By now, you might have seen this beauty of a wedding on Style Me Pretty. Funny story is – this very wedding is how I ended up meeting the lovely Sarah True. I was a certified SMP addict (and guest blogger – so it was part of the job), and just drooled all over my keyboard when seeing this affair. To me, it’s the perfect combination of tradition mixed with personality mixed with modern mixed with so much style it’s not fair. It’s all around perfect to me. So, after getting the nudge from the Abby at SMP to reach out to Sarah – I did just that. Little did I know Sarah would end up helping me plan my own wedding and then we would end up working on weddings together. Funny how things work out. It’s also how I found and booked (immediately) Elysium Productions. Long story short, I owe a lot to this wedding.
Last week we were so honored to be featured on Style Me Pretty with such an amazing group of friends and talents in the industry. It was the most spectacular day!
Working with Erin and Dan was a designer’s dream. Every detail had thought behind it and told the story of them as a couple. A vision of rustic details with chic, elegant accents set the tone for the most incredible Rustic Chic wedding. We used layers of fabric, satin and burlap on the tables with glitter sprinkled on the burlap to give it the most subtle sheen. Wrapped votives with lace and hay bills with fabric to weave the details through every space of the venue. I think when you are designing an event it is very much like creating different rooms in a house, using the color palette and design details in different ways to set the mood/ tone. We wanted guests to move from ceremony to cocktail hour to dinner and dancing and be wowed through each transition. No detail was missed for Erin and Dan’s wedding, and what made it so special for guests was that it was unique to them as a couple.
Sparkle & Hay: The Inspiration…why Rustic Chic It started with the setting. After a fairly short search (my list of criteria combined with our guest list did not provide for a long list of reception site options in Connecticut) Dan and I chose Saltwater Farm Vineyard as our reception site. The moment we turned down the slightly hidden long dirt drive I knew this was going to be the place.
Pulling up it is as though you are transported to another place, and inside the meticulously revitalized space (I don’t dare say renovated as so much of the building’s authenticity has been preserved) has such fantastic raw energy. The space was originally a WWII aircraft hangar, which means towering high ceilings with gorgeous exposed wooden beams and ceilings. The space comes as-is… and lends itself perfectly to personalization through colors, textures, linens, flowers, lighting, and all sorts of fabulous details.
While exhilarated by this I was also (ever so slightly) overwhelmed… until I met Sarah True. Sarah is the creative event mastermind who after listening to my chaotic inspiration list (French Provincial meets Paris Chic, vineyard but not too wine focused, fall but not overkill of oranges and yellow, soft & warm lighting, browns, dark blues, dark purples, flowers but not too flowery, candles, lanterns, and the list goes on…) somehow deciphered it all into a Rustic Chic inspiration – and it just fit! I am so excited (and lucky) to have Sarah working on our wedding; I cannot image attempting it without her.
We are so beyond thrilled and truly honored to be picked by The Knot as one of the best in Weddings for 2011. A huge THANK YOU to everyone at the Knot for recognizing us this year as an editor’s pick!! This is one of the biggest honors in the industry and we couldn’t be more excited!! This prestigious award is presented annually to those wedding vendors whose commitment to excellence ranks them far and above their peers as reviewed by the editors at The Knot. There are so many talented wedding coordinators in the industry but only a select few are able to claim this honor.
Additional information regarding the Knot:
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