We have a warm and fuzzy place in our hearts for this next couple. They won an AMAZING Deserving Couple’s Contest put on by Jessica’s Country Flowers and their wedding? So many stinking cute details, we’re sort of DYING over here. Jubilee Events donned their excellent party planning hats for this Alice in Wonderland inspired fete and Raw Photo Design captured it gorgeously. Grab a comfy seat and check out the whole shebang here.
From Jubilee Events… A wedding with so many carefully thought out details: that was the story of Anna and Matt. They started their planning journey with a rocky start– troubled by hardships. Luckily, they entered a contest on Style Me Pretty and were chosen to receive a wedding with support by a lot of special vendors, including Jessica’s Country Flowers, who organized the give-a-way and designed all of their flowers.
They were destined to have an Alice in Wonderland styled wedding on the last weekend of summer, surrounded by 150 of their nearest and dearest. Mostly do-it-yourself, they took on a ton of projects to truly make their wedding their own. From fabric pennant flags that the bride sewed, to the wedding paper suite expertly designed by the groom (with a little help from an amazing illustrator Krista Wildermuth). Perhaps the most amazing piece of homemade décor was the antique door we suspended above their long, family style head table with dozens of antique medicine bottles hanging above like a chandelier. The sweetest part of their story is they were inspired by so many blogs and other couples!
In this kind of styled event, we were inspired by the original Alice in Wonderland and took some visual cues: pearls that the bride wore, “eat me” and “drink me” signs, a play on cards using them as favors and being inspired by them with their cake, the use of zinnias and dahlias in their flowers. But overall, Anna and Matt wanted a colorful, fun, and quirky look that represented them as a couple. We used fun and playful colors— aqua, blue, pink, red, and shades of silver to bring their vision to life.
Their ceremony took place just a stones throw from where the bride grew up at a little, teeny tiny church called Hope Valley Church. A hydrangea covered wreath greeted guests at the steeple and sweet music from a duo of violins prompted the ceremony, where Anna was escorted down the aisle by her dad. She wore an absolutely gorgeous gown with ruffles that cascaded down the back… And layers, and layers of vintage pearls collected from flea markets & antique shops. A cage veil and pretty fascinator, all from The White Dress by the Shore. Matt wore a Versace suit and tie with a pair of custom chuck taylors.
After the ceremony, guests blew bubbles and saw the newly weds off to their epic reception— complete with gorgeous tablescapes designed by us full of sweet little details, and a lot of fun. The bride and groom had their hand on every piece of décor for their wedding— we scouted vintage china used to serve guests dinner at flea markets (Brimfield, to be exact!) together and borrowed unique pieces from Anna’s father— a man who loves antiques! Each guest plucked their escort card from an antique barn door from Anna’s home that Matt hammered vintage nails into. A tag with their name on it, affixed to a skeleton key, guided them to their table. After dinner, they danced the night away with family and friends into the wee hours!
Wedding Photography: Raw Photo Design / Flowers: Jessica’s Country Flowers / Event Design & Planning: Jubilee Events / Ceremony Location: Hope Valley Church, Amston, CT / Reception Location: The Barns at Wesleyan Hills / Custom Lighting: Rob Alberti / Wedding Invitations: DIY by Bride & Groom / Monogram: Krista Wildermuth / Wedding Dress & Veil: Vineyard Collection by Priscilla of Boston via The White Dress by the Shore / Wedding Cake: Kelly’s Sweet Rewards / Makeup: Blush Couture Design / Ceremony Music: Millennium Music / DJ: DJ Derek / Shoes: Stuart Weitzmen / Hair: Andrea’s Hair Studio, Glastonbury, CT / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo via The White Dress by the Shore / Calligraphy: Jondahl Meotti