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Vintage + Lace Guilford Yacht Club Wedding

As we inch closer and closer to those warm summer days, I’m loving all of the cheerful color palettes that make their way across my desk. And this summery soiree from Jubilee Events and Katie Slater with it’s sweet lavender and pops of yellow is exactly what I’m talking about. Sprinkled with lace, vintage details and sunshiny blooms, this gallery is as happy as they come!

Yacht Club

From Jubilee EventsJulia and Jamil, one of the sweetest couples you’ll ever meet, met during a bike race. Yes, during! At the finish line, they decided to meet and get to know one another. The rest was history as they set to ride the rest of their travels together. Julia wanted to create a relaxed, vintage feel for her wedding in playful green, yellow, and ivory with bicycles being a source of inspiration. We brought in a fabulous vintage bicycle and guests all took home custom bells. Their guests were the best–dancing non stop all night, even with cookies and milkshakes in hand. With the weather Mother Nature granted us coupled with our amazing team of vendors, the day was nothing short of amazing, which you could see written all over Julia and Jamil’s face through the entire day!

Photography: Katie Slater Photography | Floral Design: Just For You Floral Design Studio | Cake: JCakes | Stationery: Coral Pheasant Stationery + Design | Reception Venue: Guilford Yacht Club | Catering: Jordan Caterers | DJ: DJ Rich; Powerstation Events | Beauty: Dana Bartone & Company | Ceremony Musicians: Millennium Music | Event Planning And Design: Diana Chouinard, Jubilee Events | Linens: La Tavola | Rentals: Party Rental Ltd. | Vintage Bicycle: New England Country Rentals

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Connecticut Wedding from Frost Photography

This couple is ADORABLE.  So adorable, in fact, that we just had to take a quick trip to Connecticut today to show you their beyond lovely wedding.  A wedding that is sooo chock-full of fabulous details and heartwarming moments, you won’t know what to do with yourselves.  (Seriously.)  It’s a stunning Yale ceremony meets a nautical-inspired reception meets all kinds of crazy gorgeous images captured by Frost Photography - and it’s all sitting pretty in the full gallery.  Join us there for more.

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From the Bride… Nate and I met as freshmen at Yale, where we were in the same residential college. The day after we got engaged, we decided the only place it made sense for us to tie the knot was back where we fell in love. There was one big problem with our hasty decision: we weren’t sure our dream wedding was possible at all! We’d never heard of a wedding being held at a residential college, but we got in touch with the master of the college, who we’d respected and adored as students, and he pulled the necessary strings to make our dream a reality. We feel beyond lucky to have been married in a place so special to us.

We held our reception in Nate’s hometown at the Guilford Yacht Club. The first time we saw it, we decided it was the place — we loved the simple elegance of its high ceilings and waterfront view. Though “Yale” and “yacht club” may make you think otherwise, neither of us are particularly preppy — in fact, our friends would probably laugh at the thought. However, we ended up embracing a nautical theme, partly as an homage to Nate’s and his late father’s shared love of sailing. Having grown up in landlocked Kentucky, I had no nautical experience, but Nate’s family introduced me to the joy of being on the water. Before he passed away, John was an accomplished sailor and had his own burgee (nautical flag), which we displayed beside his old nautical charts and sailboat escort cards.

My favorite parts of the day were seeing the little details we’d planned come into place: Nate and his groomsmen’s goofy dinosaur socks, our guests giggling at our Arrested Development reference and our personalized crossword puzzle on our programs, singing the Beatles’ “In My Life” during our ceremony with all our guests, seeing our dog Maeby walk down the aisle bearing our rings, hearing our fabulous band nail the cover of “Call Me Maybe” we requested, and watching our family enthusiastically take down the pinata we’d stuffed with Sonic the Hedgehog tattoos and candy. It was truly the most perfect day!

Wedding Photography: Frost Photography / Second Shooter: Angela Newton Roy / Ceremony: Calhoun College Courtyard at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut / Reception: Guilford Yacht Club in Guilford, Connecticut / Floral Design: Guilford White House Florist / Officiant: Kendrick Norris ( / Catering: Jordan Caterers / Wedding Cake: Claire Criscuolo of Claire’s Corner Copia / Wedding Invitations: Digby Rose / Wedding Dress: Priscilla of Boston (Now Closed) / Bride’s Shoes: Lulu Townsend / Hair: Kelly Sharkey of Jennie Fresa ~ Make-up and Skincare Boutiquerie / Makeup: Shelly Dolan of Jennie Fresa ~ Make-up and Skincare Boutiquerie / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew / Groom’s Suit: Brooks Brothers / Engagement Ring: Shane Company / Bride’s Wedding Band: Macy’s / Groom’s Wedding Band: His Father’s

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Guilford Yacht Club Wedding from Lindsay Flanagan Photography

It’s a nautical stripes, pink peonies + gingham bow-ties kind of morning here at SMP and let me tell you, I’m head-over-heels in love! Lindsay Flanagan Photography snapped up all the pretty from this preppy Guilford Yacht Club wedding with gorgeous blooms from Hana Floral Design. And that Vera stunner with the bow details? Perfection. See the rest right here!

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Carol and Erich were introduced by dear friends of each of theirs. Initially, Erich thought Carol was a little quiet and shy but pretty, so he asked her out. After a few emails and confusing communications, they had a fantastic first date. A year and a half later, after meeting Carol’s 18 immediate family members, a trip away with Erich’s extended family and an adventure in Thailand and Cambodia, Erich, a self proclaimed introvert, got down on one knee in the restaurant from their first date and proposed. Carol cried and could barely wait to call her parents and five siblings with the news. That night they came home their West Village apartment in NYC to a celebration with their neighbors and friends from Dubai — it was perfect!

After scouring New York City and Westchester County, Carol and Erich found the Guilford Yacht Club close to their families in Connecticut, and within moments, they were sold. The simplicity of the space with the stunning views and the warmth had them both excited. Marissa, the planner from Jordan Catering, sealed the deal! They had a venue and a theme: clean, simple and nautical. For both Carol and Erich, family, tradition and friends mean everything. Raised Catholic, Carol wanted a religious ceremony, although she was not tied to having it in a church. Erich found Father Matthew as we find many things these days: on the internet. Skeptical, Carol went to meet him. He brought all of the Catholic traditions with him but met Carol and Erich’s sensibilities.

Carol found her dress at the Bridal Garden in NYC, a second-hand bridal store. Her dress had arrived that day, and she fell in love. The proceeds from the dress were donated to a school in Brooklyn, assuaging Carol’s guilt for such an extravagant dress. Erich found his suit and shoes around the corner from Carol’s apartment, which had become their home. The next task was finding a way to incorporate their family and friends, from nephews playing the entrance music to Erich’s sister as his witness family and friends stood with them as they said I do. It felt like the rest of the details just fell into place, and with recommendations for fantastic vendors, the flowers, food and music came together easily. The key to the success of the day was Carol and Erich’s friend Marla. With a 30+ person wedding party, they needed someone wrangling the troops, and Marla, having stage managed Broadway shows, was amazing at getting everything moving in a precise and organized fashion with out a worry in the world. She thought of all the little details, from having a friend wait with Carol as her family walked down the aisle ahead of her to ensuring all the vendors knew their cues. Marla made their day worry-free.

The whole night showcased Carol and Erich’s families coming together and the couple’s great joy with each other. They feel blessed in every way to have found each other.

Wedding Photography: Lindsay Flanagan Photography / Wedding Venue: Guilford Yacht Club in Guilford, Connecticut / Floral Design: Hana Floral Design / Cupcakes: Lindsey of Sweetie’s Bakery and Cafe / Favors: DIY / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang via Bridal Garden / Bride’s Jewelry: From a Friend / Bride’s Shoes: Nordstrom / Bride’s Ring: Her Mother’s / Makeup: Lindsay Milan of Jennie Fresa ~ Makeup & Skincare Boutiquerie / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Ann Taylor, Gap + Borrowed / Bridesmaids’ Sashes: The Bride’s Sister / Groom’s Attire: Tonello / Tie: Vineyard Vines / Groom’s Ring: His Maternal Grandfather’s

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