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When Candice of Jubilee Events and I were approached by our creative partners at Bliss Celebrations Magazine to style the cover editorial for their next issue, we immediately started dreaming up all sorts of fabulous possibilities. We selected coral with touches of gold, pink and yellow as our main color palette and were inspired by a preppy and whimsical (Palm Beach meets Kate Spade) overall feel . It is no secret that I am obsessed with all things striped, so I set out to find a coral striped bridesmaid dress to be a focal point for the shoot . I found the perfect dress that helped to set the tone through a chic company called Kirribilla. I paired the Kirribilla dress with a subtlety striped bridal gown from Hailey Paige (because you can never have too many stripes)!
I was so fortunate to work with an absolute dream team of talents on this shoot who each brought such a unique spin to the overall concept. Nichole of Coral Pheasant partnered with Candice to pull together some of the most adorable details I have ever seen! From sweet heart shaped pillows to baby bottles of St. Germaine with striped straws, to the most creative out of town bags—it was all precious perfection! Our friends at Ryan Designs created a custom bar that knocked our socks off and Diane Gaudette put together one of the most dramatic floral displays we have seen!
In addition to the stripes, we decided to add touches of pineapple details throughout the shoot. Nichole designed a fun pineapple print that we carried through all of the details from the liner of the invitation, to the gift bags, to the grooms bow tie. We had the patterned fabric printed through Spoonflower.com and my talented in-house seamstress custom made the tie!
When planning your wedding, your inspiration came come from anywhere! The key is to be sure that it reflects your personality and from there, the sky is the limit!
Photography: Carla Ten Eyck
Venue: The Loading Dock
Fashion Styling: Beth Chapman
Shoot Design and Coordination: Jubilee Events
Paper and detail design: Coral Pheasant
Floral Design: Diane Gaudette
Custom Bar and Lighting Design: Ryan Designs
Cake: Ana Parzych Cakes
Sweets: Sweet Maria’s
Food Design: Emily’s Catering
Makeup: Jennie Fresa
Hair: Catie Bane of Catie & Amy
Striped Bridesmaid Dress: Kirribilla
White reception Dress: Kirribilla
Bridal Gown: Hayley Paige
Floral Necklace: Aquinnah Jewelry
Shoes: Kate Spade
View the editorial spread in Bliss Celebrations Guide E-Zine
Overall, I felt the fashion this year was a little lack luster. We look to the Academy Awards Red Carpet every year to inspire us, to push fashion boundaries and to inspire trends. Many of the starlets this year looked stunning, but so many of the looks were very safe. Perhaps we can blame it on the rain?
Stay tuned to the blog tomorrow where we will be posting segments from my appearance on Monday’s Academy Award edition of MassAppeal where I weigh in on red carpet trends and how they can be translated to the aisle.
Let’s cut right to the chase….my hands down favorite for best dressed is Lupita N’yongo in Prada. The color and silhouette were simply stunning on her! She has been our favorite all awards season and this red carpet did not disappoint! I am dreaming about this silhouette being interpreted into a wedding gown!
We are always looking for runway-worthy trends on the red carpet. This year, little had to be left to translation, as one of the big trends of the evening was pale hues of white and ivory as well as warm metallics. Below are my faves:
This gown is a close second for me. It is simply stunning and red carpet worthy!
I love this architectural silhouette worn by Kate Hudson. To me, this is what a Hollywood star should wear to the Oscars! I fell even more in love with it when I saw during the show that the gown had a removable cape! The gown by itself was stunning as well!
Cate Blanchette is always effortlessly stunning. This romantic gown by Armani did not disappoint. This is such a subtle and lovely way to wear a sleeve.
A little known fact about this gown was that it had buttons down the back…which of course, made me love it all the more!
This metallic architectural beauty worn by Kristen Chenoweth was the perfect gown for her stature. She looked elegant and worthy of an Oscar herself!
I did not love the top of this Oscar gown. I think it is a bit ill-fitting and a little dated, but the bottom is absolutely dreamy!
Guliana’s gown was aisle-worthy all the way. This would make a stunning wedding gown!
I always love a classic ivory dinner jacket and was enthralled with the fact that several men showed this look on last night’s red carpet. My favorite was Matthew in his ivory dinner jacket, black vest and black bow tie. So chic and handsome. I’d love to see this look find its way into more wedding parties.
The few below don’t fall into any particular category for me, except just plain beautiful!
Kerry Washington has become a style icon on the red carpet and this Oscar gown did not disappoint. And, it was designed by one of my absolute favorite designers, Jason Wu.
This Vera Wang look was youthful and a bit edgy. It was a perfect choice for Ms. Watson. She is one to continue to watch on the red carpet!
I adore the floral pattern and silhouette of this gown. It looked totally fresh amongst all of the very classic, stately gowns on the red carpet.
What were your favorite looks on this years red carpet? Stay tuned to social media next month as we will be posting directly from April Bridal Market – we’re dying to see if our favorite red carpet trends will be translated to make their way down the aisle.
We adore Awards season! It gets us inspired and allows us to get lost for an evening in gorgeous gowns, jewels and beauty! Last night were the Golden Globe awards and the red carpet was full of glamour! I am thrilled to share my 2014 Golden Globe Red Carpet Recap with all of you!
The hot colors of the evening were red, black and our favorite (white)!
The dresses were understated for the most part and were all about the gorgeous silhouette and beautiful fabrics. The jewelry was also very understated. We saw lots of stud earrings paired with a statement cocktail ring. The exception was Sophia Vergara in this glorious turquois statement necklace:
I was thrilled to see Sophia in a fuller silhouette and not her signature mermaid style. She was wearing one of our fashion icons, Zach Posen. Despite, the fuller skirt, the shape of this gown flattered her curves beautifully! I think this gown would translate beautifully into a wedding gown!
Overall, I felt that the hair on the red carpet was a little disappointing. It looked as though most of the starlets did their hair themselves. The exception to this was Cate Blanchette. Her hair style evoked old Hollywood Glamour and she was radiant, as always. She was among my top looks of the evening, which are listed below:
Cate Blanchette stopped everyone in their tracks in this gorgeous lace and organza gown by Aramani Prive. I loved it all – the lace detail, the femininity, the sleeves and the glorious plunging back (be sure to google it).
Taylor Swift is developing into quite the fashion icon in her own right. Her entire look, including her Caroline Herrera gown was stunning.
I loved the color blocking and the beautiful drape and flower in the back of this gown. She looked simply elegant.
Sandra Bullock made my list as well! First of all, her skin is flawless! She seems to get younger with age! I need to know her secrets, STAT! Her Prabal Gurung gown was modern, sophisticated and elegant. It was a risky look for the red carpet and it paid off!
Juliana Margulies looks radiant in this Andrew Gn gown with gold embroidery. The silhouette was simple, but the fit was impeccable and the embroidery gave it just enough glam! Adored the entire look!
Maria Menuonos wins for the best use of color! Her ‘Pantone color of the year’ inspired, orchid gown by Max Azaria was stunning! The silhouette was magnificent and the color really made a statement!
I adore Leslie Mann and had the same feeling about her lace peplum gown from Dolce & Gabanna. This would be a gorgeous silhouette for a wedding gown!
My all time favorite look of the evening, and quite possibly my favorite gown in several award seasons, was this clean, modern, CAPED (!), gown by Ralph Lauren wore by Lupita Nyong’o (a Yale grad)!
Below are the gowns that I felt could easily transcend the red carpet to the white aisle! They were stunning and wedding worthy!
Magrot Robbie in Gucci
Michelle Dockery in Oscar de la Renta
Naomi Watts in Tom Ford
Zooey Deschanel in Oscar de la Renta
As always, there were a few fashion mis-steps on the red carpet, but you all know who they are! We choose to focus on the pretty! Until the Oscars…….
*all images courtesy of Getty Images
As far as we are concerned, there is nothing more romantic than a winter wedding! And being New Englanders, there is no better place for one than Vermont. This styled shoot encompassed all of the best parts of winter- cozy fabrics, interesting textures, fluffy white snow, comforting treats and warm snuggles. It was all about snow, sparkle and sweet sentiments!
In planning the fashion for the shoot, stylist and owner, Beth Chapman of The White Dress by the shore set out to embrace the cozy elements of winter, but to create contrasts:
“I had such fun playing with textures and taking traditional wedding elements and mixing them with wintery pieces. For the bride’s less formal look, I paired a cabled cashmere sweater from Elisabeth Hunter Cashmere with a statement necklace from Ivy and Aster and a custom blue tulle skirt from The White Dress by the shore. For the groom’s formal look, I styled a classic tuxedo from Valentino Tailors with a handmade vintage chunky scarf.
A bride’s attire should always be reflective of her venue- even if you are getting married on a frozen lake! I layered various textures in shades of white for the bride’s look on the lake. It not only created beautiful dimension, but kept the model warm in the freezing temperatures! I paired a chunky cashmere turtleneck sweater from Elisabeth Hunter Cashmere with a Modern Trousseau fur bolero and tulle ball skirt. The look was completed with a cashmere beret accented with a stunning blue crystal brooch from Maria Elena. ”
Nichole Michel of Coral Pheasant Stationery :
“Texture played a major role in the design of the table for the Vermont Winter Wedding photo shoot. I was inspired by the various fabrics that fashion stylist Beth Chapman of The White Dress by the shore had chosen for the models. Cozy cable knit sweaters, brown leather boots and rhinestone belts parlayed into a nubby hand-woven jute runner and ivory chenille checkered overlay, wood scalloped chargers and glass plates molded with the subtle texture of finely woven cloth. Vintage china with blue laurel leaves and gold edging complemented the colors of the florals. One of my favorite elements of the table are the antique bone handled fish cutlery. The gorgeous pattern on the knives are a small but stunning detail.
For the paper story, texture translated into mixed typefaces, varied borders and a herringbone patterned envelope liner. I love the contrast of the quirky serif font paired with a classic serif typeface. A laser cut snowflake belly band added dimension and further emphasized the winter theme.”
Who says that flowers can’t be beautiful in the winter? Floral designer, Tony Palmieri of Datura: A Modern Garden worked his magic to create beauty in bloom:
“For the tablescape, we brought the indoors outside and set up a table in the crisp white snow. A hint of warmth was added to the wintry table with spring tulips, hyacinth and orchids, adding a lighter note to the heavier statements of thistle and hydrangea. No tablescape is complete without a chandelier! We adorned a vintage chandelier with white ginestra and pale blue hydrangea blooms.”
The piece de resistance of this shoot was the fabulous milk punch that kept us all warm during long cold days of shooting, prepared by Nichole of Coral Pheasant Stationery (scroll down for the recipe):
“Milk Punch goes particularly well with the inside warmth and soft light of winter holidays. The charred barrel flavors of bourbon and vanilla mix delightfully with milk. Egg nog be damned!”
Photography- Carla Ten Eyck
Fashion Styling- Beth Chapman | The White Dress by the shore
Beauty- d.d. Nickel
Floral design- Datura: A Modern Garden
Table Design and Paper- Coral Pheasant
Cake- But a Dream Custom Cakes
Sweater: Elisabeth Hunter Cashmere
Headband, Brooch and Earrings: Maria Elena
Tulle Skirt: The White Dress by the shore
Fur: The White Dress by the shore
Statement Necklace: Ivy & Aster
Boots: Provided by stylist
Brides Gloves, Scarf and Beret: Provided by stylist
Ring: Vintage, provided by stylist
Suit: Vintage, Provided by stylist
Shirt: J. Crew
Bow Tie: Brooks Brothers
Tuexdo: Valentino Tailors
Grooms’ Scarf: Vintage, Provided by stylist
“What could be more romantic than blush gowns, lush floral arrangements of garden roses and peonies set against a back drop of a historic estate along the Hudson River? This shoot was an absolute dream to style. When we stepped back for a moment, we almost forget we were in the Hudson Valley and felt like we were on a plantation in the South!
In the words of event planner, Jessica Herberger, of Experience Events,
“The shoot’s inspiration came from the idea of an elegant garden party. I love the look of the blush gowns against the backdrop of the lush green grounds of the venue. We wanted our table to have a rich look with warm tones of peach and pick to complement the blush gowns. I also incorporated the vintage chairs and chandelier for a sweet “moment” under one of the great oak trees. A few accents is really all it takes to give that special touch to a lounge-a vintage crate, an ampersand and one of my favorite arrangements of all foliage in a brass cup.”
In styling the shoot, I selected gowns in either a pink hue or with a blush accent in soft silk organza, frothy tulle and delicate lace to create a very soft and romantic feel. The accessories were all gold and rose gold to provide a warmth against all of the blush tone fabrics. The piece de resistance of this shoot was a gown from Chaviano Couture made with a skirt hand-painted by artist, Kristy Rice, of Momental Designs. We were thrilled to have this shoot featured in the Spring 2014 issue of Well Wed, New York edition.”
Want more? This shoot is featured in the latest issue of Well Wed New York- be sure to pick up a copy today!
PHOTOGRAPHY: Julie Morawski for C10 Studios
FASHION STYLIST: Beth Chapman | The White Dress by the shore
SHOOT AND FLORAL DESIGN: Experience Events
VENUE: A Private Estate, Germantown, New York
HAIR: Catie Bane
MAKE UP: d.d. Nickel
PAPER: Katie Fischer Designs
ORGANZA BOLERO: The Wedding Dresser
BRIDESMAID DRESS: Amsale
BRIDESMAID JEWELRY: Aquinnah
SUIT: Provided by stylist
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!