Real Wedding: Colleen and Samuel

By: Colleen Lennehan


Pale pinks and earthy greens made up the romantic color scheme for Colleen and Samuel’s magazine worthy wedding.

The two married on July 3rd, 2016 at Woodwinds in Branford with seaside views and lush blooms surrounding their big day.

The spotlight in Colleen’s bouquets beamed over the peonies, an all-time popular wedding flower. In the bridal bouquet Terri used muted pale pinks and whites, while in the bridesmaids she bumped up the color a bit with deeper pink peonies and lisianthus.

Pink and white peonies, garden roses, ranunculus, astilbe, lisianthus, and eucalyptus made up these gorgeous bouquets. With a lighter color scheme the richer tones in the bridesmaids flowers added a romantic burst of color.

For the fellas, Terri made ranunculus boutonnières to compliment the girls bouquets.

Her organic look overflowed indoors into their centerpieces and cake décor too!

Similar flowers were used in their arrangements with the addition of pink roses, hydrangea, spray roses, and Queen Anne’s lace.

This couples airy look paired with the ease of the shoreline created the perfect blend for wedding day bliss.

We were so happy to be apart of their wedding, and can’t get over their stunning photos, captured by TBM Photos!

Venue- Woodwinds

Florist- Terri Krisavage

Photography- TBM Photography

 

 

Real Wedding: Erica and Brandon

By: Colleen Lennehan


Erica and Brandon’s waterfront wedding is a picture perfect example of how unique couples can be when planning their big day.

The two were married on August 27th, 2016 at Brandon’s families lake house in Winsted, Connecticut. At the end of their dock, under clear blue skies and in front of nearly a dozen loved ones, the pair said “I do”.

To create their dream wedding, Erica and Brandon focused on blending an intimate ceremony with a laid-back reception of about 150 guests.

The couple kept their wedding party small, with three people total: a maid of honor, groomsman, and Erica’s sweet daughter Ella as their flower girl. Later, they celebrated at The Village at Boulder Ridge under a pavilion full of flowers, lanterns, and love.

Terri has been friends with Erica’s mother, Noreen, since the two were in grammar school, so when the wedding preparation began Terri was thrilled to be involved. They then asked me to photograph the wedding and how could I have said anything but yes!

Two bouquets, one flower crown, one wrist corsage, 30 arrangements, and five garlands were used to complete their flower wish list.

Erica’s bridal bouquet was completely stunning. A wild and natural look paired well with her entire day. Terri used some beautiful blooms in both the bridal and bridesmaid bouquets. A mix of garden roses, queen anne’s lace, ranunculus, succulents, freesia, dahlias, and greens made up these bright and breezy bouquets.

A sweet flower crown of eucalyptus and spray roses was worn by Ella, the most photogenic flower girl I have ever seen!

After some wedding party photos in downtown Riverton and at the Saville Dam in Barkhamsted, the couple arrived to a packed pavilion full of friends and family.

To welcome guests, two twelve foot garlands draped along the entry railings, while a rustic chalkboard greeted everyone. Inside, under dozens of lanterns and banners, each picnic table had a weathered wooden box full of flowers that matched the bouquets.

 

We loved the personal touches at their reception. From the vintage card holder, to the sangria bar, Erica and Brandon’s afternoon was full of creativity and entertainment.

Boulder Ridge was the perfect spot for a laidback style wedding. With dozens of kids in attendance, the venue offered a swimming pool, playground, volleyball courts, and even a zip line!

After hours of mingling, eating, drinking, and diving in the pool, it was time for everyone to enjoy the dessert table!

A three-tiered cake, decorated with more fresh flowers was the main event, but the grooms cake, a life-like fish replica to highlight Brandon’s favorite past-time, caught everyone’s eye.

We loved the carefree air that surrounded their big day, these two are a genuine example of what marrying your best friend looks like. We loved working with them and hope they have nothing but happiness as their marriage begins!

Venue-The Village and Boulder Ridge

Florist- Terri Krisavage

Photographer- Colleen Anne Lennehan

Hair and Makeup- Beauty Entourage

 

 

Real Wedding: Kristen and Dan

By: Colleen Lennehan


Underneath a balmy sun and surrounded by friends and family, Kristen Gortych and Dan Burgos became husband and wife on August 13th, 2016.

The couple held their seaside celebration at Harkness Memorial Park, with waterfront views for both their ceremony and reception, the night was a sweet mix of bridal elegance and salty breezes.

Pinks and blues are a classic nautical combination, and these two love birds incorporated them into their beachy big day as well. Kristen wore a beautiful strapless gown, while her bridesmaids were dressed in blush. To bring blue into their color scheme, Dan and his groomsmen wore navy suits, dressed up with pink spray rose and astilbe boutonnieres!

Blush shades continued into her bouquets and arrangements as well.

Kristen’s round bridal bouquet showcased a variety of flowers. Garden roses, dahlias, ranunculus, freesia, hydrangea, spray roses, and astilbe were all used in her textured bouquet, wrapped in a lace handkerchief.  The bridesmaids held similar bouquets, minus a few blooms!

 

Thankfully the bridal party and guests beat the heat during the ceremony, which took place outside in the park. Four gold pedestals lined the aisle, topped with giant arrangements of roses, hydrangea, and astilbe.

Back at the mansion, 14 tables sprinkled throughout the property, half with high arrangements and the remainder with low.

For the high centerpieces we used gold pedestals, and gold urns for the low, they each held blushing and blooming  roses and hydrangea. Four gold mercury votives circled the arrangements to add light and another color element to the tables.

Along with the 14 tables, we decorated two mantles with rose and hydrangea filled gold goblets and votives, and used more of the goblets to add décor to 8 cocktail tables.

The couples gift table was decorated with two white bird cages, dressed up with mini garlands of greens and spray roses. Every table in the mansion had a floral touch to it, bringing the outdoor, in!

We loved working with Kristen and Dan to create their wedding day dreams and wish them nothing but happiness as husband and wife!

 

Venue- Harkness Memorial Park

Florist- Terri Krisavage

*We used photo’s from the couples photographer, J. Benson Photography, as well as our own taken by Colleen Lennehan, each is credited accordingly!

 

Real Wedding: Josh and Kara

By: Colleen Lennehan


Sweet stems of peonies, garden roses, and freesia popped out of antique bottles that lined nearly a dozen long banquet tables at the Essex Yacht Club.

Josh and Kara tied the knot on July 2nd, 2016, with a waterfront wedding reception under a dreamy Sperry tent. The couples color scheme of navy and pink was incorporated in every aspect.

Three types of ranunculus boutonnieres show the sweetness in size. One is fit for the couples ring bearers, another for their fabulous groomsmen, and the final, with the biggest bloom we could find was for Josh, the beaming groom.

The bridesmaids bouquets, wrapped in navy and white striped ribbon, were full of pinks and fuchsias. Garden roses, peonies, ranunculus, and wild flowers overflowed from these beautiful bouquets. For the bridal bouquet, Terri used many similar flowers, all in white, and wrapped the beauty in a piece of Kara’s mothers wedding gown. These bouquets show the beautiful combination of organic, airy, and sentimental!

We loved putting together clusters of bottles as centerpieces too! Each table received  three groups of bottles in varying heights, shapes, and sizes. Peonies, roses, garden roses, astilbe, thistle, lizzianthus, eucalyptus, and freesia were placed in each container, no two looking exactly the same.

The couples nautical touches carried into the tablescape as well, with a navy and white striped runner, place settings with rope highlights, and napkins filled with a sprig of eucalyptus and a thistle stem, the entire wedding was a beautiful balance of a seaside breeze and garden accents.

With waterfront views and peonies filling the warm summer air, this wedding was by far one of our favorite to be apart of!

 

Florist- Terri Krisavage

Photographer- Colleen Anne Lennehan

Venue- Essex Yacht Club

 

A Summer Celebration

From the balmy sun, to the blooming wildflowers,  Meredith Richards and Brett Trentham’s waterside ceremony was utterly picture perfect.

The summer sun beamed down over the Florence Griswold Museum grounds, highlighting all the natural beauty of Mere and Brett’s big day. The couple married on August 22nd, 2015 amongst friends and family.

The two chose a sweet and subtle color scheme of pastels: teal, peach, white and shades of pink were tied into the entire day.

The couples summer celebration took place at the Florence Griswold Museum, in Old Lyme. The striking property is lined with gardens and earthy landscaping, allowing a beautiful backdrop for guests no matter where they stand. The museum of art and history focuses on telling Connecticut’s story in the formation of American art.

Jeffrey Anderson, the museum director says, “During the early years of the 20th century, the Lyme Art Colony, centered in Miss Florence Griswold’s boardinghouse, became America’s most famous summer art colony. Today this museum of art and history tells the story of how Connecticut played a pivotal role in fostering an authentic American art.”

This museum was a wonderful place to begin Mere and Brett’s history together as a married couple.

Mere’s bouquets were full of life and color. The main flowers used were: Juliet roses, and dahlias, mixed with bunches of wildflowers. The bridesmaids dresses were individually stunning, but when they all stood together they highlighted the pros of the “mix-and-match” trend.

Recently, brides give their girls a color scheme to follow, allowing them to choose something that fits their personality best. These lively bouquets paired perfectly with each girl, tying in Brett and Mere’s pastel palette.

Another trend we love to see used in real weddings is the inclusion of a flower crown. For this ceremony, the flower girl flaunted pale pink roses atop her head, but many times brides, or bridesmaids will wear them as well. The flower crown is just another way to add a spark of uniqueness to the big day!

During the ceremony the couple and their bridal party walked along side two rows of fresh flowers. Just like the bouquets, roses and wildflowers were used, in addition to peach ranunculus, white hydrangeas, dusty miller, and raspberry celosia, creating a dreamy walkway.

After the tear-filled (happy ones of course) ceremony ended, the couple stepped away for a gorgeous photo-shoot, highlighting not only the romantic property, but the true love between Brett and Mere.

The aisle treatment from the ceremony was repurposed and used as the couples head table runner, a lovely way to reuse flowers! Each table featured a rustic wooden box filled with the same blooms as the runner: hydrangeas, roses, ranunculus, dusty miller, and celosia. Mixing the wooden accent with the pale flowers created a warm and rustic centerpiece for the reception.

We absolutely loved working with this fabulous couple and bringing their flower visions to life! Their wedding was so charming we couldn’t resist sharing it with all of you!

 

Venue- Florence Griswold Museum

Florist- Terri Krisavage Weddings and Events

Photographer- Anna Lee Photography

Catering- Gourmet Galley

 

Waterfront Wedding

On June 19th, 2015  longtime friend of mine Adam Chauncey Clemens married Kathy, the love of his life, at the Madison Beach Hotel.

I have worked with Adam for many years, providing flowers for events planned for the Linda Clemens Breast Cancer Foundation, and was thrilled to style and provide arrangements and bouquets for his beach wedding!

Creating the bouquets and centerpieces for Adam and Kathy was an absolute joy.

To match their wedding dreams, we created bouquets that were light, airy, and beachy. Pink peonies, white roses, and blue hydrangeas were all added in to highlight the sweetness of summer by the sea.

Their photographer, Danny Kash, captured every moment of their day. Danny is easily one of the best photographers in Connecticut, who never fails to impress his clients and viewers.

We loved working with this fabulous couple over the summer and hope their beach inspired wedding sparks some ideas for you!

 

 

 

For more photos, ideas, and wedding flowers, check out the links below!

Venue- Madison Beach Hotel

Photography- Danny Kash Photography

Florist- Terri Krisavage Weddings and Events