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Romantic Colonial Inspired Connecticut Wedding

Ashley Caroline knows the way to my nuptial devoted soul. Case in point? This oh-so-sweet snap of the Bride and her darling flower girl. I mean, that alone is enough to melt my heart! But the sweet moments don’t stop there m’dears, we’ve got even more pretty waiting for you in the gallery!


From Ashley Caroline PhotographySarah and Scott married in Sarah’s charming hometown in Connecticut surrounded by old colonial homes full of character. Their wedding had lots of personal touches but my favorites are the wildflower bouquets that the girls held, which Sarah collected the day before with a few added florals purchased. The flower girl was adorable with her dainty flower crown and the bridesmaids wore peach chiffon dresses in different styles. Sarah wore a delicate gold bracelet that Scott gifted her on the morning of with their wedding date inscribed. The groomsmen looked handsome in their black suspenders and grey pants and bow ties, which perfectly complimented the groom in his slim fit grey suit and narrow black tie. Sarah had an adorable braided updo and wore the biggest smile throughout the day.

The reception had unique signs and jars of honey with “W” tags, representing the groom’s last name. The cake was dressed in rosemary and topped with a “W” gold cake topper. More wildflowers decorated the room and it was lovely!

This wedding was a labor of love contributed by Sarah + Scott’s closest family and friends. Her sister designed the wedding invitations, her dad conducted the ceremony and her bridesmaid did Sarah’s beautiful makeup. I felt honored to be chosen as their photographer!

My favorite wedding day moment was when Sarah sat on a floral couch in the bridal suite and began reading her letter from Scott. In the envelope, he gifted her an inscribed necklace with their wedding date, 07262014. She wrapped the necklace around her wrist and wore it next to her initial bracelet, which she had also gifted to her bridesmaids. She read the letter to herself with a mixture of tears and laughter. She summed up her reaction in one sentence, “he’s been writing me this letter for years.” A true example of romance in this long distance relationship. I hid my eyes full of tears behind my camera and continued to click and blink them away.

From The Bride…Growing up in Connecticut, I have always loved the clean lines and simplicity of the colonial houses in my town. A lot of the planning was inspired by the venue – we wanted the aesthetic to feel fresh and simple. I have always loved how gorgeous the First Church of Christ is with stunning white and wooden pews. We did virtually no decorating at the church with the exception of a few flowers in the front, the church was so beautiful that I didn’t want to do anything to distract from it. I really loved the idea of keeping things simple and neutral and letting seasonal flowers and greenery introduce any color into the aesthetic.

We thrifted most of the decor for the wedding, buying many various glass vases from Goodwill and Salvation Army to hold the flowers at each table. We picked many of the flowers for the centerpieces ourselves from friends’ yards and gardens. Our wedding would not have been a success without the support and help of our friends and family. We were really blessed to have talented crew of family and friends willing to help! My sister designed the invitations and paper goods, a good family friend catered amazing fresh food sourced from seasonal ingredients, a friend did the floral arrangement, and my bridesmaids did my makeup! It was really great seeing how many people were willing to pitch in to make our day a success.

My favorite moment:

I can bring myself back to the moment that the gorgeous church doors opened. This is a moment that I will cherish for the rest of my life. All of the planning, and preparation of the wedding and of our hearts led up to this moment. The doors swung open, and I saw my best friend waiting for me at the end of the aisle. It felt so special to walk towards the love of my life as I walked by rows of family and friends there to support us as we committed the rest of our lives to each other. The best way that I can describe it is that it felt like a huge hug from everyone that I love and care about. It was incredible and made me feel so blessed! I would advise any bride to pause before walking down the aisle to take some time to soak in this moment – it is unforgettable.

Photography: Ashley Caroline Photography | Reception: Sarah Porter Memorial | Dress Designer: Mori Lee | Graphic Designer: Abigail Solberg

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Farmington Wedding by IRIS Photography + Sixpence For Your Shoe

It’s time for another wonderful Wedding Wednesday – and you know what that means.  A day filled to the brim with pretty inspiration and a bundle of swoon-worthy moments guaranteed to make your heart sing.  So, cozy on up for a morning, noon and night of lovely – and be sure to stop by those galleries where even more fabulous inspiration awaits!

Up first is a Connecticut soiree that will knock.your.socks off with its preppy chic vibe and oodles upon oodles of sweet New England style.  All planned by the amazing Sixpence For Your Shoe, the gorgeous tented reception and beautiful blooms by Dragonfly have our hearts all aflutter – and when you add in those brilliant images by IRIS Photography, well… it’s the perfect way to start the day.  See it all here.

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From Jane + Mike of IRIS PhotographyThis was a preppy, relaxed, country wedding in a classic New England Main Street church in Farmington, Connecticut, with the reception at Hill-Stead Museum. The bride and her father took a horse-drawn carriage from their art-filled home on the same Main Street, past Miss Porter’s School where she attended, to arrive at church. Afterward, everyone made their way just up the hill to Hill-Stead for parasols, croquet and cocktails in the sunken garden. The bride wore a cool asymmetrical dress, and the wedding featured plenty of pink … in the name cards, bridesmaids’ dresses, guys’ bow ties, guests’ dresses and especially the abundant flowers.

Wedding Photography: IRIS Photography / Reception Venue: Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, Connecticut / Wedding Planning: Sixpence For Your Shoe / Floral Design: Dragonfly / Catering: Emily’s Catering / Wedding Cake: J Cakes (203-488-2800) / Wedding Stationery: Rose Marie Belo of Lettres Stationery of Distinction (860-676-1330) / Wedding Dress: Angel Sanchez / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo / Groom’s Tuxedo: Ermenegildo Zegna / Groomsmen’s Bow Ties: Vineyard Vines / Tent Rental: Sperry Tents

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Intimate Farmington Country Wedding from IRIS Photography

There is something so peaceful and beautiful about this Connecticut country wedding, and I am eating it right up. It’s the perfect piece of calm beauty to spend all Friday afternoon soaking up, recharging before the weekend. I absolutely love the intimate love that shines through every one of IRIS Photography‘s fantastic photos. This is just one of those weddings that makes me all warm and fuzzy inside from all the love, commitment, and romance. And those adorable bow ties aren’t too bad to look at either! Click here for the full image gallery.

We met our senior year of high school, in a college interview for FIT. We actually did not get the best first impressions of each other during this meeting! But we both enrolled at FIT and ironically had most of our classes together our first semester and ended up becoming friends. After a lengthy pursuit by Price, we started dating at the beginning of our Sophomore year.
Price proposed in Central Park by the pond. It was an intimate proposal, just the two of us. After the proposal we sat on a bench overlooking the pond and soaked in the moment. Then we made our way to a photography gallery, the union square farmers market, and our favorite ice cream shop. It was all very casual but we spent it doing the things we loved to do together.

We wanted everything to be really personal and really reflect our personalities and our styles. We  tried to use a lot of local suppliers, such as the jam favors. We decided to cut a pie instead of a cake as were both not huge cake fans. And the pies that we offered were gluten free and vegan.

We decided to display our flowers in mason jars as we thought they would be a little more casual and rustic than traditional vases. We also wanted to keep the floral arrangements on a smaller scale so that the  guests didn’t feel blocked and were able to easily talk to other people at their table. Some things we struggled to find what we were looking for, such as the table numbers, so we actually made them ourselves. Price really likes to wear bow ties and wanted to find a special one for the event. He found a cool company that makes limited runs out of vintage fabrics, and they  had just enough fabric in the pattern he liked to make two, one for him and one for the best man!

We actually first found Iris Photography on Style Me Pretty! After looking at the blog and galleries, we knew they would be perfect. We wanted a more photo journalistic style that would allow for more candid’s and less posed shots. This allowed our natural feelings to come through in the photographs. Now when we look at the pictures we can really remember how we felt.

It was just such a happy day and I don’t think well ever forget how it felt! Everything just seemed to come together so perfectly from the weather to all of our personal touches.

Photography:  IRIS Photography / Venue:  Apricots, Farmington CT / Bowties:  Forage / Florals: Lane and Lenge / Pies: Dee’s One Smart Cookie / Bride’s Dress: Nicole Miller / Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Priscilla of Boston / Shoes: Pelle Moda and Kate Spade / Hair: Defining Styles / Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Entertainment: The Hartt School / DJ: Connecticut DJ

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