Tuesday, March 29, 2011

New 2012 gowns from Priscilla of Boston!

We just received some of our 2012 gowns from The Priscilla of Boston Bridal Collection!  These are gowns that you are going to want to try on!

Gigi by Melissa Sweet
Your eyes don't deceive you...yes, this gown is swiss dot! 
Farren by Melissa Sweet

Priscilla of Boston

This lace and organza gown is lined with a fantastic sequined under layer!  Stunning is an understatement!  To watch this gown shimmer and glimmer on the runway, click here!
Priscilla of Boston
Priscilla of Boston

To try on any of these stunners, give us a ring at 860.669.4596!

xoxo, TWD

Monday, March 28, 2011

The White Carpet Experience

Recently one of our brides was treated to a White Carpet Appointment and the experience was artfully captured by Amy Trahant of Take Aim Photography.

Here are Chrissy's words about the experience:

 "I have to tell you that we had one of the best days ever on Sunday at The White Dress by the Shore. You made us all feel welcomed and I truly felt like the most special person on earth. The White Carpet appointment is without question, something EVERY bride should experience when shopping for a wedding dress. I have told so many people about my experience with you both and I know that my bridesmaids have done the same as well. The quote most commonly heard: 'I wish I had done that when I was looking for a wedding dress!'"


Chrissy's special appointment included a stunning bouquet from Fleur de Lys inspired by her wedding color palate and delectable treats for herself and her guests that were hand selected off our White Carpet Menu and prepared by The Elegant Occasion. To learn about this personalized, one of a kind shopping experience, watch our White Carpet Video.

Thank you for allowing us to create a beautiful memory for you Chrissy!

xoxo, TWD

Friday, March 25, 2011

Modern Trousseau gowns and cocktails- who could ask for more??!!

Join us on Wednesday, March 30th from 5:30 -8:30 as we welcome Callie Tein from Modern Trousseau to our boutique for a trunk show that runs through April 2nd.  Enjoy sips and nibbles from The Elegant Occasion while you browse Callie's collection - including some new beauties from her yet to be unveiled 2012 line.  If you are in the mood to slip on a few gowns, we are taking hour long appointments at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30.  If you are not ready to try anything on during the soiree, no worries!  Schedule a time to come back during our trunk show Thursday through Saturday.  And be sure to bring mom, as Modern Trousseau offers a stunning collection of mother of the occasion gowns as well!

 On hand for the evenings festivities will be a bevvy of talents!  Candice Coppola of Jubilee Events will be inspiring us with a stunning table scape for two featuring the floral creations of Hana Floral Design. Jennie Fresa's beauty team will be performing mini hair and make up trials to allow you to envision yourself on your big day in the gown of your dreams.  And the oh so talented Carla Ten Eyck will be here snapping photos to capture the memories! We are beyond honored to have the event sponsored by Grace Ormonde Wedding Style New England. Grace's fashion editor Tracy Trouf will attend the event and will be more than happy to share her professional opinion on which style would be the perfect gown for you!  All of our guests will also receive Grace's stunning new issue that just hit the newstands!

Don't miss the festivities.  RSVP at 860.669.4596 and be sure to let us know if you would like one of the coveted appointments to try on gowns during the event. If you are lucky enough to purchase your gown on Wednesday evening, you will not only be granted the 10% trunk show discount, but you will also receive a signed sketch of your gown from Callie herself!

See you soon!

xoxo, TWD

Modern Trousseau Bridal and Moms Trunk Show

Experience the couture creations of Connecticut based designer Modern Trousseau. Modern Trousseau is one of the few designers in the industry that creates stunning designs for brides and moms- and this trunk show will feature both! Because we feel that every woman deserves her own special moment, we have separated our appointment times for brides and moms.

Bridal appointments are available March 31st – April 3rd during regular store hours. Mother of the bride appointments are available on Friday April 1st from 10-3:30 and Sunday April 3rd from 10-1. Appointments are 1 ½ hours in length. To schedule an appointment, ring us at 860.669.4596.  Appointmenets are sure to book quickly, so please plan ahead!

A 10% discount will be granted on any Modern Trousseau gown or mother of the occasion ensemble purchased during the event.

Bridal prices start at $2800 before discount.  Moms prices start at $850 before discount.

xoxo, TWD

meet the designer!

As we kick off our Modern Trousseau Trunk Show we would like to invite you to a cocktail soiree to meet designer Callie Tein on Wednesday March 30th 5:30-8:30. Enjoy sips and nibbles while viewing Modern Trousseau’s bridal collection – including a sneak peek of several styles from her new 2012 collection that is not due to hit the runway until April! 

The event can be a time to mix and mingle with Callie, Beth Chapman, owner of The White Dress by the shore, the event sponsors and fellow brides! Or, we are accepting hour long appointments to try on Callie’s creations. Appointment times are at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30. Appointments are limited, so please call 860.669.4596 to book your appointment.

Renowned wedding photographer Carla Ten Eyck will be on hand to capture a shot of you in the gown of your dreams and members of Jennie Fresa’s beauty team will be available to make sure you are camera ready! If you purchase a gown during this very exclusive event, you will not only be granted the 10% trunk show discount, but will receive a signed sketch of your gown from the designer herself!

Event Sponsors: Grace Ormonde Wedding Style New England, Jubilee Events, Jennie Fresa Beauty Library, Carla Ten Eyck, Hana Floral Design and The Elegant Occasion

xoxo, TWD

Thursday, March 17, 2011

destination wedding gowns

The 1996 wedding of JFK Jr. and Caroline Bassette set the trend for destination wedding gowns.  Her sleek charmeuse Narcisco Rodriguez gown was understated and elegant- a perfect choice for her low key wedding on Cumberland Island in Georgia.

As time has evolved, so have the choices for destination wedding dresses.  Your wedding gown should be a reflection of not only your wedding location, but more importantly your sense of style.  The silhouette that you select should  flatter your figure and make you feel comfortable and beautiful on your big day.

Gone are the days where a charmeuse slip dress is the only option for a destination wedding. We have put together a selection of gowns below that are completely appropriate for a destination wedding, yet allow you, the bride to look like a bride.  It is important when selecting your destination wedding gown that you select a fabric that is light weight, travels well and will steam out beautifully once you reach your destination.

gown by Anne Barge

This organza layered gown with alencon lace trim and stunning horsehair finishing details is a light weight and breath taking choice for a destination wedding.  In fact, I was fortunate enough to recently use this gown for a photo shoot with Carla TenEyck and her team in the Costa Rican rain forest!  This is a perfect example of a gown that allows the bride to look like a bride, yet be comfortable in a destination location! 

Speaking of Costa Rica...this image is from our shoot last in November in that amazing country!  This elegant fit to flare gown is made of silk tulle.  It provides a stunning silhouette and the lightweight fabric is the perfect choice for travelling. It does not wrinkle and will steam out beautifully once you reach your destination.

We love, love, love this gown for a destination wedding!  It is a dress that is ready to party - for sure!  The silk shantung fabric would hold up well during travel and the whimsical details set the tone for a fun event!

This whimsical organza layered gown is a fun and flirty option for a beach wedding or a wedding in a non-formal setting.  Can't you picture the layers of this gown blowing in the wind on a romantic hilltop?

We used this silk tulle 'Wallis' gown from Modern Trousseau for our photo shoot last spring in Paris.  It is the perfect travel companion!  It is lightweight and will hold up extremely well during travel.  This versatile gown can be accessorized in different ways depending on the formality of your location. 

gown by Judd Waddell

This classic taffeta gown from Judd Waddell is ideal for a simple, elegant wedding.  We can see this gown anywhere from an ocean side ceremony in Connecticut to a vineyard in Tuscany.  The silk taffeta is a lightweight fabric and the draped skirt will mask any wrinkles that might occur during travel.

Join us for our Destination Trunk show March 22nd -26th and try on these gowns as well as other stunners that are perfect for your wedding at home or abroad!  A 10% discount will be granted off of any gown purchased from our destination collection.

xoxo, TWD

Saturday, March 12, 2011

it's not too late to RSVP...

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We hope that you can join us at our event this Sunday from 11-3!  It is one you won't want to miss!  Get ready to be inspired! 

And don't delay in making an appointment for our Destination Trunk Show that runs March 22nd - 26th.  Receive a 10% discount off of any gown in our Destination Wedding Gown Collection from such designers as:  Anne Barge, Amy Kuschel, Augusta Jones, Judd Waddell, Jenny Yoo, Modern Trousseau, Melissa Sweet, Priscilla of Boston and Vineyard Collection !

xoxo, TWD 

the final destination: Costa Rica

So far on our blog we have revealed to you the first 3 inspirational destinations for our event on March 20th, as well as the delicious menu of food inspired by these stunning locations.  Now, we are revealing our final inspirational destination- Costa Rica! 

I have had the pleasure of travelling to Costa Rica twice last year to collaborate on photo shoots with several of our event sponsors:  Stay in Costa Rica, Carla Ten Eyck, Candice Coppolla of Juilee Events, Vintage Cinema and dd Nickel. I can honestly say that is one of my favorite places in the world!...Especially for a wedding!  We are thrilled to announce that Stay in Costa Rica will be giving away a 5 day, 4 night 'mini-moon'  in Costa Rica, complete with a couples massage and facial, a tree top zip line tour through the jungle and a sunset cocktail cruise, to a lucky bride who attends the event or purchases a gown during our Destination Trunk Show that runs March 22nd -26th. 

Below is the inspiration board for our Costa Rican inspirational vignette that will be revealed during the event. The board was created by Candice Coppola of Jubilee EventsIn putting together the board, Candice found her inspiration from the beautiful country itself, as well as an all-natural, 1970's vibe.
"This board oozes an element of quirkiness and takes advantage of all that Costa Rica has to offer. I never advocate fighting with natural elements— you should embrace them! We have a lot of elements happening here, but a repeat of color and style. I love the vintage travel posters, the gorgeous anthropology painting with the suitcase and shoes (the muse for this board!) and that amazing photograph of the Costa Rican rain forest."

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 { suitcase & shoe painting from anthropology; costa rica rain forest, vintage travel posters, pretty girl in a bed of colorful flowers, and vintage camera from we heart it; paper suite from martha stewart weddings; red and white striped shirt with skirt from anthropology }

As our trips to Costa Rica have resulted in a incredible collection of work, we’re going to be showcasing our images by Carla Ten Eyck and her team on the first level of the boutique during the event. Our friend Jim Altieri from Vintage Cinema will also be showcasing his recent work from our November shoot as well. We can’t wait to see you on March 20th from 11-3 p.m. — be sure to RSVP by emailing us at rsvp@eventjubilee.comThe deadline to reserve your spot is Thursday, March 17th.  Learn more about the event by seeing the official invitation on our blog!
xoxo, TWD

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

destination event details revealed!

If you have not yet RSVP'd to our destination event on Sunday March 20th from 11-3, now's your chance!  We are so excited to reveal the menu of delicious regional delicacies that will be prepared by Emily's Catering for the event.

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Spend an afternoon with us enjoying this delicious food, learning how to salsa dance, getting pampered at the beauty bar and best of all-- being inspired!  And did we mention that all brides who attend the event will be registered to win a 5 day 4 night stay in Costa Rica complete with an in house massage and facial, a sunset cocktail cruise and a zipline canopy tour- courtesy of Stay in Costa Rica?

And of course all of this fabulousness kicks off our destination trunk show where we will be offering a 10% discount on our collection of stunning destination bridal gowns for your wedding at home or abroad.  Offer valid March 22nd - 26th.  Brides who purchase during the trunk show will also be eligible for the Stay in Costa Rica mini-moon!

We look forward to seeing you on the 20th!

xoxo, TWD

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

the little black dress collection

Last bridal market we scoured the designers runways to put together a fabulous collection of little black dresses.  All of these styles come in other colors as well (some even in shades of white), but we couldn’t resist sampling them in classic black.  The tricky part is that because everything that we do is special order, the lead time on these dresses is at least 3 months.  So, as soon as you receive that save the date for the next wedding that you are invited to, ring us to see the collection!  Or, order one now just to have in your closet!  Everyone should have a stunning little black dress in their wardrobe!

from left: Melissa Sweet, Melissa Sweet, Melissa Sweet, Jenny Yoo

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xoxo, TWD

new twd friends

I attended an event last night in New York at the Ace Hotel. It was sponsored by one of our favorite wedding blogs, 100 Layer Cake and it featured the amazing musical talents of Elan Artists (check them out, they have some of the best musical groups in the industry)!

At the event, I met two beautiful and talented women with very cool wedding related businesses and I wanted to introduce them to you!

Sarah Pease is the founder of Brilliant Event Planning .  Sarah plans weddings and events, but her niche is planning proposals!  So if your man is a die hard romantic, but can't come up with the perfect proposal on his own, or if he is just completely clueless, Sarah is your gal!   Be sure to check out the proposal page of her site, where she has a proposal idea generator!  After answering a few questions about your future fiance, she will recommend the ideal proposal scenario for you!  

Sarah Jenks is the creator of The Breathtaking Bride.   Sarah is a nutritional coach for brides to be, focusing on a holistic plan to weight loss!  We constantly hear that our brides plan to lose weight before their wedding.  Sarah can truly make it happen, and in a completely healthy way.

The best part is that both of these lovelies are brides to be themselves!  So, they can appreciate what you are going through! Stay tuned to the blushing blog for interviews with both of these talented women in our ask the experts series.

xoxo, TWD

Monday, March 07, 2011

white carpet appointment!

We had our first bride indulge in a white carpet appointment yesterday! The lucky bride and her family spent 3 hours being pampered in the boutique and enjoyed delicious savory and sweet treats from The Elegant Occassion while viewing our collection.  The entire experience was captured on film by Take Aim Photography. (stay tuned to blog to see a post with the images).  At the end of her exclusive appointment, the bride walked away with this stunning bouquet inspired by her wedding from Fleur de lys , as a gift from us.

 She also received our White Carpet Gift Bag filled with goodies from the following premier wedding vendors~  Take Aim Photography, Fusion Medical Aesthetic Boutique, Beneath The Gown, Jennie Fresa Beauty Library, Vintage Cinema and Given Fine Chocolates and Indulgences.   To learn more about our White Carpet Appoinments, click here.  To speak to our White Carpet Coordinatior, please call Kelly Winter at 860.669.4596.

xoxo, TWD 

Sunday, March 06, 2011

the Fall 2011 bridal collection has arrived!

Our Fall 2011 bridal collection has arrived!  We are thrilled to be receiving all of the stunning designs that graced the runways back in October! Below are just a few of our swoon- worthy favorites! 

judd waddell, amy

judd waddell, juliette

augusta jones, penella

jenny yoo, naomi

jenny yoo, rowan

amy kuschel, valencia

Ring us at 860.669.4596 to see these beauties in person! This month you will have the ability to receive 10% off several of these new gowns during the following events and trunk shows:

Introducing Lilly Pulitzer- Receive 10% off March 1st - 31st
Augusta Jones Trunk Show- March 17th -19th
Destination Trunk Show- March 22nd - 26th
Modern Trousseau Trunk Show- March 31st - April 3rd

xoxo, TWD