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Elegant Summer Estate Wedding

I have a soft spot for the color blue. And while I’ve yet to meet a shade I dislike, French blue in particular is special; it’ll be showing up at my own upcoming nuptials. So when I see it in other weddings, I take note, and this wedding by Sixpence For Your Shoe and Hana Floral Design didn’t disappoint. Filled to the brim with beauty, Michelle Gardella and DMO Films got it all on camera for us to enjoy in this gallery here.


From Sixpence For Your Shoe… Linnea and Joey have an amazing presence together. Head over heels in love, beautiful inside and out, being around them makes everyone feel welcomed and happy. We sought to design a wedding that captured their warm hearts and welcoming spirit, as well as both backgrounds and all the places they had lived both apart and together. They dreamed of a wedding that was sophisticated but accessible, polished yet whimsical, and we worked to translate this vision through garden style florals, fanciful linen and witty details. The Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill Estate could not have been a more ideal venue to host their event, from the dinner party ambiance of the ballrooms inside, to dancing away the night under bistro bulb lighting outside. It was just like hosting a gathering at their own home.

The ceremony was breathtaking. Yumiko from Hana Floral Design truly outdid herself with the magnificent florals that framed the couple and they read personalized vows to one another. After the ceremony, guests were able to enjoy cocktail hour throughout the estate as they munched on creative bites such as grilled pizzas and toasted the couple with their signature drink, “The Sydney Crush.” When the guests were invited indoors for dinner, we revealed an incredibly romantic setting. The palette of French Blue, chartreuse, blush and taupe created a lovely balance against the ballroom grandeur. My favorite detail was the lush garland on the head table with soft peony and flickering candles. It was a showstopper! Guests danced the night away to two minute beats under the Sperry Pagoda tent and refreshed with ice cream sundaes. Chocolate favors with a cheeky saying from Charles M. Schulz bid guests a sweet farewell. The end result was one of our favorite events of all time and we were so lucky to have Michelle Gardella and DMO Films to capture it flawlessly.

From The Bride… When my fiance and I were envisioning our wedding, we wanted there to be an air of elegance and sophistication. As we were bringing together guests from both the Rockies and the East Coast, we wanted to create an atmosphere that was intimate, warm and inviting. We described the theme of our wedding to be “accessibly elegant.” The Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill Estate captured the exact feeling that we wanted to evoke. We wanted there to be an element of the outdoors but knowing the weather in Connecticut can be unpredictable, needed to have a back up plan…the “Pagoda” tent from Sperry was the perfect option!

Lindsay, our wedding planner extraordinaire from Sixpence For Your Shoe, helped to turn our vision into reality. With an all-star cast of vendors the day was simply magical! We could not have asked for a better group of people to work with for our wedding.

We wanted our wedding to be as personal to our eight year long relationship as possible. A few of the ways that we tried to accomplish this was to incorporate Joey’s Colorado roots with my Connecticut upbringing. Our beers were all from Colorado, the welcome bags contained only products made in Connecticut and we had delicious Bridgewater Chocolate’s serve as our wedding favors! Our signature drink was called “The Sydney Crush” as a nod to our meeting in Sydney, Australia. Having my high-school history teacher serve as our officiant only felt natural! And at the end of the evening luminary were placed around the mansion as a non to the childhood Christmas tradition in my hometown.

Our favorite part of the day was the toasts (and part roasts) given to us by our siblings and parents! The biggest compliment we got from numerous guests was that they all felt like they were part of our family… we could not have asked for anything more. It was the most amazing day of our lives!

Photography: Michelle Gardella Photography | Videography: DMO Films | Event Planning: Sixpence For Your Shoe | Florals: Hana Floral Design | Wedding Gown: Oscar De La Renta | Catering: Coastal Gourmet Caterers | Makeup: Jennie Fresa Brow & Beauty Bar | Hair: Naomi's Studio & Salon | DJ: Elegant Occasions DJ | Favors: Bridgewater Chocolates | Venue: Wadsworth Mansion | Tent: Sperry Tents | Ceremony Musicians: Harmonia Strings | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Party Rentals Ltd | Stationery And Calligraphy: Lettres Stationery Of Distinction | Veil And Bridal Accessories: The White Dress by the shore

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Classic Mansion Wedding

Pair a foodie bride and her handsome beau with a fab team of vendors that includes Coral Pheasant Stationery + DesignBLUSH Floral Design and Jubilee Events (to name a few) and the results are this: a beyond breathtaking day that boasts classic details, beautiful colors and soooo much pretty captured by Binaryflips Photography, it will make your head swoon.  Join me in the gallery for more.     


From the Bride… When Lev and I first started planning our wedding, we fell in love with the Wadsworth Mansion (near my hometown in CT) before we even saw it in person. We liked that there were multiple rooms for guests to explore, as if it was our own private retreat (albeit a very fancy one!), and the way the mansion was set off from the road and surrounded by trees and gardens.

Once we had decided on a location, it helped set the tone for everything else: classic, elegant and romantic. To complement the interior of the mansion, we settled on a color palette of dove gray, blush and cream—plus a touch of gold—that felt airy and light, but still muted enough for October. I was also inspired by Laduree and their gorgeous pastel packaging.

Lev and I agreed we wouldn’t spend a lot of money on gifts for the morning of the wedding, but we wanted to do something small. We were doing long-distance for most of the year leading up to the wedding, and for about 6 months of that, Lev had been recording little clips of himself along the way—and turned it into the sweetest video. I ended up giving him a vintage compass, since he is my biggest supporter and, cheesy as it may sound, the one who always helps me find my way.

Despite some early rain and gloom, the weather that day—which also happens to be my grandmother’s birthday—ended up being beautiful. The whole place was washed in this gorgeous golden light. Our ceremony was led by Mary Coburn on the lawn behind the mansion, and months later, I still receive compliments on the incredible job she did. She has an amazing way of getting to know you, capturing the spirit of a relationship and bringing people together.

Bouquets and arrangements contained lush blooms like garden roses, ranunculus and dahlias. For texture and a slightly vintage feel, we added dusty miller, silver brunia berries and gold-dusted scabiosia pods (a really lovely touch from Elizabeth of Blush Floral Design). We decorated our placecard table with vintage cake stands and compote dishes collected over time, plus loose and floating flowers, votive candles and ribbons.

I have a killer sweet tooth, so good dessert was a must! Later in the night, we re-purposed the cake stands for a display of cream puffs, oatmeal-maple whoopie pies, pumpkin cheesecake squares, mini pecan pies and macarons in blush and cream. Our wedding cake featured a single, whimsical sugar bloom that was gold in the middle with pale pink petals fading into ivory.

Our invitations incorporated two design elements—a wreath and a bow—and two patterns—lattice and damask—that were used throughout our reception. The wreath was used for our table numbers and programs, and an actual wreath was hung on the front door of the Wadsworth. There were pink bows on my shoes and bows tied to our seats at the table. Finally, the lattice print from the invites appeared our dessert labels, while the damask print appeared on our menus.

My bridesmaids wore soft and subdued shades of pink, cream and gray by Amsale and Donna Morgan. Everyone wore their hair at least partially down, which was sort of a spur-of-the-moment decision—but I loved the way the casual hair styles contrasted with the guys’ formal tuxedos and bow ties.

My dress was a ball gown by Liancarlo. I tried on an embarrassing amount of dresses until I fell in love with its delicate, crystal-studded bodice and flowing, ethereal skirt. My earrings were a gift from my grandmother, who was given them by my grandfather on my mom’s wedding day. My something borrowed was my grandfather’s wedding ring, and my something blue was a ring my mom gave me some 15 years ago that I’ve been wearing ever since. Both of these were tied to my bouquet.

A few other personal touches we added to the wedding were a guestbook filled with handmade envelopes in different patterns and colors for guests to leave us notes, a display of family pictures, and signature cocktails (a pear drink I make every winter, and a Brazilian coffee drink that satisfies Lev’s coffee addiction and relates to one of his favorite trips). At the end of the night, guests helped themselves to a Connecticut classic—Foxon Park White Birch Beer—and freshly-popped popcorn in two different flavors: salted butter and caramel cashew.

My best advice to brides is to enjoy the planning process as much as possible. Spend some time sifting through ideas and thinking about how you envision the day before you dive in—and then take it on little by little. And, make it your own. Everything doesn’t have to match perfectly. In fact, it will feel more organic if it doesn’t! Then, once the day arrives, let go of all those little details and focus instead on savoring every moment.

Photography: BINARYFLIPS PHOTOGRAPHY | Coordination: Jubilee Events | Floral Design: Blush Floral Design Studio | Cake: Ana Parzych Cakes | Bridesmaid Dresses: Donna Morgan | Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Gourmet Galley Catering | Makeup: d.d. Nickel Makeup Studio | Hair And Makeup: Naomi's Studio & Salon | Calligraphy: Graceline Art | Lighting: Rob Alberti | DJ: Rob Alberti | Tuxedos: Valentino Tailors | Officiant: Mary Coburn | Transportation: Premier Limousine | Tent: CT Rental Center | Bride's Dress: Liancarlo | Bridesmaid Boutique: Bella Bridesmaid | Chandeliers/Draping: Ryan Designs, LLC | Day-of Stationery: Coral Pheasant Stationery + Design | Macarons: Le Petit France | Mansion: Wadsworth Mansion | Musicians: Millenium Music | Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental

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Glamorous Secret Garden Inspiration

Fact: when The Secret Garden and a talented team of vendors join forces, it’s downright magical.  Think the beauty stylings of Dana Bartone & Company, fab paper goods from Coral Pheasant and crazy gorgeous event design by A Polished Plan… all coming together in a day that seamlessly mixes vintage romance and rustic elegance all in one setting.  See it all captured by Greg Lewis right here.

From A Polished Plan… The inspiration for the design of this styled photo shoot was the desire to put a modern twist on a ‘Secret Garden’ concept. The Wadsworth Mansion is a very popular wedding destination in Connecticut, but is not generally known for it’s outdoor event space, aside from the lawn area for ceremonies. Our design team was approached to create an inspirational photo shoot to highlight the beauty of the under utilized outdoor locations on the property.

We infused an abundance of earthy and natural elements that are normally found in a backyard garden setting with more formal and glamorous elements found in an upscale wedding or event. Rustic wood tones, earthy garden greenery, watering cans and shades of vintage patina copper were arranged side by side in the design with sophisticated and highly textured linens, bold yet romantic flowers in shades of raspberry and peach, and even a crystal chandelier al fresco.

The highlights of the tabletop design include vintage seed packets perched in amber sorbet bowls, ombre shades of green vintage flatware, luxurious textured linens reminiscent of garden florals, and copper chivari chairs. The floral design is simple in nature and highlight gorgeous late summer flowers grown from a local CT dahlia farm in bold color shades of pinks, peaches, and raspberry. All of the vintage containers for the centerpiece are in various patina shades of copper. Delicately strung above the table is a crystal chandelier hanging from grapevine rope.

Together with a vintage cocktail hour seating arrangment, an intimate ceremony set-up in a sunken rock garden, elegant and refined bridal fashions, and a gorgeous “naked” wedding cake, they create a beautiful story of a earthy garden party meets an upscale chic soiree.

Photographer: Greg Lewis Photography | Event Design: A Polished Plan | Floral Design: Stems Flower Design | Wedding Dress: Everthine Bridal Boutique | Wedding Cake: Taste By Spellbound | Stationery: Coral Pheasant Stationery + Design | Bridesmaids Dresses: Everthine Bridal Boutique | Limousine: Black Swan Limo | Venue: Wadsworth Mansion | Beauty: Dana Bartone & Company | Lighting Design: Social Decor | Linen Rental: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Party Rentals Ltd | Vintage Rentals: Sassafras Vintage Rentals

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