May 30, 2018

Polished Highlights: Minimalist earthy romance at Chamard Vineyards

Ahh, the vineyard wedding! A sailcloth tent, bistro string lights, barrels and well, lots of wine. But our take for Brittany & Frank’s wedding at Chamard Vineyards in Clinton, CT was less “Catalina Wine Mixer” and more living-off-the-land, rustic romance. Because at the end of the day, a vineyard is really a fruitful garden (or dare we say, farm!) right?

Sticking with the bride’s aesthetic for minimalism, the bouquets and centerpieces by Stems Flower Design were made exclusively of textured greenery. The outcome was simply ethereal against the palette of white and wood.

One look at the smiles on their faces and you know this special wedding day was simply ripe for romance.

















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Tent: Sperry Tents // Photographer: Ali + Julie// Floral Design: Stems Flower Design // // Rentals: Peak Event Services & Party Rental Ltd // Band: Isaac Smith Music // Stationery: Moontree Letterpress // Lighting: Social Decor

May 15, 2018

Polished Highlights: A Tent & Tuscany in Canton, CT

It’s not uncommon that a bride comes along who knows exactly what she wants her wedding to look like. But, for that original vision to be at once unique, timeless and take-your-breath-away stunning is a bit more rare.

Such was the case with Jessie and Jake, who knew from the get-go that they wanted a touch of Tuscany for their outdoor tented reception hosted at the bride’s childhood home in Canton, CT. Rolling hills? Check. Farmhouse and stable? Check. Dear horse named Patch, whose occasional whinny reminded us what a treat it is to celebrate al fresco? Check! Add to that a sprawling Sperry Tent, and the scene was set for an easy breezy summer night filled with love and charm.

When we think Italy, we think eating—everyone pulling up a chair to a rustic wooden table to share a special meal (and plenty of wine!) together. So we mixed long wooden tables and round tables, set in a provincial palette of taupe and dusty blue with floral pops of crimson, blush, golden yellow and green. Stems Flower Designs layered textures on the table, tucking fresh-picked fruits and vegetables amid airy table runners and oh-so-elegant, blue taper candles. Up above, Social Decor hung distressed chandeliers strewn with loose greens to add romance and just a bit of glow after dusk.

If we can say so ourselves, the final wedding design was utterly bellissima! And how cute are these two? Sigh!






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Tent: Sperry Tents // Photographer: Bruce Plotkin Photography// Floral Design: Stems Flower Design // Catering: Cafe Louise // Rentals: Party Rental Ltd // Lighting: Social Decor // Band: Lucy Music // Cake: Taste by Spellbound Videographer: The Light Mill

May 14, 2018

Polished Highlights: A Surprise in Deep River, CT

Alana and her groom-to-be Tom were well known among their circle of friends for throwing BIG bashes. Pulling out all the stops was kind of their thing! So how could they shock and awe a crowd who was familiar with their over-the-top party style?

Here’s how: We planned a SURPRISE WEDDING!

We partnered with Alana and Tom barely eight weeks before the proposed event date, so we immediately called on Coral Pheasant to design a unique party invitation for what we disguised as a celebration of their engagement. Since traditional dining tables would have been a dead giveaway when guests arrived at the party, hosted at Tom’s family home along the water in Deep River, CT, we called on some of our favorite local food trucks to feed the masses in a fun, casual pull-up-a-chair sort of way. Mobile Pub kept the drinks flowing while guests satisfied their munchies with Old World Pizza, Chief Brody’s banh mi sandwiches, Szabo’s Seafood and YardBird fried chicken.

One of the biggest—and definitely most unique!—tasks in planning this event was figuring out how to execute the whole “Surprise! This is actually not an engagement party…it’s our WEDDING” thing. In the end it all rested on a quick outfit change into a little white dress, a faux electrical shortage that cut off the live band mid-song, and…get ready for it…a flash mob of choir singers! They slowly came together from their posts among the crowd while belting out an Elvis classic, and once they had everyone’s attention Alana suddenly appeared on her father’s arm for her walk down the aisle. Cue the gasps from friends and family!

See that smile on the bride’s face? That pretty much sums up the way we feel about the clear-top tent and sassy little Gather & Lounge seating areas. And a real life swing for the newlyweds?! The stuff of our summer-night-on-the-river dreams! This party…errr WEDDING…was one for the books!

   

 

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Tent: Northeast Tent // Photographer: Tim Mannle Photography// Floral Design: Stems Flower Design // Catering: Old World Pizza Truck // Yard Bird // Szabo’s Seafood // Chief Brody’s // Bartender: Mobile Pub//  Rentals: Party Rental Ltd // Lighting: Social Decor // Band & Choir: Eric Nicolas & One Love// Lounge Furniture: Gather & Lounge // Stationery: Coral Pheasant

January 18, 2018

Polished Highlights: Spread love it’s the Brooklyn way

You know how some girls grow up dreaming about their wedding day? And others get the ring and then go- ummm, now what? (for the record- we love both types of brides!) Hannah was the later and came to Polished with an intangible feeling for her wedding celebration, but was ready to hand the reigns over to the pros to make it come together in a way that would shine. They had a bullseye for their ceremony location (Andrew’s family church in Long Island) and had stumbled across the Brooklyn Winery is some of their intial research. They threw the idea out to me, and ummmm, I LOVED IT, and the rest is history in the coolest hippest urban winery you’ll ever see.

In our initial design consultation, Hannah zeroed in on a floral arrangement that she loved and never wavered from it- bright tangerine and pink peonies in vintage white milk glass. We took that singular piece of inspiration and, with the help of some insanely gorgeous, bright spring blooms and the talented Violet and Verde, her flowers made the whole space come alive. Hannah wasnt afraid of bright colors but also wanted to honor the space we were in- rustic, industrial, and also- a bit dark! We chose dark metal chairs to go with the venue’s existing wooden tables, heavy black edison bulb lights overhead and candlelight. So.much.candlelight. Another source of inspiration was the vintage tile that greeted you when you first walked in the door, black/white hexagon tiles that we played without througout the paper story- in the invitations and day of paper. I especially loved the tiles for the table numbers! And that wall of greenery? A total show stopper (and totally a part of the regular venue space- dreamy, right?)

The vendor team and venue were all incredible (I didnt even talk about the food yet…the food was SO GOOD!) and Hannah and Andrew were some of the kindest sweetest clients we’ve ever had. (Scroll below the photos for the full vendor line up including all of these gorgeous photos by my girl, Katie Slater Photography!)

 

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Photographer: Katie Slater Photography // Floral Design: Voilet & Verde// Catering: Brooklyn Winery //  Rentals: Party Rental Ltd //DJ: Love Junkies // Venue: Brooklyn Winery // Hair & Make-up: Simply Gorgeous by Erin // Wedding Dress: Kleinfield // Custom Stationery: Birdwalk Press

December 30, 2017

Polished Highlights: End of 2017 review!

What.A.Year!! One of our busiest yet, we traveled from the rolling hills of Litchfield to the easy breezy CT shoreline to the busy streets of Brooklyn and lots of gorgeous locations in between! With the bulk of our events being outdoors and in a tent (our favorite kind of events, in case thats not already obvious!) we are mostly grateful to dear Mother Nature who gave us some truly sensational weather for so many incredible outdoor events! And speaking of being grateful, can we talk about our clients? Grateful hardly skims the surface of what we feel about those wonderful people who entrusted us with the task of turning their wildest event planning dreams into tangible experiences and celebrations. The relationships we build with our clients is the best part of the job and one we will never take for granted!

So as we look forward to 2018, and another exciting year of beautiful events, let’s look back at 2017 and all the fun and all the pretty! (Soooooo much pretty!) Cheers to a new year with renewed energy, enthusiasm, and excitement!

 

Andrea & Claudio

Inn at Longshore, Westport CT // Photographer credit: Katie Slater Photography 

 

Hadley & Peter

Wee Burn Beach Club // Photographer credit: Dede Edwards Photography

 

Megan & Chris

Belle Haven Club, Greenwich CT // Photographer credit: Lacey Gabrielle Photography

 

Michele & Greg

South Farms, Morris CT // Photographer credit: L’amour Fou Photography

 

Hannah & Andrew

Brooklyn Winery, Brooklyn NY // Photographer credit: Katie Slater Photography 

 

Jessie & Jake

Private Residence, Canton CT // Photographer credit: Bruce Plotkin Photography

 

Emily & Chris

Pine Orchard Yacht Club, Branford CT // Photographer credit: Taylor Dunn Photography

 

Katie & John

Hillstead Museum, Farmington CT  // Photographer credit: L’amour Fou Photography

 

Ali & Zach

Lighthouse Point Park, New Haven CT // Photographer credit: Anne Canon Photography

 

Annual Corporate Retreat & Picnic

Private Residence, Roxbury CT

 

Brittany & Frank

Chamard Vineyards, Clinton CT // Photographer credit: Ali & Julie

 

Victoria & Angelo

Eddy Farm, Newington CT // Photographer credit: Ashley Caroline Photography 

 

Alana & Tom

Private Residence, Deep River CT // Photographer credit: TBM Photos

 

Kristen & Charlie

Private Residence, Fenwick (Old Saybrook) CT // Photographer credit: Iris Photography

 

Greg & Sarah

Private Residence, Redding CT // Photographer credit: TBM Photos

 

December 20, 2017

Polished Highlights: A romantic spring wedding at South Farms

This was one of our first weddings of the 2017 season and it was fulllllll of all of our favorite things: a beautiful rustic farm setting, a casual yet classy design, a s-t-u-n-n-i-n-g (and incredibly kind and sweet!) bride, some of our favorite vendors and friends, and ummmm…white horses. Yep! White horses. When our bride Michele casually mentioned that her dream was to have white horses grazing the farm during the ceremony and cocktail hour, we were 100% on board with the idea. (umm…duh!) And when she found a horse handler willing to come for a few hours and her soon to be husband “rented” them for her wedding present, we knew this wedding was going to be something special.

We adore South Farms, a family owned farm in Morris (Litchfield), and all the charm it offers our client’s as a venue. Rolling farm lands, multiple meticulously renovated barns, beautiful gardens and perfectly rustic farm tables and chairs, to name a few! Michele envisioned a wedding that honored the rustic vibe of South Farms but wanted to keep it all very light and soft and infuse some french influences as well (hello, lavender and french herbs de provence, ohh la la!) Michele’s family lives in Litchfield, and is very connected in the community, so we were careful to utilize as many local and talented vendors to highlight the local flair for all of their out of town guests. Add in the couple’s favorite local band from NYC and amazing food and drink and an incredible celebration was had by all!

{Full vendor listing below photos….dont miss it!}

 

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Photographer: L’amour Fou Photography// Floral Design: Sarah Worden Natural Designs // Catering: Hunt & Harvest// Bartender: Mobile Pub//  Rentals: Party Rental Ltd // Band: John Schmitt Band // Venue: South Farms // Lounge Furniture: Gather & Lounge // Custom Stationery: Chick Invitations

December 11, 2017

Polished Highlights: An earthy summer wedding at Eddy Farm

Disclaimer on this blog post: All of our clients and their events are special. Every last one of ’em. But this particular one, the wedding of two friends/fellow wedding vendors, where I get to work with so many of my favorite industry creatives, it’s somethin’ extra special!

Victoria & Angelo’s wedding was on a picture perfect late summer day amongst fields of flowers and rows of greenhouses at the picturesque Eddy Farm. Victoria & Angelo are the duo behind L’amour Fou wedding photography (as well as Victoria’s solo venture in motherhood photography, My Motherhood Story). Victoria has been taking photos of my client’s weddings AND of my own children for years and years and I am lucky to call her a friend. And the dream team of vendors that were there to document, design, create and serve every aspect of her wedding were also friends and it was such a pleasure to all work together to make some magic! (Full vendor list below- you dont want to miss it!)

Victoria & Angelo had few requests and “must haves” for their wedding day- they wanted it to be an intimate and warm celebration, nothing too fussy or uncomfortable. A beautiful tent, with great flow and movement, filled with the freshest flowers possible in a muted earthy color pallete of blush, brown, and ivory. Oh and food- really, really great food! (their favorites are pizza and burgers and donuts- hello, meet my perfect meal!) With a gorgeous sail cloth tent, stunningly beautiful flowers in such a unique color story and the most perfect summer weather imagineable, it was a total dream-come-true wedding day! And we were thrilled to be a part of it all. Eye candy below from one of the sweetest and most talented gals in the biz, Ashley Caroline.

 

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Photographer: Ashley Caroline Photography// Floral Design: Stems Flower Design // Catering: La Cuisine//  Rentals: Peak Event Services // Custom Stationery: Karri Lee Designs// Hair & Make-up: Upstyle // Venue: Eddy Farm //Tent: Abbey Tent // Bride’s Dress: Everthine Bride

December 11, 2017

Featured On
Junebug Weddings
Minimalist Vineyard Wedding

We are so excited to recently have the wedding of Brittany & Frank featured on Junebug Weddings! To read the full post, click HERE. A full blog post of our own will be coming soon featuring all of the gorgeous details of their very special wedding day, including lots of insight into how we designed a wedding with a minimalist approach that paid hommage to the beautiful scenery of the venue, Chamard Vineyard.

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