OHEKA Castle Glamour in Grace Ormonde

Remember that magical wedding you dreamed of when you were little? Well, this is it!

Lisa and Justin’s wedding has all the luxuries of a fairytale wedding……draping chandelier crystals, cut out lace wedding day paper, the most elegant white and champagne florals, a white dance floor that makes you feel like your skating, Jimmy Choo shoes, an Ines Di Santos gown, Armani tuxedos…..and in a Castle to boot!

OHEKA Castle is a Gold Coast Mansion that transports you to a chateaux in France. It’s a popular backdrop for all types of media; in 1941, the motion picture Citizen Cane featuring Orson Welles was filmed here and more recent, Taylor Swift’s Black Space music video.

We aren’t the only ones that think this wedding is special…so does Grace Ormonde! That’s right! Lisa and Justin’s wedding graced the pages of Grace Ormonde’s Wedding Style Magazine Website and you can see it HERE!

There are simply now words that can describe this Glamorous wedding better than the images from Jaylim Studios.

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The Awesome Creative Partners we had the pleasure of teaming up with:
Coordinator: Piece of Cake Events
Wedding Day Paper: Ceci New York
Bridal Salon: Bridal Reflections
Fine Linen Rental: The Finishing Touch NY
Custom Aisle Runner: The Original Runner Company
Entertainment / Lighting: LI Sound DJ

Colorful Fall Elegance

What do you do when the sweetest bride ever! tells you she bought her fiance an Orange, Raspberry, Deep Purple and Bright Green bow tie and wants her wedding to be that color story….and using summer-like flowers for her ‘Fall” wedding…?  Well, if you’re me, you say ‘Hell yeah, that’s awesome, let’s do it!’  So…we did it and turned out to be one of the best color combinations and floral varieties I’ve designed in a long time. What most people don’t know is that towards the end of wedding season and autumn many flowers become unavailable and the inventory of unique, colorful flowers can be very limited.  This is where hiring an experienced designer can  benefit you due to the years of connections they have with suppliers as well as knowledge of what can be in season in other countries, etc  I’ll spare you the behind the scenes details and just show you what I’m talking about……

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There’s that colorful bow tie that was used as inspiration for the wedding colors

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Jennifer and Patrick stood in front of this mantel and under that chandelier for their ceremony……GORGEOUS

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The Best ‘cake topper’ Ever

Loved how these colors really brightened up the ballrooms at The New Haven Lawn Club

A HUGE thanks to Kathy at Simply K Studios for not only taking these INCREDIBLE photos but for allowing me to show them off to every  bride that may want something a little different…something bright and elegant….something so colorful that it transforms a room and a venue!  Thank you!

Bohemian Preppiness at the Shore

Merrin and Gabe came to me with some GREAT ideas but needed my experience and talent to bring it all to life! I’ve recently created another division of my Floral Design Experience called ‘Design Coordination’ which you can read more about HERE, which allows you to be able to sit back and relax and let me execute the vision above and beyond the flowers.  This level of planning works great when my clients have extremely busy schedules or are from out of state…or in Merrin and Gabe’s case out of the country and living in London! Merrin wanted a Bohemian flair on the tables and the underlying theme was Ikat patterns on her fabric and paper, so, with the help of my mother (where my creative genes come from) we not only found some great eclectic fabrics to incorporate into her decor but we took it up a notch and hand made the guest Table Top Linens, as well as Merrin and Gabe’s chair covers, along with runners for the seating card table and toppers for the cocktail tables. When I saw her invitations and menus I was astounded that the fabrics I chose for her tables were the exact pattern she chose for her paper! It all came together elegantly with pops of Hot Pink and Gold with accents of driftwood, succulents and mercury glass.  This wedding was a TRUE partnership…so much so that I just received an email from Merrin stating that I have inspired her to make a career change to become an Interior Designer!  If that’s not flattering, I don’t know what is!

 

 

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We chose 3 different Bohemian patterns for her table toppers…..

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Guests signed the oars! Such a fun idea for a seashore wedding

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Cocktail Hour Decor

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We made the Bride and Groom’s Table more special with a larger hand made topper, pink underlay and hand made chair covers!

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HUGE thanks to:

Christine at Piece of Cake Weddings for introducing me to Merrin and Gabe

Eric at be creative Photography for taking such fabulous pictures.  You wouldn’t have known by looking that there were torrential downpours all day.

Maggie at The Wee Burn Beach Club of Darien for being so fantastic with my team and I and on point with their inclement weather plan

Ashley at A Little Something White Bridal Couture for Merrin’s incredible dress

make up: kathleen richards  |  hair: rick garcia salon |  music: ceremony, string serenade  cocktail hour, vinnie ferrone  reception, crispin cloe from cracked ice

Merrin and Gabe’s Testimonial:

“I cannot say enough about Candi… I had an idea of what I wanted when we first spoke, but if you could have shown me what the final product was that day, I wouldn’t have believed it could be so beautiful. Candi took my idea- that could’ve been too casual and come out terrible- and made the tablescapes chic and elegant- the room was STUNNING. I cried when I saw it- I was literally more worked up about how beautiful the room was then my dress. The flowers were just as beautiful- all the bridesmaids loved their bouquets and I couldn’t have been happier with mine! Her mom did an amazing job making all the linens- I am excited I will have them for the rest of my life!!!! Both Candi and her mom have an amazing ability to understand what you want and to elevate it. I am sure that if you aren’t totally sure what you want they would be able to work with you and come up with a beautiful room. They are amazing partners and I wish every bride could be as lucky as I was to work with them. I literally cannot say enough good things about them. Your wedding will be beautiful and fun to design with Candi!”

 

Whimsical Woodland Wedding

” T n T “….Tim and Tony were one of the funnest, easiest, most creative couples I have had the pleasure of working with.  They told me they wanted an Alice in Wonderland / Woodland theme…they wanted their wedding to look like fairies lived there…but NO fairies…just lady bugs, mushrooms, gnomes and fire flies.  Naturally, I said ABSOLUTELY…and then I asked, “How far do you want to go with this?”  That was a silly, silly question……..

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I hired one of my favorite photographers to take the detail shots above. Tim and Tony hired a dear friend to capture their special moments below.

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There were so many more details not even shown here…there were just too many.  They surprised their guests by having the Yale Wiffenpoofs act as guests and as the Wedding Party walked down the aisle, one by one a Wiffenpoof popped up from the seats and starting singing “It’s a Beautiful Day”.  It was AMAZING!  We had fire flies hanging from the chandeliers, there was a HUGE Woodland Tree in the foyer to great guests.  I even designed a crazy Birch Tree with plants and critters, etc…not the greatest picture, but you need to see this!

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It was the funnest and most memorable wedding to design to date and what’s even better is that we remained great friends…even went to a live taping of the Martha Stewart show!  Thank you T and T for allowing me to create your dream wedding!

Creative Partners:

Annandale Photography

The Riverhouse

Creative Cakes by Donna

Early Spring Elegance

I first met Megan and Jackie at a bridal show I was working at Belle Terrace @ Avon Old Farms.  I had recently become a preferred florist with the venue and thought this would be a great way for me to showcase my work to their couples.  WOW, did that pay off!  Megan and Jackie had already booked a florist for their wedding, but when they met me and saw my work and all that I had offered, they made the decision to hire me instead!  I also offer wedding coordination, which I think helped them make this decision.  They came to me with a crazy color story…blue, raspberry, purple, orange and green.  Now while that could be awesome wedding colors….it wasn’t making sense with the words they were using to describe their wedding….. “Elegant” “Classic”  “Timeless” “Springy’….etc etc

So…we started from scratch!  After a few meetings we came up with this new color scheme that we ALL feel in love with!  Purples, Merlot, and Green…with tons of different shades in between…with an accent of BLING and silver.  Now we were getting somewhere.  I helped them decide on their linen colors…which were spot on with my floral color choices.  I helped them figure out the best place to have the ceremony within the venue and how we could make that beautiful.  We also talked about the weather…it was early March, but if it was a very warm day, we designed a back up plan to be able to decorate the outdoor area the morning of.  It was a great collaboration between couple and florist…they way it should be…always!

I will let the pictures by the amazing Val at Valdorama Photography tell the story of Megan and Jackie……

 

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1920’s Elegance with Flair

It only took a day and we were all hooked! I mean they booked! When I first talked with Kristin and Brian on the phone, we all knew this was going to be an awesome collaboration.  It was the day after we spoke for the first time that they booked with me…having never met me.  It was truly meant to be as I knew exactly what they wanted and we had just clicked so well. Knowing that I had their trust from the get go, I was able to really be creative and push the envelope with some over the top ideas.  When designing an Old Hollywood style wedding you always want more crystals, more pearls, more sparkle!  They were not afraid!  We kept light on the feather because we really wanted the flowers to be the focus as Kristin LOVED flowers and wanted them everywhere.  Love the little twists in design they so happily said YES to…feathers shooting out one side of the centerpieces for a modern flair, crystal curtains, feathers and crystals decorating the chuppah, etc  I even made major changes the day of, knowing they were going to LOVE it…keeping the chuppah in place after ceremony and having them sit under it at their reception…uplighting all four chuppah poles (which was not in the plans, but once Rob from Correlation Productions saw the chuppah he was able to get creative and we made that awesome decision together!) It was just an easy, elegant, beautiful wedding and experience working with Kristin and Brian and all of their great vendors!  This was truly a wonderful group of vendors that went above and beyond to make their day the best it could be!

Photography: Benedicte from MVB Photography

Videography: Felix ( and his lovely wife) from Felix Roman Films ( can’t wait for his short film to grace the pages of my blog)

Ceremony and Reception Venue: New Haven Lawn Club

Lighting: Rob from Correlation productions

Suite for getting ready: The Study  at Yale….GORGEOUS views of New Haven

I hope you enjoy looking at these gorgeous photos…and the gorgeous couple…movie star gorgeous!

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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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Hot Pink and Navy Preppy-ness

Kristen and Greg were SO involved with the decor and details since they wanted their wedding to stand out, be personal, and for their guests to feel like they were at an Elegant Party…and I think they did a wonderful job!!  I LOVE it when not only a bride but a groom really gets on board with a theme and runs with it!  It really makes for a better planning experience and even more excitement and anticipation for that special day to see how it all comes together.  I am a true believer of hiring the right vendors, ones that are on the same page and can relate to your vision because then you can totally trust in them to do what they were hired to do while you can really enjoy the process of it all and be less stressed. Thank you, Kristen and Greg, for choosing me!  I adored both of you ( and your awesome dog that came to every consultation) and appreciate the level of trust you had in me and let me say NO to a few too many ideas…I think we made the right choices :)  It’s couples like you that make me truly fall in love with my talent and career all over again!

Okay, so I don’t even know where to start as there were TOO many details to include photos or even talk about…but I’ll try to do my best….

HOT PINK and NAVY…STRIPES, STRIPES, STRIPES!!! This was their theme and you could see it everywhere you turned….Jr Bridesmaids and Jr Groomsmen walking down the aisle each holding a sign in Hot Pink hanging from Navy and white striped ribbon  “Here…Comes…The…Bride”, Hot Pink Peonies wrapped in specialty Navy and White striped Fabric, Custom Made Navy and White Striped Linens, Hot Pink Table Numbers,  Menus in the same pattern and colors…..THEN…some fun accents….Fans for each guest to use during the ceremony that doubled as programs, Streamers for guests to wave as they said “I do”, Bottled Water with their logo, Tri Colored Flip Flops, Popcorn Bar, Signature Drinks, A Photo Booth, and the night ended with star shaped chocolate chip cookies and milk!!!

The Dresses from A Little Something White  were more than perfect and the men in Blue Blazers/Khaki pants and Navy and Hot Pink Striped Ties made for the Preppiest wedding ever!!!

They couldn’t have chosen a more perfect town and venue as Madison Beach Hotel, being on the beach in Madison and all…(I may be biased as I am a preferred florist and just LOVE this place)

Of course, this wedding wouldn’t be what it is without Tim Nosenzo capturing not only all of the details but their love and special moments as well…Oh, and the VIEW!!!!

Without further delay…..see for yourself!!!

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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!