Stephanie and Kartik's jewel-toned, Art Deco wedding was full of bold colors, geometric shapes and patterns and most importantly, family tradition and authentic personal touches that made both weddings cohesively branded to them as a couple. Yes, I said 'both weddings'!
Their day started with an amazing outdoor brunch under a sailcloth tent on the grounds of The Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, catered by the delicious Moghul Catering. Since we were condensing what would typically be a multiple day celebration in the Hindu tradition to only a few hours, it was super important to Stephanie, Kartik and their families to highlight the most meaningful aspects. Their design displayed Steph's love of rich emerald greens to coordinate with the golds, reds and purples of their Hindu brunch design. Floral installations followed, as well as low tables with poufs, pillows and stools for seating! Kartik's jam is gourmet coffee, so what would a brunch wedding reception be without made-to-order coffee from Source Coffee Bus, (a surprise from Steph)!
After the brunch food comas, their guests had a few hours to relax, eat lunch and sight-see on the beautiful shoreline of Old Saybrook, Conn., as we and the rest of the wedding team prepared for celebration round two at The Saybrook Point Inn + Spa!
Currently living in California, Stephanie + Kartik wanted to bring a little bit of the west coast to the east with a more formal art-deco vibe for their dinner, while still honoring tradition and rich, jewel toned colors. You have to check out that emerald green, VELVET linen from BBJ Linen! I wanted to nap on it! Completing their design were gold, geometric charger plates and votives, brass candlesticks and florals to die for from Fleurescent!
I loved, LOVED designing this wedding and more importantly, loved designing it with Stephanie. She was so gung-ho of out of box ideas and we played off each other so well!
Thank you Steph and Kartik for choosing us and trusting us for BOTH of your celebrations! We had such a great time planning this day with you, and these pictures are amazing! Much love! xoxo
Planning + Design: Double G Events // Photography: Time Frozen Photography // Brunch Venue: Florence Griswold Museum // Tent + Rentals: Chase Canopy // Linens: BBJ Linen // Lounge Furniture: Gather + Lounge // Mandap Florals: Mayuri's Floral Design // Brunch, Dinner + Personal Florals: Fleurescent // Hindu Eats: Moghul Catering // Hindu Ceremony Musicians: Roger Lipson // Coffee Bus: Source Coffee Bus // Beats: Bud Matlin Metropolitan Music // Stationery + DOP: Coral Pheasant // American Ceremony Music: Millennium Music // Dinner Reception Rentals: PEAK Event Services // Dinner Reception Venue: Saybrook Point Inn and Spa // Glam: Saybrook Point Inn and Spa
Guys…. Let’s talk about my engagement photos… I’M AWKWARD! No one prepares you for the level of weird that is the Engagement Session. Now I am not talking about the photographer – because let’s be real, Athena is a Godsend – but I thought it would be so natural to cozy up with my fiance – LOL nope!
Let’s start at the beginning, shall we? First, we thought that it would be so precious and special to have our photos done at a Christmas tree farm with twinkle lights and plaid blankets (Pinterest clearly spoke to me and inspired my Christmas crazy DNA to set aflame) – like how cute would that be?! So, we set the time and place, picked out cute outfits and we were ready to go. On the big day we pull up to this farm, that looked perfect online, and… there were 4 trees left ... whomp, whomp. Talk about a plot twist.
Thank goodness that they had the landscape and friendly farm animals to make up for the tree loss – otherwise my heart would have been broken. Anyway – we decided to start out on the edge of the farm and as soon as we got there I looked blankly at Athena, laughed, and was like “Um… what now?” I had no idea what I was doing and neither did Joshua. You’re in a strange place with a camera on you, trying to look all romantic and whatnot but you sort of react like Will Farrell in Talladega Nights.
After about twenty mins of feeling like this and tons of guidance/posing from Athena, Joshua and I started to loosen up and get the hang of it. We walked along the field and found a really cool logging area, which made for a spectacular backdrop that I never would have thought to use (it’s true what they say – TRUST your photographer!). As we wandered around there was the sweetest old horse who waltzed right up to us and let us fawn all over him. It was such a cool surprise and so awesome to have him be a part of the session!
Moral of the story and my advice to all the couples out there – DO the engagement session! While it was uncomfortable and awkward for the first part, it truly helps you get to know the camera and will make you better prepared for your big day. Also, you get to hang out with your photographer and get to know their style too, which only made me feel more comfortable. We ultimately had such a blast that afternoon and got back some amazing sneak peek images just in time for Christmas – which was honestly the best gift we could have received. So get out there and schedule that e-sesh – I promise it’ll be worth it in the end!
photography © 2018 | Athena Bludé Photography
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