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The First Look: to do or not to do?

The First Look: to do or not to do?

The First Look: to do or not to do?

The first time a couple sees each other on their wedding is magical- whether it is during the ceremony or beforehand.  I cry EVERY. SINGLE. TIME – even if I don’t know the couple! 

A first look has become increasingly popular for weddings, as it allows the bride and groom to enjoy their cocktail hour with their guests and it cuts down on the time dedicated to pictures after the ceremony.  I may be in the minority, but I am not a huge fan of the first look. I am a bit of a traditionalist in that I love that moment when the church door opens and the couple locks eyes for the first time.  As a stylist, I am also protective of the gown.  I am always concerned that the gown will get dirty during the first look and portraits and that it won’t be pristine for the first time that the guests see the bride. 

My suggestion is that if  you opt to do a first look, either hire a bridal dresser or assign a member of your bridal party to be on ‘dress duty’.  They should ensure that the train is being held off of the ground right up until the couple is about to meet and in between portraits to avoid it getting dirty and stepped on. If the bride’s gown is made of a fabric that wrinkles easily, she should remain standing (unless she needs to ride in a car or limo to the ceremony location.) There should be an emergency kit available that contains a needle & thread, stain remover (we love coffee wipes), double sided tape, a lint brush and baby powder (great for oily stains, like lipstick) to alleviate any fashion mishaps before the ceremony. 

The First Look: to do or not to do?

image: J Matthew Photography

I reached out to some of the industry’s best to get their opinion on the topic.  Here are their  thoughts:

Photographer Steve Depino does not just have one reason that he feels couples should do a first look…he has several:

I’m not so untraditional that I can’t understand why a couple may not want to do a first look. They have a vision of the way their wedding day unfolds and the idea of seeing their soon-to-be spouse before they walk down the aisle may not be part of the plan.  If that’s case, you may be hard to sway but perhaps you are on the fence about the subject.  So if you are asking yourself  “Should I do a first look?”  here are few reasons why I highly recommend it:

Timing- You have all the time in the world before the ceremony and a very limited time in between a ceremony and reception. Avoid the rush and let your photographer have the time they need to create.  By limiting them to a short window of time you might be cutting in the final amount of images you end up receiving. 

Everyone is fresh- Hair and makeup has just been applied and your makeup artist might even be able to hang out for a bit longer to make sure it looks great after.  Just discuss this with your makeup artist beforehand and compensate them for the extra time/work for touch ups.

No one is hungry – Weddings are long days and after the ceremony, bellies tend to want food and a beverage quickly.  If you schedule your portraits before the ceremony your guest are free to join cocktail hour without any interruption.

Don’t miss your cocktail party- You paid extra for the those bacon wrapped scallops and signature cocktails, so you should be able to enjoy them!

Light- Depending on the time of year,  you may be working within limited daylight hours. If you shoot portraits before your ceremony, you can avoid having to shoot with less than ideal natural light.

It’s a private moment just for the two of you- This might be the most important reason. Your wedding day will move very fast and chances are you will be moving even faster. You might only get a few brief moments alone with your future partner during the day. Building a first look into your timeline gives you a bit more time to spend with your love.”

 

First Look pros & cons

Image: Steve DePino

Event Planner, Candice Coppola Kistoo of Jubilee Events also sees the benefit of the first look:

“The first look alleviates so much of the stress that couples feel on their wedding day. Between natural nervousness and jitters, to ensuring that all your family photographs have been taken, having a first look gives you more control over your timeline. Traditionally, couples would have scheduled photographs of themselves, their bridal party and their family all during cocktail hour- which leaves little time or room for error- and it means you’re going to miss an hour of your wedding! By having a first look, you can schedule an adequate amount of time for photographs (we recommend 2 hours to start for average sized bridal parties and families), have an intimate and private moment before your ceremony, and free up time to enjoy your party and guests when you’d otherwise be taking pictures. If you’re worried about the first look “breaking” with tradition- just know that it has actually become the tradition over the past 10 years. Most couples opt to see one another in advance for all the reasons I suggested!”

The First Look: to do or not to do?

Image: JAG Studios

Lastly, I wanted the perspective of a beauty expert, so I inquired with Crystal Vazquez and here are her thoughts:

“The first look is a trend that really needs to be thought out. If you are finding you are very anxious and seeing your soon to be spouse would comfort you,  by all means plan for the first look. If there is no specific reason, then I would recommend passing. The moment you walk down the aisle has been a magical and favorite moment through the ages because of the excitement of seeing your love for the first time. Walking down the aisle is always terrifying for brides for many reasons (they may dislike being the center of attention for instance), and the moment that special someone sees you for the first time is what you will focus on when walking in front of your guests. When our brides do opt for a first look, we recommend having your hair stylist and makeup artist stay on site. Between the weather conditions and initial tears, you will most likely need to freshen up before your guests see you. Some clients will opt for a completely different look so they can still have the element of surprise when walking down the aisle, opting for their first look to be in their reception dress and changing their ceremony look to have the best of both worlds, their first look and the look of surprise and awe when they walk down the aisle. “

Image: Rincon Photography

Of course, just like all aspects of your wedding, whether or not you do a first look is a personal choice.  Consider your options and do what is best for you.

Xoxo, Beth


Introducing TWD at Home: Sample sale shopping reimagined

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We are thrilled to introduce our latest sample sale venture, TWD at Home! Are you interested in becoming a #thewhitedressbytheshorebride, but live too far from us to experience our boutique? Are you a bride whose wedding is too soon to order a gown? Or, are you a busy woman who can’t coordinate your schedule with ours? Either way, TWD at Home is a perfect option for you.

 

Sample Sale Shopping, Reimagined.

No crowds. No Pressure. No obligation.  

 

 

1. View our TWD Sample Inventory (please note, these are store samples and are intended for immediate sale.)

twd at home sample sale

2. Select up to 3 dresses to be shipped to you & complete our TWD at Home Policy Form.

Pay $25 for 1 gown, $50 for 2, or $60 for 3 (enter code ‘ship3′ at checkout.)

twd at home sample sale

3. Sign for your package

twd at home sample sale

4. Gather friends & family for an at home try on party

twd at home sample sale

5. Choose your fave

twd at home sample sale

6. Pop the bubbly & ring us at 860.669.4596 to pay for your purchase!

twd at home sample sale

7. Send the other gowns back to us using the enclosed prepaid label.

8. Snap a pic with the enclosed YES sign and tag @thewhitedress !  

 

                                 

Happy Shopping!

xoxo, TWD


2017 Bridal + Bridesmaids Trends As Seen On WWLP’s Mass Appeal

 

                               

Earlier this week, TWD owner and stylist Beth Chapman appeared on WWLP’s Mass Appeal where she highlighted top 2017 bridal and bridesmaids trends. 

 

Spring 2017 Bridal Trends 

This Spring is all about femininity!  Florals, feminine details and flowy fabrics are hot right now in bridal!  Below are the top bridal trends for Spring 2017: 

Flowy skirts  –   Silhouettes are getting softer for Spring and we are seeing lots of flowy skirts being shown by designers.  This gown by Anne Barge has a long sleeve lace bodice with a plunging v-neck.  Sleeves are appropriate for spring and summer, as long as the fabric weight is light enough.

2017 Bridal + Bridesmaids Trends As Seen On WWLP's Mass Appeal

Jacquards and textured fabrics– Last season we talked about watercolor prints being a trend (and that continues). This season, designers are showing floral patterns embossed into the fabric with Jacquards and burnouts.  This one from Jenny Yoo is in a soft flowy fabric and just screams spring.  It is perfect for a garden wedding! 

2017 Bridal + Bridesmaids Trends As Seen On WWLP's Mass Appeal

3 dimensional textures-  Designers are taking this floral trend one step further and showing gowns with 3 dimensional flowers.  This one is from Carolina Herrera

2017 Bridal + Bridesmaids Trends As Seen On WWLP's Mass Appeal

Textural laces –  We have seen lace for several seasons- it has really become a staple in bridal.  Designers are using more unique textured laces, like this one from Made with Love.  This lace is similar to a Guipure lace, which is a crocheted lace.  This gown has a plunging v neckline, which continues to be a hot trend. 

Capes- We have seen capes on the red carpet and now they are making their way down the white aisle. I love this as an alternative to a veil!  It is such a sophisticated and elegant look! The one below is from Augusta Jones.

2017 Bridal + Bridesmaids Trends As Seen On WWLP's Mass Appeal

Billowy sleeves – Last season was all about the long sleeve. This season those sleeves have a little twist with the introduction of the billowy sleeve. I adore the Winnie gown from Hayley Paige – I think this type of sleeve has more of a spring-like airy feel!  Sleeves are totally appropriate for spring if they are in a lightweight fabric such as tulle or organza. 

2017 Bridal + Bridesmaids Trends As Seen On WWLP's Mass Appeal

Spring 2017 Bridesmaid Trends 

It is a great time to be a bridesmaid.  There are so many great trends – and the best trend is not look like a bridesmaid!  It is still all about mixing different silhouettes, pattern, and textures within the same bridal party. There are some exciting silhouette trends happening for Spring 2017:

Interesting necklines-  it’s all about NON-STRAPLESS dresses! Designers are showing all kinds of interesting necklines that flatter all different body types. This one is from Theia

2017 Bridal + Bridesmaids Trends As Seen On WWLP's Mass Appeal

Off the shoulder is currently a hot in ready to wear and we are also seeing that trend for bridesmaids.  It is a very romantic silhouette and provides coverage at the top of the arms, which most women appreciate! Below is a style from Amsale.

2017 Bridal + Bridesmaids Trends As Seen On WWLP's Mass Appeal

Flutter sleeves-  This is a  very romantic trend an a great option for a maid who wants more arm coverage.  

2017 Bridal + Bridesmaids Trends As Seen On WWLP's Mass Appeal

Jenny Yoo

Long sleeves–  We are seeing a lot of long sleeve gowns in bridal and the trend has also emerged for maids.  It is a very chic, sophisticated look.  It is one that would also work for a young mom!

2017 Bridal + Bridesmaids Trends As Seen On WWLP's Mass Appeal

Theia

Embroidery/floral patterns–  Last season we talked a lot about prints and mixing them in a bridal party with corresponding solid colors and even lace. This season, bridesmaid designers are combing the floral trend with the trends we are seeing in bridal toward texture, and showing floral embroidery.  

2017 Bridal + Bridesmaids Trends As Seen On WWLP's Mass Appeal

Jenny Yoo

Jumpsuits! – Again, this is a trend that we have seen evolve from every day fashion into the bridal realm.  How fun would this be to wear as a bridesmaid?!  We also love this look for the bride for all of her wedding-related events. 

2017 Bridal + Bridesmaids Trends As Seen On WWLP's Mass Appeal

Theia
 

xoxo, TWD 

 


Elegant & dramatic Black tie affair at Blithewold featuring Carolina Herrera Ansel

We were so thrilled to find our elegant and dramatic styled shoot at Blithewold featured in this year’s issue of Bliss Celebrations. Blithewold Mansion has a stately feel to it which called for a classic and elegant gown. TWD Owner and Stylist Beth Chapman selected Carolina Herrera’s Ansel gown, since the silk striped skirt provided a New England vibe and the beaded neckline made it perfect for a black tie affair. The gown really served as the main inspiration for the entire shoot.  She also had a vision for a reception dress with feathers, and JLM Couture delivered with a gorgeous, flirty dress (a runway sample, which {sadly} never got produced!) Scroll down for all of the pretty as well as the amazing vendors who made the shoot a success.

Elegant & dramatic Black tie affair at Blithewold featuring Carolina Herrera Ansel

Elegant & dramatic Black tie affair at Blithewold featuring Carolina Herrera Ansel

Elegant & dramatic Black tie affair at Blithewold featuring Carolina Herrera Ansel

Elegant & dramatic Black tie affair at Blithewold featuring Carolina Herrera Ansel

Elegant & dramatic Black tie affair at Blithewold featuring Carolina Herrera Ansel

Elegant & dramatic Black tie affair at Blithewold featuring Carolina Herrera Ansel

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Photography: Carla Ten Eyck

Design + Florals: Whim Events

Paper: Coral Pheasant Stationary 

Styling: Beth Chapman Styling

Hair: Emily Reale

Makeup: Brandon Ward

Gown: Carolina Herrera, reception dress: JLM Couture

Lighting + draping: Ryan Designs

Bar + event lounge: Reserve Modern Event Rental

Rentals: Peterson Party Center

Venue: Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum 

Featured in Bliss Celebrations 2017 issue

xoxo, TWD

 


New styles from Made with Love coming soon!

Get excited, because we JUST placed an order for these amazing, beautiful new styles from Made with Love! Stay tuned to our social media as we receive the below – then ring us at 860.669.4596 or request an appointment here to try them on!

New styles from Made with Love coming soon

New styles from Made with Love coming soon

Ella

  

New styles from Made with Love coming soon

Hayley

New styles from Made with Love coming soon

Isla

New styles from Made with Love coming soon

 

Samantha

 

xoxo, TWD


Feature Friday: Deepika’s White Carpet Appointment

We were thrilled to host Deepika and her closest family and friends for a private White Carpet Appointment a couple of weeks ago.  A big thank you to Take Aim Photography for capturing all the special moments, and Sugar Therapy for the adorable and delicious cupcakes! Congratulations Deepika and welcome to the TWD family. It was such a pleasure to host you and we are so happy to be dressing you for your big day!

Take a peek at the special appointment and then ring us at 860.669.4596 to book your own private shopping experience.

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deepika-white-carpet-shopping-appointment-take-aim-photo

 

xoxo, TWD

 

 

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