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New Haven Wedding from Raw Photo Design

One of the best parts of my job is sharing weddings with you. Weddings that I know are going to make your jaw drop. It’s my favorite thing ever. This one was set in The New Haven Lawn Club and the building alone is enough to drop that jaw, but the bride, her gown, the flowers (I could go on and on)… let’s just say Raw Photo Design had something extra gorgeous to capture on this October day. It’s all sitting pretty right here!


From the stunning bride … My wedding day was a day girls can only dream about. When I started the whole planning process, so many different ideas were running through my mind. Do I want a modern wedding, do I want a traditional wedding, should we get married by the water, should we get married in a church? All the basic questions a bride asks herself when planning out her big day. When venue searching, my husband and I visited so many, but both fell in love with the first venue we looked at – The New Haven Lawn Club in New Haven, CT. It has such utter beauty and class to it with its swaying palm bushes in the cocktail area, and its black and white tiled floor, it makes you feel like you in a 1920’s Cuban Cigar Lounge. And then you enter into the Grand Ballroom, with its enormous palm crystal chandeliers and its welcoming fireplace and large windows, it takes your breath away even when it is not set for the night. Immediately, I knew my wedding was going to take on the image of timeless beauty with a modern flair.

I am a very traditional girl when it comes to wedding details, meaning I wanted the church wedding, and to arrive in a limo and wear the cream dress, but I am also very modern and am obsessed with fashion, so knew that both styles needed to come together. Finding my dress and shoes was the most fun part of planning my entire wedding. I didn’t try on many dresses at all, the minute I put on the Monique Lluhlier Sunday Rose dress, I just knew it was the one. It is so couture, and so fun, yet so absolutely stunning; it was the perfect dress to show my true personality. And then finding my shoes… well that was easy. I love high high heels, and I love color, so when I found my six inch heel Giuseppe Zanotti peep toe booties at his boutique in NY, I knew I didn’t need to look any further. The bow on the front of the booties matched perfectly to the roses on my dress, and the bright yellow gave it just the pop I needed. So many store sales people kept telling me to get a low heel, boring color, because that’s a wedding shoe. Clearly they didn’t know me, because those were not the wedding shoe for me. My bridesmaids wore Amsale dresses in a slate, bronze color to keep the elegant style flowing and the groomsmen all wore black tuxedos. Our wedding was truly going to be a Black Tie Affair. My mother, also known as my wedding planner, made sure to take care of other details, like making sure me and my bridesmaids all had paisley robes to get ready in the morning of the big day, and she found the perfect jewelry for all my bridesmaids to wear, along with ensuring that all my jewelry and my purse were perfect collaborations to go along with my dress.

At the actual ceremony, our church was European in style, and took your breath away. It was so elegant, flowers were not even needed at the alter. I wanted a different approach on entering the church, so my vocalist sang some of my favorite love songs as everyone walked down the aisle. My bridesmaids walked down to “Today I Met the Boy I’m Going to Marry,” from Father of the Bride just as an example.

Then at the Lawn Club… the flowers that draped the entire venue were so unique, breathtaking and truly original as was the designer herself, Jennifer from Fleur de Lys. She used cymbidium orchids as the accent flower to give the pop of green fun throughout the classic ivory flowers used. The entrance to the cocktail hour was inviting with a piano player that set the tone to a black and white theme with green palms adorning the space. In the corner was an authentic Cuban cigar roller that gave the cocktail hour a feel of a tropical paradise. Upon entering the ballroom, we had a place card table that was candle lit with crystal pillars and three dimensional candle adorned with rose buds and pearls. The most unique and original moss urns adorned with flowers were also place for gift cards. The ballroom was the most eloquent, soft, candlelit and romantic atmosphere any bride could dream of. With it’s floor length linens in black, it’s chevere chairs in ivory, the chartreuse napkin and the most exquisite crystal pillars adorned with ivory and chartreuse flowers. It was a truly magical atmosphere that all of the guest felt.

To put a truly great spin on things, the DJ introduced the wedding party to a variety of songs chosen my husband and I to create a fun and lively atmosphere all based on the 80’s. He created custom entrance that we all danced into and all the members of the bridal party wore their ray-ban sunglasses given by us as one of their gifts. The cake was a truly exceptional creation done by (Hope of J-Cakes). It mimicked my gown of a three dimensional rose of fondant which adorned the four tier round wedding cake with different flavors in each tier.

My wedding day was the most memorable day of my life so far. It turned out to be a gorgeous October day, one that took a lot of research, from bridal magazines, GO was my favorite, to Pinterest, to looking at different websites online for ideas. I took many different ideas from many different places and combined them together to make my own unique day. And of course, I had my mom, the most creative and stylish women out there, she wore a Vera Wang, Emerald Green dress as her mother of the bride dress, absolutely stunning. The most important part though, when actually planning the big day, is to make sure it represents you and who you are. Because after all, that is your big day.

Photography: Raw Photo Design | Flowers: Fleur De Lys | Cake: JCakes, Hope | Music: DJ Melee, Jason Palermo | Venue: The New Haven Lawn Club | Dress: L’Elite Bridal | Dress Designer: Monique Lhuillier, Sunday Rose | Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti | Makeup and Hair: Naomi’s Studio and Salon, Makeup by Janice Raccio, Hair by Angela | Invitations: P.S. Fine Stationers, Branford, CT

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New Haven Wedding from Robert and Kathleen Photographers

Robert and Kathleen have a way of making you feel a wedding. It’s something in the way their pictures capture the moments, the looks and the details that make me feel as though I am standing in the middle of it all. And to stand in the middle of this wedding New Haven Lawn Club would be nothing short of spectacular. Because not a thing was overlooked – from the Bride’s Monique Lhuillier gown picked up at  The Plumed Serpent Bridal and her two pair of shoes to the gorgeous day she planned to celebrate her nuptials to her dashing Groom – it’s timeless, it’s perfect, and there is so much more to make you feel as though you were there right here.

From Robert and Kathleen PhotographersThey say you can tell a lot about a person by their shoes. On her wedding day, Maria had two pairs. Each were dramatic, gorgeous and luxurious. Maria understands the value of a statement piece. She doesn’t want to sacrifice quality on the things that really count. When it came to her wedding, Maria had the same mindset. She wanted a wedding that was gorgeous and dramatic. One that would make her guests feel like they had been transported into the lap of luxury. The venue was the perfect starting point. The New Haven Lawn Club provided a clean, art-deco inspired ballroom which she would fill with flowers, crystal, candlelight and incredible food and music. Her florist, Diane Guadette, completely understood Maria’s vision and selected dramatic crystal centerpieces and draped them orchids. Guests literally gasped as they entered the ballroom, they were so taken by the beauty before them. It was everything Maria had dreamed it would be – dramatic, gorgeous and absolutely luxurious.

Maria was tentative that morning. She didn’t want to get to excited until those rain clouds shifted away. A dark, dreary day wouldn’t do. Not for the day that she married Del. When she thought of their best times together, she thought of days on the beach, sitting by the water and drinking a glass of wine, the warmth of the sun on her skin and Del’s arm wrapped around her waist. Those were her favorite days. That’s what she had pictured for their wedding day. But that morning, the sky was dark, the rain drops fell – big, fat drops that seemed like they might be there to stay. She stood in her bedroom, next to the stunning gown she would be putting on in a few minutes, looked out the window and frowned. This wasn’t how she pictured it. We reassured her, it will pass. She wasn’t so sure.

Soon her hair and make-up were complete and it was time to put on the dress, buckle the shoes and head over to the church. She was so focused on all those perfect details she actually forgot about the weather for a few minutes. By the time she was dressed and it was time to head outside, those big raindrops had disappeared. The clouds had shifted. The sun was breaking through, warming her skin as she got in the car that would take her to the church.

As she stood on the altar and held Del’s hand, she could see the sun shining through the church windows. After the ceremony, as they walked through the streets of New Haven hand in hand, she could feel the warm breeze making her veil dance in the wind. And when Del held her close, she remembered all of those incredible times they had shared together on days very much like this one. She leaned into his chest, held him close and took it all in. This was now the best day. This was the day she will think of every time she feels the sun on her skin and the wind in her hair. And every time she sees a storm cloud rolling in, she’ll know that Del will always make every day brighter. Because when he holds her in his arms, she’ll remember how, despite all odds, the sun broke through the clouds just for them.

Wedding Photography: Robert and Kathleen Photographers / Ceremony Location: St. Augustine Cathedral in Bridgeport, Connecticut / Reception Location: New Haven Lawn Club in New Haven, Connecticut / Floral Design: Diane Gaudette of Custom Floral Designs / Band: Os Dias / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier via The Plumed Serpent Bridal / Shoes: Christian Louboutin + Jimmy Choo / Bridesmaids Dresses: Jim Hjelm / Hair: Salon S / Makeup: Dana Bartone & Company

Hayley Paige, Jim Hjelm Occasions and Monique Lhuillier are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. Dana Bartone & Company, Robert & Kathleen Photographers and JLM Couture, Inc are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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Yale Law School Wedding from Robert & Kathleen Photographers

The moment I opened up this gem of a wedding from Robert & Kathleen Photographers, I simply couldn’t wait to share it. It’s full of all the obvious things we love over here at SMP – amazing egg plant-infused details, the stunning settings of Yale Law School (where the couple first met) and New Haven Lawn Club, gorgeous florals from Fleur de Lys Floral - it really does have it all. But the one thing that outshines all of that pretty, is the love between these two. It’s true, the most amazing details couldn’t hold a candle to this duo, and the full gallery is image after image of love-filled style. Which just so happens to be the best kind. See it all here.

From the Grooms… We met in law school.  Elliott was a second-year student when Jeff started his first year; Elliott gave a tour of the law school to a bunch of first year students, and Jeff sought his tour group out. Later that year, Jeff joined the law journal that Elliott worked on. Elliott was assigned to edit a piece that Jeff wrote that was submitted for publication, and once the piece was ready to publish, Elliott asked Jeff to go to coffee to “discuss how the editing process went.” We ended up talking about much more than the law, and started dating. Elliott proposed to Jeff in Washington, DC on Valentine’s Day 2010, the weekend after the “Snowpocalypse” that shut down the city for a couple days. We were visiting friends in DC that weekend, and Elliott had hoped to propose at one of the monuments or memorials, but when he discovered that they were all buried in snow, Elliott had to go with a backup plan. While crossing through Dupont Circle, itself covered in snow, Elliott asked Jeff to sit with him on a bench, and he proposed.  Right after Jeff said yes, President Obama and his Secret Service detail flew overhead in their helicopters. We thought it was a good sign!

We wanted to have a modern but classic look to the wedding, while also reflecting the season (summer) and the art deco features of the New Haven Lawn Club.  We adopted eggplant purple as our main color, which was complemented by silver and gray. We also incorporated yellow and green in the floral arrangements for a more summery look. The paper goods all featured geometric elements.We both did clerkships for federal judges after law school, and we asked our judges to participate in the ceremony. Including our judges emphasized our vocations as lawyers as well as the fact that Connecticut, where we got married, is one of the few states where we could do so. We also wanted to include family and friends, so we asked seven married couples to give short blessings, all of which we heard for the first time during the wedding. They ranged from words of advice to song lyrics to original poetry. Each of us walked down the aisle with both of our parents, which emphasized our close relationship with our families and their loving support for our marriage.

We had the ceremony in the courtyard of Yale Law School and the reception at the New Haven Lawn Club.  The law school is where we met, and where we spent much of our time during the first two years of our relationship.  It has a beautiful courtyard, and is also representative of our shared careers, shared passions, and our legal right to get married. The seven couples who gave blessings at the ceremony put a lot of thought, love and creativity into their speeches, and we loved them all. Our parents, brothers (the best men), and maid of honor gave amazing speeches that brought the house down with laughter during the reception.  One of the most amazing experiences of the wedding was having all of our family and friends on the dance floor, joining together in celebration and singing along to the music.

Wedding Photography: Robert & Kathleen Photographers / Ceremony: Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut / Reception: New Haven Lawn Club in New Haven, Connecticut / Reception Planning: Christine Perusse of New Haven Lawn Club / Floral Design: Fleur de Lys Floral / Wedding Cinematography: The Light Mill / Wedding Cake: J Cakes / Wedding Invitations: Just Paper & Tea / Ceremony Programs + Dinner Menus: Wedding Paper Divas / Ceremony Music: La Bella Musica / Cocktail Hour Music: Tom Ciancia / DJ + Lighting: Correlations Productions / Ceremony Rentals: General Rental Center / Wedding Favors: Vosges Chocolates / Transportation: Dattco / Photo Booth: We Love Photobooths / Grooms’ Suits: Alton Lane / Grooms’ Belts: Rugby Ralph Lauren / Grooms’ Shoes: Brooks Brothers / Grooms’ Custom Map Cufflinks: Juanitas / Grooms’ Watches: TAG Heuer / Wedding Bands: Mervis Diamond Importers / Groomsmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew / Grooms’ Hair + Groomsmaids’ Makeup: Rimage Salon / Sunday Brunch Location: The Study at Yale / Rehearsal Dinner + Cocktail Party: Barcelona /

J.Crew is a member of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. Robert & Kathleen Photographers is a member of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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