After a few dreary days, this stunner is just what we needed to add a little sparkle to our day! Thank you to the incredible team over at Carats and Cake for sharing the beautiful wedding of Katie and Aaron! This duo and their unforgettable wedding party and family kicked off summer with their big day at Belle Mer in Newport, Rhode Island.

We are forever inspired by these photos that fill us with such warmth and we are excited to share them with you more!

Photography: ERIN MCGINN PHOTOGRAPHY
DJ: DJ MAX BAUN
Day of Stationery/ Invitations: JAR OF IDEAS DESIGN, BY INVITATION ONLY DESIGN
Beauty: JENNIE KAY BEAUTY
Cake: FATULLI’S
Floral Design: GREENLION DESIGN
Photobooth: PHOTOBOOTH PLANET

A Jubilee Event: Yuna and Barrett’s Romantic Seaside Wedding at the Saybrook Point Inn & Spa
A Jubilee Event: Yuna and Barrett’s Romantic Seaside Wedding at the Saybrook Point Inn & Spa
A Jubilee Event: Yuna and Barrett’s Romantic Seaside Wedding at the Saybrook Point Inn & Spa
A Jubilee Event: Yuna and Barrett’s Romantic Seaside Wedding at the Saybrook Point Inn & Spa
A Jubilee Event: Yuna and Barrett’s Romantic Seaside Wedding at the Saybrook Point Inn & Spa

For over a year I had the pleasure to get to know Yuna and Barrett and their families as we planned their summer nuptials at the Saybrook Point Inn and Spa. They shared with me their novel-worthy love story from when they met on the crew team at Princeton University, their romantic courtship throughout college and a hilarious re-telling of their proposal on a rainy evening in Washington D.C. that involved fending off uninvited wildlife! Through it all I discovered that while these two were planning most of their wedding apart—Yuna spent a good part of the year living with her family in Japan while Barrett finished up work in Washington D.C.—they had most certainly nurtured their initial connection into deep roots for a loving life together. In fact, they had technically already made it official before we even got started in a Japanese wedding ceremony early last fall.

Yuna and Barrett’s Japanese wedding was steeped in tradition including beautiful ceremonies and rich, colorful garments. Their American wedding was much the same—they worked with Mary Coburn to write a ceremony that honored American traditions, inclusive of their families and friends.

Yuna wanted a romantic color story with a soft feminine feel to it. We kept the colors light throughout the design and brought in a darker charcoal shade as an accent. Blush was really the anchor of our color story. It was used throughout the design, in flowers, attire, paper goods and sweets! We brought in the colors grey and silver to help set the design apart. We really worked hard to use these colors in a way that was a bit different, and more personal to the couple.

There were so many great details that they worked so hard on dreaming up and I want to call out a few of my favorite ones. Guests were greeted with a fresh baked cookie and hotel key cards in custom printed envelopes with transportation details in lieu of a traditional welcome bag.

Yuna and Barrett selected grey linens and a beautiful silver, art deco-style china pattern from Rentals Unlimited. The china had a unique mix and match pattern that Yuna fell in love with. We asked Nichole of Coral Pheasant to create round menu cards that fit inside the dinner plate. She used a coordinating grey, script font, and calliagraphed each guests’ name to the top of the menu so it also served as a place card.

Yuna also asked Nichole to design a custom floral print to line the outer envelopes of their invitation suite. The blush and pink print featured large orchids which were a nod to Yuna’s Japanese culture. We repeated this print during cocktail hour—sheets of the patterned paper were printed and used a tray liners for passed hors d’oeuvres.

The color combo appeared again in the favors, which were mini heart-shaped cheese cakes that Yuna’s family brought to the wedding directly from Japan! We added grey and pink paper bows to the pink and white cakes. When Yuna’s dad came to me with two rolling suit cases filled with the desserts that he had just carried over from Japan my heart almost burst. Its always fun to incorporate such personal details into weddings but this one really had some legs—literally!

Floral decor, by Blush Floral Design, was a huge part of what brought the design to life. They decided to use all white flowers for her ceremony. This included large white altar arrangements that framed the couple during their vows which took place by the marina. Yuna carried a lush bouquet of all white flowers, large orchids cascaded out and were a nod to her Japanese culture. Each bridesmaid carried a bouquet of all white flowers in a single variety. It lent a very sophisticated look and the all white was modern and elegant. Flowers in the ballroom featured mostly lush white blooms and pops of pink peonies. Orchids also cascaded down from the tall arrangements and were neatly tucked into the smaller ones.

When you pair two truly lovely and stylish people with some of the most talented vendors in the state there is no end to the beauty they can create. Thankfully Robert and Kathleen Photographers were on hand to capture it all. Here are some of our favorite images from the day.

VENDOR REEL

Photography: Robert and Kathleen Photographers

Venue: Saybrook Point Inn

Officiant: Mary Coburn

Hair and Makeup: Rena Santopietro for Dana Bartone and Co.

Entertainment: Sound House from Elan Artists

Video and Lighting: Powerstation Events

Cake: Creative Cakes by Donna

Florist: Blush Floral Design

Rentals: Rentals Unlimited and La Tavola Fine Linen

Paper: Coral Pheasant

Calligraphy: Tucci Cursive

Guest Book Oar: Ropes and Wood

 

When people ask about my family, I can’t help but excitedly express, “Oh, it’s a big family! Passionate, fun… the best really!” But, you know what? I walk away from each wedding with a little more family than I started off with. The Bozzutos and Marescas were no exception. They not only opened their amazing home, but hearts, to everyone. They are such a warm, tight knit group of people that planning their day felt like the best part of putting together a family holiday, making the day one of the most memorable weddings to grace a summer day. Not only did we have the best setting for Amanda and Joe’s wedding, but their day birthed the idea to host more weddings and events at their family farm, perfectly known as Heritage Homestead right here in quaint Northford. The views of Southern Connecticut are beautifully natural and create the perfect backdrop for any ceremony or tented reception and we cannot wait to get back there for more amazing events!

Their tent from Greenwich Tent Co. and the on site pavilion housed all of our guests that evening. Soft, ethereal draping and gold pendant chandeliers watched over all the toasts and cheers while guests gathered on our various lounges set up throughout both spaces. Instead of a sit down dinner, we opted for a more relaxed cocktail style menu, where the ever-amazing A Thyme to Cook provided spreads of fresh, savory offerings across thoughtfully designed farm tables and hand passed trays. Our bride, Amanda of A. Marie Designs, one of the head honchos behind Heritage Homestead, designed all of the paper and signage for her day. Starting with the textural cotton paper from Copper Willow Paper Studio, beautifully plated with gold calligraphy all the way to the hand detailed mirrors and glass panels, there was no detail left undone.

Amanda and Joe had been together from a young age and their love story still held every bit of admiration and eager anticipation for all of life’s adventures together and this was felt by everyone who knew them! Their smiles were infectious and brilliant. Their excitement overflowing. Better than Batman and Robin, a beach and a cocktail, chocolate and peanut butter, everyone who was in their presence knew this was a duo better than the rest. I was very lucky to work closely with the stunning Amanda and her mom, Kathy, the two most wonderful hearts and spirits you will ever meet. They were one of those families who were just so excited to be getting all of their family and friends together and celebrate. And boy did we! Those fireworks were a surprise to everyone!

Cheers to Amanda and Joe, their lovable, amazing families and the new addition on the way! Thank you for making us a part of your family – we can’t wait to see you all again and look forward to all your amazing property will produce! XO

CREDIT REEL

Photography: Carla Ten Eyck Photography
Ceremony + Reception Location: Heritage Homestead
Event Planning + Design: Diana Chouinard, Jubilee Events
Catering: A Thyme to Cook
Floral Design: Just For You Floral Design
Videography: MV Film Production
Officiant: Victoria Burdick
Music: Max Baun, CZone Music; Percussionist – Marcus Santos, CZone Music
Bride’s gown: Katie May – Everthine Bridal Boutique
Beauty: Hair- Chloe Abrams; Makeup – Simply Gorgeous by Erin
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Adrianna Papell
Lounge Furniture + Bars: Rentals Unlimited, Luxe Event Rentals, PBD Events
Live Painter: Mark DeSilva
Lighting, Tent + Pavilion Decor: Ryan Designs
Tent: Greenwich Tent Co.

If you haven’t seen this pretty little ditty on shelves and stands all over, get your hands on it now! We are so excited to announce that we have not one, not two, but three amazingly wonderful couples and weddings featured inside the brand new issue of Bliss Celebrations Guide. We cannot wait to give you more of their story in the coming weeks as we share their weddings right here on the Jubilee Events blog!

Stay tuned, but in the meantime, here’s a sneak peek of these darlings:

PAGE 80 (Photography by Robert and Kathleen): Yuna and Barrett were married at the Old Saybrook Point Inn and Spa Fourth of July weekend. This day was nothing short of romantic and personal in every way! Did you see that bow on Yuna’s Badgley Mischka gown?

Page 180 (Photography by Armor + Martel): Amy and Scott were a dream, and so was every detail of their wedding! Married right in Newport mid-July, every last bit of perfection was wrapped up into their day. Dripped in classic elegance, we had the most wonderful time celebrating these two! I can’t help but admit, we are still dreaming about their florals – thank you for that Sayles Livingston Design!

Page 194 (Photography by Carla Ten Eyck Photography): Amanda and Joe are a very special couple and their wedding launched a very special new endeavor for Amanda’s family as they branded their wedding location into a brand new event space, the perfectly natural and picturesque Heritage Homestead. We cannot wait to share more about their day, especially the surprise fireworks!

Thank you so much, Bliss!! We loved soaking ourselves up in each page of your magazine and cannot tell you how truly wonderful it is to see such beautiful couples and weddings within. XO!

Our company has had the privilege of helping a lot of our colleagues in the wedding industry get married, but today’s wedding is such a special one for me to share– it’s the wedding of one of my closest friends! Steve and I have been good friends for a number of years. Thinking back on all the years we’ve known one another, we have a lot of hilarious memories shared between us. He has always been one of the few people in my life who I consider to be a trusted adviser– and I’m grateful for his friendship.

So, since I know Steve so well, I thought I would share a little more about him and how this day came to be! You could say that Steve was probably the most eligible bachelor in Connecticut– perhaps all of the tri-state area depending on who you talked to. BUT– he was also pretty unlucky in love. He even got pretty far in the casting process of Andi’s season of the Bachelorette but didn’t end up making it to the limo, which in hindsight, was perhaps the best rejection he’d ever been met with. Because…

I still remember the day he called me to tell me about a woman he had met who he really liked. I was a bit skeptical– NOT of the woman, but of Steve! I told him that no matter where this budding romance went he should always have her best interest in mind. He agreed, and over the course of a few months, his romance with Lauren Ann (his now wife) grew. I also remember the day he told me that he had fallen in love with her and he thought she could be “the one.” He confided in me that he wanted to propose and soon, the hunt for the most beautiful engagement ring began. He spent a lot of time researching the beautiful rose gold ring he proposed to Lauren Ann with, and my husband and I were so elated that the two had made it official. The countdown to the wedding was on!

Lauren Ann is more than the perfect match for Steve– she is Steve– but with beautiful blonde hair and a better sense of humor! She is everything you could wish for in a partner for someone you care about– kind, thoughtful, HONEST, funny, beautiful, talented and totally devoted. Their love story is really special because the two had taken very different paths in life, but fate intervened and brought them together.

Steve has been a wedding photographer for a long time and has photographed hundreds (if not thousands) of beautiful celebrations over the years. When it came to his own wedding, he and Lauren Ann wanted to celebrate their love in a place that was special to them. They both live in the small coastal town of Guilford, Connecticut and incorporated so many personal touches on this beautiful spring day. From the locally sourced favors to the grocery store on the town green as their wedding venue, their wedding was truly a home town wedding.

They also enlisted some of their closest friends and colleagues in the wedding industry– actually– all their vendors were friends! From Beth Chapman from The White Dress by the shore who dressed Lauren Ann to Robert Norman, a photographer who officiated the wedding. They had a general vision and let all their vendors run with it (which for us, is the best!), and the outcome was nothing short of beautiful. I think the detail that left us all in awe was the barren apple tree Yumiko Fletcher from Hana Floral Design transformed into a blooming backdrop for their ceremony. YES– that tree was nothing more than grey sticks until Yumiko and her team made it into what you see. Incredible!

A special thank you to Justin & Mary for the beautiful images from the day. J&M are also dear friends to Steve and have been since he opened his photography business. I know they were so moved to photograph his wedding and I feel as though the photographs reflect that.

Congrats LA & Steve and happy almost 1 year anniversary! I love you both and I can’t wait to see what is in store for your family and marriage in the years to come.

 

 

 

 

CREDIT REEL

Photography: Justin + Mary Marantz
Ceremony Location: Bishop’s Orchards
Reception location and Catering: The Marketplace At Guilford Food Center
Event Planning:  Diana and Libby of Jubilee Events
Flowers and Ceremony Tree: Hana Floral Design
Videography: Jeremy WhiteSteve DePino
Officiant: Robert Norman
Music: DJ Eko from HeartBeatsEverywhere
Bride’s gown: Hayley Paige from The White Dress By The Shore
Bride’s accessories: Studio1040 and ConsiderTheWldflwrs rings; Pilcro shoes
Hair and Makeup: Deanna Nickel
Bridesmaids’ dresses: ASOS
Flower Girl dresses: Etsy
Groom’s suit: Suitsupply
Groom’s accessories: The Tie Bar tie and pocket square; J. Crew shirt
Lighting: Steve DePino
Bridal styling: Beth Chapman

This is exactly how we feel seeing the darling Taylor and Mike were on The Perfect Palette yesterday! Their colorful Spring wedding is everything we need to get us out of this winter funk and we cannot help but fall in love with their day over and over again. Head on over to TPP’s blog to be inspired!

Photo credit: Ali + Julie

A Jubilee Event: Courtney and Matt’s Late Summer Wadsworth Mansion Wedding
A Jubilee Event: Courtney and Matt’s Late Summer Wadsworth Mansion Wedding
A Jubilee Event: Courtney and Matt’s Late Summer Wadsworth Mansion Wedding
A Jubilee Event: Courtney and Matt’s Late Summer Wadsworth Mansion Wedding

I’m really excited to share these images by Brigham and Co. Photography of Courtney and Matt’s wedding. Looking through them and reliving this perfect late summer day has really brightened up my week! I was lucky to work one-on-one with this sweet couple, and to witness their love for each other and their excitement to start their life together first hand. Looking back through these images I can still see their love just as vividly as I did on their wedding day and I think you will too with just a glance!

Not only do these two have a love to envy, they have the most flawless taste and a style that can’t be matched. Courtney incorporated soft shades of blush, peach, grey and ivory to create a look that was formal, classic and elegant. Together we focused on creating a beautiful setting under the tented patio for guests to enjoy cocktails and dancing. (And dance they did! DJ Max Baun of C-Zone Entertainment kept everyone on their feet!) Courtney wanted the space to have a romantic feel and opted for a soft blush draping and crystal chandeliers. The stellar handiwork of Ryan Designs, paired with perfect late summer blooms by Just For You Floral Design Studio and savory bites by David Alan Catering came together for a truly remarkable evening.

Working with Courtney and Matt to build a wedding that was everything they had been dreaming of was so much fun. Every planning task—from sourcing vintage frames to use as props to designing a custom corn hole set to scouring linen swatches for that just right shade of blush—was completed with so much excitement and enthusiasm. We had such a good time in the days and months leading up to the wedding, and the end the evening truly was bittersweet.

It was hard to narrow down all of my favorite images so here are more than a few. I hope these two smiling lovers brighten your day up, too!

 

 

VENDOR REEL

Photography: Brigham and Co. Photography

Venue: Wadsworth Mansion

Hair and Makeup: Dana Bartone and Company

Video: Powerstation Events

Catering: David Alan Hospitality Group

Florist: Just For You Floral Design Studio

Tent Rental: Connecticut Rental Center

Tent Decor: Ryan Designs

Additional Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen

Paper: Roseville Designs

DJ: Max Baun of C-Zone Entertainment