May 11, 2015

POLISHED HIGHLIGHTS: A NON-TRADITIONAL, BRIGHTLY COLORED BACKYARD WEDDING RECEPTION

In initial design discussions with our bride Jamie, we were given direction on three key points that would be critical to the success of her wedding day: the couple were not looking to throw a traditional wedding reception, color scheme wise they liked black and most importantly – there should be a Ferris wheel involved. From there, we had the green light to fully let our imaginations run wild and take the reins in building out what has proved to be APP’s most unique reception planned to date. So let’s get started with the details!

Deciding on a ceremony location was a cinch as the couple wished to wed in the same location site where they had their first date: Elizabeth Park in West Hartford, CT. The rose gardens were available and made for the most gorgeous backdrop, not to mention the perfect mid 70 degree sunny day that we were graced with. Guests were transported from the park to the groom’s parents nearby home, where upon arrival they ventured down a path to the tented reception that was flanked with wooden signage containing wedding related quotes from their all time favorite show, The Office.

Personal details continued through customized wedding day paper. A logo created by a friend for use on the couple’s wedding website was utilized for the invitations, guest sign in board, drink koozies and welcome banner. It even made an appearance on the laser engraved giant wooden jenga blocks and images of the couple were adhered to the bean bags for cornhole. In lieu of a dinner menu at guest’s place settings was a thank you note with fun facts about the couple and intricacies of the wedding day. Luna Pizza was eaten on their first date and we were sure that it was eaten on their wedding day – the pizza buffet was a huge success! A friend working for NoRA Cupcakes helped us put together a stellar menu for the dessert table: maple, bacon, cream cheese cupcakes – YUM!! Erica O’Brien did a stunning job crafting a traditional white wedding cake that we asked her to “trash” with chocolate fudge as a pseudo-paradox to the day; atop was the most adorable custom figurine of the couple of their sweet, sweet little dog. One of my favorite details were the eye glasses we had made as photo booth props to mimic the bride and groom’s.

Farm style dinner tables were complemented by black X-back chairs, hand painted table numbers, black vases and taper candles. The ladies of Stems Flower Design REALLY outdid themselves arranging bright, bold floral in a way that was so creative. Their antique wood crates turned floral vignettes were stunning; and the bright pops of color were the perfect juxtaposition to our back base color. Chandeliers hanging over the reclaimed wood bars made for stunning light as the evening grew darker, not to mention the Fourth of July fireworks that so perfectly gave a backdrop to the antique Ferris wheel that spun late into the evening.

We are so excited to finally share the images from Jamie and Juan’s Connecticut wedding. We are in love. Enjoy!

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Thank you immensely to all of the vendors who helped to make this night unforgettable and a big hug and kiss to Jamie and Juan – we admire your love for each other and feel blessed to have gotten to know you and your families!

xo
Polished

– Vendor Roll –

Venue: Private Residence // Photographer: JAG Studios // Floral: Stems Flower Design // Lighting: Social Décor // Invitations and Printed Materials: J.Papers // Hair & Makeup: Jennie Fresa // Event Rentals: NECR // Ferris Wheel: Old Time Amusements // Catering: La Cuisine & Luna Pizza // Photobooth: Photobooth Planet // Tent: Sperry Tent // Wedding Cake: Erica O’Brien // Cupcakes: NoRA Cupcake // Music: Couple’s iPod

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