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Modern Summer Wedding at the Wilton Riding Club

With linens from La Tavola, a gorgeous skylight tent from Stamford Tents, and, a private equestrian show at the Wilton Riding School, all brought together by True Event, you know you’re in for a real wedding treat! Photographed beautifully by Bruce Plotkin, click through the gallery here for some plum-infused pretty, and some serious love!

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From the Bride… Most people think the fact that we share a name (Jaime and Jamie) or that we were set up by two famous Wall Street deal makers (Jamie Lee’s father, Jimmy Lee of JP Morgan and Jaime Foster’s friends Tracy and Frank Bisignano formerly of PS 41 and JP Morgan) is what makes our “story” unique but anyone who knows us, knows that it’s the way we clicked from day one that really set us apart.

We met on a blind date at the Jane Street Hotel in New York’s West Village and the date lasted close to 7 hours! After drinks, we continued our fluent and easy conversation over dinner at Del ‘Anima (also a favorite West Village spot) and then moved to Art Bar on 8th Ave for after dinner drinks. From the first conversation we felt totally at ease with each other. We have always been able to easily make each other laugh and fell in love within weeks of our first date.

After a surprise engagement in our apartment in SoHo, we celebrated with our families across the street at Galli Restaurant and flew to Hawaii the next day for a trip that turned out to be our “engagement-moon”!

When it came to planning the wedding we wanted to “marry” our love of the country with our respect for modern design. Having both been raised in historic homes in Fairfield County (Jamie Lee grew up in Darien CT, Jaime Foster Lee is from Wilton CT) we wanted to have a home-town wedding with a modern glamorous feel.

We chose the Lee’s new home on Contentment Island in the Tokeneke section of Darien as a perfect location for the Rehearsal Dinner and we selected the Wilton Riding Club for the wedding reception for its close proximity to the church (Sacred Heart Church in Georgetown CT) and because the location held so many childhood memories for the Foster family.

Once we decided on a rustic barn and horse-ring setting, we knew we needed help designing a look that would juxtapose vintage with modern and would make it feel elegant and beautiful. That’s where Sarah True and the True Event Team came in. We had chosen to use The Schoolhouse Restaurant in Cannondale as the caterer almost immediately (we have known Tim LaBant, the chef and owner since he played little league with the Foster girls in Wilton as a child) and Stamford Tents was a slam-dunk as we knew Ian Rangel and his team would be a perfect fit for us. We also chose the florist without contest as we have worked with Banchet at Banchet Flowers on many family weddings and events in the past and we knew her talent was unparalleled. Lastly we needed to secure the most important player of the Foster-Lee wedding team, the Priest. We were fortunate enough to find out after a funny email exchange or two that a friend of the Lees, Msgr. Robert Ritchie, the Rector of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City had agreed to officiate our wedding mass.

Over the next few months we planned the wedding, picked out china and did all the things couples do leading up to their wedding day-but most importantly Jamie Lee met weekly with Msgr. Ritchie and a month before the wedding he received the sacraments of Communion, Confirmation and Confession. As June 21st approached we were ready for our Big Day!

With the team in place True Event did an amazing job of bringing our vision to life! The clear Navi-Trac tent and the mix of mirrored bars and gold and silver accents on the chairs and tables brought a modern feel to a rustic setting! Banchet created a chandelier of orchids for the barn and each table was decorated with purple and white orchids, hydrangea and more! The final look was stunning.

For us, the most beautiful part of the wedding was how it turned into such a giant love-fest! Everyone was crying and laughing, singing and dancing together. From the Bridesmaid’s Luncheon at the Philip Johnson Glass house in New Canaan, CT to the Rehearsal Dinner on the water in Tokeneke to the wedding reception at the Wilton Riding Club-every moment and detail exceeded our expectations! The weather was gorgeous and looking back on it we wouldn’t change a thing!

Photography: Bruce Plotkin Photography | Floral Design: Banchet Flowers | Invitations: Saltbox Press | Catering: Tim LaBant Events | Lighting: Social Decor | Cocktail Hour Band: Ragga Lox | Event Coordination And Design: True Event | Hair And Make-up: Lena And Andrew Sotomayor | Linens: La Tavola | Linens: Nuage Designs | Party Rentals: Party Rental Ltd. | Reception Band: David Foster Band | Tent Rental: Stamford Tent

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Preppy Backyard Wedding

I may have mentioned a time or two (read: one million) that Father of the Bride is one of my all-time favorite movies, but when I see a sweet affair like this gorgeous CT wedding, it’s definitely worth repeating. Preppy meets classic, this is a day that is overflowing with amazing details; from the lush blooms from KD&J Botanica to the sweet blue hues.  See it all captured by IRIS Photography right here 

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From IRIS PhotographyPreppy backyard tented wedding in Fairfield County CT with splashes of verdant color–from vintage 1940s Packard woody sedan in jade to bright yellow soup, variegated green floral arrangements, and blues and pinks–all in a relaxed Sperry Tent reception in the bride’s parents’ home at the start of summer. Talented vendors include Sperry Tents Greenwich (LBB member), Marcia Selden Catering, KD&J Botanica, IRIS Photography (LBB member).

From The Bride…Richard and I met while we were both living in New York City. I was working in finance and he was getting his masters at Columbia. After meeting through mutual friends at what became one of our favorite local dive bars, The Back Fence, the rest, as they say, is history.

I am still surprised at how painless and enjoyable it was to plan our wedding. I chalk it up to both of us being on the same page from the very beginning, and to both our parents, who went above and beyond to make the weekend wonderful. When Richard and I started talking about our wedding, we agreed right away on what was most important to us: 1) That the wedding be held somewhere meaningful to both of us 2) That we would do whatever it took to secure our most favorite band – Party on the Moon 3) That we would ask our good friend, Reverend Brooks Hundley, with whom Richard worked at Saint Albans School in D.C. to officiate the wedding 4) That our wedding be all about having fun. With those priorities set, the other details fell into place seamlessly.

I owe so much to my parents for how our wedding day turned out. It was actually my father’s idea for us to get married in my parent’s backyard. I originally hesitated when he first proposed the idea… we’ve all seen George Banks’ historic meltdown in Father of the Bride… but my Dad assured me he would have fun with the process and he did. Both he and my Mom worked tirelessly, without a wedding planner, to secure the right vendors and coordinate all the details taking much of the stress away from me and Richard.

Our wedding day ended up being even more beautiful, fun, and special than we ever could have hoped. We were blessed with perfect summer weather; thoughtful and witty speeches from my father and our brothers, an epic dance floor thanks to Party on the Moon’s unforgettable performance and our friends and family getting their rage on, delicious food from Marcia Selden Catering, and the most enchanting ambiance provided by Sperry Tents and KD&J Botanica.

Photography: IRIS Photography | Floral Design: KD&J Botanica | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew | Catering: Marcia Selden Catering | Band: Party On The Moon | Groom's Attire: J. Crew | Groomsmen's Attire: J. Crew | Venue: Private Residence | Bride's Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Tent: Sperry Tents Greenwich

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Traditional, Elegant Wedding in Darien

Weddings like this beauty captured by Charlotte Jenks Lewis are pure perfection to me. In every sense of the word. The timeless style and breathtaking details carefully placed by Stacie Shea Events move this soiree into a league of its very own, making every image in this gallery jaw-droppingly-gorgeous to say the very least. Get lost in all the lovely here.

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From the Bride…Taylor and I met in college as blind dates to one of my sorority’s events. Despite that most unlikely of starts, we knew we had something special. We dated all through college, and even when I left campus for my semester abroad in Paris, Taylor traveled to visit me. We had an amazing time in Paris and always considered it a very special place for us.

Seven years later, now living in New York, I had planned to take some time off for the 4th of July to escape the city by way of my parents’ lake house. Little did I know, Taylor had completely different plans. I woke up early in the morning with the intention of catching the first train out, but Taylor stopped me and told me that we instead were going to the international airport. I was so confused that Taylor had to abandon his plans to keep our mystery destination a secret until we got to the airport. Instead, he told me right there that we were going to Paris. I’m so glad he did, because I would have ended up in Paris with only flip-flops and cut-off shorts! Taylor planned an amazing trip for us, complete with romantic dinners and opera tickets. The day after we arrived, he took me on a walk along the Seine. We tried to find the same bench where we had picnicked during his visit seven years ago. When we found it, I sat down, but Taylor went down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. It couldn’t have been more perfect!

I’ve always known that I wanted to get married in my home state of Connecticut, but other than that, I had never really thought through how my wedding would be. But then, I found my blush pink lace wedding dress, and it inspired the rest of the wedding design. Stacie from Stacie Shea events helped us plan a beautiful event inspired by the blush color and lace on my dress. I’m so thrilled with how everything turned out.

Above all, we wanted to have a really fun party, and that’s what we got! Our band, Character Zoo, got everyone on the dance floor and the photo booth was a major hit. My mom and I designed a guest book where guests would stick in a photo from the photo booth and write us a message. Now, after the wedding, it’s a fantastic photo album for us to have!

Photographer: Charlotte Jenks Lewis | Videographer: Vantage Point | Event Planner: Stacie Shea Events | Florist: Blush Floral | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Ana Parzych Cakes | Church: Stanwich Congregational Church | Reception Venue: Riverside Yacht Club | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale | Caterer: Courtney Wetzel at Riverside Yacht Club | Makeup: Julie Rodini Of Simply Gorgeous By Erin | Hair: Fredrick Fekkai | Calligraphy: Brown Linen & Co. | Band: Character Zoo | Bridal Boutique: The Plumed Serpent | Cocktail Tables, Dinner Tables: Nuage Designs | Cookies & McDonald's: Sweet Lisa's | Furniture Rentals: New England Country Rentals | Linens: La Tavola Linen | Linens & Lace Runners: Nuage | Napkins: Widflower Linens | Paper: Coral Pheasant | Photobooth: Smilebooth | Tent: North East Tents | Vintage Car: Private Owner | Vintage Mercedes: Antique Autos | Vintage Rentals: Patina Vintage Rentals

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