This stunning autumn-hued affair? I’m filing it away in a special place I call the best ever. Think a movie-like love story (seriously) with amazing florals from Blush Floral Design Studio, the beauty stylings of Jennie Fresa Brow & Beauty Bar and a sophisticated gown from Everthine Bridal Boutique. A Polished Plan crafted every moment to absolute perfection and Salwa Photography deserves some serious applause. Do yourself a favor and head straight to THE VAULT.
From the Bride… My husband and I met in Florence, Italy while out enjoying aperitivo with our mutual friends from college. After three nights full of laughs and Italian wine with all of our friends, Chad was returning back to America, since he was only there for a brief trip. I had immediately fallen in love with Chad the moment I met him, and we know we had to start a long-distance relationship with the hopes of one day being together again. Well after three and a half years of snail mail, skype, and a “few” weekend trips to Florence and NYC, I made the big move to Texas to finally be with the one I love most. Within one and a half more amazing years in Texas, we bought a beautiful home together, rescued two spunky kitties, and got engaged!
I had never felt so elated and euphoric in my life and I never wanted to lose that feeling, I wanted to keep it between the two of us. Of course we had to tell our families so that we could all celebrate the amazing news together, so we shared the news and celebrate we did! Once we all came to our senses the planning started. At first it was Scotland or Ireland, and then the idea of a Backyard Black-Tie, but finally we realized what it needed to be, Italian in the most true and organic way.
Soon we found the perfect location in Deep River, CT, the Lace Factory. You could not find a more authentic, historic, perfectly aged building, on the Connecticut River, at the bottom of the mountain, surrounded by serine foliage. This place was an absolute dream. Quickly my mom and I got to work with the most incredible wedding planner in CT, Sarah Taggart of A Polished Plan. Both my mom and I had strong visions of what we wanted and with that Sarah was able to bring together the dream team of wedding planning.
We were incredibly fortunate that the owner, Andrea, of the Lace Factory is also the owner of the catering at Cloud 9. Andrea had recently returned from a vacation in Italy and was inspired to create a new menu that was authentic, fresh, and full of the incredible Italian flavors Chad and I love so much. To really top off the cake, she offered to make homemade lemoncello, and she even made a new cake flavor for me, chai spice with mascarpone butter cream! Yes, I was on cloud 9, the food in my life could not have been more divine.
When we started talking about flowers, I initially did not want many, it just didn’t appeal to me as a priority in a wedding. Honestly my husband and I are not huge fans of manicured florals, but thankfully my mom and Sarah knew better. Sarah introduced us to Beth from Blush, and what we saw in her little studio was inspirational. She opened our eyes to the lush side and her talents truly transformed the wedding. She created the most elegant and earthy centerpieces but brought so much personality and quirkiness to them. There were artichokes in the center of a flower arrangements, she also introduced succulents wherever she could, and single bud vases for a touch of fragility.
What was a priority for me was photography. I was so excited when we found Salwa Photography in NYC. Chad and I were able to plan a trip to NYC and meet Anna, one of the owners. She has the most charming, energetic and endearing personalities, that I knew she would be a perfect match for us. One of Chad and I’s favorite directors is Wes Anderson, and I also have a love for black and white photography, and with that visual direction Anna and her husband, Simon, captured the most stunning moments.
Day of the wedding, after Chad and I had our emotional first look photographs, we previewed the Lace Factory and we could not believe our eyes. Sarah and her incredible dream team had brought the venue to life. It was as though the Lace Factory found its true glory. As we walked in the staff was lighting the hundreds of candles that illuminated the garlands at each table. Meanwhile the three piece jazz band, Dandy Wellington, was setting up to serenade us all, and our DJ, Mike Voster, with incredibly suave taste in fashion and music was finishing his setup. Throughout the wedding planning my mom kept saying “I want this to be the wedding you dreamed of” but what I think she really meant when saying that was, “I want you to have a wedding you won’t stop dreaming of”. From the smell of the fresh autumn flowers, the taste of genuinely delicious food, to the sound of jazz flooding the Connecticut River, this truly is a wedding I will never stop dreaming of.
Photography: Salwa Photography | Event Planning + Design: A Polished Plan | Floral Design: Blush Floral Design Studio | Wedding Dress: Everthine Bridal Boutique | Stationery: Social Alchemy | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Everthine Bridal Boutique | Makeup: Jennie Fresa Brow & Beauty Bar | Hair: Posh Salon | DJ: Electric Gentleman | Venue: The Lace Factory | Cocktail Hour Music: Dandy Wellington and His Band | Furniture Rentals: AFR Furniture Rental | Lighting + Drapery: Social Decor | Linen Rentals:Party Rentals Ltd | Rentals: Rentals Unlimited | Trolley: Jolly Red Trolley