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Classic Red New Haven Lawn Club Wedding

I’ve had a bit of a love affair with red as of late. After making the decision to add small pops of it throughout my own wedding, my cravings for this rich hue have increased and today’s fete from Robert & Kathleen Photographers is just what I need. From the bow-topped Louboutins to the red rose bouquet from Fleur De Lys Floral, it’s a classic affair that’ll keep you coming back for more.

This stunning Bride is making us blush, thanks to the handiwork of Dana Bartone & Company!

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From Robert & Kathleen PhotographersThe way the storm clouds rolled in, it was clear pretty early on that there would be no significant break from the rain on Nicole & Sal’s wedding day. As she was getting ready that morning with her bridesmaids, the rain pounded on the windows, alternating between intense downpours and the kind of sideways sticky rain that even umbrellas can’t shield you from.  But inside that room, there was no hint of that dreariness. It was as though Nicole herself was a virtual ray of sunshine – her complete and total joy shining on everyone around her.

It was that radiance that had drawn Sal to Nicole in the first place and when he saw her for their first look, his face lit up too.  The two of them were beaming: Nicole with her irresistible, kid-on-Christmas-morning smile, Sal with his sly smile and incredible dimples.  From the first look to their ceremony and then out on the dance floor, they were completely connected.  Sal constantly reaching for her hand, Nicole draping her arms around his neck.  And as you watched the two of them, so completely in sync and head-over-heels in love, you could tell  that theirs would be a life together that could brave any storm and brighten even the rainiest of days.

Photography: Robert And Kathleen Photographers | Floral Design: Fleur De Lys Floral | Ceremony Location: St. Mary's Church New Haven | Reception Venue: New Haven Lawn Club | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Hair And Makeup: Dana Bartone & Company | Band: Charles St. Paul Band

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Elegant New Haven Lawn Club Wedding

Where, oh where do I start with this timeless beauty from Carla Ten Eyck… maybe the soft peach and lavender palette with a touch of coral, the stunning lace-drenched Bride, the glowing ballroom at New Haven Lawn Club. It’s all so lovely. And then, there are the bridal portraits that will make your heart swell with love. See every moment right here.

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From Carla Ten Eyck Photography… Megan and Ante’s elegant wedding at The New Haven Lawn Club this spring was such a joy to photograph! From the moment that I met them both, I knew we were going to have a great time together! They were so easy with the laughs and so kind to each other during our meeting and then our engagement session, I knew their wedding was going to be even better! I was not disappointed! Megan was the calmest bride. She took in every moment, was present, glowing and ready with her trademark laugh at every turn! her family was doting and loving and amid the hustle and bustle of the wedding day stopped every so often to tell Megan how beautiful she looked… This is one of my favorite things to see, that despite this being such a big day full of many moving parts there is still time to take it all in and savor each moment as much as possible. I often put myself in the parents’ shoes and wonder how I will feel when it is my son or daughter getting married, and it never fails to make me pause and see my brides’ weddings in a new, even more emotional way!

When Megan saw Ante for the first time walking down the aisle, I could feel his smile and his cute little wave to her as she walked down the aisle made me laugh, he was even cute and funny at that moment! We had so much fun doing portraits and the whole wedding party was easy going and wiling to do whatever we needed to get the pictures Megan and Ante wanted! My favorite part was walking around Yale’s campus with them, everyone was so helpful and amazing! They let us in by one of the coolest gates on the campus so we could get some fun shots of Megan and Ante there… I love those images so much, for that very reason! People being so nice and loving and supportive to total strangers because they know it’s a big day! We ended the night in total ballroom elegance at The New Haven Lawn Club where the night ran so smooth, surrounded by the stunning floral designs of Fleur de Lys, and the perfectly lit room… what a wonderful night!

From the beautiful Bride… After meeting at a local restaurant in Greenwich, CT, Ante and I were inseparable. Within the first month of dating he told one of his friends that he was certain he was going to marry me. After years of adventure, fun and life, he proposed to me on December of 2012 in beautiful Stowe, Vermont on a horse and sleigh ride. The rest is planning history….

When we began to start planning the wedding both Ante and I wanted a classy, elegant, vintage but fun wedding. Sometimes themes can takeover your personality and stifle the atmosphere, so we decided to ensure pure elegance with loud touches of us. I have never been one to envision what our wedding day would look like but we did know that we wanted it to be timeless. Through these wants and needs, we decided on a color palate that was softer. We utilized blush pinks, ivory, gold, pink and peach. Once I started on the color gold needing to be elevated the rest fell right into place.

Our invitations were gold booklets tied together with lace and pearls. The bouquet for me was made of pure soft colors with gold and pink ribbon wrapping the stems and a sentimental pin from my grandmother. The bouquets for the bridesmaids were slightly louder in color with the incorporation of bright peaches and pinks while their dresses were lighter gunmetal. The guys had pink orchids, with Ante wearing an ivory/white orchid. My dress was a flared Ivory lace with tulle liancarlo, that had a romantic lace back yet elegant V neck line. Ante was dressed in a two piece fitted Hugo Boss navy blue suit with the classy touch of suspenders (my favorite partJ ).

Our venue could not have been more perfect at the New Haven lawn club. The classic chandeliers and functioning fire places really set the romantic mood! Cocktail hour had an amazing raw bar and the best part is, Ante and I got to enjoy the hour with our guests! The decoration style of the ballroom was based on our color scheme and involved white/ivory glittery table cloths. The table were covered with endless candles, cork bottom favor cards and family appreciation cards. The center pieces continued the feel of romance by having floating candles and hydrangeas dispersed throughout strategically placed branches. Because we really still wanted to essentially have a great party the band had to be amazing and it sure was! We were able to achieve such a romantic dinner with true elegance and class but still managed to have a great great party! Oh did I mention the late night snack with cheeseburger sliders and parmesean French fries? AMAZING…

We wouldn’t change a thing and we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day…. And an even more amazing honeymoon in Australia and New Zealand!

Thank you Carla ten eyck for capturing the best day of our lives!

Photography: Carla Ten Eyck Photography | Event Planner: Whim Events | Flowers: Fleur De Lys Floral | Invitations: Hartford Prints | Reception Venue: New Haven Lawn Club | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bloomingdales | Makeup: Tricia Of Jennie Fresa | Hair: Christina Of Hopscotch Salon | Lighting: Corr Productions | Cake Artist: J-Cakes | Dress Designer: Liancarlo | Dress Shop: A Little Something White | Film: Inspiration In Motion | Orchestra: Faze4 Orchestra

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Gray + Purple New Haven Wedding

I love FUN weddings.  Those ones that are a happy-go-lucky party from start to finish and you are soooo bummed when the night comes to an end.  This, loves, is one of those weddings. A laid-back meets totally beautiful affair with two of the biggest smiles you will ever see (courtesy of the bride and groom, of course).  See soooo much more captured by Julie Morawski For Carla Ten Eyck in the full gallery.

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From Julie Morawski For Carla Ten Eyck… Liz and Andrew are the kind of people that I’d like to be real-life friends with. They laugh a whole bunch, are sweet to each other and are perfectly laid-back. Oh, and Andrew is a pro instagrammer. Add in a whole pile of awesome friends and family, and their wedding was just perfect. The dance moves, the laughter, the love, the light. Yes.

Liz and Andrew, thank you for having Jazzy and I there for your big day, it was beautiful. Also, thanks for not minding when we were hootin’ and hollering photographing you. You guys are just too cute.

Photography: Julie Morawski For Carla Ten Eyck | Event Planner: Jennifer Ford Chatfield | Flowers: Fleur De Lys Floral | Dress: Plumed Serpent Bridal | Cake: Chestnut Fine Foods | Catering: Grand Gourmet | Makeup: Simply Flawless By Sami | Hair: Luvena Leslie Salon | DJ: Aria Melody | Ceremony Music: Junius Johnson And Yale String Quartet | Transportation: B And B Transportation | Bar: Two Pour Guys | Ceremony And Reception: Lighthouse Point Park | First Look: Yale Art Gallery | Getting Ready: The Study Hotel | Kettle Corn: Elm City Kettle Corn | Paper: Designed By Groom, Printed By Kismet Letterpress | Second Shooter: Jasmine Balgobin For Carla Ten Eyck

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New Haven Lawn Club Wedding

Confession time: purple never lived towards the top of my wedding palette love list. In fact, I was sort of indifferent to the whole berry family of hues…that was until this Michelle Lange beauty came across my screen. Splashed against one wildly elegant ballroom with gold accents and cozy candles everywhere you look, this my dears, is the purple “I do” done oh-so-right. Have a look right here!

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From the Bride… Matt and I crossed paths at a work holiday party about 3 years ago. We had known each other for quite some time but it wasn’t until that evening that Matt asked me on our first date. After almost 2 years of dating, Matt surprised me in my apartment with a birthday cake that read, “Will You Marry Me”.

When we decided not to get married in a church, Matt and I wanted to find a venue where we could have a traditional religious ceremony. We knew that New Haven Lawn Club was the one the second we stepped into their ballroom. Not only are the fireplaces and chandeliers breathtaking, the room offers the gorgeous, romantic setting we were looking for.

Thanks to our family, friends and vendors, our wedding day was more beautiful and memorable than we ever could have imagined.

Photography: Michelle Lange | Floral Design: Just For You Floral Design Studio | Wedding Dress: Anna Maier Ulla-Maija 'Felicite' From A Little Something White | Cake: Kim's Cottage Confections | Stationary: Lucky Lady Paper | Bridesmaids Dresses: Watters (WTOO) From Harold's Formal Wear | Makeup: Simply Gorgeous By Erin | Hair: Lanphier Day Spa & Salon | DJ: Jimmy Dee Music Productions | Venue: New Haven Lawn Club | Second Photographer: Love And Light Photographs

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New Haven Lawn Club Wedding from Raw Photo Design

We recently lost a treasured member of our SMP Family, Eric Langlois. A beloved photographer, father and friend. But his work at Raw Photo Design continues to inspire, and his gorgeous family still gets to see his passion unfold through every stunning image he’s snapped up with his talented eye. Today we are lucky enough to be inspired by he and his wife Amber’s stunning work at the New Haven Lawn Club. They captured images these two newlyweds (who celebrated their anniversary yesterday) will treasure forever, and that is just such a gift. See all the gorgeous images here. You can also donate to the beautiful Langlois family here

From the Bride… James and I met in the fall of 2004 while attending Fairfield University in Connecticut. Both of us were renting out neighboring beach houses on Fairfield Beach, CT. After several years of dating, James proposed on Rowland Road in the middle of our two beach houses where we first met. From the very start of the wedding planning process we both knew we wanted a Connecticut wedding. Having a wedding where we met and where we could envision our wedding day only left the feeling as if it was meant to be. We planned a summer wedding and picked July 7, 2012 as our wedding date. We wanted to combine the best of our worlds and somehow we pulled it off. We were able to have our CT wedding and add some New York City style into the details.

James and I both went into this process knowing that we would be 100% involved in the planning process. We wanted to do everything together and pick everything out ourselves. We jumped right in and enjoyed every single moment of the planning process. We chose the New Haven Lawn Club as our venue, which was by far our favorite. We loved how elegant the ballroom was, and the old classic feel of the venue, the amazing chandeliers.  The entire venue is beautiful. It was the perfect canvas for our wedding day. Although we never had a theme, everything was seen to be very elegant and romantic looking. I knew from the beginning I wanted soft colors of whites, greens, pinks, touches of gold, lots of candles, and a warm glow throughout the room. It all came together with the help of New Haven Lawn Club wedding coordinators and our Floral Designer, Jack Colestos.

Planning all the little details was our favorite part. We knew we wanted Raw Photo Design and Pennylane Productions to capture us and our bridal party at spots in Fairfield that were very meaningful to us. We chose Fairfield Beach where we met and where James proposed, The Sea Grape bar where we have so many memories with our college friends, and Fairfield University which brought us together. We were blown away when we got to see how beautifully they captured all these moments. The antique taxi cab was a perfect NYC touch that my Dad and I were driven to the church in. 

I didn’t walk down the aisle to your typical wedding melody; I walked down to “All This Time” by One Republic. It is a song James and I have always loved.  After the ceremony finished we walked down the aisle as husband and wife to “Beautiful Day” by U2 playing. Our cake topper was a replica of the Love sculpture located in NYC very close to my office. James is an FDNY firefighter in Brooklyn; I knew I wanted to incorporate that into his groom’s cake. The very talented Erica O’Brien who also created our wedding cake made it look exactly like James’ helmet. He was so surprised. My mom even had the idea to put pictures of us as toddlers on the bathroom doors. We chose a signature drink of sweet tea vodka and lemonade and called it the “Tiki Tea”. The confetti was by far my favorite moment of the reception. We got that idea after seeing The Fray perform at Radio City Music Hall in NYC. During one of their songs they shot off pink confetti and I loved it. We knew it would be such a neat touch to our wedding. It really got everyone up and dancing all night, thanks to our Band ETA Music and DJ Danny Estrella we had a non-stop dance party.

When we look back on our wedding day we know we wouldn’t change a single thing. Our wedding day was everything I dreamed it would be. Most important, it was our day just the way we both envisioned it to be. All of our vendors did an amazing job and we couldn’t be more pleased with them. Our pictures and video sure do tell the entire story of our day, and that makes both of us very happy. I can’t tell you how much love and happiness we were surrounded by that day.

Photography: Eric + Amber Langlois of Raw Photo Design | Cinematographer: PennyLane Productions | Ceremony Venue: St. Thomas Aquinas, Fairfield, Connecticut | Officiant: Father Victor T. Martin | Ceremony Music: David Harris | Reception Venue:  New Haven Lawn Club, New Haven, Connecticut | Floral Design: Flowers and Company | Cake Design: Erica O’Brien Cake Design | Catering: New Haven Lawn Club | Programs + Menu Cards: Designed by Bride’s Brother, Michael Zaleta | Wedding Dress: Badgley Mischka via The Plumed Serpent Bridal | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Jewelry: Paris by Debra Moreland | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale via The Plumed Serpent Bridal | Monogrammed Bridesmaid Bags: Ballard Designs | Bridesmaids’ Bracelets: Kate Spade | Hair + Makeup Team: Dana Bartone | Bride + Groom’s Wedding Bands: Tiffany & Co. | Groom’s Tux: Vera Wang | Bow Tie: Urban Outfitters | Band: ETA Music Westport | DJ: Danny Estrella of Dash of Class Entertainment | Lighting: Partners in Sound Productions Entertainment Group | Audio: Pro Sho Productions | Limos + Taxi Cab: Silver Star Limos

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