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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

Musings of a Stylist: Sassy Stripes As Seen In Bliss Celebrations Magazine

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 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!




































Credit Reel:

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 

Furniture and Tabletop Rentals: Party Rental Ltd.,  Juliska, Luxe Event Rentals 

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


 xoxo, TWD 

Musings of a Stylist: 2014 Oscar’s Red Carpet Fashion Recap


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!

lupitanyongo-best-dressed-oscards-2014Lupita N’yongo in Prada | Photograph: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP



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:

portia-de-la-rossi-oscars-2014Portia de Rossi in Naheem Kahn | Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

This gown is a close second for me.   It is simply stunning and red carpet worthy!

kate-hudson-oscars-2014Kate Hudson in Versace | Photograph: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

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!

kate-blanchet-oscars-2014Cate Blanchette in Armani Prive| Photograph: Steve Granitz/WireImage

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.

jessica-beil-oscars-2014Jessica Beil in Chanel | ABC/Rick Rowell

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!

Kristen-Chenowet-oscars-2014Kristen Chenoweth in Roberto Cavalli |  ABC/Rick Rowell

This metallic architectural beauty worn by Kristen Chenoweth was the perfect gown for her stature.  She looked elegant and worthy of an Oscar herself!

jennifer-garner-oscars-2014Jennifer Gardner in Oscar de la Renta | ABC/Rick Rowell

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-ranic-oscars-2014Guliana Rancic  in Paolo Sebastian | E! News

Guliana’s gown was aisle-worthy all the way.  This would make a stunning wedding gown!


mm-white-dinner-jacketMatthew McConaughey in Dolce & Gabbana | WENN

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-oscars-2014Kerry Washington in  Jason Wu | Photograph: Jordan Strauss/Invision

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.

emma-roberts-oscars-2014Emma Watson in Vera Wang  |  Photograph: Jordan Strauss/Invision

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!

Chrissy-Tiegan-oscars-2014Chrissy Tiegan (Mrs. John Legend)  in Monique Lhuhllier | E! News

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.

xoxo, TWD

Stay Tuned for the Announcement of our Brand New Service



We can’t wait to reveal our NEWEST service tomorrow January 15th- featuring a project with Steve Depino and Jennie Fresa!

xoxo, TWD

2014 Golden Globe Red Carpet Recap

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!

Drumroll Please………….

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…….

xoxo, TWD

*all images courtesy of Getty Images




Musings of a Stylist: Winter Warmth, A Vermont Winter Wedding Shoot

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

Fashion Credits:

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

xoxo, TWD

Musings of a Stylist: Pretty In Pink


“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


VENUE: A Private Estate, Germantown, New York

HAIR: Catie Bane

MAKE UP: d.d. Nickel

PAPER: Katie Fischer Designs


BRIDAL GOWNS: Modern Trousseau, Rivini, Romona Keveza, Chaviano Couture

ACCESSORIES: Haute Bride, Maria Elena, The Something Old Collection

ORGANZA BOLERO: The Wedding Dresser



SUIT: Provided by stylist


xoxo, TWD

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