When bride Liz reached out to me for day-of coordination services four weeks before her October nautical-themed wedding at the Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club in Branford, CT, I knew we’d have our work cut out for us! But nonetheless, we were very excited to help her and fiance Ed have a beautiful and flawless wedding day.
We got to work right away and ironed out all of the details (both big and small) that always seem to materialize in the few weeks leading up to the big day. We introduced ourselves to each vendor they had booked, reviewed and confirmed the details of each signed contract, established set-up/delivery times, created a budget sheet to keep track of final payments and created a meticulously detailed itinerary (seven pages long!) for the wedding weekend. We also accompanied the mother of the bride on a final meeting with the florist and helped the couple book last minute limo transportation for the bridal party and coach buses for the hotel guests.
Ed and Liz were a joy to work with–they were such a sweet, easygoing couple with a loving and supportive group of family and friends to help them celebrate their big day. We also got the chance to work with some fantastic local vendors who helped execute a beautiful wedding day for the happy couple–we had such a blast working with them all!
All photos by John-Paul Teutonico Photography.
Liz and her bridal party were primped and pampered at JoBella Salon at the Omni Hotel in downtown New Haven, while the guys got ready in the best man’s room at the hotel. My fabulous assistant Katie held down the fort at the Omni, making sure the hair and makeup team got the girls done on time, while I was over at Pine Orchard Union Chapel and the Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club to start setting up for the big day.
The entire bridal party was then transported to the Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club for Liz and Ed’s romantic first look as well as photos with the bridal party.
Guests then started to arrive at the historic Pine Orchard Union Chapel where the ceremony was to be held. The bride’s uncle officiated the wedding which put such a heartfelt and personal touch to the ceremony.
The Chapel was a five minute walk from the Country Club, so while Liz and Ed took off towards the reception venue in a golf cart (how cute is that!?), the bridesmaids led guests in a procession towards the venue. In the meantime, Kati and I collected all of the floral arrangements in the Chapel to bring them over to the Country Club, adding some additional decor to the space while guests mingled during cocktail hour.
By the evening, the reception was in full swing with dinner, drinks, heartfelt speeches from Liz’s mother, sister/MOH and Ed’s brother/best man. The band kept the dance floor hopping all night and provided the perfect backup when one of Ed’s groomsmen did an impromptu performance!
We wish Liz & Ed a lifetime of happiness and were honored to have been a part of their special day!
From the bride Liz via WeddingWire;
The Wedding Team
Wedding Planner/DOC: This Modern Love Events
Ceremony Venue: Pine Orchard Union Chapel
Reception Venue: Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club
Photographer: John Paul Teutonico Photography
Band: Cracked Ice
Florist: Myers Flowers
Hair & Makeup: JoBella Salon