Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Allyson and Mike - a sunflowery, sunshining wedding!

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

Congratulations Nicole and Gavin!

Photo credit: Dolce Photography

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

Christina and Dave's Seaside Soiree!

It was just a little over this time last year I received a call from a lovely mother from Nebraska saying, “My daughter likes your web-site, we are planning a wedding at her grandparent’s home in Old Lyme and will be in town this weekend, can you meet us?” As a matter of fact, I did happen to be free, and that Saturday, as we sat and chatted in the beautiful sunroom with panoramic views of the property where Christina and Dave would wed the following summer, I knew our collaboration was meant to be. Christina and Dave are die hard ski bums and a very laid back couple, so a “toes in the sand” wedding with a relaxed sense of elegance seemed to fit them perfectly. With the collaboration of the talented Christine of Azalea Floral Design and many shopping trips to Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware by her Christina’s mom Shawn, the wedding came together just as we had envisioned. Many thanks to Mother Nature too!

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!



Thursday, November 4, 2010

Style Me Pretty features the wedding of Paul and Krystal!

We are beyond excited to see the incredible work of three very talented photographers featured on Style Me Pretty. The images below capture the unbelievable detail, unique style, love and emotion that was Paul and Krystal's wedding day!

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! Feature!

We are so excited to have our clients Christina and Dave's seaside wedding featured on! Gorgeous images by Bruce Plotkin and beautiful floral design by Azalea!

Check back on our blog soon as we share Christina and Dave's entire wedding story!