Allow Us to Introduce Ourselves
House of White was created in 2012 by husband and wife team Chris Lunn and Andrea Whitehead. Together they had a vision for a picturesque boutique in the heart of a charming shopping district in Southern Indiana. They purchased a historic building in Historic Newburgh (a white house, of course), and lovingly renovated it into a lush-yet-comfortable bridal destination. With the perfect setting complete, brides immediately responded to Andrea's technique of fashion consulting and full-service styling. With a background in fashion design and by beginning her career in the couture bridal industry, Andrea focuses on presenting brides with quality, beautifully constructed modern designs that perfectly suit each brides' unique style and wedding day vision.
Leslie Schapker joined the House of White team in 2014 and quickly fell in love with consulting brides, and all things bridal fashion. Now serving as the House of White Manager and Buyer, she not only has helped countless brides say 'yes' to their dream dress, but she also studies bridal industry trends so that the House of White collection is always fresh, unique, and fashion forward.
Andrea Whitehead / owner
What is your current favorite bridal trend? I love that ballgowns are back! I was a ballgown bride, myself, and there's something so fun and fabulous about twirling around in all that fabric.
How would you describe your personal style? Jenna Lyons meets Jackie Kennedy.
What's your best piece of advice for brides as they shop for their wedding gown? Finding your wedding gown is a decision driven by emotion rather than practicality. Go into it with an open mind and heart. Do a little bit of research and preparation so that when you slip into THE dress, you can shout 'YES!' without any hesitation. It's a moment you'll never forget.
If you could have lunch with anyone, who would it be and what would you order? Tina Fey. And we would have donuts for lunch.
What's your signature cocktail? Mojitos in Summertime. Vodka Martinis in the wintertime. But let's face it, I'm a new mom. I'm pretty sure half a martini would put me on the floor.
What's your favorite part about styling brides? I love helping women see themselves in a new light; introducing them to a style that makes them look and feel more incredible than they ever imagined. Sometimes we can get in our own way and we think we know exactly what we want. But it's nice when a bride trusts me to lead her outside her comfort zone...and the result is just magic.
Chris Lunn / owner
What's your current favorite bridal trend? I'm happy to see couples putting more consideration into the groom's attire. A well made, dark suit will never disappoint. Guys, you know how much time and consideration goes into your bride's wedding day look. Use this opportunity to get yourself a well fitting suit you'll wear for years.
How would you describe your personal style? My personal style is a characterized by extremes. I'm either wearing a tailored blue suit, or I'm renovating our house wearing jeans and t-shirts covered in paint and plaster. There is no in-between.
What's your best piece of advice for brides as they shop for their wedding gown? Look at yourself in the mirror. I often see brides come out in a gown and don't even look at themselves; they turn to their group and await their critiques. Your group is there to support you, not critique you. The decision has to be yours.
If you could have lunch with anyone, who would it be and what would you order? Jerry Seinfeld would pick me up in a car that is the embodiment of my personality, and we'd go to a greasy New York diner for bacon and eggs...and coffee, of course!
What's your signature cocktail? Either a very old scotch, or a very cold PBR. Like I said, I'm characterized by extremes.
What's your favorite part of working with brides? I never get tired of hearing people's awestruck reaction when they walk into our store. So much of my sweat goes into making this place beautiful, and hearing the thrill our clients feel when walking through our doors makes it all worth it.
Leslie Schapker / manager / buyer
What's your current favorite bridal trend? I love bridal gowns with a hint of color! Whether it's champagne, blush, lavender, or even blue, there’s just something about non-traditional color that makes the gown a little more unique and modern!
How would you describe your personal style? Classic and Minimalist. If you were to look in my closet you would find lots of white, grey, navy, black and hardly any prints. I also tend to love 1960's inspired pieces!
What's your best piece of advice for brides as they shop for their wedding gown? Rules are a thing of the past. Who cares if you’re getting married on the beach and that satin ball gown makes you feel like a million bucks. I say wear it! I would also suggest limiting your guest to those who understand your personal style and who have your best interest at heart. You want the people who are there with you to understand your vision and be the most helpful!
If you could have lunch with anyone, who would it be and what would you order? I’d love to have lunch with Reese Witherspoon. We’d probably go to a quaint little place in Nashville and sip on sweet tea and eat shrimp and grits. And then go to her store, Draper James.
What's your signature cocktail? Vodka & tonic with a lime
What's your favorite part of working with brides? My favorite part of styling a bride is when we have a bride in the store who does not have the highest self confidence in the beginning of the appointment, but by the time the she has found her dress, she is loving the way she looks and can't stop admiring herself in the mirror. For me personally, that's the most rewarding moment.