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Traditional Greek Wedding in Connecticut

Romantic? Well, that doesn’t even begin to describe this next lovely from D’Arcy Benincosa. It’s traditional elegance meets cultural significance and that m’dears is a surefire way to our wedding loving hearts. The gallery is bursting with beauty and you can see it all unfold, right here!

From the Bride… After nine years of being in a relationship Laz proposed in our favorite city, Chicago. It was one of the most exciting times in our lives, it was the day we had been waiting for a long time for. Exactly one year later I married my best friend on the most beautiful autumn day. The day was truly perfect from beginning to end.

Laz and I wanted our wedding day to be full of family and friends. Being from two large Greek families, our wedding was set to be a big affair. We had 280 guests who attended our wedding, many of which traveled near and far just to be able to spend the most important day of our lives with us.

Finding the perfect gown was truly an overwhelming experience. Unlike most brides who try on the first couple of dresses and fall in love right away, I did not experience this. During the dress searching period I tried on many gowns and I just never got that “it’s the one feeling”. It was five months before the wedding and I had to make a decision. Fortunately, I fell in love with my Anna Maier satin gown. On my wedding day I felt the most beautiful I have ever felt, and Laz looked especially handsome in a way I will always remember.

Being a person who loves designing and decorating I had a specific vision for the wedding. I wanted something unique but at the same time elegant and timeless. When we found Aria we knew it was the place where we wanted to have our reception. From the breath taking views and the elegant grand ballroom, the venue was exactly what we were looking for. When decorating I went with a cream, white, gold and blush palette to complement the elegant decor of the venue. Our flowers were a variation of tall and short full arrangements that complimented the venues high ceilings. Since, roses, hydrangeas and orchids are my favorite flowers and they are classic and romantic, I wanted them used throughout the entire décor. My two favorite pieces of decoration were the flower wall backdrop and the flower frame, they added a beautiful touch. The venue looked romantic and elegant just the way I envisioned it.

Coming from a traditional background my husband had one of the biggest surprises on our wedding day. Two of his uncles from Greece, who are famous musicians surprised him. They traveled all the way from Greece to be able to play at our wedding. My husband was in complete shock and joy at the same time. They played traditional music that our guests couldn’t get enough of. This was such a special moment during our reception that my husband still can’t get that surprise out of his mind.

We couldn’t have been more grateful for all the people who contributed to our wedding. Each person provided an outstanding service and their talents were truly remarkable. They helped us create the sweetest memories. I can’t help to think how lucky we were to have such wonderful people who supported us throughout this journey.

Our wedding day was filled with amazing food, good music, dancing, tradition, laughter and love. We had a smile on our faces the whole night. Looking back our wedding was unforgettable, we loved everything about our day and would not change a thing. It is true what they say- your wedding is the most memorable and happiest day of your life.

Photography: D'Arcy Benincosa | Floral Design: Darien Flowers & Eclatant Floral Boutique | Cake: CakeSuite | Stationery: Smoochie Paper | Ceremony Venue: Saint George Greek Orthodox Church | Reception Venue: Aria | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Bracelet: Tiffany & Co | Groom's Attire: Sanuelsohn | Groom's Shoes: Magnanni | Bride's Dress: Anna Maier Couture | Flower Girl Dresses: Sweet Kids | Purse: Prada | Watch: Gucci

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Intimate + Charming New Haven Wedding

When I envision an charming yet intimate affair, it looks a lot like this Manhattan Penthouse celebration. Guests gathered at a lovely literary club followed by a jam packed fete straight from the lens of Zac Wolf Photography. A uniquely awesome day filled with One Girl Cookies, the gallery is something sweet to share!

From Zac Wolf Photography Justin and John had an intimate ceremony at a private literary club in New Haven followed by a jam packed celebration at the Manhattan Penthouse with tunes from my new pals Joelle & the Pinehurst Trio this wedding was uniquely awesome in so many ways. Thank you to Justin and John for allowing me to be a part of their big day. And a very big congrats to both of them!

Photography: Zac Wolf Photography | Floral Design: James Abel Events | Reception Venue: Manhattan Penthouse | Band: Joelle & The Pinehurst Trio | Dessert: One Girl Cookies | Lunch Reception: ROIA Restaurant

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Elegant Fall Wedding at New Haven Lawn Club

Having met as students at Yale, these cuties kicked off the next chapter of their love story at the New Haven Lawn Club, an elegant, classic venue that became even more beautiful with their blush and gold decor and blooms by Fleur De Lys Floral. Robert and Kathleen Photographers worked their magic behind the lens and the final results are nothing short of stunning. See every moment right this way!

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From Robert And Kathleen Photographers… Debbie and Todd met as Ph.D. students at Yale, pursuing degrees within the same concentration.  Enrolled in the same class, they became friends after discovering they had much in common beyond their shared interest in history and medicine.  They were both driven and determined, having spent much of high school and college studying with laser-sharp focus.  Reason and research came naturally to Debbie and Todd.  But back then, they both had yet to concur one of the most challenging pursuits known to man: romantic relationships.  

Neither Debbie nor Todd had been in an official relationship before.  But when Debbie realized how strongly she felt about Todd, she set out to let him know how she felt.  She baked him brownies and trekked through the snow to deliver them in person.  She would sit for hours by Todd’s side watching basketball, a sport about which she didn’t much care.  Todd didn’t realize at first that these gestures were not merely friendly, but when he did he was thrilled to know that this friendship he had started to cherish could turn into something more.  Within a short time, they were a couple.

This year, Debbie and Todd made official what they each knew in their heart on the campus of Yale all those years ago: that they were meant to be together.  And they will be eternally grateful that their educational and professional aspirations led them to careers they love and a life made richer by one another’s company.

Photography: Robert And Kathleen Photographers | Floral Design: Fleur De Lys Floral | DJ: Local Motion | Wedding Venue: New Haven Lawn Club | Tuxedo: J Crew

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Lakum Trunk Show at Gabriella New York Bridal Salon

Gabriella New York Bridal Salon is amazing; we all know that.  But pair those geniuses of bridal wear with the fabulous, Brooklyn-based designers at Lakum and that’s what we call a can’t miss event.  Think a trunk show to end all trunk shows with an entire “suite of looks” to take the oh-so-chic bride (that’s you) through every phase of her wedding weekend.  Say it with me, loves: awesome.

From feminine silhouettes to unique + modern detailing, the new Lakum collection is totally gorgeous… and totally unique.  Which means that jaw-dropping entrance you were hoping to make on your wedding day is, well.  Right at your fingertips.  Not to mention that Lakum’s focus on detail, movement and construction makes each piece absolutely perfect for every single event on your agenda; from that fab engagement party to that sweet bridal shower to your going away brunch as newlyweds.

Contact Gabriella New York Bridal Salon to book your appointment for the upcoming Lakum Trunk Show on Wednesday, May 20th and Thursday, May 21st, including a sneak peak at the new Spring 2016 line.  You don’t want to miss a moment, lovelies.

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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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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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