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A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of working with a lot of my absolute favorite people on a photoshoot with Carla Ten Eyck for her September Ten Eyck Tuesday. I collaborated with Elisabeth of BLUSH floral design and Beth Chapman of White Dress by the Shore to come up with a unique and fun color story in teals and pinks. All the hair and makeup was done by the talented and super amazing Dana Bartone & Co., who are responsible for making almost ALL of my brides gorgeous on their wedding day (me included)!! My studio roomie Thomas Morlock of Vantage Point Films also shot the entire event from his viewfinder. Plus, he drank all the champagne.

For those of you who don’t know, Carla runs an amazing workshop for photographers once a month where she spends an entire day shooting, educating, and discussing her artform. I’ve attended two Ten Eyck Tuesdays and Carla is amazing!! If you are a photographer in the area (you should travel here if your not!) I highly recommend Carla’s workshop. They are so thorough and detailed. Plus, Carla puts the sass in sass-a-frass.

The location for the shoot was really awesome. The building is an interior designer’s dream, full of lots of shops from furniture to lighting. We took over a blank industrial space with nothing except a few sheets of unused drywall laid up against the wall.

This gorgeousness is all courtesy of Carla and Beth Chapman of White Dress by the Shore who dressed and styled our gorgeous models. Don’t you just LOVE this short wedding gown and feather hair fascinator? It was so delicate and pretty in person! I could have played dress up for hours with all the amazing accessories Beth brought.

That gorgeous, vintage pink bouquet is by the equally talented Elisabeth of BLUSH floral design. I love Dan’s peacock feathered boutonniere. Can you see the peacock feathers tucked into Mandie’s bouquet? Check the neck collage of images!

Pretty gorgeous, right? The furniture is from my FAVORITE rental company, Signature Event Rentals, who are responsible for most of the awesomeness you see. That gorgeous white couch? The clear-backed and hot pink dining chairs?! The leather tufted wall panels?!?! The WHITE dinning table?!?!?! Yeah, they pretty much rule. They’re the best, hands down, and we LOVED having their furniture at the shoot!

Elisabeth created a bed of tightly arranged hot pink carnations for our escort cards, which were pennant flags that I made and hand wrote in gold ink. Antonia from Flower upon Flour blew us away with her tasty little gold petit fours with the hot pink fleur de lis… but the pièce de résistance was definitely her INSANE cake!!

Antonia and I had discussed the color story and inspiration behind the shoot… and when she showed up with this…. we were like… seriously?! A teal cake with a gold birdcage on top and hot pink feathers?!

…. up next, our table and some other fun stuff!


Beth Chapman of White Dress by the Shore and Christine Toner of Stonington Paperie+Design have put together a very informative and fun series of conversations with leading wedding experts at their boutique in Clinton, Connecticut. I love that they are doing this — linking brides with the industries top professionals in a relaxed and inviting environment.

The event is scheduled to take place on March 22nd from 1:00-3:00 PM at The White Dress by the Shore in Clinton and features Michelle Rago, acclaimed event and floral designer and author of ‘Signature Weddings, Creating a Day Uniquely Your Own.’ The day will begin with a panel discussion moderated by senior editor and author Anne Chertoff. The event’s creators will also join the conversation to discuss the event’s topic- “Perfect Planning for the Perfect Wedding”. The discussion will last about an hour and give brides the opportunity to ask the experts their own questions. It will be followed by a book signing featuring both Michelle’s Signature Weddings book and Ann’s wedding organizer from Russell+Hazel.

The March 22nd event is complimentary, but guests who wish to attend must RSVP as space is limited. Reservations can be made by calling 860.669.4596.

I’m so bummed I won’t be able to attend this one but I hope that they will continue on with their series and we’ll be able to make the next discussion.

Connecticut Events

Modern Trousseau Trunk Show: March 12th-15th

posted by Candice March 4, 2009 1 Comment

Our favorite bridal boutique, The White Dress by the Shore is hosting a Modern Trousseau trunk show on March 12th — 15th. Modern Trousseau is an amazing designer based right here in Connecticut. I love them so much I decided to wear one myself! Here is the pertinent information:

Experience the classic elegance of Connecticut based designer Modern Trousseau
March 12th -15th by appointment

Trunk Show hours:
Thursday 12-8
Friday 11-7
Saturday 10-4
*Sunday 11-3:30
by appointment. 860.669.4596

*Sunday’s focus will be on the mother of the occasion collection- brides, bring your Moms for a fun day of shopping for both of you!

A 10% discount will be granted off any Modern Trousseau purchase made during this exclusive event.

The White Dress by the Shore, my favorite bridal boutique in Connecticut, is having some fabulous trunk shows this month. If you haven’t purchased your gown yet, then look no further than White Dress. They are the best!

Anne Barge Trunk Show

January 22nd – 24th by appointment
From lace, to ball skirts, to beading~ A collection of couture elegance

A 10% discount will be granted off of any Anne Barge gown purchased during the event.
**As a special gift, receive 15% off any Anne Barge gown purchased with an original retail value over $4500.

Couture Bridal Event

January 20th -30th
A 10% discount will be granted off of any bridal gown in our boutique priced over $3500 during this exclusive event

Designers include~ Priscilla of Boston, Melissa Sweet, Anne Barge, Judd Waddell & Modern Trousseau

White Dress by the Shore is having a Modern Trousseau trunk show Thursday, September 25th through Saturday, September 27th. From their website:

A 10% discount will be granted on any Modern Trousseau purchase made during the event
Event Hours (by appointment only)
Thursday 12-8
Friday 11-7
Saturday 10-5:30
by appointment 860.669.4596

I really wish I could attend but I will be in Newport for the weekend for a long deserving vacation to celebrate my birthday. I encourage all of our Connecticut readers to attend the trunk show! Modern Trousseau is exclusively carried by  The White Dress by the Shore (read our recent post featuring this beautiful boutique).

whitedressbytheshore.jpgYesterday I had the opportunity to sit down with Beth Chapman of The White Dress by the Shore and tour her exquisite boutique. It’s located in downtown Clinton in a historic and beautiful old home (I think she said it was over two hundred years old!). The boutique is so inviting and beautifully designed; it is, in every sense of the word, the essence of what a bridal boutique should be. I was so impressed by every element of White Dress – from the beautiful décor, to the unbelievable inventory of gowns by Anne Barge, Priscilla of Boston, Judd Waddell, and so many more. Beth also introduced me to a line of gowns by a very up-and-coming Connecticut designer, Continue Reading

We’re excited to announce the grand opening of a new bridal boutique in Connecticut! Lisa Palama has opened Something Blue Bridal in Southbury and is holding her grand opening weekend on September 19th — 21st, which will feature a Simone Carvalli trunk show on Friday and Saturday. From their website:

Come join us for a fun and exciting weekend as Simone Carvalli displays their new couture bridal line! Meet other wedding vendors and professionals on Sunday, September 21st. Call today for your appointment for Simone Carvalli’s trunk show or stop in on Sunday to see us. Friday, 19th – 10am-5pm, Saturday, 20th – 9am – 5pm, and Sunday, 21st – 9am – 3pm.

They are also running additional specials in honor of their launch:

  • Purchase of a Bridal Gown: Receive 10% off accessories, shoes & merchandise
  • Purchase of a Bridal Gown & Bridesmaids Dresses: Receive 20% off accessories, shoes & merchandise
  • Receive a free gift with purchase of a Bridal Gown

Something Blue Bridal has a great selection of gowns from designers like Maggie Sottero, Simone Carvalli, and Ella Rose. They also have a great selection of bridesmaid gowns, mother of the bride gowns, and bridal accessories. We’ll be attending the grand opening and we hope to see you there!

I had the opportunity to tour the Old State House in Hartford this past Saturday afternoon. Elisabeth from Blush Floral tipped me off to this special location a few weeks ago. It is an absolutely amazing venue that should be on your list of unique and interesting places for your wedding ceremony or reception. It is right smack dab in the middle of downtown on Main Street, only a stone’s throw away from some very popular Hartford wedding spots (a.k.a. the Goodwin Hotel, Wadsworth Museum, and Gershon Fox Room to name a few). They offer both indoor and outdoor ceremony options and you can rent out the state house for the reception!

oldstatehouse4.jpgFor indoor ceremonies the wedding would take place in the luminous court room on the main floor. Words cannot describe how beautiful this room is – and the light that floods the antique hardwood floors and white columns in truly amazing. The windows are two stories high and look out onto our beautiful capitol city. I love the acoustics in the room too – they are very pronounced and dramatic. Plus, look at that chandelier! It is four times bigger than it looks in person!

Outdoor ceremonies take place on the front lawn, overlooking the beautiful architecture of the state house. There is also an option for a tented reception on this beautiful lawn, which is enclosed by an antique wrought iron fence and gate. I especially loved the spiral staircase outside, which I unfortunately have no pictures of. But the staircase makes for beautiful bridal portraits and photographs.

The state house also has a few empty rooms that are on a smaller scale than the court room, but are equally beautiful. The front lobby would make for a beautiful cocktail area and I loved the dramatic staircases leading up to the second story and the checkered marble floors. The rooms to the left would be great for an afterhours lounge or photobooth. The court room is turned over after the ceremony for the reception. I believe it can seat 85 persons comfortably for a sit down dinner with 120 for a standing cocktail reception. What I love best is the historical significance that the Old State House provides to your wedding ceremony.

Many thanks to Carla for letting me use the beautiful photographs she took at a recent wedding at The Old State House!