Thursday, October 29, 2009

The talented Carrie Roseman did a boudior shoot in our store yesterday featuring the amazing lingerie of our very own Josie Jolon of Beneath the gown.

Following are the words from Carrie's blog post launching a few of her images~ Beneath the gown is.....

handmade couture and fine European Lingerie...
a sexiness that tingles you head to toe...
a sexy surprise for someone...
or just for you to slink your way through your day...
custom-fitted...attention to detail and texture and fit...
the best lingerie from the most heart-felt designer, fabricator, and creative spirit that I've met so far...
Beneath the Gown is Josie Jolon.

Her shop is located in Clinton, CT right above the White Dress by the Shore on the second floor. Josie's collection is breath-taking and emits the essence of woman like no other. Her bouncy spirit and warming manner immediately takes you in and delivers not only a shopping experience, but also personal, caring one-on-one customer service. As a provider of professional bra fittings and lingerie wedding consultations, Josie also makes time to fit the girl looking for that special something to put that little swing in her hips and strut in her stilettoes. Josie is one of the featured vendors at the upcoming Wedding Row event this Sunday 1-4pm, located at 104 East Main Street, Clinton, CT 06413. And I'm so excited that my photographs of her gorgeous lingerie will featured in her shop! Some of the following images will be on display at Beneath the Gown. Get ready for sexy, artsy, and beauty...

xoxo, TWD

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

more inspiration to reality

I couldn't resist but to add some additional fashion shots from our style me pretty 'inspiration to reality' shoot.
fun flowers by Hana floral design

the headpiece was created by our head seamstress Penny!
Thank you again to Justin and Mary Marantz for capturing the whimsy of this shoot!

xoxo, TWD

Friday, October 23, 2009

from inspiration to reality

You may remember that we teamed up with style me pretty on an inspiration board contest where style me pretty asked readers to design a board based on a wedding style that they would like to see come to life. The winning board was designed by Bran coprata on style me pretty's Style Circle.

Abby from style me pretty selected a team of vendors to bring the board to life in a photo shoot: Justin Marantz Photography, Hana Floral Design, True Event, Jennie Fresa Beauty, Grapevine Invitations and yours truely. Below you can see some shots of the finished product! To see additonal images, visit style me pretty.
Here are some quotes from Abby at style me pretty about the shoot:

"Our shoot was held at the Back Porch Restaurant in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. It’s this great little spot right on the water and served as the perfect backdrop. We wanted to throw a really girly, vintage inspired affair that was affordable and accessible on any budget. For the most part, everything was salvaged or DIY. We used vintage juice glasses for vases that we filled with an effortless collection of garden flowers (more on that later), little ice cream bowls packed tightly with carnations and a collection of mismatched found plates (you can also rent things like this). We used the restaurant’s flatware, homemade pies (baked by your truly), colanders filled with strawberries and old perfume and apothecary jars to accent the table."

Sarah True, the event designer behind the day, shares a bit of her vision for the shoot…

"Inspired by the bold colors and perfect combination of details, making the board come to life was so much fun. The design board created the perfect mood for an event, using color to create energy and ice cream, cherries, and the beach to illustrate a feeling of whimsy and nostalgia. Some of my happiest memories are at the beach , eating ice cream and soaking up the Summer. This is the emotion that this board taps into. So I thought all of those details were incredibly important at bringing the table to life to create the mood that was designed in the board. We used bright cherry red latte bowls for the bases of the flowers and a mix of vintage pink cut glasses. We found a polka dot linen from Party Rental to capture the playfulness of the board. Layering vintage linens from Yumiko’s personal collection over the polka dot linen helped us to blend the details of vintage and modern."
To watch a time lapsed video of the creation of the table click here. It is very cool!

Here is my take on the inspiration from a fashion perspective:
"When reviewing the amazing inspiration board that was selected, It evoked a 1950’s feel. The overall look that we were striving for was sweet and playful with a vintage twist. We selected a whimsical gown by Reverie by Melissa Sweet and styled it with 1950’s inspired oversized pearls, dainty white gloves and fabulous red shoes. We finished off the look with a custom made cherry red cage veil and brooch".

xoxo, TWD

Thursday, October 22, 2009

back from bridal market

We just returned from bridal market and are so excited about the new gowns that we found! Spring 2010 can be summed up in one word- Romantic. We saw lots of flowers and floaty fabrics. All of the dresses were very emotional.

Here is a wrap up of trends for Spring 2010:

  • Silhouette~ Ball Skirts and Fluted Skirts
  • Neckline~ Off the shoulder, V-ncks and One Shoulders. We also saw some boat necks and illusion necklines (that we loved)
  • Fabric~ Light and Airy Organza, Tulle and Chiffon. We saw alot of layering of fabrics either in the way of tiers or organza with floral appliques over lace
  • Details~ Flowers everywhere, lace, feathers. Where there was beading it was very chuncky
Here are some of our favorites from the runway:

Melissa Sweet - this amazing style will be here for our trunk show 10/29-10/31

Melissa Sweet- this amazing style will here for our trunk show 10/29-31

Melissa Sweet

Priscilla of Boston

Vineyard Collection

Modern Trousseau

Judd Waddell

Stayed tuned for fun pictures of our staff at the Martha Stewart 15 year anniversary party and with some of our designers!

To see the photos that Beth took at market, click here.

xoxo, TWD

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

wedding row wednesday

Frequently on Wednesdays, we will provide a tip from one of the members of wedding row.

Today we thought we'd take a moment to introduce one of our new neighbors on wedding row—jennie fresa beauty library—this makeup guru from new york city has created a personalized beauty experience with a modern approach.

Jennie’s signature is a natural, pared down ‘no-make up’ make up look. and i can tell you from personal experience she has created the perfect beauty destination. Her new JF mineral line is featured in the shop along with a bevy of beauty services for brides and women alike.

Jennie also shared her wedding row wednesday's tip of the day. . . a list of items to carry in a purse on your wedding day:

•touch-up lipstick or gloss

•pressed powder and puff or blotting papers

•tissues and eye drops


•mini nail file and a few pins

Hope you'll come meet her and all our neighbors on wedding row at our open house on november 1st. ~you can rsvp here.

xoxo, TWD

Saturday, October 17, 2009

happy 1st anniversary lindsay!

It is hard to believe that it has been one year since our Lindsay was married. To celebrate her special day, we have included a few of our favorite shots from her wedding, as captured by the talented Steve Depino.

Congrats Lindsay and Jordan!

xoxo, TWD

Friday, October 16, 2009

so pretty on style me pretty!!!

Last week we had the pleasure of collaborating on a vintage inspired photoshoot with photographer Carla Ten Eyck and Candice Dowling of Jubilee Events. The shoot took place at the amazing Tyrone Farm in Pomfret, CT and also featured the talents of Corinee from Lovely Lollies and Jane of Just for Your Floral Design. Here are some of our favorite shots . click here to see the full posts featured on style me pretty entitled "Fall Inspired Photoshoot".

xoxo, TWD

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

introducing wedding row

Main Street in Clinton, Connecticut has become “Wedding Row” and is now bursting with all things bridal.

Join The White Dress by the shore and Stonington Design+Paperie for an open house on Sunday, November 1st, as we celebrate the arrival of three talented studios to our neighborhood—Jennie Fresa Beauty Library, True Event and Beneath the Gown.

From 1 to 4pm, each of the five shops will be open for merriment. Mix and mingle with brides, friends and the industry's finest experts while enjoying savory treats from the talented gourmands at Perfect Parties and the latest vintage compliments of Clinton’s own Chamard Vineyards. As you step inside the historic properties at 104 and 110 East Main Street you'll fall in love with your wedding. . .

104 East Main Street

About Beneath the Gown
Beneath the Gown, is a bridal lingerie boutique offering an exquisite collection of exclusive designer lingerie labels featuring French European couture fine laces and exquisite hand-made silks perfect for honeymoon, special events or every day. Services include complimentary, professional bra fittings and an in-house custom design service where Josie Jolon, the company’s founder can customize or custom create the perfect foundation to suit any body type, gown type or personal style.

About The White Dress by the Shore
The White Dress by the shore, an upscale bridal boutique offers couture gowns and chic accessories for brides, mothers, and maids in the quaint atmosphere of an antique home. Beth Chapman, former vice president of merchandising for Ann Taylor, opened the boutique in 2004.

About Stonington Design + Paperie
Stonington Design+Paperie is a full service graphic design studio that specializes in creating couture invitations and announcements celebrating life’s landmark events. In addition, the firm has over twenty years of experience creating communications that range from logos to entire identity programs, marketing brochures to special event promotions, blogs to websites.

110 East Main Street

About True Event
Founded by Sarah True, an event designer that began her career in New York City with years of experience working and exploring all areas of the event industry. True Event is a full service event design and coordination studio. We are designers who coordinate events, not just coordinators who oversee the logistics of an event. We are a boutique in that we produce one event at a time. At True Event we believe each client is unique and create custom packages for each of our clients through a personalized process. Experienced event design and coordination, custom packages, personalized planning, a comfortable and fun experience and producing unique events is what True Event is all about.

About Jennie Fresa Beauty Library
Jennie Fresa, formerly a New York city Trainer and Regional Makeup Artist for Trish McEvoy, brings her trained eye in bridal beauty to the shoreline of CT. The Beauty Library is a makeup studio and mini spa created especially for the bride to be. At the Beauty Library, brides can expect customized makeup and skin care services in a calming atmosphere. Jennie specializes in a natural look and uses her signature makeup line-JF Minerals.

Additional Event Sponsors
We are also grateful for the generosity of the following talents-
Hana Floral Design
Sperry Tents
Elan Artists
Rentals Unlimited

To join the Wedding Row festivities on Sunday, November 1st from 1-4, kindly click here to RSVP

Photo credits~ Carla Ten Eyck, Daisy Schenk, Carrie Roseman, Tobi Morris

xoxo, TWD

off to bridal market!

We are off to bridal market this weekend! Follow us on Twitter to get updates on the latest fashions as we discover them!

To witness a runway show first hand, watch the live stream of the Melissa Sweet/Priscilla of Boston 2010 Runway show on Saturday October 17th at 7:00 pm.

Then join us for a Melissa Sweet Trunk show October 29th - 31st and see some of the new gowns hot off of the runway!

Beware...the new runway styles will be size 0's and 2's, but no worries, we have plenty of Melissa's collection in size 8's and 10's as well! Call 860.669.4596 to schedule your appointment.

xoxo, TWD

Monday, October 12, 2009

you wash....i'll dry

This is a long over due post...This summer we had the pleasure of working with Justin and Mary Marantz on an editorial shoot that was featured on Style me Pretty. The theme was a home spun wedding with a vintage flair. Photography~Justin Marantz Photography
Make-up~Jenny Fresa
Location~Chamard Vineyards
Flowers~Hana Floral Design
Event Design~ True Event
Cupcakes~ Sugarbelle
Dresses~The White Dress by The Shore~Jenny Yoo & Melissa Sweet

xoxo, TWD

Sunday, October 11, 2009

lovely lingerie.....

and fabulous foundations make up Beneath the Gown.

Our very own Josie Jolon has created a destination within our boutique for brides looking for the perfect foundations for under their wedding gown, the sexiest lingerie for their wedding night or even the most comfortable bra for every day wear!

Check out her new website ~ Beneath the Gown and schedule an appointment for a complimentary consultaion and bra fitting. For a fun night out, get a bunch of girlfriends together and plan a champagne, lingeire party with Josie!

Photgraphy by Carrie Roseman

And, if you are feeling really frisky and want to give your fiance a gift that he will love, work with Josie to create the perfect lingerie wardbrobe for a bouidor shoot! Check out our freinds Adeline & Grace Photography. They are the experts in the category!

xoxo, TWD

Thursday, October 08, 2009

southern charm | modern elegance

Quote from Sarah True of True Event (Hillary's planner and friend of TWD)~

Hillary and Jeff got married in Stonington, CT on one of the most gorgeous days of the season. It was the way I knew it would be for such a lovely bride, inside and out. I told Hillary that I wished I was from Kentucky after meeting her because of her elegance, southern charm, and delightful personality. We blended Kentucky details and Southern Charm with Modern Elegance to create a truly design worthy affair. And had one spectacular group of vendors that came together to make it a day guests will always remember. Congratulations Hillary and Jeff!


invitation inspiration for our DIY brides

our friend Christine Toner of Stonington Design + Paperie has a great concept that we wanted to share with our brides!

xoxo, TWD

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

great shoot~ amazing venue!

We collaborated with Carla Ten Eyck and Candice Dowling on a photoshoot at Tyrone Farm in Pomfret today. I am in still in awe at what an amazing shoot it was! Stayed tuned to see the images on style me

If you are looking for a unique venue for your wedding, check out Tyrone Farm. Your reception can take place in a charming barn or under a tent overlooking rolling hills. There is even an adorable cottage where the bride and groom can stay on their wedding night! The photo opportunities on the property are endless!

xoxo, TWD

Thursday, October 01, 2009

celebrate the hope for a cure

In honor of those who have battled breast cancer and won, in honor of those who have lost their battle, and in honor of those who have yet to fight the battle~ We salute you.
We are donating a percentage of October gown sales to the Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation.

xoxo, TWD