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Rennie and Jonathan – A Stunning Summer Wedding

As we approach Autumn, we wanted to take a look back as some of the gorgeous summer weddings that we had this season. Rennie and Jonathan’s wedding stood out as one of our early June weddings. With stunning florals, a tea ceremony, and surprise fireworks, this wedding created a truly memorable experience for both friends and family who attended.

Kate’s planning helped Rennie and Jonathan create their vision at the Wadsworth Mansion. With the backdrop of the historic location, the bride and groom spent their time with friends and family as they celebrated long into the night. We loved having them as one of our couples, and wish them all of the best!

 

 

Planning: Kate Jubboori Events
Photographer: Spagnolo Photography
Catering: Gourmet Galley
Florist: Ladybug Floral Design
Entertainment: Dhoom Events
Fireworks: Celebration Fireworks
Hair/Makeup: Naomi Martinez Studio

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Bridesmaid Proposal Ideas

Allison poses with her bridesmaids in front of the mansion.
Photo by: Jewel Photo

You’ve just gotten engaged and know exactly who you’re going to ask to be your bridesmaids. The problem is, you’re not exactly sure how to ask. While there is no wrong way to ask someone to be your bridesmaid, we’ve taken the opportunity to give you some of our favorite ways of asking!

Drinks with Friends

This one takes a bit of preparation. First, you’ll need to order a few customized glasses that say “Will You Be My Bridesmaid?” on the side, or get crafty and make them yourself! Then, invite your bridesmaids for a fun night out at your favorite local bar or for an enjoyable evening at your home. Once they’ve gotten there, pour a round of drinks in the customized glasses before serving them. It’s a great way to have a fun night, while also giving your bridesmaids a keepsake to take home with them.

Movie Night

Grab a copy of “Bridesmaids” and invite your own potential bridesmaids to come to a movie night! Pop some popcorn, grab some snacks, and enjoy. Once you’ve watched the movie, ask them to be your own bridesmaids. Alternatively, you can send them each a copy of the movie to enjoy with the simple question of “Will you be my bridesmaid?”

Delectable Delight

You can always send your bridesmaids a sweet treat along with a sweet message! Ask your bridesmaids by sending chocolates, macarons, or other delectable sweets to their homes with your burning question. They’re sure to love the food, and will likely love being your bridesmaids, too!

Adventure and Fun

Take a trip with your bridesmaids to a fun location! You’ll want to set up a spot beforehand where you put a piece of paper or small sign that asks the question, “Will you be my bridesmaids?” Once both you and they get to the spot, you’ll likely get some great reactions from each of them!

Simple and Sweet

If you and your bridesmaids live far away from one another, a great way to propose is with a simple card that expresses your personality. Whether you decide on a card that’s fun, sweet, lighthearted, or funny, your bridesmaids are sure to enjoy receiving it in the mail.

 

No matter how you ask your bridesmaids, they’re sure to appreciate that you asked them to be part of your very special day!

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Your Wedding at the Wadsworth Mansion

Photographer: Joanna Fisher

The Wadsworth Mansion is a truly elegant location, with a sweeping drive through woods and flowers that eventually leads to the steps of a remarkable mansion. Once inside, beautiful floors and high ceilings lift your eyes toward the curved windows and French doors that lead out onto a stunning terrace and green lawn and gardens. To the left and the right are the ballrooms with chandeliers and ornate mantles above working gas fireplaces.

With that said, many brides and grooms at the mansion tend to ask the same questions about how to plan their celebration. That’s exactly why we’ve assembled a list of some of the most commonly asked questions, and their answers.

I’m afraid it’s going to rain during my wedding! Should I get a tent?

If you’re going to get a tent, then we recommend that you get one over the terrace! This provides an extra covered area for your guests, but also keeps them from needing to walk in heels through wet grass. With that said, the mansion itself is expansive, so it’s very easy to move all wedding celebrations indoors.

What do you usually use the terrace for?

The terrace is a great location for having a cocktail hour, drinks, and dancing! If you want to add some extra fun to your wedding, you can also include games on the nearby lawn. It’s a great location for mingling and enjoying the outdoors.

Do you have an in-house caterer?

We do not have an in-house caterer. However, that is what makes the Wadsworth such a great location for customization! We have a list of amazing caterers that you can choose from that allow you to have a menu that’s truly unique to your wedding.

What are other weddings like here?

This is perhaps the hardest question we’ve been asked, because each wedding at the Wadsworth is so personalized to the couple that celebrates at the mansion. We’ve had weddings that involve a helicopter entrance, weddings that have fireworks, weddings that include yard games, weddings that include entertainment, and so much more. What are other weddings like here? They’re unique and reflect the couple that celebrates their big day. If there’s something you really want to do at your wedding, odds are you can at the Wadsworth.

 

If you’re looking to have your wedding at the Wadsworth, then don’t hesitate to reach out and share your vision! Not only will we help you bring it to life, but we also may have recommendations on how best to use this amazing space.

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Remember Your Wedding Party at the Wadsworth

Photo by: Ashley Therese Photography

You’ve just gotten engaged and you’ve set the location and date for your wedding. You’re excited, nervous, and looking forward to the big day. You’ve set up a wedding website to help your guests get acquainted with the location and menu, but haven’t yet set up anything more than that.

A wedding is a big event, and friends and family usually drive or fly in from across the country to share in a bride or groom’s special day. Many times, guests may arrive in the area early and turn it into a small vacation. This is why it’s often nice to provide a list of things to do in the area on your wedding website.

However, we know that not all brides or grooms have the time to compile a list and look through which areas are worth visiting and which aren’t. That’s exactly why we’ve compiled some of our favorite places near the Wadsworth Mansion for you and your guests to visit as you approach your wedding day.

Hubbard Park and Castle Craig

If you’re looking for a fun walk or hike for the whole family, visiting Hubbard Park is a great place to go on a nice day! With paved walking trails and hiking trails for the more adventurous, Hubbard Park provides stunning views amid trees, lakes, and rivers over its 1,800 acres. Remember to pack a picnic for lunch!

The Library Wine Bar and Gouveia Vineyards, Wallingford

Just 30 minutes away from Middletown is the small town of Wallingford. That’s where you’ll find the historic Wallingford town library, which has been restored and transformed into a beautiful restaurant and wine bar. Be prepared to dress up a bit for this location, and remember that on Wednesdays the wine bar offers discounts on bottles to share! Take a trip just outside of Wallingford, and you can go to the source of these excellent vintages. Gouveia Vineyards is a beautiful location, and often has events that include live music and more!

General Mansfield House

If you’re looking for something to do indoors, then a visit to General Mansfield House may be just the ticket. Built in 1817, the historical house acts as a small museum with art exhibits and Civil War artifacts. Since it’s right in the heart of Middletown, you can then go to one of the many restaurants along main street to enjoy a bite to eat afterward!

Essex Steam Train and Gillet Castle

In the quaint town of Essex you can find the old Essex steam train, a gorgeous train that still takes passengers along the Connecticut River. There are several different tours available, including one that serves you dinner and one that allows you to get off the train and take a cruise on a riverboat! In addition, you can choose to take the train to a ferry and disembark to explore Gillet Castle. The historic house has a beautiful interior and sprawling hiking trails around it.

Stubborn Beauty Brewing Company

If you’re looking for a casual place to enjoy a few beers with friends, then Stubborn Beauty Brewing Company is just for you. This brewing company is located in Middletown and has regular events that include comedy shows and book club nights! Get a flight of beers, or pick one to enjoy. And remember that just down the hall in the same complex is another cidery and another brewery! Visit all three for a wonderful afternoon.

Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park

If you have an adventurous streak and are looking for something active to do during the late spring or summer, then Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park is perfect! Enjoy rock climbing, zip lining, swimming, and more at this popular attraction. Be prepared to spend the entire day here, because you’re sure to not want to leave!

 

In addition to all of these amazing locations, we also encourage you to explore Middletown and check out all of the amazing restaurants in the area! There is a lot of great food to taste, as well as some amazing shopping in town!

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