As Seen In Bliss Celebrations: Gedney Farm Winter Photo Shoot

There is just so much to love about this shoot!  I was thrilled when Amy Blau, a long time friend, and publisher of Bliss Celebrations Magazine, asked Jubilee Events, Carla Ten Eyck and I to conceptualize a shoot for the 2015 issue.  We collectively decided to do a winter shoot and Diana and Libby of Jubliee Events put together a masculine inspired color palate of navy, chocolate, burnt orange and a touch of silver.

Some of our industry besties were brought into the creative process-  Hana Floral Design, Ryan Designs, Coral Pheasant Stationary and But a Dream Custom Cakes -and pure beauty was created!  I think one of things that I love the most about styled shoots is having a concept put out there and seeing how each talented vendor interprets the vision.  Often, we each work independently and aren’t aware of how each of the individual pieces will come together to create the finished product.  For me, that is what makes these shoots so fun!  However, it is also makes it essential to collaborate with vendors that you trust and who share a common taste level.

Nichole from Coral Pheasant really knocked it out of the park with the incredible paper for the shoot. Can we discuss the wooden invitation?!  Nichole is the ultimate perfectionist.  I am in awe watching her style her paper.  It is truly an art form!

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Truth be told, part of the reason that we decided on a winter shoot was because I wanted to style this angora sweater dress from Ivy and Aster!  It’s simplistic, clean lines were perfect for the feel of the shoot.  Ps- the model, Emma and I had to hop across rocks in a frozen river to get this stunning shot.  But, it was worth it!

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The texture and colors of the table scape were stunning and fit beautifully with the rustic feel of the venue, Gedney Farm.  How amazing is this custom made Love sign by Ryan Designs?!

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The original vision involved a horse and we were hell-bent on making it happen!  After many phone calls and a bit of a drive in the middle of the shoot we found Mr. Eddington!  He so desperately wanted to nibble on the bouquet!  It was such a great moment, even he is smiling in this shot!

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To balance out the masculine colors and details of the shoot, I decided to dress the bridesmaid in a romantic lace dress from Amsale.

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I was in love with this ingenious way to display the menu for your guests!

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This shot might just be my favorite from the whole shoot!  This precious little reception dress is from Kate McDonald bridal.  In later shots, I paired it with a matching pleated overskirt for a more dramatic look!

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I loved all of the textures in this shoot- the angora sweater dress, fur stoles, leather gloves and the lace bridesmaid dress.  I wanted to bring texture into the groom’s attire as well. I had a vision for a velvet tuxedo and Enzo from Valentino Tailors brought it to life for me.  The groom is in a black velvet jacket and our master seamstress, Penny created a blue velvet bow tie for me!

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This series of shots happened almost ‘by accident’.  But, sometimes that is how the best images come to life!  Enzo showed me this amazing Marsala tweed jacket.  It didn’t really fit with the color story of the shoot, but I brought it along any way ‘just in case’.  Our male model Peter, happened to bring his sweet English Sheepdog puppy with him.  As the last shot of the day, we had Peter throw on the jacket and brought in his cute pooch!  The result was fabulous and it made the magazine!

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Thank you to Bliss for the amazing opportunity to collaborate on this shoot and a big smooch to my industry friends who are always up for anything, always bring their A-game and never cease to amaze me with their creativity and talent!

Credit Reel:

Venue: Gedney Farm

Photography: Carla Ten Eyck

Creative Direction & Design: Jubilee Events

Styling: Beth Chapman

Floral Design: Hana Floral Design

Paper Design and Styling : Coral Pheasant Stationary 

Rentals: Rentals Unlimited and Reserve Modern Event Rental

Lighting: Ryan Designs

Hair: Emily Reale

Beauty: Erica T. Martell

Cake: But a Dream Custom Cakes

Wedding Gowns: Ivy & Aster and Kate McDonald Bridal

Bridesmaid Dress: Amsale

Belt: Ivy & Aster

Fur Stole: Modern Trousseau

Fur Coat: provided by stylist

Bridesmaid Headband: Maria Elena

Earrings: Haute Bride

Statement Necklace: Haute Bride

Leather Gloves: Carolina Amato

Velvet Gloves: provided by stylist

Jeweled Purse: Maria Elena

Shoes: Nine West and Nina Shoes

Tuxedos: Valentino Tailors

Custom Velvet Bowtie: The White Dress by the shore

xoxo, Beth


Introducing: A Collaboration with J. Crew Factory Stores – Let us help dress your groom!

We are such HUGE fans of J. Crew and it is for that reason that we are tickled to be able to collaborate with them to dress your groom and groomsmen!  Our brides have the unique opportunity to set up a private shopping experience with the talented stylists at the J. Crew Factory Menswear Shop to outfit the men in their bridal party and are entitled to a 20% discount off of suits or tuxedos.

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The stylists at J. Crew will meet with your groom alone or with his  groomsmen to discuss all of their suiting options and to wardrobe them to coordinate beautifully with the bridesmaid dresses that you have purchased from us.  The consultations take place at The Clinton Crossings location either during regular store hours (10-9 Mon-Sat and 10-6 on Sun) or by special appointment after hours.

If you want to first take a sneak peek at the suiting and tuxedo options available, we have a gorgeous swatch book at Chic by the Shore, our bridesmaid atelier, that can be referenced while shopping for your bridesmaid dresses.  The quality of their fabric selection is incredible and include Worsted Wool, Oxford Cloth, Cotton Pique, Chino, and our favorite, Seersucker. Suit and tuxedo sizes range from 34 short to 46 regular for the jackets and from 28/32 to 38/32 in the pants.

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And of course, J. Crew offers a large variety of ties, bow ties and pocket squares to complete the look.

Contact us for more information or visit Chic by the Shore for a consultation to receive your special invitation to take part in  this unique collaboration.  {860.669.4596}

 

xoxo, TWD


As Seen In: Bliss Celebrations

The 2015 issue of Bliss Celebrations Magazine was just released and it is stunning! I was so honored to have styled several features in this magazine!

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The shoot below was shot at the beautiful Stonington Vineyards. It poured rain throughout the day which made it challenging to shoot and style, but it created a beautiful mist that added to the romance of the shoot!

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Shoot credits:  Photography: Leslie Dumke, Fashion Styling: Beth Chapman, Beauty: Erin Infantino for Simply Gorgeous by Erin, Models: The Beauty Within Agency, Floral Design: Hana Floral, Cake: Ana Parzych Cakes, Maids Dresses: Amsale, Gown: Anne Barge,  Bridal Sash: Ivy and Aster

 

The image on the left is from a shoot that I planned an styled in New York City.  It was a fun collaboration with the talented Justin & Mary Marantz for their blog, The Black Tie Bride. This image was actually totally unplanned.  We were walking towards Central Park, where the shoot was to take place when the wind picked up and blew Liane’s skirt.  Suddenly, Justin asked her to stop, and of course, she struck the perfect pose- and Viola!  The perfect image!

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Shoot credits: Photography: Justin & Mary, Fashion Styling: Beth Chapman, Beauty: d.d. Nickel , Gown: Theia, Tulle Skirt: Custom The White Dress by the shore, Belt: Ivy and Aster, Earrings: Haute Bride.

 

The spread below is a real wedding.  I had the absolute pleasure of styling Linnea and her Mom for her big day.  Doesn’t she look stunning?

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Wedding Credits:  Photography: Michelle Gardella, Event Planner: Sixpence for your Shoe, Venue: The Wadsworth Mansion, Beauty: Naomi’s Studio & Salon, Gown: Oscar de la Renta, Headband: Maria Elena, Earrings and Bracelet: Haute Bride, Veil: Custom The White Dress by the shore

 

This shoot is near and dear to my heart, as it features my daughter Lindsay and her sweet friends. They had a blast getting all dolled up for this shoot and receiving the royal treatment!

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Shoot credits:  Photography: Carla Ten Eyck, Fashion Styling: Beth Chapman, Hair: Jennie Kay, Makeup: d.d. Nickel, Shoot Design: Jubilee Events, Decor: Ryan Designs, Venue: The Ballroom at Providence G,  Dresses: Lula Kate, Accessories: Kate Spade, Lindsay’s Outfit: Custom, provided by stylist.

 

To me, there is not much more romantic than a winter wedding!  I was honored when Bliss asked my favorite creative team, Jubilee Events, Carla Ten Eyck and me, to conceptualize a shoot for this issue.  We landed on a masculine, meets feminine theme filled with texture in The Berkshires.   I am in love with the long sleeve, angora sweater gown that I used in this shoot. It was the perfect streamlined silhouette and it helped to keep the model toasty in the freezing temps! To see more of this shoot, stay tuned to our blog!

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shoot credits:  Photography: Carla Ten Eyck, Fashion Styling: Beth Chapman, Shoot Design: Jubilee Events, Lighting: Ryan Designs, Hair: Emily Reale of Beaucage Salon & Spa, Make up: Erica Martell, Floral Design: Hana Floral, Paper: Coral Pheasant Stationery,  Angora gown: Ivy and Aster, Reception Dress and Ball Skirt: Kate McDonald Bridal, Fur Stole: Modern Trousseau, Groom’s Attire: Valentino Tailors.

To see the entire issue firsthand, click here.  Or, it is available on newsstands or you can pick up a complimentary copy when you shop with us in the month of April!

 xoxo, Beth


Picture of the Week

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Today’s {Picture of the Week} is an absolutely stunning image from one of our styled shoots in New York. What better way to honor our Couture Bridal Event, than with this gorgeous and unexpected pale blue gown? Have you scheduled your appointment yet? We still have availability this Saturday between 10 and 2:30 – ring us at 860.669.4596!

Photography: Justin & Mary

Beauty: d.d. Nickel

Styling: Beth Chapman

xoxo, TWD


Introducing: Sara Gabriel Veils & Accessories!

We are thrilled to announce that Sara Gabriel Veiling and Headpieces will be joining our esteemed list of accessories designers! Every Sara Gabriel veil is individually cut by a professional milliner, finished by hand and beautifully packaged in a preservation-quality garment bag. Sara’s collection of headpieces and hair jewelry is meticulously crafted from freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystals, hand-sculpted flowers, and glittering rhinestones. This Denver, Colorado based company prides itself on the fact that every piece they make can be completely customized to suit your style!

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Join us as we launch this fabulous collection during our Baubles, Veils & Cocktails event tomorrow from 5-8 PM, where you’ll receive a 10% discount on all Sara Gabriel veils and accessories! Catie & Amy will also be here, offering complimentary 30-minute mini hair trials! Ring us at 860.669.4596 to schedule an appointment.

xoxo, TWD 


April 2 – 4: Hayley Paige ‘Best Of’ Trunk Show

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xoxo, TWD


How to Style a Jumpsuit!

Recently, our friends at Donna Morgan asked TWD owner and stylist, Beth Chapman to style one of their jumpsuits for their blog. Beth stepped in front of the camera to show us how versatile a jumpsuit can be by styling a fabulous one six different ways. Scroll through the looks below and see what she has to say about accessories, wardrobe staples, bridesmaids dresses, and more!

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Jumpsuit- Donna Morgan,  Shoes- Nine West

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Look 2 (Sunday brunch): Jumpsuit- Donna Morgan,  Necklace- Aquinnah Jewelry, Belt- ASOS,  Shoes- J.Crew, Clutch- Vintage

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Look 3 (Out to Dinner): Jumpsuit- Donna Morgan, Necklaces- J. Crew, Belt- ASOS,  Motorcycle Jacket- Tahari, Shoes- Vince Camuto

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Look 4 (Off to Work): Jumpsuit- Donna Morgan, Necklace- Aquinnah Jewelry, Sweater- J. Crew, Bag- Hermes, Shoes- Nine West

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Look 5 (Bridal Shower): Jumpsuit- Donna Morgan, Floral Jacket- Target, Shoes- Two Lips, Sunglasses- Ray Ban

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Look 6 (Cocktail Party): Jumpsuit- Donna Morgan, Earrings- provided by stylist, Beaded Striped Jacket- Ann Taylor,  Shoes- Nine West

Photography: Jeremie Barlow, Beauty: Jennie Fresa 

Donna Morgan: We love how cleverly you styled your Donna Morgan jumpsuit for so many occasions!  What makes an item versatile?  What should we be looking for when shopping for a versatile piece?

A versatile piece is one that can easily work with many other items in your wardrobe.  It is something that can be dressed up or dressed down depending on the occasion.   People think that a versatile piece has to be a basic staple or a solid color.  That is not necessarily the case.  The rule is that if you can wear it with at least 3 other items in your wardrobe, than it is versatile!

Donna Morgan: Accessories are key to any outfit transformation.  What are the five ‘can’t live without’ accessories in your wardrobe?

I LOVE accessories!  They can transform the entire look of an outfit.  I don’t think I can pick just 5! My ‘can’t live without’ accessories are always changing depending on the season!  For fall/winter they were my animal print flats, my fur vest and my camel colored leather booties.  For spring, I am currently loving my neon pink heels, anything printed and floral and my leather motorcycle jacket.

Donna Morgan: From a fashion house executive in NYC to a business-owning wife and mother of two, how has your personal style changed?  What aspects of your personal style have stayed the same?

I have always had a classic/preppy sensibility (a hybrid of Kate Spade, J. Crew and Carolina Herrera).  I love to get dressed up – in fact, I am known for being overdressed.  But, my motto is that you can never be too overdressed!  I think as I get older and I am busy with the kids, the boutique, and styling, comfort has become more important to me. I tend to gravitate more toward wedges and flats vs. 4” stilettos!

Donna Morgan: Entering the professional arena, many women find themselves needing a whole new wardrobe without a large budget.  What are the ‘must have’ staples?  What are your secrets for saving on style?

The basics that I think that every working woman should have in her wardrobe are:

  • A great white shirt
  • A black pencil skirt
  • A great pair of black or neutral pants
  • A colorful cardigan
  • A little black dress
  • A beautiful black pump

These pieces can all be mixed and matched with each other and dressed up or dressed down depending on the occasion.  Of course, I like every woman, love a good deal! So keep your eyes out for sales.  The beginning and end of each season are the best times to get discounted prices.  My biggest tip is that when you are investing in wardrobe staples, be sure that they are good quality.  These are items that you will have for years and that you will wear over and over again.  The majority of your budget should go to these items.  Spend less on trendy items, as you will only wear them for 1-2 seasons.

Donna Morgan: As your daughter becomes a teenager, does she place importance on personal style?  Have you influenced her style in any way?

For a while she was all about sweatshirts and yoga pants and I was sweating it out!  But, thank goodness those days are behind us! I encourage Lindsay, and all women, to identify her own personal style and dress according to that.  Of course, she has been influenced by my style.  But, as she is getting older it is so fun to watch her own unique style emerge!

Donna Morgan: You are the proprietor of one of the country’s top bridal salons, the author of a book on wedding inspiration and a mentor with The QC School’s Styling Program.  As an expert, what advice do you have for a bridesmaid wanting to get another wear out of her bridesmaid dress?  Black and Navy are easy, but what if the dress is a bright, bridesmaid-y color?

Wearing a bridesmaid dress again is a challenge for sure, as you don’t want to look like a bridesmaid!  I think the key is that it needs to be a short dress and you need to style it with accessories that don’t look like you just stepped out of a wedding!  If is a short structured bright colored dress; perhaps pair it with a complementary colored bright pair of colored heels and a fun statement necklace.   It is a soft flowy dress; perhaps a strappy wedge sandal and a long gold necklace.

Donna Morgan: Obviously, the bride is the star of the show…but what can a bridesmaid do to ensure she looks her best in her dress on the big day?

I love that there is trend toward mis-matched bridesmaid dresses and allowing bridesmaids to select a silhouette that flatters her figure.  My best advice for bridesmaids is to know your body type and find the silhouette that is most flattering on you.  Also, be sure to wear the proper undergarments, as they make all of the difference in the fit of the dress.  A supportive bra is key!

Donna Morgan: I know it’s hard to choose… but of the six looks you created with your Donna Morgan jumpsuit, which is your favorite?

Oh my gosh – such a hard choice!!  Because I am so looking forward to spring, I think my favorite look was the floral printed jacket, neon shoes and sunglasses!  And the best part of that look is that the jacket and shoes combined only cost about $65!

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xoxo, TWD

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