Being a New Englander, I love all thing nautical and had always dreamed about styling a classic New England photo shoot. 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 Coppola 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!
FASHION and STYLING: Beth Chapman | The White Dress by the shore
GOWNS: Amsale, Ivy and Aster, Anne Barge
BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: Ivy and Aster and Coren Moore
JEWELRY: aquinnah, Kate Spade
HAT: Bijou Van Ness
SHOES: Kate Spade
ART DIRECTION: Candice Coppola | Jubilee Events
PHOTOGRAPHY: Carla Ten Eyck
FLORAL DESIGN: Datura: a modern garden
BEAUTY: Dana Bartone
PAPER DESIGN: Coral Pheasant
CAKE: A Little Imagination Cakes