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Nautical Connecticut Yacht Club Wedding

Get ready, lovelies, because this seaside wedding is going to brighten this gray winter day. Then again, I may be a little bit biased—this affair was designed by SMP’s very own, Abby Capalbo. And with a dreamy dress from Everthine Bridal Boutique, yummy bites from Gourmet Galley and gorgeous photos from Ashley Caroline, this day is truly perfect. See it all in THE VAULT!

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Summer
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Waterside
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Nautical

From The Bride…Steve and I met through a group of friends who played trivia each week at a local brew pub, and after a ski weekend in Vermont and a few helpful nudges from our friends, we began dating. We quickly realized that this relationship of ours wasn’t just about romance but that more importantly we were, quite simply, each other’s best friend. When Steve asked me to marry him in the same spot where we first talked about spending our lives together, I happily said yes.

Steve and I both agreed that we wanted a laid back, relaxed reception with an emphasis on great food and lots of fun things to do! We thought of so many different ideas to incorporate (I am a Style Me Pretty devotee and have been long before Steven and I met!) but when it came time to make major decisions our guiding idea was “did it feel like us?”

As an admitted over-Pinner and detail oriented gal, one of the most helpful things we did was invest in a design board with Abby Capalbo. I had a sense of how I wanted the design to go, but needed help editing all of the ideas. We shared as much of “us” with Abby as we could and she created a document that so perfectly captured what we were hoping to see on our big day. It made communicating our story and ideas a breeze when working with our talented vendors!

I have a long standing love affair with summer in New England, so we chose a venue that really reflected that; when Gourmet Galley sent us our menu proposal, we felt like they read our minds! Steve is the most wonderful, goofy guy and has a serious penchant for puns, so Jen of Jennifer’s Paper really allowed us to infuse plenty of fun into the paper goods throughout the day. Paper ended up being such a huge vehicle for highlighting our personalities (hello, 478,482 nautical puns!) and Jen was so patient and talented at working in every little detail for us. We’d also spent most of our relationship living in Middletown, CT, so it was a no-brainer for us to ask the Middletown cupcake queen, NoRa’s Cupcakes, to drive their truck down for the reception.

In keeping with the personalized theme, we elected to take on a few DIY projects for our big day. For our escort cards, we choose to create a mixed CD as a nod to our first date: he brought me flowers, I made him a mix that he still listens to! We built cornhole boards, repainted additional games to keep a cohesive look on the lawn, and made monkey fist knots for the tables. The monkey fists come with a funny story: I was getting overwhelmed with details and was stressed about the knots; Steve, being the amazing guy he is readily offered to make these for me. I was skeptical but he insisted he give it a try. Upon successful completion of his trial knot, he sent a photo of it to me, along with a rewritten, wedding-centric parody of the “Men of the Night’s Watch” vow from Game of Thrones. He was the self-proclaimed “Watcher of the Wedding.”

We will never forget our beautiful wedding day. Ashley Drago’s gorgeous floral garlands popped on the tables and when Marissa of Gourmet Galley led us into the room we couldn’t stop smiling at how perfectly everything came together! The day was such a happy blur and I’ll never forget dancing and catching glimpses of Steve dancing with my cousins, high school pals and family members running to the photo booth or cupcake truck, or our college friends twirling our grandmothers around the dance floor! Easily our favorite memory, aside from our vows, was sneaking off during dinner to spend some time alone at the edge of the lawn overlooking the water. We felt so blessed to be surrounded by our favorite people and all of the love they shared with us.

Even with a team of wonderful vendors and lots of wedding prettiness, everything pales in comparison to the marriage we are beginning. Steve is truly the kindest, funniest, most wonderful guy and while things are not always picture perfect, I feel so incredibly blessed to have found my best friend and teammate for life.

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Photography: Ashley Caroline Photography | Cinematography: Brian J Productions | Event Design: Abby Capalbo | Floral Design: Ashley Drago | Wedding Dress: Rebecca Schoneveld | Cupcakes: NoRa Cupcake Company | Stationery: Jennifer's Paper | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Gourmet Galley Catering | Makeup: Larissa Lake | Hair: Naomi's Studio & Salon | Venue: Guilford Yacht Club | Bridal Boutique: Everthine Bridal Boutique | DJ + Entertainment: Local Motion | Signage + Cocktail Stirrers: Laura Hooper Calligraphy

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Elegant Waterfront Wedding at the Guilford Yacht Club

This nautical celebration had the most welcoming, relaxed elegance about it, making me quite jealous of these guests. Crafted by an uber talented team of vendors, including True Event and Gourmet Galley, the final results are nothing short of fabulous. From the beautiful blooms by Hana Floral Design, to these pics from Leila Brewster and Buzz Media’s film, this is my sort of soiree to kick off the weekend with.

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Fall
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Yacht Club

From The Bride…  Andy and I met in Easthampton, NY through friends at a summer share house. While the timing was not right, we both made an impression on one another. When we re-met the following summer, under the same circumstances, the timing was much better. While dating, we spent several summers together “out East,” and have many happy memories there.

We got engaged after two years of dating, on a cold winter night in March. Knowing that we didn’t want to wait over a year to get married, we began planning for a fall wedding.

The Hamptons seemed like the most obvious choice for us in terms of a location, given all of our history there. Unfortunately, we came away from our venue search feeling very discouraged. As is the case so often, Andy was the voice of reason. He suggested the Connecticut coast as an alternative, where he grew up spending his summers, as his family has done for generations. I had always found it both beautiful and relaxing when we would visit, with rich New England history to boot. Images of the Long Island Sound and beautiful fall foliage as a backdrop for our big day sealed the deal.

Planning a wedding in six months was no easy task, especially for someone who had never spent much time thinking about what it might look like. The only things we knew for sure were that we wanted the wedding to truly be a reflection of who we are, and to create a seamless, memorable and fun party for our guests.

Early on, we enlisted the help of many amazing vendors to assist us. Once we selected our venue, the Guilford Yacht Club, True Event came on board to help with the design element (and, I would soon learn, so much more). I knew I wanted to play off the nautical theme of the venue, but without overdoing it. Caitlin Campbell at True Event was instrumental in finding that balance (as well as coining the term “nautical chic!”). I love color, and was was incredibly inspired by images of brightly colored floral arrangements I found online. At the same time, I loved the classic look of an all-white ceremony. Yumiko Fletcher at Hana Floral came up with the concept of introducing more color throughout the day as a way to incorporate both ideas, so I was never forced to choose. So genius! Her creations were absolutely breathtaking – definitely one of the highlights of the day. Gourmet Galley helped us craft the perfect menu of all our favorite foods, Ryan Designs provided beautiful lighting and seating, and JTT Band (headed up by a friend from college) kept our guests of all ages on the dance floor until the bitter end. And of course, the insanely talented Leila Brewster and Buzz Media team were there to capture every wonderful moment.

The most memorable part of the day, for me, was our ceremony. We wanted it to feel personal, and knew in order to achieve that we’d need an officiant that knew both of us and could speak to who we are as people and as a couple. Andy’s cousin, Marc, who had never officiated a wedding before, but who fit the bill in every other sense, was the perfect choice. His comments were intimate, warm and moving, and as Andy and I exchanged our handwritten vows, the day’s cloudy skies finally gave way to some sunshine. It was a moment I will cherish forever!

Photography: leila brewster | Videography: Buzz Media Company- Wedding Films | Coordination: TRUE Event | Event Design: TRUE Event | Floral Design: Hana Floral Design | Cake: JCakes | Ceremony Venue: Guilford Yacht Club | Reception Venue: Guilford Yacht Club | Catering: Gourmet Galley Catering | Hair & Makeup: Jennie Fresa Brow & Beauty Bar | Lighting: Ryan Designs, LLC | Band: JTT | Officiant: Marc Baum | Ceremony Music: Suite Occasions Music | Transportation: Madison Beach Hotel | Transportation: First Student Charter | Tent Rental: Chase Canopy | Accommodations: Madison Beach Hotel | Attire: Romona Keveza | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Paper: Cheree Berry Paper | Rentals: Rentals Unlimited

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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!

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Summer
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Yacht Club
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Vintage

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 | Event Planning And Design: Jubilee Events | Floral Design: Just For You Floral Design Studio | Cake: JCakes | Stationery: Coral Pheasant Stationery + Design | Reception Venue: Guilford Yacht Club | Catering: Jordan Caterers Design Event Planners | DJ: Powerstation Events | Beauty: Dana Bartone & Company | Ceremony Musicians: Millenium Music | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Party Rentals Ltd | Vintage Bicycle: New England Country Rentals

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