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Our Wedding - Part II, Celebration

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Our wedding was a celebration filled with hand-made and locally sourced details. Here are some of my favorites:

  • My sister, who is a comic book artist, drew silhouettes of Dan and I, which we used on the menus I designed and had printed

  • I spent 100 hours making crepe paper gardenias as escort cards by hand (the guests wore them around all evening!)

  • Dan’s mom is a thrift shopping queen and sourced the 10 authentic Vermont maple syrup buckets I filled with live ferns for the aisle decorations. She also found all of the vases (glass footed bowls) and votive candle holders (glass tumblers) from thrift stores up and down the east coast that we used on all of the tables.

  • Daniel, who is an Eagle Scout, wore a vintage Boy Scout pin that said “Be Prepared” that I bought on eBay for him a year before the wedding and kept so secret I accidentally hid it from myself and couldn’t find it for a few months!

  • My mom sewed all of bench cushions for the ceremony.

  • My dress was Jim Hjelm by Hailey Paige. I have seen hundreds of brides walk down the aisle and I really wanted something unique but timeless, but the bridal salon attendants didn't really believe me. They kept bringing me the same dress I'd seen on all those girls until I finally started wandering around by myself and started pulling crazy things off the shelves, and then they caught on. We narrowed it down to an ombre pink fit and flare by Modern Trousseau or the long sleeved, shear gown I chose. I put it on and felt a little fluffy in it, but it was a magical unicorn kind of fluffy. Plus, cleavage.

  • His outfit was pretty epic too. Dan wore Christian Louboutin loafers and a feather bow-tie from Brackish. He was super chic.

  • We had a locally sourced beer bar by Beer'd for our guests during the cocktail reception as they played lawn games and were entertained with a duo of celtic fiddlers. Dan is a big beer buff so there were hops in the boutonnieres and in Daniel’s sisters’ bridesmaid’s bouquets.

  • I was allowed to do all the flowers by a much protesting family on the condition that I had help, so I hired Maggie Bascom from Slainte Event Planning and Design whom I actually worked with at Jordan Caterers when we were both in high school and through college. She was a great help and someone I trusted completely to tell me to stay out of the kitchen! And get my hands off the peonies. Despite that, I made my bridal bouquet the morning of the wedding as my bridesmaids got their hair and makeup done. There’s a photo of me spraying my bouquet with leaf-shine while in my wedding dress! I was up till 2 in the morning the night of the wedding making corsages and buttonholes.

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

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

Rosé all Day

Earlier this summer I participated in a photoshoot involving an amazing group of local boss ladies. I was invited to design the flower arrangements by Karen of Small Kitchen, Big Taste who is an amazing local chef! She was helped along by the inspiring lifestyle and fashion blogger behind Finding Silver Linings. Together we have this! You can check out Mindy's original post here but I wanted to give some more detailed shots from the incredible Bridget Hecht on my blog! 

My favorite part about these photos are the cows, seriously. How adorable?

I used two types of roses, two types of queen anne's lace, silver brunia, dahlias, and silver dollar eucalyptus. The vases were all picked up from Target. I really wanted to do something in marble and these were perfect! For a larger party, I probably couldn't get away with spending $13 on each floral container but for a small shoot like this, it was the perfect touch. 

Credits

Catering:  Small Kitchen Big Taste

Flowers: Emma Kate MacHugh / First Blush Weddings

Photography: Brigid Hecht

Location:  Heritage Homestead

Stemware: Glazze Crystal

Banner: Poshahoolie

Wine:  VieVite

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This is a lovely photo of Karen, who organized this whole thing! Much love to her. 

Midsummer Night's Dream

The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact.
— Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream

This Inspiration Shoot was featured on Red Oak Weddings this past May and I've finally got around to putting all the flowers here on the blog!

Last September I had the pleasure of working on this project with Kate from Kate and Co. Events and her amazing round-up of local vendors. She did a fabulous job bringing us all together and keeping us on theme while Kelsey, from Kelsey Combe Photography, captured our work spectacularly. 

For this, we did a garland of silver dollar eucalyptus with touches of maiden hair fern. Then I studded it with cream garden roses and cream carnations. To break up the white and to give it a more mystical feel, I wanted to bring in layers of lavender. The dark purple clematis, paired with the pale scabiosa gave the arrangement height and whimsy, then anchored everything by the fuschia carnations buried in among the cream garden roses. The couple carried everything well and the sunlight in the park was incredibly warm and inspiring. 

It was a pleasure working with them and I can't wait to do it again! 

Photographer: Kelsey Combe Photography | Planner: Kate & Co Events | Florist: First Blush Weddings | Makeup Artist: Beauty by Chelsea Dae | Calligrapher: Coppola Creative | Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone | Cake: Erica O'Brien Cakes | Flower Crown: Crowns by Christy | Rentals: Cartwright | Engagement Ring: Trumpet & Horn | Jewelry Box: The Mrs. Box

Foraged Foliage and Farm-picked Dahlias

These pieces were out together for Rosh Hashanah Services at Temple Or'Shalom. They were my New Year mitzvah! Stems of cream stock, deep blue monkshood, fluffy, fluffy ranunculus, some really interesting greens, as well as some foliage foraged from the woods in Vermont were the frame holding this piece together. 

The main lady on this stage however was freshly picked dahlias from the farm where we get our CSA: River Crest Farm. They're amazing over there and let me come walk around in their fields and pick all the pretty blossoms I wanted. I kept my gluttony to a minimum, however, and just sprinkled them throughout the two final pieces.

I think my arrangements were a little wilder than the ladies at the Temple expected, but I like that they look like they could be growing right beneath an amazing fall maple. My stark but luxurious pieces for Yom Kippur were much more up their alley. 

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