Rustic Elegance at The Hartford Golf Club

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……

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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!

Enchanted Forest Wedding

There are many different types of Enchanted Forest themes, but this wedding takes the cake! (no pun intended) Everything you could imagine an enchanted forest would have, was included….but without going too far.

Since a forest can contain various elements, we decided to run wild with a collection of different accents to capture the concept.  There were 3 styles of centerpieces: an enchanted tree, a bowl filled with flowers and butterflies and a floral arrangement designed in a moss container.  All centerpieces were surrounded my moss rocks, colorful gems and votive candles decorated in peacock feathers. Peacock feathers accented the bride’s bouquet, shoes, hair, etc; real butterflies sealed the kiss(none were hurt in the process); flower girls were fairies with the most gorgeous wings you’ve ever seen; the ring bearer held a lily pad with frog moss pillow…..and so much more…..we will let the pictures show you the rest!
….but you’ll have to wait just a little bit more because I have to talk
about the amazing people that were involved in this wedding….
KELLY and ROB, aka the bride and groom: they were the best couple EVER! I was so happy to be able to create Kelly’s vision, which was a challenge because she was so devoted to every aspect of every detail. She deserves every picture perfect moment, as you’ll soon see.
Erica at Ambiance {chic} Wedding Designs came through again with such a great wedding and couple. She and her team took such good care of those butterflies!Lol
Fox Hill Inn, Brookfield, CT; Rosa is the best! Easy to work with and very accommodating.

Adrienne at Admire Design captured the vision in the escort cards, menus and table numbers.

Time Frozen Photography was A-MAZ-ING!!!!! Take a look….
(click on pics for a larger view)

Natural Bouquet

Kelly and Rob, MARRIED!

Enchanted Forest Wedding

Yes! REAL butterflies!

Fairy Wings for a Flower Girl

You can't be a fairy without WINGS!

Enchanted forest ring bearer pillow

Lily pad and frog for ring bearer!

Enchanted Forest Wedding Arch

Ceremony Arch

wedding aisle with rose petals

Rose petal design down the aisle and lined with hanging lanterns

Wedding lanterns

Bridesmaids carried enchanting lanterns

Enchanted Forest boutonniere

Enchanting Boutonniere; Groom's included a peacock feather

Enchanted forest wedding centerpiece

Enchanting tree centerpiece

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Low centerpieces designed in a moss covered vase

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above view of the enchanting bowl centerpiece

peacock feather votive candle

moss topiaries

peacock wedding shoes

gotta love these!

And my favorite photo of all…….

kelly bouquet

Elegant Harvest Centerpiece

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!

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barn wedding reception

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Base of centerpiece

napkin flower

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Enchanted Forest Wedding Theme

Well, the enchanted forest wedding theme is getting pretty popular, and I have to say, I love it!  I must have been a fairy (probably a floral fairy) in a past life because I am so drawn to this theme and keep thinking of new things to add to it all the time!  Since I have many brides contacting me with this theme, I wanted to come up with a really unique enchanted forest tree that does not look like the ever so played out manzanita trees (although, I still love using them).  My tree is the best, if I do say so myself!  For cost-cutting purposes, I rent these trees out.  They are still a bit pricey, but they are well worth it!  I add things to it all the time. The tree looks great with moss balls, candles, flower heads added to the table around the base of the tree. Along with nestling moss and fresh flowers into the trunk, I hang fantasy flowers and colorful votives from the branches.  You can add butterflies and dragonflies – fantasy or real-looking.  It’s a forest, anything goes!!

Since most brides can not afford to put trees on every table, I have designed 2 shorter enchanted forest themed centerpieces for the other tables.  I think it looks better to have a handful of these impressive  trees scattered throughout the room mixing them with lower styles in the same theme.  Gives you the feel you are in a forest, enchanted, of course!

Enchanted Forest Tree Centerpiece

Enchanted Forest Tree Centerpiece

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Enchanted Forest Floral Centerpiece

Enchanted Forest Floating Flower Centerpiece

Enchanted Forest Floating Flower Table Centerpiece / Cocktail Hour Decor

As you can see there are many designs I can come up with to make your enchanted forest theme wedding be very unique!   The last picture can be a very simple guest table centerpiece or we ca use a smaller bowl and have them on your bistro tables for cocktail hour to really carry your theme throughout your entire event.