst some of our favorite cardigan pairings!


image courtesy of Pinterest

Photo: Carla Ten Eyck | Floral muff Datura: a modern garden | Cardigan: Ivy & Aster

Image courtesy of Style me

Image courtesy of Style me



Photo: Carla Ten Eyck | Dress: Coren Moore | Styling:  Beth Chapman

Image courtesy of Pinterest

Cardigan: Ivy & Aster

xoxo, TWD

‘Mad Men’ Inspired Wedding Editorial featured on Wedding Chicks

This 1960’s influenced editorial shoot was recently featured on Wedding Chicks.  The inspiration for this shoot came from one of our current obsessions- the hit series, Mad Men.  I have always been enthralled with the lady-like fashion of the 1960’s. Gloves, full skirts, pearls, bouffant hair styles- the whole thing! I just adore it!  We felt that The Study Hotel with it’s ‘mid-century modern’ feel was perfect backdrop for this shoot.   

The ‘cast’ involved in this shoot rocked the hair, beauty and amazing details!

Credit Reel:
Photographer: Raw Photo Design
Shoot Design: Jubilee Events
Venue: The Study at Yale
Makeup: Jennie Fresa Makeup & Skincare
Hair: W Salon
Cake: A Little Imagination Cakes
Fashion Stylist: Beth Chapman| The White Dress by The Shore
Flowers: Datura, A Modern Garden
Groom’s Attire: Valentino Tailors
Jewelry: Aquinnah by The White Dress by The Shore
Shoe Designer: Grace
Custom cage veil  : The White Dress by The Shore
Prop or Furniture Rentals: Party Rental Ltd.
Linens: La Tavola Linen


Gowns and Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Amsale | Coren Moore | Anne Barge | Cardigans: Ivy and Aster | Gloves: Carolina Amato | Cardigan Pin: Haute Bride | Necklace: Aquinnah by The White Dress by The Shore| Earrings: Haute Bride

xoxo, TWD

Spring Bling & Tulle Event Designer Profiles

In preparation for our Spring Bling and Tulle event running May 15th -19th we thought it would be nice to provide you with a description from each of our featured designers! Read on to discover why we love them so much, and fall in love yourself! Then ring us at 860.669.4596 to book your appointment to receive 10% off  your accessories purchase during this not-to-be-missed event!


Maria Elena

Quality,originality, and elegance are the three words that capture the essence of Maria Elena designs. Their intricate design ,exquisite detail, and willingness to customize are only a few of the reasons why we love this designer. Each piece is handcrafted in Miami, FL by specialized craft jewelers and set with Swarovski crystals, semi-precious stones.

Haute Bride

Haute Bride’s collection of jewels embodies clean, classic and modern style.

In 2001 while planning her own wedding, designer Lindsie Jones, she was on the search for the perfect hair accessory and after much searching, she set out to make it herself! And from there her business was born. Each piece is hand made by a few craftsmen in San Francisco and we just love the custom look you can achieve with these designs.

a q u i n n a h

image by Carla Ten Eyck 

a q u i n n a h is our in-house jewelry line designed by stylist, Kelley Marks Solomon. All of the pieces are highly customizable and evoke an effortless elegance. Colors and designs can be changed to reflect your uniquely fabulous style! In addition to designing bridal jewels, Kelley’s pieces are also lovely for a mother of the occasion and your entire bridal party!


Kristina Eaton

image by Robert & Kathleen Photographers

Kristina Eaton follows a design philosophy of ‘quality first.’ Each one of her veils is hand created using the very best in materials from around the world, combined with the finest construction techniques. Each veil is created to be as unique as each individual bride. Brides-to-be can select from a wide range on veiling colors in either Kristina’s signature English tulle or silk tulle, then create their own signature style by adding beading, embroideries, laces and even a custom created monogram design.


Lacey Eden

image by Raw Photo Design

Lacey Eden designer, Penny Barone, is our in house head seamstress and veil guru! Her pieces are expertly crafted and entirely customizable- whether you want to incorporate your grandmothers lace, reinvent your mothers veil, or dream up something totally new, Penny is able to make your vision come to life!

 We hope you love all our accessory designers as much as we do- after all it’s all in the details.  Ring us at 860.669.4596 to schedule an appointment for the Spring Bling and Tulle Event and find the perfect accessories to complete your look!

xoxo, TWD

Happy Memorial Day! Holiday Hours

We are taking Saturday, May 26th off for a little R & R!  We hope that you do the same!  We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, May 29th.


We hope you have a relaxing kick off to summer!   By the way, if you love this image as much as we do, then be sure to check out the ‘Nautical Faves’ board on our Pinterest Page.  It will be sure to get you in a patriotic mood!

xoxo, TWD

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