wedding season hiatus

Hello lovelies!

It’s been a while but we’re in the midst of our busy 2014 wedding season, so we’re taking a blogging hiatus. We’ll be back as soon as we can with more inspiration and love! Have a great summer!

xoxo,

B & C

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LD styled shoot: published!

It happens to be my birthday today (32, welp!) and we received such a lovely gift from WellWed magazine this week! You might remember that we did a beautiful farm-to-table themed styled shoot over the summer (inspiration for it here) with some of our favorite industry friends. It was a hot summer day in Madison, CT but the gorgeous images from Eric Foley photography made it completely worth it! After staring at them for days, we submitted them over the summer for editorial consideration and recently got the great news we were being published.

Fast forward 6 months and the issue is on newsstands! Best. Birthday gift. Ever! We’re so thrilled to see our hard work and the incredible creativity of our friends – Eric Foley Photography, A Little Something White Bridal Couture, Happily Ever Borrowed, Coral Pheasant Stationery, New England Country Rentals, Stems Flower Design and Simply Gorgeous by Erin – come to life in print. A huge check off the old bucket list ūüėČ

Grab your own issue #9 of WellWed Magazine Cape Cod & The Islands today – but in the meantime, here’s a sneak peek of our feature…!

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Thanks again to our lovely models Alexa & Jennifer and our uber-talented vendor team! I’m off to celebrate with some birthday bubbly.

xo,

B

signature drink: mulled wine

Baby, it’s cold outside! I woke up to ice-covered-everything and the trek to my car (super grateful for a garage!) was treacherous in my ankle cowgirl booties. Temperatures sticking to the 30’s this week and snow on the forecast has me dreaming of cozy wintry nights at home with a fire (on-demand for us), glowing Christmas tree and holiday tunes on the radio. Add in a hot drink to warm my belly and I could stay in that scene for days. I’mmm dreaming of a whiiiiiite Christmas…

Ok, ok. The holidays will be here before we know it, I know. Which got me thinking about all of the fun additions to holiday nuptials around this time of year. Vintage or family heirloom furs to complement snow-white gowns, dark ruby lips, and Lady Mary-style gloves, oh my! There are so many ways to make a holiday wedding festive without including the obligatory red or green, and a simple place to start is with this yummy signature cocktail! Mulled wine is delicious and smells even better, and can be easily dressed up with a cinnamon stick or floating cranberries like in the recipe below. It’s the perfect way to warm up guests and set the tone for a cozy evening filled with festive flair.

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Mulled wine with Cranberries
recipe via Real Simple Magazine

  • 1 1/2¬†cups¬†cranberry juice cocktail
  • 1/2¬†cup¬†sugar
  • 2¬†cinnamon sticks
  • 2¬†pieces star anise
  • 3¬†cups¬†dry red wine (such as Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon)
  • 1/2¬†cup¬†fresh cranberries
  1. In a large saucepan, combine the cranberry juice cocktail, sugar, cinnamon sticks, and star anise. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  2. Stir in the wine and cranberries and bring back to a simmer. Serve warm.

xoxo,

B

harvest table: happy thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is tomorrow! Somehow my favorite holiday completely snuck up on me (finishing up our 2013 weddings and doing some Lovely Day 2014 planning may have gotten in the way…) but I can’t wait to dive head first into stuffing and cranberry sauce at my in-laws house tomorrow. As a somewhat-newlywed, I am still getting used to missing my family during holidays (we switch family’s every other year) but I’m blessed to have a food-loving group in CT to fill the void. And this year, we have so much to be thankful for.

Better late than never, I designed an inspiration board to fill a harvest table. Close your eyes and imagine yards of burlap runner on a farm table, DIY gold sprayed mini pumpkins at each place setting and rustic wooden accents in a handmade charger and serving spoons. I simply adore the idea of a pomegranate centerpiece to add rosey warmth to the table in lieu of flower arrangements. Gold taper candles in mercury glass add a glow and stamped muslin favor bags send family home with sweet (pecan pie bar) treats (recipe link below!).

I can feel the warm fire on my face, and we don’t even have a fireplace. Happy Thanksgiving, all!

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1. Fill a vintage silver server with rich, dark fruits, including pretty pomegrantes

2. Spray mini pumpkins gold for each place setting with metallic gold spray paint

3. Cozy up to the fire with this gorgeous geometric cotton throw from Terrain

4. Make your own rustic table runner with yards of burlap, available through Uline

5. We love these Martha Stewart mercury glass candlesticks and would pair them with elegant gold taper candles for a metallic contrast

6. Your family will love you for serving these absolutely divine pecan pie bars. Make them immediately!

7. Leftovers are a big part of Thanksgiving. Pretty them up by stamping muslin bags with your favorite message

8. Our friends over at Design House of Moira created these darling (free!) place card downloads. Print them on card stock to lean against the gold mini pumpkins at each place setting

9. We’re completely obsessed with these vintage wood chargers from Pottery Barn (and they are on sale!). We paired them with Vera Wang’s gilded leaf gold dinner plates to add a touch of sophistication to the table

10. These Crate & Barrel farmhouse serving spoons are perfect for scooping mashed potatoes and serving gravy

xoxo,

B

real LD wedding: amy & adam

This wedding was one word. OK, two. COMPLETELY GORGEOUS. Amy and Adam got married on a perfect early fall day in September at the Waveny House. The sun was bright in New Canaan but there was a chill in the evening air that helped guests dance on the patio all night long. The mansion was the perfect venue for their classic New England affair, and they were married in the beautiful rose garden on the property.

Amy is an event planner by trade and thought of every detail for her wedding. The day oozed elegance and class from the fashion (we adored Amy’s LulaKate one-strap gown!) to the coordinating bow tie for their pup. Their friend Chef Marc Weber designed a custom – and ridiculously delicious – menu, complete with fresh late night doughnuts that filled the air with a sugar cloud.

One of our favorite moments of the night was sneaking Amy and Adam upstairs for a quiet moment after the ceremony – such a sweet couple filled with so much love! Enjoy Nicole Taylor Photography‘s gorgeous pics from their day!

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We had an absolute blast at this wedding and loved working alongside such an incredible vendor team and our on-site coordinator Aliza. Many thanks to Amy and Adam for including us in their big day! We love you guys!

xo,

B & C

{Vendor Credits: Bridal Gown by LulaKate; Photography by Nicole Taylor Photography; Catering by OnTheMarc Events; Florals by Dirt Floral; Band via ETA Music; Bagpiper Tom Kirk; Cake by Great Cakes Westport}

divine details

Not everyone has a million dollar wedding budget, but everyone does want their big day to be as special as can be. Our clients often ask us what sweet details they can include to make their day stand out among the rest – here are our favorite 5 affordable options sure to impress:

1. Chair Embellishments

Whether you opt for cascading ribbons, luxe chair covers or custom Mr + Mrs signs, adding some bling to your reception chairs almost rivals the King and Queen thrones you envisioned as a girl. We adore the simplicity and sophistication of these rustic, calligraphed signs – available for under $25!

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2. Signature Drink Stirrer

So you’ve decided on a Manhattan for him (he loves whiskey) and a Key Lime Martini for her (it reminds you of your bachelorette party in Key West) as your signature cocktails – adorable! Your guests will love them dressed up with a chic stirrer to mark their beverage choice. We love these by Etsy’s TheBelovedShop and would customize them with the monogram from your invitation suite.

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3. Place Card Love Notes

If your guest count is under 100, this is a sweet way to make your guests feel the love! Write short “love notes” to each guest on the back of their place card, telling them how much you appreciate them celebrating your day. Split the list with your hubby-to-be and give yourself a month to write them – that’s only 2 cards per day! Make them even more special with custom calligraphy like these gorgeous handwritten cards by Brown Fox Calligraphy.

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4. A Killer Welcome Bag

All it takes is a little planning to create a fabulous welcome bag for any guests spending the night. Think about the things you love – what embodies the season, what your wedding town is known for – and do some brainstorming. A bag filled with apple cider donuts from the farmers market at the edge of town and your favorite gas station candy might be all you need (who doesn’t love a Snickers at 1am after the wedding??)! Grab some lunch bags, colorful ribbon and a decorative hole punch and you’ve got yourself a picture-perfect welcome bag.

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5. Decorative Votives

Your florist or your venue may have some standard votive candles available to add a soft glow to your tablescape. Definitely use theirs, but sprinkle in 2 or 3 special containers per table to add some sparkle and dimension. We love mercury glass, milk glass or any other vintage finds (Grandma’s house is great for these!).

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We hope this inspires! You don’t need to break the bank to add special details to your day, and these thoughtful items only accentuate your wedding design.

xo,

B

real LD wedding: savannah + tony

We are absolutely over-the-moon-THRILLED to share our first summer 2013 Lovely Day wedding with you! We had the incredible pleasure of working with Savannah and Tony to plan their DIY wedding in New Milford, CT. ¬†After meeting them in February we were in love – and when Tony asked for a to-go container for the doughnuts we’d ordered, we knew we were a good match!

A little about the day: S & T are actors in NYC and chose to tie the knot at Savannah’s father’s theater school in New Milford. Savannah grew up in New Orleans so the day had nods to her childhood – including southern comfort food for dinner (BBQ pulled pork and artery-cloggingly-delicious mac & cheese) and a sweet tea-powered dance train at the end of the evening led by her southern Mamma!

Tons of DIY elements made the wedding uniquely theirs, with yards and yards of bunting sewn by the bride and a bridal gown designed by a friend. It was a HOT day in August but it was wonderfully whimsical, super sweet and just plain fun. I mean, LOOK at these two!

Photo credit: Laura Marie Duncan Photography

Photo credit: Laura Marie Duncan Photography

S & T wanted more of a “really fun party” than a traditional wedding, and their guests had an amazing time witnessing their sweet love surrounded by homemade accents and sparkle lights.

Photo credit: Laura Marie Duncan Photography

Photo credit: Laura Marie Duncan Photography

The color palette for decor was pastels (blue, yellow and peach) and the bride made each paper flower centerpiece. Yards of colored tulle floated on the tables and lacey-votives (amazing and from Ikea!) made the room glow. There was even a carnival popcorn machine – YUM…

Photo credit: Laura Marie Duncan Photography

Photo credit: Laura Marie Duncan Photography

…and a bouncy castle!!!!!!…

Photo credit: Laura Marie Duncan Photography

Photo credit: Laura Marie Duncan Photography

…aaaand a pile of fresh Krispy Kreme’s for dessert. Instead of cutting a cake, S & T tore a doughnut! Don’t you want to be friends with these guys?!

Photo credit: Laura Marie Duncan Photography

Photo credit: Laura Marie Duncan Photography

We’re so honored to have been part of their big day and we wish them so many years of happiness! Thank you for being absolutely amazing clients – we love you!

XO,

B&C

{Vendor Credits:¬†Photography by Laura Marie Duncan Photography; Catering by Jeff’s BBQ & Catering; Doughnut display by Krispy Kreme; Rentals by Party Rentals Ltd.; Lighting by Vivid Events; DJ Daniel Mulvihill; Videography by Brian Straub}