The Connecticut Bride Nautical-Inspired Fashion Shoot

  • Remember summer? I keep telling myself it’s on its way and this shoot reminds me of just how glorious it will be.

    The current issue of The Connecticut Bride features this fashion editorial. Downtown Essex was the ideal location for this shoot and, as always, we had a blast running around like idiots, commandeering an antique boat, eating lunch on the dock in the sun and disrupting the workday for our kind and fabulous hosts at Dreamscapes Design Group — and the best part of this shoot was having my good friend Tesha along to assist.

    We drew our inspiration from the classic New England architecture, the ocean and the fantastic fashion from The White Dress by the Shore.

    The drop bouquet pictured below features cymbidium orchids, edelweiss and accents of seashells twined around the handle. It’s counterpoint is the classic bouquet of paphiopedilum orchids, astilbe, hydrangea and dahlia.

    Below is a bouquet that is featured in the magazine – it features callas, hydrangea, uluhe fern shoots and thistle and is bound with a nautical-inspired rope.

    Cat created the adorable hydrangea bouquet below with tiny dangling blooms to accent the billowy dress. Below that, aboard the coolest antique boat in the harbor, is a simple biedermier bouquet of celosia, lisianthus, feverfew and leucadendron protea. Further down is a celosia and orchid nosegay and a wicker purse with a tiny garden!

    Cat also created these fantastic fashion pieces! My favorite is the simple necklace on the bottom right.

    Our good friends at Coral Pheasant and A Little Imagination Cakes added their spin to the editorial as well:

    Pick up a copy of The Connecticut Bride to see more fashion & details!

    The Talent

    Photography – Carla Ten Eyck
    Styling & Fashion – Beth Chapman, The White Dress by the Shore
    Floral Design – Tony Palmieri AIFD & Catherine Epright AIFD for Datura: a Modern Garden
    Shoot Planning & Design – Candice Coppola for Jubilee Events
    Beauty – Dana Bartone & Company
    Confections – Hope Wright-Martell for A Little Imagination Cakes
    Invitations/Paper – Nichole Michel for Coral Pheasant
    Dresses – Coren Moore, Anne Barge, Ivy & Aster, Amsale
    Shoes – Kate Spade
    Jewelry – Aquinnah


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  • [...] I had made for the class I taught last fall, which happened to coincide nicely with a photo shoot Datura, A Modern Garden was doing the same day with one of Connecticut’s best photographers- Carla [...]

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