Jacob & Allie’s Hartford Wedding Photos!

September 1, 2010

Jacob & Allie – May 1, 2010
Ceremony Venue –
Old State House
Reception Venue –
The Hartford Club
Event Planning –
Jubilee Events
Floral Design & Decor –
BLUSH floral design
Allie’s Dress –
Vera Wang

Allie’s Shoes – Jimmy Choo
Bridesmaid’s Gowns –
Vera Wang
Beauty –
Jennie Fresa Beauty Library
Veil & Accessories –
The White Dress by the Shore
Paper –
Cheree Berry Stationary
Cake –
Ana Parzych
Band –
David Clark and the Renegades
Film –
Vantage Point Films
Ceremony Musicians –
Millenium Music
Macarons – Jerome Bouston
Favors –
Ben Wolff Pottery
Fabric Boutonnieres – Backyard Prims

I have been waiting to post this for a loooooooong time! Since Martha Stewart posted their feature on Jacob & Allie’s wedding last week I am now free to post away!

Ahhhh – where to begin? I met with Allie early last summer and immediately we found we had a ton in common and even more to talk about. I met the acquaintance of her soon to be Hubby Jacob shortly thereafter and it’s been peaches and cream since then. No really – they are SUCH a fun couple and Jeff and I have both really enjoyed getting to know them this last year.

Their wedding was filled to the brim with details that were lovingly thought out by both Jacob and Allie and their fabulous wedding planner extraordinaire – Candice from Jubilee Events. Candice did a hugely detailed blog post on all the thought behind the details so between reading that and the Martha Stewart feature I’m not going to reinvent the wheel but instead will focus on my part….the photos ๐Ÿ™‚

What better way to start than with Allie’s fabulous strappy Jimmy Choo’s!

Allie and the girls got ready at the Marriott downtown in a spacious suite with beautiful window light streaming in. Jacob’s sister (and Allie’s best friend….how convenient!) Jenny on the left and Allison’s god sister (also named Allison) on the right.

Elisabeth from Blush Floral design was here – I don’t play favorites but I am always THRILLED to bits when I hear that I’ll be working with Elisabeth on a wedding as she just has amazing taste.

Allie and her ladies worked with Jennie Fresa Beauty Library for their hair and makeup and all of them looked stunning!

When Allison’s Mother Barbara got married she borrowed her best friend Patti’s dress so it was only fitting that when Allison got married she borrowed her god sister Allison’s dress. “Holly” is a stunning Vera Wang creation.

Sadly Allie’s Mom passed away a few years ago but before she did Allie was able to try on Holly to give her Mom a glimpse of what she would look like as a bride. There was emotion to spare in the room as Allie donned Holly again.

Beautiful buttons and a hint of excitement!

Strapping on the Jimmy’s!

A stunning and classic bride

Greeting Meenal her future Mother-in-Law and her Father who was waiting with bated breath to see his little girl!

Kiki the flower girl was BEYOND adorable. Kiki is Allison’s god sister’s daughter!

The ladies in the fabulous Old State House

Kiki and Daddy get some reading done while they are off duty ๐Ÿ™‚

COME ON – how amazing does she look and how incredible is that dress?

Allie’s handkerchief was embroidered with the initials of her Mom and Sister

The stage is set!

From Candice’s Blogpost:

The muse for Allie and Jacobโ€™s day comes from the whimsy and jubilation of May Day. The dawing of Spring, where everything comes alive once again; the towering Maypole, with her fluttering ribbons. May Day is all about joie de vivreโ€”and so is a Spring wedding. Allie was also inspired by a striking spode pattern from her momโ€™s china, which was displayed behind glass ever since she could remember. A few years before Allie and Jacob were engaged, Allieโ€™s mom passed away to cancer. Growing up, her mom had this very special set of china that was only used for the most special occasions. Not on yearly holidays or special dinners with friends.. But REALLY special, once-in-a-lifetime kind of occasions where only the prettiest, most perfectly blue china would do. I guess you could say that in the grand list of occasions one has during a lifetime, Allisonโ€™s mom would consider the wedding of A&J as the specialist of all.

Allie had fabric made from the spode pattern, which were turned into fabric boutonniรจres and corsages for every guests. What would a black tie event be without a corsage or boutonniรจre?

Once the ladies were safely tucked away downstairs Jacob and his guys had their turn with me ๐Ÿ™‚ Jacob is a lawyer so I loved incorporating the courtroom

Meet our dapper and very excited groom Jacob ๐Ÿ™‚

This is the museum of oddities and curiosities which is on the 2nd floor of the Old State House -a very unique and masculine spot for a portrait of the guys.

The view from the balcony

Their beloved dog Duncan made a brief appearance at the wedding but ended up heading home with a guest when things got a little too exciting ๐Ÿ™‚

The ceremony begins!

The hand off was successful ๐Ÿ™‚

Adorable Kiki took her job very seriously ๐Ÿ™‚

Ahhh….one of my favorite moments of the day ๐Ÿ™‚

Their ceremony was very personal and well thought out….pretty much like everything all day ๐Ÿ™‚

I loved the details on the ceiling and the striking chandelier

The posting on Martha Stewart did a good job of explaining this part of the ceremony:

One of the traditions associated with May Day is “La Fete du Muguet,” which translates to “the festival of lilies of the valley.” According to French tradition, lovers, friends, and family exchange bouquets on the first of May as a symbol of happiness and good luck in celebration of the arrival of spring. It is believed that King Charles IX of France decreed the national holiday upon receipt of such a bouquet; delighted with the gift, he gave each of the ladies in his court a similar token of the new season.

“Jacob and I chose to enact the exchange during the ceremony for luck and good wishes, but also to teach the 150 guests in attendance about the practice in hope that they will continue the tradition and celebrate spring with their loved ones,” Allison said.


We swept right upstairs for a few minutes of quiet as their family gathered in the other room for the Ketubah signing. I feel so privileged to be able to share these moments with my couples.

One of my favorites – Allison is just radiating happiness!

A few more portraits post family pictures and Ketubah signing ๐Ÿ™‚ At the bottom of this post I’ve included a link to the highlight film from Jacob & Allie’s wedding – it was fun to pick out the exact moment when certain shots were taken from the film.

Allie loved how her dress pouffed when she sat down ๐Ÿ™‚

The dapper groom ๐Ÿ™‚

One last portrait before heading over to The Hartford Club for the party!

The cake was decorated with lilies of the valley. The menus were part of the incredible paper suite designed by Cheree Berry.

Thoughts from Candice on the decor of the ballroom:

We transformed the upstairs ballroom into a space fit for a may day celebration. Tables were bursting with whites, blues, and silver. Draped in a deep blue crinkle taffeta linen with stunning floral designs by BLUSHโ€“ big tall arrangements dripping with beautiful flowers in mercury glass vases, and lower arrangements all perfectly situated in spode tea cups, casserole dishes, fruit bowlsโ€ฆ the list goes on. There were surrounded by candlelight and a bed of moss, flowers, and petals. So romantic. Cheree stunned us again with blue paper pennant flags which were leaping out of moss containers for table numbers, the prettiest menu cards detailing the evenings gastro delight, and a surprise waiting for guests beneath their antiqued silver charger. Ribbons in varying shades of blue danced along the backs of their silver chairs. We brought in custom lighting, draping, and even an amazing white dance floor that made the whole room take on a soft, white glow.

A fun first dance set set the tone for the party to continue the whole night – people never left the dance floor!

The toasts were touching and at times very very funny ๐Ÿ™‚

ADORE these two.

The fabric and white dance floor that Candice brought in really added to the warmth and brightness of the room

At Middlebury Jacob was in the Dissipated Eight acapella group. Having been in an acapella group in high school I was absolutely thrilled to hear them perform.

This coming weekend I’m headed to the Vineyard for Becca & Mike’s wedding and I’m keeping my fingers crossed for an encore ๐Ÿ™‚

The Hora was awesome ๐Ÿ™‚

The top photo cracks me up – a terrified and thrilled head peeks out from Holly ๐Ÿ™‚

Both Jacob & Allie graduated from Middlebury so the school was well represented ๐Ÿ™‚

Love this one of Jacob and his sister

I caught Jacob playing with his ring ๐Ÿ™‚

A little joking around before the cake feeding ๐Ÿ™‚

There were a few tears from Jacob’s siblings as they watched him dance with Meenal

Kiki made a valiant effort but crashed by the end of the night ๐Ÿ™‚

A little air guitar is always in order ๐Ÿ™‚

Near the end of the night guests were treated to shot glasses of milk and yummy macaroons!

The bouquet toss was thrown….literally :)….to Allie’s best friend/Jacob’s sister Jenny – no one seemed to mind ๐Ÿ™‚

A few weeks after the wedding Candice and I got together to photograph the extensive paper suite

Allie & Jacob – Ahhh – I love you guys and will look forward to boogey-ing down with you this weekend ๐Ÿ™‚ xxxooo

CLICK HERE to view the highlight film made by the talented Tom Morlock of Vantage Point Films – if you need a videographer he’s your guy…..he rocks!

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