Emily and Brad's stunning summer wedding took place in Mystic, CT and features a bevy of thoughtful andÂ romantic details. We love the touches of turquoise, succulents and feathers and all of the symbolism behind the blend of natural, contemporary and romantic elements. The couple's personal history (both are creative writers) and real life love storyÂ added personality to their nuptials. Â Read onÂ for excerptsÂ of the wedding storyÂ from the bride herself...
"Â The first steps of planning a âdreamâ wedding felt counter intuitive as the âdreamâ seemed to have already come true. Between the two of us, we have friends and family scattered across the country and world, and so we viewed the opportunity to host a wedding as a chance to bring together family and friends we rarely get to see. After figuring out our guest list, it was hard (like the process of creative writing), to articulate the tone or mood we wanted to convey. We settled on classic but unique. Like many of our favorite books do, we wanted to sweep our guests into a romantic tale.Â We wanted to capture the mood of at a Gatsby-era Newport Mansion overlooking the coastline without making guests from Connecticut drive all the way out to Rhode Island. We added a tinge of writerly, literary sophistication with piles and towers of vintage books.Between dinner and dancing, guests dug through an old trunk to get silly with cigarette holders, fedoras, and eloquent driving gloves for our Polaroid photo booth. In lieu of a guestbook, they scribbled notes on the Polaroids and clipped them to mini clothespins on twine wires strung across a huge vintage gold mirror on an easel. Later, guests strolled along the lawn, rocks, and flower gardens, while the setting sun bleached the harbor in the distance, mist settled, and the band played âInto the Mysticâ for our last dance.
Â Other favorite details include: a butterfly broach pinned to a piece of the hem of my dressÂ used to wrap my bouquet. I loved the stack able wrap bracelet by Jutta at Lucky Elephant â I would not have felt like myself on my wedding day without all of my stack able bracelets â I donât leave home without them!Â And of course â my dress â completely redesigned and reconstructed so it was a one of a kind by Beth Chapman and the lovely and talented ladies at the White Dress by the Shore! The impeccable work and exquisite taste in that boutique is the true definition of the adjectives I first used in my quest to a plan a wedding â classy yet unique.
*My advice is listen when people tell you âjust enjoy it.â Yes, you should enjoy it, but I would also know you are not going to enjoy all of it. But put the time into it. Itâs a once in a lifetime chance to build confidence in taste, articulate ideas, and handle business relationships. You build so many skills in planning a wedding that will transfer into life, family, your home, your career. Itâs important to stand up for yourself. With the way media throws around these âBridezillaâ terms, it seems a bride canât catch a break. But you can give yourself a break. You already succeeded in creating the relationship with your husband. You are going to spend a lot of time on your wedding, and a lot of energy on everyone and everything else, no matter how laid back you try to be, and you will not succeed with all of it. Youâre going to have a wedding-hangover for a time after your wedding, no matter what. You might as well embrace it, be proud that you possess the competence and organizational skills to plan a wedding. You might as well dive in. Your life is still going to be there when you get back to it a year later. And the world is a better place for every two people that are able to love each other unconditionally. A wedding is the chance to commemorate that. And leave money in the budget for a honeymoon!" This couple Â knows what its all about- their consideration of every detail was truly a testament to their love for one another, something that was surely reflected upon their guests. We wish congratulations and a lifetime of loveÂ to this wonderfully creative couple! Vendor credits: Gown: Reverie by Melissa Sweet, The White Dress by the Shore Photography: Â Robert Norman Floral Design: Fleur de Lys Hair by Kelly Sharkey of Jennie Fresa Skincare and BoutiquerieÂ Make-up by Sarah Giggar Makeup Artistry Venue: Inn at Mystic Ceremony: The Mystic Arts Center Bridesmaids: Amsale, Threads, Melissa Sweet, Priscilla of Boston