Fashionable Millinery-Inspired Connecticut Wedding – Jennifer and Dave

Fashionable Millinery-Inspired Connecticut Wedding – Jennifer and Dave

The Couple: Jennifer and Dave

The Wedding: 9.10.11 – Kent, Connecticut at private residence

Fashionable Millinery-Inspired Connecticut Wedding – Jennifer and Dave

What three adjectives best describe your wedding? Unique, Elegant, Personal

What inspired your personal wedding style, and how did you incorporate your style and into your big day? Personal style was the name of the game for us! From day one we said we wanted this to be a bit different. I love costume parties, so we asked guests to wear hats and gloves for a little flair without causing a big imposition on guests. Surprisingly, it wasn’t inspired by the Royal Wedding, but was decided when we were first engaged. It made for amazing pictures and gave people something to talk about. I designed my dress, and partnered with Mika Inatome to pattern and produce it. I also designed our invitations that were made out of wood.

We are both in our mid-thirties, so weve been to a lot of weddings at this point and we knew what we cared about and what we didnt. We had an outdoor ceremony, wrote our own vows, and each gave a short toast. We limited our bridal party to siblings which reigned in any drama. We did a very limited number of formal photos, and our photographer did a great job of taking candid shots for the rest of the event. We served a lot of food, but not a formal dinner. It kept everyone on the dance floor the whole time. We don’t really like cake, so we served yummy ice cream sandwiches instead. And finally, we turned the sometimes tedious guest book into a fun photobooth guest book. The guests loved taking their pictures home, and we loved getting notes!

Fashionable Millinery-Inspired Connecticut Wedding – Jennifer and Dave

Fashionable Millinery-Inspired Connecticut Wedding – Jennifer and Dave

Looking back, what are the moments, decisions or memories that you love the most about your wedding? We actually talked a lot about this on our honeymoon! Walking down the aisle with everyone you know present and seeing your future spouse was incredible. Our ceremony was personal and touching, and Dave’s vows didn’t leave a dry eye in the audience.

The view of the hats as I came down the aisle was surreal! Everyone did such a great job executing the hats and gloves, and looked really sophisticated. I think people were surprised at how much they enjoyed wearing them! People that didn’t wear a hat were actually disappointed that they hadn’t, but we did supply extras for people to borrow.

We had a great time with our first dance, doing “Love is Strange”. Think Dirty Dancing, “Oh Sylvia…Yes, Mickey?”. After all of our practice, we nailed it that night! Everyone was oohing and aahing and laughing. And we loved joining in with everyone dancing and singing at the top of their lungs all night–hours of it!–exhausting, but amazing!

The decision to hold the wedding outdoors at a private residence was a big one, but it turned out perfect. It was touch and go at the last minute because of a hurricane that hit the northeast. It just missed us though, and we had a full moon and great weather.

Wedding color palette? We didnt have a strict color palette. We used the succulents, with their greys and purples as a starting point, and then landed on a very natural outdoor palette.

Fashionable Millinery-Inspired Connecticut Wedding – Jennifer and Dave

Fashionable Millinery-Inspired Connecticut Wedding – Jennifer and Dave

The Wedding Team:

Photographer: Nathan Smith and Tim Boyd for Ira Lippke Studios
Event Planner: Dixie Todd at Party Resources
Venue: Skiff Mountain Farm, a private residence
Invitations: Designed by bride, printed by Cards of Wood
Florist: Felicity Banford
Catering: The Farmers Wife
Wedding Dress: Designed by bride, made by Mika Inatome
Bridal Accessories: Gloves designed by bride, made by La Crasia ; Hat by Leah C Couture Millinery ; Wedges by Mika Inatome
Bride’s Ring: Golda Jewelry
Bridesmaids Apparel and Accessories: Dress by Thread Social ; Fascinator by Leah C Couture Millinery ; Gloves by La Crasia
Groom and Groomsmen Hats: JJ Hats
Hair and Make-up: Kim Burns
Live Music and DJ: Fred Maloney at FME Services
Tent and Lighting: Northeast Tent Productions

Thank you Jennifer and Dave for sharing your fashionable and fun Connecticut wedding with us!

Be sure to check out our Wedding Inspiration Gallery for more gorgeous real weddings!

Fashionable Millinery-Inspired Connecticut Wedding – Jennifer and Dave

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Sonoma, California Vineyard Wedding at the BR Cohn Winery – Danielle and Adam

Sonoma, California Vineyard Wedding at the BR Cohn Winery – Danielle and Adam

Romance seems to leap off the screen in these images of couple Danielle and Adam’s vineyard wedding at BR Cohn Winery ! Pretty doesn’t begin to describe the setting and decor (or the couple – how gorgeous are they?!) and the photography by EPLove captures the timeless, vintage atmosphere so well. Mmmm… vino anyone?

Sonoma, California Vineyard Wedding at the BR Cohn Winery – Danielle and Adam

Sonoma, California Vineyard Wedding at the BR Cohn Winery – Danielle and Adam

From Danielle: I met Adam (or better known as Shipley, The Shipster, Shippers, or Ships) on a warm summer night in Santa Barbara. We were cruising the harbor on Cooney & B-Rad’s Infamous Color Cruise (a classy booze cruise). We each chose a color to dress in, I chose white and Adam was in his baby blue! I remember doing one of those double takes thinking, who is that tall, dark, and incredibly handsome guy? My stomach did a flip when I first locked eyes with him–I had that feeling you get when something really exciting is about to happen. Adam is without a doubt the love of my life and I cannot wait to spend the rest of my life with him.

Sonoma, California Vineyard Wedding at the BR Cohn Winery – Danielle and Adam

Sonoma, California Vineyard Wedding at the BR Cohn Winery – Danielle and Adam

The wine country was the perfect setting for our wedding not only because it’s absolutely gorgeous, but we thought that Sonoma would be a fun destination for our guests. Our ceremony took place underneath oak trees in the middle of the vineyard (seriously surrounded by vines!) and the dinner and dancing was up by the white barn amongst olive trees.

Right off the bat, we knew that we wanted to have an outdoor wedding. Elegant, timeless, vintage, romantic… these were some of the words that I thought of when I picked out details for our wedding. I fell in love with the white washed Calistoga long tables with the pale pink dahlias, milk bottles, and eclectic silver flatware. It was also important to us to have an intimate wedding including items that were keepsakes from our family like Adam’s grandfather’s typewriter.

Sonoma, California Vineyard Wedding at the BR Cohn Winery – Danielle and Adam

Sonoma, California Vineyard Wedding at the BR Cohn Winery – Danielle and Adam

Sonoma, California Vineyard Wedding at the BR Cohn Winery – Danielle and Adam

We made all of our programs, menus, and place cards. We lived at Kinkos for a whole weekend titrating the printing settings and hand cutting each piece of paper because we are crazy! I love stamps so everything had a stamp (ie: table numbers, cutlery set on the menus, little hearts on the programs)… it’s the little things that really add up towards the end, but we felt very accomplished come wedding day! Adam, being an engineer, came up with the perfect way to display our place cards, stringing twine wrapped around posts that were cemented in wine barrels covered in spanish moss. My mom made us a tiered succulent wedding cake which we displayed on the cupcake table. We used old wood to create signs for the bar, ceremony, and reception.

It was absolutely perfect….best day of my life!

Sonoma, California Vineyard Wedding at the BR Cohn Winery – Danielle and Adam

Sonoma, California Vineyard Wedding at the BR Cohn Winery – Danielle and Adam

Sonoma, California Vineyard Wedding at the BR Cohn Winery – Danielle and Adam

Sonoma, California Vineyard Wedding at the BR Cohn Winery – Danielle and Adam

Sonoma, California Vineyard Wedding at the BR Cohn Winery – Danielle and Adam

The Wedding Team:

Wedding Planner: Stacy McCain Event Planning
Photographers: EPLove
Videographers: Shade Tree Films
Ceremony and Reception Venue: BR Cohn Winery
Floral Design: Catherine Scott Flowers
Catering: Grapevine Catering
Cupcakes: Foxy Cupcakes
Wedding Invitations: Bella Figura
DJ: David Carvalho
String Quartet: Golden Gate Music
Wedding Dress: Sarah Houston from Nouvelle Vogue
Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade
Bride’s Veil: Percy Handmade
Engagement Rings: Tacori
Groom’s Apparel: Suit – Canali , Cuff links – Off the Cuff , Shoes – To Boot New York Shirt and Tie – Burberry
Bridesmaids Dresses: Priscilla of Boston
Groomsmen’s Apparel: Fellini Uomo
Hair: Lisa Lynn Mann and Michelle Shipley
Makeup: John Paul
Transportation: 1938 Buick from Bow Tie Limousine , and Guest Transportation from Beau Wine Tours
Table Signs & Cupcake Holders: Basilicus Jones

Thank you Danielle and Adam! What a stunning wedding day!

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Sonoma, California Vineyard Wedding at the BR Cohn Winery – Danielle and Adam

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Cozy Winter First Wedding Anniversary Photo Shoot

Cozy Winter First Wedding Anniversary Photo Shoot

In my (photography obsessed) opinion, you don’t need a special reason for a photo shoot with your sweetheart – documenting life and love at any time is a brilliant idea. But… celebrating your first anniversary with mittens, hot cocoa and lots of cuddling sure can’t be beat! This cozy winter photo shoot of newlyweds Nikki and Ben, photographed by Meg Brock Photography shows us how to celebrate one year in!

Cozy Winter First Wedding Anniversary Photo Shoot

Cozy Winter First Wedding Anniversary Photo Shoot

Cozy Winter First Wedding Anniversary Photo Shoot

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