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Hollywood-Inspired Connecticut Wedding

When it came time for these college cuties to tie the knot, they wanted to throw one glamorous affair. Dana Bartone & Company ensured all eyes were on the beautiful Bride while Robert & Kathleen Photographers captured all the merriment. Bursting with gold sequins and a beautiful J Cakes masterpiece, the gallery is the perfect place to see it all!

At Home

From Robert & Kathleen Photographers… Even though they met as college undergrads at UConn, Stacey and Pat had almost an old-fashioned courtship when they met up again years after graduation. They got to know each other slowly, thoughtfully, over the course of several evenings spread apart over a few months, like people would have in the days before text messaging and e-mails shortened the formality of communication.

It was UConn that brought them together once again for the first time after graduation, at an alumni happy hour in NYC. When their eyes met across the room, they each seemed familiar and brand new to one another all at the same time. It was as though they were suddenly seeing each another in a brand new light. Stacey was drawn to Pat’s relaxed, confident nature and easy-going personality. Pat was taken by Stacey’s bright smile and her excitement for life.

They would return to those happy hours every time one was scheduled, not making official plans to meet again but always being relieved to see one another’s face in the crowded bar when they arrived. They weren’t fully admitting that the one of the reasons they made it a point to attend was to see one another. Each time, they would talk a little longer and laugh a little harder than the time before. Pat had been hoping to ask Stacey out since that very first happy hour but had been hesitant to ask for her number for fear of ruining this good thing they were steadily building. The night he left the happy hour with her number programed into his phone, he was smiling as though it was the crowning achievement of his life.

Their first date was to PJ Clark’s where the sparks flew and a lively debate began about just which restaurant had the best burger in NYC. They planned their second date to try out Stacey’s favorite burger place. A third date followed shortly after and pretty soon Stacey and Pat were spending nearly all their free time together – cheering for opposing baseball teams in the summer, rooting for the Giants in the winter and together taking care of Stacey’s beloved dog, Tate. They tried more burgers, went on adventures and fell head over heels in love. Four short years after that first date, Pat asked Stacey to marry him.

When she said yes, he knew that was the true greatest moment of his life so far. That is, until their wedding day, when they returned to Connecticut. When they gathered their friends and family together in the state that ultimately brought them together. There, surrounded by all their family and friends, they became husband and wife. Safe to say that when Pat saw Stacey walking down the aisle to him, he was smiling even brighter than he was four years earlier when he walked out of a bar in NYC with the phone number of the prettiest girl he had ever seen and the inkling that maybe she was the one.

From the beautiful Bride… We met in college at the University of Connecticut, but it wasn’t until years later when we both moved to New York City that we’d run into each other at an alumni happy hour and see each other in a new light. We quickly realized we shared the same passions in life: career driven, family obsessed and always up for hosting a good party. A casual drink, led to a memorable date, and year after year of summers any place nautical and winters anywhere skiing, we knew there was no looking back.

We were together for 5 years when Pat proposed. His proposal was a perfect example of everything our relationship stood for. There was dinner, there was champagne, there was family, and there was Tate – our beloved puggle.

We went out for dinner at one of our favorite restaurants, for what I thought was, to celebrate Pat passing the Series exams. While at dinner my sister had come by our apartment to put champagne on ice and secure the ring around Tate’s collar. She went back to her apartment and anxiously awaited our phone call.

When we arrived home from dinner our dog sprinted to the door to greet us, per usual, and when I noticed the ring, I looked over at Pat to find him down on one knee asking me to marry him. Before I could even grasp what was happening, I got down on one knee too to kiss him (and once I was able to stop crying, say Yes!).

We spent the next half hour calling each member of our family to share the exciting news. After we spoke to each of them, we poured a glass of champagne and before we could even finish it, there was a knock at the door. On the other side of the door awaited both of our entire families (all previously together laughing as I called each of them) with coolers of champagne ready to celebrate.

It was the most perfect night I could have ever imagined, surrounded by all the people we love most.

Working in Merchandising at Tiffany & Co., I am constantly surrounded by beautiful jewelry so clearly picking our wedding bands was one of my favorite parts. I’m a huge fan of mixing metals so decided to go with the new Soleste diamond band rings, in each metal (Platinum, Yellow Gold, Rose Gold) that I could stack together or wear separately. Pat opted for a traditional Platinum band, which I got engraved for him with our favorite quote.

By far my favorite part of the planning process was searching with my mom for the PERFECT wedding dress. We probably tried on every dress in Manhattan, and for a woman of many words, it was when she was finally drawn speechless that I knew we had found “the one.” My Oscar De La Renta gown had the most impeccable construction and remarkable textured ruffles that I instantly glowed every time I had it on. My mom and I kept the dress a secret from everyone until the day of the wedding, where we had so much fun with the big reveals!

My shoes were the perfect mix of classic but modern peep toes. The pale gold color and the pop of red soles went perfect with our color scheme, and the blue insoles doubled these shoes as my “Something Blue.”

Although I work in the jewelry industry, my most treasured piece of jewelry comes from my grandmother. A few years ago she designed a pair of earrings for me out of the diamonds from her engagement ring, which I always knew I would wear to my wedding, and that I will surely pass down to my children to wear to theirs. They were the most meaningful “Something Old” I could have ever asked for.

I wanted a simple hairstyle that would compliment the neckline of my dress and would stay in place throughout the night.

More importantly, I have to give a shout out to my sister who spent months prior to the wedding “training” her part to the opposite side so we can have different “good sides” in pictures. If that isn’t the meaning of the best maid of honor ever, I don’t know what is!

My beautiful eight bridesmaids are my best friends in the world and I really wanted them to stand out and look glamorous. I hunted for a while for the exact “pop of red” that would be the perfect amount of timeless glam and add a fun pop of color. Their look was completed with gold strappy shoes and their white bouquets had black and white stripped ribbon, tying their look in with the groomsmen.

I’ve spent most of my career in the fashion industry working at Ralph Lauren and Tiffany & Co. What I love about these companies is their long history of being timeless but finding ways to stay modern. In many ways this is what I love about Pat too. He’s an old school gentleman on one hand, but has such a passion for life, that can only be defined as modern. I adapted this concept as I came up with my vision to craft a look that would withstand time but with a modern twist. Think Gatsby meets Kate Spade.

The style for our wedding day truly reflected the two of us, combining New York glam with Connecticut prep. We kept the color pallet to black and white with gold accents and pops of red. We incorporated elements from our parent’s weddings by mixing a timeless look of bow ties, suspenders and top hats with modern patterns of stripes and polka dots.

Every detail had a significance behind it, which made it so much fun to plan—from Pat’s back Sperry’s and our vintage ski guest book, to the puggle peaking out of our wedding cake, and the late night snacks passed around in Mets/Yankee hats.

Photography: Robert & Kathleen Photographers | Wedding Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Cake: JCakes | Shoes: Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters | Hair & Makeup: Dana Bartone & Company | Band: Peat Moss And The Fertilizers | Bow Ties: Brooks Brothers | Groomsmen's Attire: Robbie's Suits NYC | Venue: New Haven Lawn Club | Bridal Boutique: Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier | Wedding Rings: Tiffany & Co.

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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!


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

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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.


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 | Film: Inspiration In Motion | Event Planner: Whim Events | Flowers: Fleur De Lys Floral | Invitations: Hartford Prints! | Reception Venue: New Haven Lawn Club | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bloomingdales | Makeup: Jennie Fresa Brow & Beauty Bar | Hair: Christina Of Hopscotch Salon | Lighting: Corr Productions | Cake Artist: JCakes | Dress Designer: Liancarlo | Dress Shop: A Little Something White | Orchestra: Faze 4 Orchestras

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