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Connecticut Berkshire Wedding from E. Broderick Photography + Experience Events

This is what casual wedding goers dreams are made of. No need for a stiff tie or ball gown, but just as beautiful as anything you’ve seen in a hotel, and with a dance floor beckoning barefoot feet. A party and a celebration of the most exciting love, all rolled into one. With Experience Events behind the helm and E. Broderick Photography behind the lens, the gallery is quite possibly the most fun you’ll have all day!


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From the beautiful bride… When my husband proposed, there was never really any question as to where we’d tie the knot. For four generations, my family has spent its summers in the woods of Salisbury, Connecticut, the foothills of the Berkshires and this is where we wanted to be. The reception was on the site of an old iron forge, just steps from the lake.

The real question was how to blend our backgrounds and very disparate geographies- I was born in Texas, grew up in Connecticut, and my family has deep Louisiana roots, while my husband is from New Hampshire- to give our guests a true experience of what the merging of our lives means.

The setting: quintessential New England woods. The flowers: soft peach hothouse roses, thistle, and ferns. The food: New England farm-to-table meets Louisiana soul (think: alligator meatballs, grilled watermelon, collard green egg rolls, my family’s crawfish etouffée recipe and tons of local vegetables, cheeses, and breads, and cinnamon sugar cider donuts to top it all off). The music: my dad’s favorite Cajun band, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, who miraculously agreed to fly to Connecticut from Louisiana for the reception.

We wanted to be sure that the decor wouldn’t overpower the setting so we chose soft colors and fabrics and tried to keep things organic. We also wanted to be sure that our guests felt that they were at a celebration, not just an event. We wanted them to have some truly good fun. We encouraged an informal atmosphere. We hoped that if they wanted to dance barefoot, they would. We set up a fire pit with marshmallows for roasting and chairs for resting tired feet in case they needed a break from dancing. I turned around at one point to watch three of my young cousins rolling down a hill together and I felt that we’d accomplished our mission. By the end of the night, the dance floor was packed and our guests clapped and stomped until the band agreed to play an encore. It couldn’t have been a more perfect night.

So many people will tell you not to sweat the details when you’re planning your wedding- that the day will arrive and you’ll wonder why you were obsessing over what type of silverware to use in your place settings. I don’t know that it’s possible to truly understand and appreciate that advice until your day arrives, but it’s true. It’s impossible not to give in to the love you feel in the moment. It’s a feeling of impenetrability and invincibility that I have never felt before. That is what a wedding- and maybe life – is all about. The people you love, the memories you make, and the perfection in all of the imperfection.

Photography: E. Broderick Photography | Event Planning: Experience Events | Flowers: Thornhill Flower | Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza | Cake: Sweet William's | Invitations: Gus & Ruby Letterpress | Bridesmaids Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Oliver Kita Fine Catering | Hair & Makeup: Sonya Heimann | Band: Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys | Photobooth: Blacklight Photobooth | Rentals: Mahaiwe

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Salisbury, Connecticut Wedding from Sara Wight Photography

The beautiful Bride of this stunning Connecticut wedding describes her big day as “modern, country chic”, and I couldn’t agree with her more. Although I would probably add charming, timeless and absolutely drop dead gorgeous to that description as well. Because every image captured by the talented Sara Wight is a vision of perfection, and you can see them all right here.

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From Sara Wight PhotographyBeing an NYC girl, I have a special place in my heart for Northwest CT. The beauty and the charm that encompasses this area is breathtaking. So when Emily contacted with me about shooting her wedding at the private estate known as Four Winds in Salisbury, I was over the moon. Pair the amazing views of the Berkshire Mountains with the brilliant event styling Pete Hathaway and the floral design by Felicity Bontecou and you have nothing short of perfection!

From the Bride… Much of our relationship centers around the outdoors. We live in New York City and escape on most weekends to the Berkshires in Connecticut. When Andrew and I set foot on the grounds at Four Winds, the estate of a family friend, we knew it was the perfect spot. An expansive lawn and an incredible view overlooking a lake and the Berkshire mountains were exactly what I had imagined for our wedding.

Shortly after finding the perfect location I found the perfect partner to make my vision a reality. Pete Hathaway of Hathaway Young completely understood the “modern, country chic” look I wanted. Lots of white, elegant flowers and lighting and a ceremony that would highlight the natural surroundings.

Photography: Sara Wight Photography | Floral Design: Felicity Bontecou | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Shoes: Something Bleu | Rings: Norman Landsberg | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Hair: Tara Colavecchio/Dragonfly Hair Studio | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Event Planning + Catering: Hathaway Young of Ragamont House | Wedding Venue: Four Winds Farm

Connecticut Wedding at the Salisbury School Boathouse from Love + Perry

We’ve seen a lot of unique wedding venues on SMP (take a parking garage wedding, for instance), but I think this Connecticut wedding at the Salisbury School captured by Love + Perry Photography takes the cake as the most charming. The couple upped the ante on adorable by carrying the school theme through the day, making this wedding so cute I would pinch its cheeks if I could. See why here.

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From Love + PerryKaren and David got married at the Salisbury School Boathouse in Salisbury Connecticut on a gorgeous day in June. The couple live in New York, but David grew up in Salisbury and attended the all boy’s school as a child. The school is situated on a hilltop with incredible views of the surrounding mountains. The couple had their ceremony in the school’s boathouse, and the reception in the school’s cafeteria. All of the adorable details were school related, and the couple even included each of their school portraits from various years as the table centerpieces. Who knew cafeterias could look so chic?

Photography: Love + Perry Photography | Floral Design: Stems Flower Design | Shoes: Kate Spade | Catering: Salisbury School | Band: Dream Kast | Hair + Makeup: Larissa Lake | Wedding Planning: Dreaming Tree Events | Wedding Venue: Salisbury School