May 14, 2018

Polished Highlights: A Surprise in Deep River, CT

Alana and her groom-to-be Tom were well known among their circle of friends for throwing BIG bashes. Pulling out all the stops was kind of their thing! So how could they shock and awe a crowd who was familiar with their over-the-top party style?

Here’s how: We planned a SURPRISE WEDDING!

We partnered with Alana and Tom barely eight weeks before the proposed event date, so we immediately called on Coral Pheasant to design a unique party invitation for what we disguised as a celebration of their engagement. Since traditional dining tables would have been a dead giveaway when guests arrived at the party, hosted at Tom’s family home along the water in Deep River, CT, we called on some of our favorite local food trucks to feed the masses in a fun, casual pull-up-a-chair sort of way. Mobile Pub kept the drinks flowing while guests satisfied their munchies with Old World Pizza, Chief Brody’s banh mi sandwiches, Szabo’s Seafood and YardBird fried chicken.

One of the biggest—and definitely most unique!—tasks in planning this event was figuring out how to execute the whole “Surprise! This is actually not an engagement party…it’s our WEDDING” thing. In the end it all rested on a quick outfit change into a little white dress, a faux electrical shortage that cut off the live band mid-song, and…get ready for it…a flash mob of choir singers! They slowly came together from their posts among the crowd while belting out an Elvis classic, and once they had everyone’s attention Alana suddenly appeared on her father’s arm for her walk down the aisle. Cue the gasps from friends and family!

See that smile on the bride’s face? That pretty much sums up the way we feel about the clear-top tent and sassy little Gather & Lounge seating areas. And a real life swing for the newlyweds?! The stuff of our summer-night-on-the-river dreams! This party…errr WEDDING…was one for the books!



– Vendor Roll –

Tent: Northeast Tent // Photographer: Tim Mannle Photography// Floral Design: Stems Flower Design // Catering: Old World Pizza Truck // Yard Bird // Szabo’s Seafood // Chief Brody’s // Bartender: Mobile Pub//  Rentals: Party Rental Ltd // Lighting: Social Decor // Band & Choir: Eric Nicolas & One Love// Lounge Furniture: Gather & Lounge // Stationery: Coral Pheasant

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