A Jubilee Event: Rachel & Adam’s Whimsical, Summer Wedding at The Barns at Wesleyan Hills in Middletown, CT
On a cool December afternoon what’s better than reliving this fun, rustic and cheerful wedding of Rachel and Adam from this past June? We loved working with them alongside Rachel’s dotting parents on this gorgeous yellow, ivory and green wedding perfectly placed in The Barns at Wesleyan Hills. They had an absolutely gorgeous day for their late morning Jewish ceremony overlooking the giant willow tree at The Barns.
Some of my favorite details are the day are the subtle infusion of lace– everywhere from Rachel’s gorgeous Jim Hjelm gown, to the antique lace cloth that hung above them on the chuppah, to the lace wrapping around each napkin. Feminane, soft and with a bit of texture, it was the perfect compliment to the rest of their design. Coral Pheasant Stationery + Design created a truly unique invitation suite starting with wooden save the dates that had their intials and a heart engraved along with the date. For the invitations themselves, she created little wooden heart tags which were tied with gold and ivory twine, laced around a band of lace. Love! My favorite little detail was the wooden tags attached to the heart with Rachel and Adam’s wedding website engraved on them.
The reception was gorgeous with tan linens, rattan chargers, vintage plates, pretty yellow napkins and the most beautiful yellow, green and ivory centerpieces by Blush Floral Design in large wooden boxes. The tables were overflowing with garden roses, sunflowers with their petals plucked (the perfect addition of green and brown!), ranunculous and crespidia. Each place setting had a sprig of rosemary and a menu card printed on card stock that looked like wood grain.
Guests danced the afternoon away to my new favorite band, like, ever The Rhythm Shop, who literally couldn’t have been more perfect. A Little Imagination Cakes‘s took inspiration from our save the date and created the cutest most delicious cupcakes you’ve ever seen, displayed on tree trunks and wooden circles. Guests took hope chocolate covered oreos (Rachel’s favorite!) in pretty kraft paper boxes.
Congrats Rachel and Adam! It was such a pleasure working with you both. Wishing you many, many more moments exactly like this wonderful day. XO
Event Design, Rentals, and Planning: Jubilee Events
Floral Design: Blush Floral Design
Photography: Carla Ten Eyck Photography
Cinematography: Buzz Media Company
Location: The Barns at Wesleyan Hills
Paper & Invitations: Coral Pheasant Stationery + Design
Favors: Christina’s Gourmet Cookies
Cupcakes: A Little Imagination Cakes
Entertainment & Band: The Rhythm Shop
Beauty: Dana Bartone & Company
Linens: La Tavola Linen
Dress: Jim Hjelm from Kleinfeld Bridal
A Jubilee Event: Sandy & Mike’s Vineyard Wedding at Jonathan Edwards Winery in Stonington, Connecticut
Sandy and Mike’s wedding was a day that reminded me why I love my job so much; from seeing their vision come to life, to spending time with their adorable and funny families, I got to know the two of them like friends over the course of a year and consider them to be just that. It was a beautiful September evening at one of our favorite vineyards in Connecticut with one of the most incredible sunsets of the year. Surrounded by 80 of their closest family and friends, they exchanged vows amongst the vines and danced the night away under a romantically lit Sperry Tent. Sandy has undeniable style, and when she came to me with her inspiration, I instantly fell in love with her color palette. It was unique, different, fun, and colorful– and Elisabeth at BLUSH Floral Design really embraced all these elements. I have so many favorite details from this wedding but my absolute favorite was the quote on the program cover, calligraphed by our friend Elizabeth Porcher Jones, that read “It takes two when it use to take one.”
Sandy wrote about her wedding for Style Me Pretty and I wanted to share her perspective of the day…
From the bride...We had a small wedding of less than 100 people, as we really wanted an intimate evening with our closest friends and family. We chose Jonathan Edwards Winery because we are big wine people, and we thought the place had a great mix of Connecticut charm and outdoor elegance. September is the perfect time to get married there, as the grapes are almost fully grown, and the weather is mild. Since many of Mike’s friends and family members live on the West Coast, it was exciting to show them the beauty of New England. The natural, understated beauty of the venue also allowed me to design my own space from the ground up, not only for the ceremony, but inside the gorgeous Sperry tent for the reception. I worked closely with Candice of Jubilee Events to make my vision come to life and loved every minute of it. I didn’t want to go with the typical dark, fall color palette, and chose to mix pops of colors and textures. I have a real love for beautiful typography and had calligraphy strewn throughout the wedding. My Amsale “Dahlia” gown served as a great inspiration for everything, from the floral design and the wedding cake to the welcome bags I designed. We included a lot of thoughtful details that had special meaning for us as a couple. We had succulents throughout the space as a nod to Mike’s home state of Arizona and a tequila signature cocktail to represent our shared love for Mexico (I studied abroad there, and Mike lived there for five years). Robert & Kathleen Photographers captured our day so beautifully, and thanks to them and the rest of our wonderful vendors, we had a lovely wedding day!
A huge, heartfelt thank you to all our amazing creatives that made this wedding one of the most beautiful events we’ve ever had the pleasure of being a part of. I can’t stretch my arms wide enough to thank Sandy and Mike for letting me be apart of their personal history. Congratulations guys– love ya! XOXO
Photography:Robert & Kathleen Photographers
Venue: Jonathan Edwards Wineryin North Stonington, Connecticut
Event Design + Planning: Candice Coppola of Jubilee Events
Floral Design: Blush Floral Design Studio
Wedding Cinematography: Buzz Media Company
Officiant: Mary Coburn
Catering + Wedding Cake: A Thyme To Cook
Lighting: Shoreline Audio Visual
Rentals: Party Rental Ltd.
Linens: La Tavola
Calligraphy: Elizabeth Porcher Jones
Ceremony + Cocktail Hour Music: Joe Kiernan Trio
DJ: Rob Alberti
Tent: Sperry Tents Marion
Wedding Signs: SweetWeddingDetails
Cake Topper: ReadyGo
Wedding Invitations: Smock
Wedding Gown: AmsaleDahlia via Amsale Flagship Salon
Jewelry: Prins & Volkhardt Jewelers (610-687-8840) +Tiffany & Co.
Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale via Plumed Serpent
Beauty: Jennie Fresa
Bride’s Shoes: Milk & Honey Shoes
Groom’s Attire: JoS. A. Bank+Brooks Brothers
Flower Girl Dresses: Crewcuts
When Beth from The White Dress by the Shore approached us all about doing this shoot, I went back to when I graduated-all the excitement, all the fun! I wanted to infuse every bit of that into this shoot and I wanted to bring in colors and details that made me feel this way. Now, a few years after I’ve graduated, I find myself looking forward to the next big party and wanted to design this so brides and their maids would find inspiration for a special shower or fun luncheon. Yellow and pink were easy to choose because they exude the energy and playfulness you will experience at either event!
The shoot took place in the beautiful Elizabeth Park Rose Garden in Hartford, so I took some inspiration from our surroundings. I wanted the flowers to play a role in everything! Our table was draped in pink, everything from the linens, chargers, and napkins right down to the chairs-it was a girly girl’s dream. Tony from Datura, A Modern Garden created a yellow rose runner down the table with pops of pink peonies. Hope from A Little Imagination Cakes not only designed individual cupcakes with colorful florets, she coupled them with an incredible pink and yellow-layered cake! Beth styled the models in fun sherbet colored dresses that played perfectly off the surrounding flowers. Throw in the charming paper details from Metal Mermaid Press and Carla Ten Eyck Photography and you have the day made!
Photography: Carla Ten Eyck, Carla Ten Eyck Photography
Shoot Design: Diana Chouinard, Jubilee Events
Fashion Styling & Accessories: Beth Chapman, The White Dress by the Shore
Flowers: Tony Palmieri, Datura, A Modern Garden
Beauty: DD Nickel, DD Nickel Makeup Studio
Confections: Hope Wright Martell, A Little Imagination Cakes
Paper: Josh Bryant, Metal Mermaid Press
A Classic Wedding Inspired by Jackie & JFK at The Bee and Thistle Inn and Spa, featured in Gala Weddings Magazine!
In honor of tonight’s soiree at The Bee and Thistle Inn and Spa to celebrate the newest issue of Gala Weddings Magazine, I wanted to share with you all images from the gorgeous photoshoot we collaborated on with our amazing creative team! All of us share a special love for the undeniably beautiful Jackie Kennedy Onassis and have been dying to work together on designing a photoshoot inspired by her classic and effortless style. At Anne Barge‘s market run way show, Beth Chapman and I saw “Jackie” walk down the runway and we instantly knew we had to plan a shoot around this incredible gown that Anne designed, inspired by Jackie’s original dress. It just so happens that our shoot took place on the anniversary of Jackie and John’s magical Newport wedding (not even intended!). We worked with our team to design a classic, yet modernized wedding in shades of hydrangea blue with soft and bright yellows.
Some of my favorite details from this shoot include the customized menus made out of gorgeous satin ribbon with gold foil engraving, the ghost chairs we designed with Datura: A Modern Garden that included inset calligraphy as a place card and boxwood trimming on the chair backs, the classic half wedge of pineapple that guests truly dinned at at Jackie and John’s wedding, the customized blue taffeta skirt and white collared shirt by Coren Moore (Beth’s vision that was designed especially for our shoot), the classic hair and makeup by Dana Bartone, and of course, my own personal Louie Vuitton suitcase as part of the going away look!
Photography: Carla Ten Eyck
Shoot Design & Tablescape: Jubilee Events
Fashion Styling: Beth Chapman | The White Dress By The Shore
Location: The Bee and Thistle Inn
Floral Design: Datura: A Modern Garden
Beauty: Dana Bartone
Cake: A Little Imagination Cakes
Paper Design: Coral Pheasant Stationary
Gown: Anne Barge
“Going Away” Dress: Siri
Fascinator: Bijou Van Ness
Jewerly: Aquinnah for The White Dress by the shore
Bridesmaid: Coren Moore (skirt), Ann Taylor (shirt)
Tuxedo: Valentino Tailors
Chandelier: Ryan Designs
Linens: La Tavola Linen
Tableware & China: Party Rental Ltd
Calligraphy: Elizabeth Porcher Jones
Bonjour or should I say Hola?! (where am I today, anyway?!?!) We’re back from Paris and Costa Rica and I can’t wait to share the amazing things we did in both places. Upon my return to Connecticut I noticed…. there are leaves on the trees!!! And flowers coming up from the ground. How wonderful it is to come home and see our giant forsythia bushes in bloom!!!
While away our fun, spring inspired tablescape we created at The Society Room bridal show was featured on Style Me Pretty! I thought there was no better time than to share this with you know as Spring is in full swing. We shared an awesome booth space with the incredibly talented Datura: A Modern Garden and Carla Ten Eyck Photography. Tony and I collaborated on this fun and whimsical set up with touches of pink, gold, and ivory.
Have I ever mentioned that Tony and Cat from Datura: A Modern Garden are complete geniuses? They created all the floral decor for our booth– including the branch and greens centerpiece “umbrella” that rained beautiful purple orchids down onto our tablescape. Gorg!! I love our little touches of cucumber water on the table and lemonade and apricot squares on the sweet table. We were inspired by spring and wanted to creative a festive garden party inside.
We had an amazing dress on display by Melissa Sweet, available at The White Dress by the Shore.
Photography: Carla Ten Eyck / Flowers: Datura: A Modern Garden / Event Design: Jubilee Events / Location: The Society Room, Hartford, Connecticut / Invitations: Posh Paperie / Linens: Gala Cloths / Cake & Confections: Kim’s Cottage Confections / Calligraphy: Elizabeth Porcher Jones