Birchwoods at Oak Lane - Randi & Yolie

Sometimes you meet someone who's personality absolutely fills a room with sunshine and warmth. Randi embodies this completely. It is absolutely impossible not to feel welcome and at home whenever you are around her. Waves of laughter fill the room and smiles linger on people's faces. It was such an absolute honor to be a part of her special day with her partner Yolie. It was also a delight to be one of the first weddings at Birchwoods at Oak Lane in Woodbridge, CT. Their view is reminiscent of a west coast veranda looking over the skyline and the staff there make you feel like a million dollars. 

Their bridal party was fierce and wonderfully loyal to the couple. All day there was an air of support and love for the union that was about to take place. Little details were carefully considered, from the ring box, to the smudging that was done during the ceremony, to the simple color earthy color scheme.

Also, as a personal note: Beet and Blossom shot this wedding. They're attention to detail and laid back approach to their photography is unlike anyone else's. I cannot recommend them enough. The proof is in the pudding... (or in this case, the gorgeous photos below!) Duane Wuane, owner of Lights, Camera, DJs, also got the crowd off their feet all night. They're our favorite and most highly recommend DJ company. If you're on the fence about yours or haven't made a selection yet - you won't be remiss in hiring them.

Camp Cedarcrest | Michelle & Chris

Camp Cedarcrest weddings are near and dear to my heart. There is something about the great outdoors that makes people just feel differently. The sun was out all day and played peek-a-boo through the trees throughout the evening. It was a perfect day filled with bright smiles and the happiest ring bearer you'll ever see!

Don't be Mariah Carey... Be a Planner

2017 started off poorly for Mariah Carey (as well as some other folks) - hopefully yours started off with someone down on a knee and a gorgeous ring in a box. But for Mariah.... It wasn't so much that she came unprepared, but sadly her staff did. The moment that was captured in front of millions was because no one did a pre-check. A critical and necessary step for anything that's live and without the possibility of editing...

 
 

Which brings me to my point. Mariah Carey is not a planner. She did not get up on stage feeling comfortable or prepared. Yes, she certainly has talent and yes, she certainly handled it about as well as anyone could have... but why did it even need to happen? Because no pre-check was done - no one tested the mics, no one even bothered to test her battery pack before she got on stage. Why? Because her team let her down.

You can spend hours upon hours hiring the best of the best... but if we fail to do our jobs, that leaves a big hole! Your wedding day shouldn't be spent wondering if the vendors will know to plan for extra time for traffic, or worrying the cake will be left out on a hot day, or if your centerpieces are just the way you want them. You shouldn't be walking down the aisle wondering if the venue remembered to add extra guest meals or accounted for Uncle Pete being a vegan. Your reception also shouldn't be spent tackling "Oops moments" like the electricity going out in a tent, your bar running out of ice, a heel ripped off a guests shoe, or red wine dropped down the back of your dress (yes, we've actually tackled that one!) It should be as stress free as possible. It should be worrying if your mascara is going to run because you're so happy and you can stop the happy tears! It should be giggles and smiles as they announce the newly married couple! It should be bliss, not chaos.

Whether it's you or a professional like us, come prepared. Do the extra steps. Go the extra mile. You only get one shot - it's a live production that requires a lot of work and prep! Test that microphone, make sure there's spare batteries, ensure there's a back up plan!!! In other words... hire a planner, if you can't be one. And even if you are.... let a professional do the worrying on your big day. No one wants you to be Mariah on New Year's Eve.... not even Mariah.

Feature on Elegant Weddings!

Interlaken Inn Wedding Planner

Sometimes, just like in a fairy tale, the winds blow the right way and the sun shines just so perfectly. I got exactly that experience working with Claire and Chris - a true fairytale match made in heaven. Claire had a very specific vision she was going for and hand selected each of her amazing vendors (not to toot my own horn!) but from photography and video to the food and the location - everything was absolutely top notch! I even got the privilege of designing all of her signage. Photos below!

Elegant Weddings couldn't have agreed more and we've recently been featured there! Here are just a few of my favorite shots, but you can check the rest out at: http://www.elegantwedding.com/beauty-in-the-ordinary/ - Brooke Ellen Photography is one of our most highly referred out photographers too. Be sure to check out her page as well. She's talented, easy to work with, and hilarious to boot!

 
Interlaken Inn Wedding Planner
Interlaken Inn Wedding Planner
Interlaken Inn Wedding Planner
Interlaken Inn Wedding Planner
Interlaken Inn Wedding Planner

Sarah & Eli's Simplistic Perfection at Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, CT

Sarah was beyond a joy to work with. She was direct in what she wanted, but knew at the end of the day - the only detail that mattered was that her and Eli were married at the end of the day. The smiles and laughter that filled the day were incredibly contagious and my cheeks burned by the end of the evening from joining in. The day was beautiful and the sun shone brightly. The flowers were done by a family friend who owns a local shop and they were stunners to say the least. There wasn't a single detail that didn't come out impeccable. I know that these too will carry the sunshine on into their futures, as well as their smiles and laughs!

Hillstead Museum Wedding Planner
Hillstead Museum Wedding Planner
Hillstead Museum Wedding Planner
Hillstead Museum Wedding Planner
Hillstead Museum Wedding Planner
Hillstead Museum Wedding Planner
Hillstead Museum Wedding Planner
Hillstead Museum Wedding Planner
Hillstead Museum Wedding Planner
Hillstead Museum Wedding Planner
Hillstead Museum Wedding Planner