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!

What do you love the most about the fall? The turning leaves? The hearty meals? Spending lazy afternoons at the vineyard? Well this wedding has all of the above, plus a vintage VW Photobus!

Stephanie and I met initially during our senior year of college, while we were both interns at Modern Bride Magazine in New York City. I could not have been more honored and excited to receive a call from her several years later looking for help with her wedding plans.

Not only was Priam Vineyards the most picturesque spot for a fall wedding. But the incredible team of vendors nailed Stephanie’s vision for the day—from the dreamy twinkle lights and lanterns by Andrew Rubenoff Designs to the jaw dropping floral arrangements in shades of soft pink, plum and coral by Bill Cusano. Mix in a delicious spread from Riverhouse Catering and you’ve got yourself a party!

Thank you Stephanie and Rico for including me in your wedding day!

Keep reading to see all the beautiful moments captured by Steve DePino.

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Vendors:
Photography: Steve DePino Photography
Venue: Priam Vineyards
Hair and Makeup: Naomi’s Studio and Salon
Ceremony Music: Millennium Music
Catering: Riverhouse Catering
Florist: Bill Cusano
Lighting: Andrew Rubenoff Design
DJ: Mike Connolly Sound Production
Photobooth: Photobooth Planet

In August, we teamed up with Beth Chapman of The White Dress by the Shore to host a meet and greet for the talented designer Hayley Paige. Already huge fans of her dreamy collection, Beth only had to add that Hayley loved everything pink, glitter and unicorns to get us completely hooked!

With the help of some amazing vendors we styled a fun and lively cocktail party in the store’s garden. A selfie booth, complete with a giant doughnut inflatable and gold flowerfetti from The Confetti Bar, was the perfect place for brides to snap a quick pic with Hayley. Guests sipped pink champagne from glittery glasses and munched on the most delicious bites from Gourmet Galley. Perhaps our favorite detail of the night—pairs of pink flamingos decked out in suits and gowns all custom made by The White Dress’s seamstress.

Keep scrolling down to view all the fabulous photos captured by Jeremie Barlow Photography!

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VENDOR REEL

Venue: The White Dress by the Shore
Photography: Jeremie Barlow Photography
Flowers: Hana Floral Design
Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen
Taylor Rentals, Westbrook
Catering: Gourmet Galley Catering
Accessories: Haute Bride Designs
Flower-fetti: The Confetti Bar
Hair and Makeup: Catie and Amy
Sweets: Erica OBrien Cake Design
Invite: Coral Pheasant Stationery

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

 

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We are so excited to see the newest special issue of Martha Stewart Weddings– which features the gorgeous destination wedding of our clients (and friends!) Vanessa and Lauren. The newest issue is now available on your iPad and in stores. It was such a pleasure to work with Vanessa and Lauren on their wedding. You may know Vanessa Kreckel from her amazing company, Two Paper Dolls. The paper goodies of this wedding were off the chain! I can’t wait to share with you more images from Carla Ten Eyck of this truly special day… but for now, please pick a copy of Martha Stewart Weddings to see more details of the day!

CREDIT REEL

Planning, Coordination & Design: Candice Coppola, Jubilee Events
Photography: Carla Ten Eyck
Paper Art: Two Paper Dolls
Location: The Barn at Walnut Hill
Catering: Eventide Oyster Co.
Floral Design / Props: Floral Fauna
Hair: Catie & Amy
Makeup: Diva Borrelli
Musicians: Carte Blanche of Elan Artists
Videography: I Do Films
DJ: Elan Artists
Airstream Trailer: Vintage Maine Vacations
Tents: Sperry Tents
Lighting & Draping: Ryan Designs
Furniture: rEvolve Furniture Company
Rentals: New England Country Rentals

This wedding…! Tess, Jon, and their families are some of the best people you will ever meet! Their personalities were so wonderfully infectious, warm, and a pleasure to be around. They were the best people to work with and their guests mirrored their awesomeness. They lined up some of the best vendors across New England and, boy, did this become a night that will always be remembered!

From the moment Tess and Jon got engaged, they knew they wanted an outdoor wedding, which took place on a day full of sunshine and crisp pre-autumn air. Inspired by Tess’s signature earthy tones, the tables were lined with tall and plush blooms in natural greens, burlap, and plum purple spilling over candelabras and pouring out of iron lanterns from Blush Floral Designs. The rustic, wooden farm tables were dressed in romantic candlelight with the best, freshest fare from our favorites over at A Thyme to Cook. Many months later and guests are still raving about every detail of the day!

One of our favorite memories of the day was early on in the evening when we all witnessed the most beautiful sunset we have ever seen! The skies turned pink and orange and for just a brief moment, everyone took a minute to pause and take it all in. The night ended with a sparkler send off and, as Tess reminisces, they just make you feel like a kid again, and they also make for a really dreamy, almost fairytale-like moment running through them as husband and wife among all of their loved ones.

Tess and Jon, to you and your families, thank you for giving us the utmost pleasure of being a part of such a spectacular and memorable wedding and, more importantly, celebrating with an amazing group of people! We wish you all the best and a lifetime of happiness and beautiful sunsets. XO!

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Credit Reel

Photography: Robert Norman Photography
Catering: A Thyme to Cook
Floral Design: Blush Floral Design
Videography: Oakjo Wedding Films
Stationery: The Write Approach
Calligraphy: FancyPrintsAC
Beauty: Jennie Fresa Beauty Library
Ceremony + Reception Musicians: Hank Lane Orchestra
Bride’s Dress: Jenny Packham
Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss

At this time, we all may be getting a little tired of the cold weather. On this picture-perfect day, we could not have been happier with the snow covered grounds! At Gedney Farm, Jubilee Events and many other talented minds joined forces to create an opulent wintery setting, rich with texture–wood and fur being our top two choices. Mother Nature served the color white and we touched it up with more masculine tones of navy, burnt orange, charcoal, and silver. To bring in a more modern look, we laid the furs across our mirrored farm table and aluminum Alloy chairs that were just to die for!

We loved that this design can be extended to any type of event, whether it be a winter wedding, an upscale dinner party, or other social gathering. Often times we see weddings are tailored to a more elegant, glamorous, feminine feel and having a different look for inspiration and ideas is a great way to make your story unique and easily remembered! The dark barn walls were perfect for our vision and the warm glow of our marquee lighting and signs added a pop of fun and creativity to our warm, inviting dinner table, which was overflowing crisp branches bursting out of colorful, natural blooms!

This shoot wouldn’t have been what it was without the team we had–from the gorgeous sweater dress and velvet tux our bride and groom, respectively, wore, to the custom LOVE lighting display over and behind our table to our sweet horse, Mr. Eddison that couldn’t get enough of the camera. Our approach to this shoot was a common idea–to go in and push boundaries, expose more of our creativity, and have fun!

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Credit Reel

Photography: Carla Ten Eyck, Carla Ten Eyck Photography
Creative Direction: Jubilee Events
Floral Design: Hana Floral Design
Fashion Styling: The White Dress by the Shore
Paper: Coral Pheasant Stationery + Design
Cake: But a Dream Custom Cakes
Beauty: Erica Martell
Hair: Emily Reale
Rentals: Reserve Modern Event Rentals and Rentals Unlimited
Lighting: Ryan Designs
Location: Gedney Farm

A Jubilee Event

Newest Issue of A Jubilee Event Style Newsletter

posted by Candice March 12, 2015 0 comments

The newest issue of our style newsletter, A Jubilee Event, is waiting in your inbox! This month we’re uncovering our favorite trend, more details about our destination brand A Jubilee Event: Caribbean, and some destination wedding inspiration from Barbados! If you don’t subscribe no worries– you can view the issue here.

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We are so thrilled to have THREE features in the newest issue of Bliss Celebrations Guide! Thank you to the team at this wonderful publication for raising the bar on event inspiration– and be sure to check out our Real Wedding by Owner and Creative Director Candice Coppola and two Editorial Photoshoots by Diana Chouinard and Libby Basile. The best part is you can view the entire magazine online but we recommend buying a copy, too. Happy Thursday! x