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We spent a lot of time thinking about weddings, but we absolutely love an opportunity to plan one of the exciting events that takes place leading up to the big day—the bridal shower! When it comes to showers there are so many different directions you can go in. Why not plan something a little unexpected? These are our five favorite ideas for fun and refreshing summer bridal shower.

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1. Wine Tasting Brunch (Photos by Alyse French Photography) Thinking about a wine-themed shower? Kick it up a notch by adding in a surprise tasting for the bride and her guests. Serve small flights of local wines, including my personal favorite, Stone Table Red from Jonathan Edwards Winery in North Stonington.
2. Lingerie Shopping Night (Photo by Sarah Yates) Put a new spin on the traditional lingerie shower by inviting the bride to a night out at one of her favorite lingerie boutiques. Treat the guest of honor to a little something lacy, and while you’re at it pick out something for yourself! Check into Sugar Cookies in NYC and Beneath The Gown in Clinton, CT.
3. Backyard Lobster Bake (Photo via Pinterest) It’s practically a sin to live in New England and not indulge in rich, buttery seafood every chance you get! The laid back atmosphere at this shower will bring guests together and get everyone excited for wedding day festivities.
4. Retro Cocktail Party (Photo by Raw Photo Design) Who says showers must be limited to the ladies? Invite couples to a swinging cocktail party that mimics the age when skirts were fuller and Manhattans were the cocktail du jour.
5. Summer Pool Party (Photo by Aaron Pinkston) Channel your inner kid at a pool party honoring the bride-to-be. Spend the afternoon sipping frozen cocktails and working on your wedding day tan. Essentials: Extra SPF and these adorable floating flamingo drink holders!

What's In My....

What’s In My Closet Featuring Kelley Solomon

posted by Libby June 5, 2013 0 comments

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We could not think of a better way to start this Wednesday off than with a peek inside the closet of the beautiful Kelley Solomon. You may know her as the creative genius behind Aquinnah Jewelry. We covet just about everything in the collection—from the modern, colorful necklaces to the delicate initial lockets. It’s no surprise that her style reaches far beyond the beautiful jewels she creates. In her own words, Kelly is a little “crunchy.” But that doesn’t mean you won’t find her decked out in pretty, feminine styles or rocking a little bit of glitter. “I love fashion,” she says. “I like to live simply, but I also really appreciate and enjoy the finer things in life too. I think I could live barefoot. As long as I could just have one little perk everyday like a beautiful handbag, a cozy cashmere sweater, or piece of gorgeous jewelry I would be very happy.”

We think Kelley’s wardrobe is full of little perks and we are happy to share a few of those today. Have a look at what’s in her closet…

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Hmmm… What I can’t live without. This could end up being quite a long list. HA! Now, that I am a mom of a one-year-old daugher (named Aquinnah), and work out of my home studio at least four days a week my closet “go to’s” have changed to a bit more casual.

Shoes: Frye riding boots, TOMS woven herringbone flats, Sam Edelman ballet flats & “Petty” booties, Converse sneakers, lacy suede oxfords by 67 Collection & gold glitter ballet flats by Cole Haan. I really can’t choose one. I NEED them ALL!

Clothing: My current fav’s would have to be my…Emerald lace peplum top by Moulinette Soeurs, skinny jeans by Citizens of Humanity, I love cardigans especailly this dark orange scalloped one by Sparrow, Cream lace hem sweater by Knitted & Knotted, and almost always have to have my Mossimo white ribbed tanks from Target in reach. And, I can’t leave out my slouchy, charcoal, cable knit hat that I wear almost everyday by Goorin Bros.

Accessories: Oh god, now accessories where do I begin???

Lets start with jewelry!!! Well…of course almost all of my go to’s are AQUINNAH JEWELRY. I love to stack my accessories!!! Currently, I love to combine my locket bracelet, infinity bracelet & emerald & chain/rhinestone bracelets. I also wear either my locket, initial stamped or rip curl necklace with almost everything. I am also obsessed with a pair of gold & emerald earrings that belonged to my late sister-in-law. Those I will cherish forever and will eventually pass down to our daughter. For an everyday earring I wear my faux diamond studs by Haute Bride. And, I still stare & smile at my wedding ring and never take it off.

Now, in my opinion you’re not a real woman if you do not have a handbag addiction! If I didn’t have a child to support I would spend A LOT of money on more handbags!! I have always loved Kate Spade and Dooney & Bourke, and I will always dream about that vintage Hermes “Kelly” bag. Now that I carry a diaper bag (actually an oversized Kate Spade tote bag I converted into a diaper bag) more than a handbag I have restrained myself from endulging in any new bags. Which my husband seems to be very happy about. Ha!

Sunglasses: Definitley my Ray-Ban Wayfarer’s

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I really enjoy shopping and supporting small, local boutiques, and do love to stroll the aisles of Target & Marshalls! As you would expect after seeing my jewelry line, I obviously love, and am inspired by, Anthropologie, Kate Spade and J.Crew. And, when I have time I enjoy visiting vintage or consignment shops, which also inspire a lot of my jewelry design. I wish I could live in the past, in Europe, and really soak it all in…all the fashion, all the architecture, all the life. That’s what design to me is all about…the past brought into the future.

I will splurge on staple, “must have” pieces that I need to complete my closet because I love and appreciate well made, luxury items that I know will well outlast some of the other pieces in my closet. Well made items like a perfect fitting pair of jeans, a cashmere sweater, a well tailored over coat, a pair of handmade cowboy boots or a finely crafted piece of jewelry, etc…I think it’s just like how I try to eat more organic, local foods because I know that even though I am spending a little bit more it will prolong a healthy life.

For more from Kelly be sure to follow her on Facebook and Instagram

We always chat about how we have the opportunity to work with so many wonderful couples from all over the globe. Some of our couples even reside outside the country and come back home to get married. This couple, Meghan and Ben, are professional globe-trotters. Actually, if constantly traveling all over the country was a full-time job, they would be the CEOs! During our time together, Meghan and Ben were anywhere from Connecticut to New York, from Florida to Arizona and beyond, as they both serve in the military. They are also one of the most endearing, sweetest couples you will ever get the chance to know. Meghan is one of those girls that you meet and instantly become friends with because she is just downright lovely! You may have gotten a peek at their wedding on Style Me Pretty, but check out the full scoop below!

Their wedding day was infused with a few of my favorite personal details, from naming the tables after different cities that were meaningful to their relationship (and we had city names to spare!) to the cake stand they made from a tree in their own backyard. Meghan literally fell head over heels for Ben as she climbed the stairs to find a seat in their Civil Procedures class in college. Instead of a snicker for her clumsiness, he quickly jumped to pick her up. The rest is history!


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The biggest of thank yous to Robert and Kathleen for capturing their gorgeous day and to our fabulous team of the industry’s finest for making it just as memorable!! Meghan and Ben, we still fall deeply in love looking at these photos and wish you two all the best!! XO

Vendor Reel:

Photography: Robert & Kathleen

Videography: Vintage Cinema

Florist: Rountree Flowers

Stationary: Coral Pheasant Stationary

Ceremony Venue: St. Edward the Confessor, Syosset

Reception Venue: The Fox Hollow, Woodbury

Beauty: Lola Loves Makeup

Hair: Diane Cuomo

Bridal Gown: Kenneth Pool at Kleinfeld Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses: JLM Occasions

 

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The official arrival of spring is the perfect excuse to dine alfresco! Why not host a laid back picnic in your back yard? The combination of simple and delicious foods and cozy decor will make for the perfect afternoon. Throw pillows with vintage-style picnic prints out so guests can kick back. And add unique furniture items, like this trough-style table made for keeping drinks cool, and within reach. What more do you need?

1. via Studio 773 2. via Pinterest 3. via Kate Spade 4. via Kate Spade 5. via Martha Stewart

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WHEN?June 1st, 2013 from 8AM – 2 PM

WHERE?Jubilee Events, 120 Elm Street, Cheshire Connecticut

Cue the media blitz — it’s time to pop some tags! Jubilee Events, along with The White Dress by the shore and Datura: A Modern Garden are hosting our first ever tag sale. There is a plethora of goodies waiting for you– everything from furniture to tableware, linens, paper, decor & props, plus so much more! Be sure to peep our facebook page for a daily picture of what is up for grabs.

For a free copy of the newest issue of Bliss Celebrations Guide, please RSVP to: info@eventjubilee.com.

Hope to see you there!

This wedding…this day was one for the books! Beth and Jeff are one of those couples that make all the work worth it and make us appreciate what we do so much. They are sweet, down-to-earth people, and have such infectiously pleasant personalities! Some of you may know the charming Beth, who recently started Lovely Day Styling & Events, located in New York and Connecticut. Shortly over nine months since their wedding, the vendors still reminisce over this amazing day, which wouldn’t have been nearly as perfect without the creativity behind Beth’s ideas coupled with the passion of all those involved.


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Start with the perfect backdrop: Eolia Mansion at Harkness State Park and its lush gardens and gorgeous view of the summer ocean. Throw in a dash of sunshine, (no really, we were jumping through monsoon like rain storms that morning) and a heaping supply of bubbly smiles from Beth and Jeff and you’ve got yourself a day worth squealing over. A big thank you to the beyond talented Katie Slater for bringing her story to life. You may have seen a sneak peek of this fete on Style Me Pretty a few weeks ago, but here is the full scoop!

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We had the darling Jane from Just For You Floral Design on our side that day. Beth’s overall vision had a fun twist on a nautical aesthetic, which you can see in the beautiful pastels throughout the eclectic arrangements around the mansion. Many of the details you see, such as the varied tree trunk decor, table numbers, and corn hole games were created by the one and only Mr. and Mrs.

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Can we talk about Beth’s dress for a minute? This girl happened up on it at a Pronovias flagship store in Manhattan, and it’s totally swoon-worthy! How happy are you when looking at her in this picture below?!

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It was sad to see this one end, but we are so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with such an amazing couple and be a part of something so special and personal. Beth and Jeff, thank you both so much! We are excited to see all the wonderful things that the future holds for you two! XO

VENDOR REEL:

Photographer: Katie Slater for Carla Ten Eyck Photography

Florist: Just For You Floral Design

Caterer: Gourmet Galley

Cake: J Cakes

Videographer: Vantage Point Films

Hair/ Makeup: Jennie Kay Beauty

Officiant: Rev. Victoria Burdick

Band: Gypsy Wisdom

Bride’s Gown: Pronovias

Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale

Chevron Clutches: Etsy

Invitation Suite: Mr. Boddington’s Studio

Save the Dates: Posh Paperie

Calligraphy: Etsy and Michelle Dowling

 

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I think we’re all in agreement that food is one of the most important things at an event. And since we’re kicking off our new blog series all about parties, I thought sharing the top five snacks that we, quiet literally, drool over would be the best way to get started. I love these food suggestions because they are perfect for any occasion. While pancakes and doughnuts are fitting for a bridal brunch, I’d happily chow down on those sweet snacks at a cocktail engagement party. And I love taking a traditional dish, like shrimp and grits, and putting a new spin on it. The square-style bites are super easy to eat, which means guests won’t have to put their drinks down to enjoy one! The best thing about these food picks: You can whip them up on your own for a dinner party with friends, or ask your caterer to incorporate them into your wedding day menu. Now, who’s hungry?

1. via Peter Callahan 2. via Food & Wine 3. via A Thyme to Cook, image by Katie Stoops 4. via Climbing Grier Mountain 5. via Food & Wine

Inspiration

Friday Inspiration

posted by Candice May 3, 2013 1 Comment
58aa3570e9dea5e4f9deb3436f23a8bfHappy Friday lovelies! xoxo

Want to hear a funny story? I still have my treasured copy of The Great Gatsby that I “borrowed” from my sophomore English class in high school. It sits nestled on my bookshelf at home and from time to time I take it out and read a few passages. I’ve thumbed through its pages dozens of times and, each time I re-read this treasured book of mine, I always discover something new. I love The Great Gatsby from an academic perspective and even wrote a thesis on it in college, but like most, I also appreciate it for the red lipstick, short skirts and page boy haircuts. Why do you think we have such a fascination with the Roarin’ 20s? Every few years, I feel like this era creeps back into popular culture and for good reason– there is so much to be inspired by! And not to mention I was so excited to see this gorgeous shoot featured on Style Me Pretty this week.

It was no surprise that we decided to do a Great Gatsby inspired photoshoot. There were so many directions we could have gone in, but ultimately we chose to do something reminiscent of the era but had modern touches. We selected the historic Branford House Mansion overlooking the Fishers Island Sound in Groton Long Point, Connecticut for our location. Although it was November, there was lovely warmth in the air and we were blessed with a glorious sunset with just the right amount of cloud cover for delightful dimension.

I love the fashion elements that Beth Chapman of The White Dress by the shore put together; decadent, glamorous, opulent. Our bride wore several looks from a mini feather flapper style dress to a long sleeve satin faced chiffon gown. And our Gatsby, of course, wore a white dinner jacket that evoked the over the top parties he was so famous for hosting.

The paper story created by Nicole Michel of Coral Pheasant Stationery and Design, was rich with details. Elements such as the matchbook-style reception cards and the favor boxes that doubled as place cards allowed the guests something to open and discover.

Photographer Carla Ten Eyck used the magical light to assist in telling the visual tale. The mansion’s timeless, turn of the century beauty was further accentuated by a vintage sofa and tufted velvet chairs from New England Country Rentals. The oversized, dramatic fireplace that graces the main entrance created a stunning backdrop for the lavish tablescape. The table was the perfect combination of opulent and vintage, with a delicately sequined linen paired with mismatched antique floral china and Irish linen napkins trimmed in lace. The billowing flower arrangements from Hana Floral Design were the perfect finishing touch!

Be sure to check out our website galleries for more images! xx

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Credit Reel

Photography: Carla Ten Eyck
Shoot & Table Design: Jubilee Events
Fashion Styling: Beth Chapman, The White Dress by the Shore
Floral Design: Hana Floral Design
Rentals: New England Country Rentals
Linens: Nuage Designs
Paper and Guest Gifts: Coral Pheasant
Cinematography: Jeremy White and?Steve DePino
Cake:?Ana Parzych Custom Cakes
Hair:?Jennie Kay
Make Up:?dd Nickel
Gowns:?Rivini + Ivy and Aster
Jewelry:?Maria Elena + The Something Old Collection
Beaded Cape:?Ivy and Aster
Tuxedos + Suit:?Valentino Tailors
Feather Stole: The Bridal Dresser
Gloves:?Carolina Amato