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Happy 4th of July ~ Holiday Hours

See more from our Nautical Nuptials styled photo shoot here! Photo by Carla Ten Eyck.

xoxo, TWD


Introducing: Accessories Rental!

Your gown selection helps set the tone for so many things in your wedding, but did you ever consider that accessories can do the same? We are so excited to introduce our latest service – Accessories Rental!  Below are the styles that are available for rent. Contact us for availability and rental information.

Silver filigree headband with champagne and ivory cultured pearls and Swarovski crystals  |     image: Carla Ten Eyck 

Silver filigree medallion headband with Swarovski crystals and mother of pearl center detail

Filigree Minaudiere clutch encrusted with Swarovski crystals  | image: Laura Dee Photography 

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Silver Filigree cuff bracelet with Swarovski crystals (7″ in diameter)  |  image: Tiffany Joyce Photography

Gold filigree cuff bracelet with Swarovski crystals and cultured pearls and vintage clasp (7″ in diameter)|  image: Tiffany Joyce Photography

Statement necklace with Mother of Pearl, cultured pearls and Swarovski crystal details- organza ribbon tie

Statement necklace made of Swarovski crystals- adjustable clasp

Statement necklace constructed of Swarovski crystals- adjustable clasp

Please contact for additional images of these items!   Winter brides – be sure to check out our Fur Rental!  

xoxo, TWD


Make a Day of It!

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We are so fortunate to draw our clientele from not only all parts of our home state, but also from New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Rhode Island!  We recognize that we may not be the closest boutique for our clients to visit, but we think we are well worth the trip!  Not only for the experience that you will have with us, but also for the incredible things that the Connecticut shoreline has to offer!

To encourage you to “Make a Day of It”, during the month of July, any bride that visits us from an hour+ away, will receive a complimentary wine tasting at Chamard Vineyard and gift bag from Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets with special discounts and gifts! Follow this link to read each of our stylists suggested itineraries for some other fun things to do on the charming Connecticut Shoreline!

xoxo, TWD


Get to know The White Dress by the shore

We hope that this post will help you to get to know The White Dress by the shore, as we think that to know us is to love us!

Owner, Beth Chapman established the boutique in 2004 with a sincere to desire to create a memorable bridal shopping experience and environment for brides-to-be and their guests. Over the years we have set ourselves apart not only through our dedication to customer service, but for the unique services that the boutique has to offer.  Below are some of the boutique’s nuances that help to make The White Dress by the shore truly special:

 

 

The White Dress by the shore is situated in an antique home that was built in 1763.  When the boutique opened in 2004 it only had two fitting rooms and was contained to the first floor of the building.  In 2008, the boutique expanded to the second floor of the building and now the main boutique houses 5 fitting rooms.  Each room is private and allows the bride and her guests to have their own individual space.  We name each of our fitting rooms the name of European cities, so when visiting us, you can be whisked away to Paris, Versailles, or Nice!

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Beth Chapman, owner and fashion stylist, is a veteran of the retail industry. She spent 10 years working in the corporate office of Ann Taylor, where she served as a Vice President of Merchandising. Beth’s love of exquisite fabrics and feminine details, along with her sincere desire to create a memorable shopping experience for brides, compelled her to launch The White Dress by the shore, in 2004. Her expertise in fabrications and garment fit and her love of bridal couture, allow her to assist clients in selecting the perfect attire for their wedding. Recognized for her dedication to her business, family and community service, Beth was selected as one of the 5 finalists for the 2006 Connecticut Working Woman of the Year. Beth’s extraordinary fashion sense has led to her styling photo shoots throughout the world. She is co-author of The White Dress in Color, an inspirational coffee table book filled with photographs that celebrate the creative spirit through beautiful bridal stories and innovative planning tips. Her styling work has also been seen in: Inside Weddings Magazine Grace Ormonde, La Bella Bride, BrideLIFE Magazine, BRIDES Magazine, WellWed Magazine, The Connecticut Bride, Bliss Celebrations, Gala Weddings, Southern New England Weddings Magazine, style me pretty and 100 Layer Cake, among others. Beth loves to share her knowledge of the industry and fashion with others and is a frequent speaker at bridal and business conferences, as well as a mentor for The QC School’s Styling Program. She resides in Guilford, Connecticut with her husband Mark, her two children and their dog Pickles. To read more about her love of styling, visit The Musings of a Stylist.

Beth has put together an incredible team with diverse backgrounds. Each associate is dedicated to making every interaction with our clients exceptional and for assisting them in finding the perfect wedding day wardrobe that reflect their personal style.

 

 

 

Situated behind the main building is a renovated barn that we affectionately call Chic by the Shore. This sweet building houses our bridesmaid collections.  We are the only boutique in Connecticut that offers a completely separate space for bridesmaid shopping.  For brides looking for a truly unique experience, we offer the Bridesmaid Soiree.  During a soiree, a bride and her bridal party has exclusive access to Chic by the Shore.  For two hours they can try dresses to their heart’s content while sipping mimosas and nibbling on cupcakes.  At the end of the appointment, each maid will receive a discount on their dress purchase and a swag bag.

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We believe in promoting our local and national economy.  To that end, the majority of the designers carried in the boutique manufacture their products in the United States.  Following is a list of our domestic designers:

Bridal:

Amy Kuschel

Kate McDonald Bridal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kirribilla

Modern Trousseau (made in CT! )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accessories:

Maria Elena

Angela Nuran

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Haute Bride

Sara Gabriel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lacey Eden (made in CT!)

Aquinnah (made in CT!)

Aquinnah (made in CT!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here at TWD we offer unique services including our Styling Service, Dressing Service, Fur and Accessory Rental, Alterations and Gown Cleaning and Preservation. Click below to view our Services Guide.

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Experiencing a White Carpet Appointment is experiencing luxury. The entire boutique is available for a private shopping experience accompanied by nibbles, champagne, a bouquet in the bride’s wedding colors, and a photographer to capture every magical memory.

Learn more about this exclusive appointment below.

 

 

 

We are so fortunate to draw our clientele from not only all parts of our home state, but also from New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Rhode Island!  We recognize that we may not be the closest boutique for our clients to visit, but we think we are well worth the trip!  Not only for the experience that you will have with us, but also for the incredible things that the Connecticut shoreline has to offer!

Our thought, is if you are traveling a distance to get to us, why not make a day of it?!  Follow this link to read each of our stylists suggested itineraries!

 

xoxo, TWD


TWD stylists suggested itineraries for a shopping experience at The White Dress by the shore

We are so fortunate to draw our clientele from not only all parts of our home state, but also from New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Rhode Island!   We recognize that we may not be the closest boutique for our clients to visit, but we think we are well worth the trip!  Not only for the experience that you will have with us, but also for the incredible things that the Connecticut shoreline has to offer!

Our thought, is if you are traveling a distance to get to us, why not make a day of it?!  Below, each of our stylists offers up their suggestions itineraries for a shopping experience at The White Dress by the shore.

Beth Chapman | owner:

I feel that the bridal shopping experience should be unique and memorable- which is exactly why I created The White Dress by the shore.  I think the ideal shopping excursion for our brides would include an overnight stay at the historic Bee and Thistle Inn in charming Old Lyme, Connecticut.  You can enjoy my favorite- a basil martini-  in the garden, followed by a mouth watering meal at their award winning Chestnut Grille, while strolling musicians entertain you.  After a leisurely breakfast and perhaps a tour of the Florence Griswold Museum next to the inn, you can join us on Sunday for a White Carpet Appointment. These exclusive appointments offer the entire boutique to you and your guests.  They can browse our curated collections of gowns while sipping champagne and enjoying nibbles from a local caterer (perhaps even the Bee and Thistle!).  The entire experience will be captured on film by a photographer.  You will leave your appointment not only feeling pampered and hopefully having found the gown of your dreams, but with a SWAG bag filled with a bevy of treats, including a bouquet in the colors of your wedding.

Shana Harris | store manager:

I consider myself to have two ideal itineraries, one that speaks to my childhood on the shore and the other, my years working in fashion in NYC. I grew up on the CT coast so I am a beach girl all the way…so, any ideal day for me includes a trip to the beach!  Fortunatley, we have one of the most glorious beaches in the state just a mile up the road from the boutique.  My ideal shopping day would begin with an appointment at The White Dress by the shore followed by an afternoon at Hammonasset State Park.  After soaking up the sun, there is nothing like a cold margarita.  I would end the day at Donahue’s Beach Grille for one of their infamous cocktails!

If you’re interested in a day of pampering on the other hand, you just have to take the short drive over to our neighbor in Madison, Jennie Fresa. Jennie specializes in professional brow styling services, makeup applications & lessons, skincare, body waxing and bridal beauty.  She is also a proud retailer of many green beauty lines including Tata Harper & Indie Lee skincare lines, RGB nail polish, BKR water bottles, Kai fragrance and much more!

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Alexandra Bruno | stylist/marketing coordinator:

I am a resident of Guilford and think it is one of the most quaint towns in Connecticut.  My vision for the ideal shopping day would include an appointment at The White Dress by the Shore, followed by an afternoon of shopping on the historic Guilford Green. There are so many charming shops!  My favorites are Ella Where She Shops for fashionable finds,  Lulu’s  for cozy pjs, pretty intimates and amazing bath products and Mix Design Store for an eclectic ‘mix’ of gifts and home décor.  And at the end of a long and pampering day, be sure to grab a glass of wine and a panini at Ballou’s Wine Bar.

Jesse Daniels | stylist :

We are blessed to be located in an area of Connecticut so rich with history.  Our boutique is situated among some of the best antique shops in the country!  My ideal shopping day would include a bit of ‘antiquing’ at a few of my favorite spots, followed by an afternoon of gown shopping at The White Dress by the shore.  Here’s the inside scoop on my favorite antique stores:  The Clinton Antique Center (for a little bit of everything), Old Beautiful Antiques and Art (directly across from The White Dress by the shore),  Miriam Green Antiquarium offering all sorts of “distracting curiosities”- from books to jewelry. My favorite spot for vintage books is The Clinton Book Loft- it has rooms and rooms filled with books from every genre and era.  If you are a lover of vintage clothing, than Tova’s Vintage Shop in Old Saybrook is a must!

Molly Nassimos |  stylist:

I am a die-hard shopper, so for me, the perfect day is all about shopping! And if it happens to involve a bargain, even better!   After purchasing your gown at The White Dress by the shore, I say head on over to the Clinton Crossing Outlets , just a few miles up the road from us.  While there be sure to hit my favorite stores:  Kate Spade, J. Crew, Saks: Off Fifth, Micheal Kors and Club Monaco.

Allison Gintoff | stylist

Right up the street from our boutique is Chamard Vineyard. It is an absolute gem on the shoreline and a must visit!  My ideal shopping day would include finding the gown and accessories of my dreams at The White Dress by the shore and then heading to Chamard Vineyard for lunch in their bistro and a wine tasting.  Friday and Saturday nights they offer live music and a selection of food trucks.What fun would it be to celebrate with wine and delicious food after having purchased your gown?!

Kelley Winter | stylist:

I am a ‘foodie’, so I always think of the best places to eat, wherever we go!  My recommendation is for brides to visit us for a morning appointment, and then head right down the street to Lobster Landing, a hidden gem on the shoreline. They offer THE BEST lobster rolls you will ever eat!  The building itself is over 100 years old and the location boasts incredible views of  The Long Island Sound.  It is a TRUE New England experience!

To schedule an appointment to shop  in our boutique, ring us at 860.669.4596.

 xoxo, TWD


Lula Kate: May Sale!

We are thrilled to announce that all Lula Kate bridesmaid dresses in any color or fabric are 20% off during the entire month of May! Ring us at 860.669.4596 for an appointment!

xoxo, TWD


Summer Holiday Schedule

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In observance of the summer holidays, the boutique will be closed the following dates:

Saturday, May 23rd for Memorial Day

Saturday, July 4th for Independence Day

Saturday, September 5th for  Labor Day.

Photography: Kirk Watkins Photograph

Styling: Beth Chapman, The White Dress by the shore

Hair: Donna Smith

Makeup: Kia Foster-Blades

Gown: Ivy & Aster

Earrings: The Something Old Collection

 

xoxo, TWD

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