December 31, 2016

The Year in Review: A Very Polished 2016

What. A. Year.

2016 was oh so very good to Polished in so many ways! We enjoyed nearly flawless (and I mean, seriously gorgeous) weather at darn near every single outdoor event (Mother Nature, we owe you one!). The bulk of our weddings this year (and typically every year!) are tented at-home celebrations so we at Polished pray to the weather Gods allllll season long! And we had the pleasure and privelage to work with so many clients that were an absolute delight to work alongside! We also got to tap in to our creative juices in brand new and exciting ways (check out those amazing mexican serapes used as table runners!) and we explored and conquered unusual logistical challenges that would have left many others running for the hills (two seperate locations with simultaneously occurring at-home celebrations for the same wedding on the same day!) We have much to be thankful for and are thrilled to look back on the year to relive the memories!

Here are the highlights of 2016, in chronological order:

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Lindsay & Ryan’s Wedding: Keeler Tavern in Ridgefield, CT

Photo credit: Brooke Allison Photography

View More: http://brookeallisonphoto.pass.us/lindsayandryan

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Ashley & Paul’s Wedding: Toro in New York City

Photo credit: Jesse Pafundi

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Gretchen & Lewis’s Wedding: At-home in Avon, CT

Photo Credit: Polished’s Insta Feed!

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Grace & Jeff’s Wedding: At-home in Old Lyme, CT

Photo Credit: L’amour Fou

View More: http://lamourfouwedding.pass.us/gracejeffwedding

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Saway Segalas Corporate “Country” Picnic: At-home in Roxbury, CT

Photo Credit: Polished’s Insta Feed!

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Rebecca & Jake’s Wedding: The Dauntless Club in Essex, CT

Photo Credit: Emily Tebbetts Photography

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Kayla & Kent’s Wedding: At-home in Simsbury, CT

Photo Credit:Greg Lewis Photography

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Allison & Ryan’s Wedding: Jonathan Edwards Winery in North Stonington, CT

Photo Credit: Leslee Mitchell Photography

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Carol’s 50th Birthday Soiree: At-home in Fairfield, CT

Photo Credit: Mojalvo

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Morgan & Phil’s Wedding: The Country Club of Darien in Darien, CT

Photo Credit: Eric Foley Photography

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Craig’s 50th Birthday Bash: At-home in Branford, CT

Photo Credit: TBM Photography

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As fabulous, fun, and fulfilling as 2016 was, we are incredibly excited to dive head first into 2017! With events booked from Brooklyn to Mystic and everywhere in between, ranging from small and intimate to large and lavish, we will get to sprinkle a little bit of Polished magic to so many fabulous events in 2017! And, with every single event we get the privilage to work on, our core values will remain the same. To be our client’s advocate, troubleshooter, sounding board, and cheerleader to ensure their entertaining visions come to life in a positive and engaging experience!

Cheers to health, happiness, and a whole lot of beautifully Polished events in 2017!

xo,

Polished

April 4, 2016

Polished Highlights: South Farms Editorial Photo Shoot

 

When my sweet friend Victoria of L’AMOUR FOU and I dreamed about doing an editorial photo shoot, we werent exactly sure what we wanted to do other than to know we wanted it to be different. We both gravitated towards an earthy, rustic, boho style and knew we had to shoot in the great outdoors. We day dreamed and hunted around for the “perfect” location until we found the idyllic White Barn @ South Farms, a historic family farm in rural Connecticut. And a match made in boho rustic chic heaven was made!

This shoot highlights the beautiful juxtaposition of a nomadic boho bridal style in an earthy pastoral setting. The shoot took place in January and the design highlighted the understated beauty of the winter season. We incorporated subtle elements found outdoors during the winter such as branches, feathers, leaves, slate, and rustic wood along with tone on tone shades of brown, green, and ivory. The earthy textures of the table design paired beautifully with the crocheted Rue de Seine wedding dress along with the “necessary” winter accessories like a colorful knit shawl and vintage fur coat. The groom was styled with an equally earthy vibe including his camp inspired patterned shirt and bold burnt orange scarf. While snuggling by a fire, enjoying a steaming cup of coffee in vintage tin mugs, snow started to softly fall and the magic of the winter season filled the air….

This editorial shoot was beautifully featured HERE on one of our fav bridal blogs, Green Wedding Shoes!

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Feast your eyes on this highlight film from the cinematographer, Mojalvo. Yessss. The passion and love and energy here is all the real deal! Alexandra and Jeff were so amazing (and drop dead gorgeous) together! Love really is the best accessory, I suppose?!

 

To my amazing vendor friends all listed below, you are insanely talented, creative, passionate artists! It was a pleasure to collaborate with you and to make something this beautiful come to life.

xo,

Polished

 

– Vendor Roll –

Venue: South Farms // Photographer: L’AMOUR FOU // Cinematography: Mojalvo // Floral Design: Stems Flower Design // Lighting: Social Decor // Bridal Stylist: Everthine Bridal Boutique // Groom Stylist: Allison Koehler // Bridal Beauty: Upstyle // Stationary & Calligraphy: Karri Lee Designs // Rentals: Rentals Unlimited

January 25, 2016

Polished Highlights: A Burns Night Scottish Dinner

While I love planning weddings, it is always such good fun to have the opportunity to plan other types of events and celebrations- especially during the slower winter season! So when long time clients and all around wonderful people, the McGrath family, called last January to ask for my help in putting together their 2nd Burns Night Supper, I jumped at the opportunity to be involved! Not only do the McGrath’s have a spectacularly beautiful home but we had such fun designing their 1st Burns Night Supper two years ago, I couldnt wait to dive in again! A Burns Night is a traditional Scottish dinner held to celebrate the life and work of Robert Burns, the widely loved poet from Scotland. (Fun Fact: Burns is responsible for the song we all know and love on New Years Eve- Auld Lang Syne)

The tables were designed to evoke the feeling of a medieval supper club using rustic wood, metal plates, heavy glass goblets, and even wood handled flatware! A custom made tartan plaid runner was used to add texture and color to the two dramatic tables and was also tied into a chair tie for each x back chair. For the floral design, I partnered up with the incomperable Katherine from Botanica who created incredible floral arrangements that paired perfectly with Molly’s vintage silver candelabras. When the lights were dimmed, the candles lit, the fireplace roaring, and the bag piper ushered everyone into the “great hall”, the atmosphere was warm, cozy, and simply magical!

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xo
Polished

– Vendor Roll –

Venue: Private Residence // Photographer: iPhone (!) // Floral Design: KD & J Botanica // Catering: SoNo Baking Company // Bag Piper: Piper Major Henken // Rentals:  Party Rental Ltd.

January 8, 2016

POLISHED HIGHLIGHTS: INTIMATE AUTUMN WEDDING RECEPTION AT KEELER TAVERN

Eric and Xin came to us happily married, with a wish to share their love with those closest to them. The pair were looking to host their nearest and dearest for a luncheon and personal vow renewal. On the agenda was to find a venue with an outdoor autumn view, bring in a chef with to die for food and create a warm, intimate atmosphere.

Keeler Tavern set the tone with its historical charm and beautiful inset garden. The space exudes character yet is enough of a clean slate to accommodate almost any design scheme and color palette. It’s wall of glass doors provides a view for all guests to enjoy the green of the garden, bringing the outdoors in. Together, rentals from General Eclectic and Party Rental Ltd. livened the room with a modern take on an old world feel. Greys and blues popped against orange and cream florals and antique brass featuring some quirky vessels made for conversation during lunchtime.

And oh what a delicious lunch it was! After a meeting at The Schoolhouse at Cannondale it was a no brainer deciding to create a menu alongside Tim LaBant. Highlights included pumpkin and sage infused ricotta and walnut crostini, prime roasted short rib with parsnip puree, chanterrelles, brussel leaves and chestnuts and the “First Place Pie” dessert table. YUM! String music over lunch conversation turned to a full on iPod dance session post meal and we could not be more proud of the day!

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Thank you Eric and Xin for being such incredibly sweet human beings and many thanks to the amazing team who helped create such a wonderful afternoon for our clients!

xo
Polished

– Vendor Roll –

Venue: Keeler Tavern // Photographer: Dreamscape Photography // Floral Design: Stems Flower Design // Catering: Tim LaBant // Wedding Cake: Lovely Cakes // String Music: Tim Maynard // Printed Materials: J.Papers // Rentals: General Eclectic + Party Rental Ltd.

December 30, 2015

The year in review; A very Polished 2015!

As I sit to reflect on this past year, I am overwhelmed with gratitude and appreciation for the abundance of blessings that 2015 brought to the Polished family. It was a year of incredible professional achievements, as we produced events with a wide range of size, scale and complexity, and a year of joyous personal achievements, as we welcomed a new baby and celebrated a new marriage. While we produced far fewer events this year because Sarah was busy enjoying precious new baby snuggles after the birth of her son in late August and Jess was busy being a blushing bride as she married her husband in early October, it was still a deeply gratifying year as we helped some truly wonderful clients bring their entertaining visions to life. As we approach the start of 2016 and begin to plan a whole new year of beautiful events and celebrations, it is always a treat to look back at the year we are leaving behind. Here are the highlights of 2015, in chronological order from January to December.

 

Burn’s Night Dinner: Private Residence, Fairfield CT

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Danielle & Keith’s Wedding Day: Metropolitan Building, New York City

Photo credit: Darker Shades of Brown

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Greening Our Children Annual Gala: Greenwich, CT

Photo Credit: Elaine Ubina

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Brendanpalooza: A 40th Birthday Party, Private Residence Newtown CT

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Annie & Meg’s Wedding Day: Fairfield Farm at The Hotchkiss School, Salisbury CT

Photo Credit: Colleen MacMillan Photography

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Laura & George’s Wedding Day: Gallaher Mansion, Norwalk CT

Photo Credit: Justin & Mary Photography

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The arrival of the newest Polished team member…Baby Nate!

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Jessica & Cliff’s Wedding Day: River Oaks, Charleston SC

Photo Credit: Shannon Michele Photography

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Lindsay & Chad’s Wedding Day: The Lace Factory, Deep River CT

Photo Credit: Anna Salwa Photography

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Danielle & Matt’s Wedding Day: The Barns at Wesleyan Hills, Middletown CT

Photo Credit: Leila Brewster Photography

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Wtih a grateful heart for 2015, I look forward to 2016 with much anticipation and excitement as it is sure to be another perfectly Polished year! Cheers to a new year of health, happiness, and prosperity!

xo,

Polished

September 28, 2015

Featured On
Field Guide to Weddings
A Carnival of Love

The wedding of Jamie & Juan this past July at Juan’s family home in Manchester, CT was like none other that we have ever worked on before! This event had fireworks, ferris wheels, and fun by the boatload! And we were so delighted to have it featured in the lastest print issue of Field Guide to Weddings, a new(er) publication dedicated to highlighting fresh, innovative, and unique wedding celebrations for the stylish bride and groom. We certainly think this gorgeous wedding fits the bill! Enjoy the tear pages below!

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August 12, 2015

POLISHED HIGHLIGHTS: A WHIMSICAL BOHO CHIC WEDDING AT LIGHTHOUSE POINT PARK

The wedding of Ellen & Matt, this past September at Lighthouse Point Park, was a bit of a dream come true for this lover of all things whimsical, shabby chic, and brightly hued. When I first met Ellen & Matt at a little coffee shop on the Yale Campus,  and they told me of their mutual love of music (they are both accomplished musicians and scholars), appreciation of Matt’s Scottish roots (kilts and bagpipes were a must as the proposal took place at a castle in Scotland!), and genuine desire to have a non-wedding wedding (they wanted an awesome party, with a marriage ceremony thrown in between), I knew Polished was the perfect planner for them! They had some very specific elements and concepts in mind for their big day and I was 100% prepared to deliver on every single one. Including…wait for it…a casual pot luck dinner for their 130 guests! True, some wedding planners would run kicking and screaming into the woods at that request but I thought- Hey, why not?!? And when I came to Ellen with the crazy idea of using bright yellow dinner chairs as a substantial pop of color in the design and she said- Hey, why not?!? See what I mean? Kindred Spirits! What fun we had and what an absolutely beautiful celebration it was!

 

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Thank you to our beautiful and adventurous couple for letting us plan a truly memorable celebration! And thank you to the amazingly talented Sidney Morgan Photography for such stunning photographs, perfectly capturing the spirit of the day!

xo,

Polished

– Vendor Roll –

Venue: Lighthouse Point Park // Photographer: Sidney Morgan Photography // Floral Design: Stems Flower Design // Catering: Festivities // Wedding Cake: Friend of the Couple // Band: Friends of the Couple //  Rentals: Party Rental Ltd. // Linens: Wildflower Linens // Wedding Dress: Everthine Bridal 

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