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……
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!
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…….
Their “guest book”! Such a cute idea!
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!
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)
(the above 3 photos are mine, not Lester’s)
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….