Rachel + Matthew’s All Hallow’s Eve Wedding in Hartford, Connecticut

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Here at Jubilee Events, we love all things wedding and events! Thank goodness we do what we do! Trust us, every spool of ribbon, delicate peony, luxurious Dupionique linen, romantically lit chandelier, and each spec of glitter on our fingers–and sometimes face–thrills us. The best part about each detail is what that means to our couple and their story. The way they are infused into their wedding day and how it is all brought to life.

When I met Rachel and Matthew, they were unsure as to which direction their wedding would process in, but shortly after we started, they said, “Why not get married on our favorite holiday?!” which was, of course, Halloween! Let me tell you how excited I was to collaborate on their wedding when I heard this! It was adventurous and most importantly, it was them!! The scene was set and all we had to do was have fun.

We took inspiration from an old haunted house–one that, in it’s prime, hosted lavish parties every weekend. It had to in order to host this amazing group! There is something truly beautiful in the story held in a forgotten home. Our tables were dressed in a vintage lace and topped with a collection of ghoulish hands, bloodied candles, decayed flowers, and insects crawling all over. Our girl Jane from Just For You Floral Design helped bring this to life…if you will.

The best part: our groom surprised his beautiful wife with the Sanderson Sisters from Hocus Pocus. They put on an incredible performance to kick off dancing for the night! Their love for this holiday was in no short supply and it was a huge treat for us to design such an extraordinarily unique wedding.

A big thank you to Robert and Kathleen for capturing all of this extraordinary fun and to Epic Film Makers for allowing us to relive it!

Rachel and Matthew–a very happy first anniversary and a very Happy Halloween to you both (and Grant!!)! We wish you years and years of fun and imagination and all the love in the world that we saw present on your night! Thank you for giving us the gift to take part in such an exceptional day. XO!

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Planning, Coordination & Design: Diana Chouinard, Jubilee Events
Photography: Robert & Kathleen
Reception Location + Catering: The Hartford Club
Ceremony: St. Stanislaus Basilica
Floral Design / Props: Just For You Floral Design
Hair + Makeup: Larissa Lake Makeup Artist + Co.
Videography: Epic Film Makers
DJ + Lighting: After Hours DJ
Linens: Nuage
Rentals: Rentals Unlimited, Party Rental, Ltd.

Incorporating A Theme Into Your Event

Is there anything more fun than a themed party? Well, maybe planning one! We recently had the opportunity to design a gem-themed bash for the latest issue of Bliss Celebrations. Picking a theme was the easy part—I spotted a bright, multi-colored Kate Spade statement necklace that was quite literally calling my name. From there I looked to the places guests would have the most interaction with at the party—from tangible things like food and paper items to bold visual installations that catch the eye. Remember, no detail is too small to be overlooked when it comes to designing. Read on for four thoughtful ways you can bring your theme to life.

Incorporating A Theme

Photography by Carla Ten Eyck

1. The Menu. Food and drink is one of the most important elements of any party, so naturally it’s a perfect place to include your theme. Cakes are the perfect blank canvas and ours, designed by Erica OBrien, became an edible version of the Kate Spade necklace we so lusted after. Consider signature cocktails, too! We spotlighted the Diamond Fizz, the Ruby Cooler and the Topaz Twist to really let guests drink it all in!

2. The Dress Code. Invite guests to dress the part! Make a playful suggestion on your invite. Something like “Sequins and Sparkles Encouraged,” is sure to inspire. Or consider providing a small accessory for partygoers upon arrival. Our gals, styled by Beth Chapman of The White Dress by the Shore, sported solid-colored cocktail dresses in bright gem tones from LulaKate, and our party host added the actual gems—in lieu of a favor everyone was invited to select a piece of jewelry from the Bauble Bar.

3. Invites. Your theme should be evident from the moment the invites arrive in mailboxes. Bring elements of your design onto the inner and outer portions of the envelope to let guests know what they can expect from your event as soon as they pick it up. I love how Nichole of Coral Pheasant Stationery added faceted envelope liners and custom ring stamps for the RSVP card. Selecting lavender envelopes also helped introduce our bright and girly color story from the get-go.

4. Custom Decor. If your budget allows, look into installing some eye-catching décor or lighting over your dinner table that echo the event’s theme. We turned to our friends at Ryan Designs for their help and they responded with five custom painted gem-colored chandeliers. After all, a party designed around a statement necklace deserves its own statement lighting!

A Jubilee Event: Stephanie & Rico’s Romantic Fall Wedding at Priam Vineyard

What do you love the most about the fall? The turning leaves? The hearty meals? Spending lazy afternoons at the vineyard? Well this wedding has all of the above, plus a vintage VW Photobus!

Stephanie and I met initially during our senior year of college, while we were both interns at Modern Bride Magazine in New York City. I could not have been more honored and excited to receive a call from her several years later looking for help with her wedding plans.

Not only was Priam Vineyards the most picturesque spot for a fall wedding. But the incredible team of vendors nailed Stephanie’s vision for the day—from the dreamy twinkle lights and lanterns by Andrew Rubenoff Designs to the jaw dropping floral arrangements in shades of soft pink, plum and coral by Bill Cusano. Mix in a delicious spread from Riverhouse Catering and you’ve got yourself a party!

Thank you Stephanie and Rico for including me in your wedding day!

Keep reading to see all the beautiful moments captured by Steve DePino.

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Photography: Steve DePino Photography
Venue: Priam Vineyards
Hair and Makeup: Naomi’s Studio and Salon
Ceremony Music: Millennium Music
Catering: Riverhouse Catering
Florist: Bill Cusano
Lighting: Andrew Rubenoff Design
DJ: Mike Connolly Sound Production
Photobooth: Photobooth Planet

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