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When people ask about my family, I can’t help but excitedly express, “Oh, it’s a big family! Passionate, fun… the best really!” But, you know what? I walk away from each wedding with a little more family than I started off with. The Bozzutos and Marescas were no exception. They not only opened their amazing home, but hearts, to everyone. They are such a warm, tight knit group of people that planning their day felt like the best part of putting together a family holiday, making the day one of the most memorable weddings to grace a summer day. Not only did we have the best setting for Amanda and Joe’s wedding, but their day birthed the idea to host more weddings and events at their family farm, perfectly known as Heritage Homestead right here in quaint Northford. The views of Southern Connecticut are beautifully natural and create the perfect backdrop for any ceremony or tented reception and we cannot wait to get back there for more amazing events!

Their tent from Greenwich Tent Co. and the on site pavilion housed all of our guests that evening. Soft, ethereal draping and gold pendant chandeliers watched over all the toasts and cheers while guests gathered on our various lounges set up throughout both spaces. Instead of a sit down dinner, we opted for a more relaxed cocktail style menu, where the ever-amazing A Thyme to Cook provided spreads of fresh, savory offerings across thoughtfully designed farm tables and hand passed trays. Our bride, Amanda of A. Marie Designs, one of the head honchos behind Heritage Homestead, designed all of the paper and signage for her day. Starting with the textural cotton paper from Copper Willow Paper Studio, beautifully plated with gold calligraphy all the way to the hand detailed mirrors and glass panels, there was no detail left undone.

Amanda and Joe had been together from a young age and their love story still held every bit of admiration and eager anticipation for all of life’s adventures together and this was felt by everyone who knew them! Their smiles were infectious and brilliant. Their excitement overflowing. Better than Batman and Robin, a beach and a cocktail, chocolate and peanut butter, everyone who was in their presence knew this was a duo better than the rest. I was very lucky to work closely with the stunning Amanda and her mom, Kathy, the two most wonderful hearts and spirits you will ever meet. They were one of those families who were just so excited to be getting all of their family and friends together and celebrate. And boy did we! Those fireworks were a surprise to everyone!

Cheers to Amanda and Joe, their lovable, amazing families and the new addition on the way! Thank you for making us a part of your family – we can’t wait to see you all again and look forward to all your amazing property will produce! XO

CREDIT REEL

Photography: Carla Ten Eyck Photography
Ceremony + Reception Location: Heritage Homestead
Event Planning + Design: Diana Chouinard, Jubilee Events
Catering: A Thyme to Cook
Floral Design: Just For You Floral Design
Videography: MV Film Production
Officiant: Victoria Burdick
Music: Max Baun, CZone Music; Percussionist – Marcus Santos, CZone Music
Bride’s gown: Katie May – Everthine Bridal Boutique
Beauty: Hair- Chloe Abrams; Makeup – Simply Gorgeous by Erin
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Adrianna Papell
Lounge Furniture + Bars: Rentals Unlimited, Luxe Event Rentals, PBD Events
Live Painter: Mark DeSilva
Lighting, Tent + Pavilion Decor: Ryan Designs
Tent: Greenwich Tent Co.

This pretty diddy here embodied some of my favorite things ever! Colorful whimsy, polka dots, and most especially Katy and Jerimiah!! These two were so sweetly in love and they brought out a smile in everyone they came into contact with. Look at Katy’s expression in some of these photos – don’t you find yourself giggling along?

Summer is all about those bright hues, and we wanted to infuse as much color in our details as we could get our hands on. We added a dash of polka dots because, well, who doesn’t love polka dots, right? Her swiss dot Hayley Paige gown fit perfectly with our story and I will admit I was slightly obsessed. It had all of the playful elegance that matched this girl’s personality!

Take a peek at their story below and fall in love!

Katy and Jerimiah: thank you for allowing us to be a part of such a happy day! We hope your days are filled with endless dress twirling, plaid bowties, and the genuine love we felt so privileged to witness! XO  Colorful Wedding Celebration at the Florence Griswold Museum via http://www.eventjubilee.comColorful Wedding Celebration at the Florence Griswold Museum via http://www.eventjubilee.comColorful Wedding Celebration at the Florence Griswold Museum via http://www.eventjubilee.comColorful Wedding Celebration at the Florence Griswold Museum via http://www.eventjubilee.comColorful Wedding Celebration at the Florence Griswold Museum via http://www.eventjubilee.comColorful Wedding Celebration at the Florence Griswold Museum via http://www.eventjubilee.comColorful Wedding Celebration at the Florence Griswold Museum via http://www.eventjubilee.comColorful Wedding Celebration at the Florence Griswold Museum via http://www.eventjubilee.comColorful Wedding Celebration at the Florence Griswold Museum via http://www.eventjubilee.comColorful Wedding Celebration at the Florence Griswold Museum via http://www.eventjubilee.comColorful Wedding Celebration at the Florence Griswold Museum via http://www.eventjubilee.comColorful Wedding Celebration at the Florence Griswold Museum via http://www.eventjubilee.comColorful Wedding Celebration at the Florence Griswold Museum via http://www.eventjubilee.comColorful Wedding Celebration at the Florence Griswold Museum via http://www.eventjubilee.comColorful Wedding Celebration at the Florence Griswold Museum via http://www.eventjubilee.comColorful Wedding Celebration at the Florence Griswold Museum via http://www.eventjubilee.comColorful Wedding Celebration at the Florence Griswold Museum via http://www.eventjubilee.comColorful Wedding Celebration at the Florence Griswold Museum via http://www.eventjubilee.comflorence_griswold_wedding_shoreline_garden_party_old_lyme_Colorful Wedding Celebration at the Florence Griswold Museum via http://www.eventjubilee.com_0040Colorful Wedding Celebration at the Florence Griswold Museum via http://www.eventjubilee.comColorful Wedding Celebration at the Florence Griswold Museum via http://www.eventjubilee.comColorful Wedding Celebration at the Florence Griswold Museum via http://www.eventjubilee.comColorful Wedding Celebration at the Florence Griswold Museum via http://www.eventjubilee.comColorful Wedding Celebration at the Florence Griswold Museum via http://www.eventjubilee.comColorful Wedding Celebration at the Florence Griswold Museum via http://www.eventjubilee.comColorful Wedding Celebration at the Florence Griswold Museum via http://www.eventjubilee.comColorful Wedding Celebration at the Florence Griswold Museum via http://www.eventjubilee.comColorful Wedding Celebration at the Florence Griswold Museum via http://www.eventjubilee.comColorful Wedding Celebration at the Florence Griswold Museum via http://www.eventjubilee.comColorful Wedding Celebration at the Florence Griswold Museum via http://www.eventjubilee.comColorful Wedding Celebration at the Florence Griswold Museum via http://www.eventjubilee.comColorful Wedding Celebration at the Florence Griswold Museum via http://www.eventjubilee.comColorful Wedding Celebration at the Florence Griswold Museum via http://www.eventjubilee.comColorful Wedding Celebration at the Florence Griswold Museum via http://www.eventjubilee.comColorful Wedding Celebration at the Florence Griswold Museum via http://www.eventjubilee.comColorful Wedding Celebration at the Florence Griswold Museum via http://www.eventjubilee.comColorful Wedding Celebration at the Florence Griswold Museum via http://www.eventjubilee.comColorful Wedding Celebration at the Florence Griswold Museum via http://www.eventjubilee.comColorful Wedding Celebration at the Florence Griswold Museum via http://www.eventjubilee.comColorful Wedding Celebration at the Florence Griswold Museum via http://www.eventjubilee.comflorence_griswold_wedding_shoreline_garden_party_old_lyme_connecticut_0017

VENDOR REEL

Design + Planning: Diana, Jubilee Events
Tent: Chase Canopy
Dress: Hayley Paige
Beauty: Jennie Fresa
Photography: Ali + Julie
Caterer: Emily’s Catering
Stationery: Patti Murphy
Florist: Just For You Floral Design
Lighting + Draping: Ryan Designs
Videography: Buzz Media Company

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
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Stationery: Patti Murphy Designs
Menswear: Valentino Tailors
Flower Girls’ Tutus: Body Wrappers

As you know, we absolutely adore weddings but we also love to plan special events and parties for younger clients. Bar and Bat Mitzvahs can be some of the most exciting events for teens and their guests, so we recently decided to take on the challenge of creating an absolutely, over-the-top, party that would make any teen girl swoon. Naturally, we looked to her most coveted place for inspiration—her jewelry box. We brought to life an event that is youthful, fun and playful but is still sophisticated and grown up—after all this is the celebration of a girl’s coming of age. Big, bright, sparkly gemstones were the perfect way to celebrate this milestone achievement! After all, no girl—young or old—can resist precious gems!

The design for our story centers around a delicious, multi-colored Kate Spade necklace in brilliant shades of aquamarine, pink, bright lavender, yellow, ruby and emerald. I loved the colors right away because they were bright and youthful—a different take on traditional gem tones. We kept these colors consistent through the entire shoot by bringing them into fun details like the fashion, the lighting and custom bar panels.

We kept the décor witty and playful. A white sequin linen from La Tavola and over-sized floral gems created by Green Dahlia lent a fresh look to the table. Each placesetting was set with individual jewelry boxes that doubled as placecards and diamond-shaped menus designed by Coral Pheasant Stationery. Above the table, Ryan Designs hung five custom-painted chandeliers in eye-catching colors, inspired by the Kate Spade necklace, that helped make our dinner setting all the more fit for a group of girls.

Gem-inspired mocktails, like the Ruby Cooler and the Diamond Fizz, were served up at our Bauble Bar, which featured custom designed gem panels. In addition to refreshments, the girls were also invited to the bar to try on a little something sparkly to take home with them.

We also created a lounge area using beautiful iron daybeds from Ryan Designs and pink mylar letter balloons that spelled out the name of our guest of honor.

Finally, the sweet selection consisted of a stunning tiered cake from Erica O’Brien Cake Design, which featured handmade fondant gem and stud details, and divinely sinful gem shaped sugar cookies from Taste by Spellbound.

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Credit Reel

Photography: Carla Ten Eyck, Carla Ten Eyck Photography
Creative Direction: Libby Basile, Jubilee Events
Floral Design: Cat Epright, Green Dahlia
Fashion Styling: Beth Chapman, The White Dress by the Shore
Paper: Nichole Michel, Coral Pheasant Stationery + Design
Cake: Erica O’Brien, Erica O’Brien Cake Design
Sweets: Miriam Hope, Taste by Spellbound
Beauty: dd Nickel
Hair: Jennie Kay Beauty
Rentals: La Tavola and Rentals Unlimited
Lighting, Bar and Day Beds: Ryan Designs
Location: Providence G Building, Providence, RI
Fashion Credits: Dresses: Lula Kate

Nina and Kevin–two of the most darling people you will ever meet! We all fell in love with how genuine and fun they and their families are! They are creative, too. It was such a treat to be invited into their home and see the items they crafted and there was plenty of that present on the big day! Truly, if you ever see anything from Nina or her mom on Etsy, do not second guess the purchase. I would not be surprised if I hear about them opening up their own store!

The ceremony was held at Nina’s family home in Westbrook on the beach. As guests arrived on this breezy summer day, they were treated to fresh squeezed lemonade and cucumber water while they dipped their toes in the sand. After saying, “I do,” under the bamboo chuppah, Nina, Kevin, and their family and friends were shuttled onto the charming Essex Steam Train that would bring them right to the reception at the Lace Factory.

The Lace Factory was filled with the prettiest and most colorful hand-picked wildflowers mixed in various glass bottles that Nina and one of our favorite Mother-of-the-Brides, Sharon, had diligently collected for so long. They sat atop the lace and burlap runners, handmade especially for this day. Add the gorgeous sunlight shining in from the tall windows and it gave you goosebumps, even in the August heat!

The night was nothing short of the best dance party ever with our girl, DJ Eko on site to provide THE best tunes for everyone! I’m not sure we saw anyone sit throughout the night–chairs were needed only for the Horah, which left all attendants laughing on and smiling.  The amount of love present that night was immeasurable! Hearing the way Nina and Kevin’s guests were talking about them was no surprise at all. This was one of those nights that left your heart feeling full!

The biggest round of applause to some of the greatest people you will ever know, Julie, Alison, and Ryan from Carla Ten Eyck Studios for capturing it all!

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Nina and Kevin, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for allowing us to be with you on such an amazing day, but even more so for allowing us the chance to meet you and your wonderful families.  We wish you all the best and all the love in the world! Many more to come! XO

Credit Reel

Photography: Julie, Alison, and Ryan from Carla Ten Eyck Studios
Planning & Coordination: Jubilee Events
Catering: Cloud Nine Catering
Floral Design: Ashleigh’s Garden
Reception Location: The Lace Factory
Videography: Timeless Moments
Wedding Day Paper: Crafted by the bride
DJ: DJ Eko
Transportation: Essex Steam Train
Hair & Makeup: Dana Bartone & Co.
Rentals: Party Rental, Ltd., AFR Events

As I’m peeking outside my window, thinking about the snow that is headed our way, I’m reminded of one of my favorite weddings we have had the pleasure to be a part of: Caitlin and Matt’s. These two lovebirds were married just over a year ago at the end of 2012 on the Yale Campus. If you’ve never been to Yale, make a stop next time you are driving near New Haven and peek up at the gorgeous architecture that surrounds the streets. You’ll get lost in the complex detail and just about fall in love!

Caitlin and Matt planned their big day from overseas in Germany, where Matt is stationed and Caitlin attends school. Working with them was a dream for everyone! Caitlin had quite a fun vision and collaborated with her vendors to create a very personal wedding, where guests traveled in from all over the world. Caitlin started with a playful yet elegant color combination of mint, ivory, and gold and brought in vintage chess pieces for table numbers, a collection of mismatched mirrors depicting escort assignments, and close to 150 hand-folded (yes, you read hand-folded) personally addressed paper airplanes for place cards!

Shortly after getting their day started, Mother Nature made an appearance with the prettiest snowstorm I’ve seen to date. The ceremony was held on campus at the Dwight Chapel, so guests were able to make the short journey to dinner and dancing through the serene campus streets. The night was nothing short of energetic and filled with the highest spirits as guests danced until the early morning hours!

A big thank you to Justin & Mary for capturing every sweet detail!

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Caitlin and Matt, thank you SO much for allowing us to be a part of such a monumental day! It goes down in our books as one of the prettiest, most exciting, and meaningful days. Sending you 100+ more years of adventure and dance filled nights! XO

Credit Reel

Photography: Justin & Mary
Planning & Coordination: Jubilee Events
Catering: Emily’s Catering
Floral Design: Datura, A Modern Garden
Ceremony & Reception Location: Timothy Dwight College
DJ: Play Something Good
Wedding Day Paper: Designed and created by the bride
Ceremony Musicians: Quartetto Vivo
Cocktail Hour Musicians: Tin Pan
Makeup: Jennie Fresa Makeup & Skincare Boutiquerie
Hair: Wedlocks by Amanda
Cake: Marjolaine’s
Rentals: New England Country Rentals

Living in New England, you have to appreciate the winter weather. I know some of you reading this are saying, “Absolutely not! Get me to a beach and let’s not speak of this weather until it’s at least 65 degrees!” I love it, though! I find the snow to be so beautiful and serene. Last weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting Amee Farm and Riverside Farm in Pittsfield, Vermont, where I was surrounded by fresh powdered snow, foggy mountains to ski on, and all the inspiring details of winter. What a gorgeous location, too! Brides and grooms, look no further for the perfect setting for your big day. The hot chocolate and rustic fireplaces alone would make me run back instantly! Being there made everyone embrace winter, and not just the colder temperatures, but the feeling it creates.

No matter what age you are, the words “Snow Day” ignite a youthful feeling of no work and all play. Next time it snows, take advantage of it. Get into your pajamas, light the fire, and make a cup of hot cocoa, overflowing with marshmallows and whip cream. Watch the flakes fall or put on your snow boots and build a snowman and go sledding!

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I was introduced to Priam Vineyards recently and had an opportunity to visit their property and speak with the owners. I just fell in love with the location! As you know, the Connecticut Wine Trail has grown in popularity and Priam Vineyards is the most magical and romantic site for a wedding, nestled in the Salmon River watershed area of Colchester, Connecticut. They have a breathtaking 35 mile view of the New England countryside and their property is composed of 40 acres — with 24 acres of grapes in production. The winery was built into the hillside at the base of the vineyard, as a New England style barn (which is pictured above). It is the ideal site for a vineyard style affair and they have several locations on their property — which can appeal to a smaller wedding and a large, tented soiree! Their tasting room and adjoining patio is an amazing location for small and intimate affairs of under 100 guests. Their upper field can hold larger guest sizes and is perfect for a tented event. They have several on site ceremony locations too, which make use of the gorgeous backdrop of rolling New England hills and grape vines.

The folks at Priam Vineyards believe in supporting local small businesses and farmers. They are also an eco-conscience property. To learn more about hosting your event at Priam visit their website!

Reception Sites

Reception Venue Spotlight: The Society Room

posted by Candice February 10, 2009 4 Comments

I know I’ve said this before, but Connecticut brides are so BLESSED to have such amazing and unique venue spaces to choose from! One of my absolute favorite spaces is the historic The Society Room in downtown Hartford on Pratt Street. Let me tell you, if you’re looking for a space that is truly unique with a presence all its own, than The Society Room is a must view. It is SPECTACULAR inside and it has presence unlike any venue I’ve seen. You’ll know exactly what I mean the first time you walk through the GIANT doors on Pratt Street and see the unique space for yourself!

Prior to being an amazing location for weddings and soirees, it was a functioning bank that serviced the city of Hartford for generations. The interior is just amazing, full of custom details and original artwork that you just can’t find anywhere else. The craftsmanship and the beauty is really unmatched in any venue I can think of in the state. The windows themselves are MASSIVE, framed by some amazing drapes which stream in beautiful unfiltered light. There is a lot of opportunity here for separation of space (which my brides know I love!). Here is the description of the space and service, from the Society Room’s website:

The Society Room will provide a dramatic and unforgettable backdrop for your special occasion. In the glorious Society Ballroom, you have a room of grand marble columns soaring to an exquisitely muraled ceiling, some thirty five feet above the dance floor.

The sweeping staircase flows down from the 3,000 square floor balcony, providing a dramatic focal point for grand entrances and photographic opportunities. Marble, limestone, brass and bronze accents adorn the opulent Ballroom in a setting right out of the Great Gatsby. Immediately adjacent to the Ballroom are three additional lounge or function spaces, each with their own special historic character, each with their own seating and full-service bar.

Needless to say, all of this grandeur is complemented by our own incomparable chef and banquet catering staff, ready to custom-tailor a food and beverage presentation which will fulfill the promise of a truly magical event for you and your guests. Please contact the Society Room today for a private tour and consultation, and let the dream begin. The Society Room: where Elegance Meets Excellence.