Monthly Archives: September 2014

Stacey & Alan’s Branford House Wedding

Here’s one of my favorite spring weddings of all time, photographed by one of my favorite people of all time, Katie Slater. I love this one for a couple of reasons – first, I loved meeting with Stacey and seeing her vision for the Branford House – a natural, free garden look, elevated with touches of formality. Second, it was a challenge. A calculated messy look is hard to pull off – but Cat figured it out. She came up with a way of designing these hand-tied bouquets that gave them flow and freedom, AND enough structure to make the placements of the flowers purposeful. Thus was born the ‘Upstairs/Downstairs Method,” patent pending.
There are going to be a lot of pictures of these bouquets. I can’t help it.
But first, meet Stacey and Alan:


So now the bouquets – we used jasmine vine, amaranthus and Australian fern to create a backdrop for coral peony, purple phlox, ebony hellebore (which we actually grew!), peach garden roses, cream ranunculus, silver brunia protea and white clematis for Stacey’s bouquet:


We scaled the look down a bit for Stacey’s bridesmaids – and we wrapped the bouquets in luxurious upholstery fringes in taupes and soft golds.


The guy’s boutonnieres were simple – hellebore with hypericum berries for the groom and silver brunia protea with an accent of allium flower for the groomsmen.


Inside The Branford House, we used classic gold urns for the centerpieces, each a bit unique in design, and draped the mantels in lush greenery and amaranthus. We then filled the room with candles to create a soft, romantic glow.




To see more, and to see these bouquets move, watch the beautiful film by Forever Lucky:

Stacey + Alan | Highlights | Forever Lucky Films from Forever Lucky Films on Vimeo.

Credit Reel:

Photography: Katie Slater Photography
Flowers: Green Dahlia Florist
Makeup Artist: Andrea Blair, Two Spa Girls
Hair: Evelyn Cotto
Venue: The Branford House
Stacey’s Dress: Jenny Yoo from The White Dress by the Shore
Stacey’s Veil: Custom designed from The White Dress by the Shore
Stacey’s Belt: Ivy and Aster from The White Dress by the Shore
Stacey’s Shawl: Ivy and Aster from The White Dress by the Shore
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Amsale from The White Dress by the Shore
Suits: Ramani Clothiers
Velvet Bow Ties: Mrs. Bow Tie
Catering: Gourmet Galley
Videography: Forever Lucky Films

Hope you liked this one as much as we did. Stay tuned. The upstairs/downstairs method was applied again in a very different way about a month and a half ago – this time it expanded into apartment buildings…

Nicole & Travis Featured in Bliss Celebrations Magazine

Our second feature in Bliss Celebrations Magazine is the wedding of Nicole and Travis at the New Haven Lawn Club, one of the most beautiful venues in Çonnecticut. I love that the two weddings Bliss chose to feature were so wildly different. While Sophie and Mike‘s wedding was a contemporary fairy tale, Nicole and Mike’s was classic, elegant and traditional in style. Nicole was so lovely, we were honored to create the perfect bouquet of hydrangea, peony, anemone, lisianthus and dusty miller to complement her personality.



For her maids, we designed these bright bouquets of peony, garden roses, lisianthus and scabiosa pods to accent their navy gowns.


The Lawn Club’s classic Art Deco style was the inspiration for these spring centerpieces, which consisted of several styles of mercury glass vessels complemented with vintage glassware featuring delphinium, roses, cymbidium orchids, snapdragons, lisianthus, Queen Anne’s lace, callas and scabiosa pods in pale blues, peaches, oranges and pinks.


To see Nicole and Travis’ gorgeous wedding film, click here.

Credit Reel:

Photography: Carla Ten Eyck
Venue: New Haven Lawn Club
Jewelry: The White Dress by the Shore
Hair and Makeup: Dana Bartone and Company
Videography: Jim Altieri’s Vintage Cinema