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Nature’s Jewels — Real Wedding

The allure of nature’s jewels surrounding the elegant Wadsworth Mansion was exactly what Jillian and Jon had envisioned for their wedding day.

Inspired by the colors of nature and the regal elegance of Wadsworth Mansion Jillian and Jon decided on a rich jewel-toned color story. The groomsmen wore navy suits while the bridesmaids rounded out the look in garnet chiffon gowns. Romantic bouquets of crimson, mauve, and champagne blooms looked as if they had been freshly picked from the grounds surrounding the mansion. As a nod to Jon’s favorite pastime of brewing beer, hops were used in the boutonnieres as well the bouquets and ceremony backdrop. The ceremony took place amongst vast pine trees that were draped elegantly with cream fabric. Antique lanterns surrounded the area and provided a subtle glow from the candles inside them, creating a romantic ambiance. As the sun set and dinner concluded, the 7-piece band changed tunes encouraging guests to dance on the patio under the stars. The night ended with a bang when a surprise firework display lit up the sky.

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Nature’s Jewels — Real Wedding

The allure of nature’s jewels surrounding the elegant Wadsworth Mansion was exactly what Jillian and Jon had envisioned for their wedding day. Inspired by the colors of nature and the regal elegance of Wadsworth Mansion Jillian and Jon decided on a rich jewel-toned color story. The groomsmen wore navy suits while the bridesmaids rounded out […]

Vendor Spotlight On: Wadsworth Mansion

Breathtaking architecture, perfectly manicured grounds, and great history, The Wadsworth Mansion is a property like no other. Stay tuned for real wedding Wednesday to see this property featured!

1. How did your business come to be?

Shortly after  Col. Clarence Wadsworth and his wife Katharine married in 1897, they began creating their country estate, Long Hill, in Middletown, CT. The Olmsted Brothers, famous for designing Central Park in New York City, designed the original site plan that included access roads, carriage lanes, and a house. The Beaux Arts style house was completed around 1911 and was utilized by the Wadsworth family until the early 1940s,  including hosting their son’s wedding for 1,000 guests.  After the Colonel’s death the property was bequeathed to the Colonel’s foundation. They sold it to an order of nuns (Our Lady of the Cenacle of Sorrow) who converted it into a  convent and operated a retreat center until the mid-1980s. The sisters, having parceled off acreage during their time, sold the building and remaining grounds to developers; ownership fluctuated, finally resting in the possession of a bank.  After seven  years with no dedicated caretakers,  which resulted in extensive damage to the house, the City of Middletown purchased the estate. With a 5 million dollar commitment from the taxpayers,  the estate was revived and re-established as the gem of the city, opening just in time for a millennium wedding celebration. The mansion is recognized for its unique, customized events and weddings for discerning hosts in New England and across the nation.

2. What are the services you offer? 

As a historic, one-of-a-kind house, the Wadsworth Mansion is not your typical event space.  Weddings are completely tailored to each couple and span a nine hour period that includes setup and breakdown.  In addition to the private use of the mansion, the extensive grounds offer many lovely possibilities for ceremonies, photographs, cocktails, and dancing.   Also included in the standard rental are white chairs for outdoor use, gold chiavari chairs for indoor use, tables in many shapes and sizes, the use of the dance floor, and as much or as little planning guidance as is requested.

3. Where are you located?

Find us up a long, dramatic, tree-lined driveway in the center of Connecticut in historic Middletown, equidistant from New York and Boston.

4. How far in advance do you recommend clients to book?   

If your heart is set on a Saturday during wedding season, it’s best to book a year to a year and a half in advance.  If you need a particular date it may behoove you to secure it even earlier since we only schedule one event per day.  Some couples do book with much less lead time, but flexibility is necessary as we generally sell all of our available weekend dates.

5. What is one piece of advice you always give to brides? 

This is the one day when everyone you love comes together to celebrate your marriage and your commitment to your spouse.  Don’t sweat the small details of the event, focus on the enjoyment of your guests, and take the time to enjoy this once in lifetime experience.

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Vendor Spotlight On: Wadsworth Mansion

Breathtaking architecture, perfectly manicured grounds, and great history, The Wadsworth Mansion is a property like no other. Stay tuned for real wedding Wednesday to see this property featured! 1. How did your business come to be? Shortly after  Col. Clarence Wadsworth and his wife Katharine married in 1897, they began creating their country estate, Long […]

Smokey Purple, Sand, and Copper – Color Theory

Embracing autumn and all its rich, smokey hues, the Flowers By Semia team created a magical atmosphere in Providence.

In Kendra’s favorite season, at their favorite hotel in Providence, Chris popped the question. From that moment, they knew it would be a city-chic wedding with a touch of bohemian flair in October. “Flowers by Semia, truly brought our vision to life. Behind our dessert table, they created a backdrop that was breathtaking in its originality and ability to showcase the gorgeous floral and color palette. It was the perfect culmination of all the different colors, textures, and materials of our wedding into one display,” Kendra raved. Each table lent itself to its own unique décor. Unexpected design elements like antlers were paired with botanicals and bark. Geodes served as table numbers and agate slices were used as escort cards. Even the invitation suite designed by Paper Perfectionist set the tone of the day perfectly with a watercolor bohemian-floral motif.

 

The Details

Floral & Event Design: Flowers By Semia

Paper: The Paper Perfectionist

Linens: Peak Event Services

Transportation: Rockstar Limo

Accommodations: The Biltmore

Engagement Ring: Long’s Jewelers 

Photography: Snap! Weddings

Venue & Catering: The Dorrance

Makeup: Jennifer Hodge at Spectrum Studio

Hair: David Thomas at La La Luxe Salon

Reception Music: Cocktail Hour/First Dance: Paul McDonald

Dinner/Dancing: Fun Sauce

Cake & Desserts: Confectionary Designs & Ellie’s Bakery

Favors: Sugarfina

Videographer: 21summit Studios

Fashion – Bridal: BHLDN, shoes: Kate Spade

Fashion – Women: Maid of honor/bridesmaids: BHLDN, Mother of bride: Nicole Miller

Fashion – Men: The Black Tux, bowties: Brackish

Transportation: South County Trolleys

Officiant: Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P.

Ceremony Music: Providence College

Rehearsal Dinner: Red Stripe

Accommodations: The Dean Hotel,

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Smokey Purple, Sand, and Copper – Color Theory

Embracing autumn and all its rich, smokey hues, the Flowers By Semia team created a magical atmosphere in Providence. In Kendra’s favorite season, at their favorite hotel in Providence, Chris popped the question. From that moment, they knew it would be a city-chic wedding with a touch of bohemian flair in October. “Flowers by Semia, […]

Mountain Muse – A White Mountains Wedding

Michael and Dan tie the knot amidst the beauty surrounding the Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa.

Mountain View Grand Resort is located in the majestic White Mountains of New Hampshire, lending itself to incredible views. Michael and Dan had a classic autumn wedding surrounded by the foliage kissed White Mountains. Not wanting their décor to compete with the colors of nature that surrounded them, Michael and Dan chose a classic color palette of white and gold. The gazebo where the ceremony was held was anchored by two oversized urns that were bursting with pure white lilies. Inside the resort, crisp white linens were decorated with tall gold candelabras holding white and green floral arrangements. “The wedding coordinator at Mountain View Grand, Susan Powell, was instrumental in helping us with the food choices, table arrangements, and timeline of the day. She really did a great job,” Michael raved. “It was the perfect place for friends and family to come together and celebrate our wedding.”

The Details

Venue, Catering, Cake, Linens, and Accommodations: Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa

Photography: Rodeo and Company

Floral Design: EH Floral

Reception Music: DJ Greg Sowa

Ceremony Music: Strings for All Occasions

Rentals: Abbott Rentals

Officiant: Sandy Mackillop

Paper: Papyrus

Fashion: Ralph Lauren

Jewelry: Tiffany & Co

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Mountain Muse – A White Mountains Wedding

Michael and Dan tie the knot amidst the beauty surrounding the Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa. Mountain View Grand Resort is located in the majestic White Mountains of New Hampshire, lending itself to incredible views. Michael and Dan had a classic autumn wedding surrounded by the foliage kissed White Mountains. Not wanting their décor […]

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