Featured Wedding: Vivian and Jonathan, June 27th

This is one of those weddings that proves regardless of the weather, a Wadsworth Mansion event always comes together beautifully. Viviane and Jonathan had an international love story which took them on adventures all over the world so naturally, they incorporated this theme into their … Continue reading

Featured Wedding – Lauren and Nelson 5/10/14

Lauren and Nelson were married on a typical New England spring day.  We were watching the rain clouds move through the state and hoped they would pass before the bride and groom arrived from their church ceremony.  As luck would … Continue reading

Featured Wedding – Melissa and Kevin 6/7/13

Ah, Melissa and Kevin.  They were such a wonderful couple.  So happy to be getting married, so excited to share the day with their family and friends.  Melissa was worried about the weather.  Sometimes, no matter how much you plan, hope, and prepare for your wedding, the unexpected can happen.  In this case, it was rain.  Lots and lots of rain.  This was the ONLY wedding we had in 2013 that was dealt such a torrential downpour of rain that there was no way, not even with a tent, any part of the day would allow people outside.  At the rehearsal, we reassured Melissa that even if it did rain, she would be so caught up in the joy and celebration, it would hardly be noticed.  And looking back, Melissa agreed.  

Melissa chose a bright, brilliant fuchsia for her bridal party dresses, and with the colorful accents of her decor, the interior of the mansion blossomed with a feeling of spring that equaled the magnificence of its outside lawns.  She even had a delectable candy table with a variety of delicious sweets that tantalized the guests throughout the evening.  With their wonderful personalized details, the day was truly a success from start to finish. 

Melissa got ready upstairs in our Bridal Suite

And had bridal portraits done on the balcony

While Kevin and his men posed for pictures in the loggia
The ceremony, which was supposed to take place on the vista, was moved to the West Ballroom.

Following their “I do’s”, the couple posed for pictures upstairs on the balcony
And then in the West Ballroom with their bridal party

The reception was catered by Aqua Turf with the DJ talents of FM Productions.  Everyone had a wonderful time!  Rain? What rain?!
Congratulations Melissa and Kevin!  It was a joy to be part of your special day!  We wish you all the best.
Caterer: Aqua Turf
Photography: Hawk Photography

Featured Wedding: Laura and Jason 5/25/13

Laura and Jason’s wedding is another perfect example of how beautiful a mansion wedding can be regardless of the weather.  The mansion was in full spring bloom, bursting with fresh greens and the brilliance of our rhododendrons.

It was a rainy springtime afternoon but a little drizzle didn’t dampen the spirits or the beauty of Laura and Jason’s big day.  Laura had a beautiful color palate of blush, peach and white flowers beautifully arranged by Blush Floral Design that brightened every corner of the mansion.  The tables and mantels were alighted with the soft glow of votive candles that added that extra touch of warm elegance.  

And look at this stunning yet simple cake!
Along with the flowers, the designs and details of the day added to the beauty of the mansion.

Coastal Gourmet designed a scrumptious menu for guests to enjoy.
Laura and Jason got ready at the Sheraton in Rocky Hill, CT

and arrived at the mansion for their “first look” which was done on the portico because of the rain.


The bridal party gathered for some formal shots in front of the mansion

and then it was time for the ceremony!  Sperry Tents had been set up on the lawn just off the patio which is where the ceremony was held.

Following the ceremony, everyone was ready to dine and dance the night away!
Congratulations to Jason and Laura!  We hope your marriage brings you both years of happiness!
Catering: Coastal Gourmet
Hotel: Sheraton, Rocky Hill CT

Featured Wedding: Nora and Dave 7/20/13

July was a very hot month.  If you remember, the heat index remained in the 90s and even 100s for the entire month leaving little relief even when the sun went down.  Nora and Dave put a lot of planning and details into their wedding day, they took into account the hot weather and were sure to provide their guests with customized fans and lots of cold beer.  The color palate was simply elegant with yellow and gray and beautiful white floral arrangements for centerpieces and bouquets.  A very decadent meal was prepared by the talented cooks at A Thyme to Cook and as a cool off treat following the ceremony, Vicchitos Italian Ice was served!  

Nora got ready at the mansion…
Nora and Dave were such a fun couple!  The weather was a bit precarious that July afternoon and we were all watching the radar to see if we could avoid the rain for a ceremony on the vista.  There was a bit of a drizzle in the early part of their day so the first look was done under the portico in the front of the mansion.  
Here is their reaction to the rain tapering off…

… and look at this adorable flower girl!

The ceremony was delayed a little bit to wait for the clouds to clear but look how beautiful the sky was when Nora walked down the aisle.  

After the ceremony, the guests stayed cool with fans, italian ice and cool drinks

Nora and Dave had their first dance under the Sperry tent on the patio

And the guests moved inside to dance the night away in the air conditioned loggia.

Congratulations to Nora and Dave on a beautiful and fun wedding!  We wish you all the best!
Photography: NMD Photography
Tent: Sperry Tent
Caterer: A Thyme to Cook
Flowers: Capricorn Florists
Ceremony Music: Wildwood Group
Cake: Renane McGee

Featured Wedding – Shardei and Jeromy 5/11/13

From the moment we met Shardei and Jeromy, we knew this wedding would be something special.  They first toured the mansion at our 2012 bridal show and in the following month, booked their wedding.  When we found out Jeromy was a professional football player, our executive director challenged him to an arm wrestling match.  Good thing there was no money bet on the outcome!

Shardei and the talented team from Fancy Pants Event Planning had put together a beautiful, elaborate affair with stunning arrangements by Datura, A Modern Garden including a gorgeous arch that Shardei and Jeromy would stand under as they said their vows.  A Thyme to Cook prepared a delicious menu and Power Posse Productions designed a custom lighting display to add that special touch to the dance floor.

Shardei had expressed concern about the weather, (as we all know May in Connecticut can be unpredictable) so she and her wedding planner put together an alternate plan in case of rain.  Originally, the plan was to have the ceremony outside on the vista with cocktails on the patio and dancing in the West Ballroom.  Fortunately, when the rain came everyone was prepared.  The ceremony was moved into the Loggia, cocktails in the West Ballroom and the rest of the wedding fell into place.

The beautiful arch designed by Datura, A Modern Garden

Shardei took it all in stride and on the day of her wedding; she was cool, calm, collected, and looking absolutely gorgeous!

She and her bridal party took advantage of a brief pause in the rainy weather and headed outside for a few pictures

And luckily, the rain held off long enough for Shardei and Jeromy’s “first look” photos

When the rain started to fall again, they moved back inside and look at these beautiful pictures captured on the balcony!

What we love most about the Wadsworth Mansion is that regardless of the weather, the mansion has countless locations for stunning pictures.  So rain or shine, every bride and groom has a beautiful, magical venue to capture their most memorable day.
Congratulations to Shardei and Jeromy!  We wish you both so much joy and happiness in the years to come!
If you want to see more from Shardei and Jeromy’s wedding, check out the link to this video by Felix Roman Productions.
Venue: Wadsworth Mansion
Caterer: A Thyme to Cook
Wedding Planner: Fancy Pants Event Planning
DJ: Amador Rivera
Lighting: Power Posse Productions

A spectacular wedding

Congratulations to Rae and Geir who were married at the Mansion on May 26!

Erica Powell of Ambiance Luxe Weddings created this beautiful wedding.  The details were amazing.  The flowers and the tablescapes were breathtaking.  Whoever coined the phrase, “The devil is in the details”, never saw a wedding like this.  At the Mansion we say, “The beauty is in the details!”  Rae and Geir’s guests were treated to a memorable evening and it began with planning and creativity.

This is one of the centerpieces on the head table.  It is full of roses and peonies!  All the more reason to get married in May and June.
The place cards
The table numbers
A place setting.  Notice the gold rims on the charger and dinner plate.
The table is set with a water glass, wine glass, and champagne flute.  
They are tall and add dimension to the table.

Floating candles and votives create soft light at the table.
This is the head table.  There are peonies, gardenias, roses, and stock in the centerpieces.

This enticing display is for the  wedding cake and sweets.
Notice the rosette tablecloth and garland.  
There is no shortage of pink candy here.
Is this too pretty to eat?

Now that we are ready…

Rae and her father arrived by horse drawn carriage driven by Allegra Farms.
The ceremony was supposed to be outside on the lawn, but a sudden thunderstorm changed everyone’s plans.

After hoping that the rain would subside, and mother nature not cooperating, Rae and Geir surrounded by 200 guests exchanged their vows in the Gallery.

Just after the ceremony, the rains ceased and Rae and Geir were able to head outside for pictures.  A mist hung from the trees and lifted off the payment.  Dreamier pictures you will not find anywhere.

After pictures the bridal party and the bride and groom were introduced under the tented patio.

They danced their first dance,

and were toasted by their family and friends.

After dinner Rae changed into a sari.

for more champagne and toasts, 

and the cake cutting,

and the boquet toss,

and more dancing

 and more merriment,

and even more merriment,

until they rode off into the moonlight.

                                                                                                 and lived happily ever after.

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Event Planner:  Erica Powell Ambiance Luxe Wedding Designs
Caterer:  Haveli
Rentals:  Ct Rental Center
Liquor:  Two Pour Guys
Cake:  Modern Bakery
Florist: Just for You 
Photographer:  Binaryflips
Videographer  Kevin Lee Studios
Music: B4U Djs
Horse Drawn Carriage:  Allegra Farms