February 20, 2015

Polished Highlights: Preppy Pink & Green Nantucket Summer Wedding

Hold onto your hats everyone! This wedding is SO SWEET, it may actually make your teeth hurt!

The wedding of Barrett & Sean this past June in Nantucket was a first for Polished in many ways. We had planned Barrett’s older sister’s wedding the year before (see Chandler & Ryan’s wedding HERE) so by now, Polished was practically a member of the family! When Barrett approached me asking to help plan her own wedding, and said they planned to hold the celebration in Nantucket where she has spent every summer since she was a young child, I thought…sure! I’ve never been to Nantucket, that’s near Cape Cod, right? (Kidding!) So off we went on a wonderful adventure to explore this absolutely gorgeous island, meet and work with an impressive list of local and talented vendors, and create a stunningly beautiful preppy chic pink & green Nantucket wedding.

Mother Nature was simply too kind to us on this picture perfect day in June. The sky was a brilliant blue, the temperature was seasonably warm with a soft island breeze, and both the Sconset Chapel and Sankaty Head Golf Club were at the peak of their perfection with seasonal blooms and landscaping. We chose a soft color story of pinks and greens and created a gorgeous table scape centered around an abundant amount of pink and white peonies arranged perfectly in a classic Nantucket basket. The bridal party fit perfectly into the color scheme with simple and sweet white dresses for the maids and dapper white slacks and bucks paired with a classic navy blazer for the groomsmen.

When the newlyweds walked out of the chapel, as they stopped to kiss in the doorway, and the bell ringer rang the chapel’s antique bell which you could hear chime throughout the quaint town of Sconset….I nearly died from the pure perfection of it all!

 

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My most sincere thank you to the family for allowing Polished to be a part of yet another incredible wedding celebration! And to the talented vendors who collaborated to make the day a huge success, THANK YOU! Most especially to Jordi Cabre for the gorgeous photos as well as the bride’s aunt who writes a life style blog, Quintessence, where we borrowed some of her lovely detail photos of the day!

Barrett & Sean, it sure was fun! Best wishes to you for a lifetime of happiness spending many more beautiful Nantucket summers as a couple!

xo,

Polished

– Vendor Roll –

Venue: Sankaty Head Golf Club // Ceremony: Siasconset (Sconset) Union Chapel // Photographer: Jordi Cabre Photography //  Tent: Nantucket Tents  // Floral Design: Flowers on Chestnut // Rentals: Party Rental Ltd and Placesetters, Inc. // Wedding Cake: Jodi’s Cakes // Band: Elan Artists- Ground Control // Stationery: Parchment Fine Papers // Welcome Bags: ACK Giftbags // Transportation: Cranberry Transportation and Highland Drivers

February 17, 2015

Polished Highlights: Classically Elegant Black & White Sperry Tent Wedding in Branford

My first meeting with Steph & Mike took place on a warm summer day, sipping lemon water while sitting by the pool of Stephanie’s parent’s home in Branford, CT. Sounds pretty nice, considering this was to be the location of their gorgeous Spring wedding this past May! Stephanie’s family has an absolutely incredible home tucked away in a very private location in Branford and it was the PERFECT location to host the classically elegant Black & White tented wedding that Stephanie envisioned. Steph had a very clear design direction in mind right from our very first meeting….nothing too modern or “hip”, classic black and white shades only, elegance abound, all white florals bunched by variety for maximum impact, bold black chairs for drama in the reception, delicious food and a lot of very well poured martinis (her drink of choice!), and a gorgeous Sperry Tent as the backdrop for it all. With a team of incredibly talented vendors on our side, we were able to pull it all off together seamlessly with the help of Mother Nature and a picture perfect Spring day in May. The super talented Steve Depino captured it all beautifully….

 

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It was such a special day filled with elegance and romance and a whole lot of love! And how gorgeous is the family’s home and yard? Stephanie’s parents worked around the clock getting their grounds to look better than many Country Clubs I have visited over the years!! Kudos to them for creating such a beautiful setting for their only daughter’s wedding day!

Best wishes to you, Steph & Mike, for a wonderful life together!

xo,

Polished

 

– Vendor Roll –

Venue: Private Residence, Branford CT // Caterer: Gourmet Galley Catering // Photographer: Steve DePino Photography //  Tent: Sperry Tents Greenwich // Floral Design: Stems Flower Design // Lighting: Social Décor // Wedding Cake: J.Cakes // DJ: Play Something Good

February 7, 2015

Polished Highlights: Earthy Spring Wedding at The Belle Haven Club, Greenwich

Kate and Patrick are a West Coast couple, but for their wedding celebration they invited their nearest and dearest to join them in Kate’s hometown of Greenwich, Connecticut. The Belle Haven Club would set the tone for her vision of a casual but chic affair that emphasized the couple’s love for nature and the water. We could not have been more delighted to be this gorgeous couple’s wedding planner!

With Kate living in California, we had the pleasure of joining forces with her parents to hash out details for the day and bring their daughter’s dreams to reality. We so enjoyed spending time together while planning with Kate and her family, and it was especially fun and rewarding to witness the day unfold into what became one of our most memorable affairs of the season.

Luck had the perfect weather on our side! The ceremony and reception décor embraced the natural elements of the outdoors in such an elegant way. Kate and Patrick’s guests had a magnetic attraction to the dance floor and the incredible sound of Hank Lane. And the moonlit evening concluded with a sparkler sendoff and bountiful memories.

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Kate and Patrick could not have been a more devoted and considerate couple. The love they share for one another is contagious and it was heartwarming to see the uniting of two incredibly supportive families.

Many thanks to the amazing vendors who worked alongside us and a special thank you to the incredibly talented team from The Light Mill – we just can’t stop reliving Kate and Patrick’s wedding day through this beautiful video!

xo,

Polished

– Vendor Roll –

 Venue: Belle Haven Club // Photographer: Kathi Littwin // Videographer: The Light Mill // Floral Design: Elegant Effects // Lighting: Social Décor // Wedding Cake: Sweet Lisa’s // Band: Hank Lane // Printed Materials: J.Papers // Hair: Dana Bartone

January 24, 2015

Polished Highlights: Spring DIY Wedding at The Washington Club, Litchfield County

Luna and Carlos were married last May in her hometown of Washington, Connecticut, before an intimate group of fifty of their closest family and friends. The super chic Manhattan couple (might I add, they are freaking adorable to boot!) decided a departure from the hustle and bustle of the city would be the key to a laid back weekend filled with laughter and reminiscing. And they called on Jessica from A Polished Plan as their wedding planner to bring their vision to life!

Our bride dreamt of soft blushes with a dash of sparkle and knew that incorporating handmade touches was a must. The Washington Club, with its whitewashed walls and lofted ceilings made for the perfect neutral palette to execute her vision. We absolutely cannot get enough of the florals by Stems Flower Design and the beautiful details of the day, all perfectly captured by the always sweet Leila Brewster.

Side note: Be sure not to miss the blown glass pieces that Luna’s father made specifically for the wedding. The glass pyramids were gifted to guests to help attract good luck and energy and the jointed champagne flute created as a symbol of their love and unity. How cute?!

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Thank you to Luna and Carlos who we are thrilled to say feel more like friends than clients, and thank you to our amazing vendors who so thoughtfully helped to make the beginnings of this marriage a beautiful one!

xo
Polished

– Vendor Roll –

Venue: The Washington Club // Bridal Suite: Winvian // Photographer: Leila Brewster // Floral Design: Stems // Lighting: Social Décor // Wedding Cake: Sugar Hoot // DJ: Friend of the Couple

 

January 10, 2015

Polished Highlights: Greenwich Spring Wedding at Belle Haven Club

As we mentioned in our last blog post, we had a pretty amazing year of events in 2015. The long (yet fun!) process to highlight all of those incredible events starts NOW!

We started the Polished wedding season in mid-May at one of our favorite venues in Fairfield County, The Belle Haven Club, for Katie & Colby’s wedding. Every event is special for the Polished ladies, but this one was extra special. You see, Katie is an identical twin and her sister Carroll was married back in 2011 and Polished had the pleasure of planning that amazing celebration at the Belle Haven Club as well. It was a full circle moment as we were there again to make some more magic!

Katie & Colby were blessed with a picture perfect gorgeous Spring day with blue skies, bright sunshine, and lots of amazing Springtime hues from the incredible floral design by the incomparable Renny & Reed. And speaking of picture perfect, as always, we had a pleasure working with the lovely Amanda from Orchard Cove Photography. With soft pinks and pale blues and cherry blossoms galore, this wedding was the perfect marriage of Springtime chic and nautical prep at an unquestionably gorgeous seaside location. What a treat!

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And we absolutely love this highlight reel from Magic Flute Video!

Katie & Colby and the whole Shaw family, it was such a pleasure to be a part of yet another wonderful celebration! We can’t wait for the next Shaw sister’s wedding!

xo

Polished

– Vendor Roll –

Venue: The Belle Haven Club // Photographer: Orchard Cove Photography // Floral Design: Renny & Reed // Wedding Cake: Black Forest Bakery // Video: Magic Flute Video // Lighting: Social Decor  //  Band: Hank Lane Music & The Dane Wright Band

 

 

December 31, 2014

A very Polished 2014…the year in review!

We have been compiling this blog post for quite some time! Where to begin? How do we even attempt to summarize and wrap up the incredible year that was 2014?! We had the privilege and honor to plan and design some truly spectacular events and celebrations. Each and every event was unique, personalized, and distinctly Polished! Our clients were some of the best we have ever had (ok, ok, so we say that every year but we always mean it!) and each and every event was an absolute joy to be a part of.

Here is a wrap up of a very Polished 2014, starting in sequence from April to October, as we traveled around the state and beyond to create some seriously fabulous events for some seriously fabulous clients!

 

Maya & Lucia’s 1st Birthday Party

Private Residence, Weston CT

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Katie & Colby’s Wedding

The Belle Haven Club, Greenwich CT

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(photo credit: Orchard Cove Photography)

Stephanie & Michael’s Wedding

Private Residence, Branford CT

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(photo credit: Steve DePino Photography)

Luna & Carlos’ Wedding

The Washington Club, Washington Depot CT

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(photo credit: Leila Brewster Photography)

Margaret & Brian’s Wedding

The Metropolitan Building, Long Island City NY

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(photo credit: Sidney Morgan Photography)

Melissa & Robert’s Wedding

Private Residence, Westport CT

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(photo credit: Maly Blomberg Photography)

Barrett & Sean’s Wedding

Sankaty Head Golf Club, Nantucket MA

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(photo credit: Jordi Cabre Photography)

Jamie & Juan’s Wedding

Private Residence, Manchester CT

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(photo credit: Jag Studios)

Kate & Patrick’s Wedding

The Belle Haven Club, Greenwich CT

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(photo credit: Kathi Littwin Photography)

Kate & Charlie’s Wedding

The Stanwich Club, Greenwich CT

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(photo credit: Bruce Plotkin Photography)

Elizabeth & Ryan’s Wedding

The Belle Haven Club, Greenwich CT

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(photo credit: Bruce Plotkin Photography)

Ellen & Matt’s Wedding

Lighthouse Point Park, New Haven CT

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(photo credit: Sidney Morgan Photography)

Mary & Mike’s Wedding

The Laurel Beach Clubhouse, Milford CT

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(photo credit: Katie Slater Photography)

Jess & Rob’s Wedding

Private Residence, Pawcatuck CT

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(photo credit: Dave Noonan for C10 Studios)

Eric & Xin’s Wedding

Keeler House Tavern, Ridgefield CT

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(photo credit: Dreamscape Photography)

Gail’s Surprise 50th Birthday Party

Wee Burn Beach Club, Rowayton CT

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Blair & Ethan’s Wedding

(at the time of this post, the professional photos were not available, so here is a little iPhone snapshot!)

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Over the next few months, we will be posting each and every event on the blog to highlight all the gorgeous details and stories of each celebration! While there is much beauty to see in the details of the tents, tablescapes and everything else, we wanted to make this post about the people, our wonderful clients, who are the reason it all happens!

So what lies ahead in 2015? I’m not sure that it can really ever compare to 2014 but we sure are excited and ready to get started! With new, and bigger, challenges than ever including many gorgeous weddings, celebrations, charity events and a very personal Polished event (the destination wedding of our very own senior planner, Jess in the Fall 2015) we CAN.NOT.WAIT!

With a gracious heart for 2014 and an optimistic outlook for 2015, we wish you much love, joy, and happiness for a wonderful new year. Heres to making it count…each and every day!

xo,

Polished

December 17, 2014

Welcome to the NEW A Polished Plan website!

What an exciting and highly anticipated day for A Polished Plan as we launch our redesigned brand and website for the world to see! This project has been a labor of love since this past July when we decided that our hardworking little logo could use a make-over. And of course, like any sensible OCD, Type A, over-planner, we couldn’t just stop with a new logo since obviously everything needs to match! Soooo….6 months later and partnerships with some seriously creative people, we are incredibly excited to unveil the finished product!

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The biggest transformation was our little logo, formerly known as “aPp”. It has served us well over the past 4 years and this break-up did not come easily! But once we discovered the incredibly talented artist in Abany Bauer of Brown Linen Design we knew that she could create something that more accurately reflected the style and scope of A Polished Plan. And we are absolutely delighted with our new logo, her grown-up big sister, simply known as Polished.

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And then came the huge, monster sized, all-consuming task of tackling the website. We wanted to update the overall appearance and offer our users new and fresh content and imagery with a sleek and streamlined user experience. BUT, and this was a big BUT, we wanted to stay true to our original brand that was set in motion back in 2010. This meant that our friendly little Polished tree, our color story, and the overall mood and ambiance of the Polished story had to stay in tact. Sounds easy, right?! Wrong! The only woman crazy enough, errr incredible enough, to take on the task was the lady who made it all happen back in 2010. The magnificant Deb Wagner of dstripe.

And well….the rest is history! 6 months, hundred of photos, pages and pages of copy, one thousand emails and phone calls, and countless “what do you think about this?”, or “how about we try this?”, and more patience and technical talent than one single person should probably ever have….and we’ve got ourselves the new Polished website! Deb, thank you for making the process for the second version of the Polished website just as wonderful as the first time around. See you in another 4 years?!?!?

We hope you enjoy it and can’t wait to hear what you all think!

xo,

the Polished team

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