I remember the day Julie and Tom called me…in a panic…’Our wedding is Thanksgiving Weekend and no one will take our wedding…AND I want an all fabric bouquet and no one will make one for me” …. I calmed her down and told her she didn’t need to look any further and all those “no’s” were leading her right to me! From there is was so obvious we were meant to plan her wedding flowers together…an instant connection. We were able to create a color story that was so unique and perfect for a late fall, rustic wedding. And her bouquet? Giexsell, my lead designer, and I hand made most of those flowers….5 hours later, isn’t it awesome? Have a look at Julie and Tom’s very personal, unique, Rustic ~ Elegant wedding!
But before we look at the beautiful photos, I have to talk about these AMAZING vendors! Eric and his wife Corey are not only the sweetest people they are so very talented! he loves to get detail shots, as you’ll soon see.
Erica??? Her cakes are award winning. You need to be following her on Instagram or take one of her classes!
C’mon! Look at this detail!!!!!!
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!
Where do I begin with Michelle and Adam??? Not only were they the sweetest couple EVER, but they had such trust in me to create their vision that Michelle burst into tears at the site of her bouquet. She then made me cry as I revealed the room to them! I think it was because we BOTH worked so hard on all the details and to finally see it come to fruition was a bit overwhelming for her. You could literally see the weight lift from her shoulders as she looked at everything saying…”you read my mind”…”it’s so much more than I expected” Another beautiful moment I got to share with one of my brides…THIS is what it’s all about for me!
Michelle and Adam wanted their wedding to be elegant, but deep down they desired a natural, earthy, and rustic flair so that it would feel inviting for their guests. Michelle thought this may be a challenge since her venue, The Hartford Golf Club, is so very elegant. Therefore, I rushed to meet with her at the venue and we got down to business. The banquet director, James (who was awesome to work with, very accommodating!) was having a hard time envisioning and I think even understanding all of our ideas, but as I was assuring him, Michelle saw it coming together and felt at ease that her vision could be realized.
We were able to not only mesh these two styles together, but we did it without missing one detail that the couple loved…white mini pumpkins, branches, moss covered spheres, wooden boxes, and so on. I’m laughing because she also wanted hanging lanterns. Where, you ask? OVER the tables! Well, the ceiling did not allow for this, so I built an arbor and Michelle got to have her lanterns hanging over the guest tables! This was the favorite part for her, Adam and I and as it turns out, for every wedding guest and staff member at the club, too! Michelle had a few other favorites as she was a crafty one, and made the pumpkin soap place cards as well as the rustic table numbers. I love it when a bride get’s involved and our creations together is a marriage of it’s own.
I was overjoyed when I found out who the photographers were…Justin and Mary Marantz…and they certainly kicked everything up a few notches when they released the pictures. OH. MY. PHOTOS.!!! The vision that they have behind the camera is astonishing to me. The fact that they can capture floral beauty as well as the emotional beauty of Michelle and Adam’s day is breathtaking…as you will now see since words can not explain……
Thank you, Michelle and Adam, for having me be a part of your wedding and memories for years to come!
I’ll miss the long emails back and forth about the details and the fact that Adam didn’t want any of “those ‘dead’ looking things” included in the decor! Makes me smile just thinking about it!
One of my favorite themes to design…Rustic Elegance during my favorite time of year…Fall! There are so many natural elements to choose from and I love bringing “the outdoors in” by using leaves, pumpkins, birch, branches, etc etc And it all paired so nicely with the elegance of New Haven Lawn Club!!!
To top it off Diana( and Justin!) were so fun to plan with….she trusted me to take her vision and run with it and I did! Even scouring the entire state for mini white pumpkins well after their season…and found them! Also got to use my awesome dremel and wood burner kits for some great detail and personalization!
I was crying when I received their thank you card……..Love them!
This wedding was so fab that it got featured in a prestigious wedding blog, Rustic Chic Weddings!!! Click the link to see the feature. We were all very excited to find this out as this wedding was made for that site!!!
It couldn’t have happened without the gal behind the lens….Sarah from Afterglow Photos….she knows how to work that camera!!!
Here are some of my favorite images of the day……
I am so excited to have one of my favorite weddings featured on one of my favorite wedding blogs!
Rick and Darren’s wedding was lovingly displayed on Ruffled Blog for all to see!
To see the feature on Ruffled Blog’s website, click here!
To see my original blog post, click here!
All the fabulous vendors that made this wedding so unique:
Lion Rock Farms
Are you ready for a 1920’s….Safari….Vintage…Earthy…French….Fall…themed wedding???? Well, then you are really “In for it”! In celebration of the Roaring 20’s, I thought it would be great fun to use some catch phrases from that era to describe this “Swanky” wedding!
Rick and Darren were the “Bees Knees”! Most would think their ideas and tastes were a little “Off the Wall”, but not me! I welcomed every quirky email I got from them…embraced them all.
The Ceremony took place in at Lion Rock Farm, a heavenly farm…seriously…heavenly…you’ll see why! Very intimate and sweet.
But, the reception…was the “Cat’s Pajamas”, under a tent in the courtyard of The Ragamont House Bed and Breakfast…which is where some of the inspiration came from.
Since I can not come up with the words to describe this fabulous affair..I will just let the pictures speak for themselves. Look closely for all the details…1920’s band that sings in French and other languages of love, a forest of lights, safari animal place cards and coordinating menus(Adrienne from Admire always brings it!), vintage and I mean OLD silver, etc etc I won’t give it all away…….
This is only a sampling of their wedding…there will be a TON more pics on my website coming soon……
Lion Rock Farms…..
Inside The Ragamont…..
The happy couple all “Dolled Up”…..
Rick and Darren’s “Dogs”…hehe
The Tented Reception…..Isn’t it just so “Copacetic”?
The Band Carte Blanche Vintage in their “Glad Rags”!
I found a great little jade elephant bell for the “spiffy” couple…..
The traditional French wedding cake…Croquembouche…
Rick and Darren…I “Carry a Torch” for you!
Well, this has been so much fun for me to share such a detailed wedding that I am very proud of. I am also very thankful to Erica of Ambiance Luxe Wedding Designs for introducing me to Rick and Darren! Every vendor that was involved with this wedding worked so hard to make everything perfect…there are so many to thank…so THANK YOU to everyone below…it has truly been a honor….
Lion Rock Farms
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.
Okay, so this centerpiece you’re about to see is HUGE, so get ready! I was invited by Winvian (an extraordinary resort tucked away in the Litchfield Hills) to partake in a exclusive bridal show of preferred vendors.
Winvian is home to many unnamed famous clients whom enjoy the horses and vineyard while they stay in the eclectically designed high end cabins.
Since I knew that it would take place in the barn they rent out for weddings, I wanted to go with warm colors and a harvest feel. I love mixing unique items with flowers such as champagne grapes, wired covered moss balls, artichokes, candles, moss covered candles etc Especially in the fall, bringing natural elements into the design really completes the harvest feel.
This style of design is a perfect impression piece for a wedding place card table, a hotel foyer, a restaurant entry way etc.
Click on the pictures to see more of the details!