weddings

Sneak Peak: Sara & Casey

Sara and Casey were married this past July at the Guilford Yacht Club. It was an incredible celebration with photography captured by Jeremie Barlow and planning by Slainte Event Planning. We are psyched to share more, so stay tuned! 

Rose & Sheila's Wedding

Rose is one of my favorite people in the entire world and one of my best friends. Her partner (and now wife!), Sheila, is the perfect counter-balance to Rose and a delightful person. I am so happy they found each other and delighted they let me be a part of their love-filled celebration. 

Rose and Sheila love the outdoors and hiking with their dog, Brady. They had initially looked at doing an outdoor wedding but decided against it in the end. We still wanted to bring as much of a wild, local vibe to the design as possible, however, so I focused on bringing that element into the flower arrangements. I foraged for the material used on the ceremony arch, as well as for the blossoms used in the two large pieces in the lobby. I mixed in a local shrub (I couldn't find anyone to identify it, sorry) into the centerpieces to give them an interesting texture. They were also ahead of the trend when they chose violet as their focus color as Pantone announced Ultra-Violet as their 2018 Color of the Year! We wanted to balance out the various tones of purple with deep greens and touches of cream to keep the palette seasonally relevant. 

Since there were two brides, I wanted to make sure their bouquets had two distinct personalities. Rose's bouquet was larger and a little more wild, while Sheila's was petite and sophisticated. I had their bridesmaid's bouquets mirror their bride's style to help keep everything visually consistent. Rose and her father built the copper arch used in the ceremony. 

They had a super hip photographer who captured some incredible shots in their unique venue. Here are some photos from their celebration from this past October in New Milford. I'm so excited to share these with you! 

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Here's us with Rosie!

Here's us with Rosie!

 

VENDORS: Wedding Venue: 19 Main / Photography:  Parenthesis Photography / Catering: David Alan Catering / Floral & Event Design: First Blush Event and Floral Design / Wedding Planner: Slainte Event Planning / Wedding Dresses: David's Bridal / Hair & Makeup:  Paras Style / Invitations: AV Costa

RW: New England Coastal Garden Wedding

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Daniel and I were married over a year ago and we recently found out we'll be moving to Pittsburgh for his fellowship in pediatric rheumatology. I thought there was no better time to finally get the photos from our wedding up as we take a look back at the amazing three years we spent in New Haven, Connecticut!

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You can check out the next part of our wedding celebration here!

 

VENDORS: Photography:  Cole + Kiera Photography / Videography: Mario Paniagua / Catering: A Thyme to Cook / Floral & Event Design: First Blush Event and Floral Design / Day-of Coordination: Slainte Event Planning / Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm by Hailey Paige / Groom's Tux: Bonobos / Hair & Makeup: Beauty Entourage / Papergoods (menu, programs, placecards): First Blush Event and Floral Design / Invitations: Minted.com / Donuts: Dixie Donuts / Wedding Cake: Sugar Bakery / Wedding Venue: Eolia - The Mansion at Harkness Memorial State Park

Adorable Bridesmaid's Boxes

Last post we talked about putting together some awesome dude boxes, but we absolutely cannot forget the ladies that TRULY make a wedding possible. The groomsmen may keep your groom’s feet warm with good tequila, but your squad is the one who puts in all the hours tying tiny ribbons onto favors and listening to you cry about table assignments (though in my case it was cutting 500 petals out of Italian crepe paper and magicking them into gardenias – thank you Kayla, Lola, Lily, Melissa, and Rose).  That being said, curating these was just as much fun!

To start, the girls got the same packaging as the hotel boxes because I legitimately order 200 of them. That’s what you get for going wholesale. Seriously though, we’re keeping the event branding consistent. But! To make them more unique I ordered custom vinyl decals, which they could peel off and use again. I ordered them from this Etsy shop.

What gift wouldn’t be complete without an adorable notebook? These are one of those items that I love getting and people love giving, but never really find a use for. Instead I have them stashed all over my house, just in case I have a fantastical idea that just needs to be jotted down. Anyway, I love these ones from Rifle Paper. I also ordered these cute Compliment Cards from the same site: Belle & Blush. They have the most stylish collection of items! You could honestly do your entire bridal party from this one site! The adorable cuzie’s also came from there but I would recommend mini bottles of champagne or rose instead. In my case, we were drinking scotch, so we didn’t need champagne. Because we’re awesome.

Finally, I gifted everyone a Korean Sheet Masks (I love these, these, and these - click here for $5.00 off) for post-wedding relaxation and reHYDRATION. Drinking water is the best way to keep the body’s hangover at bay and siting for 20-30 minutes with one of these bad boys is the best way to keep your skin looking 16 forever. I also decided handmade soap would be a nice touch and would give the boxes a great smell... which it did.

We gave these out while everyone was getting ready the morning-of and started the day off with lots of hugs and smiles. Then, we got all dolled up and got married!

Cole + Kiera Photography did a great job shooting the boxes:

Dan & Emma's Wedding Sneak Peak

I am so excited to share with you some photos from our wedding from this past June. We had an amazing team who helped to take over for me so I could actually experience my day and be a bride - something everyone from my mom to my groom was concerned about. I spent a good long time before the wedding defending my decision to do my own flowers and in the end I had an amazing team of helpers tearing thorns off of roses and carrying flower buckets around for me.

Everyone from Maggie at Slainte Events to Patti at A Thyme To Cook embraced that I wanted a hands-on approach to planning as a fellow wedding professional but also listened to pleas from my family that I was forbidden to pick up, fix, or futz with anything as soon as I put my wedding dress on. Of course, my shiny floral spray was on the truck while I did my bouquet so there is that one photo of me spraying it in my wedding dress, much to everyone's dismay....

Here's a couple of photos courtesy of Cole + Kiera, my spectacular wedding photographers. 

VENDORS: Photography:  Cole + Kiera Photography / Videography: Mario Paniagua / Catering: A Thyme to Cook / Floral & Event Design: First Blush Event and Floral Design / Day-of Coordination: Slainte Event Planning / Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm by Hailey Paige / Groom's Tux: Bonobos / Hair & Makeup: Beauty Entourage / Papergoods (menu, programs, placecards): First Blush Event and Floral Design / Invitations: Minted.com / Donuts: Dixie Donuts / Wedding Cake: Sugar Bakery / Wedding Venue: Eolia - The Mansion at Harkness Memorial State Park

Bridal Shower Tulips

My bridal shower was this past April at the Ethan Allen Hotel. I did the flowers (of course) and my mom made the runners from this great fabric I found by Nicole Miller for Joann Fabric. You can see how great the texture is under the centerpieces. For the flowers, I used a selection of novelty dutch tulips from Holland in tea pots sourced from thrift stores all over Connecticut for this event. Nothing matched and everything was very eclectic, but the fabulous tulips pulled everything together. 

Each guest was given a teacup, also collected from across the state. Imagine the lives these teacups had lead before being filled with some of Dan and my favorite hot beverage items! We had a bag of Japanese green tea or sencha (Harney and Sons has a green option in an easy tea bag), some cuban coffee (Cafe Bustelo, to be exact), a little vial of sugar, and Bonne Maman Mini Honey Jars. 

I wore a crop-top from Forever 21 with this amazing tulle skirt and these truly fabulous heels by Jessica Simpson.  Here's a shot of me wearing my extremely fluffy bows and ribbon hat made my by sister and cousin.