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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


Vera Wang | Huffington Post

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

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




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!


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!



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.  


If your ring has a uniquely natural feel like this one (found on one of our favorite online shops,, 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.


If your ring style is completely classic like this traditional Tiffany cut (found on 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.


If your ring has a peachy champagne stone surrounded by diamonds, like this beauty (found on none other than,, 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

Ask Beth: Ball Gown or Fit to Flare?| Convertible Wedding Dress

As an extension of our “Ask the Experts” blog series, we have created a new blog category called “Ask Beth”.   The White Dress by the shore owner and stylist, Beth Chapman will answer any wedding  fashion related questions you may have.

For our third installment of this series we choose to answer a question that is quite common amongst the modern bride relating to choosing between two shapes of gowns.

“Dear Beth,

I can’t decide between a classic A-Line style (that I know my family will love) and a sleeker fit to flare style (that I know my fiancé will adore), which one should I choose?! Thank you for your help! -Lauren”

Here is Beth’s response:


Why not wear both!? Now, I don’t necessarily mean choosing two separate gowns, but rather utilizing the addition of a detachable tulle skirt. Below we have paired a handful of beautiful fitted styles from Connecticut based designer, Modern Trousseau with the separate tulle skirt from the same designer.  With the addition of the skirt, the look is totally transformed. As the skirt is tulle, it pairs beautifully with so many different fabrications. Whether you want lace, beading or another interesting texture, this simple addition makes your look only that much more stunning. You get the best of both worlds- a beautiful and classic A-line to wear at the ceremony to please your family and a sophisticated fit-to-flare style for the reception to WOW your husband, all without having to change out of your wedding gown!    

xo, Beth”







To view these styles as well as more from the new Spring 2014 Collection, book an appointment during our Modern Trousseau trunk show June 6th-8th! Ring us at 860.669.4596.

Gowns included are as followed: Sage, Pia, Finnley, Edden, Dove, Demi from Modern Trousseau

xoxo, TWD

Fall 2013 Bridal Market Bridesmaids Trends Recap

After posting our Spring 2014 Bridal Market Trends we have to share with you the trends we saw for maids as well. Unlike bridal designers who showed their Spring 2014 lines this April, maids styles being shown at April Market are a preview of what is hot for Fall 2013, as they take less time to produce. Not every designer shows during April Market but below is a sampling of all the most stylish trends for the upcoming wedding season from Ivy & Aster, Amsale and Donna Morgan.





(Ivy & Aster courtesy of Wedding Wire, Amsale courtesy of Instagram ~ @amsalebridesmaids)


Pattern, texture and rich tones dominated the runway. Ivy & Aster’s printed lace dress is one for the record books- it looks like lace from far away but up close it’s just a black and white print- very chic and oh-so-modern. Amsale took a more classic approach using a deep aubergine lace on one of their trademark styles.
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These new styles from Amsale highlight another trend- unique necklines. Its a great way to bring diversity to a single color or shape that you choose for your maids- one shoulder, halter and strapless all with the same basic waistline and silhouette.  We adore this rich jewel tone color palate as well.

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One of our absolute favorites from Ivy & Aster- this feather texture has that Gatsby vibe that is all the rage right now and we are on board 100%! The sheer V-Neck also gives us a little more coverage right where we need it.
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How awesome is this pleated bodice from Ivy & Aster? We love how much interest it adds to an otherwise simple silhouette and how texture doesn’t just have to mean patterning or lace- it can also be created just by adding dimension to chiffon.   You can try both of these beauties for yourself at our Ivy & Aster trunk show May 9th -11th.

The shots below are from Donna Morgan’s Instagram account- behind the scenes shots of their Fall 2013 ad campaign, styled by our friends at Merci New York.  We just had to share,  as they are just to fabulous not too. We love the deep jewel tones paired with furs and rich, full bouquets.  We also peeked at a velvet style from this designer which really had us swooning.





Although we are all dying for summer to arrive, these gorgeous trends actually have us looking forward to fall!

xoxo, TWD

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