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.
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 Flower Design | Wedding Dress: Everthine Bridal Boutique | Wedding Cake: Taste By Spellbound | Stationery: Coral Pheasant Stationery + Design | Bridesmaids Dresses: Everthine Bridal Boutique | Limousine: Black Swan Limo | Venue: Wadsworth Mansion | Beauty: Dana Bartone & Company | Lighting Design: Social Decor | Linen Rental: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Party Rentals Ltd | Vintage Rentals: Sassafras Vintage Rentals