Friday, August 14, 2009

Liz and Geoff

Liz and Geoff were married on a very warm day in June, under the beaming sun. Liz planned her wedding from out of town, and even though she was our very first 2009 client, booking early in 2008, we never actually met until her final walkthrough at the Seamen's Inne, the week of her wedding! Despite meeting for the first time, I felt like we had known each other for a very long time. Liz is warm and bubbly, sweet and caring, and an outgoing type A all around. She is the perfect compliment to Geoff who is quiet and reserved, a thinking and clearly deeply in love with Liz. I couldn't have been happier to have them as our clients.

A special thank you to Robert and Kathleen Photographers who captured Liz and Geoff's day beautifully. It was fantastic to work with both of them.

I started the day at Liz's parent's beautiful home in Rhode Island. The house was full of family, friends, the bridesmaids and the fabulous Dana Bartone. She did a beautiful job on the ladies' hair and make-up.

Kristen from Anderson's Garden had already arrived to drop off all of the flowers, which were so cool. The overall look was cream, green and blue but Liz's flowers were deep, deep red gerber daisies that just popped. There were a couple of other subtle red touches at the reception as well.

The entire bridal party met up at Liz's parent's house, including the guys and Liz and Geoff had a first look in her parent's private backyard. From there, the group took a party bus to Wilcox Park in Westerly, Rhode Island, where they let loose a bit!

Following pre-ceremony pictures (we love when our clients choose this option as they have so much time for their pictures without missing any of their party), everyone made their way over to the Seamen's Inn. It was clear that Liz put a lot of thought into all of the little details. Her father also took the "project" under his wings and really had a hand in ensuring all of the little details took shape. It was very sweet. In addition to being a beautiful day and weekend, the Mystic Boat Show was taking place, so Liz and Geoff had the beautiful backdrop of this antique vessel behind them for the ceremony. Quite fitting for a seaport wedding!

After the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the patio. We hung fun and funky parasols and lanterns under the tent in blue and green. And inside the details continued. From early on in the planning, Liz knew that she wanted to have a Paper Crane tribute, and on the escort table, a large Manzanita branch stood, with many a blue and green crane, and of course a little touch of red. We dressed the chairs with white covers and light blue sashes. The sashes matched the light blue organza overlays which draped the tables. Tall centerpieces of hydrangea, willow and hanging votives provided height that this ballroom commands, and the tables were polished off with individual menus and paper cranes at each setting. Liz and Geoff's place settings each had a golden crane!

Victoria from Toria Dolce provided the beautiful cake. One of her signature designs and It definitely tasted as good as it looked! I love how closely it ties into the groomsmen attire and overall color scheme of the wedding.

The reception started to introductions of the parents, the bridal party and finally Geoff and Liz. They made their way onto the dance floor and shared their first dance to "Make You Feel My Love". Guests gathered around to watch.

After dinner, guests danced the night away to the rocking tunes of the Bock and Blu Band. They played hits, classics and everything in between and had the dance floor packed. In addition, they were able to really involve both families with some classic Irish and Italian tunes.

Liz and Geoff,

Thank you so much for allowing us to hold such an important role for your wedding. You and your families were wonderful to be a part of. It is so clear how strong your love for each other is, we wish you years and years of continued love and happiness together.


Talia and Lindsay

More Cuties for Cuties

While blogging a recent wedding (stay tuned!), and linking to the adorable Janie and Jack store, it came to my attention that my favorite kiddy shop now boasts a wedding line! Where or where have I been?? The options are exceptionally cute and the come in a myriad of colors. And with Janie and Jack's constant sales and friends and family coupons, there are bound to be a few deals to be had.

Little Ladies:


Happy Friday!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Michelle and Ryan

When we first met with Michelle and Ryan, it was easy to see how much they adored one another and how magical it was for them to be married at Michelle’s parent’s home in Woodstock Valley, CT. An estate of rolling hills, barns, paddocks and gorgeous horses, the location took our breath away every time we visited. No strangers to throwing fun family bashes on the property, it was exceptionally important to Michelle that her wedding be more than just another party in her parent’s backyard. Together we worked over the last year to fully design her event from the ground up into an elegant and fresh late spring soiree.

All photos courtesy of Troy Photography.

On June 6, 2009, early morning prep began in the farmhouse kitchen. Michelle’s niece was her flower girl and was too cute! Hair and make-up was provided by Elan Salon.

Upon arriving on the estate, guests were transported via golf carts from Ron’s Golf Cart Rental to the hill overlooking the property where the ceremony was to take place. We planned a little surprise pre-ceremony social hour with fresh lemonade, mojitos and spiked punch before the ceremony began. It was delicious and so refreshing!

They were married in the late afternoon by Reverand Tom Meyer, accompanied by a string trio from Wildwood Groups. Garden Gate Florist did an gorgeous job decorating the arbor with blue & green hydrangea, white stock, blue delphinium, lemon leaf and ivy garland. The aisle was lined with shephard hooks holding glass vases with more blue hydrangea. The best decor of all, however, was the unmistakably incredible view.

With a kiss and a cheer the ceremony ended with Michelle and Ryan leaving on a getaway golf cart for some formals around the property. Michelle’s gown was 2Be, veil and accessories were from Mariella Creations. Ryan and his guys wore tuxes for Samuel’s in Vernon. The maids cornflower dresses were purchased there as well. Michelle carried a hand tied bouquet of hydrangea and stephanotis, while the girls carried bouquets and white hydrangea and greens.

Guests made their way down to the lower part of the property on foot, stopping to pluck their place cards from a bale of hay wrapped in ribbons. Cocktail hour took place in the great room as well as the pool area of Michelle’s parents home where Gourmet Galley served up such goodies as lamb lillipops, steamed vegetable dumplings with soy hoisin dipping sauce and Maryland crab cakes with chipotle rĂ©mouladeand. Michelle's father was an accomplished hunter and the great room was filled with his conquests.
Dinner followed under the crisp tent where guests feasted on grilled tenderloin of beef served with a merlot demi glaze or breast of boneless chicken rolled with spinach, shitake, and goat cheese served with a wine butter sauce. Tent and associated rentals were through Taylor Rental of Manchester. Guest tables surrounded by silver chivari chairs were adorned with navy pintuck linens and blue lamour napkins via BBJ, topped by custom menus and table numbers. High centerpieces composed of calla lilies, blue hydrangea, curly willow, light blue delphinium, white stock and assorted greens brought the eye up to the beautifully draped ceiling and hanging chandeliers.

The night was complete with both classic and modern tunes performed by Black Tie Band. The cake was provided by the bride's cousin, Carol Murdock. Wine lovers at heart, Michelle and Ryan gave each guest a bottle of their favorite wine from Ballet of Angels. Videographer David Lammey did an fantastic job capturing the day as well.

Here is a little collage of details Troy put together. All paper products were designed by Sixpence For Your Shoe.
Michelle and Ryan, it was easy to see that the sun shined especially for you guys on June 6th. An incredible venue, a glorious day, a couple madly in love. It was our honor and privelage to plan your wedding with you. We wish you all the best in your married life!

Lindsay & Talia