It is so exciting to see the styled shoot that we recently designed at South Farms featured on Green Wedding Shoes! A full blog post will be coming soon with all the beautiful images and details! Click HERE for the full post.
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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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!
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!
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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.
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
Danielle & Keith’s Wedding Day: Metropolitan Building, New York City
Photo credit: Darker Shades of Brown
Greening Our Children Annual Gala: Greenwich, CT
Photo Credit: Elaine Ubina
Brendanpalooza: A 40th Birthday Party, Private Residence Newtown CT
Annie & Meg’s Wedding Day: Fairfield Farm at The Hotchkiss School, Salisbury CT
Photo Credit: Colleen MacMillan Photography
Laura & George’s Wedding Day: Gallaher Mansion, Norwalk CT
Photo Credit: Justin & Mary Photography
The arrival of the newest Polished team member…Baby Nate!
Nathaniel Paul Taggart, August 25th 2015
Jessica & Cliff’s Wedding Day: River Oaks, Charleston SC
Photo Credit: Shannon Michele Photography
Lindsay & Chad’s Wedding Day: The Lace Factory, Deep River CT
Photo Credit: Anna Salwa Photography
Danielle & Matt’s Wedding Day: The Barns at Wesleyan Hills, Middletown CT
Photo Credit: Leila Brewster Photography
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!
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!
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!
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!
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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
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.
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!
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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
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.
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!
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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