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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

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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 /

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New Haven, CT Wedding from Ashley Therese Photography

We know what you’re thinking, isn’t it a bit chilly today to share a beach wedding? But we think there’s no better way to bid adieu to 2012 than with this pretty, little soiree. Ashley Therese Photography spent the day with this adorable couple as they went from a traditional Chinese tea ceremony to a gorgeous beach reception complete with lots of lanterns, seashells, and perfectly pretty sand dollars. See it all right here.


From Ashley Therese Photography… Lisa and Garvin’s Lighthouse Point Park wedding was absolutely beautiful. The entire day, the sun and clouds were in a constant dance with one another, alternating who was taking the lead over the water. After a beautiful, traditional Chinese tea ceremony, the couple tied the knot on the shore of the Long Island Sound. With the waves crashing and the ocean breeze blowing, it was such a romantic setting for their I do’s. The starfish and shell-adorned netting to the lantern centerpieces, a beach-inspired cake creation, sandboxes of sand dollar escort cards — all the details reflected the gorgeous seaside setting.

Guests enjoyed some fabulous BBQ favorites for dinner, such as corn bread and pulled pork, along with some fresh lobster. After eating and lots of dancing, the two newlyweds rode the amazing carousel built in 1916! Everyone danced under the twinkling lights inside as the rain and lightening moved over the water in the distance. It was a beautiful light show inside and outside until the very last song played!

Wedding Photography: Ashley Therese Photography / Wedding Venue: The Carousel at Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven, Connecticut / Event Design: Celebrations by Christina / Floral Design: Flore Fine Flowers / Wedding Cinematography: Epic Filmmakers / Catering: Planet BBQ Catering / Wedding Cake: Sugar Bakery & Sweet Shop / Ceremony Musician & Sound + Reception DJ: Atmosphere Productions / Wedding Dress: Angel Rivera Couture via The Plumed Serpent Bridal / Jewelry: Anne Klein / Hair: Dana Bartone & Company / Makeup: Giggar Makeup Artistry / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale

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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 (kendrickn@aol.com) / 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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Classic Milford, CT Wedding from Carla Ten Eyck Photography

What do you do when you are a southern girl marrying your Yale educated love in a Connecticut soiree? Why, you bring the southern charm north with you. And then you definitely call Carla Ten Eyck to capture it. That, my loves, is the perfect concoction for the most charming Connecticut wedding around, as you can obviously see in this gorgeous, gorgeous wedding. Click here for more!

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Patrick and I were married on the most gorgeous and uncharacteristically warm spring day in Connecticut. The marriage ceremony took place at St. Mary’s Church located on the campus of Patrick’s alma mater, Yale University. When I saw St. Mary’s for the first time I fell in love and knew this was the church we had to get married in! It is breathtaking, yet simple at the same time.

As a North Carolina native getting married in Patrick’s home state of Connecticut, I wanted my southern roots to shine through at our wedding. Therefore, I decided on a southern hospitality theme featuring the symbol of hospitality, the pineapple. We wanted to extend the warmest welcome possible to all of our family and friends who were part of our special day.

The cocktail hour and reception were held at Great River Golf Club in Milford, CT. Our southern hospitality theme was represented throughout the décor, which included hand painted pineapple signs, a vintage chalkboard with a hand written explanation of the meaning of the pineapple, pineapple themed paper products, and postcards from my favorite southern cities that served as table signs. Elisabeth, our florist, expanded upon my southern theme with the floral design, which included magnificent magnolia leaf and floral garlands which she used to decorate both the head table and the place card display. Elisabeth also created the most amazing centerpieces for the reception tables, which included a mixture of spring purple, ivory, and green flowers.

For our favors, my mom crocheted delicate white lace crosses tied with green and purple ribbons. We also gave our guests packets of Moravian cookies, a specialty of my hometown. Also, as a kid my dad would always joke that at my wedding reception we would serve RC Colas and moon pies, true southern delicacies. To honor my dad’s request, we sent guests home with these southern treats!

Patrick and I had the most amazing day and we couldn’t have pulled it off without the help of the best vendor team EVER! They put so much hard work into our day to make sure that it was truly special, and we can’t thank them enough. We are so blessed to have each other and the memories of a truly remarkable day!

Photographer: Carla Ten Eyck Photography / Dress: Modern Trousseau, from The White Dress by the Shore / Reception Dress: Allison Parris / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Hairpiece: Maria Elena Headpieces, The White Dress by the Shore / Bracelet: Aquinnah / Wooden Welcome Sign: Joni of Chocolate Butterbean / Hand painted Thank you chalkboard and Vintage chalkboard: Etsy / Bridesmaids’ Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar / Linens: La Tavola and Party Rentals Ltd. / Chargers, glassware: Party Rentals, Ltd. / Calligraphy: Meant to Be Calligraphy / Invitations: Smock / Menus, Place Cards, and Programs: The Green Kangaroo / Day of Coordinator: Diana from Jubilee Events / Videographer: Jim Altieri Vintage Cinema / Florist: Blush Floral Design / Hair and Makeup: Lauren and Dana of Dana Bartone and Company / DJ: Rich Gumpert, Powerstation Events / Cakes: The Cake Boutique / Reception: Great River Golf Club / Transportation: Premier Limo

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New Haven Wedding by Beyond the Lens Photography

My giddy meter is registering some off the charts statistics this morning thanks to Beyond the Lens Photography and this seriously fun seaside soirée. With the most adorable little kiddos in attendance and a couple that you can tell is just head over heels for each other, it’s hard not to adore every bit of this party. All the personal details were covered by this hands-on couple – making for a gallery of images you’ll want to spend some serious time gushing over!

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From the Bride…Brendan and I have known each other for almost ten years. We were introduced by our best friends from our separate high schools, who are now married. After dating on and off for a while, dating other people, living in different cities.. him in Charlotte, me in New York, we were finally in the right place at the right time. The friends who introduced us threw a barbeque right before the birth of their daughter and we were both in town. We had our first “official” date the next week, where Brendan wooed me with his homemade Chicken Marsala & Arrested Development on DVD. That night, I even brought Brendan, a member of Red Sox Nation, a bottle of “Big Papi” Celebrity Wine. As a die hard Yankee fan, I knew that this was a gesture not to be taken lightly. We were long distance for two years when we took a trip down to Brendan’s family’s beach house in Southport, North Carolina and he surprised me by proposing on a dock in Wilmington. (Yes, it was very Dawson’s Creek).

When we started planning our wedding last August, we knew we wanted it to reflect who we are together and who we are as individuals. We wanted to have a day that was “shabby chic” with a carefree, fun vibe. The venue for us was the most important thing and when Lighthouse Point Park came up on my google search for “Unique Connecticut Beach Wedding”, I immediately fell in love. With a beach for the ceremony, a covered historic building with a (working!) carousel for the reception and an outdoor area for cocktails, I couldn’t have dreamt up a more perfect location. Starting with the invitations and save the dates, we worked with Shadowboxer Ink and Wicked Bride to create the perfect prelude in stationery form.

Brendan, who studied art in college, created all of the signage using one of the fonts from the invitations- from sawing the wood to painting the letters- and the wedding canopy, which was so enormous, I burst out laughing in surprise the first time I saw it. Attempting to do our part for the enviornment and contribute to the style of the venue, I drew everything on chalkboards- the ceremony program, the menu and the table numbers. Each bridesmaid had a different flower that composed their bouquet and all three were in mine, along with the white roses to match Brendan’s boutoniere. I also tied my late grandmother’s wedding ring and family birthstone ring to my bouquet. The flower arrangements were casual and displayed in mason jars of different sizes and wine bottles that we had collected since our engagement. Even the champagne that we drank the night of our engagement was made into a floral arrangement on our table. Our cake topper was a symbol of our “mixed marriage”, as my father refers to it- and a perfect example of how we respect our differences.. just not in October.

Brendan loves to cook, and we both love to eat, so food was very important to us as well. We selected all of the food with the amazing Gina at A Thyme to Cook and could not have been more in heaven. Soft pretzels displayed on hot rocks? Really? We also wanted to give our guests something that they could cherish forever, so we created an e-mail account for our guests to send recipes to and we created a cookbook out of all of the recipes we received, along with some of our families’ favorites. Even our caterer chipped in and added the soup recipe from the first course!

As much fun as planning the reception was, we knew that the most important thing was the ceremony and we added lots of special touches to personalize it. I walked down the aisle to “I Will” by the Beatles- the same song that my mom and dad danced to on their wedding day. Our two ridiculously adorable flower girls were daughters of two couples who are very good friends- one of them being the couple who introduced us. We always say that she is “our age” since we reconnected a few weeks before she was born. We wrote our own vows to each other and had a “sand ceremony” to symbolize the joining of our individual lives.

I’ve never been the kind of girl who has dreamt about my wedding since I was young, but I did start dreaming about it the day I met Brendan. Our day could not have been more special- we were surrounded by wonderful friends, family, food and wine and an enormous amount of love.

Wedding Photography: Beyond the Lens Photography / Floral Design: A Victorian Garden / Event Design + Decor: The Bride / Ceremony + Reception Location: Lighthouse Point Park & Carousel House / Invitations + Dessert Signs: Wicked Bride Stationery / Save the Date Postcards: Shadowboxer Ink / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Wedding Dress: Pronovias / Make-up: Makeup by Marisa / Hair: JoBella Downtown Salon & Spa / Catering: A Thyme to Cook, Inc / DJ: DJ Alias of Scratch Weddings / Guitarist: Scott Samuels / Wedding Cake + Cupcakes: Sugarbelle / Cake Topper: CreativeButterflyXOX / Hotel/Getting Ready: The Study at Yale / Bridesmaid Jewelry: Kendra Scott / Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy / Groomsmen Suits + Ties: JoS. A. Bank + Michael Kors / Signs: The Groom / Cookbook Favors: Morris Press Cookbooks / Guest Transportation: Premier Limousine

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