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Classic Bride Photoshoot in Hartford, Connecticut for The Connecticut Bride Magazine

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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