What do you do when you are a southern girl marrying your Yale educated love in a Connecticut soiree? Why, you bring the southern charm north with you. And then you definitely call Carla Ten Eyck to capture it. That, my loves, is the perfect concoction for the most charming Connecticut wedding around, as you can obviously see in this gorgeous, gorgeous wedding. Click here for more!

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Patrick and I were married on the most gorgeous and uncharacteristically warm spring day in Connecticut. The marriage ceremony took place at St. Mary’s Church located on the campus of Patrick’s alma mater, Yale University. When I saw St. Mary’s for the first time I fell in love and knew this was the church we had to get married in! It is breathtaking, yet simple at the same time.

As a North Carolina native getting married in Patrick’s home state of Connecticut, I wanted my southern roots to shine through at our wedding. Therefore, I decided on a southern hospitality theme featuring the symbol of hospitality, the pineapple. We wanted to extend the warmest welcome possible to all of our family and friends who were part of our special day.

The cocktail hour and reception were held at Great River Golf Club in Milford, CT. Our southern hospitality theme was represented throughout the décor, which included hand painted pineapple signs, a vintage chalkboard with a hand written explanation of the meaning of the pineapple, pineapple themed paper products, and postcards from my favorite southern cities that served as table signs. Elisabeth, our florist, expanded upon my southern theme with the floral design, which included magnificent magnolia leaf and floral garlands which she used to decorate both the head table and the place card display. Elisabeth also created the most amazing centerpieces for the reception tables, which included a mixture of spring purple, ivory, and green flowers.

For our favors, my mom crocheted delicate white lace crosses tied with green and purple ribbons. We also gave our guests packets of Moravian cookies, a specialty of my hometown. Also, as a kid my dad would always joke that at my wedding reception we would serve RC Colas and moon pies, true southern delicacies. To honor my dad’s request, we sent guests home with these southern treats!

Patrick and I had the most amazing day and we couldn’t have pulled it off without the help of the best vendor team EVER! They put so much hard work into our day to make sure that it was truly special, and we can’t thank them enough. We are so blessed to have each other and the memories of a truly remarkable day!

Photographer: Carla Ten Eyck Photography / Dress: Modern Trousseau, from The White Dress by the Shore / Reception Dress: Allison Parris / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Hairpiece: Maria Elena Headpieces, The White Dress by the Shore / Bracelet: Aquinnah / Wooden Welcome Sign: Joni of Chocolate Butterbean / Hand painted Thank you chalkboard and Vintage chalkboard: Etsy / Bridesmaids’ Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar / Linens: La Tavola and Party Rentals Ltd. / Chargers, glassware: Party Rentals, Ltd. / Calligraphy: Meant to Be Calligraphy / Invitations: Smock / Menus, Place Cards, and Programs: The Green Kangaroo / Day of Coordinator: Diana from Jubilee Events / Videographer: Jim Altieri Vintage Cinema / Florist: Blush Floral Design / Hair and Makeup: Lauren and Dana of Dana Bartone and Company / DJ: Rich Gumpert, Powerstation Events / Cakes: The Cake Boutique / Reception: Great River Golf Club / Transportation: Premier Limo

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