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Incorporating Color Into Your Wedding

Last week owner, Beth Chapman had the pleasure of participating in a Google + chat on incorporating color into your wedding.  Beth was joined by celebrity event planner, Colin Cowie, floral designer, Karen Tran, and the discussion was moderated by founder of From I Will to I Do, editor, Anne Chertoff.

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Below are Beth’s thoughts on incorporating color into your wedding:

I love color! Different colors evoke different emotions and the colors that you choose will set the tone for your entire wedding.  One of the first steps in planning your wedding should be setting the color palate, as this will have an effect on all other aspects of your wedding- from the invitations, to the flowers, to the fashion.

In terms of incorporating color into your wedding attire, for the bride, I say less color is more.  There is a current trend toward color wedding dresses.  If you plan to wear a colored gown, I recommend that you opt for a very pale hue that is just a hint of color.   Accessories are also a great way to incorporate color into your wedding day attire without overdoing it.

The place to make a statement with color is with your bridesmaids!  I also love the idea of using your reception dress as a way to make a statement with color.

To hear more about Beth’s recommendations on incorporating color into your wedding day attire, click on the video below.

xoxo, TWD

Spring 2015 Bridal Market Trends already at The White Dress by the shore

Now that a few weeks have passed after Spring 2015 Bridal Market and we have had a chance to absorb the trends, we got to thinking, “Wait a minute…”, “We already have many of next seasons hottest looks in store now!”

Take a peek at the Spring 2015 Trends post HERE and then look below at the wonderful gowns we have waiting for you to try on now so that you may be on the forefront of bridal fashion on your big day!



We love these looks from Amy Kuschel and Augusta Jones! An illusion neckline is a great way to achieve support but still show off your décolletage on your wedding day!  twd-scroll-break-forblog



David Fielden’s ‘Isis’ and ‘Doris Day’ from Romona Keveza Legends are both swiss dot gowns but they have a completely different feel- go a little bit sexy with ‘Isis’ or achieve a classic look with ‘Doris Day’. You can create a sexy & demure look in the same gown by wearing an sheer long sleeve like that of ‘Gwendolyn’.twd-scroll-break-forblog



Anne Barge ‘Chatham’ is two gowns in one, a sweet shorty and a grand ball gown- this option one of the most popular trends on the Spring 2015 runway! Modern Trousseau offers even more customization with their front slit tulle skirt, put this creation over any gown for a custom, one-of-a-kind look! twd-scroll-break-forblog


Clean and classic was all over the Spring 2015 Runways. With lace dominating for the last few years, it was quite refreshing to the see the reemergence of these sophisticated silhouettes. We can’t get enough of the gowns above from Modern Trousseau, Augusta Jones and Amsale.



Color is a growing trend on the bridal runways and we love our selection of colorful hued gowns, including these from Anne Barge, Modern Trousseau and Hayley Paige (coming soon!). 




Alternatives to traditional lace patterns also graced the 2015 Spring runways. Jacquard prints, stripes, pattern, texture, unique laces- you name it! Above are a variety of one-of-a-kind fabrications already in the boutique from Anne Barge, Hayley Paige, Theia and Modern Trousseau.

twd-scroll-break-forblogjpfThe Spring 2015 Runways were unarguably fashion forward, as are the statement-making gowns above! We love these fabulous gowns from Hayley Paige, Modern Trousseau, Jenny Yoo and Kirribilla.

To try on these trends (and more) ring us at 860.669.4596 to book your appointment!

xoxo, TWD





Latest Bridal Gown Arrivals!

It’s like Christmas in February over here! We have received a slew of new gowns from our favorite designers. Take a peek below and then ring us at 860.669.4596 to book your appointment to try these beauties on.



Here is ‘Caitlyn’ and ‘Pandora’ from Modern Trousseau! You just have to see these two in person- their pattern and texture will take your wedding ensemble to the next level.



If you love the avante garde, then London-based David Fielden is your designer! We have two new lace arrivals ‘Gwendolyn’ and ‘Rhea’ and each is pretty as a picture!



We welcome ‘Evan’ and ‘Khaleesi’ from our newest designer, Hayley Paige! Both gowns bring the drama with a full mermaid skirt and opal embellishments.



San Francisco based designer, Amy Kuschel gives us options! A lovely organza ball gown called ‘Emma’ and a fitted lace dress called ‘Georgia’

5-augusta-jones-skylar-jocelynAugusta Jone’s “wows” us with these two new lace stunners. ‘Jocelyn’s’ pattern is like nothing we have ever seen and ‘Skyler’s’ neckline is so unique and flattering!

xoxo, TWD


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.



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




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!


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.



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.




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.




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.



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.


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.



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.



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


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


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:

Gown by Amsale

Gown by Amsale

Gown by Hayley Paige

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


Gown by Hayley Paige

We love the scooped back of this  Hayley Paige


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


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!



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

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