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Last fall we had the great pleasure of meeting Kate Kudish, the events coordinator for Hickory Hill Orchards in Cheshire, CT. Her family owned and operated fruit orchard had recently opened itself up to couples looking to marry in Connecticut and we were invited to tour the stunning, 33-acres of property. Needless to say, we were inspired by the natural beauty of the orchard and teamed up with Kate, along with several of our favorite vendors, to design a styled shoot around the spring blooms that came to life each May.

We let nature be our guide when selecting a color palette—bold pinks and bright whites with a hint of green. We also added some rich berry tones and lipstick shades to liven it up. We wanted to keep the look fresh and polished, but still feel very natural and organic.

While our bride and groom shared a private and romantic first look in between the rows of budding peach trees, flower girls clad in fluffy tutus were ready to welcome guests to the main event. Dinner was set just beyond the orchard so diners could take in the whole view of the flowering trees. Octavia and Brown provided the most unique vintage rentals, which included bold red folding chairs that popped against the pink trees and the most plush, pink settee. Mismatched vintage china from Borrowed, and the prettiest pink blooms from Blush Floral Design garnisheed the tabletop. Our paper details from Patti Murphy Designs brought in a beautiful, laid back watercolor print that helped tie everything together. We carried these detail throughout our entire story—including the sweetest custom sleeves for Hickory Hill’s signature cider doughnut treat!

Of course, no styled shoot would be complete without cake, and for that we had our good friend Maria Bruscino Sanchez of Sweet Maria’s on hand with her famous mouth-watering treats, including a three-tiered naked chocolate cake with coffee buttercream frosting!

Our models were well taken care of by Dana Bartone and Company and Simply Gorgeous by Erin. Chelsea of took care of dressing the ladies, while Valentino Tailors outfitted our groom in the most lux marsala suit coat that fit our color story perfectly!

We’re lucky to have had the amazing Anaise Prince there to capture it all! Scroll down to see more of her images from this beautiful shoot!


















From Event Coordinator, Kate Kudish: “Our venue prides itself on the rustic yet well-maintained landscape architecture and the charming farm aesthetic, including stone walls, natural wood fencing, and the classic American red barn and Ford tractor. With the option to bring in the vendors of your choice, you may design your ideal event around the ethereal natural beauty of 35 acres of rolling pastures, weeping willow trees and a heart-shaped pond.”

Vendor Credits:
Shoot Design: Libby and Diana of Jubilee Events
Location: Hickory Hill Orchard, Cheshire, CT
Photography: Anaise Prince Photography
Bride + Bridesmaid Fashion: Everthine Bridal Boutique
Floral Design: Blush Floral Design
Hair: Dana Bartone + Co.
Beauty: Simply Gorgeous by Erin
Cakes: Sweet Maria’s
Rentals: Borrowed
Octavia Brown
Stationery: Patti Murphy Designs
Menswear: Valentino Tailors
Flower Girls’ Tutus: Body Wrappers

At this time, we all may be getting a little tired of the cold weather. On this picture-perfect day, we could not have been happier with the snow covered grounds! At Gedney Farm, Jubilee Events and many other talented minds joined forces to create an opulent wintery setting, rich with texture–wood and fur being our top two choices. Mother Nature served the color white and we touched it up with more masculine tones of navy, burnt orange, charcoal, and silver. To bring in a more modern look, we laid the furs across our mirrored farm table and aluminum Alloy chairs that were just to die for!

We loved that this design can be extended to any type of event, whether it be a winter wedding, an upscale dinner party, or other social gathering. Often times we see weddings are tailored to a more elegant, glamorous, feminine feel and having a different look for inspiration and ideas is a great way to make your story unique and easily remembered! The dark barn walls were perfect for our vision and the warm glow of our marquee lighting and signs added a pop of fun and creativity to our warm, inviting dinner table, which was overflowing crisp branches bursting out of colorful, natural blooms!

This shoot wouldn’t have been what it was without the team we had–from the gorgeous sweater dress and velvet tux our bride and groom, respectively, wore, to the custom LOVE lighting display over and behind our table to our sweet horse, Mr. Eddison that couldn’t get enough of the camera. Our approach to this shoot was a common idea–to go in and push boundaries, expose more of our creativity, and have fun!

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Credit Reel

Photography: Carla Ten Eyck, Carla Ten Eyck Photography
Creative Direction: Jubilee Events
Floral Design: Hana Floral Design
Fashion Styling: The White Dress by the Shore
Paper: Coral Pheasant Stationery + Design
Cake: But a Dream Custom Cakes
Beauty: Erica Martell
Hair: Emily Reale
Rentals: Reserve Modern Event Rentals and Rentals Unlimited
Lighting: Ryan Designs
Location: Gedney Farm

Happy Cinco de Mayo! In honor of today’s festivities we wanted to share some Cinco de Mayo inspiration in this shoot conceptualized by Carla Ten Eyck (a lover of her strong Mexican heritage) and collaborated on by a team of fabulous vendors. Originally featured on Style Me Pretty many moons ago, this inspirational shoot still tugs at my heart as one of my favorites. The colors, the simplicity yet complexity, and all the goodies nestled within the alter that Diana & Tony worked on together. Enjoy!



















Photography & Design: Carla Ten Eyck
Prop Set Up: Diana Chouinard of Jubilee Events
Floral Design: Tony Palmeri of Green Dahlia
Paper Story: Nichole Michel of Coral Pheasant
Gown: The White Dress by the shore
Beauty: Dana Bartone & Co.
Custom Headpiece: Twigs & Honey


We are so excited to be featured in the newest issue of Southern New England Weddings: Destinations Magazine! For the design of this shoot I chose a “sherbet” inspired color story– soft colors in light pinks, mints, yellows, greens with a hint of gold. I love this color story for a spring-time wedding, but it can really translate into any season depending on where your wedding is! The Cottage House at Lord Thompson Manor made the perfect backdrop with it’s clean white palette against all our feminine and soft tones.

Some of my favorite details from the day are the large Geronimo Balloon with its gold and ivory tassels– so fun and playful! I adore the mini plates we used from BHLDN on our tablescape with varying floral designs in soft colors. Our florist created a blanket of spring-time flowers in soft colors down the center of the table, using tulips to give the arrangement height and dimension.

With our paper story, Nichole of Coral Pheasant used beautiful floral patterns mixed with gorgeous typography. I absolutely adored the scroll style menu cards! Miriam, owner of Taste by Spellbound, was not only our confectionary designer for the shoot but also one of our models! She creative a variety of pastel colored delicious eats such as French Macarons, Petit buttercream cakes, Madeline trees and Miniature truffle cakes.

Beth Chapman of The White Dress by the shore incorporated current fashion and vintage pieces into the styled looks for our models. From a mint green sequin top from TOVA’s Vintage Shop to big tulle skirts and antique gold jewels. Love! And this was all photographed by the colorful and talented Carla Ten Eyck (of course!).

Credit Reel

Photography: Carla Ten Eyck
Shoot Design: Candice Coppola, Jubilee Events
Fashion Styling: Beth Chapman, The White Dress by the shore
Location: The Cottage House at Lord Thompson Manor
Makeup: d.d. nickel makeup studio
Hair: Catie Bane
Floral Design: Charlotte Designs
Confections: Taste by Spellbound
Paper Story: Coral Pheasant Stationery + Design
Rentals: Party Rental Ltd.
Napkin: La Tavola Linen

Want to hear a funny story? I still have my treasured copy of The Great Gatsby that I “borrowed” from my sophomore English class in high school. It sits nestled on my bookshelf at home and from time to time I take it out and read a few passages. I’ve thumbed through its pages dozens of times and, each time I re-read this treasured book of mine, I always discover something new. I love The Great Gatsby from an academic perspective and even wrote a thesis on it in college, but like most, I also appreciate it for the red lipstick, short skirts and page boy haircuts. Why do you think we have such a fascination with the Roarin’ 20s? Every few years, I feel like this era creeps back into popular culture and for good reason– there is so much to be inspired by! And not to mention I was so excited to see this gorgeous shoot featured on Style Me Pretty this week.

It was no surprise that we decided to do a Great Gatsby inspired photoshoot. There were so many directions we could have gone in, but ultimately we chose to do something reminiscent of the era but had modern touches. We selected the historic Branford House Mansion overlooking the Fishers Island Sound in Groton Long Point, Connecticut for our location. Although it was November, there was lovely warmth in the air and we were blessed with a glorious sunset with just the right amount of cloud cover for delightful dimension.

I love the fashion elements that Beth Chapman of The White Dress by the shore put together; decadent, glamorous, opulent. Our bride wore several looks from a mini feather flapper style dress to a long sleeve satin faced chiffon gown. And our Gatsby, of course, wore a white dinner jacket that evoked the over the top parties he was so famous for hosting.

The paper story created by Nicole Michel of Coral Pheasant Stationery and Design, was rich with details. Elements such as the matchbook-style reception cards and the favor boxes that doubled as place cards allowed the guests something to open and discover.

Photographer Carla Ten Eyck used the magical light to assist in telling the visual tale. The mansion’s timeless, turn of the century beauty was further accentuated by a vintage sofa and tufted velvet chairs from New England Country Rentals. The oversized, dramatic fireplace that graces the main entrance created a stunning backdrop for the lavish tablescape. The table was the perfect combination of opulent and vintage, with a delicately sequined linen paired with mismatched antique floral china and Irish linen napkins trimmed in lace. The billowing flower arrangements from Hana Floral Design were the perfect finishing touch!

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Credit Reel

Photography: Carla Ten Eyck
Shoot & Table Design: Jubilee Events
Fashion Styling: Beth Chapman, The White Dress by the Shore
Floral Design: Hana Floral Design
Rentals: New England Country Rentals
Linens: Nuage Designs
Paper and Guest Gifts: Coral Pheasant
Cinematography: Jeremy White and?Steve DePino
Cake:?Ana Parzych Custom Cakes
Hair:?Jennie Kay
Make Up:?dd Nickel
Gowns:?Rivini + Ivy and Aster
Jewelry:?Maria Elena + The Something Old Collection
Beaded Cape:?Ivy and Aster
Tuxedos + Suit:?Valentino Tailors
Feather Stole: The Bridal Dresser
Gloves:?Carolina Amato


Be sure to pick up a copy of the newest issue of WellWed Magazine to see the gorgeous layout of this photoshoot in their glossy pages!

The inspiration for this shoot all started after picking up a copy of the coffee table book from Alexander McQueen’s show at the MET, Savage Beauty. I was lucky enough to wander endlessly through this exhibition with my friend Nichole Michel of Coral Pheasant when it came into town, and even at that time, I was largely inspired by McQueen’s Autumn / Winter collection of crisply tailored, fitted, and masculine jackets, skirts, pants and dresses. McQueen once said (and noted by a byline in the book next to images of this exhibit), “I want to empower women. I want people to be afraid of the women I dress.”

In tossing ideas around with our team, we set out to create a story of feminine meets masculine. I drafted up a pinterest board (the first time we’ve used one for our shoot!) and the rest is history.


We put together a simple color story of black and white, with shades of grey. Everywhere within the shoot you’ll see tailored lines, crisp typography, and masculine details like fitted jackets and top hats mixed with feminine frill of tulle and jewels. The fashion for this shoot was flawless, and leave it to none other than Beth Chapman to source some of the sickest accessories and custom made pieces, like the couture black suit made by Valentino Tailors. My favorite fashion look of the day is a toss up between our frilly tulle skirted dress with sexy black leather gloves, and the tulle skirt mixed with a tailored jacket– no shirt underneath. I also got to play a bit with my own closet here, bringing in my nude Jimmy Choo pumps and my most favorite and best shoe investment ever: my miu miu glitter booties.

Tony of Datura: A Modern Garden created a myriad of unqiue bouquets– everything from an embellished cane, to a whip (hello!) and some floral handcuffs (whew!). What I love most about Tony is that he’s never afraid to cross over boundaries, create something suggestive but beautiful and completely necessary. To me, he is my real life Alexander McQueen.

Our tablescape might be my favorite yet; simple in color with a lot of textures that don’t seem to compete. I love the sequin black and white chevron linen from La Tavola— the pattern is a sexy take on the stripe, and the sequin gives us our feminine edge. Pinned on top, we boxed out the tablescape with a quilted leather linen from Nuage Designs. Our enormous white containers, smooth with a sensuous shape, held long rectangular boxes trimmed out with black sequin fabric, brimming with white tulips. On the table, we layered plates and things to create dimension; I am especially fond of these curvaceous plates from BHLDN and the “stick” shaped drink stirrers in our white glassware. Even the chairs are sexy, with their hard lines and grey color. At the last minute we decided they needed a pop, so Tony attached some orchids.

Nichole of Coral Pheasant created a luxurious paper story complete with patent leather like printing. Everything about this paper story is sleek, simple, sexy and is an attribute to how delicious typography really is!

And of course, who else could shoot this madness except the effervescent Carla Ten Eyck and company? And don’t forget to peep the behind-the-scenes video by none other than Jim Altieri at the end, with interviews from the designers themselves!



















Credit Reel

Cake: Hope Wright-Martell, A Little Imagination Cakes

Design & Coordination: Candice Coppola, Jubilee Events
Event Rentals: Nuage Designs, La Tavola, Party Rentals LTD.
Additional tabletop items were provided by BHLDN

Floral Design: Tony Palmieri AFID, Datura: A Modern Garden
Tuxedo: Custom Tuxedo by Valentino Tailors, Gowns: David Fielden, Modern Trousseau, Amsale, and Amy Kuschel from The White Dress by the Shore
Corsets: Beneath the Gown
Fashion Styling: Beth Chapman, The White Dress by the Shore
Hair: Terri L. Coon, Timothy Pammemt Salon
Invitations, Menus and Placecards: Nichole Michel
Calligraphy/Placecards: Abany Bauer, Brown Linen Goods
Makeup: Jennie Fresa & Maureen Sullivan of Jennie Fresa Makeup and Skincare Boutiquerie
Photography: Carla Ten Eyck, Carla Ten Eyck Photography
Reception Site: New Haven Lawn Club in New Haven, CT
Cinematography: Jim Altieri, Jim Altieri?s Vintage Cinema

A little time ago we found ourselves back in paradise– which is located in Costa Rica– in case you didn’t know. Our friends at Stay in Costa Rica asked us to come back down and do some more creative work and we jumped at the chance. Costa Rica has to be one of my favorite places on earth. It’s tropical, exotic, friendly, laid-back, and beautiful. The setting for what we’ve dubbed our colorful beach photoshoot was on a remote beach only accessible by a questionable wooden bridge, where we hand carted all our belongings (including a spare roll of toilet paper– just in case). This day will go down as one of my favorite days in life. It was full of laughs, beautiful scenery, good friends, and lots of impromptu pretty. Everywhere you look in Costa Rica there is something beautiful; fossilized rocks, ornate trees with dangling fruit, bright flowers and picturesque coastlines. This photoshoot had the makings of everything above and more.

For this photoshoot we were inspired by the colorful Costa Rican oxcart and Josh from Metal Mermaid Press put his spin on the intricate design. With a plethora of bright, neon colors, big ball skirts mixed with flowey dresses, sparkle and gathered flowers from where ever Tony could find them– here’s what we came up with with gorgeous images by Carla Ten Eyck Photography.

A huge thank you to Style Me Pretty for featuring our photoshoot. More to come from this gorgeous destination from our incredible horse farm shoot in an amazing glossy wedding magazine in September!

Credit Reel

Photography: Carla Ten Eyck Photography
Photo Shoot Location: Los Suenos Resort in Costa Rica Event Design + Planning: Candice Coppola of Jubilee Events
Floral Design: Datura: A Modern Garden
Fashion Styling: Beth Chapman of The White Dress by the Shore
Cinematography: Vintage Cinema
Invitations: Metal Mermaid Press
Furniture + Event Rentals: Eventos Boadicea
Linens: Resource One Inc.
Wedding Dress with Ball Gown: Anne Barge / Wedding Dress with Layered Ruffles: Amy Kuschel
Beauty: DD Nickel
Bridal Earrings: Haute Bride + Maria Elena
Feather Headpiece: Couture for The White Dress by the Shore
Colorful Earrings with Yellow Dress: DK Designs for The White Dress by the Shore
Headband: Maria Elena

When Beth from The White Dress by the Shore approached us all about doing this shoot, I went back to when I graduated-all the excitement, all the fun! I wanted to infuse every bit of that into this shoot and I wanted to bring in colors and details that made me feel this way. Now, a few years after I’ve graduated, I find myself looking forward to the next big party and wanted to design this so brides and their maids would find inspiration for a special shower or fun luncheon. Yellow and pink were easy to choose because they exude the energy and playfulness you will experience at either event!

The shoot took place in the beautiful Elizabeth Park Rose Garden in Hartford, so I took some inspiration from our surroundings. I wanted the flowers to play a role in everything! Our table was draped in pink, everything from the linens, chargers, and napkins right down to the chairs-it was a girly girl’s dream. Tony from Datura, A Modern Garden created a yellow rose runner down the table with pops of pink peonies. Hope from A Little Imagination Cakes not only designed individual cupcakes with colorful florets, she coupled them with an incredible pink and yellow-layered cake! Beth styled the models in fun sherbet colored dresses that played perfectly off the surrounding flowers. Throw in the charming paper details from Metal Mermaid Press and Carla Ten Eyck Photography and you have the day made!

Credit Reel

Photography: Carla Ten Eyck, Carla Ten Eyck Photography

Shoot Design: Diana Chouinard, Jubilee Events

Fashion Styling & Accessories: Beth Chapman, The White Dress by the Shore

Flowers: Tony Palmieri, Datura, A Modern Garden

Beauty: DD Nickel, DD Nickel Makeup Studio

Confections: Hope Wright Martell, A Little Imagination Cakes

Paper: Josh Bryant, Metal Mermaid Press

Rentals: La Tavola Linens, Party Rental, Ltd.

I recently had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Costa Rica for Mandi and Dan’s amazing destination wedding! We adore Los Suenos Resort— and we especially love these amazing luxury homes from Stay in Costa Rica (a property management company that represents these gorgeous homes!). Mandi and Dan had an incredible wedding at one of these multi-million dollar beauts overlooking the bay– and it all started because of this amazing editorial fashion shoot we did one year prior! We have so many amazing images from this trip to share with you– but first up is our fashion shoot at Puesta Del Sol, Villa Artiv, and the beautiful Casa Marlin.

Our inspiration for this fashion shoot came from the luxury properties available at Stay in Costa Rica. Beth Chapman, stylist and owner of The White Dress by the shore wanted to create a luxurious, dramatic and romantic look for brides having a destination wedding. The natural landscape of Costa Rica and Los Suenos resort provided us with the majority of the flowers used in the bouquets, designed by Datura: A Modern Garden. Our fashion shoot mixes both a tropical feel and a modern, sophisticated and decadent direction.

The gowns and accessories were shot in the most amazing locations– from the multi-million dollar spanish influenced home of Puesta Del Sol with breathtaking views of the rainforest and three different pays that surround Los Suenos Resort to the modern and swanky digs at Villa Artiv with it’s vintage Louis Vuitton trunk and Pucci chair. All three of these luxurious properties are available for not only accommodations, but also for amazing wedding receptions and ceremonies!

A special shout out to my girl, Carla Ten Eyck, who is by far filled with the most talent I have ever seen. I am not even sure how she is able to make everything and everyone so beautiful, but by God, she does it every time!!!

Thank you to our friends at Junebug Weddings for featuring our fashion shoot– go check out the post here!

{ location: puesta del sol, los suenos resort / photography: carla ten eyck photography / fashion direction & styling: beth chapman of the white dress by the shore / floral design: tony palmieri of datura: a modern garden / hair and makeup: d.d. nickel / art direction: candice coppola, jubilee events  }

{ location: villa artiv at los suenos resort / photography: carla ten eyck photography / fashion direction & styling: beth chapman of the white dress by the shore / floral design: tony palmieri of datura: a modern garden / hair and makeup: d.d. nickel / art direction: candice coppola, jubilee events  }

{ location: casa marlin at los suenos resort / photography: carla ten eyck photography / fashion direction & styling: beth chapman of the white dress by the shore / floral design: tony palmieri of datura: a modern garden / hair and makeup: d.d. nickel / art direction: candice coppola, jubilee events  }

A huge thank you to our gorgeous, beautiful, and fun models Carol, Ivonne and Erick! You guys rock!!!

Next up… epic video by none other than Jim Altieri of Vintage Cinema. XO.

Credit Reel

Photography: Carla Ten Eyck Photography
Locations: Properties from Stay in Costa Rica – Puesta Del Sol, Casa Marlin, Villa Artiv
Creative Direction, Candice Dowling Coppola of Jubilee Events
Fashion Direction / Styling: Beth Chapman of The White Dress by the shore
Floral Design: Tony Palmieri of Datura: A Modern Garden
Beauty: DD Nickel
Cinematography: Jim Altieri of Vintage Cinema
Wedding dresses by: Anne Barge, Amy Kuschel and Augusta Jones from The White Dress by the shore
Jewelry: Tejani and Aquinnah from The White Dress by the shore