Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Ambiance Luxe Wedding | Waterfront Connecticut Wedding at Rocky Neck State Park {Photography by Kevin Kelly}

Mike and Sara were married this past weekend, September 12, 2009 at Rocky Neck State Park in Niantic, CT. Rocky Neck's Pavilion faces the beach and ocean, and is available to rent for a wedding or special occassion, and is surrounded by beautiful park grounds. The Pavilion itself was built in 1936, and to rent the Pavilion call Sue at Rocky Neck! Sara, Liz, & I had a design meeting at Starbucks in Boston to review Sara's favorite colors, bridesmaid's dresses, centerpiece inspiration, lantern colors, and linens.

Sara was inspired by lively, colorful, and exciting scrapbook paper patterns. Sara designed her Invitations, Envelope Liners Save the Dates, Menus, Menus, Table Numbers, and Placecards on her own to highlight her favorite papers. She mixed and matched the papers to create an eclectic while still refined and personalized feel to her papers.

Sara started her day by getting her hair & makeup done at Salon Medusa in Norwich, CT. She finished getting ready at her Hotel with her bridesmaids. Her amazing photographer Kevin Kelley was there to catch all of the beautiful moments that unfolded while Sara was getting ready. 


For their ceremony, Candi of Candi's Floral Creations created these absolutely stunning floral pieces of artwork! She used Sara's papers, dresses, and favorite colors as inspiration and chose the most beautiful Dahlias, Bells of Ireland, Hydrangea, and Roses to complete Sara and Mike's floral design.

Rochelle and I found these beautiful Eyelet Paper Lanterns and lined Sara & Mike's sea-view aisle with whimsical lanterns and curley-q shepherd's hooks. Sara also created Reserved signs for her family for the first two rows of chairs at the ceremony. Candi's arrangements looked so natural and so wild in front of the water and surrounded by trees. Perfect! We moved these arrangements up to the reception after the ceremony so the guests could enjoy them all night!

Sara's MOH and bridesmaid's bouquet had Dahlias, Roses, Hydrangea, and seeded eucalyptus, and were the perfect bridge between summer and the beginning of fall. Sara's jade Nicole Miller bridesmaid's dresses were simple and elegant. Sara chose two different dresses for her two sisters, by the same designer in the same color!

Sara's placecards were also made of scrapbooking paper, all coordinating, with patterns that matched and coincided with each table number that was made with a different pattern.

In this shot you can see Rocky Neck's rustic and exciting reception room which is extremely long and full of layout options. The pillars were made from trees from State Parks in CT. We were able to tie Sara & Mike's lanterns to the pillars for a unique lighting design. Rochelle hung lanterns with satin ribbon from the ceiling of the reception space on natural sisal twine

We chose Sky Blue Pintuck Linens, Ice Blue Lamour Napkins, and a straight napkin fold to display Sara and Mike's menus. We used Seafoam Lamour on the buffet tables to tie in Sara's colors. Sara told Liz & I at her Initial Consultation that she wanted blue and green linens, blue to represent Sara's eye color, and green for Mike's eyes! Sara designed and sent out her menus to be professionally printed. She used the same flower design that she had used on her invitations, and beautifully displayed her menu choices from Cloud Nine Catering. Cloud Nine was fabulous from the moment we first visited them! Sara & Mike had a special Gluten-Free menu created, and Cloud Nine offered them a tasting of their choices. Cloud Nine did a beautiful job displaying their creations, and all of the guests enjoyed their fabulous food!

Sara and Mike wanted to keep their centerpeices romantic and whimsical and we composed an arrangement entirely of pillar candles and votives to mimic Sara's inspiration centerpiece. Stasia placed all of the pillar candles as Candi & I sprinkled hydrangea petals, rose petals, and orchids between the candles.

Sara & Mike choreographed their first dance to "Lucky" by Jason Mraz. They delighted their crowd with turns and twists, and made Rochelle & I cry a little! We loved Sara's dress by Vera Wang, and the beautiful bustle that Nardulli's of Manchester created for Sara. Sara & I chose to put patterned lanterns over the dance floor, to separate it from the dining side of the room. John and Tim from Party Pro DJ, run by Beth Angel, did an amazing job keeping the party dancing all night long! They swing danced, danced to Madonna and MJ, and had an amazing time!

Since Sara & Mike were Full Service clients, Rochelle & I helped them find Hair & Makeup, a seamstress for Sara's gown, their DJ, their florist, linens, Catering, and their Photographer Kevin Kelley from Kevin Kelley Photography

Sara & Mike's cake had crumbs on the outside for a whimsical flair. Here you can see Sara & Mike's gorgeous cake, made by Cloud Nine Catering and decorated on-site by Candi! 

Thank you so much to Sara & Mike for allowing us to be a part of your amazing and unique day! We hope you are enjoying your honeymoon!

Ceremony & Reception Venue Rocky Neck State Park
Catering & Wedding Cake Cloud Nine Catering
Wedding Photography Kevin Kelley
Sara's Hair & Makeup Salon Medusa
Wedding Paper Sara Vallerie 
DJ & Entertainment Party Pro DJs 
Ceremony Cellist Divina Strings

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