Connecticut Winery Wedding by Kristin Spencer Photography
January 13, 2012
New England

When a Bride says the source of her wedding inspiration came from J.Crew and Kate Spade, I immediately fall in love her and consider her my bestie. So it shouldn't be a surprise that I fell head over heels in love with all the perfectly preppy pictures captured by the talented Kristin Spencer Photography in this colorful Connecticut celebration at the gorgeous Jonathan Edwards Winery. From the fabulous pops of color to the gorgeous New England backdrop, it's hard not to love the wedding of this adorable duo! Click here for even more!

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From the bride... The whole feel of the wedding was based around my love for the styles and colors of Kate Spade and J.Crew. Two of my favorite stores — the day was a combo of both. We wanted the feeling of the wedding to be preppy but not nautical since we weren't having it directly on the water. So, we went with preppy colors and patterns but nothing that was blatantly nautical. We had lots of red, white and blue mixed in with bright poppy pinks and lots of pretty soft turquoise. We brought in the burlap on the tables and twine on the invites (that's the J.Crew part for me) and then we also, as contrast, had gold glitter sparkly table numbers with hot pink and red flowers on the tables (a little Kate Spade action). Lots of stripes-- the ribbon on my bouquet, the guys ties, the invites...

For our cocktail hour, we had a special signature drink — pineapple orange margaritas — that we had them serve in mason jars and we also gave them some red and white paper straws to put in each glass. SO CUTE! Cocktails were on the two outside patios and inside the tasting room at the vineyard.

We wanted to have a lot of little touches to make our event really unique and I think we succeeded. By adding things like striped paper straws in signature drinks, making little pennant flags to stick in the cupcakes, a burlap banner that said Love Is Sweet to hang across the front of the dessert table, writing a note to our guests and printing it out on cards to put at each place, etc., we were able to personalize the event. We did a lot of DIY projects- made the cupcake flags, made the table numbers (not an easy task!), made the escort cards... it all added up and people really took notice that we had left our signature on the event! The swing band was OUTSTANDING and every single guest agreed. Literally everyone was on the dance floor from start to finish. Even the band kept saying this was the best wedding they have ever played! It was great. I loved our venue. I think that doing a tented wedding- if you can pull it off- is a great canvas to really get creative and transform the space. A ball room is a ball room-- but a tent you can really play with and make it feel like another world! The lighting in our tent was awesome! It really felt like you were in a totally different place!

Photography: Kristin Spencer Photography / Swing Band: Bellevue Cadillac / Catering: A Thyme to Cook / Flowers: Verdant / Venue: Jonathan Edwards Winery / Wedding Gown: Paloma Blanca / Shoes + Earrings: Kate Spade / Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew / Invitations: Ellie Snowe of Hello Tenfold