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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 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

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


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.

Our modern, clean and sophisticated shoot for Southern New England Weddings was so much fun to design. We don’t have anything like it in our portfolio and I had been dying to collaborate on something like this for a while. We were largely inspired by a clean color palette, unique and interesting textures (like metal and acrylic) and a gorgeous Givenchy/Riccardo Tisci dress in my search for inspiration for the story board. Belle Mer was the perfect place to shoot this editorial with it’s simplistic decor, white backdrops and as Carla mentioned in the behind-the-scenes video, amazing light!

As our shoot design progressed it sort of morphed into this obsession with taxidermy and a statement decor piece that we wanted to create. Between myself, Nichole of Coral Pheasant and the incredible Tony of Datura: A Modern Garden, we conceptualized this deer head escort card wall nearly 7 1/2 feet tall and completely covered in over 700 varieties of white and ivory roses (from the most wonderful rose grower, Passion Growers). Radic, right? To date, it is my absolute favorite thing we’ve EVER done at a photoshoot– and it almost didn’t happen! Believe it or not, white resin deer heads are hard to come by. After a fighting match with the folks at zgallerie who couldn’t express ship me my deer head in time (!) we scowered decor stores, online retailers, salvage stores… everything from this side of the Mississippi to procure a white resin deer head. We came up with nothing! Total failure. It was quite tragic… until… Tony came across a discarded taxidermy deer head form the day before our shoot with no ears or antlers. Score! And in true Datura: A Modern Garden fashion that deer head not only had the prettiest Styrofoam ears but also curly willow antlers and was painted a magnificent shade of white!

Some more incredible details from the shoot include the paper suite designed by Coral Pheasant, which included laser cut metal engraved invitations mounted to a python booklet. Whhaaat? Nichole also created laser engraved and hand painted gold / clear acrylic menu cards and escort cards, which was inspired by a decadent acrylic/ghost end table with exposed metal brackets found in elle decor. These are a MUST for us to reproduce at one of our events and is truly an incredible statement piece!

One thing I can’t get over is the insane centerpiece Tony and his team created using curly willow and hanging white curcumin suspended above one of our rentable vases. We used a luxurious linen from Wildflower Linens in a shimmering gold paillettes with gold “saturn” chargers at each place setting from Rentals Unlimited. Each place setting had a neatly folded white silk shantung napkin with an acrylic menu card with handmade paper garlands from Kristina Marie.

Beth Chapman of The White Dress by the shore was our talented fashion stylist and pulled together all the fashion and accessories for our model. She created three separate, modern looks using gowns from UK designer David Fielden, Amsale, and Coren Moore! And now the gorgeous images from the insanely creative Carla Ten Eyck… (be sure to read her blog post too!).

Thanks to such an incredible team for their love, laughs and creativity. We had so much fun on this warm July afternoon and can’t wait to do it again! Don’t forget to pick up your copy of Southern New England Weddings: Destinations to see all this goodness in print. Until next time… xo!


Credit Reel

Cinematography: Jim Altieri’s Vintage Cinema
Photography: Carla Ten Eyck Photography
Styling & Fashion: Beth Chapman, The White Dress by the Shore
Event Planning & Design: Candice Coppola, Jubilee Events
Floral Design + Decor: Tony Palmieri, Datura, A Modern Garden
Beauty: Dana Bartone & Co.
Cakes: Hope Wright-Martell, A Little Imagination Cakes
Invitations/Paper: Nichole Michel, Coral Pheasant
Rentals: Rentals Unlimited, Newport
Linens: Wildflower Linen
Paper Garlands: Kristina Marie

{ photography by carla ten eyck on the cover of connecticut bride }

I’m so excited to share with you two major features in the newest issue of Connecticut Bride! Our amazing June wedding of Danielle and John, which was a true collaboration of the entire Jubilee team, made the cover of their Spring / Summer 2011 issue. This is the FIRST time Connecticut Bride has ever put a real bride on the cover! A testimate to the beautiful spirits and love shared between Danielle and John, and the beautiful photography from our dear friend, Carla Ten Eyck. Danielle’s gorgeous beauty was by Jennie Fresa, with fashion styling by The White Dress by the Shore. And that gorgeous, GORGEOUS bouquet? Elisabeth from BLUSH! You can see a recap of her wedding in our galleries, or, pick up the magazine to read their story!

Equally as exciting is the fashion spread Connecticut Bride asked our team to do for their magazine. We had been DYING to do a midsummer night’s dream styled shoot and thought this would be the perfect outlet. It was a bit challenging in the late fall to pull off, but so easy on the beautiful property at Lord Thompson Manor. We designed a shoot in rich colors of pink, green and purple and brought the mid summer by way of gorgeous flowers, garlands, and details. You’ll have to buy the magazine to see the images, but in the meantime, here are some fun behind-the-scenes! For the 4-page fashion shoot in Connecticut Bride our team was comprised of the best of the best! These behind-the-scenes shots are courtesy of Carla, Jazzy and Alison!

{ the beginning stages of our tablescape that we co-designed with datura: a modern garden }

{ the beginning stages of an amazing shot we envisioned — with tony of datura: a modern garden and beth chapman of the white dress by the shore getting our model situated! }

{ our beautiful beauty guru and makeup artist dana bartone puts some finishing touches on sara }
{ the beautiful mandi laughing at something alongside her fiancee (!) dan and model / prankster max }
{our team looks on and I clearly feel the need to ruin the picture! }
{ tony puts some finishing touches on this bouquet }
{ a match made in heaven, courtesy of jazzy! }
{ our special assistant for the day, grammy pammy, was always close by to fix our models! }
{ mrs. carla ten eyck doing her thing alongside assistant alison! }

{ we always bring inspiration.. here beth and i look over some things in our binder }
{ shootin’ in a bush! }
{ this is where we go… lemmie see, lemmie!!! }

{ here the team at the white dress by the shore moves all our models to the next shot }
{ the joys of shooting styled paper! }

We are really so proud of the hard work and team effort put into this gorgeous shoot! A huge thank you to Lord Thompson Manor for their generosity and beautiful property.

Credit Reel

Location: Lord Thompson Manor

Photography: Carla Ten Eyck

Shoot Styling & Design: Jubilee Events

Fashion, Accessories and Model Styling: The White Dress by the Shore

Floral Design & Decor: Datura: A Modern Garden

Hair & Makeup: Dana Bartone & Company

Vintage Furniture: Unique Vintage (see Jubilee Events for details)

Tableware: Party Rental Ltd

Paper Story: Posh Paperie

Calligraphy: Neither Snow

I had the opportunity to co-design a tablescape with my colleages Tony and Cat of Datura: A Modern Garden this summer at the Ocean House for Grace Ormonde. We were sent an image of a beautiful water colored Elie Saab gown to use as inspiration– and this is what we came up with! We used a gorgeous mirrored dinning table with chargers made from floral in shades of blue, pink and green. Victoria Ghost Chairs were accentuated with white petal chair backs with rhinestone broaches. Posh Paperie created gorgeous triple mounted menu cards with a beautiful floral water color motif. Tony and Cat created this gorgeous orchid chandelier that we suspended above the table.

Pick up your latest Weddings Style New England Magazine to see the special shot they chose for inclusion in the magazine.

{ photography by matthew j. wagner photography }

Credit Reel:

Tablescape Styling: Jubilee Events
Floral Design: Datura: A Modern Garden
Linens: Resource One
Mirrored Table & Ghost Chairs: Luxe Event Rentals
Paper: Posh Paperie
Place Settings: Party Rental Ltd
Location: The Ocean House, Watch Hill, Rhode Island
Photography: Matthew J. Wagner Photography

For the last post of 2010 I thought we’d end on where our adventures began this year with the final installment from our New Orleans Shoot! You can see the beginning of our shoot here, and the second feature here. There were so many beautiful and gorgeous details — from the dramatic linen draping on the table, pinned with fabric, paper, and real flowers– to the amazing desserts designed by Sucre. I especially love the escort card display on someone’s front door shutters, which was styled on a whim as we were looking for the right backdrop!

Enjoy! xoxo

Credit Reel

Photography: Carla Ten Eyck & Co. (Katie Slater & Sara Code-Kroll too)
Design & Styling: Jubilee Events
Location: Royal Street & The Cornstalk Hotel
Fashion & Styling: The White Dress by the Shore
Floral Design: Datura: A Modern Garden
Hair & Makeup: Jennie Fresa & The Beauty Library
Cinematography: Vantage Point Films
Musicians: Dr. Jazz and the New Orleans Sounds
Confections: Sucre
Groom’s Tux: Perlis
Shoes: MADELiNE Shoes & Poetic License Shoes
Paper: Posh Paperie
Calligraphy: Elizabeth Porcher Jones Calligraphy
Custom Headpieces & Floral Sashes: Twigs and Honey
Vintage Jewels: Karen Lindner Designs
Jewelry: Haute Bride
Linens: Gala Cloths
Custom China & Napkins: Sarah Drake Design
Pink Candelabras: Nachtmann & Riedel
Champagne: Pommery Gold POP Champagne
Cake Stands: Iacoli & Mcallister
Vintage Birds: Orange & Blossom
Vintage Umbrellas: Bella Umbrella