Saturday, December 31, 2011

Connecticut Wedding Planner | Reflecting on a Spectacular 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

Connecticut Wedding Planner | Tori and Jack's Prep School Soiree

Tori and Jack’s wedding was a true expression of them as a couple. Victoria, an interior designer, was exceptionally inspired by a whimsical yet composed fresh and preppy spring garden feel. Jack, with his infectious grin and a background in the film industry, wanted to ensure friends and family who traveled far and wide for the couple’s wedding weekend had an amazing time. The couple's charming personalities were infused throughout all aspects of their wedding, beginning with their wedding invitations. A delicious accordion style letterpress invite featuring love birds captured their young at heart humor perfectly. The love bird theme was carried throughout their day of stationery, a sweet reflection of our couple's adoration for each other. Together with their families, they hosted an unforgettable June celebration at Avon Old Farms School for Boys in Avon, Connecticut that was full of thoughtful touches for their guests and downright fun!

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

Connecticut Wedding Planner | Caity and Matt's Sperry Tented Wedding at Hill-Stead Museum

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

Connecticut Wedding Planner | Hillary and Rory's Sperry Tented Private Estate Wedding

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

Connecticut Wedding Planner | Congratulations Lila and Paul!

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

Connecticut Wedding Planner | Congratulations Liz and Fred!

Just three short months ago, we began our adventure with Liz and Fred and their vision for a natural, organic, and fresh, "Farm to Table" styled wedding on Fred's parent's sun-drenched, pond-side, private property in Middletown.  They pulled together some of the best of the best vendors in the industry, including one of our personal favorites, A Thyme To Cook, to bring their wedding to life and we can't wait to be there and be a part of it all!

Be sure to come back soon to see the pictures! 

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Congratulations Lara and Robby

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

Connecticut Wedding Planner | Amanda and Sasha's Sleek and Modern Saltwater Farm Vineyard Wedding!

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

Connecticut Wedding Planner | Heidi and Al's Fluttery Blush Nuptials

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

Connecticut Wedding Planner | Anna and Justin's Webb Barn Wedding

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 d├ęcor, 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

Congratulations Stephanie and Matt!

A little under a year ago, Stephanie and Matt contacted us to design and plan their sleek and modern seaside wedding. And so we did. Then, Hurricane Irene ravaged the shoreline and left us without a venue, and it was time to pick up the pieces and plan again. As they say, luck is in the cards, because it just so happens that our new venue in New Haven is even better suited for our couple (and their guests who have flown in from all over the world to celebrate with them) than before. Congrats Stephanie and Matt! Can’t wait to share this day with you! Also, looking forward to working with so many wonderful vendors today who have really pulled together to make this transition happen, including Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale, Stacey Ilyse Photography, Chris Walsh Productions, Night Rhythm Band, Stems FlowerDesign, Rob Alberti's Event Services, Ryan Designs, Wildwood Groups and Jennie Fesa Beauty Library.

Lindsay, Talia and Nicole

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Congratulations Hillary and Rory!

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

Connecticut Wedding Planner | Alissa and John wed with rustic chic, downtown style!

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. 

Alissa and John (and Mary too), thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to work with you, to bring all of your wedding dreams to life, and to be such a special part of the beginning of your newest chapter - marriage - together.  Everything was beautiful, you are both are so genuine, so caring, so down to earth, and real; I cherished every minute of ensuring your wedding day was absolutely perfect. 


Fabulous Fete Fruitioners (shamelessly lifted from Alissa's own blog!)

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

Congratulations Heidi and Al!

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

Congratulations Caity and Matt!

To say that every vendor involved in today's wedding is excited would be a complete understatement. Our couple Caity and Matt are as nice as can be, have impeccable taste, and hello are they gorgeous or what?? We have been working with them and Caity's wonderful parents for nearly a year and half and can't wait so see their country chic wedding in Farmington unfold, complete with the loveliest of pinks with splashes of tangerine. Looking forward to working with some of our favorites today including Emily's Catering, Sperry Tent, Dragonfly Events and Iris Photography.

Please do stay tuned to our blog and facebook to relive this wonderful day in pictures!


Saturday, June 11, 2011

Congratulations Laura and Jeff!

We feel so honored to be part of Laura and Jeff's wedding today! They contacted us back in January to assist in the design and planning of their art deco wedding at Hill-Stead Museum. So off we were, dreaming up tables, lighting schematics and scouring antique shops for vintage bar carts - a planner's dream! Watch out rain, this wedding will surely shine!



Saturday, June 4, 2011

Congratulations Bryanne and Matthew!

Today our adorable couple Brie and Matt will tie the knot at one of our favorite spots, Saltwater Farm Vineyard. Bryanne is as sweet as can be, with fabulous taste to boot, and we have really enjoyed designing her eclectic purple, pewter and yellow wedding.

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

Congratulations Meghan and Glen!

On this beaUtiful June day, our sassy clients Meghan and Glen will marry! We have been working with Meghan and her wonderful mom Sandy for a little over a year to plan their classic ballroom wedding at The Society Room. With rich purple decor and garden style arrangements, the reception will certainly sing.

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

Congratulations Amanda and Sasha!

Today, our trendy, fun, and stylish clients Amanda and Sasha will wed and celebrate at one of our favorite venues, Saltwater Farm Vineyard!  We have been working with Amanda and her adorable, sweet mom, Paulette for nearly a year and half to plan their modern chic wedding in navy and champagne.  

With a gorgeous couple, an all-star vendor lineup, and super fun details, we know their wedding will absolutely bring down the house!  Stay tuned to our blog to see it in pictures!

Engagement picture courtesy of Jerome Braga, Studio 1923!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Congratulations Anna and Justin!

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

Congratulations Karri and Chris!

Photo Credit: Steve DePino

We are brimming with excitement on this bright and beautiful day for our deserving couple Karri and Chris! Today they will marry at Wesleyan Memorial Chapel, following by a reception at Sarah Porter Memorial. They are kind, considerate, down to earth, have triumphed over hardships and yet contintue to make everyone around them smile. Today is going to be a wonderful celebration of them and their love.

Thanks again to the long list of vendors who have not only donated their talents and services, but also opened their hearts to our couple, including Jessica's Country Flowers (who spearheads this project), Emily's Catering, Ryan Designs, Steve Depino, Elegant Occasions, The Plumed Serpent Bridal, Lovely Cakes, Paper Olive, Dancing Pen Calligraphy, Sandra Downie Beauty and Cookie Creatives by Jennifer. Without them, today couldn't be possible.

Can’t wait to show off all the details! It will certainly knock your socks off.



Monday, April 4, 2011

Katie and Alan's Winter Wonderland Wedding!

Last February we collaborated with Jessica’s Country Flowers on a winter wonderland inspired wedding that was also a photo shoot specifically for Style Me Pretty. Jessica pulled together a pretty mean all star cast of contributing vendors and the wedding was an incredible execution of intermingled talents. Imaginations ran wild as we all thought of ways to make our couple’s wedding beautiful, unique and most definitely a winter wonderland.

Katie and her maids began their morning getting ready at The Society Room, which has the most beautiful and welcoming bridal suite. Katie wore Watters gown that was so detailed and fluttery, just exquisite. Katie’s dress inspired her incredible sweet pea and garden rose bouquet that Jessica totally knocked out of the park, accented by a fabulous Regina B. broach. The girls in metallic eggplant cocktail dresses and champaign bejeweled shoes looked absolutely gorgeous. Katie and Alan had their first sighting at the Old State House, and then shots were taken around Hartford, including the majestic City Hall. How glamorous are our couple walking in the snow lined street???? Love it!

Katie and Alan were married on the first floor of Society Room flanked by two of Jessica’s signature branchy arrangements with orchid garland and tiny votives. Sixpence For Your Shoe provided all the stationery and we hung all the ceremony programs from chairs for symmetry. The mood was exceptionally romantic as they pledged their love to one another forever.

The reception was a glorious mix of rustic wood, white flower and crystal admist the old world grandeur of the two storied ballroom. Tables were dressed with an ivory shimmer linen, while napkins were adorned with an eggplant ribbon and broach accent. Table numbers were mismatched silver vintage frames, inspired by designs on the couple’s stationery. Centerpieces were a combination of all white fluttery blooms overflowing low fleur des lis containers and atop more rustic tall wooden "trees" made of recycled wood. Simple yet beautiful sweet pea, calla and hydrangea arrangements were in every nook and cranny you could possibly put them; our favorite being stacked on the lit mirrored backed bar that seemed to glow. Escort cards were hung on a crystal draped Manzanita branch arrangement that dazzled like a chandelier. A fondant cake with snowflake and crystal detail stood on top of a silver custom stand, accented by ribbon and broach. Guests feasted via a formal sit down dinner and following, a New York DJ kept the dance floor packed with modern beats. Late night guests treated themselves to an extensive all white candy bar and white chocolate dipped candy apples. Vintage inspired custom linen napkins were a sweet accompaniment to the evening’s goodies.

Katie and Alan, you are among the kindest and most in love couples we have ever encountered. Being a party of your day, from design to execution was a pure privilege. We also thank all of the vendors involved for inspiring us both on this project and many others going forward. It was a pleasure to work with you! Last but not least, if you haven’t already, please see our end result here on Style Me Pretty!

Flowers and Event Design: Jessica’s Country Flowers

Event Planning, Coordination & Stationery: Sixpence For Your Shoe

Cinematography: Chris Walsh Productions

Ceremony & Reception Site: The Society Room

Ceremony & Cocktail Music: Straight Ahead Jazz

Reception Music: DJ Khan for DJ Gaza

Bride’s Dress: Watters

Bridesmaids Gowns: Jim Hjelm

Tuxes: rentals from Men’s Wearhouse

Make-up Artist: Sandra Downie

Bride’s Jewelry (bracelet and earrings) Haute Bride

Broach for bouquet: Regina B

Cake Stand: Raise The Cake

Cocktail Napkins: Butterfly & Company

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Brian and Helen marry with history and tradition!

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!

For the western ceremony, Helen wore a Maggie Sottero and Brian donned J. Crew with ties from Brooks Brothers and Burberry (yes, hes that cool to have ties to swap!). The maids turned heads in chiffon from the Limited, and the guys stylized in J Crew as well, not to be outdone, they donned argyle socks!

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!

Is that J Crew? from Shade Tree Films on Vimeo.

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

Congratulations Alissa and John

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

The Knot - Best of Weddings 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.