July 28, 2015

POLISHED HIGHLIGHTS: AN ELEGANT BLUE & WHITE SUMMER SOIREE AT THE STANWICH CLUB

Kate and Charlie were married last August before an intimate group of their closest family and friends, many of whom flew over to the U.S. from the groom’s native U.K. Throughout the course of planning, this detail would serve as an overarching “theme” of the celebration. A blue and white color story would also serve as a starting off point for creativity to ensue.

Save the Dates featured artwork of the two continents with a dotted trail connecting the landmasses. The artwork would later serve as a guest book that was framed to hang on the wall of Kate and Charlie’s new home together. Compasses with calligraphy from Laura Hooper sat atop and inside vintage wooden crates and provided guests with their seating assignments. Loved ones were greeted by a bagpiper who led the newlyweds through our bride’s families’ country club and onto the dance floor for their first dance as husband and wife.

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Thank you Kate and Charlie for being such incredibly sweet human beings and many thanks to the amazing team who helped create such a wonderful wedding for our couple. The warmth, love and energy felt from all who attended was undeniable!

xo
Polished

– Vendor Roll –

Venue: The Stanwich Club // Photographer: Bruce Plotkin // Floral Design: Blush Floral Design // Lighting & Décor: Ryan Designs // Wedding Cake: Sweet Lisa’s // DJ: Scratch Weddings // Printed Materials: J.Papers // Calligraphy: Laura Hooper // Rentals: Party Rental Ltd. // Hair & Makeup: Dana Bartone

June 8, 2015

POLISHED HIGHLIGHTS: A SEASCAPE INSPIRED GREENWICH WEDDING AT THE BELLE HAVEN CLUB

When we first set to work with Liz and Ryan it was clear that the vision they had for their wedding day was timeless elegance. Our bride designed a wedding dress with a similar aesthetic to Kate Middleton’s and her groom opted for a classic black tuxedo complete with suspenders and bowtie. We were thrilled to learn that the couple would exchange vows at Christ Church, possibly the most stunning places of worship in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Inspired by the reception venue’s stone walls and water views, a beautiful palette of gray and blush set the tone for this welcoming summer soiree. A Fabulous Fete produced escort and table name cards, with watercolor brushstrokes that mimicked the scenery. Silver mercury glass votives and starfish paperweights gave the tablescape a pop while neutral linens and gorgeous blush and ivory centerpieces softened the look.

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The entire evening was picture perfect and we could not be happier for our gorgeous couple. Thank you to all of the amazing vendors who helped to bring our couples vision to life! Shoutout to Kvibe Productions for capturing all of the beauty on film!

xo
Polished

– Vendor Roll –

Ceremony Venue: Christ Church // Reception Venue: Belle Haven Club // Photographer: Bruce Plotkin // Videographer: Kvibe Productions // Floral: Stems Flower Design // Lighting: Social Décor // Paper Goods: A Fabulous Fete // Wedding Dress: The Plumed Serpent Bridal  // Hair: Melissa Scrofani // Makeup: JoJo Salerno // Event Rentals: Party Renal Ltd. // Transportation: NY Trolley // Wedding Cake: Palmers Bakery // Music: Sultans of Swing

 

May 11, 2015

POLISHED HIGHLIGHTS: A NON-TRADITIONAL, BRIGHTLY COLORED BACKYARD WEDDING RECEPTION

In initial design discussions with our bride Jamie, we were given direction on three key points that would be critical to the success of her wedding day: the couple were not looking to throw a traditional wedding reception, color scheme wise they liked black and most importantly – there should be a Ferris wheel involved. From there, we had the green light to fully let our imaginations run wild and take the reins in building out what has proved to be APP’s most unique reception planned to date. So let’s get started with the details!

Deciding on a ceremony location was a cinch as the couple wished to wed in the same location site where they had their first date: Elizabeth Park in West Hartford, CT. The rose gardens were available and made for the most gorgeous backdrop, not to mention the perfect mid 70 degree sunny day that we were graced with. Guests were transported from the park to the groom’s parents nearby home, where upon arrival they ventured down a path to the tented reception that was flanked with wooden signage containing wedding related quotes from their all time favorite show, The Office.

Personal details continued through customized wedding day paper. A logo created by a friend for use on the couple’s wedding website was utilized for the invitations, guest sign in board, drink koozies and welcome banner. It even made an appearance on the laser engraved giant wooden jenga blocks and images of the couple were adhered to the bean bags for cornhole. In lieu of a dinner menu at guest’s place settings was a thank you note with fun facts about the couple and intricacies of the wedding day. Luna Pizza was eaten on their first date and we were sure that it was eaten on their wedding day – the pizza buffet was a huge success! A friend working for NoRA Cupcakes helped us put together a stellar menu for the dessert table: maple, bacon, cream cheese cupcakes – YUM!! Erica O’Brien did a stunning job crafting a traditional white wedding cake that we asked her to “trash” with chocolate fudge as a pseudo-paradox to the day; atop was the most adorable custom figurine of the couple of their sweet, sweet little dog. One of my favorite details were the eye glasses we had made as photo booth props to mimic the bride and groom’s.

Farm style dinner tables were complemented by black X-back chairs, hand painted table numbers, black vases and taper candles. The ladies of Stems Flower Design REALLY outdid themselves arranging bright, bold floral in a way that was so creative. Their antique wood crates turned floral vignettes were stunning; and the bright pops of color were the perfect juxtaposition to our back base color. Chandeliers hanging over the reclaimed wood bars made for stunning light as the evening grew darker, not to mention the Fourth of July fireworks that so perfectly gave a backdrop to the antique Ferris wheel that spun late into the evening.

We are so excited to finally share the images from Jamie and Juan’s Connecticut wedding. We are in love. Enjoy!

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Thank you immensely to all of the vendors who helped to make this night unforgettable and a big hug and kiss to Jamie and Juan – we admire your love for each other and feel blessed to have gotten to know you and your families!

xo
Polished

– Vendor Roll –

Venue: Private Residence // Photographer: JAG Studios // Floral: Stems Flower Design // Lighting: Social Décor // Invitations and Printed Materials: J.Papers // Hair & Makeup: Jennie Fresa // Event Rentals: NECR // Ferris Wheel: Old Time Amusements // Catering: La Cuisine & Luna Pizza // Photobooth: Photobooth Planet // Tent: Sperry Tent // Wedding Cake: Erica O’Brien // Cupcakes: NoRA Cupcake // Music: Couple’s iPod

April 14, 2015

POLISHED HIGHLIGHTS: VINTAGE GLAMOUR AT THE METROPOLITAN BUILDING

A few years ago, A Polished Plan planned a ceremony and wedding reception for Annie and Andrew at Jonathan Edwards Winery in Stonington, CT. We so loved the vintage feel and handmade details, not to mention Annie’s incredible Jenny Packham gown and the fact that we loved their family oh so much. As you can imagine, we were thrilled to have the privilege to plan Annie’s sister Margaret’s wedding to her beau Brian at The Metropolitan Club this past summer!

So much care and love went in to the details of this wedding. Together, our bride and groom made candles from scratch with handwritten name tags to serve as escort cards and crafted the table numbers out of picture frames and brass house numbers. The brides’ Polish heritage shined bright as guests recited traditional toasts in honor of the newlyweds; mini Polaroids captured the celebration that ensued and doubled as a guestbook chockfull of memories.

The Metropolitan Building is the epitome of what an antique venue should feel like, but the vintage aesthetic was certainly carried through with the choices in color scheme and handmade details and like her sister, Margaret also chose a gorgeous Jenny Packham gown that wowed her groom. We are not kidding, it’s a STUNNER and so well captured by the discerning eye of the always adorable Sidney Morgan!

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Thank you to Margaret and Brian for allowing APP to continue to be a part of your family and a big thanks to Mint Cinematography for helping us to relive such a gorgeous and intimate affair!

xo

Polished

 – Vendor Roll –

Venue: The Metropolitan Building // Photographer: Sidney Morgan // Videographer: Mint // Floral Design: DM Events // Desserts: Cocoa Bakery // DJ: Scratch Weddings // Hair: Jennifer Drudi // Makeup: Love Your Face Beauty // Dress: Jenny Packham via Everthine Bridal Boutique

March 20, 2015

Polished Highlights: South Beach Art Deco Inspired Backyard Reception

Working with Melissa & Robert to plan and design their “non-wedding” wedding reception was such a treat! I knew from the moment I first spoke to Melissa, and she mentioned that they were actually already married (in a private candlelight ceremony in their home the weekend that Hurricane Sandy hit and days before she gave birth to their sons) and that they were the proud parents of 1 year old twin boys (cutest little boys ever, BTW), that this was going to be a party unlike any I had done before!

Melissa joked that they had always done things backwards so it seemed only fitting to have a reception 18 months after their actual wedding and the birth of their twin boys! This lady clearly had a sense of humor and really wanted to have some fun with the design. The party was held in the couple’s beautiful backyard where the centerpiece is a gorgeous in-ground pool surrounded by beautifully manicured lawns and a multi-level patio. While conceptualizing an initial design concept of an ‘adult pool party’, Melissa mentioned that one of their favorite hotels was the famed Raleigh Hotel in South Beach, Miami. One scroll through their website photos and we had set our design inspiration!

We used the hotel’s iconic bold black and white stripes, shades of coral and peach, and brown rattan beach furniture as our jumping off point. We incorporated these design elements into all facets of the event, from the initial guest impression of the completely custom invitation suite, to the mirrored, draped, and palm surrounded bar as guests first entered the yard, to sipping a tropical drink by the pool under a black and white striped umbrella! The most impressive of which were the custom black and white drapery swags that framed the 30ft high outdoor patio area and the custom pennant lampshades in a retro coral print. This patio area was the perfect location for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres before guests moved down into the tent to have a casual seafood-inspired dinner followed by an evening of dancing to one of New York City’s best dance bands. We carried the design inspirations into the tent as well with soft and breezy fabric swags, bold black chandeliers, brown rattan lounge furniture, and a black and white checkered dance floor! As guests left the party, they were each given a thank-you gift of a custom wrapped box featuring decadent chocolates from a local chocolatier. It was such an absolute pleasure to work with a client who was willing to have some fun, throw convention and tradition out the window, and create a truly unique and memorable guest experience!

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Melissa & Robert, what a truly incredible experience Polished had working with you both! Your willingness to have a whole lot of fun with design, break some traditions, and throw a kick-ass party for your friends and family is unparalleled! We can’t wait to be a part of the next one!

xo,

Polished

– Vendor Roll –

Venue: Private Residence in Westport, CT // Photographer: Maly Blomberg Photography //  Tent: Abbey Tent // Floral Design: Flowers & Flowers // Rentals: New England Country Rentals // Caterer: Gourmet Galley // Band: Elan Artists- Eric Nicholas & One Love // Custom Stationery: Coral Pheasant// Lighting: Social Decor 

March 6, 2015

A Polished Plan is now featured on the Style Me Pretty Little Black Book!

We are absolutely delighted to announce that we have recently been accepted for inclusion in the highly coveted and very exclusive Style Me Pretty Little Black Book! This as an incredible vendor resource for brides who are looking for one location to search for the most talented vendors in their area. The process to join the Little Black Book is an extensive one including a thorough background check of the business and client reviews, vendor references, and a lengthy interview. This process allows brides to know that the vendors featured in the Little Black Book have been thoroughly vetted and truly represent the best of the best in the industry. And as such, we are thrilled to have the Polished name included in this fantastic resource!

Check out the full listing HERE!

 

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xo,

Polished

 

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