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100 Years of Wedding Dresses

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I was always inspired by the rich history of Edgewater Hall, and imagined all of the brides who walked through these doors to be wed over the past 140 years. Edgewater Hall was built in 1876 as an event space by Michael Nynan, and today continues the tradition of opening our doors to brides for their wedding day. Thus, I decided to blend together Edgewater Hall’s rich history with that of the history of wedding gowns to bring you 14 different wedding looks that are both traditional and nontraditional for our project entitled “100 Years of Wedding Dresses“.



The early 1900s were characterized by their high neckline dresses, detailed embroidery, and the “Gibson Girl” hairstyle.

This dress is from Every Thing Goes Clothing and was designed by Laracy, whose design headquarters used to be located off of West 46th street in Manhattan. There is a Laracy gown that is in the Metropolitan Museum’s collection, but the dress is not currently on display.


1910s-pairDuring the 1910s, which was the Late-Edwardian era, the dresses still maintained their high necklines, however the waistline of the dresses began to rise in order to reveal a woman’s natural hour-glass figure. Dresses during this time were typically floor length, however, some women showed off their ankles.

This look was styled by Angel Lee, the owner of Monkey Girlz Boutique, a consignment shop located on Manor Road on Staten Island.



Before the boldness of the Flapper dresses that defined the mid-late 1920s, most brides opted for a Late-Edwardian dress that had a looser form. These dresses still had a high neckline, but the hemline typically ended at the ankle for a more flirty look. We paired this dress with a floor length veil.

This look is from Monkey Girlz. 


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It wasn’t until 1926 that flapper fashion became popular. A flapper was characterized by their short sleek hair, a shorter than average shapeless shift dress, their make up, and exposed arms and legs. These women were fashion rebels in the Jazz Age and they loved every minute of it.

Dress by Monkey Girlz Consignment with a matching beaded cardigan. The headband and ring are also authentically from the Jazz Age. The fur is from Every Thing Goes Clothing.



The history of this dress is very interesting. Before this dress landed in Monkey Girlz’ shop, it was worn by two generations of women. Originally this dress was worn in the 1930s for a Staten Island Wedding, and then in the 1970s by the dress owner’s daughter. We styled this dress to bring out its original glory during the Jazz Age. The veil is original to the 1930s, and came with this hand crafted gown.


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In the 1940s, brides had two options for their wedding gowns, to either buy them using their rations or to make their own. This dress in particular was made by a woman who was originally from Brooklyn and relocated to Staten Island later on in her life. The gown is tea length, which started to become popular in the 1940s.

Dress by Monkey Girlz. Gloves by Hey Viv!


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Styled after what a World War II era bride would wear for a city hall wedding, this dress is certainly nontraditional. The dress has a train in the back and is cut low to accentuate the back, which was thought to be very alluring in the 1940s.

Dress from Every Thing Goes Clothing and the birdcage veil with a cream hat is from Hey Viv!


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The 1950s was a time where women began to experiment with color. It is also a time where the tea length wedding dress was considered to be the norm. In 1957, Audrey Hepburn wore a tea length wedding gown which was designed by Givenchy for the film Funny Face, which defined the era. The gown was so iconic that women of the era tried to replicate it.

Gown from Hey Viv! as is the pill box hat.


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The 1960s are known for their flower power movement and empire line dresses were the norm for brides of the era. We decided to put Allison in a nontraditional gown that was worn in the late 1960s. The big shoulders and the beaded detail provide this gown with its wow factor.

This gown is from Monkey Girlz.


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Disco was kind in the 1970s, and this dress with its empire waist, puffy sleeves, and short hemline are perfect for any dance floor. Beginning in the 1960s, brides experimented with their gowns and the experimentation carried on into the 1970s.

This gown and the veil were provided by Monkey Girlz.



Oh the 80s, a time of big hair, wild color, and punk rock music. Which is why we decided to shoot this at Overspray, a 2 floor graffiti art infused event space.

This look is inspired by the 80s from the dress by Monkey Girlz, to the green belt by Every Thing Goes, to the black veil, this dress screams 80s.



The 90s were a time when grunge and teenage angst ruled the runways. We chose Overspray, caged in area to further channel the 90s.

This gown from Every Thing Goes is no exception. The silver color and the simple silhouette are all typical of the era, and you may have even seen Buffy from Buffy the Vampire Slayer wear something similar to this dress to her prom.



In the early 2000s, women were obsessed with ruching and bling. Ruching is a draping technique that creates pleats and folds in the fabric. It also has a slimming effect.

This ballgown with ruching and a blinged out belt is from Bossina Couture which is located in New Dorp. The fur is from Every Thing Goes Clothing.



This year women are opting for fewer and fewer traditional dresses. The main upcoming bridal trends are a corset bodice, blush or ice blue wedding gowns, and embellished bodices like the one provided by Bossina Couture.

Thank you to everyone who participate in the, 100 Years of Wedding Dresses shoot. Our hair and make-up team, consisted of Alona Tsuanko and Lola Durojaiye. Alona and Lola were put to the ultimate test in order to create 14 different, unique looks. The stylists for this shoot were the ever talented Angel Lee of Monkey Girlz and Alexandra Nyman. Nyman also served as the director and coordinator for this shoot.

Although the dresses were per-say the “belles of the ball” much credit is to be extended to the Vintage Boutiques on Staten Island, Monkey Girlz Boutique, Every Thing Goes Clothing, Hey Viv!, and Bossina Couture. Photography by Noelle Kraft Photography.

To have had the opportunity of shooting this project at the Edgewater Hall was indeed The “ Piece de Resistance” for it gave the shoot that grand, historic ambiance of yester years. Models Allison Morales, Katherine Hughes, and Jillian Dente. Allison 1900-1920, 1946, and 1960, Katherine 1926, 1950, and 2000 and Jillian Dentem1930, 1940, 1970-90, and 2016.

100 Years of Wedding Dresses, video which will be released in March by Shadow and Sound.

If you are interested in viewing the Historic Edgewater Hall, please book an appointment by calling 718.720.0900 or by e-mailing us at ettore@cvparties.com.


About Chez Vous Caterers

Staten Island caterers, Chez Vous catering and party rentals, proudly serves the entire New York City area.

With over 20 years in the business Chez Vous proudly offers elegant service at inspiring pricing. Catering, Party Rentals, and Planning are available for Weddings, Sweet Sixteens, Birthdays, Baby Showers, Corporate Events, and any other gathering that requires great food and service.

Staten Island Off-Premise Catering Service

If you are hosting an event at your home or another unique location, let us provide the food, staff, tables, and chairs necessary to transform any space into an elegant environment.

To contact us about catering at our home or yours, contact us at: (718) 720-0900

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Announcement: Stylized Photoshoot Sponsored by Chez Vous

Here is a preview of the Chez Vous Catering photo shoot and video entitled “100 Years of Wedding Dresses”. We will be releasing the full photo shoot on January 13th. We teamed up with four local bridal boutiques in order to create stunning looks that range from the early 1900s-modern day.


We were fortunate enough to work with Monkey Girlz (a consignment boutique), Everything Goes Clothing (a thrift store located on Bay Street), Hey Viv (a store that specializes in everything form the 1940s-1950s), and Bossina Couture located in New Dorp. Monkey Girlz provided the looks from 1910-1940, 1960, and 1970, Everything Goes provided the looks for 1900, 1945, and 1990, Hey Viv provided the looks for 1950, and Bossina provided the looks for 2000 and 2016. The looks were styled by Chez Vous’ own Alexandra Nyman and Angel, the owner and founder of Monkey Girlz. The make up was provided by Lola and Alona, two local Hair and Makeup artists with extensive film and editorial backgrounds.

We will also be releasing a video of the shoot on January 18th, and make sure you check out the full photo shoot once it is released on January 13th, we cannot wait!

4 New Year’s Eve DIY Party Tips

There are many things to consider when planning a New Year’s Eve party. What menu will you serve? Will you cater yourself or will you hire a catering company? Will you cater at your home or at a catering hall? Should you hire a bartender or make the bar self service? Do you need additional tables and chairs or is your home set up sufficient? Chez Vous Caterers offers catering, party rentals, and staff for your New Year’s Eve Party. We offer catering, tent rentals, tables, chairs, linens, chafing dishes, china service, staff, and decorations. Below are four tips for the DIY party planner, if you choose to plan your whole event without the assistance of a caterer.


1) Select a Location and Time 
Whether it be in your home or a catering hall, location is key. Make sure your location is large enough to accommodate all of your guests for dinner and dancing.

2) Select a Menu

Your menu items would be determined by the selection of your dinner style. You can choose to have either a cocktail party, buffet, family style, or sit down dinner.

3) Plan the Evening

Here are some ideas: are you going to watch the ball drop on tv? When will you serve desert? Before or after the New Year? Will you have live music or a DJ? Will you play games with your guests?

A popular New Year’s game to play is to try to predict what your friends’ resolutions for the year are. This handy PDF print out from RealSimple, has a list of fill in the blank questions. All your party goers have to do is fill out their answer, place their cards inside a box or hat, and then try to guess who wrote what. You may be surprised at what your friends have written down for the new year.original

4) Have Fun

Prepare properly because planning an event has many aspects to it and can be challenging. Some people under estimate the amount of work it is to do a party on your own. Try to remember to take a deep breath and have fun at you party. Be present in the moment and enjoy ringing in the New Year with your loved ones.

In the event that you choose to have a caterer, Chez Vous is offering a special menu for News Year’s Eve ensuring that your New Year’s Eve party will be a success.

New Year’s Eve Menu

Presentation Table with International Cheeses and Fresh Fruit

Charcuterie Board

Vegetable Crudites served with Dip

Choice of 8 Hot and Cold Hors D’oeuvres
Miniature Calzones served with Marinara Sauce – Shrimp Cocktail served on Belgian Endive – Asparagus Wrapped in Puff Pastry – Fresh Mozzarella on Garlic Toas – Stuffed Mushrooms on Garlic Toast – Stuffed Mushrooms Oregante – Petite Beef Wellington – Lobster Voul-Au-Vent – Sesame Seed Chicken – Scallops Wrapped in Bacon

Caesar Salad

Choice of Pasta

Boneless Breast of Chicken
(topped with Spinach and Mozzarella in a Light Wine Sauce)

Carved Filet Mignon

Shrimp Scampi Oreganata

Rice Pilaf

Vegetable Medley

Viennese Table

5 Hour Open Bar

and China Service

$80 per person

Good luck with planning your New Year’s Eve party. For more information and for additional menus, visit cvparties.com. To book your New Year’s Eve Event with Chez Vous Caterers, call 718.720.0900.

Chez Vous, Featured David Tutera and My Fair Wedding Catering Company

My Fair Wedding Catering Company

We’re proud to announce that Chez Vous was recently a featured My Fair Wedding Catering Company

On a recent episode, Chez Vous was featured as My Fair Wedding Catering Company for the wedding of Dwayne and Nicole.

In the below clip from My Fair Wedding, Chez Vous’ Chef Louis and David Tutera discuss the appetizers prepared by chez vous for the occasion:

 My Fair wedding is a reality television show on WE tv, starring David Tutera. Since premiering in 2008, the show has been helping brides-to-be plan their dream wedding. In an early review, The New York Daily News described how the Tutera’s taste and skill-set explain the show’s success:


David Tutera didn’t get to be “wedding planner to the stars” without skills that go beyond picking the right flowers for the guest tables.

In My Fair Wedding, a new show where Tutera guides ordinary people to a better wedding experience, he demonstrates a level of verbal dexterity that would make Oprah seem tongue-tied.


Some information about Chez Vous Catering

Chez Vous Caterers one of New York’s most exclusive off premise caterers is proud to add the Historic Edgewater Hall and Shandelee Lake Inn to its extensive list of available party sites.

Edgewater Hall, with its colorful historic background and landmark status, is an exclusive location for Chez Vous clients. Built in 1876, Edgewater Hall is located at 691 Bay Street. It was built as the original location of Staten Island Savings Bank and was later used as a speakeasy frequented by the Vanderbilts and Barrymores during the prohibition era.


For Booking

If you’re interested in having Chez Vous cater your event, call (718) 720-0900 or  fill out the contact form below and one of our representatives will get back to you as soon as possible: