“Fresh ~ Calm ~ Ocean”….are the words that Jennie and Andy used to describe their vision to me. Having their reception at Saybrook Point Inn and Spa (where I am a preferred florist) was the perfect backdrop to make that happen. Jennie spent months collecting sea glass and starfish to scatter all around the ballroom because she wanted her wedding to be personalized. As you’ll see below, they had bag pipes playing during the receiving line at the Old Lyme Congregational Church, they had custom color straws for their personalized cocktails, and even an artist painting their reception in real time. They were such a fun couple and it shows in these awesome photos by Alicia of the newly rebranded and redesigned Alicia Ann Photographers.(formerly known as noeyehasseenphotography)
That’s right!!!!….. ” Bohemian Beach “
I knew this was going to be a very unique wedding when Katie and Jason came to me with their ideas…LOTS of ideas! I was able to narrow them all done to create their summer beach wedding with a twist of their personalities, which is of course, Bohemian.
They wanted COLOR!!! and a way to incorporate fun, unique, accents of the shoreline, since there wedding was at the Cottage-Chic, Owenego Beach Club in Branford.
I want to talk about the details…therefore, let’s talk about what “Bohemian” means….
‘unconventional’, ‘non-traditional’, ‘creative’, ‘extremely wide range in taste of music, art, etc’, ‘the love of mixing different textiles together just for fun’
Beach-y accents were: Pieces of Coral, Sea glass colored “message in a bottle” bottles, Air Plants (which look like it should be part of an underwater reef), Jute toppers (which gave you the illusion of sand)
Bohemian accents were: Metal Cut-out vessels and candle holders…of course we sprayed them all using earthy tones, Metal cut-out lanterns, vintage turquoise patterned ribbon, Earthy Colored Mercury Glass, Tissue Paper Pomanders, Satin Ribbon, Mosaic Vases…..
The tables were very eclectic, the flowers were mostly locally grown farm flowers, they got married in front of hanging tissue pomanders blowing in the wind, the aisle was create with mostly trailing ribbons…again…blowing in the wind, because that day was very windy!!!! It was a perfect day, a prefect setting, the perfect couple!
Take a look for yourself, as Henry from HenryShoots captured the day so beautifully!
I have been waiting so long to blog about this wedding!!! First off, Stephanie and Ryan were one of the best couples I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Even though they came to me with thoughts of what they wanted the feel of their wedding to be , they let me run with my ideas and creativity….which is when I do my BEST work! Not only were they so very sweet, fun and flexible, they were so easy going and I think it’s because they did their homework. They gave themselves more than a year to plan which gives time to really research vendors, see their work being featured, read their reviews…so once they figured out who would be the best fit for them, they were so trusting and let us do our thang!!! But then again….maybe they chose me because they secretly knew that seashore themed weddings are my specialty since I got married on a beach in Cape Cod and the ocean is my everything…just saying…..
So to back up a little bit…when I first started to talk with Stephanie she sent me photos so I could get an idea of what appealed to her…Well, we had a good laugh because EVERY picture had bright blue hydrangeas…hence the title of this blog “Hydrangeas at Harkness State Park”. So….needless to say, I gathered that this chic must like herself some Bright Blue Hydrangea!!!! As you will soon see…….
I have to give MAJOR shout outs to Eric Foley Photography who is as easy going as Stephanie and Ryan. Oh, and his photos are just to die for!!! He was just a perfect fit for this wedding and this couple. DJ Kenny Q was the best I have seen and was very impressed for working with him for the first time. I truly hope that our paths cross again! As always, Cloud Nine Catering are so much fun to work with! A side note…PLEASE always tell your florist if you’re planning on having family style serving…STEPHANIE!!!! That was such a lovely surprise to find out as I was filling up the middle of the tables with all of my creations!! Again, Cloud Nine and my team had a great laugh and made some on site changes and it all worked out. A true testament to hiring professionals that have worked together before and have years of experience so when situations arise, which they always do, they know how to deal with it without missing a beat.
So enough about how I LOVE Eolia Mansion at Harkness Memorial State Park and how I LOVED every vendor of this wedding and will miss working with Stephanie and Ryan…let’s see the goods……..
Kudos to Stephanie and Ryan for making their table numbers personalized and so much fun for their guests!!!