Connecticut Weddings, Tented Weddings

November 29, 2018

A Jubilee Event: Kara + Victor’s Shoreline Summer Wedding at the Branford House in Groton, Connecticut

Kara & Victor’s Tented Branford House Wedding

Kara and Victor, two of the sweetest souls you will ever meet! They were also so kind, not only to everyone they met, but to one another. Kara considered what Victor would love most in every step of the planning process, truly making this their story. And Vic… well, every time he looked at Kara, you saw him gazing in admiration, so excited to tackle what was next in their adventure, and that didn’t just pertain to wedding planning. In the midst of a medical residency, graduate school, buying their first home, and moving, we had the wonderful opportunity to plan and design their gorgeous tented Branford House wedding!

Branford House Wedding: Design & Experience

Honoring her hometown of Stonington, Connecticut, inspiration grew from the shoreline — one of Kara’s most favorite places in the world. At the start, we were shown this painting that our girl was infatuated with, one depicting a colorful scene of a lighthouse wrapped in waves. Loving the simplicity and moment of the photo, we took ideas from the palette and overall feeling of this image.

You would never know it, but the morning of Kara and Vic’s weather was practically monsoon weather. The wind and the rain – we were definitely honoring Kara’s love of the sea that day. Our crew from Newport Tent and Drape Art Designs are magical. There was not a drop that could put a literal damper on their day and seeing everything come to life was blissful and so perfectly ready for two people who deserved the best day ever!

The most rewarding aspect of the wedding day was seeing their reactions as the tent was revealed. As Kara puts it best, every idea that had been in her head had come into reality. Hosted on the coast at the Branford House in Groton, Connecticut, we constructed a tent on what started out as the rainiest day of the month. We took warm summer colors of mauve, blush, and plum and added in pops of serenity and navy, to honor the sea. A mixture of natural wood farm tables and plum dressed tables held a colorful array of florals, packed with lush, textured buds in plum, mauve, blush, amethyst, and ivory from our dear favorite Blush Floral Design. Adding a bit of dimension and intrigue to the tables was a touch of blue tones, carefully tucked into some arrangements and stationery, crated by none other than mastermind of all things paper, Nichole of Coral Pheasant Stationery.
Our tent was draped in our warmer tones, speckled with crystal chandeliers and a floral chandelier, full of lush greenery set over the dance floor, one of the most important areas of the night! Music is a big deal to our family here — Kara’s grandfather was the President of Polygram Records during the incredible time they represented The Bee Gees, Donna Summer, KISS, and many more. With the talents of our dear DJ Eko, no one left the dance floor until the lights went up.
Kara, Victor (and Scott!!): thank you, thank you, thank you! From the bottom of our hearts, it was an absolute honor to take this journey with you and celebrate your story!! We wish you all of life’s blessing and happy adventures! XOXO
Interested in seeing more Branford House weddings? Check out our archives!


 Photography: Carla Ten Eyck Photography
Ceremony Location: St. Mary Star of the Sea
Reception Location: The Branford House
Event Planning + Design:  Diana of Jubilee Events
Flowers: Blush Floral Design
Catering: A Thyme to Cook
Music: DJ Eko
Bride’s gown: Marchesa from Ultimate Bride
Stationery: Coral Pheasant Stationery
Beauty: Larissa Lake and Co.
Cinematography: DMO Films
Cake: Erica O’Brien
Venue Lighting: Shoreline AV
Tent: Newport Tent
Tent Decor + Lighting: Drape Art Designs
Rentals: La Tavola Linen, Party Rental Ltd., Reserve Modern Event Rental

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