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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.

It is not lost on us how privileged we are to be a part of so many couples’ and families’ personal history. We have earned the opportunity to witness incredible examples of love, family, and celebration. It is so bittersweet to see a wedding day draw to a close – we love to see the entire planning and design process come to life and we absolutely adore seeing the faces of our beloved clients when they walk into their space, but saying goodbye is the worst! Our couples become our friends… a part of our own little family.

Sumiko and Max made this beyond easy. They are so kind, beautiful, and such selfless people. They possess the most infectious personalities that make you want to hang out and get to know them. They’re fun and they always have a way of making everyone around them grin from ear to ear. Their families highlighted these traits and were the most wonderful addition to this planning process!

Mirroring their personalities, Sumiko and Max’s design was filled with bright, colorful bursts of pink and blush speckled with soft ivory and classic gold. Priam Vineyard was the perfect backdrop, hugging us in rows and rows of lush green vines. Their beautiful floral arch was constructed by a dear friend, but we still cannot get over those gorgeous dahlias by Blush Floral Design! They, without exaggeration, exceeded the size of our heads. Our tables were dressed with the same breathtaking florals in an array of vintage gold vessels on top of the most playfully perfect linens to emulate an elegant garden party.

The fun and energy was never in short supply! Max may have stolen the show with his dance moves, as you can see, and rightfully so. Nevertheless, we will never forget this day and we will never forget this couple. Sumiko and Max, thank you for allowing us to take part in such a momental day. Big hugs to you and we wish you all the happiness and love you gave all of us that day! XO

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CREDIT REEL

Planning, Coordination & Design: Diana Chouinard, Jubilee Events
Photography: J. Fierick
Location: Priam Vineyard
Catering: Riverhouse Catering
Floral Design: Blush Floral Design
Makeup: Dana Bartone + Co.
Musicians: Rhythm Collective
Videography: Buzz Media
Lighting & Draping: Ryan Designs
Rentals: La Tavola Linen, Party Rental Ltd.

When a beautiful girl gets together with a dapper man and you add in two warm, welcoming, happy, and downright fun families with several friends who know how to throw a dance party, it spells out a recipe for a pretty magnificent and upbeat wedding day! As in the case of all our weddings, it was bittersweet to see this one come to an end. It was impossible to leave without the biggest smile across your face!

We started the weekend off with Rachel and Dan’s rehearsal dinner, a light hearted BBQ with cornhole, garden lights, and a messy-fingered menu that was to die for! We had intended to have our dinner outside, but Mother Nature had other plans for the evening.  So we put on our rain boots on and went to Plan B, which was just as beautiful! She was thanked the next day when we had the most perfect weather for the wedding.

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On the wedding day, the sky was blue, the grass was a bright, plush green, and we couldn’t have asked for a more picturesque setting. Elisabeth of Blush Floral Design helped us to create one of my most favorite ceremony settings ever–a perfect garden ceremony with pops of pink and purple that led right up to the large Oak tree in the North Courtyard of Berkeley College. From there, guests made their way to the South Courtyard for cocktail hour. The reception took place indoors, with high ceilings and long tables lined with lace and the biggest buds you will ever see!

If you are ever in New Haven, especially on the Yale Campus, look up! There is so much beautiful architecture and your surroundings will astound you. Berkeley College is packed with just as much beauty–we really couldn’t have created a better location if we had tried. Rachel and Dan, thank you for having us, and even more so for allowing us to share in such a beautiful day! We wish you all the best and 100 years of happiness and love! XO

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CREDIT REEL

Coordination + Design: Jubilee Events
Photography: Grazier Photography
Catering: Yale Catering
Floral Design: BLUSH Floral Design
Beauty: Jennie Fresa Makeup + Skin Boutiquerie, Wedlocks by Amanda
Paper: Paperfinger
Ceremony + Reception Location: Berkeley College
Entertainment: Red Hook
Rental Furniture: New England Country Rentals, AFR Events, Party Rental through Jubilee Events

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

 

Things We Love

Things We Love, Vol. #4

posted by Candice September 11, 2009 0 comments

Friday has now been reserved for things we love — tidbits from around the web that inspired me all week long.

The above centerpiece with pink peonies and hydrangea from a. hanna design via Once Wed. There is so much beauty in simplicity.

I love this idea of creating a living wall…. now I just need to hire someone to do it for me, since I have NO time!

Look at this gorgeous peach eyelet paper ribbon from a bohemian market. Isn’t it fantastic? There are so many uses for it I don’t even know where to begin!!

Really loving this blue and raspberry garden wedding by Corbin Gurkin Photography. Love all the vintage cans for vases, the hanging birdcages, the blueberries and raspberries as favors. Yum!

These beautiful french alchemy soaps would make perfect gifts for your bridesmaids, shower hostesses, or as a treat for yourself for all your hard work!

I love free downloads! This vintage postcard download has so much potential… save the dates, RSVP inserts, wedding guest book, thank you cards.

Perfect tutorial on 100 Layer Cake on how to make blueberry jam as favors for your guests. Delish!!

This gorgeous bride with her amazing dress and that red hair!

All these paper details and the dessert station are amazing from Stevie and Blake’s wedding featured on Southern Weddings. I love the yellow!