Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 - An Incredible Year in Review!

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 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

Julie and Chris wed at Jonathan Edwards Winery

“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

Jessica and Brendan wed on a glorious fall day!

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.


Carolyn and Jamie's New Haven Wedding featured in Brides Connecticut!

We are delighted to share that one of our favorite 2010 weddings has been published in the Spring/Summer 2011 issue of Brides Connecticut. Be sure to pick up your copy to see Carolyn and Jamie's garden party fete as beautifully captured by Orchard Cove Photography.


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

White Carpet Experience at the White Dress by the Shore!

One of our favorite bridal salons in Connecticut, The White Dress by the Shore, has just begun offering an entirely unique experience, "White Carpet Appointments" for brides, maids and moms. As if gown shopping at Beth's salon could not get any better, it just has! Call to schedule your appointment with the lovely ladies at The White Dress by the Shore!