Two incredible and generous humans got married in May of 2021 in the quiet community of Bedford, New York. Christina and Chris are those two people, and their love story is unforgettable! Their paths crossed about seven years ago at a Soul Cycle class taught by Christina. Chris showed up one day and kept coming back! While most Soul Cycle enthusiasts are hard-core and loyal to their instructors, Chris had another obvious reason for returning -- I mean she's a smoke-show! Several years into their relationship, Chris came across a home in Bedford and bought it with the sole intention of hosting their wedding there one day, unbeknownst to Christina.
In the middle of the country, on a quiet dead end street, this beautiful home was the perfect setting for such a celebration. It was here that Chris would propose months later on the dock by the lake where they also had their first look on their wedding day. Being married in this home would bring full circle so many milestones in their lives.
Their weekend began with a welcome dinner for all at The Whitlock, one of my and now their favorite restaurants in Katonah. They may be seen there on any given weekend taking in the small town atmosphere and Cheers-like community. After a night of pre-celebrations and libations, Chris and the boys settled into The Bedford Post Inn to get a good night's sleep, while Christina began getting ready at their home.
Family and friends flew in from all over the country and shuttles were provided from NYC where they live during the week. As guests arrived, sparkling water and light cocktails greeted them in the front yard before the ceremony began. While Chris waited beneath the gorgeous and lush arch, Christina walked down the aisle with her brother and pups Leroy and Wein! Immediately following the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktail hour poolside with light bites and specialty cocktails before entering the main reception tent, which featured multiple lounge areas, cocktail tables, and two bars instead of the traditional formal seating. With their shared passion for all types of music, the playlist was hand-picked by the couple, and we all danced under the clear tent and twinkle lights, illuminating the country sky.
Take a peek at their incredible memories below for a sneak peek into their weekend as well as their full gallery here.
Production & Design: Double G Events // Photography & Cinematography: Yours Truly Media // Catering: Little Owl Events // Floral Design: Fleurescent // Tent: Abbey Tent // Rentals & Linen: Peak Event Services, Rent Patina, Nuage Designs, Borrowed Blu // Lighting Design: Shindig Lighting // Desserts: The Doughnut Project and Magnolia Bakery // Music: Beat Train Productions // HMUA: Andria Tobey // Transportation: Meridian Limo // Restroom Trailer: A Royal Flush
There is no question of where you can typically find me on a Sunday during the summer months, especially if I have worked an event the day prior. A BEACH! With Meg and Tim's beachy, coastal celebration at Tokeneke Club, we wanted you to feel like you are sinking your toes in the sand while perfecting your tan. Meg's bright, hilarious, genuine energy won me over on our first consult, not to mention that she is a Fairfield, CT townie like me who cannot live without the beach! It only took a few meetings before she stopped me mid-sentence and said, "Please don't call me Megan, my friends call me Meg".
In the quiet community of Dairen, Tokeneke is a private beach club on the lower Fairfield County Connecticut Shoreline. This beach club is tucked away on a narrow private road among residential homes, making it an ideal spot for a wedding of 200, however, still feeling like a home at the same time. Aside from the panoramic views of the water, one of the best things about Tokeneke is its retractable roof, which allows for an optional al fresco dining experience, which we took full advantage of! Their team is undeniably good at what they do! They are fun to work alongside, creative, intuitive, and helpful when it came to collaborating on all the details that make up a successful Double G Event.
They started their day at Meg's family home in the serene South Pine Creek section of Fairfield, where Jen Kinford Beauty and her team pampered the ladies. Following their ceremony at St. Anthony's, we headed to the club for dinner and dancing. Meg's love and gratitude, was shown to guests with a home-spun, oyster shell escort display and signature cocktail, followed by dinner and dancing beneath a canopy of lanterns and greenery. Check out the incredible memories below for a sneak peek into their weekend as well as their full gallery here!
Carla and Cobe, I have nothing but praise for you! Thank you for always offering me lunch or coffee and for being such gracious humans! Throughout the planning process and, more importantly, over the wedding weekend, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! The way you collaborated on design details, and the personal touch you added to your wedding day, is exactly what I hope for when I discuss authentic weddings with my clients.
The quintessential coastal New England town of Essex, Connecticut, was the idyllic setting for this amazing weekend. There have been countless movies, TV shows, and novels set in this area, and it has been the inspiration for many. The quaint boutiques, inns, restaurants, and antique stores line the streets of this intimate downtown, making it easy to understand why couples want to bring their families and friends here for the weekend. From the bamboo chairs and woven baskets, to the textured organic napkins, to the custom calligraphy and hand painted taper candles, Carla wanted to highlight her favorite elements and textures. Every element chosen for their reception had a calming yet fun energy. Not to mention one of the most stunning wedding gowns we have ever seen!
With panoramic views of the water and weather better than I could have wished for, Kristyn Miller Photography captured Carla and Cobe's weekend perfectly, so cozy up with a cup of tea or hot chocolate and enjoy.
Production + Design: Double G Events // Photography: Kristyn Miller Photography // Venue: Essex Yacht Club // Music: The Hook Club // Floral Design: Hana Floral // Lighting + Drapery: Vivid Events // Tent: Abbey Tent // Rentals: Peak Events and Borrowed Blu // Paper: Big Little Lines Calligraphy and Arielle Fried Art // Hand Painted Candles: May 20 Candles // HMUA: Liz and Michelle
Well, tomorrow is Christmas Eve -- another fantastic year of celebrations has come to an end, and an exciting new year awaits! As a small business owner, we are always so humbled every year we are still in business (our fellow entrepreneurs know this feeling!). Being able to continue to be invited into our couples' lives, families and celebrations is such an honor, and we wouldn't be here without our amazing couples and vendors!
Thank you so much to all who have placed their trust in us for the last fourteen years(!) -- your kindness is immeasurable and we are excited to share in your celebrations!
As our team rests and recharges for the remainder of the year, we leave you with the most romantic New England engagement session straight out of a Hallmark Christmas card in Kim's hometown of Old Weathersfield, CT! Our hearts are full of joy as we look forward to officially marrying Kim and James in the coming season.
Happy and merry everything from our families to yours, and cheers to 2023! xo
Photography © Francesca Dominique
As far as kindest people go, Martha and Dan are certainly two of the best. While all of our clients are thankful for the help and guidance we provide, a select few truly express their gratitude by intentionally coming to my car to give me the biggest hugs during their after party. I apologize for hiding, but I was sweaty and in yoga pants by then!
With 150 guests, Martha and Dan celebrated at LionRock Farm, a venue we love and work with often. With 600 acres, the working farm surrounds the gardens, barns, guest houses, and main house, making the open landscape an integral part of the farm experience. Wedding and event venues are set off from all roads, giving guests a sense of being transported to a grand estate. The views are breathtaking, especially at sunrise and sunset, as the farm is situated on a rolling hill.
All guests staying throughout the weekend festivities were treated to an on-property welcome party. A rain storm had been predicted all week, but the universe was on our side that day and not a drop fell from the sky. A delicious pizza spread was served by The Big Green Pizza Truck, while salads, snacks, and decadent desserts were provided by the Moms.
The weather could not have been more idyllic for their short outdoor ceremony and elevated garden party celebration in feminine tonal pinks on Saturday. The weekend events concluded with a farewell brunch at the Interlaken Inn in Lakeville, CT.
Thank you Martha and Dan for trusting us to be a part of such a significant celebration! We are so honored and look forward to continuing a lifelong friendship. We LOVE you guys! xo
Production & Design: Double G Events // Photography: Arisa Isadora // Catering: Hunt & Harvest // Ceremony music: Millennium Music // Reception Music: iReserve // Floral Design: Fleurescent // Lighting: EZ Occasions & Handyboys // Alcohol: Domaney's // Linens: Nuage Designs // Rentals: Peak Event Services // Tent: Events Unlimited // HMUA: Upstyle // Cinema: WeCinema Films // Venue: LionRock Farm // Food Truck: Big Green Truck
There aren't many celebrations where we can say that we did not design them. We are typically a full-service design and production studio, which means we handle all aspects from beginning to end. In contrast, if our clients are Influencers and/or Lifestyle Bloggers, we are happy to let the design details play second fiddle and focus on the planning and execution of an event.
This Nantucket-inspired wedding of Lauren and Josh was held at the Stamford Yacht Club in Stamford, Connecticut. Lauren is THE Lauren behind lauren-nelson.com! You'll find amazing design ideas, shopping tips, travel tips, and style and interiors on her website, and her Instagram is a must-follow! Watching her work and experience first-hand what goes on behind the scenes of a Lifestyle Influencer's life was certainly a treat and learning experience. Check out all the stunning below and kudos to the bride for a great design eye!
Happy one year anniversary you crazy kids! Thank you for including us in this very special day. xo
Planning & Coordination: Double G Events // Design Concept: Lauren Nelson (The Bride!) // Photography: Jacqui Cole // Venue: Stamford Yacht Club // Florals: Greenwich Orchids // Reception Paper: Nico and Lala // Cake: Lovely Cakes // Rentals: Peak Event Services // Linens: BBJ La Tavola and Nuage Designs // Music: Generation Events // HMUA: Facetime Beauty // Cinema: Digital First Films // Wedding Gown: Suzanne Neville via A Little Something White // Groom's Tuxedo: Martin Greenfield // Wedding shoes: Manolo Blahnik
Jen & Spencer's Elegant Navy and White Oceanfront Tented Wedding at Belle Haven Club in Greenwich, CT
What do you get when you combine the perfect late summer weather, a tented black-tie wedding on the southern coast of Connecticut, an 80's band and a private boat ride send-off? Jennifer and Spencer's epic Belle Haven Yacht Club celebration!
I've said many times that I'm not a fan of designing country club weddings since there isn't much for me to do. Often, country clubs are dark and dated, with gold and red accents, which are not ideal color palettes for most weddings. This is one of the few that I would certainly recommend. Belle Haven sits on a waterfront property in a private neighborhood in Greenwich, Connecticut, overlooking the sound and is surrounded by stunning homes. I'm always thrilled to work alongside their on-point and always smiling staff as well as enjoy their delicious menus.
After postponing from 2020, Jen and Spencer celebrated with their closest and dearest in late summer of 2021 on one of the most perfect days of the year. Since they had already been married a year earlier, the ceremony was short and sweet. We followed with cocktails on the water where guests enjoyed light bites and signature cocktails in honor of their pooch (who stayed at home to guard the house). Dinner followed by dancing to all your favorite 1980s songs with a fantastic performance by White Wedding. And finally ending the night with a private boat ride send-off.
Production & Design: Double G Events // Photography: Athena Blude // Band: White Wedding // Venue: Belle Haven Club // Cake: By the Way Bakery // Ceremony Music: Continuo Music // Paper: On Three Designs // Tent: Cove Tent Company // Florals: Fleurescent // HMUA: Hopscotch Salon // Rentals & Linen: Peak Event Services // Lighting & Drapery: Social Decor // Cinema: Vantage Point Films
August 2018 is when I first met Christina and Jess to design and produce their original wedding date of June 2020. Originally from the east coast, Christina relocated to Texas where Jess was raised. After visiting several venues in New York and Connecticut, the couple fell in love with the extensive 600 acres of Lion Rock Farm in Sharon, Connecticut. Lion Rock's stunning grounds, multiple guest houses, and barns made it the idyllic wedding venue for hosting 110 guests beginning with a welcome party and concluding with a day after brunch.
The planning began, the vendors were secured and the design was complete; we were merely a few months away from their wedding date when the pandemic struck. Like most couples of 2020, they had to face the awful and difficult decision of postponing. They postponed to July 2020 with fingers crossed, however only a few months later had to make the heartbreaking decision to postpone a second time to Memorial Day weekend 2021. Three years in the making, and we all were overjoyed when it finally came to pass.
Although their originally planned guest count of 200 was reduced by half due to government mandates and travel restrictions, those who were able to attend were ready to socialize and party! Christina and Jess threw away all traditions and formalities and instead opted for a cocktail party style reception with food stations, passed mini-tacos and lighted headbands. After over a year of celebrations being on pause, our 2021 spring season kicked off with the absolute best couple and wedding!
Christina and Jess, I wholeheartedly thank you for putting your trust in me and my team. You are troopers and have the patience of saints. It might have taken three years, however during that time, I was able to learn more about you and your families, and made a lifelong friend along the way. I wouldn't have changed one thing about it. xo
Production & Design: Double G Events // Photography: Robert Norman Photography, Stephen Wang Photography and DeCarlo Photo // Cinema: Will Talamelli Films // Florals: Carrie Wilcox // Venue: Lion Rock Farm // Tent: Events Unlimited // Rentals: Peak Event Services // Linens: Nuage Designs and BBJLaTavola // Welcome Dinner Catering: Hunt & Harvest // Reception Catering: On The Marc Events // Lighting & Drapery: Shindig Lighting // Lounge: Gather and Lounge // Band: Around Town Entertainment // Ceremony Music: Millennium Music // Paper: Coral Pheasant // HMUA: Larissa Lake and Co.
Christina & Michael's Glamorous Holiday Inspired Red and Gold Christmas Wedding at The Delamar Greenwich Harbor in Greenwich, CT
Here in New England, winter weddings are far and few between since it can get bitterly cold and snowy. As a result, when we are given the opportunity to design and produce one, we are overjoyed! My favorite time of year is fall and winter -- I enjoy the coziness, fireplaces, hot chocolates and/or hot toddies, the falling leaves, snow, and holidays. Additionally, I have a much cuter fall/winter wardrobe than my spring/summer closet.
In 2021, we were blessed with not one, but two winter weddings -- one at the beginning of the season in January, and the other in December, just before Christmas. Although our couple absolutely loves Christmas, the bride had one specific request: "I don't want it to look like Santa threw up the holidays." Ha! I got you girl!
After the first venue in The Hamptons fell through, we secured L'Escale at The Delamar Greenwich Harbor and started designing Christina and Michael's holiday celebration! We began the day with the bride and bridesmaids waking up at 4:30 am (meep!) to get in a final CrossFit class before hair and makeup. After some photos at Christina's parents' house, it was off to church for their traditional, yet beautiful Roman Catholic ceremony while our production team added the final touches to their reception room. Mini Christmas trees, ornament escort cards, powdered snow, and the softest, most luscious velvet linen were waiting for guests at the door. Next, we served cocktails in the lounge area, which we created under a clear top tent with velvet and suede furniture, and faux fur throws, before dinner and dancing in the main reception room.
The night ended with a full dance floor and many happy faces! Grab a cozy blanket, your winter drink of choice and check out all the pretty below. xo
Production & Design: Double G Events, Planning & Design // Photography: Betsi Ewing // Florals: Carrie Wilcox Floral Design // Rentals: Peak Event Services and BBJ Linen // Linens: Nuage Designs // Lighting & Drapery: Shindig Lighting // Lounge Furniture: Gather and Lounge // HMUA: Salon Shahin // Music: Fiesta Boyz Entertainment // Stationery & Reception Paper: Minted // Cake: Lovely Cakes // Venue and Catering: L'Escale Restaurant at The Delamar Greenwich Harbor
A client once asked me how I set my own table at home, and well -- let's just say that the job usually comes home with me in the department. While I don't fully set for every meal, the holidays are fair game and I always try to one up the season before with out of the box, non-traditional designs. Thanksgiving to me doesn't always need to be autumnal colors, pumpkins and dried maize.
Be mindful of your personal style and the décor of your home when setting your holiday table. It should flow and be cohesive to your authentic brand -- even if it doesn't 'scream' Thanksgiving. Play around, keeping in mind the three rules of design -- texture, color and pattern.
When Ms. Joanna Fisher asked me to collaborate with her on an editorial photo shoot, I knew immediately that I wanted food to be the centerpiece and headliner. We are enthusiastic consumers of food in this household and my personal style is more contemporary and masculine than some of the more feminine celebrations we design for clients. Our home is filled with darker moody colors like, navy, rust, black, emerald and grey with pops of yellow and orange for contrast.
Take a peek at our vision for an out of the box holiday table-scape and the awesome vendors that came together to make it all happen! In my book, with florals or food as the centerpiece -- this one is a winner. xo
Production & Design: Double G Events, Planning & Design // Photography: Joanna Fisher // Florals: Carrie Wilcox Floral Design // Catering & Food Styling: OnTheMarc Events // Linens: Peak Event Services // Rentals: Borrowed Blu, Gather and Lounge, Peak Event Services // Cone Candles: House of Michel // Paper: Coral Pheasant // Lounge: Gather and Lounge // Lighting: Shindig Lighting // HMUA: Simply Gorgeous by Erin // Gown & Accessories: The Plumed Serpent Bridal // Tuxedo: Enzo Valentino // Models: Real Couple, Barbara and Arthur