Saturday, December 31, 2011
image by blue diamond photography
As we ring in the new year and toast to all the excitement, splendid couples, beautiful weddings, wonderful venues, amazing colleagues and all that 2012 has in store for us, we also take a few moments to honor an incredible 2011.
We were pushed and challenged to expand our creativity, to explore and design in new locations, and to set the bar that much higher and then some. We, along with our clients, braved snow (at the beginning of the season and the end!), torrential rains, extreme heat, a hurricane, some of the most glorious of weather days and more. We grew our team, yet again and broadened our talented network of vendors and colleagues, allowing our clients fetes to be that much more fabulous! And we met amazing couples, who welcomed us into their fold, gave us the opportunity to play such intimate roles in their lives - their wedding day, and who leave us with fond memories, in the same way we hoped we were able to do for them.
Here is just a small look back at our year:
Images by: Stacey Ilyse Photography, E. Broderick Photography, Iris Photography, Katie Slater for Carla Ten Eyck, Leslie Dumke Photography, Blue Diamond Photography, Alternate Angles, Steve Depino, Alissa Dinneen Photography, Studio 1923, Justin & Mary, and Alissa Keane Photography
Congratulations to our 2011 clients and couples:
Alissa and John
Karri and Chris
Anna and Justin
Amanda and Sasha
Meghan and Glen
Brie and Matthew
Laura and Jeff
Caity and Matt
Heidi and Al
Judy's Birthday Party
Hillary and Rory
Stephanie and Matt
Lara and Robby
Alicia and Steve
Liz and Fred
Amy and David
Lila and Paul
Shawn's 40th Bash
Here's to 2011!
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
The wedding party’s attire definitely set the stage for the affair. Tori wore a beyond gorgeous custom designed gown from Modern Trousseau; the marvelous ruffle detail was true work of art in and of itself. Bright Manolos added an unexpected splash of color and tied in with her ladies in flirty one shouldered navy and magenta dresses. Jack and his men donned J. Crew. Khaki suits and personalized Chuck Taylors. Their preppy accoutrements were complete with multi-striped ties and pocket square for Beau Ties.
One cannot set foot on the campus of Avon Old Farms School for Boys without gasping over the incredible stone and oak architecture modeled after English Cotswold and Tudor styles, which immediately conjures up visions a la Harry Potter. For Tori and Jack’s wedding it was our goal to brighten and lighten all spaces, yet still hold true to the remarkable back drop.
The ceremony took place at the chapel on campus, where our wonderful florist Jane of Just For You Floral Design Studio festively hung white pomanders by green ribbons from the support beams. Tori’s uncle performed the piano for the ceremony and she walked down the aisle to a song he composed just for her and that moment, this being the first time she heard it. It was a very warm day, but luckily the sweet ceremony program fans tied with bakers twine were not only adorable, but also helped keep everyone cool!
Following the ceremony, guests were guided across campus by old-school chalkboard signs to the lawn where cocktails were held. Croquet, custom initial bean bag tosses and lawn golf were set up for guests to enjoy themselves as they took in the incredible view and sipped on specialty drinks.
For the reception we transformed the dining hall into a dramatic garden party. Chalkboard escort cards with each guest’s name and table were strung up on the original cloak hooks in the dining room, making a grand statement to all entering. Utilizing the school’s original tables of extraordinary lengths, we layered them meticulously with crisp white linen, custom aloe runners Jack’s mother had made while on a visit to India, pebble green chargers, and a hemp napkin rolled with a jeweled accent. Varied height arrangements of hydrangea, rose, lisianthus and ranunculus provided interest to the table, and were a gorgeous contrast against the paneled walls, while the exposed green stems were another dash of green on our tables. Menus were hung from each chair, tied with the signature bakers twine. There were flickering candles in every possible place we could put them, and specialty lighting cast about the room a welcoming glow.
The fun evening was complete with an impressive play list by Jack, a photo booth, and lots of “dancing fuel” including a candy bar, passed cookies, popcorn machine and the biggest hit of them all, ice cream sandwiches in a vintage cooler. All in all, a wonderful day and fabulous party for our "love birds" Tori and Jack.
If you haven't already, run on over to check out this glorious wedding on Style Me Pretty!
Tori and Jack's Fabulous Fete Fruitioners include:
Venue: Avon Old Farms School
Planning and Design: Sixpence For Your Shoe
Event Photography: Benoit Photography, Dolce Photography
Detail Photography: Brian Khang Photography
Dress: Custom Design via Modern Trousseau
Suits: J. Crew
Ties and Pocket Squares: Beau Ties Ltd
Brides Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
Rentals: Party Rental & Taylor Rental
Linens: Linen Hero
Table Runners – Custom Made in India
Florist – Just For You Floral Design Studio
Invitations and Stationery – Lettuce Paper
Napkin Rings – EAB Designs/Etsy
Lighting & Photo Booth – ShinDig Lighting
Ceremony Music - Bride's Uncle
Reception DJ – Rob Waldron, Elegant Occassions DJ
Transportation – Premier Limo
Rings – Lux Bond and Green
Hair – Salon Naomi
Make-up - D.D. Nickel Make-up Studio
Cake - Creative Cakes by Donna
Video - Steven Fowler Films
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Caity and Matt . . sigh, where to begin?? I met Caity, Matt, and Caity’s parents on a cold and blustery day almost two years ago. The whole gang glowed with ideas of a country chic wedding at a venue near and dear to their hearts – Hill-Stead Museum. Caity grew up in Farmington and attended Miss Porters School, so Hill-Stead with its incredible sense of history, magnificent artwork and proximity to their beautiful home was an obvious choice in which to hold the wedding reception. It was instant kismet and we were thrilled to bring their vision to life.
Jane and Mike of IRIS Photography captured the entire event from start to finish brilliantly. See for yourself!
The morning of the wedding started a bit overcast, but the clouds broke to real the most amazing sun drenched day. Caity and her maids had their hair styled at a local salon and then returned to her childhood home to lunch, sip champagne and get dressed. Caity wore a breathtaking Angel Sanchez one shouldered dress with fabulous ruffle detail and hot pink satin Kate Spades. And while I'm not sure exactly if we sourced our inspiration from those shoes or vice versa, they were the just the perfect shade that was reflected throughout the flowers and other wedding decor. Her girls looked just lovely in their Jenny Yoo dresses and soft hair. The groom and his men readied at another historic home in Farmington, donning Zegna tuxes and vineyard vines bow ties expertly tied by the groom himself.
Upon time for the ceremony, Caity and her father were escorted up the street by an old fashioned horse drawn carriage to Saint Patrick’s Church. The ceremony music was just exquisite and all too soon the smiling newlyweds were whisked away in a Rolls convertible, while all the guests made their way up to Hill-Stead Museum! Cocktail hour took place in the sunken garden where guests took in the beautiful afternoon, explored the rolling hills of the venue and were treated to an open house at the Museum. They had a wonderful time mingling, enjoying the scrumptious bites of Emily’s Catering, playing croquet and snapping silly takes in the photo booth. A sun shower quickly escorted everyone into the reception tent, but luckily for us it passed quickly and did not dare damper spirits.
The Sperry Tent on the West Lawn was a bright and happy place and it was so exciting to see our inspiration all come together. Our country chic setting was established by long guest tables layered with oyster burlap runners and floral arrangements featuring the most vibrant shades of pink and tangerine in a vast array of fantastic trophy cups and other silver containers particularly sourced for this event. Delightful mismatched floral china and letterpessed menus were pleasing indeed and welcomed each guest to his or her seat. Toasts to the couple ensued, in particular, Caity’s maid of honor gave a heart wrenching account of their friendship since Miss Porters School. Everyone feasted on a delicious meal and wine paring, numerous desserts and had a marvelous time dancing the night away to Eight to the Bar under the canopy of Japanese lanterns. An after party took place at The Country Club of Farmington, but not before each guest departed with a Hill-Stead honey favor as a sweet farewell.
Caity and Matt, it was a remarkable experience getting to know you, your parents, family and friends. It was our honor to bring your wedding dreams to reality and a privilege for us personally to witness your day. We wish you the best of luck in your new life together in Boston and do hope you stay in touch in the years to come. We will remember you and your gorgeous wedding always!
Lindsay, Talia, Rachel and Nicole
Fabulous Fete Fruitioners:
Wedding Planning and Design: Sixpence For Your ShoeCeremony: Church of Saint PatrickReception: Hill-Stead MuseumPhotography: IRIS PhotographyCatering: Emily’s Catering GroupFloral Genius: Dragonfly EventTent: Sperry TentsWedding Rentals: Party Rental, LtdRestroom: Suburban SanitationMusic: The Wildwood Groups & Eight to the BarGown: Angel SanchezShoes: Kate Spade
Maids: Jenny YooTuxes: ZegnaHorse Drawn Carriage: Allegra FarmStationery: Lettres Stationery of Distinction
Cake: J. CakesGuest Accommodations & Transportation: The Farmington Inn
Sunday, November 20, 2011
On a chilly night last winter, Hillary and her dad, Tom came to meet with us to discuss Hillary's dream of a wedding on the property of her parents' Bed and Breakfast in Suffield, Kingsfield Bed and Breakfast. With it's rolling hills, fountained ponds, history and charm, it was an incredible backdrop for Hillary's wedding to her prince charming, Rory.
Eileen Broderick Photography was on hand all day to capture Hillary and Rory's wedding and provided all of the images within this post.
On the morning of the wedding, Hillary and the ladies (and there were lots of lovely ladies) all readied at the Bed and Breakfast with the assistance of the girls from Dana Bartone Salon. Hillary wore an off white lace sheath gown and worked with her seamstress to add a pale peach rouched bustline and dramatic bowed back. The maids and usherettes wore dresses of their choice in three shades of blue from J. Crew. The guys also donned J.Crew, looking ever so dapper, in their striped blue ties.
The ceremony was held in an intimate grove of trees overlooking the setting sun and one of the propery's ponds. Ribbons of pale ivory, blush, and peach hung from the trees and blew in the gentle breeze. Millenniumm Music played, as guests were treated to lavender iced tea and fresh lemonade in their way to their seats. Guests fanned themselves in the August heat with two sided fan programs we created to tie in with the overall wedding decor. In keeping the ceremony personalized, one family friend married the couple and another sang. As the ceremony ended, a tease of fireworks filled the sky and Hillary and Rory exited followed by their bridal party.
Together, Hillary, Tom, Lindsay and I worked to design a French Country inspired wedding reception, beautiful and welcoming, unique in details and complimentary to property. Post ceremony, guests made their way to the stone walled garden area behind the Inn and were greeted by the delightful staff and incredible hors d'oeuvres display of Emily's Catering.
Under the soaring Sperry Tent, white lanterns hung, while we dressed the tables in Blue Etoile, Silver chargers, personalized menus in cornflower blue and lavendar and the florals, all provided by The Growth Company, were in ivory, green and blue, set in Vermont styled Ceramic Pots. We added gold toned framed table numbers. The table numbers matched in style to the "escort card wall" we created and hung gold frames from, directly guests to their tables.
Following dinner, Hillary and Rory cut their wedding cake, a surprise design from Hillary's dad Tom, provided by Classic Cakes. The momument on top is the Bunker Hill Monument in Boston, a location particularly special to Hillary and Rory. Just before the rain began to fall, we moved guests outside of the tent to watch the most incredible fireworks display, provided by Atlas Productions. Then, guests danced the night away to tunes played by The XRAYS, a Burlington, VT based band who also played at Hillary's brother's wedding.
Hillary, Rory, and Tom, thank you so much for allowing us the opportunity to bring your vision to life on your gorgeous property. It was a spectacular day, filled with wonderful memories, and we were thrilled to be a part of it. Hillary and Rory, we wish you many years of love and happiness in marriage and hope that you always look fondly back upon your wedding day as the beginning of your lives together as one.
Talia, Lindsay, Rachel and Nicole
Fabulous Fete Fruitioners:
Wedding Planning, Event Design, and Day-of Stationery: Sixpence For Your Shoe
Catering: Emily's Catering
Photography: Eileen Broderick Photography
Hair and Makeup: Dana Bartone Salon
Tent: Sperry Tent
Rentals: Party Rental, LTD
Florist: The Growth Company
Music: Millenniumm Music, The XRAYS
Fireworks: Atlas Productions
Wedding Cake: Classic Cakes
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Today we are excited to be celebrating Lila and Paul's wedding at one of our favorite venues, Eolia Mansion at Harkness Memorial State Park! It is such a gorgeous location, the weather couldn't be more spectacular and the details are going to be divine. We have been working with Lila and Paul, a wonderful team of vendors to create their whimsical and eclectic French Hobo wedding and can not wait to see it all live and share in their incredible day.
Be sure to check back for the photos - the wedding is being captured by Katie Slater and they will definitely dazzle!
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Today is Lara and Robby's wedding at Saltwater Farm Vineyard in Stonington. We first met last December the week before Christmas, and it was certain that love was in the air. They are sweet and kind and planning their wedding has been a joy with each of them. Lara and Robby, as well as all of their guests have travelled from out of state to celebrate their marriage. While this morning is a little dark and gray, the vineyard's Hanger space will be transformed into a warm and sophisticated setting, featuring peach, gold, and copper, combined with white and ivory florals.
Check back in for pictures after the wedding!
Monday, September 19, 2011
Fashion forward, totally modern, and downright stylish, Amanda wed her laid back, witty and super handsome groom Sasha on one of the most incredibly beautiful May days. For nearly a year and a half, we worked with Amanda, in between her hectic business travel and intense MBA program, along with her absolutely adoring mother, Paulette to plan Amanda and Sasha's wedding at one of our favorite venues, Saltwater Farm Vineyard. After visiting some of the most stunning venues that Connecticut has to offer, Amanda fell in love with Saltwater as soon as she walked onto the property and knew that Sasha would just the same. With it's rustic, yet modern minimalist design, the incredible light which shines through the wall of windows, and the gorgeous grounds, there isn't anything not to love and we used the hanger as our backdrop to plan their navy and taupe wedding.
A special thank you to Jerome and Jen Braga of Studio 1923 who wowed us yet again with their extraordinary ability to capture all that is our clients, their personalities, and the unique aspects of their weddings which make them truly theirs. They did none other for Amanda and Sasha as well!
Amanda and the ladies readied in the loft space at Saltwater. Amanda slipped into her beauty of a Priscilla of Boston gown and the ladies wore striking short frocks in Navy. Sasha donned a navy suit and paisley patterned tie and the stood waiting to meet his blushing bride in between the vineyard vines. In keeping with the crisp and modern vibe, Amanda carried oversized callas - a classic and bold statement, and the ladies with bouquets of greens and viburnam.
Before the marriage ceremony in front of their family and friends, Amanda and Sasha gathered with their parents, bridal party, and Rabbi for the Ketubah signing in front of the Fireplace inside the hanger space. The ceremony within the vines was personal and emotional. Sasha wore his yarmulke from his childhood and the kiddish cups were ones from each Sasha's family and Amanda's as a gift on her Bat Mitzvah. The Chuppah was classically beautiful with white draping and large containers of bright green bamboo, greens, bells of Ireland all provided by Marcy and Thom at Dragonfly Event. Upon the conclusion of the ceremony, the newlyweds exited all smiles!
The Hanger space of the Vineyard was transformed into a neutral, yet sleek and modern vision with Fruitwood Chivari chairs, a drool-worth textured Stone Faille Linen, reminiscent of the stonework on the fireplace and main bar, and sky high calla lilies stretching into the open space thanks again to Dragonfly Event. We incorporated metal etched table numbers to balance the exposed metal and railings in the loft space and provided just a touch of whimsy with the wheat grass escort card display, with the cards sitting on Saltwater Farm Vineyard wine corks. As a tribute to Sasha's father, who has passed, and in honor of the couple's last name, Amanda and Sasha were given Blue Waterford Crystal Toasting Flutes, by Sasha's sister and they were used by the Newlyweds who toasted their guests and remembered Sasha's father.
Guests danced and danced, under the direction of Doug from Power Posse Productions, and then enjoyed a sweet delight of Gelato, on little wooden spoons, custom stamped with Amanda and Sasha's names.
Amanda and Sasha, we hope your wedding was all you dreamed it could be and more. Planning with you and your mom Paulette, was always fresh and fun - the balance between honoring tradition and pushing the unconventional brought our creativity and challenged us to be our best. We wish you all the best and many happy years together!
Talia & Lindsay
Amanda and Sasha's Fabulous Fete Fruitioners
Wedding Design, Planning and Stationery - Sixpence For Your Shoe
Venue - Saltwater Farm Vineyard
Caterer - Coastal Gourmet
Photographer - Studio 1923
Florist - Dragonfly Event
Videographer - Capture It All
Grown - Priscilla of Boston, through the White Dress by the Shore
DJ - Power Posse Productions
Make-up - Friend of the Bride
Hair Styling - Naomi Martinez Salon
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
This spring, I received an inquiry from the absolutely gorgeous, Heidi, who was referred by her photographer, a friend and past client of mine, Alissa Dinneen. Heidi and her fiance Al, had assembled a wonderful team of talented vendors, including their florist, Jessica's Country Flowers, and were looking for some final design assistance to pull all of their details together and provide all of their wedding day stationery.
With Heidi and Al's wedding invitation suite as inspiration, we designed ceremony programs, table numbers, escort cards, and complimenting note cards, in their wedding colors of ivory, blush and charcoal. We worked with Heidi to find the perfect linens for the guest tables in an ecru crinkle taffeta and the accent tables in a blush lamour to compliment their venue, the flowers, and the stationery. The refined, yet fluttery muted palette fit perfectly with Heidi's vision.
We loved being a part of Heidi and Al's wedding. Special thanks to Alissa Dinneen for recommending our services and providing the gorgeous photography and images within this post!
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Nothing could have made us feel more honored or privileged to meet Anna and Justin just three short months before their wedding day. When we sat in our studio, the two of them gushing over each other, telling us about their romance, their lives, their paths which lead them to their upcoming wedding, we couldn't help but leap on board, assist them with the remainder of their planning, and bring their wedding to life on a beautiful day in May!
Anna and Justin's wedding came together with an incredible group of vendors including Justin & Mary who photographed their day as seen from the swoonworthy pictures within this post!
The vision for Anna and Justin's wedding was inspired by the intricacies of their eight year courtship: time traveled, well layered, bohemian décor, with fluttery, feminine and refined tones set amidst a natural setting.
Anna was pure perfection in a Modern Trousseau lace gown which featured a split tulle train and exceptional detailing across the back, while her maids wore ethereal, goddess style mint colored gowns and Grecian hair pieces. Justin and his men sported a classic 1940s look with sleek gray suits and ties, with cheeky Adidas Rod Laver tennis sneakers . Anna carried an aqua blue wrapped bouquet, jeweled with a family heirloom locket, containing pictures of her grandmother, featuring ivory garden roses, white sweet peas, white veronica, dusty miller and white peonies.
Our beautiful couple wed on the grounds of the historic Webb Steven's Museum in a personal ceremony officiated by a family friend. When the skies opened and the rain fell, they remained together, hand in hand, under umbrellas held by their matron of honor, Anna's sister, and best man, Justin's father, and pledged their love to one another forever.
The rustic Webb Barn was completely transformed to reflect a vintage flea-market soiree. The entrance of the barn was flanked by antique french doors with guests names and table numbers written on the beveled glass panes, while draping, hung and side-gathered in the doorway welcomed guests to the jewels within. The back wall of the interior of the barn was decorated majestically with exquisite sunburst mirrors of a variety of shapes and sizes, which in turn reflected the incredible array of silver chandeliers suspended from the rafters. A mix of both round and long tables set with the airiest of pale pink overlay, stacked books and mirrored trays, gold chargers and a myriad of tea-stained, pink and ivory roses in vintage tea-ups and mercury glass created a warm and enchanting dinner party feel. Stacked vintage suitcases, mismatched candlesticks and a type writer guest book upped the eclectic ante. Slip-covered lounge furniture set both indoors and out with an array of scrolled linen and green silk pillows beckoned guests to gather, converse and rest tired toes, while a variety of Moroccan inspired lanterns and mercury glass tea lights were hung from the trees, magically bouncing light about the property. Late night, Anna changed into a peach toned, high waisted, short frock with vintage lace and a sheer neckline, as she danced the night away with her guests.
In keeping with the intimate dinner party vibe, guests dined on a delectable duo plate of filet and sea bass, while the sides were served family style. To appease each and every sweet tooth in the house, Emily's Catering also served a duo plate dessert, of rich flourless chocolate torte and a tiramisu shooter which tasted divine. Justin's cousin crafted the couple's wedding cake, a sweet three tired confection of chocolate and coconut. In a nod to the sweetest type of love, later in the evening, handmade sweet treats were displayed in hand-blown containers with personalized tags and vintage cake stands to tie in with the flea-market typewriter wedding. As guests boarded the school bus shuttles at the end of the celebration, individual bags of warm doughnuts and chocolate milk were offered to make the ride home that much sweeter.
Anna and Justin, thank you so much for being so wonderful, for being so in love and for making everyone around you smile. You were both complete joy and pleasure and we wish you so much happiness in all that life has in store for you.
Talia, Lindsay, and Nicole
Anna and Justin's Fabulous Fete Fruitioners include:
Location: Webb Barn
Wedding Planner and Day-of Stationery: Sixpence For Your Shoe
Event Rentals: Sixpence For Your Shoe, via Party Rental, LTD
Wedding Photography: Justin & Mary
Floral Design: Jessica Country Flowers
Caterer: Emily’s Catering
DJ: Rich Gumpert, Powerstation Events
Ceremony Musicians: Millennium Music
Transportation: Durham School Services
Lounge and Decor: Ryan Designs
Maple Kettle Corn: Lamothe’s Sugar House
Make-up: Sandra Downie Beauty
Wedding Dress + Styling: Modern Trousseau + The White Dress by The Shore
Sweets Table: Cookies Creatives by Jennifer
Calligraphy: Dancing Pen Calligraphy
Paper Suite: Stonington Design+Paperie; Intima Press
Officiant: Michael O’Loughlin
Bride’s Necklace: Kendra Scott
Wedding Cake: Lauren Kroesser (Sister of the Groom)
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Lindsay, Talia and Nicole
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Just eight months ago, we met Hillary and her father Tom for the first time to discuss Hillary and Rory's wedding vision, including the gorgeous property that would be the grounds for the entire weekend festivities. Hillary's parents own and run the Kingsfield Bed & Breakfast in Suffield, and the location is spectacular with its historic home and original interiors, the rolling hills, and two ponds with fountains. We have had a great time planning with Hillary and her dad and can not wait to share the details of this "preppy meets french-chic" wedding!
Stop back soon to see the details!
Monday, July 25, 2011
This past winter we had the honor and privilege of working with the beautiful Alissa Dinneen and her adorable husband John on their downtown rustic chic wedding at Connecticut's Old State House. I originally met Alissa through a past client whose wedding she had photographed and she came to us to assist her with designing her wedding stationery suite. I couldn't have been more excited when Alissa asked us to help her design her wedding as well. Together we designed a sophisticated city wedding with both glamorous detail and rustic accents, perfect for Alissa and John's winter wedding celebration.
Alissa and John had commissioned a team of the very best vendors in the biz and we loved being a part of it all. Choosing the photographer was something Alissa was very passionate about and she knew from early on that she would ask Laura and Ricardo from Alternate Angles to photograph her wedding. Their images - throughout this blog post, are nothing short of incredible, and they were so wonderful to work with on Alissa and John's wedding day.
Alissa and the ladies readied under the talents of Naomi and Angela from Naomi Martinez Salon and then Alissa, the glowing bride donned her stunning Judd Waddell gown from The White Dress By The Shore, and the bridesmaids wore Jenny Yoo.
Alissa and John wed during the late afternoon and the 2 feet of snow on the ground paired with the mid-ceremony squall only added to the magic of the personalized, touching, and emotional marriage ceremony, presided over by Reverend Victoria Burdock.
Following the ceremony, guests moved into the Main Foyer and Lady Justice Foyer for the cocktail hour and were dazzled by the creative and delicious delights of Emily's Catering Staff. The bar included specialty cocktails choosen by Alissa and John - with a bit of a competition between the two! We worked swiftly to convert the ceremony space into the reception space.
We designed the entire stationery suite in Charcoal, Ice Blue, and Platinum, and used those colors to design the decor as well. Incorporating the rustic chic elements such as the Galvanized Lanterns, the fabulous moss and wood towered orchid arrangements, designed by Jessica at Jessica's Country Flowers, and the white wash distressed chairs, played off the sheen of the ice blue linens, the silver chargers, and the jewel embellished napkin rings.
Guested danced the night away under the direction of Butch Gray amidst the incredible warm ambience created by accent lighting by Dan at ShinDig Lighting.
Tom Morlock from Vantage Point Films provided this stunning highlights reel. His talent and creativity are incredible and he is wonderful to be around and work with.
Photographer : Laura and Ricardo - Alternate Angles
Florist : Jessica's Country Flowers
Caterer : Emily's Catering Group
Cake : Something Sweet by Michelle
Videographer : Tom Morlock - Vantage Point Films
DJ : Butch Gray DJ
Ceremony Musicians : Wild Wood Groups
JP : Rev. Victoria Burdick
Lighting : Shindig Lighting, LLC
Hair and Make-up: Naomi and Angela for Naomi Martinez Salon and Spa
Wedding Site : Connecticut's Old State House
Wedding Gown and accessories, MOB Gown, Girl's Dresses : The White Dress by the Shore
Alissa's Gown : Judd Waddell
MOB's Gown : Modern Trousseau
Bridesmaids : Jenny Yoo
Flower Girl : Us Angels
Bridal Jewelry (earrings and bracelet): Haute Bride
Hair Sparkly : Maria Elena Headpieces
Sparkle Belt : Augusta Jones
Alissa and MOB's Shoes (via Nordstrom) : Vera Wang Lavendar
John's Suit : Joseph A Bank
John's Roxy Dog Cufflinks -- found by looking through Jerome Braga's facebook photos : Thomas Pink
Groomsmen Ties / Dads' Ties (Macys) : Donald Trump Neckwear
Engagement and Wedding Rings : Monarch Jewelers - Canton, see Jesse
Hand-painted Aisle Runner - Kara Ann Arkwork
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Today Heidi and Al will wed and celebrate their nuptials with their family and closest friends! We were so thrilled that Heidi contacted us after being referred by her photographer, who we absolutely love, Alissa Dinneen! Alissa also took the beautiful picture above.
It was a pleasure to work with Heidi on all of her wedding day stationery. Heidi and Al have amazing vendors in their corner, including Jessica's Country Flowers so we have no doubt that today will be spectacular for them and we can not wait to see it all come together!
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Please do stay tuned to our blog and facebook to relive this wonderful day in pictures!
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Thanks to our good friends (and my neighbor!) Jane and Mike Shauck of Iris Photography for the photo above of our darling couple. Looking forward to working with some of the best in the industry today. Can't wait to share this one with you!
Friday, June 3, 2011
We are also excited to be working again with Anthony DeCarlo who also provided the engagement picture above!
Please check back soon to see all the details - we can't wait to share them with you!
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Just three months before their wedding day, filled with amazing ideas and teamed with incredibly talented and generous vendors, Anna and Justin walked into our studio all smiles and we were all ears! We remembered reading Anna's sister Katrina's entry into the Deserving Couple Wedding Contest, led by Jessica's Country Flowers last spring and were drawn to their story and Katrina's thoughtfulness. So it was to our delight, at the late stage, that we would be able to guide them in bringing their vision to life on their wedding day.
We so much enjoyed that initial meeting, and have loved planning the little details with them ever since, and although it was only three months ago, it feels like we have known them forever. Today, Anna and Justin will tie the knot in front of their family and friends and celebrate following at the Webb Barn. With a soft, fluttery, and bit of a feminine vibe mingled with warm vintage color tones, the sweetest of details, and an absolutely beautiful couple (seriously!), we can not wait to share it all with you - so be sure to stop back in and relive it with us in pictures.
Swoon-worthy engagement pictures including the above by Justin & Mary!
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Can’t wait to show off all the details! It will certainly knock your socks off.
Monday, April 4, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
On a gorgeous June day on the Connecticut Shoreline, Brian and Helen wed in front of family and friends, many who had traveled near and far to witness their nuptials. The jaw-dropping Branford House Mansion served as the backdrop for the ceremony and as the reception location. Working with Brian and Helen to stylize, design, and plan their wedding was pure joy. Brian, a professional wedding photographer himself was referred to us by his friend and mentor, Becker - thank you Becker!
And speaking of photographers - Brian selected Jonathan Canlas to capture his wedding to Helen. He loved that Jonathan shoots in film, and we will thrilled with his work. Thanks to Jonathan for all of these incredible images in this post.
The bridal party too Essex by storm, all getting ready at the suites in the Griswold Inn. Helen and the ladies readied with the lovely ladies of Jennie Fresa Beauty Library. Honoring Helen’s Chinese heritage, the formalities began with a traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony at the Griswold Inn before heading to the Branford House. During this ceremony, it is tradition, that Helen is formally introduced to Brian’s family, and tea is exchanged as a symbol of respect. Helen wore a stunning plum colored, peacock inspired Chinese Wedding Dress, known as a Chi Pao, designed by Brocade Apparel, Brian was quite dapper in a Teal and Gold Chinese 2 button jacket, custom made based on the modern cut from J. Crew by Brocade Apparel as well!
Brian and Helen arrived at the Branford House in a vintage Porsche Roadster, and gathered for pictures with their bridal party. As guests arrived, they were greets to refreshments and made their way to the lawn, where walnut chairs with brightly colored ribbons marked the ceremony location. Helen, always the thinker and the style maven, planned ahead, with stained tree stump slices for the ladies in her party to stand on, so that no heels would sink and no shoe go harmed - genius!
Two large ceremony arrangements flanked the front of the ceremony space, provided by Carey from Stems Flower Design. In addition to the ceremony arrangements, Carey nailed the florals all around, with stunning bouquets, lively bouts, and centerpieces inside! In a personalized ceremony, led by Justice of the Peace Sara Carson they married, and the celebration of their union unfolded!
Inside the mansion, the incredible details continued. Pulling commentary from our Style Me Pretty feature on this wedding, we described the following:
"The color palette was selected early on. A vibrant mix of aqua and teal, lilac and plum, with accents of silver and cream, all feminine and sweet, set the stage for a gorgeous contrast off the rich masculinity of the interior of the Branford House Mansion, in Groton, Connecticut. A bit of preppy and a bit of whimsy, balanced with vintage nods to create a sophisticated and polished event that was down right current and fun."
"The cocktail hour was fun and festive, casual and cool. Guests enjoyed American favorites both stationary and passed, while they mingled the grounds, gathered around the photobooth, and selected their escort cards, strung amidst images from Brian and Helen’s engagement session."
"Inside the mansion, round tables donned rich aqua linens, topped with scalloped china, amethyst goblets, Victorian lilac lamour napkins, and modern styled silverware and chopsticks greeted guests. Two styles of centerpieces, incorporating lilacs, roses, peonies and greens, added height and variety to the grand space. Individual menus detailed the traditional eight course Chinese meal, guests were about to receive. Warm uplighting and a purple ceiling wash finished the look. As the evening progressed, guests danced away, delighted in assorted Tazo Teas, and snacked on delectable treats from a fabulous dessert buffet. Brian and Helen bid farewell to a sparkler send-off and rode off in a vintage Roadster Porsche. A spectacular end to a spectacular wedding!"Cocktail hour and dessert cuisine was provided by the ever amazing team at A Thyme To Cook and the Chinese cuisine for dinner was provided by Victor Huynh from NYC. We amassed the beautiful decor through a variety of rental companies, including our favorites, Party Rental, BBJ Linen and Linen Hero. Our go to guy Rob Waldron at Standing Ovations kept the crowd grooving under the warm lighting of Dan from ShinDig Lighting. The invitations and stationery were provided by Papeterie and epitomized the style that Brian and Helen ooze!
It wouldn't be appropriate to conclude without one additional nod to Drew at Shade Tree Films. His work is emotional, tear jerking, and real, I can't help but love this preview clip he provided!
Brian and Helen, thank you for selecting us to guide you through your long distance planning and design of your style savvy gorgeous wedding. We are so thrilled with how everything came together, and wish you a lifetime of happiness!
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Today, we are so excited to celebrate Alissa and John's wedding at the Old State House in Hartford. Alissa is the super talent behind Alissa Dinneen Photography, and we have been delighted to get to know her better throughout her wedding planning journey.
We first began working with Alissa, when she approached us to design her wedding stationery. She photographed the wedding of a past stationery and design client of ours, and loved what we were able to create for them. The relationship grew, and together with Alissa, Lindsay and I helped to design Alissa and John's wedding as an intimate winter dinner party with a bit of rustic charm and a bit of old world glamor.
I can't think of a more appropriate florist than Jessica at Jessica's Country Flowers to bring the floral vision to life, and was thrilled to hear that she was also working with Alissa and John! Undoubtedly delectable fare will be served by Rick and his team at Emily's Catering.
The gorgeous image above as well as all of the wedding images to follow, courtesy of Alternate Angles, a long time mentor of Alissa's, and someone she could not imagine her wedding being complete without!
The list of impressive vendors continues and the wedding is certainly going to knock your socks off, so come back soon to hear all about it when we give the full recap!
Monday, January 24, 2011
Receiving this email was music to our ears!
Brides Voted, YOU WON!
Congratulations! Thousands of brides reviewed their wedding vendors and you were voted a Best of Weddings Pick!
Thank you all so much for choosing Sixpence For Your Shoe, as a knot, best of weddings winner for the second year in a row! We are thrilled and honored.
We have an incredible lineup of clients, with beautiful venues and wonderful vendors, and we can not wait to see 2011 unfold. Stay tuned to our blog to follow along.