Dreamy Vineyard Wedding

“Dreamy” is what comes to mind when I look at Julianne…her dress, her hair piece, her bouquet…. Her and Andrew’s wedding was so soft and full of romance…you have to see for yourself….

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Venue: Saltwater Farm Vineyard (where we are PREFERRED)

Caterer: Gourmet Galley, Keri Bell is awesome!  They refer us quite often and we are PREFERRED at their venue, Guilford Yacht Club

Photographer: Maggie Conley  This was my first time working with her and she was lovely, so easy going and so talented.  She is the reason this blog post is even titled Dreamy!

Mint, Peach and Blush ~ Rustic Vintage Vineyard

Pastel color stories are making a comeback and I can see why.  They are etherial, light, peaceful, romantic… much like Stephanie and Jaxon’s wedding that took place at the magical Saltwater Farm Vineyard.  It’s a great place to have accents of rustic and vintage and being a vineyard…you get my drift.  From an old mailbox to fill with love letters, a burlap book to leave marital advice for the couple, to candy striped straws for a signature drink to wooden slabs, mercury glass, mason jars with burlap and lace as decor for the guest tables and ceremony. I feel there is an art to gathering many eclectic elements and making them work….which is why Stephanie and Jax hired ME !  I absolutely love pairing the old with the new and the rustic with the elegant.  I hope you will too! Get ready for prettiness overload as there were too many images for me to choose from by the fabulous Jennifer from Jennifer Bach Photography! A huge thanks to Jennifer from Gourmet Galley Catering as she was so incredible and accommodating to work with!

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Vintage Vineyard Chic

Vintage Vineyard Chic….That’s the only way you can describe this wedding…other than BEAUTIFUL, Fun, Preppy, Silly, Loving, Rustic Elegance, Eclectic… I really can go on and on and…..

This was one of those weddings that I would have wanted to attend!  Not only were Christine and John the cutest, sweetest, nicest, easiest, trusting couple ever, they, along with their family and guests, were SO MUCH fun…so happy…so ready to celebrate and party!!!  My cheeks hurt from smiling back at everyone smiling and saying hello to me.  It was so difficult to narrow these photos down to only 12 since Shane at Readyluck Photography , captured their silliness, personality,  and love in every photo! He is amazingly talented and great to work with. You’ll soon see what I mean….. but first, I need to mention some of the creative partners that I had the pleasure of working with that made this event even better:

Saltwater Farm Vineyard. I LOVE being preferred at this Vineyard.  Love everything about this place…the back story, the beauty, the coolness…. and the owners, Michael and Merrily!!! But we can’t forget about Paul…their right hand man. Each one are so dedicated to making each event special and memorable.

A Thyme to Cook Catering.  I’ve worked with them a few times and it’s been a pleasure.  They are on top of things which is exactly what you want when looking for a caterer.

Sara Faella’s Glam Squad.  The traveling hair and makeup team. I’m always arriving as they are busy working, sometimes I get lost in watching them do their magic!

Red Door Salon. Off Site Hair and Makeup

We Love Photobooths.   AND they really mean that.  They were fantastic and very creative! (The link takes you to the “crew” of this company since that page alone would make me want to hire them!)

Power Posse Productions (Lighting/DJ).  The perfect DJ for this couple…kept the party going ALL night….until the party continued at the Mystic Boathouse!

Guests arrived by Bus from First Group and Bridal Party by 7 person SUV from Professional Limousine.

Let the Fun begin….

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Featured Weddings

 

Having been designing for over 20 years, starting my business from scratch 15 years ago it is always VERY exciting to get recognized by the wedding industry’s most prestigious magazines, books and websites!

I thought it would be fun to gather all of my featured weddings and events  throughout the years.  There have been many trends, many themes, intimate affairs and grand events…yet, I love every single one of them!

They are my babies and every couple a part of me along this journey….enjoy…

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Martha Stewart Weddings - Winter 2010

Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine: The first same sex wedding EVER featured in the magazine and it was also their 15 year anniversary :

You can also see more of this wedding gallery HERE!

Fun side note…the couple’s dog that was the “ring bearer” and wore a seer sucker suit, was featured on the cover of “Wedding-Dogs” Magazine.

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AOCNEThe Art of Celebration ~ New England: A hard cover coffee table book. The top 1% of the industry is featured…Queen Latifa was even featured in this book!!!

You can see our creations on Pages 64 – 67 and again on Page 361 of the book.  OR you can view them right HERE! (but the book is fantastic, have fun viewing it!)

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As Seen InWell Wed ~ The Hamptons:  Marie Antoinette
See more photos from this creative shoot HERE!

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Newport Wedding Glam: Enchanted Vineyard
See my blog post of this wedding HERE!

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We have 3 different features with Bliss Celebrations!

Bliss Celebrations: Summer at a Saltwater Farm Vineyard
Bliss Celebrations: Old Hollywood Glam
Bliss Celebrations: Rustic Spring at the New Haven Lawn Club

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 Rick and Darren’s wedding has been featured in TWO publications!

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Ruffled Blog:
 Barn Wedding meets Roaring 20’s

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Reverie Gallery:
They describe it as Safari-Vintage!

I got creative when blogging about their wedding…find out how HERE!

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Rustic Weddings Chic
: Rustic Elegance (with some pumpkins involved):

See why this was one of my favorite weddings and couples HERE!

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Wedding Chicks: Vintage Travel Creative Shoot

Get behind the scenes look at what goes into a creative shoot HERE!

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Wedding Reports: Simple Elegance

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Screen Shot 2015-01-13 at 8.55.37 PMDestination Wedding and Honeymoons:  This is a fun one…One of my couples is featured ON THE COVER of this magazine!!!

This link will show you the gallery of their wedding, photos taken by Jag Studios

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Screen Shot 2015-01-13 at 8.58.02 PMPretty Pear Bride: A Plus Size Bridal Magazine:  Winter Wedding at New Haven Lawn Club!!!

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Lulawed (previously Prepare to Wed): Peacock feathers and Butterflies (REAL butterflies!)

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Thank you to all that have loved my creations enough to publish them and enough to trust me in making your special day beautiful!

Persian Retro Wedding in New England

Johanna and Kamran wanted their day to truly represent them, their life together, their traditions, their style and their loves. There was so much thought put into every detail, everything had purpose, so I welcomed the challenge of making everything look cohesive.

Having their wedding at Saltwater Farms Vineyard, a beautifully renovated airport hanger, we included bi-planes into the favors and used them as table numbers. Keeping with the retro- vintage theme, which was certainly the couple’s vibe, old hankies adorned the bouquets and centerpieces, eclectic jadeite containers were the focal point of the guest tables, and an old typewriter was used as the guest book. Wanting the flowers to be very bright and have an effortless feeling, we used hand picked garden flowers with accents of natural elements such as succulents and willow! The bright retro style also came into play with their cake, which was the perfect replica of them and their dog, Arthur! Oh yeah…the Ring Bearer, A.K.A, Arthur had his own limo that dropped him up and picked him up…it was the cutest thing I ever saw! Of course, I decorated his collar so he could look as dapper as his parents!

It was wonderful to see them being faithful to Kamran’s Persian traditions during the ceremony.  The Sofreh table various housed organic elements that signified certain things.  For instance, there was a bowl of eggs to help with fertility.  My favorite was the honey that they sensually fed to each other to signify that there marriage and love may always be sweet.

Johanna and Kamran’s photographer is Kelly Prizel Photography, but I also asked my friend and professional photographer Kiva from Annandale Photography take detail shots for me since I did not want to miss a thing!  They both did an amazing job!  See for yourself……

retro wedding programs

 

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grey bridesmaids dresses

garden bouquets

 

summer bouquets

 

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Persian Sofreh Table

Ceremony arch

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Summer centerpieces

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Featured on Newport Wedding Glam!

Love it when my favorite couples get their weddings featured in great blogs that I love so much!

 

 

 

 

To see Lauren and Jeff’s original post, click here!

To see their wedding featured on Newport Wedding Glam’s website, click here!

Thanks to all the wonderful vendors that worked so hard on this wedding so make it perfect for the perfect couple!

Saltwater Farms Vineyard

Fancy Pants Wedding Planning

Coastal Gourmet Catering

John Galayda of Blackrock Photography

 

Enchanted Vineyard Wedding

I am so excited to talk about Lauren Haymond and Jeff Zimmerman’s Enchanted Vineyard Wedding at Saltwater Farm Vineyard! (of course they are now referred to as Mr and Mrs Zimmerman…or should I say President and First Lady – he he…you’ll see why)

First I have to thank SO many players…. Lauren’s mother, Sharyn Haymond, for seeking me out after meeting with MANY other wedding designers!  We had connected right away and had so much fun talking flowers, colors, styles, etc  She made me blush every time she referred to me as a “New York” florist!  I hear that a lot!  I think it’s due to my persistent creativity, unique designs, thinking outside the box, and of course, my funky style!  But, enough about me…I was giving thanks…..

Thanks to Lauren’s Father, John Haymond, for being great to work with!

Day of Coordinators,  Margaret and Ann from Fancy Pants.  They were so easy going and kept on point. They did a great job and worked with my team seamlessly …thank you!

Michael and Kerri from Coastal Gourmet Catering for always putting down the table linens FIRST!  We love them!

Merrily and Michael, the owners of Saltwater Farm.  They are always so great with me and my team!  They refer me often and Michael said that the “Vineyard has never looked so good”…he was very impressed!  We thank you and appreciate you both!

MY TEAM!!!!  Two Words… A-Mazing!  Sarah, my team leader, really stepped it up at this wedding since ALL of the centerpieces needs to be designed ON SITE!  There was a ton of decor…17 tables; a chuppah; cocktail; ceremony aisle….etc etc AND we had to get it all done in 2 hours! Yup! That meant everyone was in overdrive and I appreciate their hard work!

And last, but certainly NOT least…. Lauren and Jeff’s Photographer, John Galayda of Blackrock Photography.  This is the first time I have had the pleasure of working with him and let me tell you…he was SO nice, so thoughtful, and so easy to work with; before, during and after the wedding.  Not to mention his work is fantastic!

It’s so fantastic that I’m not going to bore you anymore with details of the wedding…you can see them ALL through John’s lens…….

New England Wedding

Purple and Green wedding

Vineyard wedding

Outdoor Jewish Ceremony

Decorated jewish chuppah

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Their “guest book”!  Such a cute idea!

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fall wedding

 

vineyard seating cards

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I can’t stand it!  So, I have to include some AWESOME black and whites!  Told you John has a great eye and captured so many of the special moments!

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Brad and Brian at Saltwater Farm Vineyard

Brad and Brian wanted to blend the feel of New England, the venue and their love of travel. Earthy, Natural Elements such as Driftwood, moss rocks, river stones, reindeer and spanish moss, scabiosa pods, sea sponges, and manzanita branches were used to keep the feeling very crunchy New England, masculine and to coordinate with the Saltwater feeling.  We brought in orange orchids for a pop of color against the browns and greens of the locale and decor.

The designs are kept simple and artistic so that the room would look intriguing and give you the feeling that you’re outdoors, where nature is not so balanced.  The cocktail hour couches and hand made driftwood table made and rented  by Ryan Designs, really is the cherry on top and brings it all together!

Lester from My Name Is Photo did a great job capturing special moments of Brad and Brian!  I love the way this wedding came together and I hope you do too!

(I took some photos, they are not as great as Lester’s but wanted to show some detail.  My photos will be marked)

Enjoy!

 

(the above 3 photos are mine, not Lester’s)

 

Persian Wedding at Salt Water Farm Vineyard

In the 18 years I’ve been in this industry, this was my first Persian wedding.

Johanna and Kamran were one of my favorite couples.  Not only was their style unique….I like to call it “Vintage – Chic”, but they let me have creative freedom with the designs.

We came up with the concept together and just ran with it.  We created the tablescapes  by using colorful summer garden flowers arranged very effortlessly in various jadeite vessels.   Along with the cluster of containers, we added tons of old handkerchiefs to the tables for the vintage effect.

Handkerchiefs were also used to wrap the bouquets and  used as a linen to lay under antiqued silver sugar and creamers on the cocktail tables.

The ceremony was so cool!  In the Persian culture there is a Sofreh table which housed organic elements that signified certain things.  For instance,  there was a bowl of eggs to help with fertility.  My favorite was the honey that they sensually fed to each other to signify that there marriage and love may always be sweet.

And….we can not forget Arthur!  Their Dog / Ring Bearer!  He has his own limo that dropped him off and picked him up.  Of course, I decorated his collar so he could look as dapper as his parents!

I had my friend and professional photographer, Kiva Sutton from Annandale Photography take these photos for me.  I asked him to have fun with some of the photos and give them a vintage feel…and boy did he!  What an amazing job he did.

The venue was Salt Water Farm Vineyard located in North Stonington, Ct.   The owners Merrily and Michael are the greatest and refer me often.  Please click on their names to check out the website to learn more about their renovations and how they turned an old airport into a Winery.  The hanger is where receptions take place and the original runway is nestled in between the vineyards. It is the coolest place ever.  They are also a part of the CT wine trail…visit them!

I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed this couple and creating their vision!

(Johanna and Kamran’s Wedding Photographer’s Photos to come soon.  Will have pictures of the bridal party)

Remember to click on the photos for a better view….

Ring Bearer Pillow

Ring Bearer Pillow

Garden Wedding Bouquet

Love this effect!

Vintage Wedding Centerpiece

vintage arrangement

Dog Ring Bearer

Arthur!

Wedding Arch

The Ceremony Arch

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Cake topper. Looks just like them!

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Yummy!