A sure fire combo for a lovely fete: one scrumptious Vera Wang, loads of garden-esque blooms by Hana Floral Design and a classic venue like Eolia Mansion. When these things come together for a day of Marrying, it’s like the perfect storm of wedding gorgeousness. And the only thing that could possibly make this day better is having every memorable second captured by Maggie Conley Photography. See the whole pretty affair right here!

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From the bride…Ted and I met our senior year at Connecticut College when our housing lottery placed me in a dorm, on a floor with many of the senior boys.  I was away from all my close girlfriends and decided to make the best of my situation and befriend the raucous boys on my floor.  As fate would have it, Ted and I instantly hit it off.  We began dating soon after and upon graduating, moved to New York City together.  Ted proposed last summer on a midnight stroll in Paris.  It was magical.

From the moment we began setting out planning our wedding, the only certain thing we knew was that our venue had to be Eolia.  It was so “us.”  Throughout college, we always went to the beach there during the spring months with our friends and had always admired the gardens and the mansion.  Once we locked in the date for our wedding (one week after Ted took the Bar Exam!!), the rest seamlessly fell in to place.  I set my heart on having a whimsical “Secret Garden” wedding.  I wanted flowers everywhere! My mother-in-law began collecting hobnail vases for the centerpieces as well as vintage flower frogs to be used to hold the table numbers (which were scanned copies of vintage flower prints).  Yumiko executed my vision perfectly.  I couldn’t have asked for anything more perfect than what she and her “pink ladies” created.  Originally, when we first met, I had wanted sunset colors and lots of pink, but halfway through the planning I became worried it was becoming “too pink” (if there can be such a thing!). I stumbled upon my lavender Ferragamo shoes during a shopping spree at Bloomingdales and immediately decided to include lots of lavender and purple accents into the flower arrangements.  I chose the white bridesmaid dresses after seeing another Style Me Pretty bride use them at her wedding.  I fell in love with how clean and crisp the look was.  Many people questioned me with this pick but then once Pippa Middleton wore a white dress to her sister’s wedding it all became okay with everyone!

Our wedding was so personal and so full of love.  We wanted it to be our families and close friends who have been with us from the beginning. My cousin is an Episcopalian priest and he officiated the ceremony.  Both Ted and I couldn’t stop smiling.  From our first look in the garden, to playing lawn games with our guests, to being introduced as husband and wife, to singing and dancing the night away- it couldn’t have been more spectacular.  We couldn’t have done it without our beyond fabulous vendors who worked tirelessly on making our wedding possible.  We found many of our vendors through Style Me Pretty and they were the epitome of professionalism and style, a huge thank you to all of them.

Location: Eolia Mansion / Photography: Maggie Conley Photography / Flowers: Hana Floral Design / Caterer: A Thyme to Cook / DJ: Power Posse Productions (860-572-7322) / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Thread / Flower Girl Dresses: Jacadi / Bride’s Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo / Hair and Makeup: Red Door Spa

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