This morning I woke up to the unmistakable feeling of fall. The chilly air and the changing leaves get me thinking about how I love to celebrate the season. Fall is the perfect time to throw a party in your backyard. Invite friends and family over for comforting snacks, like mini sliders paired with fall beers. (I love any type of pumpkin ale!) Set out a stack of flannel blankets and light a bon fire for homemade S’mores. Anything apple flavored is another hallmark of the season, and I think these pie crust drink toppers are so pretty. They would be the perfect addition to a fall drink station. What’s more? The temps are dropping and mosquitos are finally at bay, so you can linger by the fire without getting eating alive!
One thing we love at Jubilee Events is creating the perfect guest experience. We are always looking for little ways we can make our events more enjoyable for everyone, so we were thrilled to learn about guesterly. Founded by former magazine editor Rachel Hofstetter and her husband Lorne, guesterly is like a directory of your wedding guests. When we flipped through this gorgeous, magazine-style book we found customized photos and fun bios of everyone attending, special shout-outs to the grandparents and all the details on how the happy couple met. One of our favorite sections: the seating chart lets people find out who they’ll be sitting with at dinner! (Isn’t that the tiny detail you’re always itching to find out when you are a wedding guest?) We love guesterly because it not only helps people create deeper connections and do some more meaningful networking, it’s a great way for couples to celebrate their guests. And it can be customized to reflect your wedding color scheme and match your existing paper suite. What more could you ask for?
Here’s how it works:
1. The couple uses guesterly’s custom software platform to quickly source photos.
2. Magazine editors – from places like Glamour, O, the Oprah Magazine, and Time – interview the couple to find out great stories about each guest. The editors then write fun bios based on the interview. (Or the couple can choose the guesterly Write-It-Yourself package.)
3. Magazine designers work with the couple to customize their guesterly’s design and create optional sections like programs, maps, where-to-eat guides, and table assignments.
4. Guesterly prints the magazine on heavy, archival paper, then mails a copy out to each guest a week before the event.
Guesterly packages start at $12 a book, with a minimum of 100; full-service packages start at $3,500. To learn more visit guesterly online.
Natasha and Carter got married on a beautiful September day surrounded by their wonderful (and fabulously dressed!) friends and family. The ceremony took place at Carter’s parents’ home on the east bank of the Connecticut River in Old Lyme, Connecticut. In looking back at the pictures from the day I love the classic, romantic and simple style. To me their wedding is timeless– simple color story, romantic garden roses, sperry sails waving in the breeze and lots of champagne. Really, what more do you need at a wedding other than that plus good entertainment and food!
The reception took place at The Dauntless Club a few miles from Carters’ parents home. A scenic view of the water and passing sailboats, guests dined on delights from A Thyme To Cook at beautiful wooden farm tables and danced the night away under a bevy of chandeliers. Natasha and Carter along with their bridal party arrived to the reception by boat!
Many thanks to Sarah at Growing Tree Photography for these beautiful, gorgeous, an delightful pictures of the day. Enjoy xo!
Photography: Growing Tree Photgraphy
Catering: A Thyme to Cook
Florist: Blush Floral Design
Lighting & Furniture: Ryan Designs
DJ: Eli Escobar
Tent: Sperry Tents
Calligraphy: Elizabeth Porcher Jones
Gown: The White Dress by the shore
Britt and Peter’s wedding was held at one of our favorite wineries in the state, Jonathan Edwards in North Sontington. We try to make a trip there as often as we can since it’s such a beautiful and relaxing way to spend an afternoon. That’s exactly what Britt and Peter’s guests were treated to at their September wedding.
Britt and Peter wanted the event to be a reflection of their personalities?very casual and relaxed. They loved the rustic charm of Jonathan Edwards and wanted to dress the space for a wedding. We created a laid back vibe across the board?from the food to the decor. Guests got to enjoy a variety of food stations, which featured farm to table offerings. Keep reading to see images from the day captured by Iris Photography.
Let’s face it, food is fun and it is one of the most memorable aspects of your event. Brides are now looking for more ways to make the day reflective of their individual style and what guests eat is becoming one of the first places they look to do this. It is also an element that you are going to be including in your budget, so you should work with your caterer and confection designer to go a step above the expected. Build your menu as mini pieces of art-be creative! This can start with something as simple as the custom packaging of your treats down to the tray they are held on.
Why not add a little extra flavor to your hors d’oeuvres and favors by wrapping up a late night snack in a personally stamped bag? Place a monogram from your invitation on a paper bag that hold hot cut French fries at the end of the evening. Go a step further and have a small bag stamped with the evening’s menu and sneak in a fresh baguette to go with dinner.
Pairing Your Favorites:
What’s not to love? Mini is a fun trend right now and guests would love a small bottle of your favorite libation to compliment a flavorful snack. Have a mini vanilla bourbon milkshake and cheeseburger slider to toast the night, or for a little more excitement, treat your attendants to a miniaturized Patron bottle and crisp fish taco. I’ll cheers to that!
Nothing warms my heart more than a display of French macaroons and cupcakes that compliment the party’s color scheme. Look to a food’s natural color for inspiration, but don’t be limited by this. Invite your guests to expect the unexpected! For a girls’ night, feature pink jello shots topped with gold sprinkles. It’s fun filled and glamorous!
Cocktail hour can be neglected since it’s such a small portion of the reception. Still, you will be including fare for all to enjoy and this is an area to have fun. Start with something basic: you are going to have a bar at your event full of your favorite spirits, but instead of leaving your guests in a line, feature a tailgate for everyone to help themselves. This leaves room for your guests to interact and enjoy your venue.
Think of a way to display your selections that would spark some interest amongst your guests. A tray that passes through the crowd doesn’t give everyone enough time to enjoy the array, only the taste. Featuring shelving units that display your mini caprese salads, macaroni and cheese bites, and tomato soup shooters allows everyone to experience what night has to offer. It also leaves them talking about your event for months!
If you didn’t automatically fall in love with Ali and Max when you saw their Tennessee BBQ rehearsal dinner, get ready to. Their wedding at the Wee Burn Beach Club in Rowayton, CT, was an affair that we won’t soon forget. Ali’s high-styled preppy look was the perfect jumping off point for the design. We love the neutral color and the bright, bold pop of red, which showed up in the calligraphy, the wedding party’s attire and wrapped around the bouquets. Carla Ten Eyck captured the day and all its perfection. See all the pretty details below.
One of our favorite moments from the day was when Ali and Max snuck away to dig up a bottle of bourbon they had buried in the sand one month earlier. It’s said that doing so will ensure good weather on the wedding day. It must have worked because that day was absolutely perfect! It took them a while to find the bottle, but we loved how serious they both were about all the digging!