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

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