Saturday, December 19, 2009

Photo shoot wedding

In February we'll be designing a wonderful winter wonderland style wedding at The Society Room in Hartford, Connecticut. Specially put together for Style Me Pretty readers. There will be so many interesting and unique details with a touch of vintage flair.

Wedding professionals who are helping us design this fabulous wedding are:

Sixpence for Your Shoe
Cakes by Donna
The Society Room
Butterfly & Company
The Wedding Main St.
Raise The Cake
Regina B

Jamie Collins Photography will be taking incredible detailed images of this amazing wedding.

Here is a little taste of something we might do.

Preparing for Style Me Pretty shoot

We'll be teaming up with a fabulous group of utterly talented wedding professionals to design a Style Me Pretty inspiration board to reality photo shoot.

A Thyme to Cook
Stonington Paperie
The White Dress by the Shore
Steve Depino
Dana Bartone
Buzz Media Company

Ampearsand is the inspiration board we chose to come to life..... keep posted for the photos on Style Me Pretty in a few weeks!

Caramel-chocolate apples

Just finished wrapping up our apples pretty to send out to our clients as holiday gifts.....

Homemade caramel recipe:
2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1 can sweet condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Melt the butter in a sauce pan, add the brown sugar and corn syrup. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon over medium heat. Add the sweet condensed milk, continuing to stir. Bring the mixture to 245 degrees F. Once off the stove, add the vanilla and stir. Cool down to about 210 degrees and dip your apples or pears.

Place your dipped fruit on a sheet pan which is lined with parchment paper. Let dry and then dip in melted chocolate. While the chocolate is still wet, dip in toasted coconut, chopped nuts or add pieces of candy. Place back on the parchment paper to thoroughly dry. Melt some white chocolate and place into a zip lock bag, cut the very corner off and drizzle over the apples for detailing.

Package up in clear cellophane and tie up with a pretty ribbon. These make for incredible gifts from the heart. Store in a cool place or refrigerate. To enjoy, let them sit in room temperature for 1/2 hour. Place on a cutting board and slice.

Friday, December 11, 2009

I've been working hard to upload some of our 2009 weddings to the new web site
which is going to be launching in January. It's this amazing new web site where you can select the state you are in and the budget of your event to select the correct vendors for your event.

You'll see some of the most amazing real weddings that wedding professionals have created and be inspired by so you can create something all of your own!

I've also been busy finishing up my new booked called Enchanted Weddings, distinctive and creative ideas from real weddings. Which is coming together just beautifully!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Wedding at Guilfford Yacht Club

This wonderful fall inspired wedding featured curly willow 'tree' centerpieces with hanging luminaries, milva and black magic roses along cinnamon color cymbidium orchids.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Photo shoot wedding

So we're working on an amazing photo shoot (wedding) in February!

We're creating a wedding and photographing every little detail specifically for Style Me Pretty and the book I've been writing which helps you with inspiration ideas for your wedding.

Wedding professionals who are helping us design this fabulous wedding are:

Sixpence for Your Shoe
Cakes by Donna
The Society Room
Butterfly & Company
The Wedding Main St.
Raise The Cake

Friday, October 2, 2009

Rosie & Orion's wedding

This autumn inspired wedding is full of fun and romance! 'Black magic' roses, 'milva' roses and antique green hydrangea filled beautiful metal rectangle shaped urns. Manzanita branch 'trees' added height and drama with hanging luminaries and auburn crystals. Detailing on the trees with cinnamon cymbidium orchids and covered in roses.

We added jelly jars for extra detailing down her rectangle family-style table with 'milva' roses. Scattered madrid votive cups and clear votives added a warm glow to the night reception.

Wedding in Greenwich

This wedding featured thousands of 'cool water' roses and 'creme de le creme' roses along with Antique green hydrangea. Just a lovely combination of flowers and stunning crystal accents. Tall curvy vases filled with water and lavender cymbidium orchids made a dramatic presentation on their dark purple linens.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Amanda & Matt's wedding (our deserving couple for 2009)

What a wonderful day! Even with a little rain, nothing could spoil the love and passion shared between this couple and their special day. Here is a sneak peak at the wonderful flowers and details of their incredible wedding!

The "tree" we created for their place card table was really a conversation piece. With lavender cymbidium orchids and 'cool water' roses cascading down the trunk of the "tree". Just simply stunning detail with hand cut paper leaves which were delicately created by Jubilee Events.

There were a fabulous group of incredibly talented wedding professionals who came together to throw one amazing 2009 deserving couple wedding!
Which included:
Jamie Collins Photography, Jubilee Events, Lamothe's Sugar House, Festive Occasions, Emily's Catering Group, Regal Stageways, La Belle Chateau Salon & Spa, Dana Bartone, Kim's Cottage Confections, The White Dress by the Shore and Kathy Faber Designs

Friday, August 21, 2009

Jonathan Edwards Winery wedding

Real wedding: Jonathan Edwards Winery, Stonington, Connecticut

photos: Alissa Dinneen

The ceremony setting was in the vineyard overlooking the maturing grapes. Simply romantic and sophisticated summer colors of raspberry pinks with seasonal flowers. The tent reception glowed with a mix of ivory and pale pink Chinese lanterns, along with a mix of high and low centerpieces, overflowing with dahlias, hydrangea and roses.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Jessica will be a guest writer on La Bella Bride's NEW Blog!

Keep your eyes peeled for tips and creative inspiration on La Bella Bride Magazine's new blog.
All of the hottest trends and tips from the best wedding professionals in New England!

Jessica will be a guest writer from time to time with wonderful tips, trends and inspirational ideas for making your wedding truly unique. Our real weddings will be featured on La Bella Bride's blog. Giving you inspiration ideas with vivid images and wonderful descriptions.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Summer wedding at home

I love the look of rectangle tables. Such warmth and intimacy is obtained as you enjoy dinner with rich conversation. Try a mix of various little centerpieces in glass vases, ceramic pottery or metal containers filled with seasonal flowers. Rich, bold summer colors will be a dramatic punch to dress up a simple white tent. Ask your tent company to drape fabric from the top of the poles down to the ground. This is an inexpensive way to dress up the metal tent poles.

Take simple brown kraft bags (lunch bags) add a glass jelly jar with a votive candle inside to light pathways to the tented event. The look of glowing candles in the bags is simply stunning for a romantic evening wedding. Not to mention it's something you can prepare yourself along with some girlfriends for a fabulous look at a budget friendly cost!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Simple summer weddings

Summer is a wonderful time to get married and celebrate the union of two individuals. There are a wide variety of flowers readily available which are in season.

Try simplifying your decor by having only a few different types of flowers and one or two color choices. A mix of low centerpieces and high centerpieces will add drama to a reception venue with tall ceilings. I love using different containers for the centerpieces, so they all have their own personality.

At this wedding (held at Wood Acres Farm in Terryville, Connecticut) we utilized some lovely wooden boxes, lined them with moss and they were overflowing with summery flowers. I simply added a little additional detail by roses in votive cups surrounding the main centerpiece.

Choose a unique venue for your reception and you are sure to have a wonderful experience. Try an empty barn, loft area overlooking the city or an open field with a tent. Add jar luminaries around the outside of the venue (be sure and check with the venue for permission) for a lovely glow during a summer evening. You can purchase citronella votive candles help keep the bugs away and glow into the night.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Weddings should be about your own personality. Reaching deep inside your soul and grabbing tight to every emotion. In the moments that embrace each of us it is the simple little details that mean the most. Sharing the joy and love with the people who surround us in our daily lives. Those that touch us the most.

Keep costs down by:
Utilizing the linen choices you have available by your reception venue. Accent with a rented overlay if you so desire.

Host your wedding reception at a beautiful restaurant. More of an intimate gathering of dear friends and close family.

Eliminate meal choices by serving the same dish to every guest and choosing only one red along with one white wine.

Host a brunch reception. Which will definitely be distinctive.

Cut your guest list. Invite only close friends and immediate family.

Wedding at Gershon Fox Room

Elegant, deep purple linens, along with various purple and ivory flowers create a warm and inviting feeling to this intimate wedding night. Various glass vases filled with purple dahlias, 'cool water' roses and purple asters gathered on the centers of each table. Along with chocolate/bronze color urns filled with white hydrangea to create a wonderful experience.

Simple is sometimes better. A red dahlia set at each place setting for their family style bridal table, accented every detail perfectly.

Some perfect summer flowers are:
Calla lilies
Gerbera daisies

Monochromatic color choices can make a very dramatic statement. Simple is more. It is all in the details, creating an environment in which your guests feel welcome, relaxed and simply enjoy themselves.

Earthy, woodsy and organic

Earthy and organic elements make up this fabulous tree table setting. The wedding held at Tumblebrook Country Club (Bloomfield, Connecticut) was romantic and sophisticated yet utilized as much local florals as possible. Fabulous 'super green' roses along with 'cool water' roses and lime green cymbidium orchids cascaded down the trunk of each tree leading to the base of river rocks, moss and fern plants.

Summery cocktails were passed to the guests after the ceremony which took place outside overlooking the golf course. Guests were treated to scrumptious hors d'oeuvres while the couple enjoyed a few moments alone.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Jon & Jannelle's wedding

Held at the incredible Wood Acres Farm in Terryville, Connecticut.
A simply stunning property with gorgeous views, horse drawn carriage ride for the bride & groom and wonders of the country!

The gazebo decorated with greenery, white hydrangea and green roses.
double spray roses with unripe blueberries picked fresh from our gardens at the studio. wrapped with chocolate satin ribbon.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Wedding season is upon us! We would love for you to peek in on any of the weddings we are designing!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Preparing the gardens!

Dad and Camden planting corn seeds!

On the farm where our studio is located we grow peonies, dahlias, zinnias, sunflowers, snapdragons, snowberries and blueberries. All with organic fertilizer and lots of love!

Kyoko's wedding!

A wedding we recently designed at The Society Room in Hartford, CT