Styled Shoots

Whimsical, Wonderland Garden Wedding – East Haddam, Connecticut

Smith Farm Gardens is one of Connecticut’s newest wedding venues – it was originally a private residence built in 1778 and up until recently was still a private home and working, organic farm. The homeowners renovated the main house this year and decided to start hosting weddings and events. Alyssa Johnson, the event planner for the shoot, approached the family about doing a styled shoot to showcase the new property. The lush gardens and perfectly manicured grounds lent themselves wonderfully to the theme of the shoot – a whimsical wedding in Wonderland. All the pieces featured in the shoot are unique – the vintage cake dresser and rustic table were custom built for this shoot by Steve Martins, owner of The Rustic Barn from reclaimed wood. The vintage teapots, china plates and chairs were all collected from estate sales around Connecticut to feature in this shoot. We really wanted to stay away from using common rental items and spent a lot of time hand-picking custom, original pieces that fit with the theme. Future brides that are looking for a vintage style can see how sourcing their own mix and match pieces can create a fun, whimsical look. The styled shoot team also combined some modern rental pieces (such as the glassware and white plates) with the vintage to combine both old and new.

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Photographer: Carla Ten Eyck Photography // Venue: Smith Farm Gardens // Event Planner: Alyssa Jean Signature Events // Floral Designer: Amberworks Floral Design // Beauty: Amy Fiordelisi // Invitation Designer: Phillips Designs // Equipment Rentals: Taylor Rentals & Lady Slipper Affairs & Events // Heirlooms & Extras: The Rustic Barn // Dress Store: Everthine Bridal Boutique // Tuxedo & Mens Attire: JT Ghamo // Caterer: Riverhouse Catering // Cake Designer: A Little Something Bakery

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