Danielle and John were engaged while on a holiday in Paris…. and so it inspired their Parisian fete on June 19, 2010. We took little dainty touches of French style and weaved them through out the day. What can be said about Danielle? Well, she’s beautiful… inside and out… and with her style, charm, and sincerity, she is easily one of the most gorgeous brides I’ve ever seen. Together, they are one of the sweetest, most down to earth couples we’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. Big thanks to Carla Ten Eyck and her amazing team (Katie & Rebecca!) for these beautiful photographs that truly capture the essence and color of the day! All the day of coordination was brilliantly put together by our associate planners Jessica and Diana. Danielle and her beautiful mom, along with her maids, got ready in a suite at the Saybrook Point Inn & Spa. They were made even more beautiful by the talented Jennie Fresa and her Beauty Library team.
Their color story was jubilant and dramatic— shades of hot pink, feather, jadite, lilac, coal and sunflower. At my first meeting with Danielle and John, they showed me this beautiful inspiration board by 100 Layer Cake that stood as the muse for their colorful wedding. She wore the prettiest tea-length, ruffle Melissa Sweet gown from The White Dress by the Shore with aqua heals and a birdcage veil. She even had her hair in a playful English braid. Her maids each dressed in a different color chiffon dress from j.crew and carried bouquets bursting with color and florals like fern, fiddle heads and pink dahlias. The ever talented Elisabeth and her team from BLUSH floral studio created all the beautiful floral decor. Danielle carried a garden bouquet with a mixture of fluffy white flowers like dahlias, peonies and garden roses.
Prior to the ceremony Danielle and John had their first look in this dreamy, lovely, country-side setting. So pretty– even John’s wayward boutonniere!
Danielle and John exchanged vows overlooking long aisle sound, surrounded by nearly 200 of their family and friends. Their friends and family flew in from all over the world to be there for their amazing celebration– including Danielle’s beautiful grandmother. Hot pink rose petals lined the aisle and two elegant branch arrangements in coal colored urns flanked the rock wall. Friends read from Brown Penny by William Butler Yeats. We designed a gorgeous program on mint colored paper inspired by Laduree.
Their reception, held at the Saybrook Point Inn & Spa, immediately followed cocktail hour where guests enjoyed music by their string trio. The ballroom was transformed by Rob Alberti and his amazing lighting in shades of pinks, purple and amber. They had coal colored urns of flowers with rich colors spilled over on the tables dressed in ribbon taffeta. Inspired by a French tea party, gold encrusted bone china adorned the tables with playful mix-matched plates and ornate polished silver. The menu was designed on mint colored stock with hand stamped gold flourishes! Guests took home delicious pink boxes filled with French macaroons from Le Petit France of West Hartford, flavored in raspberry and pistachio.
Guests ate a delicious white buttercream cake provided by Saybrook Point Inn & Spa and a special West Indies’ cake that had been soaking in liquor for amount six months…. no exaggeration! Yum!
Congratulations to you both! We couldn’t be more happier for you and feel more honored to be part of your wedding day (and all the other festivities!). Life has amazing, wonderful things in store for the two of you and we can’t wait to see where it takes you. Big xoxo!
Ceremony & Reception Location: Saybrook Point Inn & Spa | Event Planning / Design / Rentals: Jubilee Events | Photography: Carla Ten Eyck Photography | Gown & Accessories: The White Dress by the Shore Floral Decor & Design: BLUSH floral design | Lighting / Entertainment: Rob Alberti | Beauty: Jennie Fresa Beauty Library | Macaroons: Le Petit France Bakery | Maid’s Gowns: j. crew | Wedding Paper: Jubilee Events