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Vendor Spotlight On: Sayles Livingston Design

Sayles Livingston Design provides advice, vegetation and accompanying décor/staging for any size event from elaborate destination-wedding to informal seminar to cutting-edge product launch. They go anywhere; work with any budget; and, in the process, and do their best to properly steward the environment that supports our work. Their services include frank, detailed consultations as well as full onsite installations.

How did your business come to be?

Sayles is a graduate of Brown University where she studied Horticulture and the Creative Arts. She then went on to receive a master’s degree in Plant Sciences from the University of Rhode Island where her understanding of local sourcing and sustainability grew. This unique combination of artist and trained horticulturalist is special, and it’s what makes Sayles’s designs so impressive (and so relevant) to those of you looking to make a big splash with the least environmental impact.

Sayles Livingston Design began as a garden and cut flower business but has grown into a leading, and much lauded, event and floral design business. Her distinctive creations have been featured in over 30 national magazines and films, and she has won numerous awards, over many years, for her enchanting displays.

Are you a full-service design resource?

Though we specialize in floral design, my team can help you plan your entire event from linen choices to lighting design to the use of other props, furniture, plant material…you name it! We have a wide selection of items available for rent. But, if we don’t have something you need, we will find it for you!

Do you travel anywhere?

Yes. Truly.

How do you choose your flowers? Do you buy your flowers locally?

I personally select all the flowers that my team uses, paying special attention to quality while constantly searching for unusual varieties and colors.

We support local growers by using seasonal flowers and plants whenever possible. Some clients want locally-sourced flowers, and we can certainly make this happen, while others care more about globally-available varieties (e.g. peonies, hydrangea, roses, orchids, etc.), and we can make this happen too!

How does Sayles Livingston Design approach the environmental impacts of the event industry?

Our biggest challenges are energy efficiency, waste minimization, water consumption, procurement of products from like-minded eco-aware companies and communication with other vendors and clients. At Sayles Livingston Design, we are extremely mindful of the potential environmental impacts from our business and are constantly endeavoring to make changes and improvements.

 

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Vendor Spotlight On: Sayles Livingston Design

Sayles Livingston Design provides advice, vegetation and accompanying décor/staging for any size event from elaborate destination-wedding to informal seminar to cutting-edge product launch. They go anywhere; work with any budget; and, in the process, and do their best to properly steward the environment that supports our work. Their services include frank, detailed consultations as well […]

Vendor Spotlight On: Forks & Fingers

Vendor Spotlight is on Forks & Fingers; based in Connecticut and known all over New England for their delicious and innovative catering service.

1. How did your business come to be?  

When the recession hit, Mark and I decided to close his restaurant to focus on corporate catering as their needs were staying put.  At the time, I worked in the corporate world, and knew the first thing I was going to giving up was my boozy lunches with friends and coworkers.  We focused on corporate catering for our first three years and were very successful albeit uninspired.  When a large corporate client overlooked us for a major event because they thought we didn’t cater more formal events, we took a leap and gave up the majority of our corporate contracts.  Three years later, we’ve expanded our portfolio to all types of off premises catering, booking into the following year and very inspired.

2. What are the services you offer?  

We offer off premises catering and bar services along with staffing.  All custom built staging for those services is done in house to complement the client’s esthetic.  We do offer some planning guidance for those clients who don’t have a planner.

3. Where are you located and how far will you travel to provide your service?  

Our main location is in East Haven (New Haven) and our secondary location is in Greenwich, both of which are in Connecticut.  We’re happy to travel anywhere, but our most popular area is Vermont to Manhattan and all the islands in between.

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

To ensure you obtain your preferred date, we recommend a year prior for your wedding and within 6 months for any other major events.

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

Guests don’t miss what they don’t know.  If that super cool china you wanted isn’t available, no one will ever sit at your table of amazing food and say “wow, they skimped on the plates.” Guests are there for you, everything else is a bonus.

Photography: Jag Studios

Photography: Jag Studios

Photography: Jag Studios

 

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Vendor Spotlight On: Forks & Fingers

Vendor Spotlight is on Forks & Fingers; based in Connecticut and known all over New England for their delicious and innovative catering service. 1. How did your business come to be?   When the recession hit, Mark and I decided to close his restaurant to focus on corporate catering as their needs were staying put. […]

New England Aquarium Bridal Open House

The New England Aquarium located on Boston’s waterfront is hosting their annual Bridal Open House on May 17th. This is a great opportunity to tour their event spaces, sample their food and beverages, and to network with other local vendors! Space is limited — be sure to RSVP by May 12th > Register Today

What services does the New England Aquarium offer?

We offer several venues for weddings, ceremonies, and rehearsal dinners as well as on-site catering.

How far in advance do you recommend brides to book?

We have several wedding venues available that can accommodate up to 225 guests.  We recommend booking at least 10 months in advance to secure the date of your choice.

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New England Aquarium Bridal Open House

The New England Aquarium located on Boston’s waterfront is hosting their annual Bridal Open House on May 17th. This is a great opportunity to tour their event spaces, sample their food and beverages, and to network with other local vendors! Space is limited — be sure to RSVP by May 12th > Register Today What […]

Glamour & Grace — A Styled Shoot

A styled shoot inspired by the glamour and over-the-top fashions of the Triple Crown races.

Stephanie, the lead event planner at Jaclyn Watson Events had a vision.  “I imagined a southern belle with a bold red lip sitting in the back of a vintage Rolls Royce, driving up a dirt road lined by ancient trees. As it opens up, the white plantation with its large porch and beautiful columns glow in the sunlight. From the open front doors she can see straight through her childhood home’s foyer to the vast backyard where she will marry her love,” Stephanie describes. The vision was brought to life under a beautiful Chase Canopy tent set on the lawn of an elegant Connecticut farm. White chiffon draping created an ethereal summer vibe, softening the rustic farm table and cobblestone floor. Large palm fronds in all shapes and sizes mixed with white flora filled a tall gold urn in the center of the table. A beautiful presentation of southern favorites prepared by Forks & Fingers graced each plate. The day concluded with a delectable array of desserts.

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Glamour & Grace — A Styled Shoot

A styled shoot inspired by the glamour and over-the-top fashions of the Triple Crown races. Stephanie, the lead event planner at Jaclyn Watson Events had a vision.  “I imagined a southern belle with a bold red lip sitting in the back of a vintage Rolls Royce, driving up a dirt road lined by ancient trees. […]

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