Jenga, Croquet and a killer Brunch! That's what Lauren + Darrel wanted for their late October, intimate, fall wedding at Connecticut's historical Keeler Tavern and Museum in Ridgfield. The day was perfect, and the rain kept itself at bay while they and about sixty of their guests enjoyed lawn games, bourbon and Korean Short Ribs from Bailey's Backyard Catering.
Lauren created all their own decor, while Darrel designed all their paper for the day. Blues and Jazz played in the background by Early Bird Jazz Band and their guests mingled and enjoyed cocktails and lawn games on the museum grounds.
Brunch weddings have always been my favorite from the first one we did back in 2013. They are so intimate and purposeful, focusing on gathering your closest people over good food and love. We all know food is how we bring people together and Lauren + Darrel's guests enjoyed every bite ... and then some! And who are we to kid -- we'll take being done working by 5pm any day!
Oh, My Dear Alana. My Soul Sister in so many ways. I knew from the first words we spoke that we were meant to be. From client to friend, I adore you and your Tom Truelove. Yep, that's actually his last name folks! Alana found her 'truelove' and what a love it is! I usually write a little blurb about my couples but Alana, has written something that I just couldn't NOT post. So I will open by describing the boring design details, and leave the main show to the bride, of course. :)
Alana + Tom's jewel-toned, vintage Connecticut farm wedding was held on their very own farm in Morris, Conn., Truelove Farms (shameless plug -- you all have to go there and buy their meats! I made the best Pork Ragu of my life from their product!). Anyway, when Alana and I first spoke about her wedding and her vision, what was most important to her was it be authentic to her personal lifestyle. And any bride of mine, past or present, knows how much I preach that. Alana comes from a very colorful and diverse family, and she wanted that to showcase. She wanted to hire as many strong women-preneurs as possible to reflect her own wildflower independence. So, we started with Miss Athena Bludé Photography, who's amazing photos are below, followed by D.D. Nickel for Glam, Elizabeth Wecker of Fleurescent for floral design, Danielle Gombos of Gather + Lounge for vintage furniture and rentals and A Starry Night Music for killer beats!
When it came to food -- that was just as important! Since her and Tom own their own farm, it was a must to have sustainable and free range protein. We teamed up with Something's Fishy Catering out of Bethel, CT and they used all of Truelove's own meats for the unbelievably delicious dinner!
Design elements needed to be true to farm life and their love for vintage. Alana sourced ALL of her own china which were such an impact on her tables-cape. Jewel toned napkins, linens, vintage water goblets and brass candelabras accented her farm tables, and the show stopper of them all were the hand-made Moroccan Globe Chandies hanging over the head table -- shipped from Morocco from Shindig Lighting.
I would relive this day all over again, and again, and again. Alana and Tom, I can't tell you what an honor it was to be a part of this weekend. It was one of my favorite designs of 2017. Thank you for trusting my crazy ideas! Much love to you both! xo
From the Bride:
Planning + Design: Double G Events // Photography: Athena Bludé Photography // Floral Design: Fleurescent // Glam: D.D. Nickel // Reception Tent: Abbey Tent + Party Rentals // Eats: Something's Fishy Catering // Beats: A Starry Night Music // Lounge Furniture + Vintage Rentals: Gather + Lounge // Linens + Rentals: PEAK Event Services // Lighting Design: Shindig Lighting // Gown: Hayley Paige, Plumed Serpent
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