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

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