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

July 30, 2014

Featured on
Style Me Pretty
DIY Glitter & Gold Lace Factory Wedding

The gorgeous wedding of Rachel & Ben at the Lace Factory is featured on Style Me Pretty today! We are delighted to see it get the press it deserves, after recently being featured in The Connecticut Bride magazine too. This wedding was surely one of our favorites from the 2013 season and we think it will be one of your favorites too!

Feast your eyes HERE to see it all in person!

 

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Until then…aPp

 

July 28, 2014

Featured On
The Connecticut Bride
DIY Glitter & Gold Lace Factory Wedding

A beautiful wedding is beautiful no matter how you shake it. But when you see it in PRINT, beautiful takes on a whole new meaning!

That is exactly the case for aPp’s stunner of a wedding this past October at The Lace Factory (one of our favorite venues ever). It is currently featured in the Fall/Winter issue of The Connecticut Bride and we are so excited to see this wedding get the press it deserves. Rachel & Ben’s wedding exudes all of the qualities that aPp is so proud of when it comes to producing and executing events. Thoughtfully designed (seriously….this bride thought about everything- every.little.thing….and we loved it), personalized (guests kept saying that it just “felt” like Rachel and Ben…music to our ears), creative and budget friendly (DIY was the name of the game here), and organized (it went off without a hitch…seriously….even Mother Nature followed the plan).

In two words: perfectly Polished.

Feast your eyes HERE to read the full article and see all the gorgeous photos. Or better yet- go out and pick up a copy of the current issue!

 

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If those photos aren’t enough to satisfy your love of all things that are glittered and gorgeous and autumnal, scroll down to see a full line up of pretty by the super talented husband and wife team of The Melideos.

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Rachel and Ben, your love story is ah-mazing (be sure to read the full article for the story of how they met, the bet they placed when they first met, and it’s appearance on the wedding day) nevermind your general adorable-ness as a couple completely and totally in l.o.v.e. Thank you for letting aPp be a part of such an incredible wedding celebration. Much love and best wishes for a beautiful life together!

 

Until then…aPp

– Vendor Roll –

Venue:The Lace Factory // Photographer: Sweet Little Photographs // Floral Design: Stems Flower Design // Wedding Cake: Cloud Nine Catering // Stationery: DIY by the Bride // Beauty: Simply Gorgeous by Erin // Lighting Design: Social Decor  //  DJ: Play Something Good // Trolley: Jolly Red Trolley

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