Connecticut Weddings

February 4, 2011

A Jubilee Event: Kelly + Paolo at the Still River Cafe in Eastford, Connecticut

Back in September, Jubilee Events had one of our double-wedding weekends! While Candice, Lindsay, and Amanda were coordinating Sally and Oliver’s wedding, Jessica and I were on our way to Eastford, Connecticut where Kelly and Paolo were to celebrate their marriage. When you drove up to the Still River Cafe where the wedding was held, you almost missed it amongst all the color drenched fall trees. This picturesque little restaurant is so cozy and rustic (and serves some of the BEST cupcakes), that it was perfect for Kelly and Paolo’s rustic and antique-inspired day. The couple started the day off together, getting ready with the help of Jennie Fresa’s team at the Bird Song Inn, a little bed and breakfast close by. Close friends and family were in attendance, some of whom traveled all the way from Italy, where Kelly and Paolo were holding another ceremony back in December!

When the couple arrived, they were tucked away inside the Still River Cafe, where they were able to overlook through the restaurant’s panoramic window at their guests arriving. The ceremony took place in the corner of the lush lawn that surrounded the Cafe, where guests observed on rustic benches adorned with shepherd’s hooks, overflowing with loosely arranged flowers by Azaela Floral Design. Instead of traditional vows, Kelly and Paolo recited Dr. Seuss’s wedding vows, in which Paolo promised, “Yes, I will have, and I will hold, just as I have at this time told. Yes, I will love her all my life as now I take her as my wife” and Kelly pledged, “Yes, I will love for my whole life. Yes, I will happily be his wife!”

They recessed down the aisle to the jubilant sound of kazoos, followed by their guests to enjoy some sweet lemonade before heading inside. Their dog Bella made an appearance and could not sit still, she was so excited! Past the vintage bicycle with hydrangeas filling the basket and up the candle-lit steps, the couple and guests enjoyed an intimate reception. Christine from Azalea Floral Design really dressed up the cafe with beautiful greenery wrapped around the ceiling beams and gorgeous mini-arrangements of roses and delicate flowers in vintage medicine bottles that perfectly complimented the love letters and vintage books that were a favorite possession to both the bride and groom. Joseph Kiernan and his band performed some light music above in the loft while the wedding party dined on their choice of fresh oysters, tender beef, delicately flavored stuffed mushrooms, and savory rabbit in between sips of wine. In lieu of cake, the couple chose to treat their guests to chocolate cupcakes with a chocolate ganache frosting, cleverly decorated with orange sugar flowers. Guests enjoyed their treats as well as their favors, loaves of chocolate cake–Kelly’s favorite recipe! It was such a beautiful wedding, filled with so many family members and love, that it was hard for everyone to leave at the end of the night!

Jen Curtis from Jen Curtis Photography captured every moment beautifully!

Kelly and Paolo–Congratulations to you both!! Thank you so much for letting us be a part of your special day! Enjoy your time in Italy! XO

Credit Reel

Photography: Jen Curtis Photography
Planning & Design: Jubilee Events
Floral Design: Azalea Floral Design
Hair & Makeup: Jennie Fresa Beauty Library
Reception & Cupcakes: Still River Café
Celebrant: Sarah Carson
Rentals: Jubilee Events
Jazz Trio: Joseph Kiernan Jazz Trio
Paper: Handmade by the couple

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  2. Candice says:

    Such a gorgeous wedding. Amazing job Diana! xxo~

  3. Yes Diana, amazing job!

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