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Romantic Jonathan Edwards Winery Sunset Wedding

This coastal wedding has everything a girl could dream of. Gorgeous florals from Hana Floral Design, a beautiful 3-tiered wedding cake and a picture-perfect sunset. Melani Lust captured every moment from the beautiful Bride getting ready with the help of Dana Bartone & Company to the breezy, tented reception. Grab a seat lovelies, and prepare to get lost in this slice of romance!

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Summer
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From Melani Lust PhotographyThe bride and groom both love being by the water and visiting vineyards, so it was important to “marry” the two places for their big day. The bride’s mother scouted the area for weeks to find the perfect small lighthouse where Emily & Charlie could have their first look, and settled on this charming private home in Noank, CT. The couple had spent the year before their engagement exploring vineyards around Connecticut. On the bride’s birthday, the groom picked her up for a vineyard tour. As they sat on the dock of the lake other wine tasters watched as he proposed to her on the dock. It was be a traditional full Catholic Mass with all family members participating. The couple chose the church because it was reminiscent of a “little white chapel” and it felt so intimate inside. The day began with a first look at the lighthouse and they trolleyed to a church, we stopped to take some photos at the wharf in Mystic and then went on to the vineyard where Hana Floral used their magic to create a backdrop of pale gold, light sea blue (the color of the bridesmaids dresses), and soft pastels to welcome guests. The day became more magical as the clouds parted, rain softened and a glorious rainbow appeared over the vineyard.

From the Bride…Charlie and I met at the University of Connecticut, a hockey player and an opera singer who fell in love over small talk of Disney World, dirty martinis, and dogs. Many of our dates were on the Connecticut Wine Trail, where we would visit several wineries over the weekends to get our passports stamped, take in the beautiful scenery, and, of course, enjoy some great wine. When Charlie proposed at a vineyard one year later, Jonathan Edwards Winery was our immediate choice for a venue. We had adored Mystic, Connecticut ever since we had driven through it on a spontaneous vineyard trip. The coastal town combined the sea, the cutest white church, and was close to our vineyard reception. I envisioned romantic colors of pastel and gold against the beautiful backdrop of the vines. My favorite special touch was the vintage stamps that I tracked down for our envelopes; I wanted each one to represent something about us. For our Save the Date, I used a Metropolitan Opera stamp, a LOVE stamp, and a hockey goalie stamp. For our wedding invitation, we actually used the same exact stamps that both of our parents used for their weddings, which made them really significant. My other favorite detail was our letterpress suite–Kimberly did an amazing job helping me create our custom invitations. I loved them so much, I even fell asleep holding them once!

Photography: Melani Lust Photography | Cinematographer: Buzz Media | Floral Design: Hana Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Stefan Jolie From Bijou Bridal, Miami FL | Cake: Ana Parzych Cakes | Invitations: Kimberly FitzSimons | Ceremony Venue: Saint Patrick Roman Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Jonathan Edwards Winery | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Catering: Russell Morin Fine Catering | Makeup: Dana Bartone & Company | Hair: Dana Bartone & Company | Calligraphy: Marcardin Calligraphy | Groom's Attire: The Elephant's Trunk | Antique Car/Limo Service: Trolley By Viking Tours Of Newport | Bridal Swarovski Wreathette: Debra Moreland | Music: Power Posse Productions | Wedding Rings: Tiffany & Co.

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Rhode Island Wedding from Tony Spinelli Photography

Picture this: freshman year of college, boy meets girl June 8th, 2003. Fast forward ten years (to the very day!) they marry with the loveliest oceanside wedding you’ve probably ever seen. And on top of the coincidental cuteness, these two happened to handpick a crew of vendors that can’t be beat –Hana Floral DesignA Thyme to Cook and Wilson Stevens Productions, just to name a few. It’s classic New England to the core, and the fabulous Tony Spinelli didn’t miss a beat. Grab that coffee and cuddle up in the gallery right here.

From the Bride… Colin and I were engaged in April of 2012, and after a long week away celebrating, we knew if we wanted to get married the following spring in Watch Hill, Rhode Island where my parents live, we needed to pick a venue quickly.

After falling in love with the Jonathan Edwards Winery, we couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else. As luck would have it, June 8th was the only day open at both the winery and at The Watch Hill Chapel where we wanted to have the ceremony. Call it fate or just some serious coincidence, but after looking through old pictures of when we met at college freshman orientation at Miami University in Ohio, we found the first picture of us, dated June 8th, 2003. 10 years later, exactly to the day, we were going to get to marry each other.

We imagined our day as really being a big celebration of our love that focused on family and close friends that are part of our lives and have helped us become who we are as individuals and as a couple. With so many people coming in from Kansas City, where Colin is from, and around the rest of the country, we wanted everyone to walk away feeling like they had an amazing weekend trip on New England coast.

With the ceremony in a chapel by the water and the reception at the winery under the tent, the settings were already naturally beautiful, and it was easy for our amazing vendors to help bring our “Rustic Elegant” vision to life. After a freak tropical storm hit on Friday and it threatened to dampen our weekend, the sun came out Saturday morning and turned it into the most beautiful early summer day which our amazing photographer Tony Spinelli captured.
We began with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the barn at the winery before moving into the tent, strung with bistro lights. On long farm tables, our guests enjoyed a ‘family style’ dinner of Kansas City rubbed steak local farm grilled vegetables.

Blush and white peonies adorned the table in glass vases and rustic flower boxes, with some of the leaves accented with a hint of brushed gold. Even though we had planned the wedding with our families, there were so many surprises! Before our father/daughter dance, my dad surprised me by singing Frank Sinatra’s “The Way You Look Tonight” to me. During our cake cutting, I surprised Colin with a groom’s carrot cake for his favorite team, KU, handmade by my brother’s girlfriend. Before the party ended, to treat and cool everyone off after spending the night on the dance floor with our unbelievable band Radiance, my parents surprised our guests with Lemon Italian Ices and my mom’s famous oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. She made over 600!

To us, our day was perfect. It was filled with love, laughter, lots of dancing and family, which truly are the reasons we were all together. Thank you to everyone who helped the day a truly magical memory that we will cherish forever.

Photographer: Tony Spinelli Photography | Florist: Hana Floral Design and Boutique | Gown: Reem Acra - Gabriella New York Bridal Salon | Ceremony Venue: Watch Hill Chapel | Reception Venue: Jonathan Edwards Winery | Caterer: A Thyme to Cook | Band: Wilson Stevens Productions | Getting Read/Photography Location: The Ocean House | Invitations + Save The Dates: Catherine Kiff-Vozza | Make up-Hair: New Leaf Hair Salon

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Connecticut Wedding from Clean Plate Pictures + Sixpence For Your Shoe

Call me crazy, but I’m the kind of person who thrives on gray, rainy days. I was made for late fall and early winter, before the snow falls, but just as the air is turning chilly and heavy. I seriously can’t think of a more romantic time of the year. So when Sixpence For Your Shoe does a fabulous wedding and Clean Plate Pictures shows up with the camera – AND it’s late fall in Connecticut? Well, it’s over. Done. Finished me in a gallery of my kind of romance.

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Fall
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Vineyard

From the lovely bride … We met in law school – although we went to college together we were a year apart and didn’t know each other. That’s pretty funny because our undergraduate school is fairly small. In any event, we met one day when Lauren was diligently working in the office of the student journal and John popped his head in to find a mutual friend. They continued their budding courtship playing soccer together, after their mutual friend invited them both to play on the same intramural soccer team.

We chose to have our ceremony and reception in the borough of Stonington, CT. This location allowed us to blend traditional wedding elements of an early afternoon ceremony at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church with a more modern, casual and festive fall evening soiree, beginning with cocktail hour overlooking the Long Island Sound on the patio and continuing the celebration in the adjoining vintage hangar at Saltwater Farm Vineyard. All in all, we wanted our celebration to be filled with unique personal touches leaving our guests with a lasting impression of an unforgettable Connecticut winery celebration.

The inspiration for our wedding stemmed from a more casual, festive, rustic, yet romantic and Parisian flea-market inspired setting. Our tables consisted of country chic place settings, a variety of lazy deconstructed seasonal best flowers arranged inside in shades of greens with accents of apricots and natural elements, as well as an eclectic assortment of lanterns and softly flicking candles in between the flower arrangements on each table. The set-up was warm, inviting and allowed guests to kick back and enjoy a cozy New England fete.

Photography: Clean Plate Pictures | Event Planning: Sixpence For Your Shoe | Reception: Saltwater Farm Vineyard | Ceremony: St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church | Dress: Wedding Atelier | Tuxedo: Men’s Wearhouse | Hair and Makeup: Jennie Fresa Makeup + Skincare | Catering: Gourmet Galley | Cake: Felicia’s Sweetface Pastry Shoppe | Florals: Stems Flower Design | Music: Groove Alliance Band

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North Stonington Vineyard Wedding from Ashley O’Dell + Hana Floral Design

This wedding is instant goosebumps. It’s gorgeous blooms from Hana Floral Design, it’s stunning reds and warm laughter, and it’s a photo story from Ashley O’Dell that will warm every part of your being. I can’t speak highly enough about this gorgeous soiree, so please, please promise me you’ll block out a nice chunk of your day to spend in the gallery.

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Fall
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Vineyard
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Casual

From the lovely bride … Growing up, I used to wish on the “ones.” Anytime a clock read 11:11, I made a wish. In 2005, after years and years spent wishing for “the one,” and string of wrong “ones,” I met Jay. And as luck would have it, our first date was on 11/11. I knew from the start we were meant to me. Jay had my heart from the start, with his charming down to earth nature, unique sense of humor and beautiful blue eyes. I was charmed and so was he.

Six years later on 11/11/11 (of course!) Jay proposed to me at The Castle on Hudson and then whisked me off to California wine country for five days. We’ve both always been huge wine lovers, but with Napa as our back drop we fell madly in love with the picturesque wineries and returned to the East Coast determined to find the perfect New England winery to host our wedding. Luckily, we didn’t have to look all that far. Jonathan Edwards was the first and last venue we explored. We knew in the first five minutes…this was the place we’d get married. Everything about it felt perfect, like a piece of home…and the wine wasn’t half bad either! So, we set our date for October 27, 2012 (11.11.12 wasn’t available!) and began planning.

Using the winery as our backdrop, we spent the next 11 months planning every last detail, making sure our big day was a reflection of us. We wanted the wedding to feel down to earth, yet elegant. Rustic, but charming. We wanted our guests to step into our reception tent and get transported to another time. From playful bistro lighting and grapevine lanterns strung throughout, to our New Orleans style jazz band, our vision was realized and our wedding could not have been more perfect.

Little did we know… 2 days later Superstorm Sandy would touch down in our home state of New York. We were blessed with perfect late Fall weather, and even a wedding day rainbow, but so many of our friends and family were not so lucky just days later. With power lost and some with homes and jobs lost, we were quickly reminded that nothing matters more than those that you love and life is precious. Though we deterred a full week from our honeymoon in Hawaii, I cannot think of a better way to have spent my first week married to the love of my life.

Venue: Jonathan Edwards Winery | Catering: Russel Morin Fine Catering | The Dress: Amsale “Calista” | The Suit: Custom made by Louis Purple, NYC | Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale, from The Wedding Library NYC | Photographer: Ashley O’Dell | New Orleans Jazz Band: Baby Soda | Tent Lighting Designer: Ryan Designs | Florist: Hana Floral Design | Hair + Makeup: Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa

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Connecticut Vineyard Wedding from Hales Studio

When I first set my sights on wedding planning, thoughts of gorgeous, lace dresses danced in my head; floor length, vintage-inspired and beautifully romantic. I ended up with something quite different but in my mind I wanted to look just like this Bride. She’s a vision in lace that perfectly weaves into this East Coast affair. And with images by Hales Studio and a gallery stuffed to the gills with rolling vineyards and elegant details, perusing is a must.

From Hales Studio… When Jen and Eric asked me to photograph their wedding I had no idea what I treat I was in for! Jen, the bride, did every last detail for this wedding herself. She loves antiques and found all the table centerpiece tins at Brimfield Antique Show in Massachusetts. I just loved her antique style to the day. Her dress was a beautiful cream color and her jewelry was her grandmother’s and went perfectly with the rest of her details. 

From the Bride… My vision for our wedding was a rustic feel with vintage touches, that’s why I went with the dark wood farmer tables with linen runners. I really wanted the wedding to be personal and represent my love for antiques. I had never seen tins used before in a wedding and thought it would be so unique. I searched for old advertising tins and talc powder tins in neutral colors for decoration. The advertising tins were used on the tables as floral centerpieces and the talc tins were strung by ribbon and hung with flowers on the chairs at the ceremony. My ring pillow was handmade by my Mom using my grandmother’s cameo broach, pieces of my great grandmother’s crocheted blanket and my Mom’s original wedding band.

The favors were handmade by my sister, and they were beautiful envelopes with a variety of antique handkerchiefs and fresh-cut lavender placed inside. She is in the process of starting her own business. The name tags were made at home as well as the frame they were placed on. We found an old frame which was glued, painted and distressed and lace was stapled inside to hook the name tags in by purple ribbon. Everywhere you looked were hand-picked antiques and I had so much fun planning but also antiquing for our special day.

Wedding Photography: Hales Studio / Venue: Jonathan Edwards Winery in North Stonington, Connecticut / Event Planning + Design: DIY by the Bride / Floral Design: It’s So Ranunculus / Catering: Russell Morin Fine Catering / Favors: Vintage Paper Exchange / Wedding Dress: Marisa via Kleinfeld Bridal / Bride’s Veil: Borrowed from Bride’s Sister-in-Law / Bride’s Shoes: Kristie Ann Couture