Featured in The Knot Spring/Summer 2017 Magazine

Yay! So excited to share with you these amazing photos by Abbey Domond Photograhy of Danica and Dueren’s summer wedding in New Haven!

And…..this wedding is also featured in the pages of The Knot Spring/Summer 2017 magazine! WooHoo!

Not to mention the sweet image of them below landed on the blog of The Huffington Post!

Here are the amazing team of vendors(and their direct link to IG pages) that made it all happen for these two: Instgram

Cinematography: @yameanstudios

Wedding Coordinator: @viceventsnyc

DJ: @iknowmikemusic

Stationery: @ijorere

Custom Decor: @ten23designs

Cake: @wildflourconfections

Makeup: @arelquintese

Hair: @isewtracx

Ceremony Venue: Edgerton Park

Reception Venue: The Country House

First, Let’s Celebrate!! (As you’ll see Danica and Dueren did that well)

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Lush in Blush at Pine Orchard Yacht Club

Joanna and Greg were so sweet to work with!  Another couple that used me for my Style Services as I worked closely with them on all the details such as bridesmaids dress color, linen choice and color, lace topper, colored lace detail on the seating cards, table numbers, etc etc   I remember walking into the Pine Orchard Yacht Club with the flowers and hearing a gasp from the staff…not only because these centerpieces were.to.die.for but because it was an ‘Aha’ moment as they saw everything come together and make sense.  I will let the photos from the very talented Sean and Micheal from millimeter photo not only show you the details but the love and happiness that they captured from Joanna and Greg that day.   Joanna was prettied up even more than normal by the fabulous Maria Licari! PERFECTION!

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The Inn at Longshore : Summer Love

Summer Weddings are my fav.  The weather is hot and steamy just like the love that is being celebrated! I know, cheesy! but I’m serious, there’s something about Summer Lovin’…..Yup, that’s a Grease reference….

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You see what I mean??? Emily and Jon’s Summer Wedding was absolutely flawless and I never use that word. Ever.  The hair, the dress, the groom, the flowers, the flowers, the venue, the sunset, the birch chuppah, did I mention the flowers? Not only was Emily so gracious throughout the planning process she trusted me implicitly which makes my job so much easier.  It means I am able to make design decisions on the fly if I want to change something for the better, I can without a worry. It means I can be creative and add touches that come to me when I’m in design mode that I know the bride will love and I can just go ahead and do it!  Everything comes out better than ever imagined when I can be fully trusted and do what you hired me to do…bring your vision to life.  Which is what I did here…take a look for yourself…

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I couldn’t have hand picked a better team of Creative Partners to work this wedding with. I have to start with the unbelievably talented Victor from Binary Flips Photography.  Their entire team are so creative it blows my mind.  I added a few beautiful photos of Emily below that I just needed you to see, enjoy!

The Inn at Longshore, Westport CT  I am happy to announce that I am now their preferred florist! YAY

The Delamar, Southport CT  The bridal party got ready here and they were very accommodating

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Vibrant Colors at The Inn at Longshore

Summer is my favorite season for a wedding at The Inn at Longshore….especially when you have a couple like Brooke and Tom! They totally embraced their summer wedding by using very vibrant florals for the decor and by choosing a steel drum band for the outdoor cocktail hour which allowed me to come up with a fun idea to use tiki torches as vases!   They weren’t afraid to use COLOR which matched their personality perfectly, so why wouldn’t we have explosions of color bursting on every guest table.   That ballroom came alive that day.

Take a look for yourself…. Amazing Photos by Misty Enight

 Candi’s Floral Creations is the Preferred Florist of The Inn at Longshore

 

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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!”

 

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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Bohemian Beach at Owenego

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!

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Hydrangeas at Harkness State Park

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……..

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Kudos to Stephanie and Ryan for making their table numbers personalized and so much fun for their guests!!!

 

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Fall Elegance

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.

Enjoy…..