March 17, 2014

In the Moment: Happy 3rd Anniversary, aPp!

When I launched a Polished plan THREE years ago today, my eyes and heart were so big with the prospect of “what could be”. It was overwhelming and exhilarating all at once. The vast unknown and unchartered land of running a small business was powerful and fearful.  I was really kicking myself for daydreaming during all of those business accounting classes in college. Sigh. But aside from the mechanics of keeping a business up and running, I knew this statement was true: I am good at the job of being a professional event planner. I had years of training and experience under my belt and I could offer a service that was unique and important. And I was grateful for that. And I still am.



So now three years later, I am still grateful. And I am also (hopefully) a bit better at efficiently running a small business. But the basic facts have not changed. When you take fear out of the equation, and focus on just being thankful, good things happen. I don’t worry about who will call, or who called someone else. What networking event I attended, or didn’t attend, and who I could have possibly met. Who thinks I am talented, or who thinks I’m just another one of “those” wedding planners. I am truly grateful for the clients that do call, that do get to know aPp, and that do invite us into their special event. It is a privilege and an honor and I don’t take it lightly.  It is those clients that fill my days with excel worksheets, Pinterest boards, floor plans, and to-do lists the size of Texas. And three years later, I am perfectly content and perfectly thankful. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.


So thank you. THANK YOU.


Until then…aPp

March 14, 2014

Featured On
Style Me Pretty
Secret Garden Wadsworth Mansion Editorial

We are super excited to finally share with you the stunning images from an editorial shoot we designed this past September at the Wadsworth Mansion. To say that we had fun designing, crafting, and dreaming up this pretty gem is a bit of an understatement! When Greg Lewis Photography and I were approached by the Wadsworth Mansion to design a photo shoot that would highlight the outdoor spaces of the mansion, we were up for the “challenge”. Of course, it wasn’t much of a challenge at all since there is plenty of beauty all around the mansion grounds.  But when we were shown a hidden sunken garden, surrounded by a rock wall, way in the back corner of the mansion – inspiration struck! Rustic and earthy ‘secret garden’ meets glamorous and chic mansion soiree. And well, we couldn’t be more excited with the results!

And we are even more excited that the lovely ladies over at Style Me Pretty thought so too. Check out the full gallery of prettiness on SMP HERE!



The biggest of big thank yous and hugs to our wonderfully talented industry friends who gave their time and talent on this collaboration! xo

– Vendor Roll –

Photographer: Greg Lewis Photography // Wedding Dresses: Everthine Bridal Boutique // Floral Design: Stems Floral Design // Wedding Cake: Taste By Spellbound // Stationery: Coral Pheasant // Bridesmaids Dresses: Everthine Bridal Boutique //  Beauty: Dana Bartone & Company // Lighting Design: Social Decor // Limousine: Black Swan Limo // Linen Rental: La Tavola // Rentals: Party Rental Ltd. // Venue: Wadsworth Mansion // Vintage Furniture & Props: Sassafras Vintage Rentals

March 3, 2014

Polished Highlights: A romantic and elegant wedding at Saltwater Farm Vineyard

Leah & Lucy. L & L.

If I were ever forced to create a list of my “dream” clients, these two ladies would be at the tippity top. Soon after meeting them for the first time over coffee, I knew I had not only just met my new clients but also my new friends. Leah & Lucy wanted to create a beautiful event focused on the absolute most important aspect of the day. Love. The rest should just be icing on the (wedding) cake.

So that is exactly what we did! After they selected (and fell in love with) their venue, Saltwater Farm Vineyard, we created a classically elegant color palette of soft gray, crisp white, and pops of red. Despite being an early June event, the ladies were not really into Spring pastels or bright colors so we stuck with what they knew and liked. And well….the gray color palette really worked well considering Mother Nature decided to give us a tropical storm on the wedding day. It rained. And rained. And rained some more. But despite the overcast skies, the day was still absolutely perfect in every way. Highlights included the ceremony held under a Sperry tent to a beautiful  chorus of rain drops. The coolest flash mob by the coolest bridal party, all adorned in matching custom Converse sneakers. The love story of “L & L” told in m&m candies that will literally melt your heart. A fun take on a “groom’s cake” highlighting their favorite hobbies: the Yankees and horse back riding. Gorgeous florals by Stems Flower Design, beautifully captured images by Kelly Prizel Photography, and the sweetest little highlights video by Buzz Media. In short, the Best Day Ever.

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To say that working on this wedding was a pleasure is a bit of an understatement. It was a true honor to be a witness to such a spectacular celebration of love. All the absolute best to you beautiful ladies, L & L.

– Vendor Roll –

Venue: Saltwater Farm Vineyard // Floral Design: Stems Flower Design // Photographer: Kelly Prizel Photography // Videographer: Buzz Media // Caterer: Gourmet Galley // Band: Ripcord // Tent: Sperry Tent // Rentals: Party Rentals Ltd // Wedding Cakes: A Little Imagination Cakes // Calligraphy & Signs: Michelle Dowling Calligraphy

February 24, 2014

Theme Tracker: Bridal Flats

Every wedding I’ve ever attended, I’ve worn heels. As a matter of fact, to every ‘dressier’ occasion I’ve ever attended, I’ve worn heels. However, after multiple sprained ankles and given the fact that my boyfriend is on the shorter side, I hardly ever wear heels in my every day life. Actually, I never wear them. They sit perfectly placed in my closet by season and color coordinated, yearning for me to care about them again.

The reality is that I do care. I am a fashion girl at heart and acknowledge that some occasions and certain outfits just look ‘better’ with a heel. Not to mention the wondrous effect they have in creating a long, lean leg. Ohh la la!!

In recently starting to purchase some new pieces for my spring/summer wardrobe, I came across a pair of flats and immediately thought, what a great bridal shoe. Which led me to investigating the realm of possibilities when it comes to bridal flats. I was pleasantly surprised with the plethora of options, especially since I anticipate wearing flats on my wedding day. I thought it only fair to share a few of my favorites for your viewing pleasure.

Side note: regardless of the shoe you choose, tall or short, be sure to wear them in ahead of time to avoid wedding day blisters. That would NOT be fun!


Until then…aPp!

February 4, 2014

Polished Highlights: A cheerful countryside soiree overlooking Gilette Castle

As we brace for winter storm #2 of three expected to hit CT this week, I find myself looking back on the events of the summer of 2013 and longing for warmer days! And there is no better event to reminisce about than this cheerful countryside reception in Chester, overlooking Gillette Castle. It was held on an absolutely gorgeous blue-sky day in June on the grounds of the bride’s childhood home. Brett & Jay were married a few weeks earlier, in the groom’s home state of California, at a gorgeous Spanish style mission surrounded by close family and friends. They hosted this party for extended family and friends on the East Coast, shortly after they returned from their honeymoon, and a Polished plan was lucky to be a part of the celebration!

We started the design process with a few key inspirational points from the bride. Brett gravitated towards bright and vibrant colors especially pinks, reds, and oranges, she loved the texture and vibrancy of dahlias, and she envisioned crisp white tables with touches of vintage lace. But the most important element for both the bride and groom was to build an event that worked around the amazing landscape and views and not against it. They wanted guests to come, sit back, and enjoy the views just as they would at a laid-back backyard picnic. We were creative with the tent placement so that every guest could maximize the view of Gillette Castle, the barn and animals, and the rolling hillside. With the sun shining down, a gentle breeze with the 80 degree temperature, the smell of delicious paella cooking by the chefs at Barcelona, and the sounds of laughter and merriment by the guests, it was a wonderful event we won’t soon forget!

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Thank you to the incredibly talented Christina Richards Photography for the beautiful images of the day! And an even bigger thank you to Brett & Jay and the Ives family for inviting aPp to be a part of this beautiful celebration. We wish you many, many years of happiness ahead!

Until then…aPp

– Vendor Roll –

Venue: Private Residence in Chester, CT // Floral Design: Stems Flower Design // Photographer: Christina Richards Photography // Caterer: Barcelona // DJ: Family Friend // Tent: Sperry Tent // Rentals: New England Country Rentals // Lighting: Social Decor

January 28, 2014

Theme Tracker: How to Decorate with Pantone’s Spring 14 Palette

The Pantone Color Institute has stated that Spring 14 is a ‘Season of Colorful Equilibrium’.  The market is not pushing a palette solely of vivid brights or soft pastels as we’ve seen in seasons past. Instead, there is a healthy sampling of both in the season’s top ten colors for women and men, creating the colorful equilibrium.

Dazzling Blue tops the season’s list for women, with the more subdued Violet Tulip second and the color of the year, Radiant Orchid third. Placid Blue tops the men’s list, followed by the soft gray Paloma, then Dazzling Blue. Below, we show you ways to incorporate the hues in your upcoming wedding or celebration!


Until then…aPp!

January 17, 2014

Polished Highlights: Peter Rabbit 1st Birthday Party

This past November, I had the pleasure of planning my very first children’s birthday party. Needless to say, I was super excited! The client gave me a theme: Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit, and one request: to incorporate pumpkins as her son is a fall baby. From there, I spent the next month engrossed in all things Peter Rabbit. Step one was to roll full steam ahead with a color scheme: light blue and pistachio, and to investigate the best way to incorporate the pumpkins without a surplus of orange strewn throughout the room.

The highlight of the luncheon was to be the dessert table. What really pulled your focus in were the tall birch wood arrangements that framed the space and the Beatrix Potter scene that I’d had personalized and printed for the backdrop. My favorite cutesy details were the personalized chocolate bars, edible photo sugar cookies, that AMAZING cake and the tin pails for take-aways that said ‘Thanks for Hopping By!’

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The escort card table was next on my list. I wanted to conceptualize a way to bring the vegetable garden idea to life, using seed packets as escort cards for the guests’ gifts. Between the ladies at J.Papers and Stems, my thought process was realized by way of building a wood frame encased in birch and layering it with styrofoam and greenery that the packets could easily push into.


We must not forget the tablescape! Pumpkins were painted ivory and hollowed to serve as our vessel for floral. Mini white pumpkins were placed at each setting where a small pin with the guests name was pushed in to act as place cards. My favorite DIY aspect of the entire party may have been the table numbers adhered to sticks and placed into the mini watering cans I’d found on Etsy!

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Until then…aPp

– Vendor Roll –

Venue: The Study at Yale // Floral Design: Stems Flower Design // Paper Creative: J.Papers // Birthday Cake: A Little Imagination Cakes // Baked Goods: Palmers Bakery // Rentals: Party Rental Ltd 

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