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Gatsby Inspired Wedding at Branford House

This wedding is like a movie. No, not just because it has all the makings of a perfect glam Gatsby soirée, but because it transports you. Brought to us by Katie Slater Photography, this New England affair is positively captivating. We got lost in the the gilded gold details, the dreamy castle setting, and all the touches of tassel. Do not even get us started on that veil. Beyond stunning. Get lost in all the old world elegance of this Connecticut soiree right here in the gallery.


From Katie Slater PhotographyWhere do we begin gushing over Stacey and Alan’s wedding that even Jay Gatsby would be envious of?? We can’t get enough of Stacey amazing dress and one-of-a-kind veil. It’s the perfect fit for this old world romance-filled day. Stacey planned every little detail to ooze glamour including gilded tree stumps, velvet bow ties, and tiny tassels on each place card. The florals from Tony at Datura were nothing short of miraculous in their golden urns. We could enjoy this day over and over…and we feel the love radiating from the couple every single time.

From The Bride…I wanted the day to have an old-world, romantic, authentic, and casually glamorous feel. The Great Gatsby had always been a huge inspiration, but more paired down, in the most naturally beautiful way. My ultimate goal was lots of gold, flowers, candles, and champagne!

In planning our wedding, I became a professional online sourcer, Goodwill shopper, and general forager. It’s amazing how many options and resources are out there to make your wedding unique! Etsy and Pinterest were huge sources of inspiration not only for the look of the day, but also provided sources for hard to find items (the guys’ velvet bow ties and our niece’s flower girl dress were purchased from websites overseas, along with a bulk order of mini tassels, one for each guest’s name card). On the topic of place cards, each was made from a package of Avery business cards, printed at home with free fonts downloaded online, hole punched, and finished with a mini silk tassel. Table numbers were a similar project, printed at home on craft paper, then traced with gold pen, and placed in dollar-store frames.

Goodwill was a great source for vintage-looking frames, glass votives and bud vases, and candles. Our niece’s flower girl basket was found there, spray painted gold and finished with various ribbons and tassels. The large gold frame for our wedding party chalkboard was also a Goodwill find (minus the ugly print that was purchased with it, and plus chalkboard insert we made ourselves).

Probably my most favorite project was gathering and creating gold tree stumps to fill the interior of the massive main fireplace at the Branford House. Based on an idea found on Pinterest, Alan and my father-in-law and I selected various stumps from a neighbor’s yard, cut them down as needed, created a schematic with various highs and widths, and spray painted them gold. Day of, they were arranged in the main fireplace with candles placed atop each one. I love them because they were a great solution for the space, a group effort, and left us with some great decor pieces we can use in our house!

Photography: Katie Slater Photography | Videography: Forever Lucky | Floral Design: Datura: A Modern Garden | Wedding Dress: White Dress By The Shore | Reception Venue: Branford House | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Gourmet Galley | Makeup: Andrea Blair Of Two Spa Girls | Hair: Evelyn Cotto

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Barn at Gibbett Hill Wedding by Snap! Photography

We have Snap! Photography to thank for giving us our daily dose of lovely this morning, and it’s coming by way of this gorgeous wedding at The Barn at Gibbett Hill. With a classic color palette we never tire of (love the pop of green) and beautiful birch details (how amazing is that birch cake by Konditor Meister?!), this winter wedding is the epitome of winter chic. See it all here!

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From the Bride… It’s funny, the whole birch thing came from Dave — we’re kind of outdoorsy (or I try to keep up with his outdoorsy side anyway) and being that it was winter and the reception is in a barn, we thought it fit! Strangely, one of the only things he had an opinion on was the flowers and he said “I don’t know. I think, like, birch would be fun,” so we took it and went with it! Dave’s dad brews his own beer out of the basement of Dave’s parents house, which was given out at the end of the night of everyone’s way home. He was so psyched to be showcasing his special home brew for the wedding, and we were proud to showcase it. We also gave out Vermont maple syrup as a favor. Dave’s sister Amy’s boyfriend has acres and acres of land in Vermont that he does maple sugaring on, so we thought that it make that a perfect favor with our rustic theme.

As much as you’ll laugh, I was never a beer drinker in college or even after, but Dave is QUITE the beer connoisseur, so naturally , when we started dating I had to up the ante. Now we together have more favorite beers than I would have ever dreamed, hence us naming all of our tables after our most favorite beers. Dave has been an insane Bruins fan since he was in diapers, so last year, the winning of the Stanley Cup was more than he ever could have dreamed. So a special appearance by Rene Rancourt as a surprise wedding gift from me to him was an obvious choice.

Like I said, we really tried to play the birch theme up. We had flower pots with our initials inside of a heart carved into them that we did ourselves (it was a theme with our save the dates and invitations) that also went on the tags on the maple syrup favors. And with the beer theme, each table card had a bottle cap of one of our favorite beers on them — we had this jar in our apartment that we would toss beer caps into every time we opened one, and one we day said, “What are we going to do with all of these?” After we got engaged, we came up with a way to use them!

Wedding Photography: Snap! Photography / Wedding Venue: The Barn at Gibbett Hill in Groton, Massachusetts / Floral Design: B&G Sawin Florist / Cinematography: Jeff Brouillet Films / Wedding Cake: Konditor Meister / Programs: DIY with Materials from Paper Source / Trolley: A Limo Affair / Photo Booth: The Original PhotoLounge by Snap! / Entertainment: Rene Rancourt from the Boston Bruins Singing the National Anthem / DJ: NuImage Entertainment / Wedding Dress: Vineyard Collection for Priscilla of Boston (Now Closed) / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Alfred Sung

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Barn at Gibbet Hill Wedding by Ruth Eileen Photography

I absolutely ADORE a sweet, sweet love story, so it’s no surprise that I am seriously smitten with this darling duo and their fairytale-come-true romance.  Yep, after dating at the age of sixteen, these two cuties reconnected FOURTEEN YEARS LATER and the result was PURE MAGIC – a meant-to-be winter wedding, dreamy rustic DIY details and a plethora of beautiful images captured by Ruth Eileen Photography.  This, my friends, is what I call a FABULOUS Monday.  Join me in the gallery for more.

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From the Bride… Keith and I met back when we were 16 at a Phish concert on November 29, 1997. We started dating immediately after for a few months. We broke up and went our separate ways for 14 years. We met back up on January 25, 2011. We had a three-hour-long dinner and have been together ever since. On October 1, 2011, we got engaged at Apple Crest Farm among the apple trees. Three weeks later, we decided that we wanted a winter wedding, and we didn’t want to wait a year. It seemed fitting for us to get married in January because it marked a year almost to the date that we reconnected. We both liked the idea of being dressed up and everyone in their elegant fur coats and fancy scarves. We decided to have our wedding ceremony at The First Parish Church of Groton. Groton is where Keith first asked me to be his girlfriend 14 years ago. And the church is where the funeral service was held for Keith’s father a little over a year-and-a-half ago. We knew he would be with us in spirit anywhere, but there seemed to be more of a direct connection at the church. Also, the church has a Paul Revere bell that is rung at funerals and weddings. It is a beautiful thing, and we liked the idea of ringing the bell in honor of our union. Nothing was added at the church — we kept it beautiful and simple. The Barn at Gibbet Hill, only two minutes down the road from the church, was the best option for our reception. The only Saturday available in January was January 14, 2012. So January 14th it became. We didn’t really have a specific theme, but I guess overall, it was a rustic winter white wedding with a few twists.

The Barn at Gibbet Hill is a gorgeous space all on its own. The exposed beams and old wood that was incorporated into the renovation make it a warm, inviting space filled with great energy. The twinkle of the lights from the lights along the banisters and the chandeliers made the space even more magical, so I really only added a few things. We created all our own centerpieces. We wanted to give the idea of snow without being too literal, so we found organic and other funky objects that were white, silver or off-white and filled large glass vases with them. The vases we got at various Christmas Tree Shops and all the fillers were found either from there or various HomeGoods stores. My mom found a few objects at antique shops, but the majority were found at the two other stores. Then we added a few candles and a printed out of a number on a card with a variety of objects, placed them a black easel, and voila!

We both like antiques and trinkets, so our favors and name tags were skeleton keys (replicas found on eBay) on shipping tags with the Richard Bach quote, “A soulmate is someone who has locks that fit our keys, and keys to fit our locks.” On that same table, I hand-painted a piece of Cape Cod fencing with the soulmate quote. Keith and I both love music. Because we met at a concert, our music selection for the day was very important to us. We were introduced with the Phish song “Wilson,” which is our last name, and the song we danced to was called “Brand New Start” by Little Joy, which really sums up how we feel about our life together. At the present table, I also hand-painted song lyrics on records from a thrift shop with a record player and glass vase for cards.  The guest were encouraged to sign a book of love song records, again found at a thrift shop, with metallic paint pens. I found the record book and thought it would be a different idea for a guest book.

Wedding Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography / Wedding Ceremony: First Parish Church of Groton in Groton, Massachusetts / Wedding Reception: The Barn at Gibbet Hill in Groton, Massachusetts / Floral Design: Lavender / Wedding Coordination: Carolyn Hilton of The Barn at Gibbet Hill / Wedding Cinematography: Robert W. Dreissig of Playback, Inc. / Wedding Invitations + Programs: DIY by the Bride / Centerpieces: DIY / Most Centerpiece Materials: Christmas Tree Shops + HomeGoods / Wedding Cake: Konditor Meister / DJ: Seth Isaacs / Skeleton Key Favors: eBay / Wedding Dress: Melissa Sweet “Uma” for Priscilla of Boston (Now Closed) / Bride’s Jacket: Vintage / Bride’s Shoes: Audrey Brooke / Bride’s Pearl Necklace: A Gift from the Groom’s Parents / Bride’s Earrings: From the Groom’s Great-Grandmother / Groom’s Attire: John Varvatos / Rings: Anderson’s Jewelers

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