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Bridal Market 2012 and Martha Stewarts 11th Annual Market Party

Last week I attended bridal market in New York with Beth Chapman and her lovely team at The White Dress by the shore and got a sneak peek into what new collections they will be carrying! We attended Martha Stewart Wedding’s 11th Annual Market Party at her offices in Chelsea and had an amazing time catching up with old and new industry friends. Stay tuned to The White Dress by the shore’s blog for their take on October market and to see what new gowns and accessories will be gracing their store. xo.

Last month Diana and I had the opportunity to travel to Milan to see the David Fielden 2013 collection walk down the runway. The collection that David put together for 2013 was absolutely gorgeous– and largely inspired by the medieval period and Joan of Arc. As the models came down the runway, we could instantly see his inspiration in the gowns silhouettes, draping, and details. I especially loved the silver armor and chainmail veils! BRIDES wrote a wonderful write up of the David Fielden runway show, and it was such a pleasure to see and chat with Anne Fulenwider, Editor-in-Chief!

The details of the show, from BRIDES:

    Set to the dramatic sound of tolling bells and a Gregorian chant, David Fielden’s show started with a single gown, hidden behind giant curtains: still and holy. And with an almost theatrical turn, the models made their way down the brightly lit catwalk, with lights glowing beneath them to reveal the most delicate of details.

    Heavily influenced by the medieval heroine Joan of Arc, David combined soft peasant girl shapes and pretty plaits with noble details: fitted bodices, demure high necks, long and puffed sleeves.Full skirts of organza, damask and chiffon, paired with gentle panelling gave the edgy gowns a soft touch. And lace panelling, illusion backs and necklines a bit of delicate sex appeal.

    Known for his dramatic catwalks, we were surprised to see a very clean and otherwise sparse catwalk; David decided to abandon props, and instead dressed the runway with his glowing gowns. Closing with a dramatic trio of warrior brides, the finale dresses all featured armour-like shoulder pads, bodices and neck pieces, giving the show a very fierce, modern and strong feel. Florence and the Machine’s No Light, No Light set the tone for the final walk around, with a standing ovation for David Fielden and his edgy – but very beautiful – brides.

I was instagramming away, and here are some images captured during the show

Diana was on video duty and took this great video of the finale pieces from the show:

And if you want to see an official video (and peep Diana and I on the left hand side) check this out!

More inspiration from our Italia trip coming soon! XO

video by Vintage Cinema

Have you ever wondered what goes into making a couture wedding gown from the muslin process to the finished product? Our gorgeous bride, Mandi, had a beautiful Modern Trousseau gown made for her destination wedding last November and our friends Jim Altieri and Carla Ten Eyck were both there to capture the process behind the making of her gown. Watch the video above to see the process and a glimpse into Mandi and Dan’s Costa Rica wedding, soon to be featured in the next issue of Inside Weddings!

Modern Trousseau is exclusively carried in Connecticut by none other than our favorite bridal store, The White Dress by the shore. xo.

I recently had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Costa Rica for Mandi and Dan’s amazing destination wedding! We adore Los Suenos Resort— and we especially love these amazing luxury homes from Stay in Costa Rica (a property management company that represents these gorgeous homes!). Mandi and Dan had an incredible wedding at one of these multi-million dollar beauts overlooking the bay– and it all started because of this amazing editorial fashion shoot we did one year prior! We have so many amazing images from this trip to share with you– but first up is our fashion shoot at Puesta Del Sol, Villa Artiv, and the beautiful Casa Marlin.

Our inspiration for this fashion shoot came from the luxury properties available at Stay in Costa Rica. Beth Chapman, stylist and owner of The White Dress by the shore wanted to create a luxurious, dramatic and romantic look for brides having a destination wedding. The natural landscape of Costa Rica and Los Suenos resort provided us with the majority of the flowers used in the bouquets, designed by Datura: A Modern Garden. Our fashion shoot mixes both a tropical feel and a modern, sophisticated and decadent direction.

The gowns and accessories were shot in the most amazing locations– from the multi-million dollar spanish influenced home of Puesta Del Sol with breathtaking views of the rainforest and three different pays that surround Los Suenos Resort to the modern and swanky digs at Villa Artiv with it’s vintage Louis Vuitton trunk and Pucci chair. All three of these luxurious properties are available for not only accommodations, but also for amazing wedding receptions and ceremonies!

A special shout out to my girl, Carla Ten Eyck, who is by far filled with the most talent I have ever seen. I am not even sure how she is able to make everything and everyone so beautiful, but by God, she does it every time!!!

Thank you to our friends at Junebug Weddings for featuring our fashion shoot– go check out the post here!

{ location: puesta del sol, los suenos resort / photography: carla ten eyck photography / fashion direction & styling: beth chapman of the white dress by the shore / floral design: tony palmieri of datura: a modern garden / hair and makeup: d.d. nickel / art direction: candice coppola, jubilee events  }

{ location: villa artiv at los suenos resort / photography: carla ten eyck photography / fashion direction & styling: beth chapman of the white dress by the shore / floral design: tony palmieri of datura: a modern garden / hair and makeup: d.d. nickel / art direction: candice coppola, jubilee events  }

{ location: casa marlin at los suenos resort / photography: carla ten eyck photography / fashion direction & styling: beth chapman of the white dress by the shore / floral design: tony palmieri of datura: a modern garden / hair and makeup: d.d. nickel / art direction: candice coppola, jubilee events  }

A huge thank you to our gorgeous, beautiful, and fun models Carol, Ivonne and Erick! You guys rock!!!

Next up… epic video by none other than Jim Altieri of Vintage Cinema. XO.

Credit Reel

Photography: Carla Ten Eyck Photography
Locations: Properties from Stay in Costa Rica – Puesta Del Sol, Casa Marlin, Villa Artiv
Creative Direction, Candice Dowling Coppola of Jubilee Events
Fashion Direction / Styling: Beth Chapman of The White Dress by the shore
Floral Design: Tony Palmieri of Datura: A Modern Garden
Beauty: DD Nickel
Cinematography: Jim Altieri of Vintage Cinema
Wedding dresses by: Anne Barge, Amy Kuschel and Augusta Jones from The White Dress by the shore
Jewelry: Tejani and Aquinnah from The White Dress by the shore

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Meeting Amsale Aberra!

posted by Candice March 15, 2012 1 Comment

On Monday I had the honor of accompanying Beth Chapman and her talented team to New York to meet talented designer Amsale Aberra and her husband, Neil Brown, at their studio.

Amsale is one of the few design houses that designs and produces all of their gowns in-house in New York.  Amsale Aberra launched her signature bridal collection in the late 80’s after getting married herself and recognizing the need for fashionable, sophisticated and timeless gowns.   The Amsale brand now also manufactures and designs the Christos and Kenneth Pool collections.

We received a behind-the-scenes tour of the showroom and production areas and were able to witness patterns being made, gowns being cut and sewn, beaders hand-sewing crystals one by one onto gowns and most importantly, we got a sneak peak on some of the new designs that will be gracing the runway in April!

During our visit, we learned that an individual pattern is made for every single gown that is produced.  It was amazing to watch the staff in pristine white coats draping and sewing each gown one at a time- each one, a unique masterpiece.

The highlight of our day was meeting the talented designer behind the brand, Amsale Aberra.  She spoke with us in depth about her vision for creating modern, elegant gowns.  She said that she hates to be asked about what the current trends are.  She does not believe in trends.  She believes in creating gowns that are timeless and that a bride can confidently look back on in 10, 20 or 50 years and still love!  She gave us a sneak peak at some of the stunning creations that she is working on for her latest collection and also gave us a glimpse into her design process.

Here are a few behind-the scenes shots of the workroom:


After our tour, we were treated to a delicious Italian meal with Amsale, her husband Neil and our sales rep, Saundra, at Amsale’s favorite restaurant!

Many thanks to The White Dress by the shore blog for the pictures above and details about our lunch!


In April of this year we were so excited to work with The Connecticut Bride Magazine and a team of stellar talent to produce a fashion editorial shoot for their Fall / Winter 2011 issue. We had the amazing opportunity of working with Connecticut based designer Modern Trousseau, using all their gowns to create a photoshoot inspired by the Classic Bride. In looking for locations, I had the idea to feature the historic and unique properties in Hartford, including The Society Room, The Old State House, The Mark Twain House, The Gershon Fox Room, Hartford City Hall and Elizabeth Park. Each backdrop served as it’s own unique inspiration– guiding Beth Chapman of The White Dress by the shore and Tony Palmieri of Datura: A Modern Garden in choosing fashion and floral to compliment each look! Equally exciting was to see images from our shoot used in Modern Trousseau’s national ad campaign in magazines such as Martha Stewart Weddings and Town & Country Weddings.

Be sure to look for the newest issue of The Connecticut Bride Magazine, on newsstands the first of the year to see the newest photoshoot we were delighted to create! A huge thank you to Carla Ten Eyck who is responsible for the gorgeous images below,
Vintage Cinema for the behind-the-scenes video, Beth Chapman and her team at The White Dress by the shore for the fashion and styling, Dana Bartone & Company for their two days of tireless beauty, Tony Palmieri and his team of assistants at Datura: A Modern Garden for creating our floral art, and Modern Trousseau for being the muse of our shoot!

Our first look was shot in front of the Old State House on Main Street in Hartford and inside the Gershon Fox Room, featuring Modern Trousseau’s Pearl Gown from their Fall 2011 collection, white leather gloves by Carolina Amato, jewels by Haute Bride including square stud earrings, diamond cuff and tiara, necklace by DK Designs and vintage black 1936 Buick by Carriage Limo. Datura: A Modern Garden decorated our vintage car and created the stunning white bouquet.

Our second look featured Gown the Savannah gown by Modern Trousseau as part of their Fall 2011 collection with black satin gloves from Carolina Amato. Earrings are by Tejani, diamond cuffs by Haute Bride, large cocktail ring from Kate Spade New York, and black tulle headpiece by Satya Twena. We shot in front of the historic vault at The Society Room, a bank turned wedding venue on Pratt Street in Hartford. The colorful bouquet and floral decor was created by Datura: A Modern Garden.

One look that didn’t make the magazine was The Kennedy Gown by Modern Trousseau for their Fall 2011 collection, which inspired our third look at The Old State House on Main Street in Hartford. I absolutely adore this space– with it’s high ceilings, white wooden walls and oversized gold chandelier. The back jewels of the gown are by aquinnah jewelry with earrings by Haute Bride. Tony from Datura: A Modern Garden created a bouquet inspired by the Royal Wedding.

The fourth look is Modern Trousseau’s Larissa Gown for their Fall 2011 collection. Our bride also wore a fox trimmed fur jacket, also by Modern Trousseau with earrings by Haute Bride, bouquet from Datura: A Modern Garden, and brooch from The White Dress by the shore.

Our fifth look has to be my favorite. When we got word we could shoot inside Hartford City Hall I knew I wanted to do a throw back, city hall style wedding. Modern Trousseau’s short lace Daphne dress proved to be the perfect dress for this sexy and sweet look. Our pillbox cap with cage veil and feather details is from the millner Bijou Van Ness with pearl earring from The White Dress by the shore. I absolutely LOVE the nude shoes from Badgley Mischka and the simple bouquet from Datura: A Modern Garden. Our groom’s attire is from the impeccable male clothiers at Valentino Tailors.

Our sixth look was at the historic Mark Twain House— whose history you simply must read! It’s an incredible Hartford landmark and one our state is so proud to have. A 20’s feel was the fashion direction that Beth Chapman chose for this look, inspired by the gorgeous feather trimmed cloche from Bijou Van Ness. Our bride wore long satin ivory gloves by Carolina Amato, Modern Trousseau’s Faye gown with a feather brooched belt and earring from from Haute Bride. The stunning round bouquet is by Datura: A Modern Garden.

Our final look couldn’t have been timed more perfectly for the blooming trees of Elizabeth Park, Connecticut’s famous 100 year old rose garden in Hartford. Elizabeth Park is such a magical place, especially during the spring and summer months. The dogwood and lilac trees couldn’t have been more of a perfect backdrop to the gorgeous Piper gown from Modern Trousseau’s Fall 2011 line. I absolutely love the colorful necklace from Haute Bride and sheer white wrist length gloves from Carolina Amato. Tony from Datura: A Modern Garden created all the unique floral decor, including the peony bouquet, floral ring bearer bowl, floral parasol and the GORGEOUS floral and greenery garland modeled by our bride!

A huge thank you to The Connecticut Bride Magazine for featuring this amazing editorial photoshoot and to our talented team of vendors, below! Also be sure to check out the gorgeous video of this shoot, produced by Jim Altieri of Vintage Cinema. Xx

Credit Reel

Photography: Carla Ten Eyck
Cinematography: Vintage Cinema
Creative Direction: Candice Coppola, Jubilee Events
Stylist: Beth Chapman, The White Dress by the shore
Hair & Makeup: Dana Bartone & Company
Floral Design: Datura: A Modern Garden
Gowns: Modern Trousseau

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Bridal Market 2011: Part III

posted by Candice October 24, 2011 0 comments

We loved our final appointment of bridal market at Modern Trousseau’s new showroom in New York. Beth Chapman had already previewed the collection before it had hit NYC and raved about Callie’s stunning designs. They did not disappoint! Her newest collection includes some amazing lace gowns along with a fun and flirty line “before there was long.” Be sure to stay tuned to The White Dress by the shore’s blog for complete fashion updates from market!

We’re always so grateful to Martha Stewart Weddings and Darcy Miller for hosting an incredible party the last night of bridal market. After so much running around, our tired feet and minds need to cut loose! We had a great time at their offices with friends from The White Dress by the shore, Coral Pheasant Stationery + Design, Bliss Event Design, Weddings by Socialites, Impressions Photography, 14 Stories, Monumental Designs, Lyndsey Hamilton Events, Ceci New York, Lela New York, Ashley Baber Weddings, Annie Lee, and many more! It was a treat to meet Martha again this year, too.

We also attend a fabulous gala at The New York Public Library hosted by The Knot. Big thanks to Carley for a spectacular and fun night!

Until next October… xoxo

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Bridal Market 2011: Part II

posted by Candice October 23, 2011 0 comments

Our second recap of Bridal Market includes gorgeous gowns from Amy Kuschel, Anne Barge and Romona Kerveza. The trend this season brought us back to a classic elegance and featured a lot of lace and tulle. The royal weddings influence was evident– not only by the sleeves but the fabrics and silhouettes!

Read our first recap of market here and stay tuned to The White Dress by the shore’s blog for more deets on the fashion. More to come.. xo!

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Bridal Market 2011

posted by Candice October 23, 2011 2 Comments

It was a fun weekend and week in New York as I, once again, accompanied fashion beaut Beth Chapman of The White Dress by the shore and her incredible team to October market! We had a smashing time and got to catch up with our industry friends and make new ones along the way. Here are some highlights from our weekend, including our favorite gowns (some soon to be available at TWD), moments, and images from the Martha Stewart Weddings party and The Knot Gala!

My weekend started off at the Amsale runway show, where she showed gowns from her newest collection. The runway show was a modern take on the classics (even down to the music!). Her maids walked down the runway first in all Jersey fabric in clean silhouettes, some with one shoulder. Her bridal collection had a lot of tulle skirts with with satin bodices. You can see all the dresses that walked down the runway here.

We visited one of my favorite new lines, Ivy & Aster, known for their sweet and feminine style. They also make the cutest bridesmaids dresses that you’d be destined to wear again and again! You can see their full Fall 2012 line here.

It’s totally true: we do heart Euro designer David Fielden— and what a pleasure it was to meet him and have him show us his 2012 Fall collection! His avant-garde style and bold use of textures, fabrics and cuts makes his line completely unique. One of our favorite looks was a backless white jumpsuit dress alternative– so 70’s and truly for the bride who wants something amazing and different! You can see some of his 2012 line here and his Milan runway show below… I STRONGLY encourage you to watch the whole thing. The finale is worth the wait!

More to come… xoxo