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
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.
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
As one of our favorite publications, Bliss Celebrations Magazine, prepares to launch its 2015 issue this week, I thought we ought to blog our photoshoot for their 2014 cover! I know– how belated– right? Well the truth is, every time I sat down to blog all this gorgeousness I got overwhelmed by the vast number of beautiful images from Carla Ten Eyck and all the pretty details we put together with the best team. No, seriously. I tried and tried, but looking through these hundreds of pictures I couldn’t figure out where to start!
The concept for this photoshoot was from a white and gold t-shirt I bought at j.crew with pineapples on it. Then, I found myself flipping through InStyle Magazine and saw the most preciously branded cans of sangria. Don’t ask me how we managed to pull off such a fabulous photoshoot from those two sources of inspiration– but this will go down as one of my absolute favorite collaborations with a team of wedding creatives who pour every ounce of their energy into making something beautiful!
That is the best part about doing these editorial photoshoots– the creative team. I always find myself leaving, with my car bursting at the seems with props (which were neatly packed on the way there, but somehow, nothing seems to fit back the way you had it the first time!), feeling utterly fulfilled and down-right awestruck at the level of talent I’ve managed to find myself amongst. When I opened our company in 2007 I never thought for a million years our work would be featured, but even moreso, I never thought how a creative team such as this would bring such happiness into the soul of my career!
This shoot is filled with so much joyful prettiness, but there are some things I want to point out as my favorites. When I called Diane Guadett after showing her the inspiration and said, “what do you think of a floral table runner?”, she loved the idea. Never in my wildest dreams did I think she would bring the mother of all floral table runners, filed with hundreds of vibrantly colored flowers. When she walked in, I think Carla Ten Eyck almost had a brain aneurysm. It was so fantastically gorgeous and over the top, yet in these images, feels so natural and wondrous.
There is no denying how much our company loves working with Nichole Michel of Coral Pheasant. Every project we have the opportunity to work on with her, be it with clients or photoshoots, she always blows us away. Nichole thinks about every meticulous detail as it relates to what she’s going to produce– and has the ability to see beyond what the inspiration is and make it her own. For this photoshoot she literally took my breath away. And then she showed up with all these quirky bits and pieces from her vast collection of estate sale winnings (she has the stamina to find cool stuff everywhere– the side of the road, in the dumpster, at some tag sale in your neighborhood– I can never understand how she gets so lucky! I only find baby cribs with 5 year old spit-up and old thigh masters) like the bronze candelabras and that animal figurine, which I embarrassingly don’t know what type of animal it is. For this paper story, she was on hand to style every frame that Carla took, and spent hours on the floor perfectly tweaking each piece of paper until she was happy with it.
We invited Rick of Emily’s Catering to be part of this shoot not only because we love him to pieces, but because he is doing some wonderful things with our clients’ events. He was food styling his heart out and did a tremendous job! Tracking down mini bottles of Makers Mark (Carla’s second aneurysm of the day), mini bottles of St. Germain and Don Julio. I respect Rick because he is a chef first, and a caterer second, always wanting to wow and impress our clients on any event we recommend him for.
My fashion partner in crime, Beth Chapman, never disappoints. She can put together any kind of style, from boho to Jackie O and it works. As with me, this photoshoot was intrinsically Beth: lady-like bows, stripes, pearls, big hair buns and rose colored cheeks. There is no fashion stylist in the state of Connecticut who has the foresight, dedication, and genuine passion for what she does.
Our friends at Ryan Designs provided these fabulous bars (which they built originally for us!) with bronze sequin fronts, the custom sequin chandeliers and the gorgeous crystal chandeliers above Libby’s dessert display. To say we love the team at Ryan Designs is an understatement. They are the best in the business and add so much beauty to our events– and we couldn’t do what we do without them. Plus, they are the kindest most genuine people you will ever come across.
I hope you enjoy these gorgeous images from Carla Ten Eyck below. It goes without saying how much we love working with her! :)
Photography: Carla Ten Eyck
Overall Shoot Design & Planning: Candice Coppola, Jubilee Events
Dessert Table Styling: Libby Basile, Jubilee Events
Bar Cart Styling: Diana Chouinard, Jubilee Events
Fashion Styling: Beth Chapman, The White Dress by the shore
Paper Story & Styling: Nichole Michel, Coral Pheasant
Makeup: Jennie Fresa
Hair: Catie Bane
Floral Design: Diane Guadett
Food Styling: Emily’s Catering
Bars & Chandeliers: Ryan Designs
Table, Chairs, Dessert Table, Book Shelf & Bar Backs: Luxe Event Rentals
Wedding Cake: Ana Parzych
Cookies & Cupcakes: Sweet Maria’s
French Macarons: Le Petit France
Linen: La Tavola Linen
Tableware: Party Rental Ltd.
Specialty Glassware: Juliska
Location: The Loading Dock, Stamford CT
Have you ever looked through a post online, a collection of photos, a story and caught yourself grinning from ear to ear? Giddily smiling because you are so swept up in the wonderful memory of an event? That’s how I feel looking at all of these images from Rachel and Sebastian’s dreamy October wedding on the shoreline in Old Saybrook. How can you not love looking at this beautiful couple?!
Working with them and their family was a dream! There was so much love, bliss, and joy surrounding them throughout the entire planning process and it surrounded all of their friends and family on the wedding day. We couldn’t have imagined a sweeter day if we had tried!
From their first look to the last dance, each loving moment was captured by the incredible Bryce Covey. Rachel wanted lots of blush with touches of ivory, gold, and elegance. Sebastian wanted everything Rachel wanted–he couldn’t stop telling us how excited he was to be marrying his best friend! Our tables were embraced in blush pink and adorned with a medley of tall and petite blooms in ivory, green, and touches of pink from the always fabulous Elisabeth at Blush Floral Design. Even the chairs were dripping in romantic ruffles down to the floor.
After dinner, guests filled the dance floor, where our girl, DJ Eko kept guests twirling and celebrating until the end of the night!
It was truly a pleasure to be a part of Rachel and Sebastian’s wedding, and we cannot thank you all enough for the wonderful memories from such a happy day! We wish you nothing but many more happy, loving celebrations for all the years to come!
Photography: Bryce Covey Photography
Design, Planning & Coordination: Candice Coppola + Diana Chouinard, Jubilee Events
Location: Old Saybrook Point Inn + Spa, Old Saybrook, CT
Bridal Gown: Custom, Pronovias
Floral Design: Blush Floral Design
Stationery: Coral Pheasant Stationery
Ceremony Musicians: Millennium Music
Entertainment: DJ Eko, Heartbeats Everywhere
Rentals: Wildflower Linens, La Tavola Linen through Jubilee Events
We are so thrilled to have our Caribbean company, A Jubilee Event: Caribbean, featured in Modern Luxury Bride Magazine! Thank you so much to Susan Moynihan for writing such a lovely piece, introducing our new services in the Caribbean. Stay tuned for the launch of our website, coming shortly. In the meantime, you can view the new issue in its entirety online.
As soon as Jasmine sent me images of Stella and Brian’s gorgeous May wedding at The Webb Barn in Wethersfield, Connecticut– I knew I was going to have a hard time condensing the images down for this blog post. Her images immediately transported me back to this fun, family-oriented, vibrant, jubilant, humorous, loving, and special day. Stella and Brian put so much thought into their wedding. I mean, they really thought about what they wanted this day to be. It wasn’t just beautiful to the eyes– it was beautiful to the heart.
They incorporated both their unique heritages in so many ways– and one of my favorite elements of this day was the “family tree” they were married alongside, which had pictures of those important marriages who came before them. After the ceremony, the took an impromptu polaroid of themselves with their guests seated as a backdrop, and added the image to an empty frame to complete the tree. It was so moving and unique!
Stella was one of the most beautiful brides we’ve ever had– perfectly herself in every way. I loved her gown, which had a hint of this blush / beige tone and of course, her gorgeous floral crown!
After guests enjoyed a personal and moving ceremony, they mingled and cocktailed on the patio outside the barn, enjoying lawn games, a glass (or two!) from the whiskey bar, and delicious nibbles from Emily’s Catering. As dinner began, they transitioned over to the lawn under a beautiful sunset with cafe lights above, long wooden tables nestled in the trees, and gold crowns for them to wear. Can I tell you how much I love these crowns? This crowd of family and friends were a jubilant bunch to begin with, but when then put them all on, they immediately shined brighter. I love the images of everyone toasting to Stella and Brian’s love with their fun crowns on!
The tablescapes were filled with gorgeous, colorful flowers in a variety of unique containers. There were books stacked with posy vases and little gold animal figurines (in looking at Jazzy’s images, some of these animals seem to have a life of their own and a personality to match!).
After dinner, they danced the night away inside the barn and headed off into the evening to continue the festivities. It was such a distinct pleasure to be part of this gorgeous and heartwarming wedding! Thank you to Jasmine of C10 Studios for these beautiful, beautiful images!
Photography: Jasmine @ C10 Studios
Planning & Coordination: Candice Coppola, Jubilee Events
Location: The Webb Barn, Wethersfield, Connecticut
Catering: Emily’s Catering
Floral Design: Just For You Weddings
Lighting: Shoreline AV
Beauty: The Beauty Entourage
Entertainment: DJ Reborn, Heartbeats Everywhere
Rentals: New England Country Rentals
We all dream of those love stories that make us swoon… the prince charming or gorgeous girl that makes us blush and get those excited butterflies inside. When you look at that couple together, you can’t help but smile because they exude happiness and love. This is Katie and Aaron! They met on the Jersey Shore during a summer break and were connected from that day forward.
They are two incredible individuals who, together, make an unstoppable duo! You can’t help but love them and want to be in their presence because they make everyone around them feel so happy. This was the case for their families and friends, too. All fun, all wonderfully beautiful people. Plus, I may have to admit this Maid of Honor speech will go down in history as one of my top favorites–a teacher by day and a witty, meet-cute storybook writer by night with all the humor to grant guests a chance to learn more about the favorite couple!
We had the absolute pleasure of celebrating at the gorgeous Belle Mer alongside the sweet Erin McGinn, who we cannot thank enough for capturing this love story!! The tables were dressed in a crispy ivory with lush, green garlands extending the lengths of each and speckled with full peach and white blooms and gold accents, thanks to the out-of-this-world talented Greenlion Designs! To top it all off, we had the fantastic DJ Max Baun who kept every single person on their feet all night long. There was not one seat taken as far as the room would allow!
Huge thanks to Snippet & Ink for featuring this and for giving readers an inside view into Katie and Aaron’s inspiration! To our lovely couple: thank you for having us on board for such a completely fantastic day from start to finish! We hope that all of the excitement, hilarity, and genuine love that was present on your day is with you for 100 more years!
Photography: ERIN MCGINN PHOTOGRAPHY
DJ: DJ MAX BAUN
Day of Stationery/ Invitations: JAR OF IDEAS DESIGN, BY INVITATION ONLY DESIGN
Beauty: JENNIE KAY BEAUTY
Floral Design: GREENLION DESIGN
Photobooth: PHOTOBOOTH PLANET
Our newest issue of A Jubilee Event style newsletter is out– and we wanted to share! Filled with a lot of inspiration for your upcoming soiree, we talk about infusing patterns into your event, styling the perfect bar cart and more. Come have a look at our newest issue and be sure to subscribe to receive our monthly newsletter directly to your inbox!
Carmen’s Birthday party was an absolute blast to work on! She is one of the happiest babies I’ve ever met and she will instantly put a smile on your face. I can easily say the same about her mom, Rebecca! She wanted a modern, bright and fun party that matched the personality of her daughter. We opted for a color palette of bold and sophisticated colors like turquoise, coral, yellow and blush pink; incorporated a fun chevron print and topped everything off with gold accents. Some of my favorite details were the gold mylar balloons that spelled out Carmen and the flirty flowers Just For You Floral Design “grew” in chevron frames to decorate the sweets table.
For desserts we brought the color story to life through bright frosted mini cupcakes, cream puffs and sugar cookies from Sweet Maria’s. We also set out large bags of colored icing and big bowls of candy for kids to decorate their own cupcakes. I mentioned above that Carmen’s family is creative, but that statement hardly does their talent justice. Her older sister, Ainsley baked and decorated the smash cake to beyond perfection. I absolutely loved that she took on the role of baking such an important cake for her little sister, and I loved watching Carmen get her first taste of frosting just as much!
One of the highlights of the afternoon was the wildly entertaining bubble artist! Everyone–adults included–loved being inside giant bubbles and learning different soapy tricks.
Everyone went home with fresh macarons in bright colors. We tied the boxes with bakers twine and a custom printed label that featured the birthday girl’s sweet thumb prints in the shape of a heart and her picture.
It truly was a special day and we were so honored to share in the joy and festivities. Have a peek at all the details, captured by the lovely and talented Julie Morawski.
Design and planning: Libby Basile, Jubilee Events
Photography: Julie Morawski Photography
Venue: Madison Surf Club
Desserts: Sweet Maria’s
Floral design: Just For You Floral Design Studio
Food: The Spicy Green Bean
Bubble artist: Keith Michael Johnson
Rentals: Party Rentals, LTD.