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
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……
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!
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!
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
Merrin and Gabe’s Testimonial:
I love it when I can create without the pressure of it being a wedding…although I am very good under pressure…a creative shoot is just so much darn fun! I love working with new vendors within the industry and being able to design styles that I don’t normally get to.
To my surprise, Melani Lust (the photographer) submitted the image of my bouquet to Westport Magazine and they featured it in November’s Issue.
Let me introduce you to Marie Antoinette…….
The FANTASTIC Vendors that helped make this a beauty:
Locale: The Mark Twain House, Redding CT
Event Design: Sandra Downie Event Designs
Photography: Melani Lust Photography
Bridal Gown: The Plumed Serpent, Westport CT
Tuxedo: Sukran’s Bridal and Tuxedo, Norwalk CT
Wedding Cake: The Cake Boutique, Wilton CT
Truffles: Just a Little Something
Petit Fours: Cake Suite, Westport CT
Cookies: Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle
Calligrapher and Paperie: Laura Lavendar
Make up: Bill Schrlau of Adam Broderick Salon and Spa, Ridgefield CT