So now that we’re in the throes of unbearable summer heat, we needed a little dose of winter wedding inspiration! And as always, we’re fortunate to turn to our very talented and creative Little Black Book members for the goods! Jessica at Jessica’s Country Flowers teamed up with Sixpence For Your Shoe and many of New England’s finest several months ago to capture Katie and Alan’s real wedding at the Hartford Society Room in Connecticut …

from Jessica at Jessica’s Country Flowers

This wedding was designed and photographed specifically with Style Me Pretty in mind. We gathered some amazing LBB members to design, create and photograph a photo shoot wedding. Katie and Alan were married at the Society Room in Hartford, Connecticut on February 13, 2010. It was a winter wonderland theme wedding and with snow freshly fallen in Connecticut, made the perfect scenery. Katie and Alan had their first look photos taken prior to the ceremony so they could completely enjoy cocktail hour. They headed to the newly renovated Old State House to take images before their ceremony. Katie had the most beautiful gown with lace detailing by Watters.

For her bouquet, we created a lush hand-tied bouquet of ‘patience’ garden roses, ‘vendella’ roses, white cattelya orchids and white sweet peas. Wrapping the stems with a very wide ivory satin ribbon and the most gorgeous broach from Regina B (which looked like snow swirling through the sky). The groom’s boutonniere was white sweet peas wrapped with thin ivory satin ribbon which was simple and different. (Since sweet peas are rather delicate, I made several spare boutonnieres!) The rest of the gentlemen had boutonnieres which were white mini calla lilies and a crystal branch with stems wrapped with thin ivory satin ribbon. The bridesmaids carried hand-tied bouquets of white mini calla lilies, white cymbidium orchids, ivory roses and white sweet peas. We wrapped the stems with a dark chocolate/copper color ribbon with copper sequins and thread detailing.

We designed a dramatic escort card display with Manzanita branches, sprayed with snow and iridescent glitter to add that wintery look. Button mums tightly clustered together at the base looked like snow and touches of white cattelya orchids, white cymbidium orchids and vendella roses added more interest. Sixpence For Your Shoe draped the tree with crystal garlands (purchased at Save-On-Crafts)  and hung their escort cards with white wire from those crystals. This was a show stopping pieces as guests entered the venue. Sixpence For Your Shoe also hung the program card from the back of the chairs with a deep eggplant colored ribbon.

The Hartford Society Room is a stunning location, featuring a thirty-five foot tall mural ceiling in the main ballroom with marble, brass and bronze accents throughout. Tables were draped in an ivory shimmer crinkle taffeta linen from Cloth Connections. Sixpence provide beautiful vintage-styled napkin treatments. They also purchased a variety of vintage frames (ebay) and spray-painted them silver for the table numbers.

Because the room has such enormously tall ceilings Jessica’s Country Flowers created some tall¬† centerpieces and some low centerpieces. Custom wooden bases, made from recycled wood were made by my talented husband, Scott! For double duty, the two “trees” which highlighted the ceremony were used as the couple’s backdrop during dinner with their sweet heart table set in front of them. A coffee station and a candy station were set up in the lounge pub area. We also set up the candy station in this area. Butterfly & Company had tea-dipped the most incredible napkins to be used with the coffee station and cake after dinner!

What a beautiful, beautiful winter wedding!

Our thanks to Jessica’s Country Flowers, Katie and Alan, and all the fabulous vendors for sharing the day!

Photography: Jamie Collins Photography
Photography: Yun Gen Yang Photography

Cinematography: Chris Walsh Productions
Flowers and Event Design: Jessica’s Country Flowers
Invitations & Event Planning: Sixpence For Your Shoe
Ceremony & Reception Site: The Society Room, Hartford, CT
Bride’s Jewelry (bracelet and earrings) Haute Bride
Tuxes: rentals from Men’s Wearhouse
Linens: Cloth Connections
Bride’s Dress: Watters
Cake: Cakes by Donna
Candy: A Candy
Cake Stand: Raise The Cake
Broach for bouquet: Regina B
Bridesmaids Gowns: Jim Hjelm
Make-up Artist: Sandra Downie
Card Box: The Wedding Main Street
Cocktail Napkins: Butterfly & Company
Containers: R&S Baskets, Massachusetts

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