I was so excited to see the gorgeous wedding of our clients, Sandy and Mike, featured on Style Me Pretty at Jonathan Edwards Winery in Stonington, Connecticut. Stay tuned for a full feature on our blog. Special thanks to Robert and Kathleen Photographers for the gorgeous images! XO
1. paris font by Moshik Nadav Typography // 2. vintage 30s sequin bolero jacket by breadandbuttervtg on etsy // 3. top hat via simone leblanc // 4. man in a veil via tumblr // 5. Joan, autumn/winter 1998–99 by Alexander McQueen via the MET // 6. Susan Abraham by Norman Parkinson, 1951, British Vogue via amandapearl.com
For several months we’ve been planning a feminine meets masculine inspired photoshoot after seeing the most recent looks at NYFW. I absolutely love this look and have been dying to do something inspired by Alexander McQueen’s after seeing the Savage Beauty exhibit at the MET in 2011. I fell in love with his expert tailoring and fall / winter collection of 1998-99 for Givenchy! Our feminine meets masculine look can be easily achieved in styling your wedding or next event; think about clean, tailored lines mixed with textures that are remarkably feminine. For a dress– a structured bodice with a romantic tulle skirt; cleanly designed tables using interesting textures like leather, mixed with ruffled flowers like peonies, garden roses and ranunculus; notably masculine drinks like scotches and whiskey served in feminine shaped glassware. To me, determining the balance between masculine and feminine is a fun and exciting challenge. I can’t wait to show you what we have in store for the newest issue of WellWed Magazine, on newsstands soon!
When we were asked to help plan the Winemakers Dinner at Jonathan Edwards Winery last February, I could not stop myself from doing a little happy dance. The vineyard is not only one of my favorite spots in Connecticut, but it has also been the location for some of our prettiest weddings.
Diana was there the day of to make sure it all went down according to plan. Here’s what she says:
The Winemakers Dinner is an annual soiree where the winery’s case club members have the chance to wine and dine and enjoy a night out. It was chilly then in February, but no one remembered as soon as they were greeted with a smooth glass of wine and impeccable hors d’ouevres courtesy of Gracie’s in Providence Catering. Our taste buds were in for such a treat that evening as Gracie’s prepared a five course meal including gnocchi, monkfish, and the freshest ingredients while pairing it with Jonathan Edwards’ libraried wines. I highly recommend the Napa Valley Zinfandel Port!
One of my favorite moments was the enlightening video that our good friend, Mike Cyr from Buzz Media compiled of behind-the-scenes wine making, from grape to bottle. There were a few special moments of the Jonathan Edwards Winery team as well–what a fun camaraderie! It was such a pleasure to be a part of that night!
Anthony DeCarlo was on hand to capture the whole evening on film.
For this winter dinner, which took place in the Barrel Room, we wanted a look that was clean and masculine. To achieve that, we drew inspiration from one of the masters of menswear, Ralph Lauren. His classic styles were the perfect inspiration for creating a mood that felt luxurious, yet still relaxed.
On the tabletop, twine wrapped menus were folded into textured napkins, and cream-colored linens helped add a warm glow to the room. Lush floral arrangements from Blush Floral Design sat in sturdy urns and were accented with feathers and pops on burgundy. For a final touch we couldn’t resist surrounding each table with sleek ghost chairs.
When Beth from The White Dress by the Shore approached us all about doing this shoot, I went back to when I graduated-all the excitement, all the fun! I wanted to infuse every bit of that into this shoot and I wanted to bring in colors and details that made me feel this way. Now, a few years after I’ve graduated, I find myself looking forward to the next big party and wanted to design this so brides and their maids would find inspiration for a special shower or fun luncheon. Yellow and pink were easy to choose because they exude the energy and playfulness you will experience at either event!
The shoot took place in the beautiful Elizabeth Park Rose Garden in Hartford, so I took some inspiration from our surroundings. I wanted the flowers to play a role in everything! Our table was draped in pink, everything from the linens, chargers, and napkins right down to the chairs-it was a girly girl’s dream. Tony from Datura, A Modern Garden created a yellow rose runner down the table with pops of pink peonies. Hope from A Little Imagination Cakes not only designed individual cupcakes with colorful florets, she coupled them with an incredible pink and yellow-layered cake! Beth styled the models in fun sherbet colored dresses that played perfectly off the surrounding flowers. Throw in the charming paper details from Metal Mermaid Press and Carla Ten Eyck Photography and you have the day made!
Photography: Carla Ten Eyck, Carla Ten Eyck Photography
Shoot Design: Diana Chouinard, Jubilee Events
Fashion Styling & Accessories: Beth Chapman, The White Dress by the Shore
Flowers: Tony Palmieri, Datura, A Modern Garden
Beauty: DD Nickel, DD Nickel Makeup Studio
Confections: Hope Wright Martell, A Little Imagination Cakes
Paper: Josh Bryant, Metal Mermaid Press
My name is Libby Basile and I am so excited to join the Jubilee Events team in the spring—the same time so many newly engaged couples are beginning their wedding plans. I can’t wait to meet all the new brides sporting sparkly engagement rings. It’s the same way I felt when I saw the work that Jubilee Events has done all over the state. I am simply smitten. Candice and her staff create the most beautiful and well thought out events, and I just knew that I had to be a part of the team.
I recently moved to Connecticut from New York City where I worked as a magazine editor for seven years. My first editorial gig was with Modern Bride. I hauled huge garment bags across the city and spoke with real brides being featured in upcoming issues. If I wasn’t pouring over magazine proofs, I was sorting through piles of accessories in the fashion closet. That’s when I absolutely fell in love with weddings. Now, I’m thrilled to transfer my editing skills to event planning.
I live in New Haven with my husband who graciously let me take over the plans for our big day last spring. We wanted a wedding that was unlike any other but still incorporated all the things that are meaningful to us as a couple (including Pepe’s Pizza). I treated the planning of my own event the same way I would any other—with tireless perfection and attention to detail.
When I don’t have my head buried in the latest wedding magazine I’m in the kitchen trying out a new recipe, roaming through one of Connecticut’s beautiful vineyards with family and friends or spending more than I should on a new dress or pair of shoes—even if I don’t have anywhere to go. My motto is a girl should always be prepared!