April 25, 2017

Polished Highlights: The Ultimate Greenhouse Garden Party in Old Lyme, CT

When it came time to put together a theme for this June wedding, it was an easy decision for Brooklyn couple Grace and Jeff. They presented us with their idea to throw the ultimate garden party, and you can just imagine the hearts in our eyes!

Under picture-perfect skies, this June wedding began with a sweet ceremony held at the bride’s own grandmother’s home, upon an expansive lawn overlooking Long Island Sound. Grace was a vision in crocheted lace as she walked down the aisle to meet her groom, carrying a sprawling bouquet of blooms freshly cut from her grandma’s rose and peony gardens. How sweet is that?

Following the “I do’s,” the couple snuck away for photos—the kind that still have us gasping! The romance between these newlyweds just grew and grew, as they breezed from the waterfront to the whimsical shoreline forest.

Meanwhile, a very unique cocktail hour kicked off in what’s left of a historic rock quarry on the property. Guests enjoyed sips and bites in the enchanting outdoor alcove as music from a sting jazz trio filled the air. The bride also tied in a personal touch by serving up ice cold Coca-Cola in classic glass bottles—a nod to her family’s roots in the local bottling industry for Coke!

And then, in the true spirit of this dear, vivacious couple, it was time to let the good times roll! While this may have been held on the lawn of the bride’s parents’ home, this was anything but an ordinary backyard wedding!

Nothing could have said “greenhouse” more than the massive clear-top tent, adorned from the inside out with lush greens and big, bright, beautiful flowers. The garden theme carried through every touch point, from the dining tables named for nature’s lovable critters—like Dragonfly and Honey Bee, which were hand-stamped with love by the bride—to the rosy photo backdrop that Grace and her mom DIY’d like pros! Even the menu evoked tastes from the garden, with loads of crisp veggies (and proteins too!) charred over the flames of a live kabob grilling station. Lounge seating spilled out beyond the tent so guests could get cozy and take in the stars later into the night while they nibbled on a late-night snack of the couple’s favorite local caramel corn.

This wedding—just like the couple—nailed that magical union of elegance, ease and downright joy! We’ll let the photos speak for themselves.


– Vendor Roll –

Photographer: L’amour Fou // Floral Design: KLW Designs // Catering: Gourmet Galley // DJ: Love Junkies // Lighting & Drapery: Social Decor // Rentals: Party Rental Ltd. // Tent: Abbey Tent // Hair & Make-up: Upstyle // Venue: Bride’s home

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