A few days ago we gave you a glimpse of Tammy in her absolutely stunning lace wedding dress. Today, we bring you the rest of the story ~~
from Tammy ...
When dear friends of ours offered to host a garden wedding for us in their newly redesigned gardens at their home in Norwalk, CT we were so excited. Gilles and I were married in July at the Mairie in Paris at a small ceremony. With many of our friends and family absent from our ceremony in Paris, we were so happy that our friends offered to host our US reception with close friends and family. We decided to hold our reception on my parent's 50th wedding anniversary. It was a perfect day.
Our reception was planned in four months mostly from Paris. SMP was a great help for inspiration, resources and ideas that really helped me plan the reception ...such as the color palette: french blue and white with antique red accents, casual elegance look and feel, stylish details and floral arrangements. The inspiration boards were especially helpful. Details of the wedding were very important to me. I included small touches of French flair to honor my husband's heritage.
Tammy's chignon is so classic and so perfectly paired with the lace gown!
The buffet menu was incredible. Our caterer really understood our vision to combine American and European cuisine. The charcuterie table was a great success. Details included: a menu board, kir royals, french wine, french bisquits with chocolate from Paris at each place setting, matchbooks given to us by my best friend was such a lovely surprise, an appetizer of home made pate from Gilles's grandmother, lanterns with ribbon tails with blue lights, stamped cocktail napkins with a stamp from etsy, french-english flashcards placed at the cocktail hour for conversation bought on etsy, french blue ribbons tied on napkins, handmade guest book, elegant clean floral arrangements for tables to compliment the gardens, handmade ring pillow in french blue toile.
The best part of the day was being with all of the family and friends we love. We had symbols of our loved ones everywhere all throughout the day. Chris and Joe offered their beautiful home, our friend, Michael married us in the garden, my best friend Deb assisted me with every aspect of the wedding a few days before the ceremony (hanging all lanterns to wrapping napkins) and was my coordinator the day of the wedding (I am blessed to have her in my life).
What a charming, intimate celebration!
Advice to other brides. It is possible to plan a perfect wedding day in a short amount of time. Come up with a budget and figure out what is really important to you. Ask friends for referrals for catering companies, music and rental companies. Be upfront with your vendors about timing and budget. When they know what they are working with, it makes for a more pleasant experience.
To our hosts Chris and Joe, thank you very much for hosting our wedding and for all your help and effort in making the day just perfect. We are so lucky to have friends like you in our lives.
Perfect!! A backyard garden wedding full of charm, elegance, and wonderful food & drink. You can tell that this was a very heart-warming day...filled with family and friends, love, laughter and a touch of attitude!
On a slightly different note ... congratulations to Krystal and Paul, masterminds of Studio Foto ... on their own engagement!! To see more of their fabulous fotography, and read a great marriage proposal story, check out their blog and website.
krystal's engagement ring shot