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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

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

Did you see these lovely sweethearts on Carats and Cake today? We still can help but obsess over Kristina + PJ‘s  dreamy end-of-summer wedding at the romantic Wadsworth Mansion and we are so excited that you get to share in that love with us! Check it out!

As seen on: Carats + Cake
Photography: Maggie Conley Photography
Venue: Wadsworth Mansion
Planning + Coordination: Libby of Jubilee Events
Floral Design: Jakkelyn Iris
Beauty: Simply Gorgeous by Erin

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!

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 http://www.shopeverthine.com/ 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!

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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

We are excited to announce that one of the prettiest weddings we have had the pleasure to be a part of was featured in Chic Magazine! The wedding looks amazing in there and we cannot thank Justin and Mary enough for helping capture all the beauty!

Stay tuned tomorrow as we feature their full wedding on the blog! XO


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Bridal Market 2012 and Martha Stewarts 11th Annual Market Party

Last week I attended bridal market in New York with Beth Chapman and her lovely team at The White Dress by the shore and got a sneak peek into what new collections they will be carrying! We attended Martha Stewart Wedding’s 11th Annual Market Party at her offices in Chelsea and had an amazing time catching up with old and new industry friends. Stay tuned to The White Dress by the shore’s blog for their take on October market and to see what new gowns and accessories will be gracing their store. xo.