Real Wedding: Allison & Jonathan

Posted by on October 29, 2013 · Comments 

 

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Allison and Jonathan had the most perfect, sunny day for their September nuptials on the Connecticut shoreline! Their ceremony was held in the bride’s hometown at St. Dunstan’s church in Glastonbury, CT, which the bride’s family has attended for many years. While their ceremony was rooted in tradition, they surprised guests as Allison and her father arrived to the church in a 1910 Stanley Steamer! A family friend and owner of this old beauty chauffeured the bride to the ceremony as well as made the bride and groom’s exit a magical moment that we (and their guests) will never forget! After saying “I do,” the bride and groom climbed into the back seat together. Their guests crowded around to take pictures and wave to the couple as they took their first ride as husband and wife.

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Allison was truly stunning in her fitted, lace wedding gown. The gown featured a sheer lace buildup over a sweetheart neckline with a ribbon sash and slender skirt. The gown was equally as beautiful from the back, as the sheer lace back with covered buttons was on display to the guests during the ceremony. A chapel length train trailed behind the bride, dramatized by her cathedral length veil, complete with blusher. Allison wore the blusher while walking down the aisle, which her father removed in a tender moment when they reached the groom at the altar. Allison completed her elegant and sophisticated ensemble with pearl drop earrings and rhinestone hair comb atop of her up-do.

 

The groom looked dapper in a black tuxedo standing next to his beautiful bride. Our favorite parts of their ensembles were the small touches of red they each incorporated. Allison wore gorgeous red satin, peep-toe pumps with a bow detail, while Jonathan wore a red tie and red socks! These pops of color brought out our couple’s fun-loving personalities and made them look even more perfect together!

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We cannot get enough of Allison and Jonathan’s photographs! Their reception venue, The Lace Factory, in Deep River, CT proved to be the perfect setting for both the reception and incredible photography. With brick walls covered in ivy and both a train station and dock on the Connecticut River across the street, the location lends itself to amazing backdrops for brides and grooms of all types. We followed Allison and Jonathan through the process of taking photos, shot by photographer Carla Ten Eyck. Owner and Creative Director of Piece of Cake Events, Christine Geraci advises couples to feel confident in spending money from their wedding budget on a photographer they love, as these photos will be the only thing left from such a monumental day and will be cherished for your entire lifetime! This couple did just that, and there is no doubt that Allison and Jonathan will have an abundance of amazing photos from this special day to cherish for the rest of their lives!

 

 We first took pictures by the entrance of The Lace Factory with the bridal party, then moved to the docks, and finally to the train tracks. Take a peek at some of our favorite shots below.

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While Allison and Jonathan were busy posing, Christine was busy making a new best friend – the flower girl, Riley! With twin girls at home, Christine and Riley had a lot in common!

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Just as we were finishing up on the tracks, two servers from The Lace Factory visited the bride and groom with hors d’oeuvres and beer – so thoughtful! The Lace Factory takes good care of our brides and grooms!

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After pictures were taken, it was time for this couple to enjoy the party! They shared their first dance to the theme song from “Up” followed by toasts from the bride’s sister and the groom’s brother. The bride shared a heartwarming slow dance with her father to “True Colors” and the groom and his mother had the room clapping at the end of their dance to “Hey Jude.” A wonderful meal from Cloud Nine Catering graced the tables, complete with touches of fall such as pumpkin bread with a cream cheese spread during cocktail hour!

 

The Lace Factory was a perfect backdrop for a fun-filled and heartwarming evening with its brick walls, large windows, and exposed ceiling wrapped in white Christmas lights. Upon entering, the guests walked down a hallway lined with wedding photos from the couple’s families hanging from strips of red ribbon, burlap and lace. The couple chose reds and oranges as their colors, featured in the table settings and centerpieces. The couple chose to seat guests at four long tables covered in white linens with runners made of burlap, red ribbon, and lace. The simplistic yet elegant centerpieces made from customized beer bottles filled with orange calla lilies showcased the couple’s personalities and invited guests to share in their love of beer. The beer bottles featured custom labels that read “I Do Brew” or “To Have and to Hold and to Drink While It’s Cold” with the couple’s names and wedding date! In addition, their sweetheart table featured two matching, customized beer steins engraved with their wedding date. The cake fit the theme as well, and is the only chocolate frosted cake that Christine has seen! Aside from loving the chocolate frosting, we loved the cake topper even more, as it came from the bride’s grandparents. In addition to such a meaningful family heirloom, the couple added something completely their own by using a light-saber knife to cut the cake!

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Allison and Jonathan couldn’t have been happier with each other or their wedding day as they left the reception for an amazing honeymoon in Germany and Belgium! Their attention to detail allowed guests to see what a fun-loving, thoughtful and adventurous couple they really are. The love they share for one another and their families was evident throughout the day by the smiles that never left their faces and the many embraces they shared.

 

To the bride and groom, thank you for letting us at Piece of Cake Events be a part of such a special day in your lives! May your hearts and steins always be full! “Prost” to you guys and the beginning of the best adventure yet!

And a special thank you to our wonderful assistant Devin for writing this great blog!




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Real Weddings: Katy & Eddy!

Posted by on August 11, 2013 · Comments 

This past weekend we kicked-off summer wedding season with our fun-loving couple, Katy and Eddie, and their wedding in Westbrook, Connecticut! The bride’s father proudly hosted his youngest daughter’s big day at his waterfront home, which proved to be the most perfect and meaningful setting for Katy and Eddie’s nuptials!

The ceremony took place in their backyard, elegantly transformed into a ceremony space by white seating, a floral arch, and shepherd’s hooks bearing mason jar floral arrangements lining the aisles. Katy looked absolutely radiant in her Reem Acra gown with cathedral length veil, complimented by her bridesmaids in short gray chiffon dresses and her groom and groomsmen in black tuxedos. Katy and Eddie were married at the conclusion of a heartfelt and intimate ceremony, performed by celebrant Mary Coburn. It was touching to hear the celebrant share the story of Katy and Eddie’s meeting and proposal, as were the promises the made to one another by stating their vows. Surrounded by close friends and family, Katy and Eddie tied the knot, making a memory they will cherish forever and revisit every time they return to the bride’s father’s home.

Following the ceremony, the guests enjoyed cocktail hour outside as well. The food was plentiful, including passed appetizers, such as spoons of lobster mac and cheese, and an abundant table spread of delicious cheeses and crudités. The bartenders were busy serving Katy and Eddie’s signature drink, a tropical cocktail inspired by their engagement in the Bahamas.

The front yard served as the reception space, providing an ocean view for dinner and dancing underneath a tent sparkling with lights and paper lanterns. Katy chose to mix farm tables with circular tables as well as tall and short floral arrangements, which created a beautiful and striking combination. Her florals were a mix of pale pinks, coral, and oranges, which perfectly complimented her nautical touches of navy and gold. The guests enjoyed touching toasts from the Father of the Bride, Maid of Honor, and Best Man before a delicious three-course meal. Katy and Eddie hosted a great crowd who danced with them until the night ended. Eddie played the role of groom as well as entertainer, impressing everyone with his infamous worm and front flip! The guests also enjoyed Katy and Eddie’s photobooth and a late night snack of mini grilled cheeses and tomato soup shots. They were so reluctant to go that a chant rung out, “One more song!” which the DJ answered with Bon Jovi. The guests received personalized koozies as favors and we were as sad as they were to see the day come to an end.

The day could not have been more beautiful and neither could our bride, Katy. We were so honored to be a part of this couple’s big day and are so grateful to have been a part of this poignant and memorable occasion in their lives. While saying our goodbye to the couple, Katy asked excitedly, “Did I just have the perfect wedding?” For her coordinator, Amy Vigneux, and Amy’s assistant, Devin Smith, hearing this and seeing their contagious smiles throughout the day was thanks enough.

 

And lastly, a big thank you to Devin our new wedding planner assistant for writing this fantastic blog!

 




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Real Weddings: Katherine & Rory

Posted by on September 3, 2012 · 1 Comment 

In early July we had the pleasure of working with Katherine & Rory.  It was a hot day but thanks for an awesome photographer, we got some awesome shots.

We started the day getting ready with the girls in Whitestone

This is one of my all time favorite shots of a bride to be!

From Whitestone we headed to Planting Fields in Oyster Bay.  This is a great location for photos because you have use of the entire estate.

They have beautiful arches throughout the Planting Fields that make not only stunning photos but fun!

The ceremony and reception took place at Crest Hollow Country Club.  This is a perfect ceremony site with no decorate needed.  It is beautiful all on its own.

Cocktail Hour was outside, pool side.  This truly is one of my favorite places for cocktail hour.  Again, no decoration needed!

Simply yet beautiful centerpieces and fantastic uplighting!

Congratulations to the new Mr. & Mrs.!

A big thank you to Steven at SLR Photographer (www.slrphotographer.com) for sharing his beautiful work with us!




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Real Wedding: Vanessa & Tom

Posted by on July 28, 2012 · Comments 

Just a spring was blooming, we had the pleasure to be apart of Vanessa & Tom’s day.

Vanessa is one of the most fun spirited brides I’ve ever worked with, she is always smiling and laughing!

Between an upbeat bridal party and working with one of my favorite photographers (Kiva @ Annandale Photography); we had a perfect day!

We started the day getting ready in Milford.  Doesn’t she look amazing?

I was really excited to see her chapel.  The chapel was located in Vanessa’s high school; Our Lady of Mercy in Milford.  I attended the same high school on Long Island.  The chapel was beautiful.  The school has a nice tradition of ringing the bell right before the bride walks down the aisle.

The flowers were the perfect color combination for a perfect spring day.  Plus, every girl needs some bling!

A very cool Ipad shot!  Plus a little history; we were told years ago no one was allowed to step on these stairs per the convent tradition!

The new Mr. & Mrs.!

After the ceremony, we headed over to The Water’s Edge in Westbrook.  The lighting was absolutely perfect for Kiva to work his magic!

One of my favorite photos!

We provided a candy buffet for guests, they went crazy for it!

Annandale Photography also provided a photobooth for guests which this fun crowd loved!

Wishing the New Mr. & Mrs. the best of luck!




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Real Wedding: Melissa & Rob

Posted by on April 16, 2012 · Comments 

Our last wedding of 2011 was one of my favorites.  Melissa had a lot of similarities to my own weddings so maybe I am a little bias, lol.

We were hired as Day of Coordinators for her and Rob’s December wedding.  Not only did Melissa do a beautiful job putting everything together, she chose some of our favorite vendors; Duet Photography (Jay’s team), AJ Ingoglia Films, After Hours Music and Camelot Limos.

Getting ready!

Melissa definitely loved the bling!

Jay did a great job at capturing Melissa, doesn’t she look stunning in this photo?

The New Mr. & Mrs.!!!

And as a side note, this was one of the friendliest churches I have ever worked in!

Lots of churches are strict on having no petals or rice, so streamers are a great alternative!

The centerpieces tied in perfectly with the holiday decor

One of the best Father Daughter Photos I’ve ever seen!  Melissa’s father was also one of the nicest dad’s I’ve ever met!

Wishing the new Mr. & Mrs. all the best!!!




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