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!).
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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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
Make Up:?dd Nickel
Gowns:?RiviniÂ +Â Ivy and Aster
Jewelry:?Maria ElenaÂ +Â The Something Old Collection
Beaded Cape:?Ivy and Aster
Tuxedos + Suit:?Valentino Tailors
Feather Stole: The Bridal Dresser
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!
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