Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Connecticut Wedding Planner | 2013 In Review

Wishing all of our 2013 clients a wonderful new year! It was our pleasure to work with all of you. Hope the year ahead brings much love, happiness and new memories!

Jessica and Dan, Oheka Castle, photographed by Rob and Kathleen.

Julie and Andrew, The Carousel at Lighthouse Point Park, photographed by Binary Flips

Rachel and Guy, the Hartford Marriott, photographed by Carla Ten Eyck

Alli and Amy, The Hill-Stead Musuem, photographed by M Studios

Emily and Drew, Private Residence in Canton, photographed by Luke Wayne Photography

Sarah and Dan, The Carousel at Lighthouse Point Park, photographed by Justin & Mary

Amelia and Ryan, Private Residence in Old Lyme, photographed by Orchard Cove Photography

Katie and Tommy, The Delamar, photographed by Binary Flips

Katrina and Charles, Old Lyme Beach Club, photographed by IRIS photography

Annie and Gary, The Fairfield Beach Club, photographed by Clean Plate Pictures

Emily and Andrew, The Stonington Harbour Yacht Club, photographed by Dave Noonan for Carla Ten Eyck

Liz and Jason, Saltwater Farm Vineyard, photographed by Justin & Mary

And a special congratulations to Talia's best friend Dina and her husband Tim on their wedding in Vermont, photographed by Michelle Gardella Photography, and to our Associate Planner Christa and her husband Luke on their wedding at the Castle Hill Inn, photographed by Meghan Sepe Weddings.

Monday, December 31, 2012

Connecticut Wedding Planner | 2012 in Review!

2012 was a fantastic year for Sixpence For Your Shoe!  We worked with so many amazing clients, their families, incredible vendors, and at beautiful, unique venues!

Enjoy our quick trip down memory lane with all of our clients!

Amy and Chris at Saltwater Farm Vineyard, photography by Binary Flips
Tammy and Pat at Country House, photography by Jennifer Higham

Jennifer and David, private home West Hartford, photography by Elisabeth Millay
Christina and Chris at Dolphin Cove Marina, photography by Carla Ten Eyck
Barbara and James at Old Lyme Beach Club, photography by Carrie Roseman

Courtney and Mike at Guilford Yacht Club, photography by Alissa Dinneen
Maureen and Kristian, private home Wilton, photography by Victoria Souza

Allison and Mike at Carousel at Lighthouse Point, photography by Chris Volpe
Sabrina and Joe at Society Room of Hartford, photography by Creative Compositions

Natalie and Ryan at Carousel at Lighthouse Point, photography by Justin & Mary
Stephanie and Hondo at Tyrone Farm, photography by Justin & Mary
Michele and Jason at Saltwater Farm Vineyard, photography by Snap Weddings

Hattie and Geoff at New Haven Lawn Club, photography by Studio 1923
Jennifer and Guillaume at Hill-Stead Museum, photography by Justin & Mary
Meghan and Anthony at Branford House Mansion, photography by Studio 1923
Marika and Paul at Hill-Stead Museum, photography by Dave Apuzzo

Lauren and John at Saltwater Farm Vineyard, photography by Clean Plate Pictures
Laura and Tara at Webb Barn, photography by Binary Flips

Chrissy and Kevin at Bronx Zoo, photography by Tessie Reveliotis

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Connecticut Wedding Planner | Amy and Chris wed at Saltwater Farm Vineyard

Set at the scenic Saltwater Farm Vineyard in Stonington, Connecticut, and inspired by brilliant sunset colors, Amy and Chris' wedding was filled with warmth, fun concepts and groovy details.

Admist the late day sun on the most spectacular day in May, Amy and Chris wed surrounded by those they love most. For this momentous occasion, the rustic arbor was placed in front of the vines and adorned with bright floral buckets and ribbon, while mason jars filled with apricot colored tulips and yellow roses flanked the aisle. Amy was simply stunning in her Amy Michelson gown, purchased at The White Dress by the Shore. The guys, ever so snappy in their grey suits and kicks set a modern mood. Amy and Chris’ simple, yet personal ceremony spoke of them as a couple, while soft tunes on the acoustic guitar set the stage for a personal and intimate celebration of their commitment to one another.

Thank you to BinaryFlips for providing such amazing and heart-warming images!

Following the ceremony, the happy couple and their guests transitioned to cocktail hour, featuring a wine tasting and yummy eats served up by Coastal Gourmet. The patio was cheery with a mix of teal and floral linen, inspired by retro Vera Neumann scarves. Pendant escort cards anchored in containers of wine corks and set atop crates were a nod to the vineyard, as well as the fun and relaxed vibe.

We love receptions at Saltwater Farm Vineyard, and there was just something so special about this particular theme. Inside the hanger, the tables were dressed in a mix of ice and turquoise textured linen, layered with white chargers and floral napkins featuring a peppy mustard menu band. The vibrant peach, yellow and nectarine blooms in a variety of containers made the room burst with color and off-set the linen to perfection. Special shouts out to Dragonfly Event and their drool-worthy flowers that had all of us gasping! Coastal Gourmet served up a delicious feast, and the guests danced and danced to classic rock tunes by Fairfield County’s infamous The Short Bus. Whimsical cupcakes with super cute signs by yours truly and a vintage inspired photo booth completed this fantastic spring wedding that left everyone smiling.

Amy and Chris, we adored working with you as well as your families over the past year.  We wish you all the best in your married life together.  May your love for one another always shine brightly. 

Fabulous Fete Fruitioners:
Planning, Design, Stationery:  Sixpence For Your Shoe
Venue:  Saltwater Farm Vineyard
Photography:  Binary Flips
Catering:  Coastal Gourmet
Florist:  Dragonfly Event
Band:  The Short Bus
Ceremony Musician:  James Baird
Attire:  The White Dress by the Shore
Beauty:  Rob Rivers Salon
Photo booth:   Photo Booth Planet
Justice of the Peace:  Sara Carson
Linen:  La Tavola, BBJ

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Connecticut Wedding Planner | Courtney and Mike wed at Guilford Yacht Club

Courtney and Mike were married under the summer evening sun of Saturday, July 14, 2012.Their family and friends gathered on the lawn of the Guilford Yacht Club in Guilford, Connecticut to witness the touching and personal nuptials of the couple. The spectacular views of Long Island Sound set as a backdrop for a picture perfect wedding day. The d├ęcor was pulled together by the bold and beautiful color palette of yellow and navy.  The details of the event were carefully selected and truly brought together the fun and whimsical feel of this summer wedding celebration.

Alissa Dinneen Photography captured so many natural and sweet moments of our bride and groom and truly understood the essence of the wedding.

The ceremony took place on the lawn of the Guilford Yacht Club, nestled amongst the natural beauty of  Long Island Sound. Courtney and Mike were married by Justice of the Peace Sara Carson surrounded by their family and friends.

Following the ceremony, all the guests congregated at the beginning of the aisle for a celebratory photo with the new bride and groom. The guests were able to enjoy the lovely grounds of the Guilford Yacht Club during the cocktail hour on the outdoor patio. Family and friends enjoyed a variety of delicious hors d’oeuvres selections both passed and stationary, while being swept away with the natural beauty that surrounds the venue.

The details of this summer soiree were just the right mix of simplicity and sophistication. The lightly textured, stripped navy and white ribbon could be seen throughout the day from the boutonnieres, to the tied napkins,  the centerpieces,ceremony floral arrangements,  the bridal bouquet, and along the escort card table. The striped ribbon alongside the navy and yellow color scheme brought a distinguished element to the palette.

The reception was filled with the lively upbeat music from Timmy Maia & Friends. Father of the groom, Tom Sansone performed a few songs with the band but the most memorable part of the night was when he performed a song that he had personally written for the new bride and groom. At the reception, guests picked up a pair of yellow flip flops and hit the dance floor. Yellow and white lanterns were strung above the dance floor.

To top off the evening, the newly married couple enjoyed a kiss and a few photos while watching the town of Guilford’s 4th of July Fireworks Display. Some guests joined the bride and groom to watch the fireworks while others continued to dance the night away. Courtney and Mike’s wedding day was filled with lots of love and we are honored to have been a part of it.

What a wonderful night it was! The Sixpence Team would once again like to congratulate Courtney and Mike! We truly enjoyed being a part of your special day.

Rachel, Lindsay, & Nicole

Fabulous Fete Fruitioners:
Planning, Design, Stationery:  Sixpence For Your Shoe
Photographer:  Alissa Dinneen Photography 
Ceremony Musicians: Thomnas and Greg Borino  
Catering: Jordan Caterers
Justice of the Peace: Sara Carson
Floral: Azalea Floral Design
Cake:  JCakes

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Connecticut Wedding Planner: Christina and Chris wed at Dolphin Cove Marina

In a boots and boat shoes, beachy western sort of fete, Christina and Chris wed at her family’s community yacht club, Dolphin Cove Marina.  From the first time we met, we knew this would be spectacular.  Christina’s ideas were well solidified from nearly our first meeting, playing on coral and sea blue with vibrant navy and orange as accents.  In the desire to keep their wedding intimate, personal, and downright fun, details were infused throughout to conjure memories of home, youth and festivity.

We want to send a huge shout out to Carla Ten Eyck for providing Christina and Chris with these incredible images from their wedding, affording us the ability to retell their story by sharing them with us, and hands down, being the perfect fit for Christina and Chris!  She nailed it! 
As guests arrived for the ceremony, they were greeted with pashminas to warm chilled shoulders, offered to leave their shoes and set their feet in the grass with a shoe-check station, and offered a pre-ceremony beverage.  A family friend married the couple under a seaside arbor, crafted by Christina's mother!!, complemented by modern tunes played via a classic string ensemble.

Following the ceremony, the newlyweds took a quick jaunt on Christina’s family boat – Grace, which had been adorned with yachting flags translating to “Just Married.”

Christina and Chris’s focus was to deliver to their guests an upscale clambake experience that combined classic New England fare and Texas down-home bbq, representing each of their upbringings.   The perfect fit was found with the incredible talents of the team at Outdoor Cookers!   From the raw bar to the pulled pork sliders, the cocktail hour was a hit, as guests played croquet and corn hole, sipped cocktails through colorful silly straws and mingled about.  Nautical touches in the rope knots on the cocktail tables and a beer bar in a small wooden dinghy added to the fun.  

Once inside the Pavilion which gives the appearance of the interior of an old wooden boat, lanterns were strung, with table images attached, each a carefully crafted cut out of meaningful aspects of Christina and Chris as a couple.  The tables were dressed with an aquatic themed linen and runner, pale blue irish linen napkins and buckets of goodies for the meal which would be served.  The flowers were the perfect pop of color and texture to bring out the table top decor.  Christina spent countless hours ensuring the details and personal touches tied seamlessly together, hand crafting and cutting the table numbers, and sourcing much of the decor including the blue buckets of goodies, the guest napkins, the silly straws with little flags, herself!

Guests helped themselves to custom lobster bibs with the C&C logo on them, one which was repeated from the invitations through the reception details, adding the cohesiveness to the entire event.  The dessert bar carried the theme of classic New England treats with homespun touches, peach cobblers, cookies, and a mini two tiered carrot wedding cake that guests could not wait to try!

The bridal party delighted guests with an unexpected line dance, having everyone on their feet cheering.  The toasts by both fathers, as well as the friends, were sweet and sentimental, humorous and upbeat and just about perfect.  Guests danced and danced the night away leaving everyone with unforgettable memories of Christina and Chris’s wedding celebration.

We were honored to be chosen to coordinate Christina and Chris's wedding, to carry out their vision and to have the immense pleasure of getting to know them and their families.  We wish them the very very best.

If you haven't already seen, Christina and Chris's wedding was also featured on Style Me Pretty and you can check out more images HERE!

Talia, Lindsay, & Nicole

Fabulous Fete Fruitioners:

Wedding Coordination:  Sixpence For Your Shoe
Photography: Carla Ten Eyck
Catering: Outdoor Cookers
Ceremony Musicians: Millennium Music
Reception Musicians: One Step Ahead Band
Stationery: Erica Keuter Designs
Floral: Lisa Eisman-Salley
Makeup: Donna Puma
Justice of the Peace: Amy Bien

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

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Connecticut Wedding Planner | Lara and Robby's Fall Celebration at Saltwater Farm Vineyard

On the stunning fall day of September 24th last year, we found ourselves again at one of our favorite venues, Saltwater Farm Vineyard, for the marriage and wedding celebration of Lara and Robby.  When we first sat down with Lara and Robby we fell in love with their idea and vision to convert the modern and streamlined hanger space into a warm, inviting and feminine atmosphere, lending subtle nods to their love of travel in south Asia.  We worked together to put ideas using blush, peach, and creams offset by a warm toffee brown, angular willow branches and statement Phalaenopsis orchids.   

A special thanks to Steve Depino who captured Lara and Robby's wedding in pictures and provided all of the images within this post.

Lara and the ladies readied in the bridal suite overlooking the vineyard.  In late September, the view is spectacular with the grape filled overflowing vines, the views of Wequetequok Cove, and the color of the trees in the distance just starting to show signs of fall.  Robby and the men arrived downstairs to some pre-wedding wine tasting, before showing off their own style (hot pink socks you say!) and we then made our way outside for a first sighting.  

The ceremony was held between the vines, with the vineyard's archway dressed drooling in phal orchids, ever so artistically arranged and presented by our friend Yumiko at Hana Floral Design.  The girls bouquets were soft and fluttery with ivory, cream, and pale pinks, complimenting their dresses.  The ceremony itself was sweet and personal, with endearing notes of love and witty metaphors of their relationship's history and it's future.

Following the ceremony, guests were greeted to a lively cocktail hour on the patio of the vineyard, with tables dressed in peach and toffee, light music playing in the background and savory bites from A Thyme to Cook.  

The evening transitioned into the converted hanger space where guests were met with a warm glowing reception, peach lamour dressed tables, toffee lamour napkins each accented with a phal orchid and menu card, gold accents in the statement Saturn Chargers and chivari reception chairs, and completed with a mix of high and low centerpieces beautifully designed by Yumiko and her team.

The mood of the reception was family focused and sentimental.  The speeches by family members including Lara and Robby's parents and Lara's sister spoke volumes on the importance of how family has shaped their lives, and how their education and their life experiences created such a strong foundation for Lara and Robby to build upon as a married couple.  Not without some humor in both the speeches and the photo montage which followed, the emotion was very high.

Following dinner, the dance floor was a sea of activity under the spell of The Park Avenue Band from Hank Lane.  While many guests danced the night away other retreated up to the loft area to relax in the lounge created by Ryan Designs.

In the end, Lara and Robby created a celebration for guests which was unforgettable, personal and unique.  We were thrilled to be a part of it all and wish them both a very full and happy married life together.

Fabulous Fete Fruitioners:

Event Design, Coordination, and Stationery: Sixpence For Your Shoe
Venue: Saltwater Farm Vineyard
Photography: Steve Depino
Caterer: A Thyme To Cook
Florist: Hana Floral Design
Ceremony Music: Millennium Music
Reception Music: Hank Lane
Videography: Silver City Sound
Wedding Gown: Vera Wang
Styling: Jennie Fresa and Naomi Martinez Salon
Lounge: Ryan Designs
Rentals: Party Rental, LTD, Cloth Connection via Sixpence For Your Shoe

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Connecticut Wedding Planner | Bryanne and Matthew's Late Spring Wedding at Saltwater Farm Vineyard

One of the cutest couples we have ever met, Brie and Matt, were married on a bright, breezy and beautiful June day. Brie and Matt, completely and utterly in love, set the stage for a heart filled, personalized and all around fun event.

The day's festivities were kicked off at a local Mystic cottage where Brie and her gals sipped mimosas, giggled with excitement and received hair and make-up from the talented Susan, Jenna and Lindsey from Naomi's Salon & Spa. Brie wore an incredible tiered Lazaro gown that seemed to float on air as she moved about, while her maids were soft and pretty in smoky purple cocktail dresses. The guys arrived by trolley for a first sighing on the property, and then with IRIS Photography (who graciously provided all of the fabulous photos for this post), they headed throughout Mystic for photos and adventure!

Later that afternoon, the ceremony took place deep within the vines at Saltwater Farm Vineyard. Purple flowers and greens dressed the rustic arbor, while mason jars filled with garden flowers graced the aisle. Before taking their seats, guests were treated to a lemonade and iced tea stand and a mango-peach fizz drink served in mason jars, a tribute to Brie's favorite Arnold Palmer drink. Mystic Harpist provided light yet exquisite background music, Reverand Bob Henderson officiated and girl that Brie used to babysit for as a child sang. With the breaking of the glass, a kiss and a cheer, Brie and Matt were wed and the party began!

Brie and Matt's wedding is the perfect example of how an artistic medium can serve as the central muse for an entire wedding. Early on in her planning process, Brie fell in love with the book, Porch Flowers, which focuses on outdoor entertaining. From this idea, an eclectic farm stand theme was born. Carey from Stems Floral Design understood the vision immediately, and completely brought the theme to life with "just picked from the garden" style arrangements. Cocktail hour on the patio featured an old fashioned farm table, gorgeously presented with delicious hors d'oeuvres, ribbon and wildflowers. Inside the vintage hanger, guest tables with textured steel linen featured purple and yellow arrangements in mercury glass and mismatched purple vases sourced from antique malls and flea markets. Floral napkins tied with a peppy mustard ribbon gave our tables a kick and pulled the entire look together. Mason jar stamped escort cards hung cheerily in the entry. Linda and her gang from A Thyme to Cook served an incredible meal while the amazing band Soho brought the house down. Passed mini ice-cream cones were a sweet highlight of the evening, while midnight munchies of donuts and French fries kept the crowd grooving. A sleek, yet rustic lounge space on the second floor was the perfect spot for guests to relax for a moment and take in the amazing day.

Fabulous Fete Fruitioners:
Photography: IRIS Photography
Event Coordination: Sixpence For Your Shoe
Catering: A Thyme to Cook
Ceremony Music: Mystic Harpist
Band: Soho
Hair and Make-up: Naomi's Studio & Salon
Lounge and Farm Table: Ryan Designs

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Connecticut Wedding Planner | Liz and Fred's Lakeside Private Estate Wedding

Just last summer, Liz called Sixpence to inquire about our services a mere three months before her wedding.  Ever the organized bride, with so much passion and so much energy, Liz could not be more excited to tell us all about her plans to marry Fred on Fred's family property in central Connecticut.  Much was planned and so many special touches arranged, although Liz and Fred were seeking our guidance to pull all of the final details together for their Sperry-tented, lakeside, at-home wedding.

We had the wonderful opportunity to work with some of our favorite vendors, and also meet some new who have also become new favorites (love that!) all while bringing Liz and Fred's understated, farm-to-table, romantic dinner-by-the-lake wedding to life. The wedding day weather could not have been more perfect for mid-October with sun and mid-seventy degree temps, and a night which brought crispness and the smells of the fall outdoors. 

A special thank you to Bob Young at Blue Diamond Photography, who was so wonderful to work with, and so nice to share his stunning images with us to blog!

Liz and the ladies readied for the wedding at the Inn at Middletown after having their hair and makeup done at Iron Scissors.  Liz was radiant in Olivia, by Watters, the creamy color was perfect and soft against her complexion, and the floral detailing was delicate and feminine, complimenting the natural setting for the wedding reception.  The girls carried bouquets in pale tones of fall colors, and the statement church arrangements were magnificent, all created by a dear family friend, Maria, who just happened to also be Fred's family's next door neighbor.  The ceremony was held in the Chapel at Wesleyan, which was meaningful to the bride and groom, and a nod to their long standing ties with the school.  A string quartet played and the Very Reverend Peter Moore Officiated.  

Following the ceremony, guests were welcomed to the residence, and greeted by a lively cocktail hour with eclectic music by one of our favorite duos, Judy and Mark, delicious bites from A Thyme To Cook who were incredible from start to finish - as they always are, a little lakeside fishing, and details with a rustic and whimsical nod.

The reception tent was polished with long rectangular tables, in crisp white linen, with navy and burlap runners.  Atop the runners sat varied height candles on cut wood slices, ones which Fred personally cut, and mixed with potted herbs to play off the natural setting and Liz and Fred's love of cooking and good eats!  To start the reception, Fred's father couldn't have been more excited to welcome everyone to his home and then sing Du, Du Liegst Mir Im Herzen, a German tune which was very touching.  The Happening band delighted guests with a packed floor all evening, except for the break in the action to witness the fireworks display.  Later in the evening, a bonfire was lit, guests enjoyed s'mores while recalling old stories and a few even chose to partake in a moonlight swim!  It was the perfect end to Liz and Fred's wedding day!

Fabulous Fete Fruitioners:

Event Coordination:  Sixpence For Your Shoe
Catering: A Thyme To Cook
Photography: Blue Diamond Photography
Hair and Makeup Stylists: Iron Scissors
Officiant: The Very Reverend Peter Moore
Ceremony Location: The Chapel at Wesleyan
Cocktail Music: Judy and Mark, Mandolin Duo
Reception Music: The Happening
Florist: Maria Holzburg
Cake and Cupcakes: Fusion Bakery
Tent: Sperry Tents
Rentals: Party Rental Ltd. and Connecticut Rental Center
Transportation: Liberty Limousine and Premier Limo