Connecticut Weddings

February 23, 2018

A Jubilee Event: Brendan + Ryan’s Classic, Black Tie Wedding at the Lord Thompson Manor in Thompson, Connecticut

I believe in love more than anything else. We witness it every day and, in many cases, I feel it is one of the highest powers out there. It’s true. And when I see a couple who holds so much love for one another that everyone around them feels it in their heart, I cannot help but turn grateful to feel this as well.

Brendan and Ryan. Every time I think of these guys, I get that warm feeling in my heart and my cheeks. They are a unit, a team, that I got the amazing chance to be a part of during planning and I am lucky for it!! I absolutely admired how much they were invested – and I mean committed to – absolutely everything. It wasn’t just the decisions that went beyond them and their guests on wedding day, but to each other as well. Where one may not have understood something, the other was there to offer a hand or a simple, yet profound explanation. To understand the touches in this wedding, one would only have to know these guys the slightest bit. Seeing their generosity and love for one other as well as their friends and family granted you a sense of awareness for why certain things were planned the way they were. This was a journey they were taking together in every sense of the word and, boy, did our end mark arrive us at one helluva day!

Our color story boasted classic elegance!! Strong hues of navy, gold, white, and black only fit into the warm home of the Lord Thompson Manor. To add a little more hue to the space, we did bring in some of those blush tones that we all live for, but our rooms were dripping with the perfect golden light that hugged each of our fabulous guests. Truly, I invite you to look through the photos of these gorgeous guests as they took fashion to the next level. This was no easy fete once you take a peek at our grooms, and especially that of Ryan’s shoes. Those gold tokens of ferocity are enough to make you eat your heart out!

Though there were many amazing memories made that day, there will always be one that stands out among the rest. Back in high school, Ryan used to sneak out and go see the broadway show, RENT, with a number of his friends, many of whom were in the wedding party. As a nod to that, our killer entertainment for the evening, The Elements, invited Ryan and clan up to perform “Seasons of Love” as a surprise to their guests! Organized, surprise group singing is the kind of stuff I live for, but in hindsight, this was the most perfect song! Ryan’s face was beaming from ear to ear the entire time with Brendan’s happiness to match! I have watched my phone’s version 50 times – at least.

During the course of planning, I heard this quote and it made me immediately think of our guys. In the end, all we can do is love each other with all we’ve got. Because love is the best thing we do. Brendan and Ryan: thank you for sharing your love with each other and, most gratefully, with all of us. It is truly a pleasure to see this and be a part of your story! We wish you many wonderful years of adventures, memorable meals together, and love!!! XOXO


Photography: Carla Ten Eyck Photography
Ceremony + Reception Location: Lord Thompson Manor
Event Planning + Design: Diana of Jubilee Events
Flowers: Hana Floral Design
Videography: Vantage Point Films
Catering: Lord Thompson Manor
Ceremony Music: Millennium Music
Reception Band: The ElementsElan Artists
Stationery: Coral Pheasant Stationery
Hair: Friend of the couple
Makeup: Giggar Makeup Artistry
Cake: On the Rise Bakery
Grooms’ suit: custom Tom Ford
The Most Amazing Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Officiant: Mary Coburn
Rentals: Nuage Designs via Jubilee Events, PEAK Event Services



  1. […] Thank you to all over at Carats and Cake for featuring our guys. To enjoy their day a little more, visit their wedding over on the blog here! […]

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