Archive for December, 2012
Glittery Shoot Credits~
Photography- Justin & Mary
Styling- Beth Chapman | The White Dress by the shore
Make up – Jennie Fresa
Hair- Amanda Ripley | Posh Salon
Gold Dress- Ivy & Aster
Cocktail Ring- Haute Bride
Gold sparkly shoes- Badgley Mischka
1. Experienced Shoppers Only
Samples sales are not recommended for brides who have not shopped for gowns before. The point of a sample sale is to find the gown of your dreams at a bargain price! If you have never tried on gowns before, it is not possible to know what silhouette will flatter your figure. Sample sales are often overwhelming. Your first bridal shopping experience should be relaxed and shared with those closest to you. We highly recommend a regular appointment for first time shoppers.
2. Sample Sizes Are Not Universal
Generally sample sizes are 8′s and 10′s and are made for a B cup. If you are under 5’5 or over 5″11 and are larger than a C cup, it is not recommended that you shop at a sample sale. We are able to customize our full price gowns for our brides to accommodate all shapes and sizes. If you are petite, well -endowed or have some other specific size requirement, it is recommended that you schedule an appointment during our regular business hours.
We do have a limited selection of gowns over a size 10 available at the sale. Check the sample sale page of the website for availability.
3. Bring Your Decision Makers
Samples sales are for serious shoppers and those brides that are ready to buy! During a sample sale, you will need to make a decision very quickly. It is recommended that you bring 1-2 individuals whose opinions matter to you the most and who can aid you in selecting your perfect gown.
4. Do Your Research
An educated bride is our favorite bride! Before coming to the sale, be sure that you have tried on gowns and know what specific silhouettes and details flatter you. Check out our website and have a list of those gowns that you would like to try on. Please note that not all sale gowns are listed on the site. Research our designers and knows which ones you will target first.
5. Temper Your Expectations
Sample sales are very different from the usual White Dress by the shore experience. If you do not like crowds, do not like waiting and do not like changing in front of others, we recommend that you schedule an appointment with us during our regular business hours.
The sample sale is first come, first serve. No appointments will be taken that day. Only a limited number of brides can be let into the store at one time, so some waiting may be required. We will do our best to make your experience as fun as possible! It is recommended that you bring a strapless bra and heels with you to the sale.
Get ready for a bargain, ladies!
Engaged over the holidays?! We cannot wait to work with you! Ring us at 860.669.4596 to schedule your personalized consultation with one of our talented stylists! The White Dress by the shore is all about exquisite style and an extraordinary experience – let us introduce you to both!
PHOTOGRAPHY: Carla Ten Eyck and her team–Sara Code-Krawl, Rebecca Hales, and Greg Lewis
HAIR & MAKEUP: Dana Bartone & Co.
FASHION & ACCESSORY STYLING: Beth Chapman of The White Dress by the shore
WEDDING GOWNS: Priscilla of Boston,Amy Kuschel
FLORAL DESIGN : Datura: A Modern Garden
PAPER: Posh Paperie
SHOOT STYLING & TABLE SCAPE: Candice Coppola of Jubilee Events
A selection of our Donna Morgan bridesmaid dresses have arrived and we can’t contain our excitement, especially because we have received their best sellers first! These chiffon stunners come in a variety of lovely hues, ship in a few weeks and are available at a great price- short dresses start at $178! If you haven’t already picked up the phone, ring us at 860.669.4596 to book your bridesmaid appointment today!
We can’t get enough of the incredible and daring backs & necklines from the Fall 2013 New York Bridal Market! The images below, captured by Brides, highlight some of our favorite gowns, from some of the most fabulous designers. Two designers that we are fortunate to carry, Rivini and Amsale were stand out collections that nailed this trend. Watch our upcoming events page for trunk shows when you can see these gowns in person! Ring us at 860.669.4596 to schedule your appointment!
*all images from Brides instagram (#bridesmag)
If you had a blast watching the video culmination of the Engage 2012 Summit by Cloud Nine Creative yesterday in our Recap Post , you must click below for the videos of Day One and Day Two from I Do Films. Watch, laugh and ‘be Engaged’!!
starring the talented, David Beahm
I was fortunate enought to spend last week at the historic Breakers Hotel in West Palm Beach, Florida for the 10th Engage luxury wedding summit. For those not familiar with Engage, it is the brain child of Rebecca Grinnals and Kathryn Arce, founders of Engaging Concepts, a company that provides strategic consulting to the wedding and honeymoon industries. This was my third Engage and by far, my favorite!
For those not familiar with with Engage, it is an innovative series of luxury wedding business events that brings together the wedding industry’s key influencers and thought leaders from around the globe to exchange ideas, network and be inspired to take their businesses to the next level of success. I have gotten so much from attending Engage. Not only has it provided me inspiration for my business, but has introduced me to tastemakers in the industry that have become not only mentors, but friends.
The Breakers Resort outdid themselves! Every detail was perfectly planned and orchestrated. We are a tough bunch to impress, but our expectations were exceeded in every possible way!
The images above show the tangerine filled room where we listened to speakers each day and the incredible swag that we received upon registering. My friends Susan and Heather, founders of Gifts for the Good Life, a company that provides artfully branded goodies to business and brides, never disappoint with the creative gifts that they provide us! They are always useful, innovative and perfectly brand appropriate!
Throughout the week we listened to inspiring talks from some of the most talented and creative people in the wedding industry. They shared advice, relatable stories and inspirational words. Pictured above are my friends Tait and Abby Larson, founders of Style Me Pretty. They spoke about transforming Abby’s brainchild, a small wedding blog that she started in her bedroom, into one of the most influential wedding blogs and brands in the industry that was just partially purchased by AOL. Also featured above is caterer extraordinaire and creator of all things mini, Peter Callahan. We alway love hearing him speak, not only for his brilliant insight, but because he shares with us some of his delicious creations! Above, I am clinking my mini Bloody Mary that was severed with a tiny bagel with lox with my friend, Kelly McWilliams, founder of Brides by Socialites. Peter also treated us to mini stacks of blueberry pancakes! Can you say YUM?!
I felt like I was on Oprah’s Favorite Things show when were were presented with a gift certificate for a pair of Tieks- my new favorite obsession! If you are familiar with Tieks, they are THE MOST comfortable shoe on the market! They come in tons of fashionables colors and fabrics. They are perfect for people like us who are on their feet all day, but I also adore them for brides and maids!
Some of my favorite insights from our speakers were the following:
“Kindness in business is an invisible bottom line: You can’t see it but you know it’s there when you connect with it” – Simon T. Bailey
“It’s not about what you lost, it’s about who stood by you” – Ed Libby
“Change. It’s the new black!” – David Beahm
“Never underestimate the person sitting next to you.” – Abby Larson, Style me Pretty
“It’s not who you are that holds you back from success, it’s who you think your’e not”- Simon T. Bailey
“You didn’t come here to stay the same, did you? – Make it happen” – Lara Casey, Southern Weddings Magazine
The first evening we were treated to a good southern welcome at the Opening Party. We were encouraged to wear Boots & Bows to get in the down home spirit! No detail was spared at this gorgeous event- from the glorious clear, illuminated tent that was resurrected on the resort propety, to the delicous southern style food, it was an incredible way to kick off our Engage experience!
When we registered at the beginning of Engage, we picked a card at random that assigned us to a dine-around dinner to take place on the second evening. Guests are escorted to local area restaraunts where we dined with 8 Engage attendees and our table was hosted by someone who is a leader in the wedding industry. My dine around was led by the uber talented and absolutely hysterical, Tara Guerard from Charleston, South Carolina. If you are not familiar with Tara’s work, you must check out her site! She recently planned the wedding of Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively that you will be able to read about in the latest issue of Martha Stewart Weddings, due to hit newstands on December 24th! The dine-around was truly the highlight of my Engage experience. My table was filled with such talents that I instantly bonded with. We had a raucous evening and created memories and friendships that will last forever!
After dinner, we were escorted back to the hotel and treated to a Winter Wonderland themed desert party, complete with ice sculptures, dancing Rockets, and even snow! – in Florida!!
Featured center left: Myself, with an old friend that I met at a previous Engage, Kasey Conyers of Bliss Events, and a new friend, Colin Cowie. Center right: Being sparkly with Kelly McWilliams, founder of Weddings by Socialites. Bottom far right: More friends that I met at previous Engage’s- Photographer, Sarah Natasha Horowitz, and my fellow fashionista and the king of impromptu posing, Elan Villamor, producer for I Do Films (the talented filmakers that created the Day 1 and 2 recaps that we will post tomorrow).
Each detail was immaculate- including every coffee and lunch break. As were in West Palm Beach, we had a coffee break and luncheon designed with a Lilly Pulitzer flair- which of course, I could not get enough of!
Featured top center: Myself and Nichole of Coral Phesant enjoying a red velevet encrusted deep-friend Oreo that was served at a circus themed break. This one of my favorite images from Engage, captured by Sarah Natasha. Bottom center- these adorable fabric flowers doubled as our seating assigments for a fabulous Palm- Beach inspired luncheon. It was such a clever detail!
The final evening we celebrated with a Gala event that was awe-inspiring. When were escorted into a ballroom in The Breakers swatched in glorious light and bursting with gorgeous blooms. The piece de resistance was a choir singing “In the Name of Love”, by U2. There were goosebumps and damp eyes all around!! After the most divine meal, we were brought into another ballroom that had been transformed into a Miami-style club, complete with a DJ suspended from a second story scaffolding tower, a 21 piece band by Elan Artists and painted dancers on pedestrals. It was an incredible evening!
Featured Top Center: With two of my favorite girls, Kasey Conyers and Nichole Michel, Middle Left: Nichole and I with my friend Anthony Luscia, editor for Martha Stweart Weddings, Middle Right: We were surprised with a visit by Randy Fenoli, who had just flown in from hosting an episode of Randy to the Rescue with my friends at Anna Be in Denver. He took the always inspiring, cake diva, Sylvia Weinstock for a spin on the dancefloor and they exchanged glasses as a goof! Bottom Center: From left- Kym Bychon of The Breakers who was responsible for the lovely evening, Sarah Natasha Horowtiz, myself, Nichole Michel and Carla Ten Eyck.
Thank you to Rebecca and Kathryn for creating Engage and providing all of us the opportunity to connect and to be inspired by each other. I can’t wait for the next one! To get the full feel of the Engage experience, be sure to watch this recap video by Cloud 9 Creative.