Early this summer we got together with some of Connecticut’s top wedding professionals to produce a fashion editorial for The Connecticut Bride magazine – and I’m thrilled to say that one of the images from our shoot made the cover!
As usual, we went a little overboard and couldn’t stop making things – so now we get to show you some of the stuff that didn’t make it into the magazine.
Our inspiration for this fashion spread was the city of Hartford and many of its landmark locations. We shot over two days, starting outside the Old State House with Rebecca (who is as lovely in spirit as she is to look at) and this classic Buick from Carriage Limo. The gown, Pearl by Modern Trousseau, was as luminescent outside in the sun as it was afterward inside the Gershon Fox ballroom. The cascade on the Buick is made of ruscus, monstera foliage and callas. The bouquet is locally-grown callas and feverfew with accents of aluminum wire, dusty miller and soft green dendrobium orchids.
By midday, we landed at The Society Room of Hartford where Carla Ten Eyck captured the image that made the cover. Our stylist, Beth Chapman of The White Dress by the Shore changed Rebecca into Savannah by Modern Trousseau, which she accented with long black evening gloves from Carolina Amato and a brilliant black tulle headpiece by Satya Twena. Dana of Dana Bartone & Company changed Rebecca’s hair and makeup and I had some time to kill so I created this arch of willow and red roses inside the vault at The Society Room – originally, the building was Society for Savings Bank and the old vault is just one of the unique features of this great Connecticut venue. Rebecca’s bouquet features purple stock, orange pincushion protea, hot pink sweet pea and blood red English garden roses.
We finished the first day of our shoot inside the Old State House. This backless lace gown by Modern Trousseau called to mind the recent royal wedding, so I thought I’d create my own take on Kate’s bouquet of myrtle, hyacinth and lily of the valley. I added a touch of green dendrobium orchid and crystals.
Cat was inspired to create these two necklaces – one of rosary vine and phaleonopsis orchids and the other of string-of-hearts vine with button fern and oncidium orchids.
Day two started at one of my favorite spots in Hartford – The Mark Twain House. Rebecca wore Modern Trousseau’s Faye and one of the coolest hats ever – a feather-trimmed cloche from Bijou Van Ness. I created this purse style bouquet with kale and protea foliages, green trick dianthus and schwarzvalder calla lilies.
Elizabeth park is where we landed for our final location. Inspired again by the royal wedding, I made these lush garlands for our flowergirl’s hair. Cat created a ring bowl for the girls using a nautilus shell, rosary vine and pale green dendrobium orchids. Dresses are by Coren Moore.
The day couldn’t decide between sunny or breezy, so we made Rebecca a floral parasol from locally-grown spirea, curly willow and steel grass AND a stole of ruscus and roses. Her gown is Piper by Modern Trousseau.
And, as if the experience were not memorable enough, our stealthy friend Jim Altieri of Vintage Cinema snuck around and made this awesome film while no one was watching.
Photography – Carla Ten Eyck
Styling – Beth Chapman, The White Dress by the Shore
Cinematography – Jim Altieri’s Vintage Cinema
Floral Design – Tony Palmieri and Catherine Epright for Datura: a Modern Garden
Shoot Planning – Jubilee Events
Bridal Gowns – Modern Trousseau
Beauty – Dana Bartone & Company
Jewelry – Haute Bride, Tejani, Maria Elana, Aquinnah
Hats – Bijou Van Ness, Satya Twena, Del Monico
Gloves – Carolina Amato
Vintage Buick – Carriage Limo
Suits – Valentino Tailors
Shoes – Badgley Mischka, Chinese Laundry, Angela Nuran