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Floral Fantasy — Styled Shoot

Staying true to their aesthetic, the team at Flowers By Semia created a wild floral fantasy that evoked romance in an industrial setting.

Architecture and saturated color were their musings. “We wanted to play with an unexpected, saturated palette while staying true to the fiery tones inherent to the autumn landscape,” Semia Dunne of Flowers By Semia described. Deep fuchsia blooms and golden yellow ferns came together to form a beautifully untamed bouquet that rivaled the drama of the navy lace ball gown worn by the model. Beside her, an edgy metallic gown printed with teal and crimson velvet flowers was paired with a more textural bouquet of porcelain berry, yellow orchids, and other foraged flora. In the courtyard, a metal staircase overgrown with passion vines provided a natural canvas for a grand floral installation. Vibrant pink garden roses, golden ferns, burning bush, rusty rosehip branches, and bittersweet vines were added to the staircase creating the perfect setting for a passionate love story. The final chapter was an antique wooden farm table draped with smoky blue linen and decorated with copper tableware and an earthy centerpiece of aqua and mustered yellow flora.

“We love to design with nature in mind… to emphasize the natural movement integral to each bloom and vine, so we did it on a grand scale and chose a refreshingly bright palette for fall,” states Semia Dunne.

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Floral Fantasy — Styled Shoot

Staying true to their aesthetic, the team at Flowers By Semia created a wild floral fantasy that evoked romance in an industrial setting. Architecture and saturated color were their musings. “We wanted to play with an unexpected, saturated palette while staying true to the fiery tones inherent to the autumn landscape,” Semia Dunne of Flowers […]

Bridal Fashion Week Trend Report – Fall 2018

After yet another exciting NY bridal fashion week, Beth Chapman of Beth Chapman Styling and The White Dress By The Shore highlights all the trends fresh off the runway and heading to her boutique in Clinton, CT!

B.C: I have said it before, but it really holds true now…what a great time to be a bride! There is literally a gown for EVERY bride and I am thrilled because so many of the trends are everything that I adore in bridal!  Below are some of my favorite trends coming up for the Fall 2018 season! 

Non-strapless! — Brides are rejoicing everywhere, because it is all about the NON-strapless neckline.  The most predominate necklines that we saw were v-necks and off the shoulder necklines. The v-necklines varied from demure and classic to plunging and daring.

Anne Barge, photography: Jessica Haley

Anne Barge, photography: Jessica Haley

Hayley Paige, photography: Jessica Haley

Bows – I would put a bow on every gown if I could!  So naturally, I was thrilled to see bows grace so many runways!

Anne Barge, photography: Jessica Haley

Monique Lhuillier, photography: Jessica Haley

Ines di Santo, photography: Jessica Haley

Capes, Cover-ups, and Overskirts–  Designers are providing brides with various options to allow them to change up their look from ceremony to reception.  Whether it is a dramatic cape, a voluminous overskirt, or a dainty caplet, brides have plenty of options for surprising their guests with a “second look” without having to change their gown!

Galia Lahav, photography: Jessica Haley

Jenny Yoo

Justin Alexander, photography: Jessica Haley

Appliques –  We saw considerably less lace this season.  The texture instead came from appliqués.  I adore this romantic and feminine detail!

Blush Hayley Paige, photography: Jessica Haley

Galia Lahav, photography: Jessica Haley

Theia, photography: Jessica Haley

Clean and Simple–  Many designers were cleansing the palate by offering completely clean dresses (and jumpsuits!). The details came from beautiful necklines, seaming details or bows!

Jenny Yoo

Theia, photography: Jessica Haley

Reem Acra, photography: Jessica Haley

Fringe!  One of the biggest fashion elements that appeared on several runways was fringe. What a fun way to add a little sass to your wedding day look!

Hayley Paige, photography: Jessica Haley

Ines di Santo, photography: Jessica Haley

Jenny Yoo

One Shoulder- The one shoulder gown is back!   I love this sophisticated look for a modern, elegant wedding.

Ines di Santo, photography: Jessica Haley

Ines di Santo, photography: Jessica Haley

 

Stay tuned for more bridal fashion week highlights!

 

 

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Bridal Fashion Week Trend Report – Fall 2018

After yet another exciting NY bridal fashion week, Beth Chapman of Beth Chapman Styling and The White Dress By The Shore highlights all the trends fresh off the runway and heading to her boutique in Clinton, CT! B.C: I have said it before, but it really holds true now…what a great time to be a […]

Nature’s Jewels — Real Wedding

The allure of nature’s jewels surrounding the elegant Wadsworth Mansion was exactly what Jillian and Jon had envisioned for their wedding day.

Inspired by the colors of nature and the regal elegance of Wadsworth Mansion Jillian and Jon decided on a rich jewel-toned color story. The groomsmen wore navy suits while the bridesmaids rounded out the look in garnet chiffon gowns. Romantic bouquets of crimson, mauve, and champagne blooms looked as if they had been freshly picked from the grounds surrounding the mansion. As a nod to Jon’s favorite pastime of brewing beer, hops were used in the boutonnieres as well the bouquets and ceremony backdrop. The ceremony took place amongst vast pine trees that were draped elegantly with cream fabric. Antique lanterns surrounded the area and provided a subtle glow from the candles inside them, creating a romantic ambiance. As the sun set and dinner concluded, the 7-piece band changed tunes encouraging guests to dance on the patio under the stars. The night ended with a bang when a surprise firework display lit up the sky.

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Nature’s Jewels — Real Wedding

The allure of nature’s jewels surrounding the elegant Wadsworth Mansion was exactly what Jillian and Jon had envisioned for their wedding day. Inspired by the colors of nature and the regal elegance of Wadsworth Mansion Jillian and Jon decided on a rich jewel-toned color story. The groomsmen wore navy suits while the bridesmaids rounded out […]

Vendor Spotlight On: Wadsworth Mansion

Breathtaking architecture, perfectly manicured grounds, and great history, The Wadsworth Mansion is a property like no other. Stay tuned for real wedding Wednesday to see this property featured!

1. How did your business come to be?

Shortly after  Col. Clarence Wadsworth and his wife Katharine married in 1897, they began creating their country estate, Long Hill, in Middletown, CT. The Olmsted Brothers, famous for designing Central Park in New York City, designed the original site plan that included access roads, carriage lanes, and a house. The Beaux Arts style house was completed around 1911 and was utilized by the Wadsworth family until the early 1940s,  including hosting their son’s wedding for 1,000 guests.  After the Colonel’s death the property was bequeathed to the Colonel’s foundation. They sold it to an order of nuns (Our Lady of the Cenacle of Sorrow) who converted it into a  convent and operated a retreat center until the mid-1980s. The sisters, having parceled off acreage during their time, sold the building and remaining grounds to developers; ownership fluctuated, finally resting in the possession of a bank.  After seven  years with no dedicated caretakers,  which resulted in extensive damage to the house, the City of Middletown purchased the estate. With a 5 million dollar commitment from the taxpayers,  the estate was revived and re-established as the gem of the city, opening just in time for a millennium wedding celebration. The mansion is recognized for its unique, customized events and weddings for discerning hosts in New England and across the nation.

2. What are the services you offer? 

As a historic, one-of-a-kind house, the Wadsworth Mansion is not your typical event space.  Weddings are completely tailored to each couple and span a nine hour period that includes setup and breakdown.  In addition to the private use of the mansion, the extensive grounds offer many lovely possibilities for ceremonies, photographs, cocktails, and dancing.   Also included in the standard rental are white chairs for outdoor use, gold chiavari chairs for indoor use, tables in many shapes and sizes, the use of the dance floor, and as much or as little planning guidance as is requested.

3. Where are you located?

Find us up a long, dramatic, tree-lined driveway in the center of Connecticut in historic Middletown, equidistant from New York and Boston.

4. How far in advance do you recommend clients to book?   

If your heart is set on a Saturday during wedding season, it’s best to book a year to a year and a half in advance.  If you need a particular date it may behoove you to secure it even earlier since we only schedule one event per day.  Some couples do book with much less lead time, but flexibility is necessary as we generally sell all of our available weekend dates.

5. What is one piece of advice you always give to brides? 

This is the one day when everyone you love comes together to celebrate your marriage and your commitment to your spouse.  Don’t sweat the small details of the event, focus on the enjoyment of your guests, and take the time to enjoy this once in lifetime experience.

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Vendor Spotlight On: Wadsworth Mansion

Breathtaking architecture, perfectly manicured grounds, and great history, The Wadsworth Mansion is a property like no other. Stay tuned for real wedding Wednesday to see this property featured! 1. How did your business come to be? Shortly after  Col. Clarence Wadsworth and his wife Katharine married in 1897, they began creating their country estate, Long […]

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