a look back at the winvian: nicole and gabe

I couldn't think of a better way to start this beautiful wednesday with the sun shining in my office window than looking back over one of my favorite weddings to date with two of my favorite people - Nicole and Gabriel. A special thanks to Vantage Point Films for the beautiful work and the amazing team of vendors from this beautiful day last November at the Winvian Resort.

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SSE 2014: The Recap.

2014 was quite the year for Stacie Shea Events.. and for our last blog post of the season we thought we would take a ride down memory lane and swoon over the photos one last time from this year’s weddings.  

First up! Stacy and Mike got Maui'd in Maui. Stacie made her destination wedding debut in Hawaii this past year and traveled with family to go and help Stacy and Mike have a flawless wedding week on the Kapalua Beaches with a rehearsal dinner at Merrimans in Kapalua and a wedding ceremony and reception at the Kapalua Plantation. We even managed to get in an editorial photo shoot with the fabulous Montage Kapalua Bay and a pretty awesome team of vendors while on the island!

Photography by Jana Morgan

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Next up..Kevin and Lauren ...These two lovebirds tied the knot at a lovely church ceremony in Greenwich at St. Catherine of Sienna followed by an intimate gathering of their closest family and friends at The Greenwich Boat and Yacht Club. The weather in May is always a gamble, but these two had the perfect afternoon.

Photography by Neil Landino

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It was a drop dead gorgeous day on May 17, 2014. The weather was outstanding, the water front views at Coveleigh were to die for and Christina and Brian got married! Seriously, this couple of vibrant and energetic people were turning heads all over the place! The Coveleigh Club in Rye, NY hosted Brian and Christina's guests for a dance party that would have gone on all night long. Nobody wanted this one to end, folks.

Photography by Binary Flips Photography

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Julia and Scott, the sweetest couple any planner could asked for, were married June 28, 2014. Surrounded by family and friends, they were married at St. Mary's Church on The Avenue. The reception was full of signature cocktails and dance moves at the Greenwich Country Club with Elan Artists keeping everyone on the dance floor right until the end.

Photography by Stefanie Kapra Photography

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July 19, 2014. Ginger was married to Charlie at the home of her parents under a big beautiful tree that made the perfect ceremony space. Charlie was so smitten by his glowing bride. This was so obvious to everyone who took part in their special day. The reception took place at The Wainwright House with views of the water that were breathtaking by sunset.

Photography by Zlatko Batistich 

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It's not too often we get the opportunity to completely transform an alpaca farm on a beautiful estate in a lovely town like Bridgewater, CT. When we started working with Tracy and Eric we were so jazzed at the idea of creating a beautiful wedding  on Eric's childhood farm. The day was picture perfect. The grounds looked amazing with the ceremony, taking place atop a hill with breathtaking views, a cocktail hour under a Sperry Tent, and a one of a kind reception in the barn!

Photography by Sean Gallery Photography

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Last up, the Ganot’s.  We couldn’t, and still can’t, get enough of these two. Wrapping up the wedding season with a drop dead, over the top, killer wedding. Nicole and Gabe were married at The Winvian, a Relais & Chateaux in the Litchfield Hills just a short couple of months ago. This wasn't a wedding day, folks. It was a wedding weekend. The details were uncountable and the experience was immeasurable.

Photography by Roey Yohai Photography

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Thank you to all of our brides and grooms this year for letting us be a part of your special day! We wish you all the happiest and healthiest lives together!

We cannot wait to see what 2015 sends our way! Bring it on!

xoxo Stacie & Erica

 

merry christmas from stacie shea events!

We here at SSE are in agreement that Christmas time is hands down the BEST time of the year. The day after Thanksgiving is set aside for attic emptying and Christmas decorating. But besides the balsam scent given off by the tree and the twinkling lights on all the houses in the neighborhood, this is a time of year to reflect on everything we are thankful for. We share memories and old traditions with family and friends and are sometimes lucky enough to start new traditions with new friends. We made "making a new tradition" a priority this season. This year marked our first annual Stacie Shea Events "Friendsmas" at Stacie's new home. It was a lovely evening filled with great industry friends and TONS of laughter. It is so important to recognize how much we appreciate everything these vendor friends do for us throughout the year to make our jobs easy and fun! Thank you, thank you to all of you who came out to celebrate the season!

P.S.  A big "thank you" goes out to Jessica for taking some photos of the details on the table and throughout the house!

Vendor Love:

Calligraphy by  Ink Revival

Napkins by Wildflower Linens

Table linen by La Tavola Linens

Rentals by Smith Party Rentals

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

xoxo Erica

 

meet mr. and mrs. ganot!

What do you get when you mix a gorgeous venue, a stellar group of vendors, a stunning bride and her dashing (and hilarious) groom? You get Nicole and Gabe's wedding. Meet the Ganot's! Here is a sneak peak of one of the best days courtesy of Roey Yohai Photography. Stay tuned! Plenty more where these came from! CT wedding planner

Vendor Love:

Photography: Roey Yohai Photography

Venue: The Winvian

Dress: Monique Lhuillier

Hair and Make-up: Simply Gorgeous by Erin

Floral: Hana Floral 

xoxo Erica

 

better late than never! our watercolor inspired shoot was featured on beach wedding tips!

A few short weeks ago we received the good news that our watercolor inspired shoot from Maui was featured on Beach Wedding Tips. Stacie Shea Events along Opihi Love made the already appealing destination wedding so desirable while Jessica Haley Photography captured every breathtaking detail. Link is below! Go check it out! Beach Wedding Tips Feature

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Vendor Love:

Photography: Jessica Haley

Event Design: Stacie Shea Events and Opihi Love

Floral: Mandy Grace Floral and Event Design

Venue: The Cliff House at Montage Hotel Kapalua Bay 

Rentals: Island Rents

{a FULL list of all vendors involved}

xoxo Erica

erin & taylor's wedding feature on carats and cake!

Good morning, everyone! Waking up to a note from one of Carats and Cake's editors telling the good news of one of our favorite (even though we don't play the favorite game) weddings being live on their blog today is a GREAT way to start the day!

Last September, Erin and Taylor became Mr. and Mrs. Searles at the Stanwich Congregational Church followed by an evening of dancing and excitement at the Riverside Yacht Club in Greenwich, CT. Charlotte Jenks Lewis nailed it again, capturing so many beautiful and unforgettable moments of E&T's nuptials. Today, a small piece of that day is over on Carats and Cake being featured in their Real Weddings section. Go check it out!! {Link Below}

You can see a FULL list of all the vendors we had the pleasure of working with below on Carats and Cake's blog!

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xoxo Erica

happy thanksgiving from stacie shea events!

Here begins the most wonderful time of the year! Last nights snowfall and the aroma of a turkey roasting away in the oven really brings me a good chunk of cheer. I'm sure everyone has their own Thanksgiving traditions, stories, and memories which is what makes the holiday season so great. My grandmother, who hosts dinner every year, takes pride in her table. You know how jazzed we get here at Stacie Shea Events about a well dressed table. So before you all go your separate ways to spend the holiday with family and friends, take minute to enjoy these photos from a recent shoot at The Hickories with the beautifully talented Trisha Keeler. We wanted to really soak in the season with this one and in collaboration with The Pink Orange and Pickles and Pies, we hit the nail on the head. Our fall inspired tablescape fit beautifully with the natural setting of the farm and Erin's seasonal pies (which are to DIE for) tied what we are calling our "Thanksgiving Dessert Party" together. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!

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Photography: Trisha Keeler Photography

Venue: The Hickories

Floral: Erica of Stacie Shea Events

Paper: The Pink Orange

Pies and Pie Table Design: Pickles and Pies

Rentals: Smith Party Rental

Linens: La Tavola Linens, Nuage Designs, Wildflower Linens

xxoo Erica

 

lets get maui'd!

There are two days in every wedding planning process that I live for and make my job so incredibly special. The first being the actual wedding day at that exact moment in the reception when everything has gone right and I just know as a planner I did my best and it shows with every single smile in the room. The second is the day when I get an email from the photographer and or videographer showing me how they perceived the wedding day thru their images and work. This morning was that second moment for me when Kyle at amoreFilms in AZ sent me his OVER THE TOP work from our April Maui Wedding. Last April I was blessed beyond words to work with a very special family near and dear to my heart in Hawaii. Stacy and Michael are such a beautiful couple thru and thru. They were handed a very special situation only a few days before their wedding when Stacy's father couldn't get on an airplane and attend the wedding. They held strong together and from an outsiders view Mike started out their wedding week proving how much of a rock he really is for Stacy. As you watch them in this video all I can say is that their first kiss is only the beginning of how you can see that they care for each other in such meaningful and deep ways. Congratulations again Stacy and Mike and let me tell you this video only made me want to go back to Maui again with your family!

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our tartan inspired styled shoot has been featured in wellwed magazine!

It's no secret that The Winvian is one of the most beautiful venues in the Northeast so when we were lucky enough to set up a styled shoot on the property we had to make it unforgettable and unique. All of the vendors involved made this shoot perfect which was AWESOME. Do you know what else is awesome? The shoot has been featured in the latest WellWed Magazines for New York, Nantucket, Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard! Get your copies and check it out! CT weddings

Vendor Love:

Venue: The Winvian

Photography: Charlotte Jenks Lewis

Styling: The White Dress by the Shore

Florals: Splendid Stems

Paper: Meant to be Sent 

Cake: Lovely Cakes

Linens: La Tavola Linens and Wildflower Linens

Dinnerware: Juliska 

Hair and Make-up: Jennie Fresa 

 

 

 

 

 

j&m walk through a wedding: the lounsbury house

This one might be my favorite, folks. Then again, I feel like I say this every time we style a J&M Walk Through. This time around, The Lounsbury House... a semi-hidden gem, in Ridgefield, CT hosted the attendees and served as the blank canvas to our "Classic Black Tie" inspiration. We were blessed to work with a handful of vendors who, in collaboration, made this a stunning shoot. Part of the fun is having the opportunity to work with industry genius' that we have never worked with before. Miss Meghan Greenberg of Truffles and James arranged those beautiful blooms which served as the perfect finishing touch to the table design and Miss Emily Hostetler of Paper Moss sent over paper that fit the theme to a tee. The girls were styled by the sweetest of sweet, Ashley Krauss, from A Little Something White. The dresses fit those girls like a glove... and they rocked them. That cake? Obviously an Erica O'Brien creation. My heart actually flutters when I see (and smell) her cakes! The intricacy in her sugar flowers comes from a rare talent that Erica certainly possesses. We are grateful for her participation, yet again. Erin from Simply Gorgeous by Erin and Adriana from The Beauty Bar worked their magic and produced STUNNING work on our models.

A BIG... HUGE.. thanks to everyone for helping. The biggest of thanks goes to Justin and Mary, the founders and creative genius' of this mighty fine workshop. These two alone are the sole reason we keep coming back for more. You two boost our confidence by giving us the freedom to style and design Walk Through a Wedding time and time again. You're constant support and kind words mean the world to Stacie and me and we could't be happier to be a consistent part of such an amazing project.

Oh! One last thing! They have a new website for the workshop! Link is below. Do yourselves a favor and watch the video. It's perfect. They're perfect.

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Now that I've gotten that out of the way... SWOON over these images! We hope you LOVE them as much as we do!!

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Photography: Justin and Mary

Venue: The Lounsbury House

Florals: Truffles and James

Paper: Paper Moss

Dresses: A Little Something White

Cake: Erica O'Brien Cake

Linens: La Tavola Linens

Make-up: Simply Gorgeous by Erin

Hair: Adriana from The Beauty Bar

Rentals: Smith Party Rentals

xoxo Erica

 

 

the not wedding at the green building: brooklyn, ny

One of the best parts of this industry is having opportunities to work with some super creative minds. Stacie Shea Events took part in what may be one of the most creative bridal shows around this past September at The Green Building in Brooklyn, NY. The Not Wedding is a fake wedding designed by all types of vendors showcasing their talents. So what's the point? The 'guests' invited are actually brides and grooms to be! This show gives them the chance to gather ideas and meet potential vendors to work with on their special day all while enjoying tasty food, yummy drinks, live music and night full of dancing. The link to the awesome video by Nathan Willis Wedding Films is below, so check that out after swooning over a few photos! {Watch the video!!}

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Vendor love:

Photography: Modern Wedding Photography | Cassidy Parker Smith Photography | Laura Marie Creative Photography

Videography: Nathan Willis Wedding Films

Florals: Erica of Stacie Shea Events

Paper: Corinna Beau Letterpress 

Venue: The Green Building

Linens: La Tavola and Wildflower

Rentals: Smith Party Rentals

Macaroons: Whole Foods Market 

Outdoor lounge set-up and bar cart: Octavia and Br0wn

A complete list of the vendors involved in The Not Wedding 

xoxo Erica

 

our maui watercolor inspiration shoot is on green wedding shoes!

That's right folks! Head on over to Green Wedding Shoes to see our feature! Stacie had the pleasure of traveling to Maui for a drop dead gorgeous destination wedding this past April and while she was there, designed this lovely water color inspired shoot at The Cliff House photographed by the amazing Jessica of Jessica Haley Photography! {Link to the blog post below!} CT wedding planner

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xoxo Erica

a bridgewater barn wedding: tracy & eric

It's not too often we get the opportunity to completely transform an alpaca farm on a beautiful estate in a lovely town like Bridgewater, CT. When we started working with Tracy and Eric we were so jazzed at the idea of creating a beautiful wedding  on Eric's childhood farm. The ceremony was picturesque. T & E's closest family and friends gathered around them overlooking a breathtaking landscape from the hilltop. Alpacas in bow ties greeted guests as they moseyed on down to cocktail hour under a stellar Sperry Tent, and then again when making their way to the reception in the barn. Sean Gallery Photography did an AMAZING job at capturing every detail of the day. Below you'll see photo overload... but choosing favorites wasn't an option.. Enjoy! CT wedding planner

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Photography: Sean Gallery Photography

Venue: Private Home, Bridgewater CT

Tent: Sperry Tents Greenwich

Catering/Rentals: Riverhouse Catering

Band: JM Music- The A Band 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

julia & scott's feature on elizabeth anne designs blog!

Hi all! So I'm a little late in posting this awesome news but it brings me great excitement to announce that a recent SSE wedding has been featured on Elizabeth Anne Designs Blog! Remember Julia and Scott? Our lovely couple who tied the knot and celebrated at The Greenwich Country Club this past June? You can find those two and all of the details of their day in their very own feature. Click the link below to check it out! http://www.elizabethannedesigns.com/blog/2014/10/06/classic-country-club-wedding/

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xoxo Erica

j & m walk through a wedding: nantucket

All of the planning and anticipation was certainly worth the wait, folks. Our latest Walk Through a Wedding with Justin and Mary Marantz was picture perfect in every way. First of all, anything in Nantucket is a dream; the water, the cobblestone sidewalks, and the cedar shingles siding every house. Second, the weather was a exceptional for there was not a cloud in the sky throughout the three days we spent on the island. And lastly, everyone involved in this shoot had a blast! Per usual, the photos you'll see below are stunning (This seems to be a trend with J&M). Enjoy them... you may spark an interest in a spur of the moment trip! Let us know, we'll meet you there! nantucket weddings

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Vendor love:

Photography: Justin and Mary Marantz

Venue: The Nantucket Inn, Nantucket MA

Floral:  Carrie Wilcox Floral Design

Paper: Coral Pheasant

Styling: Beth Chapman of The White Dress by the Shore

Hair & Make-up: Upstyle 

Linens: La Tavola & Wildflower

xoxo Erica

 

julia & scott: the greenwich country club

One of the many joys of being a wedding planner is working with two people who are as sweet, if not sweeter, than the wedding cake. Julia and Scott were just that. Surrounded by family and friends, they were married at St. Mary's Church on The Avenue. A reception full of signature cocktails and dance moves followed at the Greenwich Country Club with Elan Artists keeping everyone on the dance floor right until the end. We wish you a lifetime of happiness, yummy cocktails, and memorable moments on the dance floor! Congratulations Julia and Scott! CT wedding planner

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Vendor Love:

Photography: Stefanie Kapra Photography

Ceremony location: St. Mary's Church, Greenwich CT.

Reception venue: Greenwich Country Club

Florals: Dirt Floral

Linens: Wildflower Linens

Paper: Therese St. Clair Greenwich

Lighting: Correlations Productions 

Make-up: Jennie Fresa 

Cake: Greenwich Country Club

 

 

stefanie kapra workshop: chetstone studios & edgerton park, new haven ct

What do two lovely ladies say when they're asked to put their design skills to work? "Of course!" We here at Stacie Shea Events were thrilled to work with a handful of incredibly talented vendors at the first ever Stefanie Kapra Workshop in collaboration with Vermont Vows and WellWed Magazine. Stef started this workshop to give photographers the opportunity to learn and enhance their skills while having fun and making new relationships at the same time. The day was beautiful and the company was warm... and those linens and flowers made my heart skip a beat! The following photos are brought to you by Stef and a couple of the crazy great workshop attendees! CT wedding planner

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Photography: Stefanie Kapra Photography | TBM Photography | Erica Pelaccia

Venue: Chetstone Studios | Edgerton Park

Design Collaboration: Stacie Shea Events | Vermont Vows & WellWed Magazine

Florals: Blush Floral Design 

Paper: Lion in the Sun

Dinnerware: Juliska

Linens: La Tavola Linens 

Wedding Gown and Accessories: Everthine Bridal 

Hair & Make-up: Simply Gorgeous by Erin 

ginger & charlie: the wainwright house

July 19, 2014. Ginger Northrop was married to Charlie Ruff at the home of her parents under a big beautiful tree that made the perfect ceremony space. Lovely in every respect, Ginger made a glowing bride. Charlie was so obviously smitten by her as their closest family and friends watched them become husband and wife. The weather was perfect, it wasn't too hot, and by the end of the afternoon the sun was beautifully shining. The reception took place at The Wainwright House with views of the water that were breathtaking by sunset. Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Ruff! We wish you nothing but a lifetime of happiness and love! CT wedding planner

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Vendor love:

Photography: Zlatko Batistich

Venue: The Wainwright House

Florals: Petals by Alice

xoxo Erica

 

kissing koizim's: the coveleigh club

It was a drop dead gorgeous day on May 17, 2014. The weather was outstanding, the water front views at the Coveleigh Club were to die for and Christina and Brian got married! Seriously, this couple of vibrant and energetic people were turning heads all over the place! Binary Flips could not have done a better job capturing every meaningful second of this day. From beginning to end this wedding went without a flaw and the attention to detail couldn't have gone unnoticed. Please enjoy these photos as much as we have and thank you Brian and Christina for letting us help make your day unforgettable! Southern CT Weddings

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Vendor Love:

Photography: Binary Flips 

Venue: The Coveleigh Club 

Lighting: Shindig Lighting

Florals: True Florette

Paper: Coral Pheasant and Wedding Paper Divas 

Linens: La Tavola Linens 

Gelato Cart: Pane and Gelato

Favors: Crate and Barrel glassware. cupcakes by a family friend of the bride and groom.

xoxo Erica