Archive for February, 2011

Jacin & Pat: Coastal Wedding

Guilford, CT

February 28th, 2011

Having grown up in a Connecticut coastal town, I’m pretty partial to the whole New England shoreline thing. The following wedding is just that, and while the ceremony took place inside a church, the reception was waterside, so it fits right in on this blog. The bride, Jacin Fitzgerald, who actually lives in San Francisco, is now a wedding and event planner and writes a great wedding blog, Lovely Little Details.

Jacin did a beautiful job creating a warm, family-oriented, DIY wedding in her hometown. Since Jacin’s a detail girl, I’m posting lots of detail shots. Be sure to take a look at the the blue embroidery of the couple’s initials and wedding date (the perfect touch) in Jacin’s custom dress from Ally Bridal, along with the super fab Louboutins. I’d love to have those on my feet right this minute! The bridesmaids all look great in classic dresses (different styles, same Mason jar blue) from LulaKate.

After the ceremony, the wedding party walked across the street to the hardware store that’s been in Jacin’s family for over 70 years. Check out the cute photo shot in the aisle!! The reception took place at Pine Orchard Yacht Club in neighboring Branford, and photographers Graham and Ashley Scobey for Carla Ten Eyck took full advantage of the club’s waterfront location to get great photos of the Jacin and Pat and the whole wedding party.

Anyone who has spent time at the beach anywhere from Connecticut to Maine will recognize the beach rocks, used here as place cards. They’re a great DIY, and the wine cork (plus baker’s twine) table number holders are another good idea and so easy to make yourself. All in all, this is a lovely wedding, full of lovely little details (I couldn’t resist!). Thanks for sharing.weddings by the waterweddings by the waterweddings by the waterweddings by the waterweddings by the waterweddings by the waterweddings by the waterweddings by the waterweddings by the waterweddings by the waterweddings by the waterweddings by the waterweddings by the waterweddings by the waterweddings by the water

Katy & Steven engagement photos

Lake Geneva, WI

February 25th, 2011

I don’t know how I managed to overlook this idea, but until today I haven’t posted any waterside engagement sessions. Thankfully, photographer Sarah Parisi brought me to my senses with these sweet images of newly engaged couple, Katy and Steven. Sarah photographed them on Lake Geneva in Wisconsin where Steven’s family has a summer house. Don’t you wish you were out on a boat right now? Ah, summer…..can’t get here fast enough!wedding on the waterwedding on the waterwedding on the waterwedding on the water

Kristin & Jacob: Wedding On The Water

Lake Michigan

February 20th, 2011

When I asked Kristin if there was a special reason that she and Jacob chose to get married on the shore of Lake Michigan, her answer was that her parents met there. Of course, I immediately got the warm and fuzzies. She went on to explain that her grandparents live there, several family members have houses there, and she has fond memories of many summer vacations (some with Jacob) spent at the Maranatha Bible Conference where they held their beach wedding ceremony and indoor reception. This is exactly why so many couples choose to have weddings on the water. They connect with it on some deep, significant level, and for Kristin and Jacob it was romance, family, and memories that made the beach of Lake Michigan the most significant spot for them to start their life together.

Sarah Parisi did a beautiful job photographing this wedding and sent these images to me. Hello, music-video-stunningly-attractive-couple! I mean, honestly, are they cute or what? Kristin’s gorgeous dress was purchased at a designer outlet (I like her even more for this) in Illinois, and she braved several rounds of alterations to get it to look like this on her. Well worth it, girl. It’s beautiful.

Rather than having chairs set out on the beach, Kristin and Jacob had a standing ceremony. This is such a great idea when an intimate experience is your goal. Standing allows guests to move in close around you, creating a really special, organic, unpredictable experience. I just suggested this exact same thing three days ago to a couple I’m working with. They thought it was the best idea they’d ever heard. Sometimes rows of chairs just feel wrong. Look how cute Kristin and her barefoot dad look as they step out onto the beach (find him in the kiss shot too…i’m digging Dad). And the flower girl and ring bearer…OMG. Warms your on the waterwedding on the waterwedding on the waterwedding on the waterwedding on the waterwedding on the waterwedding on the waterwedding on the waterwedding on the waterwedding on the waterwedding on the water

BHLDN Unveils On Monday!

February 12th, 2011

I can hardly wait for Monday. Urban Outfitters, Inc. (can you say Anthropologie?) is unveiling (the pun is too good pass up) an e-commerce site offering its version of cool, quirky, bohemian wedding fashion and design called BHLDN. No doubt this site will be bookmarked immediately by all brides and people in the wedding biz. Not only will BHLDN be selling hip wedding dresses, quirky cake stands, and other beautiful goodies for decorating a wedding venue, but a team of stylists will be available via email to help brides navigate their way through the often overwhelming wedding planning process. Wow…dresses, stuff, and hand to hold. What a concept!

Kristin Norris, BHLDN’s managing director, told Women’s Wear Daily’s Sharon Edelson that “we’re confident that we’re filling in space that no one’s filling. We’re offering a take that’s not out there. We have a lot of shorter dresses, lots of color and prints and no optic white dresses. Traditionally, people got married in churches. Now, they’re getting married on beaches and mountain tops. We’re building our assortment for the ultimate end use.” I do believe I heard her say “beach weddings,” did I not?? You’re speaking my language, Kristin!

BHLDN wedding dress

Perhaps a Pool Party in St. Barth’s

St. Barth's

February 1st, 2011

I don’t know about you, but if someone told me to close my eyes and imagine the quintessential St. Barth’s party (aka reception) house, this is exactly what I’d have in mind. Actually, I’m not sure my own imagination would come up with something this perfect, but designer Barry Darr Dixon did. This house was photographed by Tria Giovan and published in Coastal Living, and if I could have my way, I’d move right in and never leave. Imagine a wedding ceremony and/or reception here, poolside, for several of your closest bikini-clad friends. Love the color palette, love the patterns, and LOVE that “pool with a view.” I can practically feel the breeze and taste the cocktail. Heaven.