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Video: 100 Years of Wedding Dresses

100 Years of Wedding Dresses was inspired by the rich history of Edgewater Hall. When I first began working for Edgewater, I used to imagine all of the brides who walked through these doors to be wed over the past 140 years. 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.

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.


Retro Brides WM

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.


Retro Brides WM

Retro Brides WM

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

or Click Here to fill out our contact form.

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!

Fun Baby Shower Trends

Here at chez vous, we’re seeing a trend towards catered baby showers on Staten Island. Because people are so interested in throwing them, we thought that we’d share some of the interesting baby shower ideas that have been making the rounds lately.

The experts over at The Baby Center recently posted an article outlining 6 such ideas.

The green shower

With overall trends taking everyone in a more environment friendly direction, why would baby showers be any different. You might be wondering, “How do you have a green baby shower?” The answer is simple. Gently used baby clothes! Kids grow up so fast, that many articles of clothing purchased for a child can reasonably be used for a second child.


The man shower

In the past, a baby shower was all about the mom. Not today! These days dads are getting around for a night of cards, wings, and beer but with a baby shower twist. Dads have been setting up a diaper drop for these “man showers” so that guests can give diapers for the baby. Baby gets diapers, Dad gets to relax with friends, and Mom gets a night to herself. Everybody wins!


The gender reveal shower

This option adds a little bit more spectacle to an already fun tradition. By revealing the sex of the child at the baby shower, guests will be kept on the edge of their seat the whole time. Everyone wants to know if it’ll be a boy or a girl, so why not make a big deal out of it?


The sprinkle

Sprinkles are for moms on their 2nd child. They’re baby showers without all of the pomp and circumstance. With a second child, there’s a good chance that you’ll have a lot of what you need for baby, but there’s still room to celebrate. Gifts are significantly scaled down during a sprinkle. These parties are more about celebrating the child, and less about making sure you have all of the necessities.


The cash registry shower

Cash registry showers allow new parents to be a bit more flexible with the gifts. The shower will be more traditional except for the caveat that gifts should be cash or cash coupons. These showers are ideal for couples who don’t yet know the sex of their child. Giving cash instead of other gifts reduces the need for complicated exchanges.


The grandmother shower

It’s 2014, and that means that lots of baby-boomers are becoming first time grandmas. These ladies are gathering to have a grandbaby shower of their own. A new member of the family is precious, so the more celebrating the better!

If you’re interested in throwing a baby shower in the NY/Tri-State area, we’d be happy to assist you. Contact us to see how we can make your special occasion even more special.

chez vous caterers wedding at St. Peter’s Church

Last week, chez vous had the pleasure of catering Greg and Shanshan’s wedding at St. Peter’s Church which located a few minutes from the Staten Island Ferry.  The church with it’s magnificent architecture is the oldest of the 36 Roman Catholic parishes on Staten Island, having been established in 1839.


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Check out these photos below from the wedding catered by chez vous.



Chef and Owner Ettore with DJ Chris ox Music to the Max

chez vous caterers wedding at St. Peter’s Church

St Peters Church

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Fleet Week 2014 Makes a Return To Staten Island

Fleet Week 2014 Makes a Return To Staten Island . Staten Island Fleet Week was established in 1990 while the Stapleton Homeport was an active U.S. Naval Base. The organization was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) organization in 1999.  At it’s inception we started as a  community based “Adopt-A-Sailor” program, which enabled local families to adopt crew-members for the day and treat them to either a home cooked meal, or visit the sites of New York City.

An all volunteer board and staff enable the group to fulfill their mission to provide recreation, morale and support the welfare of the visiting crew-members to the New York City area.  To date, close to 250 military ships have visited the Homeport site since 2000.  Fleet Week continues to bring in excess of 30,000 visitors to the event, not including the the crew-members and their families.  Fleet Week is an annual event which takes place each year during the Memorial Day holiday.

As a joint effort with the North Shore Business Association, to show our appreciation we provided complementary lunch to the men and women sailors of the  U.S Navy.  It was our pleasure giving back to the men and women who serve us. 










FREE Wedding Planning Guideline

Our friends over at the Little Wedding Guide have set up a free, easy to follow guideline for planning your wedding.

According to the guide:

Generally speaking, different wedding planning tasks will fall into a timeline that you can of course adjust depending on your own schedule and needs. For most brides and grooms, choosing a wedding date and location is normally on the top of the wedding planning list, followed by choosing a wedding dress and thinking about the inital guest list. Attending a bridal show or two in the early stages is also a good idea. You can use the following plan to guide you through your own planning process. Most importantly, keep things simple, and enjoy the journey!

Everything from deciding on the perfect wedding dress,


to pointing you in the direction of the correct way to file name-change paperwork is covered in this guide.


The free wedding planning guideline is full of everything you will ever need to know regarding the planning of your special day, from buying the perfect engagement ring to planning the perfect honeymoon.

By following any guideline of this nature, you will ensure the smooth-sailing of your next wedding by hitting all the right notes.

Favor Ideas For Your Seasonal Spring Wedding

Seasonal spring weddings are always exciting. The birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, and the sun welcoming the season’s change. We took a look at o My Wedding Favors to check out a few favor ideas for the seasonal spring wedding.  There are many different items and gifts that are both affordable and practical. Just in time for spring, they present a healthy list of season-themed items sure to both brighten the party decor as well as leave your guests talking.

Here are some of our favorites along with their estimated price points.

chez vous owner selected as 2014 Staten Island Sports Hall of Fame Unsung Hero

chez vous owner Ettore Mazzei has been selected as a 2014 Staten Island Sports Hall of Fame Unsung Hero.  For the last 10 years, chez vous has been catering their events.

Unsung Heroes luncheon will be held on Saturday, April 12,2014 at the Staten Island Sports Hall of Fame at Mt. Loretto 12PM. Tickets can be purchased for $85 by calling luncheon chairman Larry Ambrosino at 917-922-0874  or by e-mail leasiny@aol.com

Catering menu will include a fruit and vegetable crudités  presentation table served with hummus. Hot dog cart, and popcorn machine. Bow ties pesto, carved roast with cracked peppercorn sauce, and sea bass. Accompanied by garlic and smashed potatoes.


Staten Island Sports Hall of Fame is a non for profit 501C – dedicated to recognizing and enshrining outstanding individuals who have made exceptional contributions to Staten Island Sports History.


From the beginning, the task of Hall of Fame was simple: “To recognize those individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to Staten Island sports history, and by virtue of their accomplishments, service or force of character, have enriched that history for all time.”

Since then, the members of the Hall of Fame committee have tried to live up to that mandate. It has moved from its humble beginnings on the CSI campus to a permanent home at the Catholic Youth Organization’s Center at Mount Loretto, thanks to the generosity of the Archdiocese of New York. And it has grown over the years, both in the number of athletes it honors as well as the prestige it exudes as the caretaker of the Island’s sports past.

From the plaques of the inductees hanging on its walls, to the photos that hang from its ceiling, to the memorabilia displayed in its nearly two dozen trophy cases, our sports past comes alive. You can almost hear the crack of Bobby Thomson’s bat when he hit his famous 1951 “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” as well as feel the sting a football tackle leaves on someone wearing a leather helmet from New Dorp’s glory days. There are bats, balls and gloves, uniforms and baseball cards, trophies and scorebooks – even a luge used in the Winter Olympics. If it’s important to Staten Island’s sports past, it’s on display.

Staten Island Sports Hall of Fame 
6451 Hylan Blvd
Staten Island, NY 10309
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Numbering Your Table With Style


As we have touched upon in past posts, your wedding should be the event you have always wanted it to be. We’re not saying to go nuts outside of your general budget, but, by all means, get creative and invest in interesting and celebratory decor. Especially when it comes down to the table numbers.

One way of jazzing-up your reception is in relation to the tables.

According to Southern New England Weddings, there are quite a few ways that you can re-use or re-purpose various tools around your house to be used as decorative table numbers; an example of something that is seemingly ho-hum that can bring an extra spark of style to any table.

First thing you can use to brighten the decor of your table are napkin rings.


By using numbered napkin rings to denote seating arrangements, it provides for simple functionality as well as a fun way to give your guests a cool, little party favor.


Moving one step away from napkin rings, just napkins. While not as tactile of a gift for party-goers, It can still be a practical approach to table seating. Also, depending on the type of cloth you use, your guests may actually be reminded of your wedding by using their number 4 napkin to wipe their face down for years to come.


Having a beautiful, numbered centerpiece, whether it be a candle arrangement housed in beautiful flowers or a glass bowl filled with water and floating candles (Candles are always a good constant), raffling-off one of these elegant centerpieces at the end of the night is sure to make the winning guests go home with more than just fond memories.


Finally, for the ultimate touch of class, one might seek to go for numbered wine bottles. A bouquet of fresh flowers is fine, but it might tend to be something reserved just for the ladies. A fresh, sparkling bottle of vino on the other hand, can please even the most-discerning of male or female palettes.

We hope that you might take any of these tips to heart, and remember, if you are looking to plan a wedding or event, contact chez vous caterers and party rental for all your planning needs.