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As Seen In Bliss Celebrations: Gedney Farm Winter Photo Shoot

There is just so much to love about this shoot! I was thrilled when Amy Blau, a long-time friend and publisher of Bliss Celebrations Magazine, asked Jubilee Events, Carla Ten Eyck and I to conceptualize a shoot for the 2015 issue. We collectively decided to do a winter shoot, and Diana and Libby of Jubliee Events put together a masculine-inspired color palette of navy, chocolate, burnt orange and a touch of silver.

Some of our industry besties were brought into the creative process – Hana Floral Design, Ryan Designs, Coral Pheasant Stationery and But a Dream Custom Cakes – and pure beauty was created! I think one of things that I love most about styled shoots is having a concept put out there and seeing how each talented vendor interprets the vision. Often, we each work independently and aren’t aware of how each of the individual pieces will come together to create the finished product. For me, that is what makes these shoots so fun! However, it also makes it essential to collaborate with vendors that you trust and who share a common taste level.

Nichole from Coral Pheasant really knocked it out of the park with the incredible paper for the shoot. Can we discuss the wooden invitation?! Nichole is the ultimate perfectionist. I am in awe watching her style her paper. It is truly an art form!









Truth be told, part of the reason that we decided on a winter shoot was because I wanted to style this angora sweater dress from Ivy & Aster!  Its simplistic, clean lines were perfect for the feel of the shoot. PS – the model, Emma, and I had to hop across rocks in a frozen river to get this stunning shot. But it was worth it!






The texture and colors of the table scape were stunning and fit beautifully with the rustic feel of the venue, Gedney Farm. How amazing is this custom-made Love sign by Ryan Designs?!















The original vision involved a horse, and we were hell-bent on making it happen! After many phone calls and a bit of a drive during the middle of the shoot, we found Mr. Eddington! He so desperately wanted to nibble on the bouquet! It was such a great moment – even he is smiling in this shot!




To balance out the masculine colors and details of the shoot, I decided to dress the bridesmaid in a romantic lace dress from Amsale.



I was in love with this ingenious way to display the menu for your guests!


This shot might just be my favorite from the whole shoot! This precious little reception dress is from Kate McDonald bridal. In later shots, I paired it with a matching pleated overskirt for a more dramatic look!







I loved all of the textures in this shoot – the angora sweater dress, fur stoles, leather gloves and the lace bridesmaid dress. I wanted to bring texture into the groom’s attire as well. I had a vision for a velvet tuxedo, and Enzo from Valentino Tailors brought it to life for me. The groom is in a black velvet jacket and our master seamstress, Penny, created a blue velvet bow tie for me!





This series of shots happened almost ‘by accident.’ But sometimes that is how the best images come to life! Enzo showed me this amazing Marsala tweed jacket. It didn’t really fit with the color story of the shoot, but I brought it along any way ‘just in case.’ Our male model, Peter, happened to bring his sweet English Sheepdog puppy with him. As the last shot of the day, we had Peter throw on the jacket and brought in his cute pooch! The result was fabulous, and it made the magazine!



Thank you to Bliss for the amazing opportunity to collaborate on this shoot and a big smooch to my industry friends who are always up for anything, always bring their A-game and never cease to amaze me with their creativity and talent!

Credit Reel:

Venue: Gedney Farm

Photography: Carla Ten Eyck

Creative Direction & Design: Jubilee Events

Styling: Beth Chapman

Floral Design: Hana Floral Design

Paper Design & Styling : Coral Pheasant Stationery 

Rentals: Rentals Unlimited and Reserve Modern Event Rental

Lighting: Ryan Designs

Hair: Emily Reale

Beauty: Erica T. Martell

Cakes: But a Dream Custom Cakes

Wedding Gowns: Ivy & Aster and Kate McDonald Bridal

Bridesmaid Dress: Amsale

Belt: Ivy & Aster

Fur Stole: Modern Trousseau

Fur Coat: provided by stylist

Bridesmaid Headband: Maria Elena

Earrings: Haute Bride

Statement Necklace: Haute Bride

Leather Gloves: Carolina Amato

Velvet Gloves: provided by stylist

Jeweled Purse: Maria Elena

Shoes: Nine West and Nina Shoes

Tuxedos: Valentino Tailors

Custom Velvet Bowtie: The White Dress by the shore

xoxo, Beth

As Seen In Bliss Celebrations: Stonington Vineyard Photo Shoot

We love unique, local venues for weddings. So, when our friends at Madison-based Slainte asked us to coordinate the fashion for a styled shoot at Stonington Vineyards, we jumped at the chance! The day was a little damp, but we think that it made the mood that much more romantic. We were thrilled to have the shoot featured in the current issue of Bliss Celebrations Magazine.



































Photography: Leslie Dumke Studio

Venue: Stonington Vineyards

Shoot Coordination: Slainte and Dreamscapes Design Group

Styling: Beth Chapman

Beauty: Erin Infantino of Simply Gorgeous by Erin Infantino

Cake: Ana Parzych

Flowers: Hana Floral Design

Models: The Beauty Within Model Management

Bridal Gown: Anne Barge

Bridal Jewelry: Maria Elena & The Something Old Collection

Veil: Modern Trousseau

Beaded Sash: Ivy & Aster

Purse: Merci New York for Madame Mathilde 

Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale

Bridesmaid Jewelry: Haute Bride

Reception Dress: Kirribilla

xoxo, TWD

Pretty Preppy Styled Bridal Photo Shoot

We are excited to announce that our latest inspiration page, Pretty Preppy, is now live on our site! The photo shoot, styled by TWD storeowner Beth Chapman, was also recently featured on Style Me Pretty. Scroll below to view a few of the stunning images as well as shoot credits!









Click here to visit the Pretty Preppy Inspiration page on our site! Then please, be our guest and Pin away!

Photography: Kat Harris 

Design: True Event 

Stylist: Beth Chapman

Wedding Gown: Kate McDonald Bridal

Shoes: Kate Spade

Bridesmaids: LulaKate 

Makeup: Jennie Fresa 

Hair: Emily Reale

Jewelry: Aquinnah Jewelry 

Cardigans: JCrew 

Clutch: Merci New York For Madame Mathilde 

Earrings: Haute Bride 

Florists: Hana Floral Design 

Linens: La Tavola 

Paper: Tie That Binds 

Rentals: Rentals Unlimited Boston 

Venue: Inn At Stonington

Welcome Bags: Sea Bags


xoxo, TWD

Musings of a Stylist: Passport to Fashion


I was inspired by to create a fashion inspiration board influenced by my fantasy wedding location. I have been so fortunate to style shoots all over the world, so to choose only one location was very daunting to me! So many of the locations I have visited are inspiring, and there are so many others that I still long to visit! To help me select a location, I decided to turn to my followers on social media for assistance. When asked if they could choose anywhere in the world to get married, the overwhelming responses were either Europe or a tropical location. I, too, have a passion for Europe and recalled a stunning image taken by my friends, Justin and Mary Marantz, during a trip to Provence last year. The image of the stone castle and breathtaking fields of lavender were the inspiration for my fashion selections.

The location screams romance, so my fashion choices have the same aesthetic. The wedding gown from Chaviano Couture has a subtle hand-painted skirt and a very soft pink tulle overlay. The softly draped bodice is accented with delicate Chantilly lace cap sleeves. For accessories, I selected gold earrings and a headpiece with a blush and champagne crystals from Haute Bride. The waistline of the gown is accented with a blush sash with the same crystal motif as the accessories. I love how the blush pink plays beautifully off of the lavender fields.

Top left image:

Photography: Julie Marowski for Carla Ten Eyck

Styling: Beth Chapman

Hair: Catie Bane, Catie & Amy

Makeup: d.d. Nickel

Top right image:

Headpiece: Haute Bride

Bottom left image:

Photography: Justin & Mary

Bottom middle image:

Earrings: Haute Bride

Bottom right image:

Photography: Julie Marowski for Carla Ten Eyck

Styling: Beth Chapman

Hair: Catie Bane, Catie & Amy

Makeup: d.d. Nickel

xoxo, Beth

Musings of a Stylist: Tartan and Tulle Styled Bridal Photo Shoot

Just in time for winter, we are excited to announce that our latest inspiration page, Tartan and Tulle, is now live! The styled bridal photo shoot was recently featured in the latest issues of WellWed Cape Cod + Nantucket + Martha’s Vineyard and WellWed New York, and it has also appeared on Style Me Pretty! Scroll below to view the gorgeous magazine covers and spread, the shoot credits and some of our favorite images!








Click here to view the Tartan and Tulle Inspiration page on our site!  Then please, be our guest and Pin away!

Photography: Charlotte Jenks Lewis Photography

Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau

Flowers: Splendid Stems

Cake: Lovely Cakes

Invitations: Meant To Be Sent

Jewelry: Haute Bride

Bridesmaid Dress: Shirt- The Gap, Skirt- Custom Modern Trousseau 

Event Planning: Stacie Shea Events 

Event Design: Stacie Shea Events

Makeup: 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

Venue: Winvian

xoxo, TWD



Musings of a Stylist: Nautical Nuptials

Have you had a chance to check out our latest Musings of a Stylist inspiration? It is nautical and New England chic and it’s sure to get you in the 4th of July spirit. Read on for a recount of the shoot by owner and stylist, Beth Chapman.

“Being a New Englander, I love all thing nautical and had always dreamed about styling a classic New England photoshoot. We were approached by The Connecticut Bride last spring to style the editorial shoot for their Spring/Summer issue. A dream team of talents was pulled together for the project and in conjunction with Candice Coppolla of Jubilee Events, we selected Essex, Connecticut, a picturesque New England town sprinkled with marinas, as the location for the shoot.

For the fashion, I chose gowns by Amsale and Ivy and Aster. The aesthetic was all about classic styles with a fun twist. We accessorized with oversized bows, subtle nautical details and pops of color in the shoes and jewelry from aquinnah and Kate Spade.

The highlight was being able to shoot on the “Valentine”, a 1920’s era refurbished gem of a boat, that was being maintained by my friend ‘Captain Ray’.  The boat was the best accessory of the day and really allowed us to complete the story!

In addition to being our current Musings of a Stylist feature this shoot was also a spread in  The Connecticut Bride magazine earlier last year. Currently on new-stands, this All- American themed shoot was by far, one of the most fun to work on!” 

  Dress- Ivy and Aster, jewels- Aquinnah for The White Dress by the shore , Handbag- provided by stylist, Shoes- Kate Spade

Gowns- Amsale,  Hat- Bijou Van Ness,  Anchor Handbag- Moyna, Bangles- Kate Spade , Rope Headband- Etsy

The shots above are taken on the “Valentine”.  Skirt- Coren Moore, Top- Ann Taylor, Necklace – Aquinnah for The White Dress by the shore, Shoes- Kate Spade

Gowns- Rivini and Anne Barge, Maids Dress- Ivy and Aster, Yellow Shoes- Kate Spade, Yellow Sweater- J. Crew, Jewelry- Aquinnah for The White Dress by the shore.   Location- The Griswold Inn

Dress- Coren Moore, Striped Top- Provided by stylist, Bangles- Kate Spade, Lockets- Aquinnah for The White Dress by the shore.

For additional images and a behind-the-scenes perspective, hop on over to photographer, Carla Ten Eyck’s blog!

Credit Reel~

Fashion and Styling- Beth Chapman |  The White Dress by the shore

Art Direction- Candice Coppola | Jubilee Events

Photograprhy- Carla Ten Eyck

Floral Design- Datura: a modern garden

Beauty- Dana Bartone

Paper Design- Coral Pheasant

Cake- A Little Imagination Cakes

xoxo, TWD