Monday, July 23, 2012

Connecticut Wedding Planner | Lila and Paul wed at Eolia Mansion

Lila and Paul (PJ as affectionately known to his family and friends) were married on a sun drenched fall day amidst a "Springtime in the French Countryside" Inspired Fete. The gathering of family and friends, the decor elements which infused the meaning of people who share their lives with them, and a nod to time traveled, well loved details brought together the intimate nature of Lila and Paul's celebration.

For Lila, a petite bride with a grande personality and impeccable taste, her wedding was a chance to leave the rigor of her intense day job behind, even if just for a day, and embrace her softer side. Paul, her strapping groom, always by her side, always looking to provide thoughts on design preferences, and absolutely adoring of Lila, is the best compliment a bride could ask for! As a couple and our clients, we felt a tremendous honor to share in their planning journey and wedding day.

Lila's wedding vision was built upon and inspired by her love of a blue and white Toile de Jouy linen from early on, and it proved to be the foundation for the entire event design. The backdrop for the wedding, the insanely gorgeous, seaside Eolia Mansion at Harkness State Park, and its adjoining gardens served as the perfect location to create the French Inspired Design.

A special thank you to Katie Slater for Carla Ten Eyck for capturing all of these incredible images from Lila and Paul's spectacular wedding day.

The afternoon setting sun created a warm buttery glow for Lila and Paul to marry, in front of the Pergola in the gardens along side the mansion. As guests warmed their shoulder's with a pink pashmina and sipped a Hot Toddy, Lila processed to no more fitting of a song than "Here Comes The Sun" by the Beatles, which was followed by a personalized and sentimental marriage ceremony. The flower girls handed out scented satchels of lavender for tossing. 

Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres on the tented patio overlooking the lawn and calm waters of Long Island Sound, where Lila and Paul were then introduced to share their first dance and to be celebrated in toasts. Escort Cards were strung from aged shutters, each holding a vintage key.

Inside the mansion, guests were treated to flickering candlelight and shelves dressed with generations of family pictures, delicate china, and worn hardcover books. The tables were set with the blue toile linens and soft, fluttery, and feminine florals, loosely arranged and in full bloom, which gave the appearance of being freshly selected right from the garden. The tabletops were accented with gold chargers, gold rimmed china, and peach toned menu cards describing the exciting meal guests were about to receive. Rather than a French style dinner service as one would anticipate given the wedding design, Lila and Paul had a surprise in store. Family and friends were delighted with a nontraditional Brazilian Style Dinner service, where meats were butlered and family style side dishes were abundant.

Post dinner, guests danced the night away under the tent, and only took a break to embrace their playful side as they hopped in the photo booth, sipped coffee and tea, or enjoyed the most delicious apple cobbler and wedding cake. The night was complete as mini cupcakes in little gold boxes, tiered on floral china patterned cake plates were displayed as take home treats. The perfectly sweet ending to a lovable and oh so sweet couple's wedding!

Lila and Paul - much love and joy for a wonderful marriage and continued happiness together!

Talia, Lindsay, and Nicole

p.s. - If you haven't already seen this gorgeous wedding on Style Me Pretty, head over there to see it now! 

Fabulous Fete Fruitioners:
Event Design, Coordination, and Day-of Stationery: Sixpence For Your Shoe
Venue: Eolia, The Mansion at Harkness State Park
Caterer: Cloud Nine Catering
Photography: Katie Slater for Carla Ten Eyck
Flowers: Sharon Elizabeth Flowers
Musicians: Mike Connolly Sound Productions
Bridal Styling: Jennie Fresa Beauty Library
Cupcake Favors: Sugarbelle Cakes
Linens: Party Rental, LTD, Cloth Connection
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Dress: Lea Ann Belter purchased at the Plumed Serpent Bridal

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Connecticut Wedding Planner | Stephanie and Matthew's Late Summer Celebration at Omni Hotel

Stephanie and Matthew’s wedding planning experience is one we will never forget. We loved Steph and Matt right from the beginning. Young, fun, gorgeous . . . they are the type of couple everyone enjoys being around. For about 9 months we planned a sleek and modern seaside wedding, with all of the pieces nicely falling into place. Then, the week before their big day, Hurricane Irene struck, leaving our venue without power and us in a bit of a pinch. Chins up, we completely moved their location and all of their guests to new hotels and a new venue, The Omni Hotel, 48 hours from their wedding date! We cannot thank the incredible Omni staff for flawlessly executing our wedding vision in such a short time period.  Additionally, we wish to thank again every vendor involved for their flexibility and support. The day after the wedding, Stephanie emailed me to say it was apparently all along they were meant to get married at the Omni. She was right. See for yourself.

Thank you to Stacey Ilyse for beautifully documenting Stephanie and Matthew's wedding, as well as sharing all of the amazing photos!

The morning of the wedding, Steph and her maids readied with Kelly and Lindsey from Jennie Fresa.  Champagne, munchies, laughter . . . I love this time.  Steph wore a couture confection from Carolina Herrera, paired with her favorite pair of Pradas.  Her ladies were timeless and beautiful in steel dresses, fresh and dewy make-up.  Classic tuxes for the guys made this group all around flawless.  Lucky for us, there was a convenient alley right around the corner from the Omni, perfect for the couple’s first sighting.

The Jewish ceremony took place under a lustrous, yet ethereal chuppah that shone like the moon.  There was not a dry eye in the room when Steph was escorted down the aisle by her father and Aunt Margie to her favorite song, a special composition of “True Companion.”  As part of their ceremony, Matthew’s tallis was fastened around them with an elephant that had belonged to Stephanie’s mother.  Amidst their tears, this couple could not stop smiling, and applause exploded as they made their way down the aisle together as man and wife.

For the reception, strong white callas and soft orchids admist floating candles atop charcoal linen and silver chargers were all washed aglow with violet and sapphire lighting.  Carey from Stems, always a delight to work with, totally rocked our vision with her artistic and architectural centerpieces.  Guests danced the night away to the incredible talent of Night Rhythm.  A slipcovered lounge space in an alcove was a welcoming spot for guests to relax after a long sets of intense dancing (and singing!).  And no guest could resist the whoopee pies, donuts and cake pops atop our mirrored table.

Stephanie and Matthew, we loved working with you!  I will forever miss our daily emails.  We wish you all the best in your new life together and all the happiness there is. xx

Fabulous Fete Fruitioners:
Planning, Design, Stationery:  Sixpence For Your Shoe
Photographer:  Stacey Ilyse 
Videographer:  Chris Walsh Productions
Florist:   Stems Flower Design
Band:  Night Rhythm
Ceremony Musicians:  Wildwood Groups
Lounge:  Ryan Designs
Beauty:  Jennie Fresa
Shoes:  Prada
Desserts:  Wicked Whoopies, Tastease, Truffles Bakery