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A Look Back at 2021 Weddings

Eric and Vin’s beautiful outdoor reception beneath a Sperry tent. Photo by: Elizabeth Grant Photography Planner: Creative Concepts by Lisa

Happy New Year, everyone! What a year it was. It was our busiest wedding season to date, and we’re only looking forward to more fabulous weddings as we jump into 2022. As we do, though, we want to take a look back at all of the amazing couples from this past year, while also noting some of the challenges we faced.

The Rise of the Outdoor Wedding

In 2020, almost all of our weddings were completely outdoors. We were well-prepared when in 2021 many of our couples decided to continue the trend. We had several receptions that took place under a tent on the terrace (just take a look at this gorgeous reception for Eric and Vin in June).

However, we also had couples that decided to use the outdoors in a whole new way. Terry-Ann and Michael dined

Terry-Ann and Michael’s stunning July reception took place on the vista.
Photo by: Karina Mekel

on the vista during their July wedding with about 100 guests. We even had one couple dine in our rose garden with bistro lights strung entirely across. Overall, we had some absolutely fabulous outdoor weddings in 2021. We expect the trend to partially continue as we gear up for 2022.

Customization is King

Many of our couples delayed their 2020 weddings to 2021. This meant that they had a lot more time to customize their wedding and save up for extras. In 2021, a lot of our couples decided to make their weddings their own in some fantastic ways. We saw couples celebrate with fireworks, choose to incorporate cultural aspects on each side to signify their families coming together, and create some

Kristina and Yoni had an amazing wedding that brought their families together during a rainy day in July.
Photo by: Kindred Photography
Planner: Brittany Taylor

truly spectacular moments among family and friends.

Thursday is the New Friday

Not surprisingly, many of our couples in 2020 decided to hold out for a large celebration in 2021. This meant our 2021 dates quickly disappeared. However, we found that many of our 2021 couples embraced the mantra

Michelle and Michael’s intimate Thursday wedding in August was absolutely gorgeous.
Photo by: Samantha Melanson Photography
www.samanthamelanson.com

of “Thursday is the new Friday.” We had quite a few Thursday and Monday weddings this year, and the celebrations weren’t any less fantastic. We expect to see this continue into 2022, and already have some Thursday celebrations on our books.

As we shift from 2021 to 2022, we’re looking forward to an absolutely amazing wedding season. We had an insanely busy year in 2021. However, it’s made us think of how to do things better, and how to create an even more memorable experience for our couples who decide to get married at the mansion.

Here’s to all of our 2021 couples and to our future couples. We’re so happy that you chose the mansion for your very special day, and we can’t wait to hear what awaits you in the future.

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Wedding Planning in Quarantine – Bridal Salons

We know that wedding planning can be a stressful time, and doubly so if it’s during quarantine. Fortunately, there are amazing people that are there to help. Everyone in the hospitality industry is doing their best to come up with solutions for couples during this time, and they all want to make sure that your special day is the best that it can be.

Bridal salons are no exception to this rule. If you’ve already ordered your dress, or have had to push back fittings, then don’t worry. Bridal salons are preparing to work harder than ever to make sure that your dress is perfect for your special day. Since a few of our couples have asked us about local bridal salons and ordering their dress, we reached out to a few of them to learn their policies and what they’re doing during this time. While they’re all closed for business until May 20, there are a few options for you to start your planning process for your dress, tux, or suit!

Jos A. Bank

Photo by: Elizabeth Grant Photography

This store has a great policy for getting a jumpstart on getting a tux or suit! They’re offering a card for at-home measurements, so that anyone who would like to start the process of renting a tux can do so. All you need to do is reach out to ask for one. You can also browse their wide selection online to see what sort of style you may be interested in.

Location:
Find your closest location here.

Bliss Bridal

Photo by: Alicia Ann Photography

After May 20th, Bliss Bridal will be making sure that their clients feel safe by limiting the amount of appointments they take. They’re already reaching out to their current clients, and have plans to have extra tailors on hand to make sure that your dress is perfect well ahead of your wedding! If you don’t have your dress just yet, you can request a look book from the salon to see what they have available for styles!

Location:
242 South Main Street,
Cheshire, CT

The Wedding Embassy

Like all bridal salons, the Wedding Embassy is closed until May 20th. However, they’ve come up with a unique solution for couples in the meantime! They’re offering virtual appointments to discuss options for gowns. Not only that, but they’re also offering contact-free deliveries of gowns for clients that have already ordered and altered their dresses. You can see their entire policy here.

Location:
1900 Watertown Avenue
Oakville, CT 06779

The Wedding Dress

Photo by: Sam Coba Photography

The Wedding Dress is working with their couples to make sure that their alterations are done in time for their wedding. They’re also currently offering a 10% discount for any bridal accessories purchased through them online! If you book a Sunday special appointment now for the future, which includes snacks and a bit of bubbly, then you receive $25 off.

Location:
162 Main Street
Portland, CT 06480

White Dress by the Shore

The White Dress by the store is closed until May 20th. However, they’ve also come up with some amazing solutions for couples who’d like to start shopping for their gown! With their TWD at home services, you can order up to three sample gowns to try on at home! You can find a full list of their policies here.

Location:
104 E Main Street
Clinton, CT 06413

We hope this helps you find your dream dress or suit during this time! While most stores may be closed to in-person interactions, there are plenty of online resources for you to continue planning your special day. As always, make sure to reach out to your own local stores to see what their policies are during this time.

 

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Stephanie and Jimmy – An Elegant Summer Wedding

Photo by: Derek Halkett Photography

As we spring into the new wedding season, we love reflecting on past weddings and one that stands out is Stephanie and Jimmy’s wedding at the Wadsworth Mansion last June! Their wedding included gorgeous outdoor lighting, a classic car, an outdoor ceremony, a stunning head table, and tons of fun during the reception. Both Stephanie and Jimmy were so excited during their wedding, and their enthusiasm and love for one another made this day something to remember.

One of my favorite parts of their wedding were their introductions. Their bridesmaids and groomsmen each incorporated props and turned the procession into a show for the guests! They were such a great group to work with, and I absolutely loved their sense of fun and being there during their special day.

Now, you can see Stephanie and Jimmy’s wedding for yourself! Shutter and Sound Films put out an absolutely gorgeous film of their wedding day. I love how you can see the flow of their wedding, while also seeing some of the beautiful locations around the mansion!

Stephanie & Jimmy || Wadsworth Mansion Wedding Highlight Video from Shutter And Sound Films on Vimeo.

 

Videographer: Shutter and Sound Films

Photographer: David Halkett Photography

Caterer: David Alan Hospitality Group

Florist: The Green Petal

Music: Michael Martone Music

Ceremony Music: Ariana Strings

Makeup and Hair: Simply Gorgeous by Erin Infantino

Suit: Men’s Wearhouse

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Featured Wedding: Jason and Nancy 6/1/13

Jason and Nancy 6/1/13

 

Thinking back on Nancy and Jasons wedding, its hard not to smile and get all warm and fuzzy.  There was just so much LOVE on that beautiful June day – and there was so much to love.   First, Nancy and Jason were just about the happiest couple ever.  Everything about this wedding, from the exuberant energy of the bride, groom, and guests, to the brilliant colors Nancy used in her decor, made this one to remember.  Nancy thoughtfully included touches of her heritage from Ghana with the beautiful bridesmaid dresses and many of the guests arrived in traditional Ghanaian dress.  Do you want to see a colorful spring wedding at the Wadsworth Mansion?  This one takes the cake.  Beautifully photographed by Joshua Dwain Photography, coordinated by Galas Inc., and catered by Gourmet Galley, the pictures really say it all.

Congratulations to Nancy and Jason!  It was a pleasure hosting your wedding at the mansion and we wish you all the best!

Caterer: Gourmet Galley Catering

Coordinator: Galas Inc

Florist: Bride and Blossoms

Photography: Joshua Dwain Photography

DJ/Lighting: Premier Music Entertainment

Cake: J Cakes

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Be Bride Beautiful – The Men

Let’s face it, nothing beats a man looking sharp in a suit or tux at a formal event.  Or, for that matter, what better accessory to a woman in a beautiful gown than a handsome man on her arm?  In a continuation of posting about the amazing Be Bride Beautiful fashion show, we want to pay homage to the gentleman.  Often times, the mens ensemble is overlooked but we want to take a moment to celebrate all the amazing menswear fashion Formals by Antonio provided for the Be Bride Beautiful fashion show.  We love the looks of all the men, both when they escorted the beautiful ladies or when they walked themselves down the runway.  The tuxes and suits were modeled by three fantastic guys who, as you can see, had a lot of fun walking the runway.

 

Photos by Brian Ambrose Photography

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