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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!

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Winter
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Private Club

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: J Cakes | Shoes: Christian 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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Custom Robes from Singing Slowly

Loves, I think it’s time you met Singing Slowly.  A drop-dead gorgeous line of custom robes that give an entirely new meaning to the word pretty.  Think fluid crepe de chines, gossamer laces and gauzy chiffons all coming together to create one of the most stunning works of art you will ever see.  This, my friends, is how getting ready the morning of your wedding is sooo supposed to be.

Inspired by magical dragonfly wings and tales of woodland nymphs, Singing Slowly’s custom robes are perfect for those getting ready photos, or as an amazing gift for your bridesmaids.  Picture spending your morning lounging around in pure comfort with your besties, all while looking totally gorgeous for those memories you’ll capture for always.  And don’t forget that Singing Slowly’s robes are vailable in a plethora of sizes and colors, so you can be sure to find the right look and fit for you and your wedding.

Contact Singing Slowly today at singingslowly@gmail.com to order your custom robes.  All robes are made from scratch and take around 4-5 weeks to receive, so don’t delay, lovelies! xo

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Modern Summer Wedding at the Wilton Riding Club

With linens from La Tavola, a gorgeous skylight tent from Stamford Tents, and, a private equestrian show at the Wilton Riding School, all brought together by True Event, you know you’re in for a real wedding treat! Photographed beautifully by Bruce Plotkin, click through the gallery here for some plum-infused pretty, and some serious love!

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From the Bride… Most people think the fact that we share a name (Jaime and Jamie) or that we were set up by two famous Wall Street deal makers (Jamie Lee’s father, Jimmy Lee of JP Morgan and Jaime Foster’s friends Tracy and Frank Bisignano formerly of PS 41 and JP Morgan) is what makes our “story” unique but anyone who knows us, knows that it’s the way we clicked from day one that really set us apart.

We met on a blind date at the Jane Street Hotel in New York’s West Village and the date lasted close to 7 hours! After drinks, we continued our fluent and easy conversation over dinner at Del ‘Anima (also a favorite West Village spot) and then moved to Art Bar on 8th Ave for after dinner drinks. From the first conversation we felt totally at ease with each other. We have always been able to easily make each other laugh and fell in love within weeks of our first date.

After a surprise engagement in our apartment in SoHo, we celebrated with our families across the street at Galli Restaurant and flew to Hawaii the next day for a trip that turned out to be our “engagement-moon”!

When it came to planning the wedding we wanted to “marry” our love of the country with our respect for modern design. Having both been raised in historic homes in Fairfield County (Jamie Lee grew up in Darien CT, Jaime Foster Lee is from Wilton CT) we wanted to have a home-town wedding with a modern glamorous feel.

We chose the Lee’s new home on Contentment Island in the Tokeneke section of Darien as a perfect location for the Rehearsal Dinner and we selected the Wilton Riding Club for the wedding reception for its close proximity to the church (Sacred Heart Church in Georgetown CT) and because the location held so many childhood memories for the Foster family.

Once we decided on a rustic barn and horse-ring setting, we knew we needed help designing a look that would juxtapose vintage with modern and would make it feel elegant and beautiful. That’s where Sarah True and the True Event Team came in. We had chosen to use The Schoolhouse Restaurant in Cannondale as the caterer almost immediately (we have known Tim LaBant, the chef and owner since he played little league with the Foster girls in Wilton as a child) and Stamford Tents was a slam-dunk as we knew Ian Rangel and his team would be a perfect fit for us. We also chose the florist without contest as we have worked with Banchet at Banchet Flowers on many family weddings and events in the past and we knew her talent was unparalleled. Lastly we needed to secure the most important player of the Foster-Lee wedding team, the Priest. We were fortunate enough to find out after a funny email exchange or two that a friend of the Lees, Msgr. Robert Ritchie, the Rector of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City had agreed to officiate our wedding mass.

Over the next few months we planned the wedding, picked out china and did all the things couples do leading up to their wedding day-but most importantly Jamie Lee met weekly with Msgr. Ritchie and a month before the wedding he received the sacraments of Communion, Confirmation and Confession. As June 21st approached we were ready for our Big Day!

With the team in place True Event did an amazing job of bringing our vision to life! The clear Navi-Trac tent and the mix of mirrored bars and gold and silver accents on the chairs and tables brought a modern feel to a rustic setting! Banchet created a chandelier of orchids for the barn and each table was decorated with purple and white orchids, hydrangea and more! The final look was stunning.

For us, the most beautiful part of the wedding was how it turned into such a giant love-fest! Everyone was crying and laughing, singing and dancing together. From the Bridesmaid’s Luncheon at the Philip Johnson Glass house in New Canaan, CT to the Rehearsal Dinner on the water in Tokeneke to the wedding reception at the Wilton Riding Club-every moment and detail exceeded our expectations! The weather was gorgeous and looking back on it we wouldn’t change a thing!

Photography: Bruce Plotkin Photography | Floral Design: Banchet Flowers | Invitations: Saltbox Press | Catering: Tim LaBant Events | Lighting: Social Decor | Cocktail Hour Band: Ragga Lox | Event Coordination And Design: True Event | Hair And Make-up: Lena And Andrew Sotomayor | Linens: La Tavola | Linens: Nuage Designs | Party Rentals: Party Rental Ltd. | Reception Band: David Foster Band | Tent Rental: Stamford Tent

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Elegant Wedding on the Connecticut Shoreline

With ties to Paris and Connecticut, this couple blended the two in an elegant affair by the Connecticut shoreline. Jubilee Events helped with the finishing touches, and every detail, from the Bride’s dress from Everthine Bridal Boutique to the personalized invitations by French calligrapher Bernard Larboillat, is flawless! Take a peek at all the pretty captured by Tony Spinelli Photography right here!

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Summer
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Mansion
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Elegant

From the beautiful Bride…We hired Candice Coppola of Jubilee Events to assist with design and coordination. We did a lot of legwork ourselves such as finding the venue, accommodation, photographer, caterer and music. Candice helped us find our last few vendors, managed our rentals and helped us develop and implement the design.

We spent about half the engagement planning. We did a lot of work immediately after we got engaged finding a venue and vendors and then things came in small spurts thereafter.

The Branford House is a beautiful property that is conveniently located in walking distance to my parent’s beach house. It was not the first place we looked but it was the one we choose. It was the perfect fit. It was on the shore with an amazing view and it could accommodate our guest list! We have spent many weekends on the Connecticut shore swimming, kayaking, sailing, running and biking, and it was the perfect place for us to get married.

I wanted to look classic, elegant, and understated and be comfortable! I tried on a bunch of wedding dresses both in stores and at home that I ordered online. I fell in love with my dress. It was an A-line cut. The bodice was structured lace with an illusion top with fabric so thin it looked like it was strapless with the lace climbing up. The skirt was chiffon and very lightweight. It was white. I wore a headpiece and a belt to embellish the look. For my shoes, I wore silver Varas. I custom ordered them so I even got my initials put on them. I wanted my shoes to be beautiful and comfortable.

For jewelry, I used earrings I already owned (a gift from my parents several years before) and wore my maternal great-grandmother’s rose gold watch that my dad had gotten restored for me. The clutch was by b.m.c. and I purchased it off Amazon.

I had five bridesmaids and one bridesman! I told the ladies to each find a gray dress of any shade, length, and design from J.Crew. For the bridesman, I asked that he wear a tux (of his choosing) and I got him gray paisley suspenders, socks and a bowtie from thetiebar.com. I told everyone to choose something they were comfortable with–they all selected their own accessories including shoes. I had very wonderful and beautiful people in my bridal party and I wanted them to be happy and comfortable! For hair and makeup, they each decided what they wanted.

We had our niece, Avery Kagan, was our flower girl. Her dress was purchased off dressale.com. She carried a basket of rose petals down the aisle. I decorated the basket (that I purchased from Michael’s) with Martha Stewart Crafts Vintage Specialty Girl Ribbon I bought off Amazon. The ring bearer was Marc’s second cousin, Cole Robertson. He wore a kilt in Robertson clan tartan (Marc’s mom’s family is of Scottish descent, the Robertsons), a sporran purchased from sportkilt.com and a Joey Couture tuxedo purchased on Amazon. Cole made it down the aisle… but not with anything in his hands!

From the Groom… There were five groomsmen. They all wore tuxedos. They were not required to have a particular brand and all but two owned one already, some had midnight blue and other black. I had a bespoke tuxedo made (with both black and ivory jackets) by W.W. Chan, done with grosgrain shawl lapels. My shirt, tie and cummerbund were also made by W.W. Chan. I wore Allen Edmond Vernon shoes in black with a bright polish and the overall package finished with a silver and mother of pearl stud set from Brooks Brothers. All the groomsmen wore Bresciani socks (I had pink ones!), and they all had skull and crossbones suspenders and pocket squares purchased from thetiebar.com (to mark our trip to the Carribean for the bachelor party). Each groomsmen finished their look with their own details such as different shoes and cufflinks.

From the Bride… Our second wedding was in Paris, France so the loose theme was Connecticut (my home and now our home) meets France (Marc’s father is French and Marc used to live and work in Paris). So for our Connecticut wedding we wanted to have a blend of Connecticut shoreline and Paris. I wanted a very neutral color palette; I didn’t want to be overpowered. I wanted the beauty and color to come from the flowers. Candice helped us develop a palette of white, blush, peach, khaki, mint and grey that were much more about showcasing the flowers. The design was really driven by Candice, and she really listened to what we wanted and developed the color story and feel of the event: elegant, simple and romantic.

For our save-the-dates, we used photos from our engagement shoot with Tony Spinelli and made postcards on WeddingPaperDivas.com.

The wedding invitation stationary was an original design by French calligrapher Bernard Larboillat. Bernard lives outside Paris and when Marc was working in France over the winter he brought me back a few of his cards because I love stationary. We loved his designs so much that we contacted him and Marc met with him a few times and he created this very unique invitation for us. He drew the view of Branford House and composed his drawing of letters and words of the item he was drawing. For example, the house was drawn using the letters “b” and “h”. We carried his design through a few elements of our wedding design such as the cocktail napkins (ordered from foryourparty.com with our custom design on them), our guest board and the groomsmans’s gifts.

From the Groom… The design also made it way into the groomsman’s gifts, which were laser etched solid wood wine cases with the Branford house and the wedding couple designs. Inside were the ingredients for my favorite drink, a Manhattan, along with home made maraschino cherries. I also etched a limerick to explain the contents on the inside of the case. Bernard also designed the invitations for our Paris wedding. We had everything printed locally at Minuteman Press in Hartford, CT.

From the Bride… For programs and menus, we used chalkboards with design by Molly Shanahan. The chalkboards displayed on easels and were adorned with garlands from Just For You Floral.

For our escort cards, I used tags from paperpresentation.com and my mom (who has excellent handwriting) wrote out all the names. The Jubilee Events team attached fresh lavender with twine to each card. They escort cards were left on a whitewash barrel bar with flowers, garland and antique family silver trays.

We had 42 inch wide banquet tables and our meal was served family style so the goal of the table centerpieces were to be beautiful but leave plenty of room for platters and bowls and cutting boards. I wanted the simple, elegant and romantic vibe to come through. Jane of Just for You made every table and centerpiece look a little bit different. Each table had a mixture of arrangements with different flowers (many of the flower types used in the bouquets), in varying sizes and containers (antique glass vases, silver cups, trays, etc.). The linens were camel with white napkins and the chargers gold. Table numbers were simply displayed with cards on stands. Everything was very simple. The idea was beautiful but functional–lots of room for food! Food being part of the beauty!

During dinner we challenged guest tables to sing us love songs (as a group) if they wanted us to kiss (instead of the traditional clinking of the glasses). Shockingly almost every table participated! We got the range from Frank Sinatra to Salt-N-Pepa! Between guest tables singing and speeches, we had on some background music during dinner. For dancing, the Nu-Cullers did what they do best– a mix of pop, soul and mo-town! My father-daughter dance was to “My Girl” and Marc’s mother-son dance was to “Into the Mystic”. The band even played a great version of Hava Nagila.

Photography: Tony Spinelli Photography | Event Planning: Jubilee Events | Floral Design: Just For You Floral Design Studio | Wedding Dress: Everthine Bridal Boutique | Cake: Le Petit France | Invitations: Bernard Larbouillat | Bride's Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo | Rings: R. Hollander Master Goldsmith | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Emily’s Catering | Makeup: EyeCatcherz | Hair: Chameleon Salon | Band: Nu-Cullers | Groom's Attire: W.W. Chan & Sons | Groom's Shoes: Allen Edmonds | Wedding Venue: Branford House | Groom's Pocket Square And Tie: The Tie Bar | Groom's Socks: Bresciani | Lighting And Sound In The Tent-: Rob Alberti | Programs: Molly Shanahan (chalkboard) | Rentals: New England Country Rentals

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Elegant Connecticut Waterfront Hotel Wedding

Between the breathtaking marina vistas and the Bride’s stunning Pronovias dress, we can’t possibly pick our favorite! In the expert hands of Jubilee Events, with help from Coral Pheasant Stationery + DesignWildflower Linens and La Tavola, this waterfront hotel wedding overflowing with gorgeous roses from BLUSH Floral Design is truly a sight to behold. See it all right here!

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Fall

From Jubilee EventsFrom their first look to the last dance, each loving moment was captured by the incredible Bryce Covey. Our Bride, Rachel, wanted lots of blush with touches of ivory, gold, and elegance. Her Groom, Sebastian, wanted everything Rachel wanted–he couldn’t stop telling us how excited he was to be marrying his best friend!

Our tables were embraced in blush pink and adorned with a medley of tall and petite blooms in ivory, green, and touches of pink from the always fabulous Elisabeth at Blush Floral Design. Even the chairs were dripping in romantic ruffles down to the floor. There were gold touches all over our tables, from the gold rimmed champagne flutes, luxurious gold chargers, and gold engraved stationery. After dinner, guests filled the dance floor, where our girl DJ Eko kept guests twirling and celebrating until the end of the night!

Videography: Vintage Cinema By Jim Altieri | Event Planning: Jubilee Events | Floral Design: BLUSH Floral Design | Cake: Takes The Cake | Stationery: Coral Pheasant Stationery + Design | DJ: DJ Eko: Heartbeats Everywhere | Wedding Venue: Saybrook Point Inn & Spa | Bridal Gown: Pronovias | Ceremony Musicians: Millennium Music | Rentals: Wildflower Linens | Rentals: La Tavola

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Rime Arodaky

Spending your wedding day wrapped up in a breathtaking Rime Arodaky gown is basically a dream come true.  But rockin’ even more Rime Arodaky goodness throughout your honeymoon and beyond? Awesome.  Think fabulous lace cover-ups, beautiful swimwear and drop-dead gorgeous dresses perfect for laying on the beach or bopping around town soaking in the sights and sun.  We are sooo in love.

Whether you’re looking for an amazing dress for your rehearsal dinner, a sweet “From Miss to Mrs” sweatshirt for your honeymoon or a flowy cover-up perfect for your beach vacation, Rime Arodaky’s chic new line, “La malle de la mariée” (“The Bride’s Suitcase”) has you totally covered.  Think a boho meets California-inspired collection of drop-dead gorgeous pieces that will kick your honeymoon up a notch in the style department and leave you feeling beautiful long after your walk down the aisle. It’s everything you absolutely adore about Rime Arodaky’s stunning gowns (one part boho, one part rock ‘n’ roll) with a fresh and flowy take on casual.

Can’t wait to rock Rime Arodaky for all of your big day moments?  Visit Rime Arodaky for more information on her breathtaking, custom-fit gowns, or to make an appointment.  And for that perfect honeymoon or summer look, visit the Rime Arodaky eshop.  Oh, and for your daily dose of inspiration, don’t forget to follow Rime Arodaky’s Instagram!

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