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Rustic Mystic Wedding at Latitude 41 Restaurant

This wedding looks like soooo much fun.  A sort of nautical meets rustic meets garden party style affair with lawn games, fabulous DIY details and some of the loveliest bouquets from McQuade’s Market that you will ever have the privilege to see.  Add in an entire gallery of gorgeous images from CLY CREATION and you can bet you’ll be spending hours upon hours in the full gallery.  Guaranteed.


From the Bride… Daniel and I first met at work, and from the moment we laid eyes on each other there was an instant connection. At first this connection was nothing more than glancing looks from nearby cubicles, however eventually Daniel worked up the courage to stop by my desk for some passing conversation. These conversations were small at first, but eventually transitioned into poignant debates on a variety of important topics like what makes up the perfect sandwich, chip and drink combination for lunch.

While funny and light-hearted, these conversations represented a deeper connection than even we were not fully aware of. What has made our bond so strong over the past four and a half years is our mutual appreciation for, and adventurous spirit to find good food and good drink.

Eventually Daniel mustered up the courage to ask me to attend a happy hour with him, to which I agreed. Since then the rest has been history, and we have been enjoying good drink and good food ever since.

About our wedding planning:

Simple. Rustic. Good food. Good drink. This was the wedding we set out to create – everything else would work itself out.

From the very beginning we wanted our guests to have a great time in a setting that truly represented our personalities and our relationship. Light hearted, fun, and always on the look out for a great party, our vision came to life in Mystic, CT through an amazing waterside ceremony, tented cocktail hour, lawn games, great food and flowing drinks.

We started our wedding planning journey back in October of 2012, passing through the small New England beach town of Mystic, CT. After touring many venues in NYC (too expensive) and southwestern CT (also too expensive) we finally found Latitude 41 in Mystic which had everything we wanted: a great outdoor space, a romantic and rustic party room, and a chef who we met with and who personally guaranteed an amazing meal – a key deciding factor. After locking down the venue we knocked off a few of the necessary and essential to dos: great photographer – check, florist – check and DJ – check. We also planned to incorporate a bit of our differing cultures by holding a Jewish wedding ceremony, and a Chinese family style dinner for our rehearsal.

Once the essentials were taken care of that’s when the real planning began – given our conservative budget we embarked on a DIY journey that neither of us could have anticipated, but one that was worth every ounce of effort in the end – it really gave our wedding the personalized, natural and rustic touch we were aiming to create.

Everything from handwritten chalkboards, to hand-stained corn-hole boards were built and designed down to the smallest detail. Our table centerpieces were created from of store bought and recycled mason jars. Cocktail menus, signature drinks, and even lawn signs were all in a days work for us during our final stretch before the big day. The two biggest endeavors were the place cards and party favors, which we designed to reflect both our personalities. As avid tea drinkers, we used individual tea pyramids with heart-shaped name tags to both let our guests know what table they were sitting at, as well as give them a little piece of us to take home and enjoy. Finally our party favors took 12 straight hours to design, hand print, stuff with our favorite potato chips (salt and vinegar), as well as candy – dark chocolate, peanut butter and spicy combinations and tie with ribbon. Every detail was meticulously thought through in order to express something about us as a couple, as well as add a bit of personality to every experience our guests partook in throughout the night.

All in all the wedding was an amazing experience that both of us will never forget. We were able to reflect our personalities and cultures to our family and friends while having a great time in the process.

Photography: CLY CREATION | Floral Design: Trish Of McQuade's Market | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Wedding Cake: Mystic Market East | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Make Up: Janice Of Naomi Studio And Salon | Groom's Suit: J.Crew | Bride's Accessories: J.Crew | Rob From Aria Melod: Aria Melody | Wedding Venue: Latitude 41 Restaurant

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Connecticut Wedding from Jubilee Events + Carla Ten Eyck Photography

I’m new to the East Coast, but one thing I’ve learned quickly is that when it comes to style, these New Englanders don’t mess around. So when this charming little wedding came my way, I wan’t surprised to learn it was hosted on the coast of Connecticut. It’s a preppy chic soiree planned out by the lovelies behind Jubilee Events. With a host of nautical-driven details plus photography by Katie Slater, I know this wedding will become a new fave after a bit of time spent in the full gallery right here.

And the wedding day video Vantage Point Films? Don’t dare miss it!

From the Bride…We wanted our wedding to be a celebration of the people closest to us and the Northeast where we’d fallen in love. We chose Mystic, Connecticut for its harbor and New England charm and fell in love with Eolia mansion the minute we found it. From its gardens on the coast to the home itself, it fit our intimate vision perfectly. We booked the last available summer Saturday in August and I spent the next year praying it wouldn’t be 100 degrees for our wedding day.

With 120 guests and a serious budget, I scoured Etsy for sweet details and we attacked DIY projects on the weekends, building things like wooden cornhole boards and stamping cotton bags for the lavender toss. We came up with a navy blue and pastel color scheme based on the mansion gardens and Connecticut coast. My Mom sewed pillows for the window seats in the house and covered our initials in moss to hang from the doors while Jeff’s Mom and sisters and I sat for hours folding tissue paper pom poms for the tent. With many homemade details and decor items, Diana from Jubilee Events was my wedding planning angel, pulling everything together on our big day in a perfect bow. Jane from Just For You Floral Design brilliantly captured my vision for flowers (even though I had no idea what it was), and we ended up with a stunning mix of dahlias and garden roses, babys breath and blue thistle. I think I squealed loud enough for the entire hotel to hear when she brought our bouquets in the morning I was so overwhelmed by how they turned out!

Our weekend was dreamy and everything we could have asked for despite a small hiccup in the weather! We had an incredible rehearsal dinner and welcome party the night before under perfectly sunny skies, but then woke to a total downpour on our wedding day. With so much of our day taking place outside, I spent the morning considering our “plan B’s” and glued myself to The Weather Channel on my iPhone. At 4pm the clouds parted, and we were married an hour later under beautiful pink skies. A few months earlier I’d had a dream of my late grandmother telling me “it will be all right,” and I like to believe she took care of the weather for us. One of my favorite moments of the night was standing outside with Jeff during dinner, watching our guests eat and mingle by candlelight in the house – exactly the fabulous dinner party we hoped for!

It wouldn’t have happened without the best all-star team of vendors in Connecticut who executed everything flawlessly, our rockin’ band who kept our guests on the dance floor, and the very talented Katie Slater who captured all of our memories in stunning photographs. It was the perfect love-filled-to-the-brim weekend and we adored every second!

Wedding Photography: Katie Slater for Carla Ten Eyck Photography | Wedding Location: Harkness Memorial State Park | Hotel: The Whaler’s Inn, Mystic CT | Wedding Planning: Diana Chouinard at Jubilee Events | Floral Design: Just For You Floral Design | Caterer: Gourmet Galley | Wedding Cakes: J Cakes | Cinematographer: Vantage Point Films | Wedding Dress: “Peral” gown by Pronovias | Bride’s Veil: Bride’s Mother’s | Bride’s Monogram Ring: Bride’s Grandmother’s | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik “Sedaraby” pumps via Nordstrom | Bride’s Jewlery: Nicole Miller + Rent The Runway | Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale G560C in french blue via Bella Bridesmaid | Bridesmaid Chevron Clutches: Etsy, Toriska Bags & Crafts | Hair + Makeup: Jennie Kay Beauty | Groomsmen: Jos A Bank + Vineyard Vines | Groom’s cufflinks: Etsy, Waxwing Jewelry | Rings: Rumanoff’s Fine Jewelry | Cocktail + Ceremony Band: Gypsy Wisdom | Rentals: Party Rental, Ltd. | Photobooth: Party Animalz, Ltd. | Save the Date Postcards: Posh Paperie | Invitation Suite: Mr. Boddington | Vintage Stamps: Ebay | Calligraphy: Etsy, lilflower, for Invitations and Michelle Dowling for Day of | Officiant: Rev. Victoria Burdick | Cake Toppers: Etsy, Charlene/ Creative Butterfly XOX INC | Signature Drink Straws: Etsy, Giddygappers Custom Paper & Decor | Chevron Favor Bags: Whisker Graphics | Custom Pillows: Bride’s Mother | Chalkboard Handwriting: Etsy, Julie Hays Designs | Chalkboard signs, cornhole boards, lavender sachets, table numbers, window frame seating chart, tissue paper pom poms, moss initials: DIY by Bride + Groom

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Mystic Wedding at Latitude 41 from KCK Photography

We are just so stinkin’ smitten with this wedding over here at SMP, and the images from KCK Photography have sent us straight from simply admiring to truly obsessing with every inch of this fete at the Latitude 41 Restaurant. I don’t know if I should start with the heartwarming story of the father of the bride’s courage and strength to rise out of his wheelchair and walk her down the aisle or with the wonderful team of supporters that helped fill this DIY wedding with all the loveliness and pretty perfection a girl could ask for. To top it all off, some of the most gorgeous and most radiant flowers from McQuades Marketplace gave the day just the right amount of charm. Find the full wedding in our gallery, right here.

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From the Bride… We knew that we wanted our wedding to reflect our laid-back personalities, non-traditional attitudes, love of the ocean and all things handmade, homegrown and locally sourced. This also meant involving our friends and family in as many aspects of the wedding planning and day-of celebration as we could. We wanted everyone to walk away from our wedding loving our day as much as we knew we would and to not only party the night away, but know that they were all involved in helping to create memories that we will hold onto forever.

The planning process was quick and easy, but the actual execution took forever!I am a graphic designer and thus took on the task of designing all of our wedding stationery (save-the-dates, invitations, menu cards, seating cards, program, etc.). I spent months collecting vases and mason jars to hold candles and flowers, sewed our burlap table runners and linens, built wooden garden boxes to use as vases, made our card box, animal-shaped meal cards (cut from wood, painted and name tags attached), our initial letters, the Mr & Mrs signs that hung from our chairs, the “fish on a hook” table numbers, sanded our oars to be used as our wedding guest book, and painted and wrote our seating chart on an old factory window that we found for $10 in a warehouse down the road. I even sewed the flower that I wore in my hair from material from my dress and the veil that my mother and aunt both wore in their wedding. My 10-year-old niece chose my dress. The bridal party wore bracelets made by my husband’s aunt to welcome us into the family, and anything that was not handmade was bought from other artists on Etsy. We collected props (hats, crazy glasses, eye patches, beaded necklaces and other fun props that you would find in a photo booth) and had them all available for guests to choose and wear through our reception.

Guests arrived to my cousin playing the cello, and our justice of the peace, DJ and makeup artists were close friends of friends. Our photographer is a close friend who I nannied for in Boston for many years, my jewelry was my grandmother’s, our hair was done by my sister’s best friend, and the list goes on. Our flowers and cake were from the local market in Mystic, and although I had no idea what I wanted and provided absolutely no direction to the baker and florist, other than “make it look simple/homemade,” I couldn’t have asked for a better cake and flower arrangements. Our amazing food and beverages were provided by Coastal Gourmet, and our guests are still talking about how delicious and beautiful everything was! The day was more than we could have ever hoped for and was, by far, one of the most emotional days of our lives. My father, who is confined to a wheelchair, found the strength to walk me down the aisle with my mother, and my husband and I were able to steal away few moments alone to leave our guests after the ceremony to honor his parents, who passed away from cancer just over two years ago. When I look back on our photos, I feel like I’m right back there on our wedding day. I can smell the salt water, hear the boats, feel the breeze, remember the emotions going through me and laugh and smile at all of the good times and great memories that will forever hold dear to our hearts. It was truly a simple but amazing day that I will remember forever.

Wedding Photography: KCK Photography / Wedding Venue: Latitude 41 Restaurant, Mystic, Connecticut / Wedding Coordination: Keri Gannon of Coastal Gourmet / Floral Design: Tracey of McQuades Marketplace / Event Design, Styling + Paper Goods: DIY by the Bride / Catering: Coastal Gourmet / Wedding Cake: Mystic Market East / DJ: Dave Christina (401-477-3952) / Wedding Dress: Jasmine Couture / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Hair: Mandy Thew / Makeup: Erin Infantino of Simply Gorgeous by Erin

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