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Romantic Indoor Branford House Wedding

When you’re one of three and the last sibling to tie the knot, both challenges and blessings are sure to meet you in the planning process. Case in point? These two sweeties captured by Meredith Perdue. Beyond the biggest hurdle of finding a unique venue, they were lucky enough to have several vendors recommended to them by the Bride’s siblings, including Hana Floral Design who also worked her magic on the Bride’s sister’s wedding that we featured a few years back! See the rest here in THE VAULT.

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From The Bride…Joe and I were married in July before a group of close family and friends at the Branford House at Avery Point in Connecticut. Being the third and last of my siblings to wed, led to some benefits and challenges! Among the challenges was finding a location we loved that would be unique to us (in other words, we didn’t want to revisit a venue that had already hosted a sibling’s wedding, which was hard because our siblings got married in such amazing spots). However, the Branford House ended up working out really well for us—we were still on the shoreline and it was fun to choose a spot where my family had previously enjoyed picnics and where I had taken a physics class over the summer while home from college. It’s fun to think that I have pictures of me from elementary school enjoying a grinder on the steps of the lighthouse on the property and I now also have our first look photos from almost the same spot.

Among the benefits was that Joe and I were able to put all of the wisdom and experience that my siblings had gained from their shoreline weddings to good use! We knew right away that we would use the same wonderful caterer and we also used the same amazing florist that my sister & brother-in-law worked with (as well as the same musician for the ceremony!). Another benefit—our splendid photographer, Meredith Perdue, was recommended to us by brother & sister-in-law as both a great photographer and great person and, as promised, she made two camera-shy people feel comfortable and relaxed!

I am grateful that we managed to bring personal touches into the ceremony. Joe and I met while serving as law clerks and we were so honored to be able to have the judge that we clerked for officiate. It was also particularly meaningful to us to have close friends contribute readings and offer blessings.

My sister and brother-in-law’s wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty at as well! See it here.

Photography: Meredith Perdue | Floral Design: Hana Floral Design | Catering: A Thyme to Cook, Inc. | Hair And Makeup: Jennie Fresa Brow & Beauty Bar | DJ: Dawson Entertainment | Venue: Branford House | Bridal Boutique: The White Dress by the shore

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Elegant Wedding on the Connecticut Shoreline

With ties to Paris and Connecticut, this couple blended the two in an elegant affair by the Connecticut shoreline. Jubilee Events helped with the finishing touches, and every detail, from the Bride’s dress from Everthine Bridal Boutique to the personalized invitations by French calligrapher Bernard Larboillat, is flawless! Take a peek at all the pretty captured by Tony Spinelli Photography right here!

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From the beautiful Bride…We hired Candice Coppola of Jubilee Events to assist with design and coordination. We did a lot of legwork ourselves such as finding the venue, accommodation, photographer, caterer and music. Candice helped us find our last few vendors, managed our rentals and helped us develop and implement the design.

We spent about half the engagement planning. We did a lot of work immediately after we got engaged finding a venue and vendors and then things came in small spurts thereafter.

The Branford House is a beautiful property that is conveniently located in walking distance to my parent’s beach house. It was not the first place we looked but it was the one we choose. It was the perfect fit. It was on the shore with an amazing view and it could accommodate our guest list! We have spent many weekends on the Connecticut shore swimming, kayaking, sailing, running and biking, and it was the perfect place for us to get married.

I wanted to look classic, elegant, and understated and be comfortable! I tried on a bunch of wedding dresses both in stores and at home that I ordered online. I fell in love with my dress. It was an A-line cut. The bodice was structured lace with an illusion top with fabric so thin it looked like it was strapless with the lace climbing up. The skirt was chiffon and very lightweight. It was white. I wore a headpiece and a belt to embellish the look. For my shoes, I wore silver Varas. I custom ordered them so I even got my initials put on them. I wanted my shoes to be beautiful and comfortable.

For jewelry, I used earrings I already owned (a gift from my parents several years before) and wore my maternal great-grandmother’s rose gold watch that my dad had gotten restored for me. The clutch was by b.m.c. and I purchased it off Amazon.

I had five bridesmaids and one bridesman! I told the ladies to each find a gray dress of any shade, length, and design from J.Crew. For the bridesman, I asked that he wear a tux (of his choosing) and I got him gray paisley suspenders, socks and a bowtie from thetiebar.com. I told everyone to choose something they were comfortable with–they all selected their own accessories including shoes. I had very wonderful and beautiful people in my bridal party and I wanted them to be happy and comfortable! For hair and makeup, they each decided what they wanted.

We had our niece, Avery Kagan, was our flower girl. Her dress was purchased off dressale.com. She carried a basket of rose petals down the aisle. I decorated the basket (that I purchased from Michael’s) with Martha Stewart Crafts Vintage Specialty Girl Ribbon I bought off Amazon. The ring bearer was Marc’s second cousin, Cole Robertson. He wore a kilt in Robertson clan tartan (Marc’s mom’s family is of Scottish descent, the Robertsons), a sporran purchased from sportkilt.com and a Joey Couture tuxedo purchased on Amazon. Cole made it down the aisle… but not with anything in his hands!

From the Groom… There were five groomsmen. They all wore tuxedos. They were not required to have a particular brand and all but two owned one already, some had midnight blue and other black. I had a bespoke tuxedo made (with both black and ivory jackets) by W.W. Chan, done with grosgrain shawl lapels. My shirt, tie and cummerbund were also made by W.W. Chan. I wore Allen Edmond Vernon shoes in black with a bright polish and the overall package finished with a silver and mother of pearl stud set from Brooks Brothers. All the groomsmen wore Bresciani socks (I had pink ones!), and they all had skull and crossbones suspenders and pocket squares purchased from thetiebar.com (to mark our trip to the Carribean for the bachelor party). Each groomsmen finished their look with their own details such as different shoes and cufflinks.

From the Bride… Our second wedding was in Paris, France so the loose theme was Connecticut (my home and now our home) meets France (Marc’s father is French and Marc used to live and work in Paris). So for our Connecticut wedding we wanted to have a blend of Connecticut shoreline and Paris. I wanted a very neutral color palette; I didn’t want to be overpowered. I wanted the beauty and color to come from the flowers. Candice helped us develop a palette of white, blush, peach, khaki, mint and grey that were much more about showcasing the flowers. The design was really driven by Candice, and she really listened to what we wanted and developed the color story and feel of the event: elegant, simple and romantic.

For our save-the-dates, we used photos from our engagement shoot with Tony Spinelli and made postcards on WeddingPaperDivas.com.

The wedding invitation stationary was an original design by French calligrapher Bernard Larboillat. Bernard lives outside Paris and when Marc was working in France over the winter he brought me back a few of his cards because I love stationary. We loved his designs so much that we contacted him and Marc met with him a few times and he created this very unique invitation for us. He drew the view of Branford House and composed his drawing of letters and words of the item he was drawing. For example, the house was drawn using the letters “b” and “h”. We carried his design through a few elements of our wedding design such as the cocktail napkins (ordered from foryourparty.com with our custom design on them), our guest board and the groomsmans’s gifts.

From the Groom… The design also made it way into the groomsman’s gifts, which were laser etched solid wood wine cases with the Branford house and the wedding couple designs. Inside were the ingredients for my favorite drink, a Manhattan, along with home made maraschino cherries. I also etched a limerick to explain the contents on the inside of the case. Bernard also designed the invitations for our Paris wedding. We had everything printed locally at Minuteman Press in Hartford, CT.

From the Bride… For programs and menus, we used chalkboards with design by Molly Shanahan. The chalkboards displayed on easels and were adorned with garlands from Just For You Floral.

For our escort cards, I used tags from paperpresentation.com and my mom (who has excellent handwriting) wrote out all the names. The Jubilee Events team attached fresh lavender with twine to each card. They escort cards were left on a whitewash barrel bar with flowers, garland and antique family silver trays.

We had 42 inch wide banquet tables and our meal was served family style so the goal of the table centerpieces were to be beautiful but leave plenty of room for platters and bowls and cutting boards. I wanted the simple, elegant and romantic vibe to come through. Jane of Just for You made every table and centerpiece look a little bit different. Each table had a mixture of arrangements with different flowers (many of the flower types used in the bouquets), in varying sizes and containers (antique glass vases, silver cups, trays, etc.). The linens were camel with white napkins and the chargers gold. Table numbers were simply displayed with cards on stands. Everything was very simple. The idea was beautiful but functional–lots of room for food! Food being part of the beauty!

During dinner we challenged guest tables to sing us love songs (as a group) if they wanted us to kiss (instead of the traditional clinking of the glasses). Shockingly almost every table participated! We got the range from Frank Sinatra to Salt-N-Pepa! Between guest tables singing and speeches, we had on some background music during dinner. For dancing, the Nu-Cullers did what they do best– a mix of pop, soul and mo-town! My father-daughter dance was to “My Girl” and Marc’s mother-son dance was to “Into the Mystic”. The band even played a great version of Hava Nagila.

Photography: Tony Spinelli Photography | Event Planning: Jubilee Events | Floral Design: Just For You Floral Design Studio | Wedding Dress: Everthine Bridal Boutique | Cake: Le Petit France | Invitations: Bernard Larbouillat | Bride's Shoes: Sergio Ferragamo | Rings: R. Hollander Master Goldsmith | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Emily’s Catering Group | Makeup: EyeCatcherz | Hair: Chameleon Salon | Band: Nu-Cullers | Groom's Attire: W.W. Chan | Wedding Venue: Branford House | Groom's Pocket Square And Tie: The Tie Bar | Groom's Shoes: Allen Edmonds | Groom's Socks: Bresciani | Lighting And Sound In The Tent-: Rob Alberti | Programs: Molly Shanahan (chalkboard) | Rentals: New England Country Rentals

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Glamorous Branford House Wedding

When it came to their Big Day, this theater loving pair wanted to put on the show of a lifetime. From the softly arranged white blooms a la Green Dahlia to the Bride’s sophisticated gown, every detail evoked hollywood glamour. Carla Ten Eyck captured an evening ending with a breakfast themed dinner, and it’s all right here!

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From the beautiful Bride… James and I met at our local theater; I was costuming a show that he was performing in. As we are both performers and designers, we have a lot of opinions on style and have a need for things to be visually interesting and cohesive.

We had decided on getting married in the colder months, so we knew we needed to find a venue that was beautiful both inside and out. After googling “mansions you can rent in CT” (seriously), I found the beautiful Branford House. I knew before we even visited it that it was the place we were going to get married. When we saw it in person, we were blown away by the beautiful architecture, stunning woodwork, marble fireplaces and the incredible views.

My best friend and man of honor also happens to be the most talented floral designer in the world. I knew I wanted all white, soft flowers with waxy, tropical foliage – in my head I wanted it to look like an old Fred and Ginger movie. This is all that I told Tony and he and Cat of Green Dahlia Florist blew me away. The beautiful palms on the fireplaces, the centerpieces, the arrangements on the stairs and all of those candles were everything I imagined and more. Tony also created my bouquet with inspiration from brides of yesterday. It was delicate and beautiful and the perfect complement to my dress.

I selected my Monique Lhuillier gown at The Plumed Serpent bridal shop. I loved that it was simple and elegant while being classic and sophisticated. With accessories from The White Dress by the Shore and styling by Beth Chapman, my bridal look was the perfect embodiment of 1930s style without looking like I was wearing a costume. Topped off with beauty by a dream team and I felt like the most beautiful bride in the world (as every bride should). James had a custom Joseph Abboud navy blue velvet jacket with black satin shawl collar made, which he wore with Calvin Klein tuxedo pants and a black velvet bow tie. We loved that our looks perfectly complemented our personal styles, each other and our venue.

Our menu was all based on the idea of breakfast for dinner. A Thyme to Cook brought that to life from cocktail hour bites to comforting and savory entrees and even a fantastic mimosa and bloody mary bar!

The warm and intimate ambiance was captured perfectly by the amazingly talented Carla Ten Eyck. Her photos communicate the soft glow and loving atmosphere that defined the evening while flawlessly exhibiting all the sumptuous details of the venue. Having these emotional moments preserved so beautifully is something that we will cherish forever.

Photography: Carla Ten Eyck | Florist: Green Dahlia | Cake: Ana Parzych Cakes | Caterer: A Thyme to Cook, Inc. | Make-Up: Catie Bane | Hair: d.d. Nickel Makeup Studio | Band: Lapis Luna | Bowties: Anna Runa | Bridal Accessories: The White Dress by the shore | Bridal Gown: The Plumed Serpent Bridal Salon | Groom's Tuxedo Jacket: Joseph Abboud | Mansion: Branford House

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