Sara and Mike’s romantic fall Harkness Wedding on the Connecticut shoreline at Harkness Memorial Park was so much fun to photograph! They had a massive wedding party, and the mix and match approach with the bridesmaids dresses all in that sparkly champagne color left me feeling all excited- yes, color can do that to me! Well, maybe it’s the sparkles and glitter that sends me into orbit, let’s be honest! Add to this already romantic feeling the incomparable Jane from Just for You Florals and her full, lush designs; the cake? Oh my God the CAKE!! But a Dream Custom Cakes makes the most gorgeous cakes and this one just fit the entire wedding design so perfectly, don’t you agree? (scroll down to see!, you won’t be disappointed!)
Not to mention that Sarah and Mike and their community of friends and family felt more like a unified team than anything! Perhaps that is because Sara is an Olympic rower and Mike is her coach, and many guests and members of the wedding party were former or current teammates or training partners!
From her planner, Diana Chouinard of Jubilee Events:
“No matter what you do for work, there are always days where you feel like you ran a marathon in the Olympics. It’s funny, slightly true, but we all know what I mean! Well, last Fall we had the pleasure of working with a bride who is competing in this year’s Olympics for our beloved US of A! Sara and her groom, Mike, are the best team and you can find me in their fan section any day of the week!
Now, if you’ve ever spent time in New England in the fall, then you have some understanding on what is so special about it! The warm glow of the sun wrapped up by the cool breeze once it sets. The warm colors found in Mother Nature, in food, and in a cozy pashmina.
Sara and Mike’s design was rich with the colors of fall. Champagne and marsala with hints of a more playful blush dressed their tables and florals and brought such a sophistication to the Eolia Mansion. Earthy garlands from Just For You Floral Design spilled over the sides of their dinner tables that were speckled with candlelight for a romantic touch. And nothing beats that perfectly natural garden at the house! A Thyme to Cook was on site with the freshest, most delectable menu, complete with a hot rocks station.”
Planning, Coordination & Design: Diana Chouinard + Candice Coppola, Jubilee Events
Gown: Hayley Paige from The White Dress by the Shore, Clinton CT
Stationery: Coral Pheasant Stationery , New Haven CT
Location: Eolia Mansion at Harkness State Park , Waterford CT
Catering: A Thyme to Cook
Floral Design: Just For You Floral Design , Middlefield CT
Hair: Red Door Spa
Makeup: Allison Barbera
Musicians: 45 Riots
Videography: Vantage Point Films , Danbury CT
Chalkboard Art: The Grounds Collective, August and April
Cake: But a Dream Custom Cakes , Guilford CT
Lighting & Draping: Ryan Designs , Narraganset Rhode Island
Rentals: La Tavola Linen, Party Rental Ltd.