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When people ask about my family, I can’t help but excitedly express, “Oh, it’s a big family! Passionate, fun… the best really!” But, you know what? I walk away from each wedding with a little more family than I started off with. The Bozzutos and Marescas were no exception. They not only opened their amazing home, but hearts, to everyone. They are such a warm, tight knit group of people that planning their day felt like the best part of putting together a family holiday, making the day one of the most memorable weddings to grace a summer day. Not only did we have the best setting for Amanda and Joe’s wedding, but their day birthed the idea to host more weddings and events at their family farm, perfectly known as Heritage Homestead right here in quaint Northford. The views of Southern Connecticut are beautifully natural and create the perfect backdrop for any ceremony or tented reception and we cannot wait to get back there for more amazing events!

Their tent from Greenwich Tent Co. and the on site pavilion housed all of our guests that evening. Soft, ethereal draping and gold pendant chandeliers watched over all the toasts and cheers while guests gathered on our various lounges set up throughout both spaces. Instead of a sit down dinner, we opted for a more relaxed cocktail style menu, where the ever-amazing A Thyme to Cook provided spreads of fresh, savory offerings across thoughtfully designed farm tables and hand passed trays. Our bride, Amanda of A. Marie Designs, one of the head honchos behind Heritage Homestead, designed all of the paper and signage for her day. Starting with the textural cotton paper from Copper Willow Paper Studio, beautifully plated with gold calligraphy all the way to the hand detailed mirrors and glass panels, there was no detail left undone.

Amanda and Joe had been together from a young age and their love story still held every bit of admiration and eager anticipation for all of life’s adventures together and this was felt by everyone who knew them! Their smiles were infectious and brilliant. Their excitement overflowing. Better than Batman and Robin, a beach and a cocktail, chocolate and peanut butter, everyone who was in their presence knew this was a duo better than the rest. I was very lucky to work closely with the stunning Amanda and her mom, Kathy, the two most wonderful hearts and spirits you will ever meet. They were one of those families who were just so excited to be getting all of their family and friends together and celebrate. And boy did we! Those fireworks were a surprise to everyone!

Cheers to Amanda and Joe, their lovable, amazing families and the new addition on the way! Thank you for making us a part of your family – we can’t wait to see you all again and look forward to all your amazing property will produce! XO

CREDIT REEL

Photography: Carla Ten Eyck Photography
Ceremony + Reception Location: Heritage Homestead
Event Planning + Design: Diana Chouinard, Jubilee Events
Catering: A Thyme to Cook
Floral Design: Just For You Floral Design
Videography: MV Film Production
Officiant: Victoria Burdick
Music: Max Baun, CZone Music; Percussionist – Marcus Santos, CZone Music
Bride’s gown: Katie May – Everthine Bridal Boutique
Beauty: Hair- Chloe Abrams; Makeup – Simply Gorgeous by Erin
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Adrianna Papell
Lounge Furniture + Bars: Rentals Unlimited, Luxe Event Rentals, PBD Events
Live Painter: Mark DeSilva
Lighting, Tent + Pavilion Decor: Ryan Designs
Tent: Greenwich Tent Co.

Melissa and Peter were married on a chilly November evening in Greenwich on the harbor, with a beautiful vintage / deco wedding style with some modern elements. In a color story of crisp white, blue, and silver– they warmed up their palette with shades of amber and orange.

Their ceremony was held in a local church with 200 of their closest family and friends. Melissa wore a stunning Claire Pettibone dress with a gorgeous lace back. Her bridesmaids were beautiful in state blue j.crew dresses and jewels. Datura: A Modern Garden created a stunning bridal bouquet, choosing white paphiopedilum orchids which were so fresh and perfect, accented with only a single green trick dianthus at the center and a few spirals of grass at the base. The bouquet was wrapped with fabric from her mom’s wedding gown. For her maids, Datura chose bronze cymbidium stems with uluhe fern shoots and grass.

The altar was dressed with two massive 14′ tall fall foliage trees at their autumn peak with Moroccan lanterns strung from the branches. The aisles were lined with fresh autumn leaves and accented with over sized lanterns and nearly 200 candles, designed by Datura.

Melissa and Peter’s reception was held at L’escale, a world famous restaurant in downtown Greenwich with the most delicious french food! They took over the entire restaurant, where guests dined in a room filled with thousands of candles and gorgeous long and round tables with two centerpiece designs: a white orchid and candle component composition in slender stemware along with gathering vases with an art-deco style branch centerpiece strung with white vanda orchids and votives in blown glass globes. For their sweetheart table, Datura designed a custom branch cascade with willow and orchids.

We used a mixture of gorgeous La Tavola Linen in the Andalusian in Silver and Nonius in Silver accented with a deep grey pintuck. Their napkins were Dupionique Iridescence in New Moon were folded horizontally across silver beaded chargers with a deco designed circular menu card.

They had an incredible lounge that guests enjoyed toward the end of the evening! L’escale’s long banquets were lined with silk pillows in varying shades of silver and blue, silver pewter chiavari chairs, and mirrored coffee tables. We created unique lounge vignettes with white leather tuffeted ottomans and mirrored coffee tables, along with a velvet tuffeted couch. Datura created varying centerpieces in square mirrored vases and round glass bowls. We lined the patio with hightops in the Nonius Silver and draped the edges of the patio with fabric and uplighting.

Guests danced the evening away to a sick band from Vali Entertainment and a photobooth by Carla Ten Eyck Photography! Check out the gorgeous images below by Katie Slater and after your finished, head over to Vantage Point Films to check out their highlight reel!

Melissa– Pete– thank you SO much for letting me be part of your wedding day. I miss our daily emails and planning pow-wows. I am so happy for you both and wish you all the very best things that life has to offer. XOXOXO!

Credit Reel

Photography: Katie Slater for Carla Ten Eyck Photography
Cinematography: Vantage Point Films
Floral Design: Datura – A Modern Garden
Event Planning & Design: Jubilee Events
Reception Location: L’escale at the Delamar Hotel
Dress: Claire Pettibone
Beauty: Jill Imbruogo and Arlene Cole
Bridesmaid Dresses & Jewelrey: J. Crew
Cupcakes: Great Cakes of Westport
Uplighting: Shoreline AV
Lounge Furniture: Jubilee Events
Linens: La Tavola Linen
Band: Vali Entertainment

Melissa and Peter have waited a long time for November to come– and we can’t wait for their wedding in Greenwich, Connecticut! They recently gave Katie Slater a tour of their Brooklyn neighborhood during their engagement session. I don’t know about you, but I think Peter has the coolest hair I’ve ever seen.

Big thanks to Katie Slater for the stunning images! You can see more from this engagement shoot on her blog. Congratulations Melissa and Peter– we can’t wait for November!! xo