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When They Couldn’t Find the Perfect Venue, These Childhood Sweethearts Created Their Own

Finding the perfect venue is step one in planning your dream wedding. But when this Bride and Groom (who first met in acting class at 9-years-old) couldn’t find the right venue for their whimsical-meets-vintage fall wedding, they created their own at the park just a few minutes from the Bride’s childhood home. And with help from vendors like Ryon:Lockhart PhotographyJenny Yoo and Beat Train Productions, the couple’s day came together perfectly. See it all in The Vault!

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Fall
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Classic

From The Bride…John and I met in acting class when we were nine years old. Needless to say, neither of us ever imagined that we’d be getting married nearly two decades later.

As soon as we got engaged, we immediately started planning! We knew we wanted to get married in my hometown in Connecticut but finding the perfect venue wasn’t easy. So we made our own! Boothe Park is just a few miles down the road from my childhood home and is everything we wanted in a venue: quirky, simple, and beautiful. They don’t normally allow weddings, so that made it even more special. We knew having a tent wedding would present some challenges, but with the help of our amazing wedding planner Lauren and some hard work, we pulled it off!

I have always loved New England autumns so we set the date for October. Typically, the air is crisp and the leaves are changing, but it’s also pretty unpredictable. I’m embarrassed to say I checked about 8 different weather sites a day for the few weeks leading up to the big day. We got lucky! Even though it was a little chilly, the sunny skies and colorful leaves made up for it.

Since the wedding was in autumn, we chose dark berry tones. The theme was a mix of vintage and whimsical. The visual of the event came together beautifully. From the mixed color bridesmaids dresses, to the low profile centerpieces, to the cake display, we really loved how everything turned out.

I’m detail oriented to a fault, so I was really focused on adding special touches to the day, like a memory table with pictures of our grandparents and parents. We offered fleece blankets in case people were cold (they were!). Our two signature cocktails were actually recipes from our favorite bar in our neighborhood. I’m just grateful that our caterer, planner, my bridesmaids, and my husband all played along with my crazy ideas.

The best part of the night by far was spending time with our amazing friends and family. How often do you get to hang out with your favorite 180 people in the world under a candlelit tent? The dance floor was packed the whole night and the energy was just incredible. Everyone had such a great time, which for us was most important from the very beginning.

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Photography: Ryon:Lockhart Photography | Floral Design: Earth Blossoms Flowers | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Ceremony Venue: Stratford United Methodist Church | Reception Venue: Boothe Memorial Park | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Hair + Makeup: Beauty Entourage | DJ: Beat Train Productions | Groom's Attire: Combatant Gentleman | Barber: The Groom's Day | Catering + Cake: Emily's Catering Group | Custom Signage + Speciality Decor Rentals: KLW Design Co. | Design + Coordination: Lauren O Events | Tent + Furniture Rentals: Abbey Tent & Party Rentals

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Breathtaking Photography from Craig Paulson Photography

Every day at SMP is pretty fabulous, but when your day also happens to include the brilliant work of Craig Paulson Photography, well… that’s a day that is a little extra special.  Think breathtaking imagery from a talented team that knows all there is to know about capturing your Big Day perfectly… from that ah-mazing First Look to the last kiss of the evening.  You HAVE to meet them, lovelies.

Founded in NYC and specializing in New York and destination weddings, the Craig Paulson Photography team has been organically photographing Big Day moments for over 15 years… and pride themselves on being completely unobtrusive when it comes to your wedding day moments.  I’m talking YOUR unique story remembered forever in stunning images you didn’t even know were being captured.  They’re just that good. From their high level of professionalism to their artistic take on every second to awe-inspiring images that you will cherish for always, hiring Craig Paulson Photography is an absolute must.

Ready to begin your journey to the images of a lifetime? Contact Craig Paulson Photography TODAY for that perfect blend of modern portraiture and classic photojournalism.  We can’t.wait to see the breathtaking results.

Photography: Craig Paulson Photography | Makeup & Hair: SB Beauty | Design and Florals: 5th Avenue Weddings

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The Sara Gabriel Trunk Show at Gabriella New York

Gabriella New York gives us a lot of reasons to celebrate and this month is certainly no exception.  That’s because on April 13th and 14th, they’ll be hosting a Sara Gabriel Trunk Show and, let me tell you, loves… it’s going to be awesome.  Think stunning handmade veils, headpieces and jewelry more than perfect for you + your wedding.  Mark your calendars and break out the bubbly. This is going to be sooo good.

When it comes to adding just the right touch of gorgeous to your wedding day attire, designer (+ total genius) Sara Gabriel knows everything.  I’m talking dazzling Swarovski crystals, delicate French Lace and intricate detailing carefully crafted into each and every handmade accessory.  Which means that whether you’re a romantic bride planning a sweet garden affair or a modern fashionista ready to party the night away on a rooftop overlooking the city, Sara Gabriel has a piece that will truly speak to your personal style and individuality.  And did I mention they are ALL truly breathtaking?? We love.

View the latest Sara Gabriel has to offer in gorgeous veils, amazing overskirts, detachable straps, stunning headpieces and dazzling jewelry + meet the designer herself (!) at Gabriella New York’s Sara Gabriel Trunk Show happening on April 13 – 14, 2016.  Visit Gabriella New York here or call 212-206-1915 to book you appointment.

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