Posts Tagged ‘Kate McDonald’
Sarah and Walt’s Madison Beach Hotel Wedding
At The White Dress by the shore, our passion is helping brides find the perfect look for their wedding day. When the bride is your own sister, that passion reaches a whole new level! I am thrilled to share Sarah and Walt’s beautiful Madison Beach Hotel Wedding that took place this Fall. Sarah and Walt were engaged on New Year’s Eve. They were both busy with their careers, so wedding planning was put to the back burner. That is, until Memorial Day weekend when Sarah came to me and asked if she thought that we could plan a wedding in time for Labor Day Weekend- in other words, plan a wedding in 93 days!
Walt had a personal connection to The Madison Beach Hotel and it was a dream of theirs to host the wedding there. They went to visit the venue and it just so happened that there was an opening on the Sunday of Labor Day- that same year! The timing was perfect for Sarah and Walt’s schedule and also aligned perfectly with our sister Katie’s chemotherapy treatments. It was important to Sarah that Katie, her Matron of Honor, was well enough to enjoy the festivities (because after all, Katie LOVES a good party!) So, the date was set and the planning began!
Sarah’s dream was to have a simple and elegant wedding and she wanted that same aesthetic reflected in her gown. We enlisted the assistance of my friend, Katherine, designer of Kate McDonald Bridal to create the perfect gown! Katherine sent in a few samples for Sarah to try on and in one weekend we had created the vision for a custom gown, selected the bridesmaid dresses from Jenny Yoo, and found the perfect mother of the occasion dress! Talk about focus!
Sarah was so trusting in the gown process. Katherine created a muslin of the gown that we fit to Sarah. But because of the tight timing, the final product did not arrive until 2 weeks prior to the wedding! But, not to panic!….Because of the muslin fitting process and the talent of our genius in-house seamstress Penny, the gown was fit to perfection in plenty of time for the big day!
Sarah and Walt’s vision was to have a wedding that was simple, but one that was filled with personal touches and that created lasting memories. We come from a large and diverse family, so it was important to Sarah and Walt that everyone felt involved in their day. Sarah had a large bridal party which included myself, our sister Katie and her sweet daughter (my niece) Tilly, Walt’s sister Lindsay, and several friends. In order to recognize her teenage nieces (including my daughter Lindsay), Sarah had the younger girls wear the same Jenny Yoo dress as the maids in a different length and color and hand out the programs. It was important to Sarah that they felt included in the day. Our brother Bill is 17 years Sarah’s senior and has always been a father figure to her. To recognize him, she had him escort her down the steps of the hotel to the aisle where our father was waiting. He handed Sarah off to him, and he escorted her down the aisle to Walt.
Sarah and Walt hired a justice of peace to ensure that the wedding was legal, but asked our step-father Kevin to perform the part of the ceremony where Sarah and Walt exchanged their vows.
In lieu of favors, Sarah and Walt made donations to two charities that were near and dear to their hearts.
If Sarah and Walt had YEARS to plan their wedding (vs days), they could not have planned a more thoughtful, meaningful wedding. After a morning of rain and hurricane force winds, we were ultimately blessed with a gorgeous sunny day- one that reflected Sarah and Walt’s love for each other and the love that we all have for them.
Congrats Sarah and Walt!
Photography: Studio Ten 9 Ten
Venue: Madison Beach Hotel
Suits: Valentino Tailors
Maids Dresses: Jenny Yoo
Gown: Kate McDonald
Bride’s Earrings and Comb: Sara Gabriel
Veil: Custom, The White Dress by the shore
Floral Design: Flowers by Justine
F*uck Cancer Bracelet and Necklaces: Aquinnah Jewelry
The Anniversary Event
We are so honored to have dressed beautiful brides for 14 years. To celebrate, we are spreading the love by providing special offers.
To request to celebrate with us click here or ring us at 860.669.4596.
Text Messaging just got a whole lot better!
Hey this is crazy, but Text Us…maybe!
Say hello to 2-way texting and sending images to The White Dress by the shore!
2-Way Texting (aka Conversations)
Previously, we only had 1-way text messaging from our boutique to you. We are pleased to announce that you can now text us back!
In addition to being able to confirm appointments with us, you can now send us pictures of what is inspiring you. Or, send us images of wedding gowns & accessories that you have been loving… and don’t forget to text us with any questions you may have.
We are so thrilled to have this feature at our fingertips to connect with our brides before and after they come to the boutique for their appointment.
Be sure to opt-in for texting when requesting an appointment!
If you are already part of the TWD family and want to text with us, you may ring us or click here to shoot us an emailed request.
To request an appointment Click Here or ring us at 860.669.4596
The Winter Lace Event
Thursday January 11th – Sunday January 14th
Join the White Dress by The Shore for The Winter Lace Event January 11th – 14th.
All lace gowns, bridesmaids dresses, & lace trimmed veils will be discounted by 10% during this exclusive event.
To request an appointment with one of our stylist for the winter lace event click here or ring us at the boutique at 860.669.4596
The White Dress by The Shore Holiday Glitz Event!
Tuesday, December 19th – Saturday, December 23rd
Join The White Dress by The Shore for the annual Holiday Glitz Event. A 10% discount will be granted on anything in the boutique that sparkles. Gowns, Shoes, accessories & more will be included in this exclusive event! To request an appointment with one of our stylists, ring us at 860.669.4596 or click here!
Small Business Saturday at The White Dress by The Shore is almost here! If you shop with us on Saturday, November 25th, you will receive
10% off your gown purchase, which is part of our White Friday (and Saturday!) Event.
We will be celebrating other local businesses that day and all brides who shop with us will receive a
#loveyourlocal gift bag full of treats and offers from our event sponsors:
We are booking up fast for our event! Please ring us at 860.669.4596 or
Click here to request an Bridal or Bridesmaids appointment with one of our stylists.
“The Best Deal of Your Life for The Best Day of Your Life”
Friday, November 17 – Saturday, November 18
More than 700 locally-owned independent bridal retailers coast to coast
will participate in this exquisite event, offering brides designer wedding gowns and
wedding party dresses at substantial savings.
Photo : Tiffany Joyce Photography