When I was at Engage 2011, Sylvia Weinstock said that the cake is the one true centerpiece of the wedding. Well in the case of this next pretty little wedding, it’s the cakes (plural) that have completely stolen my heart. And the bride’s gorgeous dress. And flowers. And the paper goods. Okay, so there were many centerpieces of this affair that I fell in love with which is no surprise seeing that Creative Montage was the designer behind the stationery and Blush Floral Design Studio crafted those perfect stems. Oh and throw in Cynthia Brown to snap the pics and you have a wedding match made in heaven. To see even more, click right here.
I practically decided our wedding would be at the New Haven Lawn Club before I even stepped foot inside. I fell in love with the space – the art deco chandeliers, the black and white checked floors and the tiled mirror above the mantle in the ballroom – as soon as I saw pictures of it. Seeing it in person sealed the deal.
The location set the tone for the rest of my style choices: Elegant and romantic with vintage touches. I settled on a color pallet of blush, apricot and champagne. I wanted the room to be decorated in soft, monochromatic tones and accented with gold and ivory. We used a lot of lush blooms like garden roses, peonies, ranunculus and sweet peas. Dusty Miller added texture and gave all the arrangements and bouquets that vintage look I wanted. We decided to display the centerpieces on vintage cut glass cake stands that my mom spent over a year collecting. She found them in all sizes and patterns, which gave each table a unique and whimsical display. She also collected footed compote bowls that were filled with small arrangements and placed on the bistro tables at cocktail hour.
We created a cake buffet with the extra cake stands. Mini cupcakes and eight 10’’ cakes in flavors like Mexican Hot Chocolate, Orange Creamsicle and Heath Bar Crunch were decorated in blush, apricot and ivory butter cream frosting, trimmed with gold ribbon and topped with large pink and apricot blooms. The cake we cut was a two-tiered lemon raspberry confection decorated with lattice work that matched a pattern from our stationary.
We jazzed up our paper goods by incorporating three different patterns: a gold floral trim, pink lattice work and a pink and gold damask print. Each table number featured a different print and the invitation suite featured all three.
My dress was an Anne Barge ball gown. I loved the way the waist cinched in and the top layer of the skirt floated out, always catching the light just right. I like to think that after spending my childhood dressed in tutus at endless dance recitals this dress picked me. It was the first one I tried on! I borrowed the veil from my new sister-in-law. My hairpiece was a pearl satin ribbon headband with pearl and rhinestone details I bought on Etsy. My something old was a lace handkerchief that both my mother and grandmother carried down the aisle of their wedding day.
A few other personal touches we added to the wedding were the “Mr.” and “Mrs.” letters tied to the back of our chairs with pink and champagne ribbon, a Mad Libs inspired guest book and a display of family wedding pictures. At the end of the night guests were invited to help themselves to freshly popped popcorn, our favorite snack.
The church also matched our color theme, but that was unintentional. We chose it, because the groom’s parents were married there. What more, the priest performing our ceremony married my parents. These personal tributes to our parents were one on the most important parts of the marriage for us.
Wedding Photography: Cynthia Brown Studio / Wedding Invitations & Paper Goods: Creative Montage / Wedding Ceremony Location: The Shrine of Saint Anne / Wedding Reception Location: The New Haven Lawn Club / Catering: The New Haven Lawn Club / Wedding Gown: Anne Barge via Kleinfeld / Bridesmaid Dresses: WTOO / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: JoS. A. Bank / Floral Design: Blush Floral Design Studio / Hair & Makeup: Dana Bartone & Company / DJ: Paul Hebert / Cakes: Sweet Maria’s