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!!!
This one is an oldie but a goodie! This was one of my favorite fall weddings ever!
Tiffany was such a beautiful bride, so soft spoken, but new exactly what she wanted. I must say, she has very good taste! Since her wedding 4 years ago, she has used me for baby showers, bridal showers and has referred me many times…we LOVE Tiffany!
Love the venue as well, Pine Orchard Country Club in Branford CT. Chris is fantastic to work with and you can not beat the view, located right on the water.
Nicha and Jeff’s wedding was so romantic, I fell in love with the Gazebo decor…simple cymbidium orchids hanging from all sides, surrounding them as if it were raining orchids….so dreamy!
They added lots of seashore details, which was perfect for The Water’s Edge, being located right on the water.
Nicha LOVES orchids, so they were EVERYWHERE! Vanda Orchids speckled her bouquet as the Bridesmaids had accents of Dendrobrium orchids. Cymbidium orchids hung from the gazebo and Purple Mokara orchids adorned the ceremony chairs and Dendrobriums for the centerpieces.
I have to give myself a pat on the back for a second…..Did you know that there are umpteen different types AND shades of purple orchids??? Well, fortunately, I do! Some have pink undertones, some have blue undertones….This is why it is so important for floral designers to get swatches!!! Purple can be 8 thousand different shades. So when I saw the swatch of the sash for the Bridesmaids dresses, I knew exactly which purple orchids I wanted and went searching for them…it was rough, but I found them! It pays off to have the same undertone as the dress…which in the case was a blue undertone. Those dresses looked like they were made for those bouquets! Don’t let me get started on the color green….there are more shades of green than I car for…but again, I did my magic and everything looked fantastic!
Thank you….enough about me….How about these photos? How dreamy are they???
Victoria Souza and her husband, Erik, were so friendly and wonderful, as always! Their photos really captured their love and special moments throughout the day. And also caught Mine and Nicha’s little surprise lining the ceremony aisle….can you see what hides between the rose petals?????