When it came to their Big Day, this theater loving pair wanted to put on the show of a lifetime. From the softly arranged white blooms a la Green Dahlia to the Bride’s sophisticated gown, every detail evoked hollywood glamour. Carla Ten Eyck captured an evening ending with a breakfast themed dinner, and it’s all right here!
From the beautiful Bride… James and I met at our local theater; I was costuming a show that he was performing in. As we are both performers and designers, we have a lot of opinions on style and have a need for things to be visually interesting and cohesive.
We had decided on getting married in the colder months, so we knew we needed to find a venue that was beautiful both inside and out. After googling “mansions you can rent in CT” (seriously), I found the beautiful Branford House. I knew before we even visited it that it was the place we were going to get married. When we saw it in person, we were blown away by the beautiful architecture, stunning woodwork, marble fireplaces and the incredible views.
My best friend and man of honor also happens to be the most talented floral designer in the world. I knew I wanted all white, soft flowers with waxy, tropical foliage – in my head I wanted it to look like an old Fred and Ginger movie. This is all that I told Tony and he and Cat of Green Dahlia Florist blew me away. The beautiful palms on the fireplaces, the centerpieces, the arrangements on the stairs and all of those candles were everything I imagined and more. Tony also created my bouquet with inspiration from brides of yesterday. It was delicate and beautiful and the perfect complement to my dress.
I selected my Monique Lhuillier gown at The Plumed Serpent bridal shop. I loved that it was simple and elegant while being classic and sophisticated. With accessories from The White Dress by the Shore and styling by Beth Chapman, my bridal look was the perfect embodiment of 1930s style without looking like I was wearing a costume. Topped off with beauty by a dream team and I felt like the most beautiful bride in the world (as every bride should). James had a custom Joseph Abboud navy blue velvet jacket with black satin shawl collar made, which he wore with Calvin Klein tuxedo pants and a black velvet bow tie. We loved that our looks perfectly complemented our personal styles, each other and our venue.
Our menu was all based on the idea of breakfast for dinner. A Thyme to Cook brought that to life from cocktail hour bites to comforting and savory entrees and even a fantastic mimosa and bloody mary bar!
The warm and intimate ambiance was captured perfectly by the amazingly talented Carla Ten Eyck. Her photos communicate the soft glow and loving atmosphere that defined the evening while flawlessly exhibiting all the sumptuous details of the venue. Having these emotional moments preserved so beautifully is something that we will cherish forever.
Band: Lapis Luna | Bowties: Anna Runa | Bridal Accessories: The White Dress By The Shore | Bridal Gown: The Plumed Serpent | Cake: Ana Parzych Cakes | Caterer: A Thyme To Cook | Florist: Green Dahlia | Groom's Tuxedo Jacket: Joseph Abboud | Hair: D.d. Nickel | Make-Up: Catie Bane | Mansion: Branford House | Photography: Carla Ten Eyck