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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!
We can hardly contain ourselves for tonight’s movie premiere! But while we’re waiting to shut down shop and run out the theatre, here’s a bevy of beautiful image from our own Gatsby-inspired bridal photo shoot recently featured on Style Me Pretty that’s sure to get your blood pumping!
PHOTOGRAPHY: Carla Ten Eyck
VIDEOGRAPHY: Jeremy White
SHOOT DESIGN AND PROP STYLING: Candice Coppola, Jubilee Events
LOCATION: The Branford House
FASHION STYLING: Beth Chapman
GOWNS: Rivini and Ivy and Aster
THE BRIDAL DRESSER: The Wedding Dresser
JEWELRY: Maria Elena and The Something Old Collection
HEADPIECES: Maria Elena
BEADED CAPE: Ivy and Aster
TUXEDO AND SUIT: Valentino Tailors
FEATHER STOLE: The Wedding Dresser
GLOVES: Carolina Amato
FURNITURE: New England Country Rentals
FLORAL DESIGN: Hana Floral Design
PAPER: Coral Pheasant Stationery
CAKE: Ana Parzyck
To learn more about the inspiration behind this shoot and to watch the corresponding video, check out the Musings of a Stylist inspiration page on our website!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Who dosen’t love classic black and white?! Last Spring, I was inspired to style a black and white shoot that showed a dichotomy between masculine and feminine. My vision was to combine juxtaposing elements like leather with tulle and a masculine tuxedo jacket with a girly skirt. Of course, when I shared my inspiration with my creative industry besties and members of in WHITE, they took the idea to ANOTHER level! Before I knew it, Tony of Datura: a modern garden was dreaming up a leather riding crop wrapped in flowers and collaborating with Candice of Jubilee Events to create a rocking tablescape! Our friends at Valentino Tailors created a custom tuxedo fit specifically to the measurements of Jamie, our model. We pitched the concept to Well Wed magazine and they jumped at the chance to team up with us to feature the shoot in their Spring issue, which just hit newsstands. The next step was to find the perfect venue. We landed on the New Haven Lawn Club because of the graphic black and white floors and the incredible art deco architecture that created the perfect back drop for this artful shoot. And true to form, the infamous Carla Ten Eyck captured the entire vision beautifully!
*Photography: Carla Ten Eyck
*Styling: Beth Chapman | The White Dress by the shore
*Event and Table Design: Jubilee Events
Venue: The New Haven Lawn Club
*Makeup: Jennie Fresa
Hair: Terri Coon for Timmothy Pamment
Floral Design: Datura: a modern garden
Film: Vintage Cinema
*Lingerie: Beneath the Gown
Custom Tuxedo: Valentino Tailors
Gloves: Carolina Amato (available at The White Dress by the shore)
Feather cape: The Wedding Dresser
Models: Maggie, Inc.
When we post our shoots, it is rare that we provide a glimpse ‘behind the lense’. Our team always has a blast when working on shoots togther and this one was no different! Above are just a few shots of us creating the ‘magic’ and having a quite a few laughs while doing it! A great big smooch to a fabulous team for creating this beautiful shoot and bringing our creative vision to life! For more behind the scenes footage and to hear the inspiration for shoot, watch the video.