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As Seen In: Bliss Celebrations

We are so incredibly honored to have one of our images gracing the cover of the latest issue of Bliss Celebrations! The ‘fashionably fun’ shoot then makes its debut in a four page spread inside the mag. Scroll below for a sneak peek as well as a look at one of our brides’ elegant soirees which also graces our favorite local read (stay tuned for more from this wedding as it will be an upcoming Pretty Post on the blog)!

Pick up this magazine at your local carrier!

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 xoxo, TWD

As Seen On: Style me Pretty Tartan and Tulle Styled Bridal Shoot

Blow a goodbye kiss to winter with this seasonal shoot styled by owner, Beth Chapman and planned by Stacie Shea Events! Scroll below to see all of the ‘tartan and tulle’- inspired beauty captured by photographer Charlotte Jenks Lewis.








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A  note from Beth: I have a slight obsession with all things plaid! I have wanted to style a shoot with tartan details for some time. When I laid eyes on this adorable long sleeve floral lace dress from Modern Trousseau at October bridal market, I knew that I had the found the perfect gown to feature in a plaid shoot. I loved layering the textures of the floral lace pattern, soft tulle and classic Black Watch Plaid and collaborating with Stacie to incorporate them throughout the shoot.

I worked with a company out of Scotland to create a Black Watch tartan bow belt to pair with a custom Modern Trousseau short tulle skirt. I completed the look with a navy on navy striped shirt from the Gap and created, dare I say, the sweetest bridesmaid look!

My friends at Valentino Tailors made my dreams come true when they offered up a Black Watch tartan tuxedo for our male model to wear! It was plaid perfection!

Event Planner, Stacie Shea and I loved showing how you can take one simple element and carry it throughout all of the details of your wedding- from the invitation, to the flowers, to the fashion!

Here is some commentary from the lovely Stacie Shea weighing in on the concept of this stunning shoot:

The insanely talented Beth Chapman contacted me back in December completely motivated by all the snow that was set in our forecast for the month of January. We set out and decided we wanted to create a shoot inspired by the beauty of the outdoors, the abundant amount of winter snow we were getting and the beautiful coloring of the Scottish Black Watch plaid.

Beth and I thought it was so important to show brides that plaid can be used throughout the winter season and even throughout the year. Many times plaid is reserved for the pre-Christmas and holiday time frame and we wanted brides to see the beauty and femininity in using this plaid paired with beautiful tulle throughout their wedding day.

The tablescape did just that by tying together a large amount of textures, patterns and beauty all in one space. The white sequin tablecloth was draped with a tulle overlay to soften the sequins and give a small amount of shimmer to the table. We used beautiful gold chargers from Juliska tied with Black Watch Scottish tartan and dark forest green silk napkins. The table was adorned in beautiful stems with the inspiration being the anemone. Its dark center was a way to really pull in the dark nature of the plaid into our tablescape and floral design.

The wedding cake we felt needed to reflect the romantic and extremely detailed aspects of the wedding dress. The bottom layer of the cake matched perfectly the floral lace pattern of the bodice of the Modern Trousseau dress. It was finished off with the perfect Black Watch tartan bow.

The Winvian Resort and Spa was the perfect location for this shoot! It was a cold, foggy, snowy day in Connecticut, which only helped to complete the story of this shoot even more perfectly. The Gordon Brown room with its raw and exposed wood beams brought in the rustic elements we were hoping to have and to complete all the elements of the shoot. Its beautifully refurbished wood elements gave the tablescape and styling the exact pops that it needed to stand out and make this shoot so incredibly beautiful!”

Want more from this shoot? Click here to see the images on Style Me Pretty!

Photography: Charlotte Jenks Lewis Photography

Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau

Flowers:Splendid Stems

Cake: Lovely Cakes

Invitations: Meant To Be Sent

Jewelry: Haute Bride

Bridesmaids Dresses: Shirt- The Gap, Skirt- Custom Modern Trousseau 

Event Planning: Stacie Shea Events 

Event Design: Stacie Shea Events

Make-up: Jennie Fresa 

Hair: Posh Salon 

Bow Hair Comb:Unique Jewelry Boutique

Chargers: Juliska

Coasters: Jonathan Adler

Custom Plaid Bow Belt:Scotland Shop

Fashion Styling: Beth Chapman

Groom\’s Attire: Valentino Tailors

Models: The Beauty Within Agency 

Napkins: Wildflower Linens

Plaid Shoes: J Crew

Table Linens: La Tavola



xoxo, TWD

As Seen On: MassAppeal, Translating Red Carpet Oscar Fashion to Your Wedding

Owner, Beth Chapman recently appeared on WWL’s Mass Appeal to show how to take red carpet Oscar glamour and translate it to your wedding day. Watch the segment above to see Beth and makeup artist d.d Nickel weigh in on the trends and discuss how they can be taken from red carpet to white aisle!

xoxo, TWD

As Seen In: Connecticut Bride, Styled 1920′s Shoot

We are absolutely honored have styled a shoot that makes up a gorgeous three page spread featured in the most recent issue of Connecticut Bride magazine! One of the fabulous images also graces the cover of this local read.

In addition, the coffee table book The White Dress in color co-written by owner Beth Chapman is also reviewed on page 12. Scroll on to see the pages and read more about this fantastic shoot! 



We love the style of the 1920′s, which is why we jumped at the chance to participate in a project dreamed up by Dani Fine Photography at The Society Room in Hartford, CT. This shoot featured some true industry greats and we had so much fun working with them all – Tony Palmeri for Green Dahlia  on flowers, A Little Imagination Cakes on sweets and the ultra talented Larissa Lake on hair and makeup. Not to mention the gorgeous paper from Hartford Prints! ,which made our hearts go pitter-patter.

 Our inspiration for fashion was dramatic and moody, to compliment the classic city venue filled with dark woods and rich tones. The Society Room had a past life as a bank, so that grand feel of an era gone by still runs throughout.  We enjoyed using both old and new pieces when styling this shoot.  We incorporated vintage inspired pieces from  Maria Elena and from The Wedding Dresser.  We were also lent a selection of period accessories from The Something Old Collection, which couldn’t have been more perfect to compliment the looks. The piece de resistance was a vintage dress straight from the 1920′s, borrowed from Tova’s Vintage Shop . The gowns used in the shoot were from  Amy Kuschel and Rivini and bridesmaid styles from Donna Morgan, including a forest green velvet style that we just adored. But the show could not have gone on without the suits and tuxes lent to us by our stylish friend, Enzo Valentino,  of Valentino Tailors- the morning suit and ascot could not have been more period appropriate. In addition, we just love the swoon worthy boudoir photos at the end of this spread- provided and styled by Josie of Beneath the Gown. We hope you enjoy the images so much that you run out and scoop up a copy of Connecticut Bride!




For more from this vintage-inspired shoot, click here!


xoxo, TWD

As Seen In: Style Me Pretty Living- Beth’s bedroom redesign by Hartley & Hill Design

A little over a year ago, Super Storm Sandy struck the East Coast and literally struck my home!  For years, my husband and I had discussed redecorating our bedroom, but other house projects always took precedence.  Because after all, why make your bedroom pretty when no one really sees it?!  Well,  “Sandy” decided to force our hand in the re-decorating decision!

During the storm, an 80 foot oak tree fell on our house, landing on one of the dormers and collapsing it into our bedroom.  The tree was so tall that it covered the entire width of my house!  We had a guardian angel watching over us that day for so many reasons –  1)  The fact that the tree fell on the dormer, a reinforced structure, was a blessing.  The dormer ‘broke the fall’ of the tree and prevented it from falling through to the first floor of our home.  2)  One of the branches from the tree impaled the gabled roof in the front of the house, also helping to slow the tree’s momentum. 3) I had JUST been in the bedroom moments before and had left because the wind was getting intense and I had a terrible feeling that something was going to happen. 4) Because I came downstairs, my husband got up from our dining room table where he was working, which was directly below where the tree fell.

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After a very stressful few days of cranes, chainsaws and trucks, the tree was removed from our house.  The holes were boarded and tarped, and an insurance adjuster (who drove all the way from Texas in that crazy snow storm we had a few days later) came out and gave us a quote for the damage.  It was then that we began to think about how we wanted to transform the bedroom.  My first call was to my friends Sara and Melissa at Hartley and Hill Designs.  Sara and I have been friends for years and she understands my taste level perfectly.  Sara created a rendering of a design  for the room and it was PERFECTION! I did not want to change a thing!  I am honored to have revealed the finished product on Style Me Pretty Living(click the link to see their post and a full gallery of images)



As terrible as the entire experience was for myself and my family, it taught me so many things.  Firstly, we were so thankful that the damaged that we experienced was minimal compared to what so many others experienced.  We had a hole in our house, but we still had a house!  There were so many that did not!  Secondly, I learned that your bedroom should be your sanctuary. It should not matter that no one spends time in your room but you and your family.   Your bedroom should be beautiful and  filled with the things that bring you comfort and joy! I wake up every morning now and look around and can’t believe that I am so lucky to be in such a beautiful space, surrounded by pictures of my husband and children.

I can’t thank Sara and Melissa enough for transforming my room and for creating an environment that is so beautiful that when I look at it,  I don’t think about the damage that was done, but instead about the beauty that was created!

And a big smooch to my girl, Carla Ten Eyck for capturing all of the beauty of this project!














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xoxo, TWD

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