Eco Chic Summer Wedding in Connecticut
April 3, 2015
New England
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.
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From the Event Planner, Ashley Douglas...When 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!