December 4, 2017

The Polished family grew by two feet this year

As the old saying goes…
First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes BABY in a baby carriage.

I’m happy to share that my husband Kevin and I welcomed baby girl Etta Blair to the world in October. Weighing in at 7 lb. 6 oz. and 19.5 inches tall, Etta is a most precious addition to our little family. We love her so!

And, after taking some time off to soak up those early baby cuddles, I’m back to planning mode and so excited to meet our happy brides-to-be! Bring on the wedding bells, 2018…the Polished gals are ready for you!

xxo,
Meredith

December 1, 2017

Polished Highlights: Mid-summer chic at a classic Connecticut yacht club

The July wedding of Emily & Chris at the Pine Orchard Yacht Club was full of the most charming and thoughtful details! I absolutely love working with clients who enjoy focusing on the small details as I truly believe they make the biggest impact on the guest experience! Every design decision was thoughtfully curated, discussed, and designed including the custom stationery suite by Social Alchemy, the gorgeous rentals from Party Rental Ltd and La Tavola, the unique lighting by Social Decor and the innnnnn-credible flower design by Blush Floral.

(see vendor roll below for all the links to these talented vendors!)

The Pine Orchard Yacht Club was where the bride grew up, and spent her summers on the ocean, and it was the perfect “blank slate” space to build her design of pink and gray and soft subtle summer vibes. And that chapel?!?! Oh, that sweet chapel! The ceremony was held in the Pine Orchard Union Chapel and it could not have been sweeter! (I have a serious soft spot in my heart for sweet ol’ little chapels!)

A few of my absolute favorite details include the swizzle-stick escort cards sitting in a glass of rose (greeting guests as they arrived to cocktail hour- does anything sound more refreshing on a hot summer day?!), the charming bird holders for the table numbers, the soft pink napkin and the individual guest names on the top of each one- serving double duty as a place card too, the big-statement chandelier orbs and how they reflected against the mirror in the ballroom, and the FLOWERS! I could gush about the flowers but I think the photos below speak for themselves! It sure was a beautiful day and we were thrilled to be a part of it!

 

 

 

– Vendor Roll –

Photographer: Taylor Dunn Photography // Floral Design: Blush Floral Design // Catering: Pine Orchard Yacht Club // Band: Carlos Estrella Band  // Lighting: Social Decor // Rentals: Party Rental Ltd. //  Linens: La Tavola // Custom Stationery: Social Alchemy // Venue Location: Pine Orchard Yacht Club // Ceremony Location: Pine Orchard Union Chapel 

April 25, 2017

Polished Highlights: The Ultimate Greenhouse Garden Party in Old Lyme, CT

When it came time to put together a theme for this June wedding, it was an easy decision for Brooklyn couple Grace and Jeff. They presented us with their idea to throw the ultimate garden party, and you can just imagine the hearts in our eyes!

Under picture-perfect skies, this June wedding began with a sweet ceremony held at the bride’s own grandmother’s home, upon an expansive lawn overlooking Long Island Sound. Grace was a vision in crocheted lace as she walked down the aisle to meet her groom, carrying a sprawling bouquet of blooms freshly cut from her grandma’s rose and peony gardens. How sweet is that?

Following the “I do’s,” the couple snuck away for photos—the kind that still have us gasping! The romance between these newlyweds just grew and grew, as they breezed from the waterfront to the whimsical shoreline forest.

Meanwhile, a very unique cocktail hour kicked off in what’s left of a historic rock quarry on the property. Guests enjoyed sips and bites in the enchanting outdoor alcove as music from a sting jazz trio filled the air. The bride also tied in a personal touch by serving up ice cold Coca-Cola in classic glass bottles—a nod to her family’s roots in the local bottling industry for Coke!

And then, in the true spirit of this dear, vivacious couple, it was time to let the good times roll! While this may have been held on the lawn of the bride’s parents’ home, this was anything but an ordinary backyard wedding!

Nothing could have said “greenhouse” more than the massive clear-top tent, adorned from the inside out with lush greens and big, bright, beautiful flowers. The garden theme carried through every touch point, from the dining tables named for nature’s lovable critters—like Dragonfly and Honey Bee, which were hand-stamped with love by the bride—to the rosy photo backdrop that Grace and her mom DIY’d like pros! Even the menu evoked tastes from the garden, with loads of crisp veggies (and proteins too!) charred over the flames of a live kabob grilling station. Lounge seating spilled out beyond the tent so guests could get cozy and take in the stars later into the night while they nibbled on a late-night snack of the couple’s favorite local caramel corn.

This wedding—just like the couple—nailed that magical union of elegance, ease and downright joy! We’ll let the photos speak for themselves.

 

– Vendor Roll –

Photographer: L’amour Fou // Floral Design: KLW Designs // Catering: Gourmet Galley // DJ: Love Junkies // Lighting & Drapery: Social Decor // Rentals: Party Rental Ltd. // Tent: Abbey Tent // Hair & Make-up: Upstyle // Venue: Bride’s home

March 12, 2017

Polished Highlights: A Spring Wedding at Keeler Tavern in Ridgefield, CT

We can’t imagine a better kickoff to the 2016 wedding season than the oh-so-demure nuptials of our sweetheart clients, Lindsay and Ryan. That ethereal vibe of the Keeler Tavern in Ridgefield, paired with the bride’s simple, timeless aesthetic—right from the get-go, this one had all the makings of a gorgeous spring wedding in Connecticut!

Our soft, lush design theme kept the focus on the newlyweds and seamlessly brought the outside in, with sweeping floral installations by Stems Flower Design transforming the clean-slate reception space. Oak & Orchid did the most beautiful job of hand-lettering the place cards, tacked to a custom etched sign for an effortless seating display. And can we mention, a lovelier sweetheart table, we never did see!

    

 

– Vendor Roll –

Venue: Keeler Tavern // Photographer: Brooke Allison Photography // Floral Design: Stems Flower Design // Catering: Bailey’s Backyard // // DJ: White Label DJ // Lighting: Social Decor // Printed Materials: Oak & Orchid // Rentals: Party Rental Ltd.

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

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