This weekend we had the absolute pleasure to have met one of our clients for October 2011. They are planning a wedding at La Cupola Ristorante & Inn in Litchfield, Connecticut. Christina & Dustin are amazing and so sweet!! La Cupola has four very intimate suites, so we were all able to stay. It's like you become a family member to Frank and the staff at La Cupola when you become a client. (Scott and I have been close friends with him for over 10 years now!)
Gayle joined us from AriaDress and brought the most lovely gowns for the bride to try on. That was SO fun! How fun is it to try on a wedding gown and realize it's actually happening! Amy from Chandelier Events joined us on Saturday to discuss all of the decor ideas, from the invitations to the flowers and beyond! Amy is just fabulous and has worked in the wedding industry for many years. We put our heads together to come up with some really pretty decor ideas. With the layout of La Cupola, we'll be inviting guests for cocktail hour downstairs then dinner upstairs (which is really different, since La Cupola's dining room has booths) and family style tables in the center of the room. After a really tasty lunch at La Cupola we shared some cupcakes of possible cake flavors from Kelly's Sweet Rewards. One of my favorites was her red velvet cakes with cream cheese frosting. Oh my goodness! Just divine!
We'll be adding a pop of color with orange mokara orchid and milva rose centerpieces. Lots of warmth will fill the dining room with beeswax candles. A touch of rustic New England will be added by using old barn boards down the length of each booth table. The dinner that we tasted at La Cupola was incredible! You do not find reception venues like this often. Such hospitality, phenomenal food and wonderful wines. We had the opportunity to do a wine tasting at Sunset Meadow Vineyards. It was really fun and their wines are wonderful! We're hoping to serve their wines for Christina and Dustin's wedding (what better thing to offer to your guests than something locally produced!)
For their guests attending, we'll be putting together some pretty amazing out of town guest bags. They'll be filled with all sorts of local goodies and maps of area attractions. We'll probably include one of the cookie mixes from Lamothe's Sugar House. It's a really nice touch for an added thank you for making the trip for your wedding (especially when the guests are coming so far as their guests). Along with the help of Amy from Chandelier Events, we'll be putting together a really yummy candy station (filled with handmade chocolates, caramel/chocolate apples and many wonderful treats!) We are really looking forward to this couple's wedding, which includes a romantic outdoor ceremony overlooking the pond. Purely romantic in New England!