Monday, December 29, 2008
or a direct link to the slideshow HERE
Leslie and Chris - The Fox Hill Inn, photography by A Taylored Picture
Jennifer and Thomas - Water's Edge Resort and Spa, photography by Annandale Photography
Amy and Jeremy - Farmington Club, photography by Jake Koteen
Coleen and Jon - Eolia Mansion, photography by Dru Nadler
Jacky and Ben - Branford House Mansion, photography by Steve Depino, guest appearance by Carla Ten Eyck
Lindsey and Doug - Inn at Longshore, photography by Dreamscape Photography
Larissa and Garrett - Pavillion at Rocky Neck, photography by Carla Ten Eyck
Kate and Mark - Lord Thomposon Manor, photography by Troy Photography
Samira and Patrick - Racebrook Country Club, photography by Carla Ten Eyck
Katy and Alex - Country Club of Darien, photography by Jerome Braga, Studio 1923
Jessica and Davide - Gelston House, photography by Steve Depino
Eileen and Nate - Wadsworth Atheneum and Bond Ballroom, photography by Rich Esposito, RE Photo Design
Andrew and Karen - Candlewood Inn, photography by Jerome Braga, Studio 1923
Nicole and Patrick - Water's Edge Resort and Spa, photography by MS photography
Heather and Jason - Lord Thompson Manor, photography by Sam Chinigo
LouWanda and Mike - Eolia Mansion, photography by Megan LaBarbera
Jen and Will - Guilford Yacht Club, photography by Leslie Dumke
Claudia and Scott - Villa Rosa, photography by Jerome Braga, Studio 1923, assisted by NoDo Photography
Lori and William - Silas Robbins House, photograhy by Dolce Photography
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Will was so snappy in a fabulous three piece linen suit by J. Crew, layered over an even more fabulous shirt and tie. He was absolutely one of our best dressed grooms of the year. They had their first sighting by the flagpole. It was intimate and sweet. I love, love this photo!
The gents wore their own suits, with fishing lewers as bouts, imagine that!
The ceremony took place at five o'clock, on the great lawn overlooking the sound. Officiant Mary Pugh presided and keyboardist Steve Moran accompanied the ceremony. Jen walked with both parents to "Bridge Over Troubled Waters" by Simon and Garfunkle.
Guests were treated to an extensive menu featuring marinated flank steak, chicken roulade with sundried tomatoes, spinach and goat cheese, tortelllini with vodka sauce. The purple potatoes, in particular, were to die for.
Music was provided by Jim Nuzzo of Dance To The Music Entertainment. He sure knew how to keep the floor packed, see for yourselves!
Lindsay & Alicia
On a cool damp morning in July, we drove up to the Winvian resort to begin the set-ups for our 9 am shoot. We choose the most incredible patio location, overlooking the rolling lawn behind the resort's country barn. The fog was still fairly heavy in the background.
We asked floral designer extraordinaire, Tony from Datura, a Modern Garden to help us create the vision. Tony and Kat, his right hand lady, GOT IT! Just see for yourself:
Sweet Sophistication - Vintage toile in a country setting, juxtaposed by a majestic garden cresent with three Moroccan-style lanterns. A rich palette of amethyst, lilac & cantaloupe are grounded to the landscape by the natural elements of chocolate brown. Lacey textures of the orchids, mimicking the pattern of the toile, adding an air of elegance to the scalloped china, gold leafed flatware and antique stemware.
Katina, thank you so much for including us!
Friday, December 19, 2008
The gallery itself was tiny and minimal, but good things do indeed come in small packages, as inside beheld a fierce combination of talent on those white walls. It was so exciting to see the work of photographers we have worked with the past and those we hope to book weddings together in the future.
Steve and I had a great time taking in all the different perspectives and of love, meeting husbands and kiddies of fellow vendors (Jerome & Jen, Leighton is a doll; Carla that Georgie of yours a total peach), and as well as enjoying a bit of Justin and Paul's special brew. Another treat was the unexpected appearance of one of our clients, who is the grand dame behind The Wedding Embassy, in Watertown.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Following the show, we gathered for champagne and delicous delights by Gourmet Galley who are always spectacular. It was so nice to see Anna as we chatted together about a beautiful tented wedding we are planning together for the spring.
In the Chic by the Shore studio space, dessert called our names. A winter twist on the take home buffet bar sat perfectly on the bay window with coconut puffs, white chocolate covered pretzels, vanilla frosted butter cookies and many other sweets! Elizabeth Hodes provided dessert cake tastings and shared samples of her stunning works of sugar paste art.
It was so nice to see so many vendors we have worked with this year. As the holiday's near it is always a pleasure to take a step back and enjoy an evening of celebration.
Thank you so much for inviting us Beth!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
On Thanksgiving Day, Lindsay and I want to express our sincerest gratitude to so many people who impact our lives, day in and day out.
To our families and husbands, who offer endless support in pursuit of our own dreams, who love us dearly, and who constantly push us to be better people and be stronger women. We are forever grateful.
To vendors we have become so close with, who we consider friends now as well! You are all incredible in your own rights and your support of our work means the world to us!
And of course to our clients who without, we would not be able to do what we love so much! You welcome us into your homes, welcome us into your families, and we are so thankful. You give us inspiration, allow us the creative outlet in life we thrive on and have chosen us to share in the most special day of your lives.
Wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
All photography above taken by the ever-so-talented Toby Morris Photography
Location: Pine Orchard Yacht and Country Club
Flowers: Candi's Floral Creations
Band: Synergy Band
Lighting: Big Wave Events
Videography: Digital Ink Studios
Rentals: Party Rental, LTD
Monday, November 10, 2008
While at that time it was all just a vision, Lindsay and I could not wait to get started. We were literally giddy from excitement when we said goodnight to them! This is what unique weddings are all about! From that night on, LouWanda, Mike, and I began to build up their dream wedding. Details began to materialize, we made clear choices on vendors who would deliver exactly what Lou and Mike envisioned and in the process also became great friends!
Speaking of fantastic vendors, the photography was taken by Megan LaBarbera of Creative Image Collections who so graciously provideded the vast majority of the photos used in this post. She couldn't have done a better job capturing Lou and Mike's wedding!
Lou and her girls started the day beautifying at the Springhill Suites. LouWanda's stylist came to the hotel to do all of the ladies hair and make-up. When I stopped in, they were having a blast, laughing, chatting and relaxing to mimosa's and snacks. How fun!
Following my check-in at the hotel, I made my way to Eolia, The Mansion at Harkness, which is one of the most gorgeous spaces in Connecticut. The historic home, overlooking Long Island Sound, with it's stunning, expansive lawn and views, the beautiful architecture both inside and out, and the incredible gardens make for a truly magical wedding.
We started with a luxe chocolate brown linen on the tables, used gold charger plates to add visual interest, and tied in their color scheme, by adding lamour copper colored chair sashes and matching napkins. We went with a modern twist to the sashes on the chairs and it provided the perfect amount of umph! to the ballroom. Linens provided by BBJ Linens And how about that yummy light!
We provided all of the wedding stationary, including the table numbers and escort hanging tags seen in these pictures.
Tony at Datura, A Modern Garden nailed it with the floral design. A mix of high and low centerpieces filled the room, brimming with orchids, hanging amaranthus, manzanita branch and two toned orange and burgandy lillies.
The entrance arrangement was so perfect. All of the hanging escort cards were strung at different heights with the same copper and cranberry accent colors, shaped to mimic the hanging votive holders on the tall centerpieces in the ajoining dining room.
Following the ceremony, guests were delighted to a fabulous cocktail spread by Felix and his wonderful staff at Grand Gourmet A blessing was given by Father Henry and toasts by Corey, LouWanda's maid of honor, and Doug, Mike's Best Man.
We snuck Lou and Mike away for some fun portraits with Meg. I have always wanted to get pictures of clients taken in this cool little nook of Eolia. It is really considered the "coat closet" but I can't help but feel like it was really meant to be such a cool little photo op just waiting to happen!
And of course, I couldn't pass up sharing this picture Megan took during their personal photo session of LouWanda's gorgeous Jimmy Choos! This girl had always wanted to go couture on her wedding shoes, in fact she mentioned it in our very first meeting, and she did not disappoint. le sigh.
This three tiered confection provided by Victoria of Toria Dolce was absolutely heavenly. The branched design matched the manzanita branches in the tall centerpieces and ceremony arrangements.
You both are a perfect match and Lindsay and I wish you years filled with love, happiness and all the "spice of life" that a marriage following a wedding such as yours deserves.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
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Tuesday, November 4, 2008
With the breaking of two glasses and a kiss, the ceremony ended and cocktail hour was in full swing. Millennium played light jazz and the guests enjoyed mingling with one another and sampling yummy apps of all kinds.
Totally bananas . . . all of it.