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Classic Connecticut Wedding by Raw Photo Design

It is Wednesday and our submissions box is overflowing (not that we’re complaining!) which means there is a whole lot of wedding eye candy headed your way as we clear things out. It is a total win win. If you completely fall in love with a wedding, don’t forget to click on the gallery to see every nook and cranny of it.

So, without further ado, we are going to jump right into our first pretty number. Captured by Raw Photo Design, it is the complete epitome of a classic New England wedding right down to that candle clad fireplace. Total perfection if you ask us and so worth a visit to the gallery.

there is more where these lovely images came from in the gallery!

I love a theme. My mother and Aunt are clones of Martha Stewart and say that I too have the “theme gene.” I really wanted a wedding with a vintage elegance feel, that felt like a dinner party more than a wedding. We decided to keep the wedding small with only about 80 guests, half of that Johnny’s large family! I wanted a unique venue that really captured the elegance of a bygone era. As soon as I saw Eolia Mansion at Harkness Park I knew it was the perfect spot with its stunning English gardens. I did a ton of DIY projects on a fairly small budget and was inspired by so many beautiful weddings on Style Me Pretty. I searched high and low and found beautiful mercury glass vases for the niches which helped bring in the vintage charm. I created a moss covered M for my new monogram and used inexpensive silver frames to frame old photos of close family members. Ribbon draped moss wreaths on the glass double doors went to match the moss tray carrying the calligraphy escort cards.

I chose to use peaches to accent the beauty of the blush in the flowers. Johnny and I actually picked them at a nearby orchard the morning of our wedding! The peaches were so fresh and summery; they were even used in the chicken dish that was served with fresh basil and peaches. The gorgeous bouquets and the table centerpieces were done by Yumiko at Hana Floral Design while I created the extra garden rose pieces in silver mint julep cups for the ceremony and reception. All the décor really came together better than I could have hoped on the day!

Johnny and I met in a hostel in Cinque Terre, Italy the summer of 2006. I had been living in Spain and he was stationed with the US Army in Germany and we randomly booked the same hostel for weekend trips with our friends. We kept in touch and started dating a year later when he moved back to the East Coast. After 6 months of dating, Johnny decided to move to New Zealand and asked me to join him. When we moved home a year later, without jobs or a home, he surprised me with a proposal on the beach in Maine. It was perfect!

Photography: Raw Photo Design / Dress: Priscilla of Boston from White Dress by the Shore / Shoes: J.Crew / Florist: Hana Floral Design, Yumiko Fletcher / Ceremony and Reception Location: Eolia Mansion Harkness State Park Waterford, CT

J.Crew is a member of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. Hana Floral Design and The White Dress by the shore are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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Real Wedding: Anne and John, VII

Thank you so very much to Anne and John for sharing their wedding with us. I can tell by all of the kudos that it was a HUGE hit with our readers. Here is a last look at the stunning couple…

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all photos by Maggie Conley Photography

And can I just toot our own horn for a minute…I love that so many brides are putting our Little Black Book to good use. Many of the vendors that helped to craft this gorgeous affair are in our Little Black Book…just goes to show that we’ve built a great resource that we are so, so proud of!

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Real Wedding: Anne and John, V

Without sounding too cliche, Anne and John really hit the details out of the park.From the sweet stationery to the stunning flowers by Hana Floral…every element was so thoughtfully designed, so beautifully executed.

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From Anne…

We purchased green linen napkins to match the green on the invite at a discounted price. The centerpieces which were beautiful, were designed to reflect the hydrangea on the invite and the girls bouquets. The willow sticks definately added some great texture.

The cupcakes, from J-cakes.com, were a hit. Each guest was given the option of a vanilla cake with white chocolate filling or devils food cake with chocolate mousse filling. The carrot cake, made by a Thyme to Cook, was also delicious and gorgeous with the hydrangea between each.

Here is a list of venors we used…photography by Maggie Conley, catering by A Thyme to Cook, Flowers by Hana Floral, Bridemaid dresses by Bella Bridesmaid, Wedding Gown by The White Dress by the Shore and Stationery by me, The Giving Type Event Stationery.

Everyone did a wonderful job. As a wedding stationery designer (The Giving Type), I wanted my wedding to be cohesive and well planned. Weddings are a daunting task, but with each vendor, the whole process was both creative and manageable.

Hana Floral Design, The White Dress by the shore and Maggie Conley Photography are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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