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Winter White & Silver Wedding | Candlewood Inn | Alexa + Jason

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from the bride:

I cannot thank you enough for the beautiful flowers you did for our wedding. They were absolutely perfect and everyone was raving about them.”

Alexa and Jason were married this past December at the Candlewood Inn . They did their own centerpieces, but needed a hand with their bouquets and I was happy to help! I was the family’s floral design before and was so thrilled they wanted me to be a part of another celebration. Alexa wanted a subtle winter’s touch and a smaller, more posy-style size for her bouquets so I used silver brunia, white spray roses, and white tulips. She wanted a touch of burgundy for her girls’ bouquets so I decided to go with burgundy cymbidium orchids for a more visually interesting effect. Photography was done by the amazing Joanna Fisher.

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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

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

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

Sneak Peak: Indian Summer Styled Shoot

Megan, from Coppola Creative (you can check her mad calligraphy skills here), asked me to help on this lovely little shoot and I was happy to help. She mentioned pineapples and I was sold! You can check out the full shoot at Westchester Wedding Planner or Bespoke Bride. Here's a peep at some of the bright & colorful florals I put together. 

Special thanks to all the amazing vendors who worked on this project!

photography @jamielefkowitz; visionary, event design & calligraphy @coppolacreativeevent planning & styling @jackandgracenydresses @bellabridesmaids; jewels @thejewelrygallerymodel @karolinadaria & @conorob; chocolates @bluetulipchoc; cake @sweet_lisas_cakes; beauty @jackiestyles; confetti @theconfettibarribbon @angelaliguori

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.