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Glamorous Secret Garden Inspiration

Fact: when The Secret Garden and a talented team of vendors join forces, it’s downright magical.  Think the beauty stylings of Dana Bartone & Company, fab paper goods from Coral Pheasant and crazy gorgeous event design by A Polished Plan… all coming together in a day that seamlessly mixes vintage romance and rustic elegance all in one setting.  See it all captured by Greg Lewis right here.

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From A Polished Plan… The inspiration for the design of this styled photo shoot was the desire to put a modern twist on a ‘Secret Garden’ concept. The Wadsworth Mansion is a very popular wedding destination in Connecticut, but is not generally known for it’s outdoor event space, aside from the lawn area for ceremonies. Our design team was approached to create an inspirational photo shoot to highlight the beauty of the under utilized outdoor locations on the property.

We infused an abundance of earthy and natural elements that are normally found in a backyard garden setting with more formal and glamorous elements found in an upscale wedding or event. Rustic wood tones, earthy garden greenery, watering cans and shades of vintage patina copper were arranged side by side in the design with sophisticated and highly textured linens, bold yet romantic flowers in shades of raspberry and peach, and even a crystal chandelier al fresco.

The highlights of the tabletop design include vintage seed packets perched in amber sorbet bowls, ombre shades of green vintage flatware, luxurious textured linens reminiscent of garden florals, and copper chivari chairs. The floral design is simple in nature and highlight gorgeous late summer flowers grown from a local CT dahlia farm in bold color shades of pinks, peaches, and raspberry. All of the vintage containers for the centerpiece are in various patina shades of copper. Delicately strung above the table is a crystal chandelier hanging from grapevine rope.

Together with a vintage cocktail hour seating arrangment, an intimate ceremony set-up in a sunken rock garden, elegant and refined bridal fashions, and a gorgeous “naked” wedding cake, they create a beautiful story of a earthy garden party meets an upscale chic soiree.

Photographer: Greg Lewis Photography | Event Design: A Polished Plan | Floral Design: Stems Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Everthine Bridal Boutique | Wedding Cake: Taste By Spellbound | Stationery: Coral Pheasant | Bridesmaids Dresses: Everthine Bridal Boutique | Beauty: Dana Bartone & Company | Lighting Design: Social Decor | Limousine : Black Swan Limo | Linen Rental: La Tavola | Rentals: Party Rental Ltd. | Venue: Wadsworth Mansion | Vintage Rentals: Sassafras Vintage Rentals

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Middletown Barn Wedding from Carla Ten Eyck

I’m going to try my hardest to not be Miss Bossy, but really, you simply must save some time today for the rest of this absolutely stunning wedding (right here in the gallery). Julie Morawski of Carla Ten Eyck has brought me to goosebumps with her beautiful images of this perfect day. The bride could not be more stunning (thank you Dana Bartone & Company), the groom’s happiness level is obviously at it’s peak, and the soiree seems to have been tied together with the prettiest of black and white striped bows.

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From the lovely bride… So much of what made our wedding special was in the details.  From the quintessential New England ambiance that reflected our upbringings (I’m from Connecticut; Ryan grew up on Cape Cod) to the level of color coordination, I spent much of our year-long engagement obsessing over all the little things.  With the help of my parents, my husband, and many friends for the prep work, and then of course our amazing vendors, all of my ideas came together to truly bring the vision to life.  Looking back, I am so thankful for all the details and for our fantastic photographer Julie who made sure none of it will be forgotten!

When looking for venues, we knew we wanted something a bit untraditional that could be a blank canvas for all of my colorful ideas.  The Barns at Wesleyan Hills ended up being the perfect venue for us – minutes from my childhood home, surrounded by beautiful grounds, and full of potential.  Despite the reception being held in a barn, I did not want the event to feel overly rustic.  No mason jars, no twine, and certainly no burlap.  Instead, I opted for bold black-and-white accents that helped strengthen and modernize the otherwise vintage space.  I think the juxtaposition of elegant with rustic turned out so beautiful and also reflected our personal styles well.   The peachy sunset colors offset by the stark contrast of blacks and whites made for a palate that was sophisticated, fun, and full of whimsy. 

Since I spend my free time putting together a baking blog, I knew all of our guests were expecting fantastic desserts and creative touches throughout the night.  Although I left most of the baking up to the professionals, I actually did make the 100 escort card cookies myself.  My Dad helped me build the wire frame to hang them for display, and all together it made for an extremely personal and delicious element to our guests’ experience.  The dessert table itself – thoughtfully assembled in our colors and favorite flavors – was titled “Ryan and Erica’s Sweet Tooth” as a fun reference to my blog’s name.

Some people may question why brides put so much effort into an event that only lasts several hours, but I learned that the planning, especially when it involves family and friends, is almost just as special as the wedding itself.  My husband and I are planners at our core, so we definitely were in our element the past year making our massive wedding to-do list and slowly but surely crossing off every item.  But my favorite part of the wedding ended up being the ceremony, which actually involved the least amount of planning.  Even if I wanted to, I couldn’t have planned Ryan’s eyes tearing up as he read his vows.  The stripes, flowers, and touches of gold were beautiful, but in the end, it was the immense amount of love and emotion surrounding us that day that I’ll remember the most.  Thank you Style Me Pretty for inspiring me to create the wedding of my dreams and for letting me share mine with you today!  

Photography: Julie Morawski for Carla Ten Eyck Photography | Flowers: Jane of Just for you Weddings | Wedding Dress: Alvina Valenta | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Hair and Makeup: Lauren and Catie of Dana Bartone & Company | DJ: Powerstation Events | Dessert Table: Truffles Bakery | Linen Rentals: General Eclectic | Music: Rich of Powerstation Events | Paper Products: Catherine Ray | Photobooth: Photobooth Planet | String Musicians: Suite Occasions | The Barns at Wesleyan Hills: The Barns at Wesleyan Hill

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Middletown, Connecticut Wedding from Carla Ten Eyck + Jubilee Events

Oh my goodness, do we have something super gorgeous to share with you loves this morning. It’s a gorgeous bride, stunning venue, cupcakes to make your sweet tooth ache, and AMAZING photography from Carla Ten Eyck all wrapped up in one beautiful, beautiful wedding. It’s wedded perfection from Jubilee Events. It’s a gallery that will make you smile for days!

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Adam truly is my better half. He is calm to my crazy, faith to my fear, play to my work.

For those of you who know me, you know I’m not particularly wonderful when I’m hungry! It was memorial day weekend, and Adam told me on Sunday we were going to go pick up his dog Tucker in Goshen and meet our friends Emma and Bryan for a hike in Kent, Connecticut. Spending time in the Northwest corner with Tuck is one of our favorite things to do! Adam woke me at about 7am on Sunday and said he was taking me out to breakfast, I didn’t realize that meant driving all the way up to West Cornwall before I could eat! Needless to say, I was a tad cranky. Adam didn’t give it away at all, he didn’t seem nervous if anything he was more patient and affectionate then usual. We ate a delicious country breakfast at the Wandering Moose Cafe next to the Covered Bridge and after walked over to Adam’s truck to leave to pick up Tucker. When we got to the truck Adam grabbed his camera and said he wanted to take a picture of me in front of the bridge, I turned around to look at the bridge and when I turned back around, Adam was down on one knee, he had pulled the ring out of the camera case and he already had tears in his eyes!

I started to giggle nervously as I was caught off guard and Adam proposed to me! I instantly said “YES” and he jumped up to hug me. It was an amazingly beautiful summer day in front of a gorgeous setting and was the perfect proposal representing the things we love doing together.

We both knew from the beginning that we wanted something different then a traditional venue. Neither of us really fit the mold of ballroom, country club, castle people. Adam is a true country boy and I loved the idea of picking a venue that felt warm, cozy and had the potential to be really individualized. The Barns was the only venue we looked at, once we saw it, I knew that was where I wanted to get married.

The inspiration really came from the venue. We hated the idea of feeling cookie cutter, like going through a catalouge and just picking out napkin colors and flower colors and having none of our personality shine through. All the little touches came out of the ideas whirling around in my head that our fabulous vendors seemed to have the ability to make sense of. The Save The Dates are one of our favorite touches that really allowed us to bring the “country/rustic” feeling throughout the whole wedding by giving us the wood heart to play with.

We were really fortunate in that our Ketubah (Jewish marriage contract) was designed and executed by Adam’s brother. This allowed Adam’s family to be a part of the Jewish wedding traditions and also now we have a one of a kind Ketubah which is really a stunning piece of artwork. Many of the guests at our wedding had never been to a jewish wedding so I loved the way the program was done to explain each of the traditions and also in looking at the photos taken during the Hora you just get a sense of how much joy was in the room at that moment.

Obviously one of my most vivid moments is the fact that our Rabbi forgot his pants and had to borrow from one of the catering staff. That’s not a story that many people get to tell. He somehow morphed that fiasco into an anecdote on the importance of communication in a marriage and it is a lesson that will always make me laugh. I love the photos of myself laughing under the willow tree, of all the crying (my brother and Adam’s brother were pretty much sobbing through the whole ceremony and toasts), of the women at the wedding doing the choreographed dance and of all the kids at our wedding!

Photography: Carla Ten Eyck / Cinematography: Mike Cyr of Buzz Media Company / Flowers: Blush Floral Design / Event Planning + Design: Candice Dowling Coppola, Jubilee Events / Ceremony + Reception Location: The Barns at Wesleyan Hills / Dress: Jim Hjelm from Kleinfeld Bridal / Bridesmaids: LuLaKate / DJ: The Rhythm Shop / Officiant: Rabbi Brian Leiken / Hair and Makeup: Dana Bartone and Company, hair Catie Bane and makeup, Danielle Santagata / Cake: A Little Imagination Cakes

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