New England in the fall is pure magic, so scheduling your engagement photos while everything is golden is just a no brainer. Need proof? Take a look at these picture perfect images from Jack Jeffries of Christian Oth Studio. It’s engagement session perfection, and you can see even more in the VAULT.
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From The Bride…Tim proposed to me after at Sasco Hill beach, down the street from our home on the Monday after Easter. Our parents were at our home for the holiday and all had met for the first time. After his parents had left our house it was just my parents Tim and I – he thought that would be an opportune time to ask my parents for my hand in marriage. Tim suggested that I run out to go get a manicure (since I worked so hard cooking and cleaning for our parents to come for the holiday) and that is when he asked my dad. Of course my parents were ecstatic and did not think twice about saying yes to his request. My family left and headed back to Chicago and the very next day Tim asked me to come home from work early because he wanted to take me on a special date to thank me again for the hard work over the holiday. So I get home at 5 on the dot, and he was sitting in our family room and just said okay get dressed we have to go. Typically we don’t eat at 5, so I really did not know what was going on. We live .25 of a mile from the beach and he started to head in that direction – so I thought oh how nice he made us a picnic. We get there, he said get out and close your eyes – and at this time I heard a small faint bark of a dog in the distance so I thought he got us a puppy!! I was wrong, I opened my eyes and saw someone else’s puppy running in the distance, and Tim down on one knee! I was absolutely stunned, STUNNED. Of course we had talked about it, but I thought he was going to wait to do it until after he had graduate business school in June. After it all sank in, we went back to the car where he had a bottle of Cristal and blankets and flowers. We just sat there, all alone at our beach – no one around us except seagulls and strangers taking it all in wrapped up in the blankets from our family room. The feeling I had that night, was one I had never felt in my life before. I had never felt so secure, loved and excited. Our engagement photos were taken by Jack Jeffries of Christian Oth Studio on the most perfect late October day. The foliage was at its peak in our small town of Southport CT and the sun was shining. We began the photo session at our home and then proceeded to walk around the town and found the best trees and just started snapping away. I did a quick outfit change, and we headed down to the same beach we were engaged at and had some great pictures taken down on the rocks and in the brush.
Photography: Christian Oth Studio | Event Planning: Stella Day Events | Venue: Southport CT | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother
Design, Styling, Parties
The best part about today’s wedding, in my humble opinion, is that the pair actually draped their uncle’s garage to look like something right out of a fairytale. Complete unabashed garage luxury! LOVE.
Dinner, also vegetarian and prepared by The Pantry, was located in the house garage which was completely transformed to an intimate and serene space with white satin draperies against the walls and ceilings, white lanterns spread across the room for ambiance lighting, and floral arrangements throughout.
The large flower arrangements, created by Fleur de Lys, were filled with white hydrangeas, roses and ranunculus and complemented by smaller bud vases carrying a small mix of white roses and yellow snapdragons. We placed three large rectangular tables parallel to each other to re-create a family-style atmosphere.
On each plate, we placed a gold box to serve as name cards as well as a gift. Inside each box, guests would find a paper scroll revealing that they’re now the proud sponsor of a shelter dog for the month of April. Along with their sponsorship, we also included a lovely heart-shaped dog tag that read ‘Patrik & Jessica, April 11, 2009’ and gold almonds to signify luck.
Dinner was delicious and started with sweet potato and coconut soup with cilantro garnish, followed by a warm vegetable lasagna with a side of spring vegetables, and a mesclun and breaded goat cheese salad to finish off. The simple cake was a double-layered yellow cake with white chocolate ruffle. Throughout dinner, 15 selected guests made very personal speeches that were animated, emotional, funny and touching.
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Thank you so very much to Jessica and Patrik for giving us a glimpse into their special day. And to Jen Huang for capturing the most beautiful photographs ever…perfectly complimenting the easy elegance of the affair. We have ANOTHER real wedding on the way so stay tuned!
Ever since I saw Father of the Bride years ago, I’ve had this thing for home grown weddings. There is something so romantic, so warm about a wedding at the home of someone you love. It’s just so soulful, so completely intimate. And this absolutely beautiful wedding that Jen Huang photographed, is no exception…
After the ceremony, we provided guests with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The hors d’oeuvres, prepared by The Pantry, were vegetarian as a tribute to the vegetarian bride and included an assortment of mini quesadillas with brie cheese, toasted pumpkin seeds and apple chutney sauce, crostinis with artichoke and garlic tarpenade, mini tarts with roasted grapes, bucheron goat’s cheese, candied fennel and thyme. During the cocktail hour, the bride, groom, family and friends took pictures in front of the house with our photographer Jen Huang.
More on the way!