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Preppy Backyard Wedding

I may have mentioned a time or two (read: one million) that Father of the Bride is one of my all-time favorite movies, but when I see a sweet affair like this gorgeous CT wedding, it’s definitely worth repeating. Preppy meets classic, this is a day that is overflowing with amazing details; from the lush blooms from KD&J Botanica to the sweet blue hues.  See it all captured by IRIS Photography right here 

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Summer
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Elegant

From IRIS PhotographyPreppy backyard tented wedding in Fairfield County CT with splashes of verdant color–from vintage 1940s Packard woody sedan in jade to bright yellow soup, variegated green floral arrangements, and blues and pinks–all in a relaxed Sperry Tent reception in the bride’s parents’ home at the start of summer. Talented vendors include Sperry Tents Greenwich (LBB member), Marcia Selden Catering, KD&J Botanica, IRIS Photography (LBB member).

From The Bride…Richard and I met while we were both living in New York City. I was working in finance and he was getting his masters at Columbia. After meeting through mutual friends at what became one of our favorite local dive bars, The Back Fence, the rest, as they say, is history.

I am still surprised at how painless and enjoyable it was to plan our wedding. I chalk it up to both of us being on the same page from the very beginning, and to both our parents, who went above and beyond to make the weekend wonderful. When Richard and I started talking about our wedding, we agreed right away on what was most important to us: 1) That the wedding be held somewhere meaningful to both of us 2) That we would do whatever it took to secure our most favorite band – Party on the Moon 3) That we would ask our good friend, Reverend Brooks Hundley, with whom Richard worked at Saint Albans School in D.C. to officiate the wedding 4) That our wedding be all about having fun. With those priorities set, the other details fell into place seamlessly.

I owe so much to my parents for how our wedding day turned out. It was actually my father’s idea for us to get married in my parent’s backyard. I originally hesitated when he first proposed the idea… we’ve all seen George Banks’ historic meltdown in Father of the Bride… but my Dad assured me he would have fun with the process and he did. Both he and my Mom worked tirelessly, without a wedding planner, to secure the right vendors and coordinate all the details taking much of the stress away from me and Richard.

Our wedding day ended up being even more beautiful, fun, and special than we ever could have hoped. We were blessed with perfect summer weather; thoughtful and witty speeches from my father and our brothers, an epic dance floor thanks to Party on the Moon’s unforgettable performance and our friends and family getting their rage on, delicious food from Marcia Selden Catering, and the most enchanting ambiance provided by Sperry Tents and KD&J Botanica.

Photography: IRIS Photography | Floral Design: KD&J Botanica | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew | Catering: Marcia Selden Catering | Band: Party On The Moon | Groom's Attire: J. Crew | Groomsmen's Attire: J. Crew | Venue: Private Residence | Bride's Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Tent: Sperry Tents Greenwich

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Sweet Whistle

There’s gift giving, and then there is gift giving with Sweet Whistle, an online boutique that takes wedding gifting to an entirely new level of awesome.  Imagine a modern + fresh take on telling your nearest and dearest thank you (or asking your bestie to be your bridesmaid) with carefully curated boxes that are as fun and festive as they are pretty.  Sweet Whistle “wraps an experience”… and it shows.

With Sweet Whistle, meaningful gifts just got a whole lot easier with custom packaging, fabulous customer service and a made for the occasion approach.  Think a plethora of gift pairing options to choose from, amazing personalization, direct shipping to you OR your event space and a Sweet Whistle gifting guru overseeing the entire process, guaranteeing your style and price point.  Not to mention that each curated gift from Sweet Whistle is sourced primarily from artisans in the Unites States that are known for their fabulous food or wares.  Which means those whimsically packaged boxes so meticulously put together are more than perfect for welcome boxes, turndown gifts, event favors, bridal party gifts and thank you’s.

Visit Sweet Whistle today to start your amazing journey into gifting the right way.  And don’t forget to ask them about their custom options!

the-giveaway

What: Sweet Whistle is giving away one “The Sweetest Thing” gift box, sent with their signature “XOXO” packaging! (Value $75)

How: To enter, head on over to Sweet Whistle and leave a comment below telling us which gift package you can’t wait to order for your big day!

Who: One lucky winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on May 1, 2015!  For terms and conditions, click here. Good luck, lovelies!

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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!

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Fall
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ChurchClub

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

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Eco Chic Summer Wedding in Connecticut

This couple is just so incredibly special, and you can feel their bond through each and every image sent over by Brookelyn Photography. Their wedding was filled to the brim with meaningful details beautifully curated by Ashley Douglass, drop-dead gorgeous blooms by  Hana Floral Design and so much love you can’t help but smile – making this gallery one fabulous place to be today.

From the Event Planner, Ashley DouglasWhen Caitlin and Rafe approached me, I knew their wedding would be one-of-a-kind and an opportunity to create a special day packed with meaningful details. Above all, the wedding was to be personal, whimsical, garden-like and fun. I could not have been more happy with this wedding. The wedding location sat on their familys gorgeous piece of ocean front in Old Lyme, CT. The couple and their family were so welcoming and gracious to us all throughout the entire process. The memories for all will linger.

Caitlin and Rafe met in a permaculture design course and both are passionately dedicated to sustainable living. They work on a farm, teaching children and adults how to farm for themselves. Their wedding was a true reflection of themselves as a couple, embodying community, spirit and serving fabulously fresh organic foods harvested from the farm they work on.  The wedding weekend began Friday evening with a great bonfire on the beachfront with excellent BBQ and singing. The wedding day started out with a dip in the ocean by all, a gourmet pizza truck for lunch, then the real festivities began! Line dancing and an excellent bluegrass band entertained the night away. Caitlin (and myself) love indigo so this was a starting point. The brides brother made the indigo rugs for the children that they sat on at the head of the ceremony. A beautiful handmade rug was underneath them at the alter and tree stumps with flowers from Hana Floral Design lined the aisle, tree stumps that family and friends chopped down for the wedding day!  The invitation was a true labor of love as well. Printed on 100% handmade cotton, the rustic but delicate and personal nature of the invite really was a beautiful start to this wedding design. Cailtin, the bride, designed the invitation herself. We talked through the parts of the weekend and how to make the invite both not too serious while also sweet, elegant and not juvenile. We stuck with one color, lighter periwinkle letter press then found the perfect flowers from the farm to be pressed and laid at the top of the invite strung around with very thin twine. The stellar map on the invitation is as good as it gets and this too was created by the Bride! The couple loves flowers! Fresh farm flowers their friends picked dressed up the Friday night festivities and other areas of the property for the weekend. Even their Photo Booth had a vignette filled with various fresh flowers for people to select one flower that spoke to them to take their photos with. Moving on to lighting – any idea you take to Social Decor, they make magic with. I am a huge fan of cool lighting that is custom designed for the wedding at hand and I think we hit the nail on the head. The table runners were custom made as well and the fabric was intentionally found to match the brides lace gown. Parts of the gown were taken from her mother and grandmothers gowns as well. Double wide table runners made the gorgeous indigo, peach, yellow and ivory flowers pop! Thyme to Cook catered the wedding and so graciously agreed to work very closely with their farm in the preparations. The food was so fresh. The catering company did a wonderful job with stations with chefs cooking in real time. Lastly, close to 30 children attended this wedding! During the day and during the wedding, we had a nature school guide come to teach and entertain the kids. They had their own little natures classroom with arts and crafts, bird watching and fun ghost stories!

 

Photography: Brookelyn Photography | Event Planning: Ashley Douglass | Floral Design: Hana Floral Design | Catering: A Thyme To Cook | Lighting: Social Decor | Entertainment: Elan Artists | Linens: Table Wraps | Rentals: Sassafras Vintage | Tent: Sperry Tent

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Elegant Waterfront Wedding at the Guilford Yacht Club

This nautical celebration had the most welcoming, relaxed elegance about it, making me quite jealous of these guests. Crafted by an uber talented team of vendors, including True Event and Gourmet Galley, the final results are nothing short of fabulous. From the beautiful blooms by Hana Floral Design, to these pics from Leila Brewster and Buzz Media’s film, this is my sort of soiree to kick off the weekend with.

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Fall
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Yacht Club

From The Bride…  Andy and I met in Easthampton, NY through friends at a summer share house. While the timing was not right, we both made an impression on one another. When we re-met the following summer, under the same circumstances, the timing was much better. While dating, we spent several summers together “out East,” and have many happy memories there.

We got engaged after two years of dating, on a cold winter night in March. Knowing that we didn’t want to wait over a year to get married, we began planning for a fall wedding.

The Hamptons seemed like the most obvious choice for us in terms of a location, given all of our history there. Unfortunately, we came away from our venue search feeling very discouraged. As is the case so often, Andy was the voice of reason. He suggested the Connecticut coast as an alternative, where he grew up spending his summers, as his family has done for generations. I had always found it both beautiful and relaxing when we would visit, with rich New England history to boot. Images of the Long Island Sound and beautiful fall foliage as a backdrop for our big day sealed the deal.

Planning a wedding in six months was no easy task, especially for someone who had never spent much time thinking about what it might look like. The only things we knew for sure were that we wanted the wedding to truly be a reflection of who we are, and to create a seamless, memorable and fun party for our guests.

Early on, we enlisted the help of many amazing vendors to assist us. Once we selected our venue, the Guilford Yacht Club, True Event came on board to help with the design element (and, I would soon learn, so much more). I knew I wanted to play off the nautical theme of the venue, but without overdoing it. Caitlin Campbell at True Event was instrumental in finding that balance (as well as coining the term “nautical chic!”). I love color, and was was incredibly inspired by images of brightly colored floral arrangements I found online. At the same time, I loved the classic look of an all-white ceremony. Yumiko Fletcher at Hana Floral came up with the concept of introducing more color throughout the day as a way to incorporate both ideas, so I was never forced to choose. So genius! Her creations were absolutely breathtaking – definitely one of the highlights of the day. Gourmet Galley helped us craft the perfect menu of all our favorite foods, Ryan Designs provided beautiful lighting and seating, and JTT Band (headed up by a friend from college) kept our guests of all ages on the dance floor until the bitter end. And of course, the insanely talented Leila Brewster and Buzz Media team were there to capture every wonderful moment.

The most memorable part of the day, for me, was our ceremony. We wanted it to feel personal, and knew in order to achieve that we’d need an officiant that knew both of us and could speak to who we are as people and as a couple. Andy’s cousin, Marc, who had never officiated a wedding before, but who fit the bill in every other sense, was the perfect choice. His comments were intimate, warm and moving, and as Andy and I exchanged our handwritten vows, the day’s cloudy skies finally gave way to some sunshine. It was a moment I will cherish forever!

Photography: Leila Brewster Photography | Videography: Buzz Media | Event Design: True Event | Coordination: True Event | Floral Design: Hana Floral Design | Cake: J Cakes | Ceremony Venue: Guilford Yacht Club | Reception Venue: Guilford Yacht Club | Catering: Gourmet Galley | Hair & Makeup: Jennie Fresa | Lighting: Ryan Designs | Band: JTT | Officiant: Marc Baum | Ceremony Music: Suite Occasions Music | Transportation: Madison Beach Hotel | Transportation: First Student Charter | Accommodations: Madison Beach Hotel | Attire: Ramona Keveza | Linens: La Tavola | Paper: Cheree Berry Paper | Rentals: Rentals Unlimited | Tent Rental: Chase Canopy

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Sara Gabriel Trunk Show at Gabriella New York Bridal Salon

In my opinion, choosing all of the accessories to complete a bridal look is almost as much fun as picking out the dress — especially when they’re from couture bridal accessory designer, Sara Gabriel! On Thursday, April 16, 2015, Gabriella New York Bridal Salon is hosting a Sara Gabriel trunk show and appearance from the designer herself. From headpieces and veils to sashes and jewelry, this is the perfect opportunity to complete your “I do” ensemble.

I mean, how gorgeous? I can’t get enough of these incredible hairpieces + jewels. Not only will brides attending the trunk show get the opportunity to meet Sara Gabriel and try on her stunning accessories, but all accessories will be 10% off for one day only! To help visualize the completed look, Facetime Beauty will be on hand to provide free hair and makeup to the brides-to-be.

To book your appointment, head over to Gabriella New York Bridal Salon. Happy accessory hunting, my dears!

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