For over a year I had the pleasure to get to know Yuna and Barrett and their families as we planned their summer nuptials at the Saybrook Point Inn and Spa. They shared with me their novel-worthy love story from when they met on the crew team at Princeton University, their romantic courtship throughout college and a hilarious re-telling of their proposal on a rainy evening in Washington D.C. that involved fending off uninvited wildlife! Through it all I discovered that while these two were planning most of their wedding apart—Yuna spent a good part of the year living with her family in Japan while Barrett finished up work in Washington D.C.—they had most certainly nurtured their initial connection into deep roots for a loving life together. In fact, they had technically already made it official before we even got started in a Japanese wedding ceremony early last fall.
Yuna and Barrett’s Japanese wedding was steeped in tradition including beautiful ceremonies and rich, colorful garments. Their American wedding was much the same—they worked with Mary Coburn to write a ceremony that honored American traditions, inclusive of their families and friends.
Yuna wanted a romantic color story with a soft feminine feel to it. We kept the colors light throughout the design and brought in a darker charcoal shade as an accent. Blush was really the anchor of our color story. It was used throughout the design, in flowers, attire, paper goods and sweets! We brought in the colors grey and silver to help set the design apart. We really worked hard to use these colors in a way that was a bit different, and more personal to the couple.
There were so many great details that they worked so hard on dreaming up and I want to call out a few of my favorite ones. Guests were greeted with a fresh baked cookie and hotel key cards in custom printed envelopes with transportation details in lieu of a traditional welcome bag.
Yuna and Barrett selected grey linens and a beautiful silver, art deco-style china pattern from Rentals Unlimited. The china had a unique mix and match pattern that Yuna fell in love with. We asked Nichole of Coral Pheasant to create round menu cards that fit inside the dinner plate. She used a coordinating grey, script font, and calliagraphed each guests’ name to the top of the menu so it also served as a place card.
Yuna also asked Nichole to design a custom floral print to line the outer envelopes of their invitation suite. The blush and pink print featured large orchids which were a nod to Yuna’s Japanese culture. We repeated this print during cocktail hour—sheets of the patterned paper were printed and used a tray liners for passed hors d’oeuvres.
The color combo appeared again in the favors, which were mini heart-shaped cheese cakes that Yuna’s family brought to the wedding directly from Japan! We added grey and pink paper bows to the pink and white cakes. When Yuna’s dad came to me with two rolling suit cases filled with the desserts that he had just carried over from Japan my heart almost burst. Its always fun to incorporate such personal details into weddings but this one really had some legs—literally!
Floral decor, by Blush Floral Design, was a huge part of what brought the design to life. They decided to use all white flowers for her ceremony. This included large white altar arrangements that framed the couple during their vows which took place by the marina. Yuna carried a lush bouquet of all white flowers, large orchids cascaded out and were a nod to her Japanese culture. Each bridesmaid carried a bouquet of all white flowers in a single variety. It lent a very sophisticated look and the all white was modern and elegant. Flowers in the ballroom featured mostly lush white blooms and pops of pink peonies. Orchids also cascaded down from the tall arrangements and were neatly tucked into the smaller ones.
When you pair two truly lovely and stylish people with some of the most talented vendors in the state there is no end to the beauty they can create. Thankfully Robert and Kathleen Photographers were on hand to capture it all. Here are some of our favorite images from the day.
Photography: Robert and Kathleen Photographers
Venue: Saybrook Point Inn
Officiant: Mary Coburn
Hair and Makeup: Rena Santopietro for Dana Bartone and Co.
Entertainment: Sound House from Elan Artists
Video and Lighting: Powerstation Events
Cake: Creative Cakes by Donna
Florist: Blush Floral Design
Paper: Coral Pheasant
Calligraphy: Tucci Cursive
Guest Book Oar: Ropes and Wood