On Saturday, October 17, 2009, we had the distinct pleasure of witnessing Amie and Tyler’s seaside autumn soiree come to fruition.
From the moment we first met, I felt an instant connection with Amie as we shared a similar appreciation for textured arrangements and seaside back drops. The mutual adoration between Amie and Tyler was apparent and together the newly engaged couple just glowed with love. New Yorkers, with roots in Connecticut and Tennessee, they envisioned their wedding to have a slightly rustic, yet romantic feel, with influences of both country and city. Upon their chosen venue Guilford Yacht Club, we designed the entire event around an “autumn in New York” theme with chocolate, burnt orange, and greens, lots of candles and tall branchy arrangements.
All of the beautiful photos were taken by Lunell of Troy Photography.
Amie and her bridal party began their day at Water’s Edge Resort and Spa with hair and make-up by the fabulous Angela and Janice, respectively, of Salon Naomi. Amie donned Modern Trousseau "Camille" purchased at The White Dress by the Shore and her ladies wore espresso dresses from J. Crew. A girl after my own heart, Amie strutted her stems in an incredible pair of blue soled "Loubs", a gift from Tyler. Now THAT is a fiancé.
While pulling storyboard ideas for Amie, I stumbled upon a tablescape Jessica of Jessica's Country Flowers had done for a photo shoot and instantly knew she was the florist for this event. Amie and her maids carried hand-tied bouquets consisting of milva and black magic roses, rose hips, seeded eucalyptus and millet; wrapped with a dark chocolate ribbon and vintage rhinestone buttons for added detail. Her little lady was adorably haute in her own right in a custom brown tulle and feather frock from Etsy seller Sweet Plume. She carried an equally magical fairy wand. So cute!
My favorite touch, however, was how we designed each of the guys’ boutonnières to be slightly different. It was one of those itty bitty details that definitely went noticed.
It was one of those “overcast in a good way" sort of days. The slight chill in the air, the smells of autumn, truly the perfect fall day. Amie and Tyler had their first sighting in the stair well of the resort, and then photos followed on the back lawn.
The ceremony took place at First Church in Saybrook, a historic New England chapel. If you are familiar with Old Saybrook, I am certain you know this church. Lush hydrangea wreaths lined the aisle and wild arrangements in rustic baskets flanked the couple; a gorgeous juxtaposition against the neutral space. A classic string trio via Millennium Music accompanied and as always, the music was flawless. All of the couple's stationery was designed by our Miss Talia of Sixpence For Your Shoe.
It was exceptionally important to Tyler that his grandfather in Tennessee be present for his marriage to Amie, despite his inability to travel. Thanks to modern technology, aka Phil of IDo Stream, he was able to see the couple wed real time via a live webcast. I read after the fact that his grandfather had the best seat in the house, and I was positively thrilled we were able to make it happen. So touching!
We love events at the Guilford Yacht Club. Jordan Caterers always does a wonderful job and it's a great space to make your own. Upon their arrival, guests were greeted by eclectic and fun escort cards standing proudly on twigs (from my backyard!), which in turn were planted in seriously cool rustic trays filled with moss and garnished by orchids.
Tables were dressed with chocolate pintuck linens and ivory napkins, which were secured just so with rings that coordinated with the menus of table numbers Talia designed. The flowers, though, oh the flowers, transformed the space and truly made our vision come to life. Exceptionally high arrangements of curly willow with roses and orchids woven throughout and from which votives were suspended from, were grounded by crab apples at the base; providing for continuous visual interest. Low arrangements in rustic tin containers featured a mix of moss, hydrangea, berries roses and orchids. Candles flickered softly on the tables, in the windows . . . I loved hearing all the guests "ooh" and "ahh" as they walked in to the glowing space.
In lieu of a cake, Amie and Tyler opted for a super sweet variety of cupcakes from their favorite local bakery Crumbs. There were sooo many yummy flavors and the guests gobbled them right up.
Big City Swing rocked the night with a 10 piece band that was out of this world. The highlight was a ridiculous guitar solo. Most definitely recommend.
Amie and Tyler, we truly enjoyed every moment of our collaboration together. Words cannot express the happiness I saw in your eyes at the first moment you saw one another, at the church when you pledged yourselves to each other, and when you entered into the spectacular club surrounded by family and friends. We wish you all the happiness there is and a wonderful life together.
Lindsay, Talia & Rachel