Featured Wedding: Anna and Jimmy 9/13/14

September is one of our favorite months for weddings at the mansion.  The Hydrangeas begin to blush from the changing of the season and the weather is almost always perfect.  Anna and Jimmy had a beautiful celebration where they were … Continue reading

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, … Continue reading

Why September?

September is a Wadsworth Mansion staff pick as best month to”Marry at the Mansion”! Why? Three big reasons:

Near perfect weather
Delicious “Farm to Table” food
Radiant color

Weather: Ahhh…New England in September….Warm September days and crisper evenings are the reason folks from all over the country flock to New England in September. Here in Connecticut it is still warm enough to enjoy the beach, but cool enough to enjoy long walks in the woods. Weddings at the Mansion are a perfect blend of the best that Summer and Fall have to offer.

Sid and Jason enjoyed a perfect weather for their Sunday afternoon ceremony. 
Alessandra and Mario take a stroll down the drive to find an intimate spot for pictures.
Great time of year for cocktails on the patio!

Food: When we think of September in Connecticut we can’t help but think of farmer’s markets and the wonderful bounty of vegetables available to our Caterers. “Farm to Table” are the buzz words that have us thinking of plump ripe tomatoes plucked from the vine just hours before being served as part of a fresh crudité. Not quite ready for Fall? No problem! How does a raw bar sound? 

Color: Have you decided on your color theme yet? What do you  think about Navy Blue? Blush Pink? How about Apple Green? or Bright Yellow? Anything goes in September when you can take advantage of Mother Nature’s inability to make up her mind about the season. You choose the color, you decide!
Pretty, pretty pink.

We love the navy with orange accents!
Our grooms sparkle with their fuschia ties!
And speaking of color, our heirloom hydrangea will create the most beautiful framing of your ceremony and cocktail hour as the blooms begin their transformation from whitest white to dusky pink. 

So if you are dreaming of Marrying at the Mansion, dream big, and dream September!

Alessandra and Mario – A Beautiful Engagement Celebration

In mid-September, we had the honor of hosting a beautiful engagement party for Alessandra and Mario.  Alessandra, who is the daughter of Mariella Perna, owner of Mariella Creations in Rocky Hill, was blessed with a mother who worked very hard to put together this extravagant affair. Of course, Mariella happens to be quite the wedding expert – seeing as she has her own bridal store – she knows her way around the wedding industry. Her impeccable style and attention to detail resulted in an amazingly beautiful celebration that really set the bar for Alessandras wedding in NYC in 2015!  
We loved watching the mansion transform into Mariellas gorgeous vision and enjoyed working with her so much, that we are excited to have her here again, hosting another elaborate affair “Be Bride Beautiful” a couture fashion show featuring the gowns of Mariella Creations on February 9th, 2014!
Please enjoy a peek into the wonderful day that celebrated Alessandra and Marios love.  

Caterer: Grants Resturant
Rentals: Taylor Rental
Florist: TK Brown Florist
Photography:  Matthew Adam Photography
Espresso Bar:  Guy Signorello
Dress: Mariella Creations

Featured Wedding Video – Kayla and Brendon on September 2013

Kayla + Brendon from vividography.com on Vimeo.

This wedding was simply stunning with so many details that were thought of and executed by the bride, her mom, and her friends and family.  We loved the little touches and the big and this video captures all of them. Congratulations to the bride and groom!

Video by Vividography.com
Photos by Justin and Mary Photography
Day of Coordination by Always and Forever Events
Catering by Grand Gourmet Caterers
Cakes by A Little Imagination Cakes

Congratulations Shenique and John!

Congratulations to Shenique and John who were married at the Mansion Sunday September 23, 2012.
They enjoyed picture perfect weather as a backdrop to their wedding ceremony on the vista, and indoor/outdoor celebration following. We wish them many years of happiness!

Thanks to Todd at Della Bella Photography for capturing the magic of their day!

Wadsworth Mansion Featured Wedding – Lily and Keith

We were so excited to see the photos from Lily and Keith’s wedding because we knew that they had selected some amazing vendors to make their day spectacular.  It was so hard to select pictures for this post because every photo of them was amazing! Below are some of our favorites provided by Alicia of No Eye Has Seen Photography.  Thank you Lily and Keith for allowing us to be a part of your day.

Catering by: A Thyme to Cook
Chocolate Fountain by: Chocolate Solutions of CT
For Additional photos from their day, visit No Eye Has Seen Photography’s blog write up here.  

Wadsworth Mansion Featured Wedding – Rebecca and Stephen

Congratulations to Rebecca and Stephen who were married on September 3rd!  Here are some shots from their day provided by Brian Ambrose Photography
Catering by: Grand Gourmet 
Music by: Mark The Shark

Wedding of the Week – Karin and Corrado

We recently got in touch with Karin and Corrado to share some of their thoughts about planning their wedding at the Mansion on September 25, 2010. Here’s their story:

How They Met:
Corrado and Karin were in the same place at the same time a few times before they actually formally met. Ultimately it was a couple that they were individually friends with that would bring them together.

The Proposal:
After living together for about a year and a half Karin was starting to get excited and thinking that they would potentially get engaged soon. She really wanted to be surprised by Corrado when the time came so she didn’t talk much about about rings or timelines. On a Saturday morning in April while Corrado assisted his Sister’s husband move furniture, Corrado’s sister Angela insisted that she and Karin go have some fun at the jewelry store and try on rings!

On their drive home later that day, Corrado noticed that Karin was very quiet. He asked her about her afternoon with his sister and she told him that they tried on a few rings just for fun. He smiled and said “don’t say anything more and the second we get home I want to hear all about what you liked.” When they arrived home, Corrado came upstairs with a pad and paper. He drew what looked like a loosely sketched circle with a round diamond on top and sweetly asked Karin “Is this what you would like?” Karin laughed and said “That is perfect!” Corrado pulled out of his pocket a blue Tiffany Box, opened it up and said “How about this one?” He then got down on one knee right there in the living room and asked Karin to be his wife. After jumping around with excitement she finally got out the word “Yes!” After opening champagne to celebrate she had a moment of clarity and thought – “oh no, did I blow his plans?” He said he had the ring for a few weeks now and was waiting for this perfect time and this was it!

Inspirations for the Wedding:
Karin said, “In planning our wedding our main goal for the event was to create a beautiful romantic atmosphere in which we together with our family and friends could enjoy ourselves to the fullest! The Wadsworth Mansion makes it very easy to customize your wedding to your individual desires. The atmosphere we wanted to create would have to include delicious and beautifully presented food & cocktails, fun & romantic music and a vibrant color palette. We had a hand in every creative element from picking our Signature Drinks and Dessert Martini Station to the Navy Blue and Moss Green Color Palette. “
“A combination of live ceremony music, a jazz trio for cocktail hour and a DJ for dancing allowed us to incorporate different types of entertainment,” Said Karin. “Food and drink is where we allocated most of our budget, and we wouldn’t have had it any other way! We truly wanted to delight our guests with a tasting menu including things like seared diver scallops, gnocchi with English pea and corn chowder and little individual parchment lined silver cups of French fries! Our vision was simply to create an exceptional experience for our guests and ourselves.”
Why They Selected the Wadsworth Mansion:
Karin’s sister got married at the Wadsworth Mansion in 2005. Karin was her Maid of Honor and was there with her every step along the way in creating her dream wedding experience. When Karin and Corrado got engaged she couldn’t stop thinking about how she would love to be married there as well. In an attempt to do something different from her sister they looked at other venues in CT but she said nothing was comparing to the Mansion. Karin was worried about how her sister would feel if they got married at the Mansion too. Luckily, she couldn’t have been more thrilled! She loved the idea and that it would soon become an even more special place for their family.
“There are so many things that make the Mansion so ideal,” said Karin. “The history, high ceilings, beautiful patio, lawn and landscaping, the fact that it is private and you are the only event for the day, and the central CT location. But for me by far the most brilliant feature is the ability to create a wedding that is yours only. No two weddings at the mansion will ever look the same! You have creative freedom to make your dream wedding come to life and nothing can compare to that. And I soon realized that in initially looking elsewhere I was trying to be different and unique…but that is the beauty of a Wadsworth Mansion wedding, it is your story to create. There would be one similarity in both of our weddings and that was that my sister and I both would both walk out of the very same beautiful French doors onto the stunning patio and down our respective ‘aisles’ to say “I Do!” And I couldn’t ask for more than that!”
Here is some of Karin’s advice for brides and grooms:

• Don’t forget to enjoy the planning as it is all part of the experience! The wedding day does go by fast but all of the anticipation, dress fittings, and hair trials can be just as exciting as the wedding day itself. My girls and I always made each trip to a dress fitting or cake tasting into an event, with shopping or celebratory dinner and drinks after!

• Take your pictures before the ceremony if you can! If you are like us and are getting married at the same location as the ceremony taking the pictures before is a great way for you and your bridal party to maximize your time and also not miss your cocktail hour. Plus, walking down the aisle is overwhelming and emotional! Having some private time to see each other right before can get some of the jitters out and allow for a more intimate “first glance” at each other! Plus your makeup will be at its best!

• You adore all of your bridesmaids for the individuals that they are. Allow them to have say in their look for your wedding. For instance, if you want them all in the same dress encourage them pick their own shoes within a certain criteria i.e. color. If you want them all to get hair and makeup done, allow them to pick the hairstyle that suits them best. Your bridesmaids want to feel their most beautiful for your big day too!

• Make sure you work with your caterer, wedding planner and photographer to create a timeline and flow that will allow for you to enjoy, not rush through, your wedding reception. Everyone I talked told me I wouldn’t have time to eat at my wedding but we ate every single course!! You will work so hard to plan every detail, be sure you don’t miss a thing! By working with our caterer to coordinate first dance, cake cutting etc. at times when guests were already stopped and paying attention, we weren’t constantly interrupting the fun and it felt more relaxing. We really had time to enjoy every moment of our wedding together!

• Schedule to leave for your honeymoon a few days after the wedding. While it may sound romantic to jet set within 24 hours of when you become Mr. & Mrs., it is stressful packing for your honeymoon the week of the wedding when you are so busy tying up loose ends …plus who wants to be worrying about getting to the airport on time for their flight during their wedding reception?! Book a really great hotel suite for your wedding night. Plan a relaxing breakfast the next day to catch up and recall all of the fabulous details with your family and friends. Spend the next day packing and relaxing before you fly out. You will extend the anticipation and excitement and leave more relaxed for your trip!

Thank you Karin for some really great suggestions!

To view additional photos from Karin and Corrado’s wedding, visit our write-up from September here.

Wedding of the Week – Kate and Zach

Remember Kate and Zach who were married at the Mansion on September 25th?

We loved getting to know them while they planned their wedding at the Mansion. Here is their story:

Kate and Zach met in the Fall of 2002 through mutual friends at Boston University during Kate’s Freshman Year. Zach was a sophomore. They were in love ever since!
About their proposal:
Zach operates ZZ Imports with his father and is president of Heirloom Rugs so when Zach told told Kate that he had a work appointment in Nantucket she thought nothing of it. They decided to spend Friday at Kate’s parent’s house in Noank. Early in the morning while Kate was still asleep, Zach asked Kate’s parents for her hand in marriage.
That morning Kate and Zach stopped at their favorite place, Mystic Market to pick up snacks for the ferry ride to Nantucket. When they were about halfway to Nantucket while passing through Newport, they received a call from Zach’s mother that the “appointment” was cancelled. They decided to spend the day in Newport anyway, which at the time Kate thought was her idea. In reality Zach had the whole day planned. Zach suggested that they have a picnic at the park on the water with the food they packed for the boat. Zach pulled out the antique Persian rug that was supposedly for the “appointment” and they used it as their blanket. Since Kate worked for Perrier Jouet they had packed some champagne. In the middle of their feast in the park Kate still had no idea that Zach was going to propose. Zach then got down on one knee and popped the question and she said YES. He had planned the whole weekend in Newport, a private boat ride, amazing dinner and a bed and breakfast.
The Details:
Kate said: “When planning our wedding we wanted something classic and timeless that we could look back at our pictures and smile. From the first moment we saw the Wadsworth Mansion we knew it was exactly what we wanted. It brought back memories from our engagement as it looked like the gilded age mansions of Newport. We used the antique theme throughout our wedding from the 50 foot Persian runner to the antique candelabras.”

The marriage was officiated by Justic of the Peace Chaz Zezulka of Mystic who was Kate’s sixth grade teacher. Kate wore an ivory lace Pronovias gown designed by Manuel Mota embellished with her grandmother’s heirloom pearl and diamond broach.
Kate and Zach celebrated their honeymoon in Bali and Singapore.
Thanks for sharing your story with us! To view additional photos from our write-up of Kate and Zach’s wedding in September, click here.