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What We’re Loving: Amsale’s Collection

With our Amsale Bridal Trunk Show rapidly approaching (November 7th-9th), we thought we would share our jovial anticipation with you by posting some of  the that will be in-store this Thursday through Saturday.

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We love how Amsale adapted it’s ‘forever modern’ style to suit the tastes of any bride this season- whether you would describe your style as etherial/bohemian (see Carson) to city-chic (see Houson and Jane) to classically elegant (see Cameron and Bryant), there is truly a dress for every bride in Amsale’s Fall 2014 Collection!

Ring us to book your trunk show appointment to receive 10% off the ‘forever modern’ gown that’s just for you! Purchase during the trunk show to be gifted a FREE veil in addition to your discount! 860.669.4596

Can’t get enough Amsale? While you’re at it book an appointment for next weekend’s Amsale Bridesmaid Trunk Show from November 14th-16th.

 

xoxo, TWD


Finding the right wedding gown for your body type

Of course many factors come into play when finding the dress of your dreams- your venue, your vision and your personal style, to name a few. But perhaps the most important factor of all is that you feel great in your gown. Your wedding dress should highlight your best assets while minimizing the areas you aren’t so fond of! The right silhouette is key so that you may feel beautiful and confident on your wedding day.

We have selected gowns from our collection that we feel best flatter each body type- take a peek and then give us a ring so that we may help you in finding the right wedding gown for your body type-  860.669.4596

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If you have are less endowed, you can always add a bit of volume in your bust with rouching, a sweet heart neckline, or with a cowl cut like this gown by David Fielden.  A small bust means you can get away with a sheer or very low back (no need for a proper long-line style bra). We love this gown because it is sexy, without the need for cleavage. Wish a small bust, stay away from a straight-across neckline as it can make your bust appear smaller!

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If  you have a full bust and your top half makes you a bit self conscious, you can show off the ‘girls’ in a more demure way with a softer neckline like that of ‘Marena’ by Modern Trousseau. The security of straps allows for a “worry-free” wedding day and the fuller skirt creates the effect of balance between the top and bottom halves of the body.  Avoid gowns that are backless if you are larger than a C cup, as it is difficult to support a full cup size without a proper bra.

 

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If you would describe yourself as a-little-less-than-curvy or ‘athletic’, then a gown like this is for you!  ’Dove’ by Modern Trousseau offers structure and creates curves in all the right places. The combination of thoughtfully placed lace, a fit to flare silhouette, and corset detailing, draw the eye down an athletic frame and pull in your waist. If this style isn’t for you, consider adding a sash to any gown- and voila, instant waistline! Stay away from dresses with a sheath-like shape or empire waist.

 

 

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With a fuller hip, look for a gown that highlights your waist! A modified A-line style like Amsale’s ‘Paige’ is great for masking a larger bottom half without overwhelming the rest of your body. The gown is fitted through the waist and then delicately skims the hip- enhancing your shape without adding any extra volume as a fuller ball gown may do (which can sometimes amplify this insecurity). Steer clear of ultra-mermaid styles and large ball gowns.

 

 

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If you are petite, then finding a wedding gown can be harder than it seems! Samples are made to fit a taller frame and it can be difficult to get a good idea of how they will look on you once altered. Be sure to bring heels to your appointment (even if you don’t plan on wearing them on your big day) to give yourself a better idea of how the dress will look once it is in proportion. For petite girls, as with all shapes and sizes, it is important to trust in your seamstress and your stylist.  It can be difficult to envision the finished product when trying on samples, so listen to their recommendations. For a smaller frame, we will often recommend  a gown like Augusta Jones’ ‘Jayma’.  Its sweet heart neckline elongates your top half and the clean lines create length within the body. Avoid gowns with horizontal seams or too much ‘poof’, as they can divide and overwhelm your shape.

 

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If your arms are your insecurity (aren’t they almost everybody’s?!) then a bolero, sleeve, or bridal cover up may be for you! If you are looking for a seamless addition to conceal your arms, we can order extra fabric from your dress designer to create a custom sleeve or strap. If that option doesn’t work for you then we have a variety of boleros and cover ups that make the perfect addition to any gown. But do be aware, sometimes when we are concerned with our less-than-perfect-arms our first tendency is to cover them up, yet that may not work for every body. In some cases, a sleeve or strap can just add attention to your least favorite part. Explore some strapless options as you may find that it looks (and feels) better than you expected.  If you do opt for a sleeve, we recommend one that hits a bit lower on the arm if you are looking to draw attention away;  the ‘Addison’ top from Jenny Yoo does just this! Want to see more of our favorite coverage options? Click here.


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If you have broad shoulders, look for a gown that draws attention inward. This can be done using a sash with a central focus (like a brooch or feather) or with straps that bring the eye towards the center of the body. A V-neck gown such as ‘Osmonde’ from Anne Barge helps to balance a broad upper half. Steer clear of off the shoulder styles.

 

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Our recommendations are simply a guideline as we understand that all brides are unique.  It is our ultimate goal to make sure each bride feels comfortable, happy and beautiful, so be sure to book an appointment with one of our talented stylists so that they may help you feel your ultimate best on your big day. All of the gowns above are currently available to try on in the boutique, so if you are curious on how they might look on you, give us a ring at 860.669.4596!

xoxo, TWD

 

 

 


Fall 2014 Bridal Market Trends

We spent the weekend in New York City sitting through runway shows and visiting the showrooms of our designers for Fall 2014 Bridal Market.  By the end of the weekend after a hectic schedule and seeing hundreds of gowns from all of our favorite designers, it began to all be a blur of white.  But, there were definitely a few spectacular standout trends we couldn’t be more excited about.  Below is a recap of the trends for Fall 2014 bridal market:

1.       PINK

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Blush made a debut last season as the color-du-jour in bridal, but Vera Wang brought it to another level this season, by showing her entire collection in various shades of pink!

Vera’s selected more intense hues of the color for her pieces, however,  I forsee Vera’s color choices being more popular for bridesmaids rather than the bride. It cannot be denied that brides respond more openly to gowns in a subtle blush tone,  like this gown from Romona Keveza Legends.   Blush is a romantic color that truly flatters all skin tones and we are happy to see the trend continue in varying shades this season.

 

2.      OFF THE SHOULDER NECKLINES

We are happy to say that the neckline of the season was ‘off the shoulder’! It graced every runway.

This neckline style  is so flattering because it still shows off your decolletage, but provides a little more coverage and interest than a strapless gown.  It also lends itself beautifully to a sleeve at varying lengths. Check out a few of our favorites below:

3.      GOLD

Gold was also a staple at Fall 2014 Bridal Market.  Many designers incorporated gold into their collection through gold thread woven into their laces, providing a subtle hint of metallic shimmer.  Accessories are also taking on a golden hue,  in both gold and rose gold.  This warm metallic tone was a breath of fresh air against the flurry of  blush tone gowns being shown.

Gown by Jenny Yoo

Gown by Jenny Yoo

Gown by Theia

Gown by Theia

Headpiece by Maria Elena

Headpiece by Maria Elena

4.       DELICATE BEADING & CAP SLEEVES

Last season was all about opulent beading coming off of the Great Gatsby movie trend.  This season, the beading was much more delicate and subtle; it was shown either  just on the cap sleeve of a gown or all over,  like these Modern Trousseau gowns:

 

Gown by Theia

Gown by Theia

5.       DRAMATIC BACKS

The interest on wedding gowns has shifted to the back.  Every designer had at least one plunging-back design in their Fall 2014 collection.  We also saw quite a few  illusion backs like this one from the “forever modern”, Amsale:

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Gown by Amsale

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High-drama on the back of this gown by Hayley Paige

 

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We love the scooped back of this  Hayley Paige

6.       ILLUSION NECKLINES

Another hot neckline of the season is the sheer illusion neckline.  It was shown in sheer lace, organza, or even at times with delicate beading.  It is a  very classic and elegant silhouette that flatters nearly every figure;  we were so happy to see it reemerge on the runway this season.

Gown by Anne Barge

Gown by Anne Barge

 

7.       TEXTURE

Designers were showing beautiful textures as an alternative to lace, which has been extremely popular over the last few seasons.  Our favorite was this jacquard gown from Anne Barge.  With its substantial texture, it is a stunning option for a fall or winter wedding :

Gown by Anne Barge | Image from Martha Stewart Weddings

Gown by Anne Barge | Image from Martha Stewart Weddings

Gown by Ivy & Aster

Delicate organza circles make for an whimsical element of design on this gown by Ivy & Aster

8.      BRIDESMAIDS IN LACE

The hot trend for bridesmaids is lace!!  Lace has been so popular for brides for many season, now maids get to share in the fun!  Lace was shown in both short and long silhouettes, in pastels (blush and mint), metallics and in neutrals (black, grey and champagne) and we simply cannot get enough!

Dress by Donna Morgan

Dress by Donna Morgan

Dresses by Jenny Yoo

Dresses by Jenny Yoo

Dresses by Amsale

Dresses by Amsale

Please tell us, what is your favorite trend from Bridal Market!?

**all images, unless noted otherwise, are from The White Dress by the shore instagram account, taken by owner, Beth Chapman.

xoxo, TWD


October 17-19: Modern Trousseau Runway Reveal Trunk Show

Are you a newly engaged 2014 bride-to-be?  If you want to try on fresh-off-the-runway gown styles before they appear anywhere else in the country, then our Modern Trousseau Runway Reveal Trunk Show is for you!

 

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Connecticut based designer, Modern Trousseau will be sending us their Fall 2014 collection STRAIGHT from the runway!  Designer, Callie Tein herself will be here on Saturday, October 19th to help you to customize the perfect look for your wedding.  This is an event not to be missed!

xoxo, TWD


October 12-14: Headed to Fall 2014 NYC Bridal Market

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It’s nearly that time of year again when we head off to NYC for Fall 2014 Bridal Market! Choosing the right gowns and accessories to carry in the boutique is an incredibly important task and your input means the world to us!  Check up on all of our social media accounts and let us know what you think of our finds from our fabulous designers- we will be posting pictures of all the latest trends and asking for your opinion!  You will be able to watch the current trends in bridal unfold right along with us!

 Also be sure to stay tuned in after night fall as we attend Bridal Market parties put on by the likes of ‘the knot’ and the fabulous Martha Stewart Weddings team.

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xoxo, TWD

 


October 17-19: Modern Trousseau Runway Reveal Trunk Show

Connecticut based designer, Modern Trousseau is a designer unlike any other.  Being the exclusive Connecticut retailer of the collection enables us to bring this special event to our brides from Thursday October, 17th to Saturday the 19th (click here for more info)! Just days after the Fall 2014 gowns hit the runway at NYC Bridal Market, they will be sitting pretty lining the racks at the boutique just waiting for you to try them on months before anyone else!

Below is a little taste of the collection- a sketch direct from the designer, Callie Tein. We can’t wait to see this dreamy high neck sheath gown in person!

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Not only will you be the first to try on these stunners STRAIGHT from the runway, but they will also be offered at a 10% discount of of their original price!

And the icing on the wedding cake is that designer Callie Tein will be here on Saturday, October 19th to discuss her inspiration for the line and to assist you in customizing your perfect wedding day look!

Here is what Callie has to say about her new collection:

“As the Designer for Modern Trousseau, I am very excited to unveil the new 2014 Bridal Collection.  We have so many new ideas and a wonderful array of gorgeous fabrics to show our brides.  And because we have such a variety of brides that come to us we want to feature a diverse collection that will inspire many beautiful weddings.   Our fabrics this season rely heavily on texture.  We have delicate Italian embroidered organzas, re-embroidered French Alencon lace, and classic Thai silk. Our influences include a wonderful 1920’s inspired gown called “Pandora”, that is lightly beaded and hugs the body, and a 1960’s look that is short, sexy, and totally fabulous, her name is “Molly”. I hope that whatever gown a bride is looking for, that she can find something that makes her feel amazing on her wedding day.”

Watch the inspiring video below for a peek at how Callie and her team design, cut and sew custom gowns in their Woodbridge, CT studio! After seeing this amazing process, there is no question as to why we love this locally designed collection so much!

As you can imagine, this trunk show is in high demand!  Be sure to ring us soon at 860.669.4596 to reserve your appointment and your chance to be the first to wear one of these gorgeous gowns!

xoxo, TWD


How Engagement Ring Style Determines Gown Choice…

You have a style that is all your own. It’s how you convey to others who you are. And because your sweetie knows you so well, in most cases your engagement ring will reflect your taste and personality.

For example, if you have a modern sensibility with a love for clean lines and architectural details then your ring will most likely have a similar feel.

If you have a eclectic, artsy side  your ring will have a delicate, uniquely bohemian vibe that makes it your own.

If you would describe your style as classic, your ring may have a Tiffany cut and use your grandmothers vintage stone.

And if you would describe yourself as a true romantic, your ring will most likely have darling details and a rose gold hue.

To take this further, it can’t be denied that your ring style usually sets the tone for how you wish to look and feel overall on your wedding day. This is a discussion we have with most of our brides.  We love talking about rings and engagement stories and we find that more often than not, the bride wants to make sure that the gown ties in with the feel of her ring,  as it is a reflection of who she is (and who she loves).

Our boutique offers a wide variety of gowns, and in working with one of our expert stylists you are sure to find the one that is perfectly ‘you’. Scroll below for our take on how your wedding ring choice translates into finding the right gown at our boutique!

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If you ring looks something like the one above (found here), then we would suggest pairing it with a dress that is equally modern. The Amsale ‘Harbor’ gown makes a statement without being over the top- we love its clean lines and one shoulder detail. The shape is minimal, yet sexy.  

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If your ring has a uniquely natural feel like this one (found on one of our favorite online shops, catbirdnyc.com), we would suggest that your dress will also have an organic, ethereal vibe that reflects your individuality. We love Ivy & Aster’s ‘Poesy’ gown as it is not your typical wedding dress. The lovely cotton lace and low back make it something to talk about, while the sheath silhouette keeps the focus on you.

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If your ring style is completely classic like this traditional Tiffany cut (found on tiffanyandco.com) then your gown too, will be a reflection of that. We have selected one of newest styles from Rivini, ‘Aurora’. She totally fits the bill as a classic New England bride’s dream dress- the silhouette and details work perfectly in a formal setting.

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If your ring has a peachy champagne stone surrounded by diamonds, like this beauty (found on none other than,  etsy.com), then you will most likely be looking for a dress to reflect the beautiful hue and ultra-romantic feeling your ring evokes. Modern Trousseau’s ‘Finnley’ gown is the perfect match! Her blush lining, intricate lace pattern and alluring silhouette says romance all around!

 

We hope you enjoyed our engagement ring and gown pairings! If you are looking for the ‘perfect match’ be sure to ‘give us a ring’ to book your appointment- 860.669.4596.

 

xoxo, TWD

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