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Customize Your Wedding at the Wadsworth Mansion!

Sam Coba Photography

When I first began working here in April, I had no idea that I would learn so much and meet so many amazing couples in such a short amount of time. During my time here, I’ve noticed something that I, and the couples love about the mansion: It can be customized to each couples’ personality. Each wedding at the estate is unique as each couple adds their own, personal touch to their big day. Just this year, I’ve seen a Gatsby-themed wedding, an autumn-themed wedding, dance performances and more! With a full wedding season at the mansion under my belt, I realize that the mansion is a gorgeous, blank canvas for couples to create their ideal wedding.  However, I also know that creating your ideal wedding can be overwhelming without a little bit of inspiration to help. That’s why today I want to take a closer look at some of the things that past couples have done to help inspire future couples for their own weddings.

Your Ceremony

Lindsay Vigue Photography

If you’re considering a ceremony on site, then you want to consider what “look” you want for your big day. If it’s a nice day, you can conduct your ceremony by the tennis pavilion outside, or against the roses in that same area (the blooms are normally stunning in June!). You may instead decide to tie the knot on the sweeping vista, or beneath the cedar trees to take advantage of natural shade for your guests; in fact, we recently had a photoshoot with Connecticut Bride that shows how absolutely gorgeous a ceremony beneath those trees can be. I’ve also seen couples opt to have their ceremony on the terrace, using the gorgeous backdrop of the mansion for some stunning wedding photos. With a smaller number of guests, it’s also possible to use one of the ballrooms to have an indoor wedding, or even use the Loggia inside. If your ceremony includes a baraat, many couples use the sweeping drive up to the house for the ceremonial procession.

Your Reception

Brooke Brady Photography

What you decide to do for your reception depends a lot on your personal style. Do you want to do a cocktail reception with games outside on the vista and terrace? Do you want to do a formal, seated dinner? Do you want to do interactive stations where food is prepared as your guests watch? I’ve seen every one of these ideas happen at the mansion, and more. During warmer months, I’ve even seen couples dining al fresco on the terrace beneath a tent. One of my favorite things that I’ve seen done at the mansion was a s’mores station, where guests could toast their own marshmallows before sandwiching them between chocolate and graham crackers. There’s something about an interactive food station that really enhances a wedding.

Your Party

After dinner and cocktails, it’s time to party! Many of our couples transform the terrace into their dance floor, and I’ve seen

Brooke Brady Photography

it turn into a truly memorable space with a bit of lighting.  This year, AMS DJ Lighting and Photobooth added some romantic bistro lighting for several weddings (you can see it for yourself in the picture!). I’ve also seen multicolored uplighting that creates a club vibe and gets the party going. With that said, not every couple necessarily wants to focus on dancing.   This year, one couple turned the Loggia into a lounge with games, and I’ve seen other instances of guests choosing to socialize instead of dance. Whatever you decide to do, your party is sure to turn heads!

The Extras

Perceptions Photography

I absolutely love some of the “extras” that couples bring to the mansion to enhance their special day. Just this year, I watched a cigar-rolling demonstration, complete with cigars to enjoy on the terrace (I love cigars, and had the at my own wedding!). I also saw some amazing photobooths with themed props, and I even watched a bride enter in a horse and carriage before taking her walk down the aisle. One of my favorite things that I saw this season were a few performers dressed as flappers and handing out glasses of champagne. One of them even wore a “champagne dress,” which was a huge hit! While you don’t need any extras for your special day, they add a little extra something to enhance your experience during your wedding.

 

No matter what you decide to do for your wedding, you’re sure to have a fabulous day. The mansion gives you a beautiful canvas to work with, and I’d be more than happy to show you what’s possible for your special day.

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The Wedding Experience at the Wadsworth

Your wedding is a special day. It’s a time when you can gather with your friends and family to share a truly wonderful moment in your life. However, weddings aren’t just a way to share your life; they’re also an experience.

More and more often, brides and grooms come to the Wadsworth Mansion looking for a truly unique experience. They want their wedding to stand out from the others, and want to bring in elements that take their wedding from simply being an event to becoming an amazing and memorable time that both they and their guests can enjoy.

Today, we’re taking a closer look at the types of elements and experiences that some of our brides and grooms have brought in to their weddings.

Cigar and Whiskey Bar

Most people know that whiskey pairs well with cigars, but fewer people know how both pair well with a wedding. Cigar and whiskey bars are rising in popularity, offering a place for guests to relax and speak casually while enjoying fine drinks and cigars. At the Wadsworth, couples will have an outdoor cigar station set up on the terrace so that guests can enjoy the gorgeous scenery with a drink in hand.

Photo Booth

Want to give your guests an immersive experience for their wedding favors? Look no further than a photo booth. This attraction can be set to have different backgrounds while giving your guests something to do during the reception, and something to take home with them to remember the amazing event. Ask the Wadsworth Mansion staff about how a photo booth can make their day memorable!

Lawn Games

The Wadsworth Mansion has a gorgeous expanse of grounds, so what could be more perfect on a nice day than a set of lawn games? Corn hole, ladder toss, and croquet are all great additions for a wedding focused on fun for both adults and kids.

Dance Instructors

The Wadsworth Mansion has a unique set-up, providing a central dance floor and two separate dining rooms. However, this layout can work hugely to your advantage at a wedding. Either of the dining rooms can be set up to provide entertainment for guests, including dance instructors who can give your guests the gift of some new slick moves on the dance floor.

Helicopter Entrance

Brides and grooms enter their wedding in a lot of different ways. Some are preceded by flower girls, others wind up dancing down the aisle to provide entertainment for their guests. Imagine, however, arriving in a helicopter as a grand entrance. Now only is the entrance entertaining for your guests to watch, but it’s sure to make an impression on either the bride or groom!

 

Whether you decide to bring in pool tables for your guests to play on, a mixologist to prepare custom and show-stopping cocktails, or a professional troupe of circus performers as entertainment, the Wadsworth Mansion is here to make your vision a reality. The layout of the mansion leaves room to create areas with different forms of entertainment as your friends and family gather together for a truly memorable experience.

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True Love: Anthea and Michael September 12, 2014

Romance. I think I took this job because at heart, I am a romantic, certainly as much of a romantic as an event planner. I love asking people how they met, or how they got engaged. I love showing the Mansion to couples who are holding hands, and I love watching a bride and groom on their wedding day when they fall even more madly in love with each other. Giddy almost. This wedding reception was last year on September 12th, just after Anthea and Michael had returned from their honeymoon. They are one of the happiest couples I have ever met.

 

I took the first call from Michael when he was inquiring about the Mansion. When Michael and Anthea came to the Mansion, Anthea fell in love with it, and it was clear that Michael would do anything to make Anthea happy. Their first visit was on June 16th and they immediately booked. They had no time to waste as their ceremony was on August 29th, and between the ceremony and the reception, they went to Hawaii on a honeymoon.

 

Anthea and Michael arrived by a horse drawn carriage provided by Allegra Farms. Just under 140 helped celebrate this special occasion. Anthea and Michael selected Coastal Gourmet of Mystic as their caterer. Mystic Market, an affiliate of Coastal Gourmet, provided the cake. Powerstation Events, a full service event planning company, provided the photographer, videographer, and music. The flowers were arranged by McInerney’s of Middletown. Nothing could outshine the love between Michael and Anthea, not even the fireworks provided by Bluesky Fireworks!

 

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Megan and Andrew’s Wedding

Love was in the air for the wedding of Megan and Andrew on May 13. The cherry blossoms were in full bloom, and spring was in the air. It was such a beautiful day, and it was only made better with the love they had for one another. Megan and Andrew’s wedding was a celebration filled with family and friends.

 

Congratulations to Megan and Andrew! The following pictures are just a sample of their wedding. To see more, go to Sebastian Photography.

 

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Featured Wedding – Jenn and Bryce 7/19/14

On this dreary day, we thought it’d be nice to inject a little sunlight into your afternoon by revisiting a beautiful Spring wedding this past year.  Jenn and Bryce were highschool sweethearts and were so excited to start their lives together.  It was a beautiful day in July when Jenn and Bryce’s family gathered to celebrate their “I Do’s”.  Jen got ready at her mothers house and arrived at the mansion for their ceremony on the vista.  We loved that they included their dog into the photos (we here at the mansion are big dog fans) and even appointed a “dog sitter” who took care of its transportation and care during the wedding.  Jenns color palette of coral and gray beautifully complemented the lush greens of the mansion in July.  We are glad the day was beautifully captured by Perceptions Photography for you all to see!  Enjoy a little peek into a day of laughter, joy, family and friends, and happily ever after!

 

 

Photos – Perceptions Photography

Florist – Green Dahlia  

Music/DJ – Entertainment Unlimited

Photobooth – Photobooth Planet

Catering – CT Wedding Group

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Featured Wedding: Lisa and Kevin 8/23/14

Lisa and Kevin had a beautiful and incredibly fun wedding at the mansion in late August.  They were very meticulous in their planning and it really paid off as every detail from the three decorated cakes, to the tennis pavilion where they transformed their ceremony space with a curtain of hanging flowers and crystals (designed by the talented Sharon Elizabeth Florist), to the tent that was beautifully strung with lights.  It was just stunning!  Lisa and Kevin were such a unified couple when planning their wedding; they worked together to create a celebration that perfectly reflected who they were.  The entire day was beautifully captured by Kris Rae Photography and we particularly liked how he captured Lisa and Kevins “first look” in the trees on the east side of the vista.  Take a look at the photos to see what we mean 🙂

On another note, Lisa had the most adorable ring bearer who not only shined throughout the day with the biggest smiles but kept up with the grown-ups with his dance moves!  He was so much fun, that we had to include a few photos of him as well.

Congratulations to the happy couple and thank you for hosting your wedding with us!  We were honored to be part of your special day!

Photographer: Kris Rae Photography

Florist: Sharon Elizabeth 

Caterer: Gourmet Galley

DJ and Production: Powerstation

Cake: Erica Obrien

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Featured Wedding: Dana and Anthony 7/27/14

Dana and Anthony exchanged vows in our Tennis Pavilion on a beautiful Sunday in late July.  It was a wonderful, colorful wedding celebrated by a fantastic group of family and friends.  We loved the vibrant colors Dana chose that really showcased how the neutral white of the mansion and the lush greens of our sprawling vista compliments whatever color palate a bride selects.  Congratulations to Dana and Anthony on the beginning of a beautiful life together!  Thank you for sharing your special day with us.  We wish you all the best.

 


 

  • Photography: Jennifer Higham Photography
  • Caterer: Aquaturf
  • Cake: J Cakes
  • Flowers: Jacob Moss Designs
  • DJ: Local Motion
  • Ceremony Music: Wildwind Group
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Featured Wedding: Linnea and Joey 6/21/14

Linnea and Joey were married at the mansion on a lovely June day.  Everything from the beautiful color palette of powder blue bridesmaid dresses, to the quiet hues of white, peach, and blush was planned impeccably by Linnea and her planner Lindsay at Sixpence for Your Shoe.  Their day was filled with love, laughter, and surrounded by their friends and family, they exchanged vows on the vista and then danced the night away in a Sperry Tent on the terrace.  Everything was captured beautifully by Michelle Gardella Photography and it was just too pretty not to share with you all!  Congratulations to Linnea and Joey!  Thank you for sharing your special day with us!

 

Vendor Credits:

Photography – Michelle Gardella Photography

Catering – Coastal Gourmet

Planner – Sixpence for Your Shoe

Music – Elegance Occasions

Flowers – Hana Florists

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Music at the Mansion

Music at the Mansion

Looking for something to do on Wednesdays in July? Come join us for our live music series that starts next week! Pack a picnic basket and bring your friends. It’s a great way to spend a summer evening!

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Featured Wedding – Melissa and Joe 9/13/13

Melissa and Joe were married on a Friday and yes, it was the thirteenth but there was nothing jinxed about this wedding.  It was simply gorgeous!  The weather was perfect, the decor was simply elegant and complementary to a mansion wedding, and the couple, well… they brought with them such joy and love that it was impossible for those in attendance not to get caught up in it.  The photos of this wedding, taken by VO Photographers, are some of our favorites and it was so hard to narrow down the selection for this post.  You know the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” is so true for this wedding, this couple, and the beautiful day they shared with their family and friends.

Congratulations to the happy couple!

Photography – VO Photographers

Catering – Grand Gourmet

Florist – Marie Chomicz

Music/DJ – A&B Entertainment

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