Friday, December 31, 2010
2010 was an incredible year - starting with our first client's wedding the first weekend in January, and ending the year in mid-November. We had a wonderul time working with all of our clients to design their dream weddings. It was a year of growth, challenges, reflection and new friendships.
2010 was a milestone year for Sixpence For Your Shoe, representing our fifth year in the wedding business, working with some of the same amazing vendors this year, as we had when we first began. We feel honored to be among such an incredibly talented pool of wedding professionals in Southern New England.
In 2010, we were delighted to see our work featured in print at La Bella Bride Magazine and Connecticut Bride and online at Style Me Pretty, Wedding Chicks, Prepare to Wed, and Brides.com. Sixpence For Your Shoe was also recognized as a "The Knot, Best of Weddings 2010 Winner"
We are looking forward to 2011 with another year's worth of fantastic clients, beautiful weddings, and creative challenges. We hope you follow along with us in our journey! But before we celebrate 2011, we would like to toast to our 2010 clients on their marriages. See below for a recap of all of our 2010 weddings!
photography credit - Sixpence For Your Shoe
photography credit - Eileen Broderick Photography
photography credit - Yang Photo and Jamie Collins Photo
photography credit - Iris Photography
photography credit - Orchard Cove Photography
photography credit - Erik Maziarz for Carla Ten Eyck Photography
photography credit - Iris Photography
photography credit - Jonathan Canlas Photography
photography credit - Brian Khang
photography credit - Studio 1923
photography credit - Val McCormick Photography
photography credit - Bruce Plotkin Photography
Maya and Paul - The Waterview (Coming Soon)
photography by Studio Foto
photography credit - Stacey Ilyse Photography
photography credit - Studio 1923
photography credit - Amanda Tedeschi Photography
photography credit - Carla Ten Eyck, Grazier Photography, JAG Studios
photography credit - Dolce Photography
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
“When you were a little girl and asked what you wanted to be when you grew up, you said a doctor and Julie, you are a doctor,” were the opening words of Julie’s father as he proudly welcomed family and friends to his daughter and new son in law’s wedding. There was not a dry eye after this sentence and I think his words sums up Julie perfectly. Beauty, brains and ambition. And Chris, with his easy smile and fun demeanor is an amazing compliment to her in every way. So it was no surprise that from the moment we met with Julie and her parents in the spring of 2009, her vision was clear: a tented vineyard wedding with a modern vibe, a lux feel and air of formality. With the collaboration of a superstar team of vendors, incredible blue sky and later starry night, their wedding was a dream come true.
All gorgeous photos courtesy of the dynamic duo Jerome and Jen Braga of Studio 1923.
On Sunday of Labor Day Weekend, Julie and her ladies sipped mimosas and got their beauty on at the Bellisimo Grande Hotel with the assistance of Janice and Angela of Naomi's Studio & Salon. Julie wore a San Patrick gown from Camille Bridal Boutique, with her hair in sultry waves loosely pulled back she looked so happy and relaxed, just glowing with excitement! The girls wore long black Bill Levkoff gowns with champagne sashes and looked exquisite, perfectly accessorized with their Marc Jacobs clutches, gifts from Julie. Bakes & Baldwin Floral Company was the perfect florist for this event, and just killed it with all the arrangements. Julie's calla bouquet in particular, was a dead on match to her stationery suite, designed by Sixpence For Your Shoe.
Late in the afternoon, guests arrived at Jonathan Edwards Winery and were treated to refreshing hydration station prior to being escorted to their seats, while Millennium Music’s string trio played in the background. The music for the ceremony was exceptional. The bridesmaids processed to "Clocks" by Coldplay, followed by Julie being escorted by both her parents to the "Theme Song from Romeo and Juliet (A Time for Us)” by Nino Rota. We were all captivated by the beauty of the music, surrounding views and intimacy of the ceremony, which was performed by Chris' father. Julie and Chris were married under a stunning draped and floral structure deep within the vines. Pews were adorned with roses and dahlias and we effortlessly scattered petals in the aisle. With a kiss and a cheer, the couple was finally wed and recessed with huge smiles!
Cocktail hour followed inside the tasting room, as well as the adjoining stone patio and deck, where the wine and the specialty blackberry martinis were flowing and everyone got their eat on to fabulous comfort food fare provided by Coastal Gourmet. The mini mac n cheese, sliders and mashed potato bar were the perfect foods for this young and fun loving crowd.
The reception took place in the soaring and softly draped tent. We did a fabulous champagne galaxy linen on each table with black lacquer chairs, place settings and stemware. Champagne galaxy napkins were folded with a menu and donation card tucked within, further accented by a mokara orchid. A combination of high and low arrangements containing orchids, dahlias and gerbera in a range of reds provided interest within the tent and brought the eye up to the French iron chandeliers. Dan Gombos of ShinDig Lighting pin spotted the tables and washed the ceiling with the most perfect *champagne with a touch of Bordeaux* glow, which reflected fabulously on the black and white dance floor. Ana Parzych provided the seriously beautiful confection, the orchid detail was extraordinary, as well as a fun groom's cake. Boston's Downtown Fever played modern hits such as Lady Gaga and kept this crowd dancing and laughing till the end. Julie and Chris, it was a privelage for us to plan this day with you and your parents. We wish you all the happiness in the world and best of luck in your new careers.
Monday, December 20, 2010
We first connected with Jessica and Brendan just 7 months before their big day. After a couple of emails each direction, Jessica and I realized we actually knew each other, from our school days and our brothers had played sports together. During our first meeting, it was fun to reconnect and talk all about Jessica and Brendan's wedding ideas.
A good portion of their wedding vendors had already been selected, but were seeking our guidance for event design and coordination. Both with demanding careers and challenging priorities, they knew they wanted their wedding to be spectacular, beautiful, polished and fun, but weren't certain how it would all come together.
Jessica and Brendan selected Amanda Tedeschi Photography who captured their entire wedding day beautifully and provided all of the photos in this post.
Jessica and the girls started the day at the Mystic Residence Inn, where Lindsay and Jennie of Jennie Fresa Beauty Library came in for hair and make-up respectively. Jessica wore the gorgeous Melissa Sweet Lia, purchased at The White Dress by the Shore. The gown fit Jessica like it was made just for her, absolutely stunning! Brendan and the guys also readied at the Residence Inn, looking quite dapper in classic black with a modern twist.
Jessica and Brendan wed at the Harkness Chapel at Connecticut College, following in Brendan's sister's footsteps, and at a location rich in meaning for his family.
The Chapel was decorated beautifully thanks to their florist Sandra, from A Special Place, who captured the essence of the modern garden party perfectly, mixing roses, orchids, callas, and a variety of gorgeous greens in statement altar arrangements, pew decor, and in the bouquets and bouts! The lively colorful bouquets were the perfect offset to the sophisticated smokey purple bridesmaids gowns. We provided Jessica and Brendan's wedding ceremony programs and all other coordinating day-of stationery.
The meaningful and personalized ceremony was touching, readings were provided by family members and Jessica and Brendan were glowing as they excited as newlyweds!
In the months leading up to the wedding, we created story boards, considered florals, and selected linens and speciality rentals all the while building the refined garden party wedding which balanced beautifully off the rich interior of their stunning seaside reception location, The Branford House Mansion.
Guests were greeted to a patio cocktail hour with delicious stationary and passed hors d'oeuvres provided by Felix and the fabulous team from Grand Gourmet. Escort cards were apple candles, with leaves directing guests to the appropriate dinner tables. The dinner which followed was absolutely delicious as well.
Inside the mansion, tables were dressed with a subtle green "Fern" Damask linen, rich purple lamour napkins, and tied with a silver grosgrain ribbon. Table numbers were each framed in silver, and amethyst goblets polished the look. In the main ballroom, candelabras drooling with gorgeous flowers in Jessica and Brendan's green and purple palette drew the eye up, and in the East ballroom, low arrangement provided a more cozy and intimate feel. The mantles were decorated with tall pillars of floating candles and loose arrangements to provide warmth to the space. In front of the West ballroom fireplace, a traditional 4 tiered confection from Marjolaine Bakery sat atop a beautiful silver cake platter. Adding to the overall ambiance and glow, ShinDig Lighting provided uplights, a wash and pinspots in both amber and purple bringing all of the decor to life!
Guests danced the night away under the direction of Kurt from Fun Factory DJs and it was all caught on film by John from AJV Video who was such a pleasure to work with.
Jessica and Brendan, is was our honor and privilege to be a part of bringing your wedding vision to life. You are an incredible couple, so warm and genuine and we wish you all the love and happiness in the world for many years to come.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Allyson is one of the kindest, warmest, sweetest people one will ever happen to cross paths with. All smiles and sincere as can be - she is a woman who glows, inside and out! Mike is a comedian, a straight shooter, and above all, has the most incredible love for Ally. Together they are a perfect combination.
So for their wedding, it was no surprise that the sun shined all weekend, the warm late summer day rolled into evening, a gorgeous wedding took place in the afternoon, and an incredible party with an enthusiastic crowd owned the night. For a couple like Allyson and Mike, it couldn't have been any other way.
I first met Ally as she played the role of vendor (Ally Cakes) to past clients Amanda and Kyle. She crafted their amazingly awesome R2D2 cake and provided their delicious cupcakes. Allyson has a nack for baking and I was floored by her creations. To have her reach out for Sixpence to assist in planning her own wedding was an honor. We were thrilled!
From the very first meeting with had with Ally, she talked about her love for sunflowers, and her interest in a yellow and green wedding. Although some other ideas were loosely considered, I couldn't have been more please to see Ally's first instinct come to life. Additionally, both Ally and Mike talked about how important the actual marriage ceremony was, and how they wanted guests to not only have an amazing time at the reception, but also truly feel a part of the most meaningful moment of the day and their lives, as they wed.
We were so thrilled to recommend Manhattan based Stacey Ilyse Photography to our clients. Having first been introduced to her work through a 2009 client, it was great to have Ally and Mike make such a connection with her upon meeting. All of the gorgeous photos of this point are courtesy of Stacey!Ally and the ladies started the day at Ally's parent's gorgeous home, just minutes from both their Church and reception location. They had gotten their hair done at the Ryan John Salon, first thing, and all readied, lunched, and sipped champange following! Allyson searched and searched for the perfect wedding gown and hers was waiting for her at Something Blue Bridal, a gorgeous Watters gown. She added a sash, which matched the ladies deep green Lorelei dress from J.Crew. Sixpence designed Ally and Mike's invitation set, using a graphic Ally had created herself on the insert cards. It really set the stage for the personality of the entire day!
The limos arrived at the house and the ladies we off to St. Pius X Church in Fairfield. The Church was decorated beautifully, as Jane from Just For You Weddings provided the eye catching and vibrant florals based on Ally's sunflower vision. The bouquets were the perfect mix of Sunflower, Stock, Viburnam, and Hypericum Berries, the pews were tied with large sunflower blooms, and the arrangements on the alter were brimming with mixed yellow and white flowers, adding a pop and height at the front of the Church. Guests were handed ceremony programs in white and green as they entered the Church.
The ceremony itself was beautiful, emotional and touching. Incorporating family and friends was important to Ally and Mike. Allyson's friend's string ensemble played, and another close family friend sang. I knew when I saw the joy in Ally and Mike's eyes as they exited the Church that the ceremony was all they had hoped it would be.
After the wedding ceremony ended, the reception beckoned at the Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield. The Brooklawn represents the quintessential southern Connecticut Country Club. It's gorgeous interior with detailed moldings, delicate chandeliers, one right after the next, and a wrap around porch with rocking chairs welcoming all who arrive on site.
Ally and Mike arrived in style, a vintage Mercedes convertible, borrowed from Ally's aunt. When guests arrived, they were welcomed to the porch, where high and low cocktail tables were dressed with Shabby Chic Lanterns accented with a single sunflower bloom and pillar candle. Inside, smartly dressed white linened tables, accented with white chivari chairs and emerald green cushions, and fun centerpieces provided by Jane greeted guests. We polished the napkins with single lemon leaves and a pop of yellow ribbon.
After a touching welcome by Ally's father Jim, and then some light-hearted and humorous toasts by Laura and John, Ally's sister and Mike's brother, guests dined and danced the night away under the direction Rob from Standing Ovations DJ.
For dessert, Ally, who is a big cupcake fan (of course she is!!!) planned for guests to select their own cupckaes from a large square tiered stand which has been shared among friends as they get married! Great Cakes provided the delicous cupcakes, and Ally provided the sunflower toppers. A small cake sat atop the stand, with a cake topper which has been in Ally's family for numerous generations, a touching sentiment of love and family. A candy buffet greeted guests as they exited, it was a huge hit, and so fun to watch everyone's excitement as they helped themselves to sweets!
Allyson and Mike, thank you so much for having us be a part of your wedding planning and wedding day. We wish you years of love and happiness together!
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Once upon a time, nearly 30 years ago, two little girls were bumble bees in dance class together. They lost touch over the years, only to be reunited in junior high through a mutual friend, then found each other again in high school working at the same retail shop and then years later out of no where, both showed up all spiffy and pressed at new hire orientation for their first job out of college.
One of those bumble bees was me and the other was my dear friend Nicole, who is the sweetest, most fun and not to mention incredibly stylish gals you will ever meet. And today she will mary Gavin, the kindest, most genuine and Mini Cooper obsessed guy I know. They are perfect together.
The details of their Bond Ballroom wedding are going to be lovely and it's going to be 65 degrees this November day!
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
All gorgeous photos courtesy of Bruce Plotkin.
Saturday, July 17, 2010 was one of those perfect summer shoreline days where the sun shines sweetly on your skin and a salty breeze reminds all us die hard New Englanders why we could never live anywhere else. Christina and her maids started their day at Salon Crimson in Old Saybrook, and then the crew headed on over to the Old Lyme Beach Club to gussy up. Christina wore a ribboned dress by the Robert Bullock Collection from Birnbaum and Bullock that looked and fit as if it was designed just for her, and her maids were fashionable in and of themselves in teal blue cocktail dresses and adorable beaded flip flops. The guys wore classic grey suits, unfussy sophistication at its best. A first sighting followed on the deck of the club. I loved the sweet and easy seaside colors Christine incorporated in the bridal part flowers of dreamy sand colored roses, lissys and natural greens.
The ceremony took place on the lawn of her grandparent’s incredible estate, which they purchased over 40 years ago and was once a fishing village! Guests were greeted by a cheery lemon leaf garland fence and further welcomed by refreshing lemonades. Christina and her bridal party walked out of the front door of her grandparen'ts home which was flanked by two fabulous arrangements, and down to the ceremony site overlooking the water as Millennium Music played in the background. I know all guests took in the incredible setting as they watched the couple wed with views of Long Island Sound in the distance, keeping their cool with raffia fans. Following the ceremony, everyone gathered south on the property to toast the newlyweds!
The reception followed at the Old Lyme Beach Club and what fun we had decorating the old fashioned interior. Guest tables were situated both inside the club as well as outside under the awning, and featured a myriad of centerpieces consisting of pillar candles, lanterns, shells, and seaside arrangements. We ribboned napkins and accented them with shells at each place setting. The majority of the guests had traveled from far and wide for this "Destination Connecticut" wedding and truly enjoyed dining and mingling right on the beach. Vanderbrook Catering provided the cake, which was classically beautiful and delicious. DJ Rob Waldron spun tunes loved by the young and old and the crowd danced the night away under the open air. One of the most original details was the commissioned artist by Christina’s father to paint the wedding. His work was amazing to watch and what a piece of art they will have to cherish this day forever.
Christina and Dave, what a fun wedding you had! We loved seeing the happiness in your faces as you celebrated your family with your nearest and dearest! We truly enjoyed working with you both and your families. We wish you all the best in your married life.
If you haven't already, be sure to check out this wedding featured on Brides.com!
Thursday, November 4, 2010
We were so honored to be a part of seeing their vision come to life and spending their day and wedding weekend surrounded by so much joy.
The three images below reflect the work of Grazier Photography, Carla Ten Eyck, and JAG Studios. Click the images to read the Style Me Pretty posts!
Check back on our blog soon as we share Christina and Dave's entire wedding story!
Thursday, October 21, 2010
As if Gilt Groupe couldn't get any better... it just has!
Run over to Gilt to find your favorite bridal fashions, bridesmaids, jewelry, lingerie, and more! But don't wait around, the sales only last until October 24th!
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Gorgeous days were in no short supply this summer, and on the June day that Nicole and Bobby wed, the weather did not disappoint. The gorgeous weather, gorgeous couple and gorgeous wedding came together to create a truly spectacular and memorable day for these high school sweethearts turned newlyweds!
A special thank you to Jerome Braga of Studio1923 who perfectly captured the wedding in a way only he can do! His images speak for themselves.
On the morning of the wedding, Nicole and the ladies, an entourage of 14 women, all beautified under the artistic hands of Tonya and Susan from Naomi Martinez Salon. Nicole wore a custom gown, created by New York designers Birnbaum & Bullock. She couldn't have possibly been any more radiant than she was, just glowing. While Nicole and the ladies were sipping mimosas, laughing and chatting, Bobby and his guys spent the morning enjoying the sunshine and the pool before getting ready for the ceremony.
The insanely talented Kat and her team from KD&J Botanica created bouquets and bouts for the bridal party that were chic, modern and vibrant, perfect for such a stylish couple and their bridal party!
Up the street from the Saybrook Point Inn, the ceremony was held at St. John Roman Catholic Church. Guests arrived via the vintage trolley from Double A Transportation. At the Church, wreaths graced the doors, and dendrobium orchid clusters dressed the pews. Guests were given ceremony programs with eggplant covers and bright green accents designed and created by us. A string ensemble from Wildwood Groups played in the background.
Following the ceremony, the bridal party, family, and friends made their way back to the patio at the Saybrook Point Inn for cocktail hour. A harvest table with a burlap runner was topped with various fresh floral and fruit decor, including grapes, herbs, artichokes and lanterns. Miniature terra cotta pots filled with moss served as escort card holders. Cocktail tables were dressed with eggplant linens and lemongrass green ceramic pots held clusters of antiqued hydrangea in ivory and purple.
The ballroom was magical. The space was transformed with fruitwood chivari chairs, elegant ivory ribbon taffeta linens, taupe irish linen napkins with custom eggplant edging, wine colored ribbon detail with fresh rosemary sprigs, and colored champagne flutes and water goblets. Kat created low, full, lush arrangements which varied by each table. They sat in pressed cork containers and were accented with candles, herbs, and grains. Each table was named with a different wine, perfect for the Wine Country Villa theme of the reception.
Creative Cakes by Donna wowed by creating a four tiered dark green fondant confection, with deep purple ribbon edging and elaborate sugar flowers and petals delicately scattered across the cake. It tasted as incredible as it looked!
Nicole and Bobby shared their first dance to Michael Buble's, "The Best is Yet to Come". The toasts which followed were touching and emotional, and quite a bit comical as well. With a couple who have known each other for so much of their lives, it is only natural that there be so much to say! I always love this peek into couple's lives and hearing the words from their friends and loved ones.
Guests danced the night away, under the direction of one of our fav DJs, Rob at Standing Ovations. Cinematographer, Matt Fink from Digital Media Odyssey was on hand to capture the entire day on film, we can't wait to see what he has to share!
Nicole and Bobby, we loved getting to know you both, working with you to plan your beautiful wedding and design your wedding stationery. Your love for each other is so pure and so true, and the love of your family and friends was glaring. Always surround yourselves with love and you will always be graced with the happiness I saw in your eyes on your wedding day!
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Photo credit: Carla Ten Eyck - swing over to her blog and check out the e-pic awesomeness!
Well just 2 months shy of 2 years ago, Lindsay and I sat down with Paul and Krystal (the powerhouse fotography duo from Studio Foto!) to share in the joy of their engagement and discuss their early thoughts on their wedding to come. They knew right away - 10.10.10 would be the day they tie the knot - celebrating their 10 plus years together and many, many, more to come!
Paul and Krystal were taking a brisk December hike up one of their favorite mountains, which also happens to be one of my husband's and my favorite mountains, Mt. Monadnock in New Hampshire, when Paul bent on one knee to propose to the love of his life, Krystal. As they retold the story to us, you could feel the sheer love and their excitement, I get chills just thinking of it.
Special Thanks to Jacklyn from Jag Studios for capturing this unforgettable moment for Paul and Krsytal.
Paul and Krystal have been working countless hours, months, and nearly 2 years to make their wedding celebration a true reflection of themselves and their story. With vintage nods, a harvest undertone and the slightest touches of the old west, I have no doubt, that it is going to be incredible, the details are going to be insane, and we can not wait to come back and share all of it with you!
Lindsay and Talia
Thursday, October 7, 2010
All pretty, pretty photos courtesy of the fabulous Amanda of Orchard Cove Photography.
I first met with Carolyn and her hip mom Kate last year when Carolyn was newly engaged and brimming full of soft and feminine ideas. Carolyn and Jamie are quite possibly the cutest couple ever, and we sought to create a wedding that suited both their personalities. We scoured along the East Coast for a perfect venue and ultimately selected the New Haven Lawn Club because as in Carolyn’s own words . . . “When I saw the huge art deco chandeliers, wall sconces and giant, breathtaking mirror over the fireplace that ties into the look of the chandeliers, I was sold." I have actually known Carolyn for quite some time and I could not imagine a more fitting venue for her ladylike soiree.
The minute her venue was set, Carolyn purchased what every vendor at her wedding proclaimed “the most amazing gown ever” from the lovely ladies at The White Dress by the Shore. With this feminine and whimsical Melissa Sweet dotted frock in mind, we designed every facet of her wedding. From her lighthearted and feather accented bouquet, to tiny dots on her letterpress stationery suite, to her reception decor, this dreamy dress served as the central inspiration and was carried over and over.
On Saturday, May 15, 2010, an incredibly beautiful early spring day, Carolyn and Jamie and their respective posh parties prepped at swanky Study Hotel in New Haven. Hair and make-up were provided by Tonya and Candice of Naomi's Studio and Salon. Carolyn's softly side gathered hair was adorned with a fabulous feather and cage veil also purchased at The White Dress, and on her feet were sparkly Jimmy Choo shoes. Ladies wore celery colored Kathlin Argirios (The White Dress), which were the perfect complement. The guys wore classic tuxes, our favorite! Marcy Green of Dragonfly Event provided the swoonworthy flowers, featuring sweet combinations of blush, green and ivory with a variety of textures. A first sighting followed at the Yale Campus.
Carolyn and Jamie wed in the late afternoon as sunbeams bounced about them and candles flickered softly on the ballroom's mantle and were further reflected by the grand mirror behind. Chairs were festooned with whimsical ribboned kissing balls. Millennium Music accompanied the ceremony and as always, did a flawless job. Following the ceremony, cocktail hour took place in the Main Dining Room which Marcy decorated with peonies and her own crystal collection. Guests had a wonderful time milling indoors and out while pianist Tom Ciancia played light and jazzy tunes in the background.
For the reception, the Ballroom was turned into an evening garden party with celadon linens, white wash chairs, and a variety of high candelabra, low trophy urns and multiple grouping centerpieces. Silver beaded chargers and Swiss linen dot napkins accented each place setting and Sixpence provided all the paper. Linen and chair rentals were provided by BBJ and Party Rental. Creative Cakes by Donna created a lovely fondant confection, reminiscent of our stationery and floral designs and it sat proudly on a silver beaded stand. Pin spots and up-lighting by Shin Dig cast a warm glow about the room and brought the whole look together. DJ Rob Waldron kept the party going all night long and guests were treated to milk and cookie shooters to keep 'em dancing.
Carolyn and Jamie, it was wonderful working with you both and with Carolyn's mom Kate! It's apparent to all who meet you that you are kindred spirits. We wish you all the best in your life together!