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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On this cold day after snow day in Connecticut I am daydreaming about this beautiful editorial shoot we had last year at the Winvian in Litchfield County with some pretty amazing vendors! Happy Wednesday everyone.... Photo Credit to our fabulous friend Charlotte Jenks Lewis

Bridal Styling by Beth Chapman of The White Dress by the Shore

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This past November Erica was had the opportunity to put together some floral fun for the Reverie Gallery Launch Party along side of the incredible Erica Powell of Ambiance Luxe Designs and Amy from Amy Champagne Events.  Reverie Gallery is a luxury wedding blog "for the savvy & stylish soon to be wed". It is a new up and coming blog that we are proud to say we were a part of their opening event and cannot wait to see what it has in store!  Amy and Erica's design vision was a literal take on the Reverie Gallery site and boy did they do a perfect job. The night of the event was perfectly orchestrated with the cozy lounge set-ups, signature cocktails,  and a room adorned in white and gold. A special thank you to Jacklyn Greenberg & Jeremy Rich of JAG Studios for sharing these beautiful images!

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SSE 2014 - The behind the scenes recap

And now a look into the behind the scenes for Stacie Shea Events the past year. Yesterday's post touched on all the beautiful weddings we had on the books for 2014. Today I am going to dive into the other fun stuff that makes my heart skip a beat and keeps me wanting more in this crazy industry. In January, Erica and I were lucky enough to get the chance to work with Justin and Mary Marantz on a HUGE project with Profoto USA. We had a steller team of vendors that helped us pull together this amazing event at the Wadsworth Mansion. If you look closely in the video series you might see little Ms. C making her film and photography debut!

February brought a crazy whirlwind of events. Erica headed up two editorial shoots in one day for our team while I was away at an industry conference. Erica was able to pull off a shoot with Kristen Waterbury  in the morning at The Carousel at Lighthouse Point Park. She immediately followed the morning shoot with a quick break down and set up for the Justin and Mary Walk Through A Wedding in the afternoon.

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Photo by Kristen Waterbury

Justin and Mary Walk Through A Wedding at Carousel Park - Kate Spade inspired was one for the books later that afternoon. All while trying to stay warm in an unheated venue in February on the Eastcoast! Yikes...

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Photo's by Justin and Mary Marantz

As both the shoots were taking place at the Lighthouse Point Park I was at Bliss & Bespoke in Charleston, SC. WOW what an experience! I walked away from that  meeting some of the best of the best in the industry and finally getting to meet the amazing Jacin Fitzgerald from Lovely Little Details! I can hardly wait to see her again this upcoming spring..

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After the east coast got pounded with a MASSIVE snowstorm and I had to leave Charleston early I was a little bummed I missed out on the final events for Bliss and Bespoke. Once I got home it was back to the grind with one of my FAVORITE shoots to date at my favorite wedding venue in all of Connecticut.. Winvian Luxury Resort and Spa in Litchfield, Connecticut. With this shoot brought an amazing team of vendors like Charlotte Jenks Lewis, Splendid Stems, and Beth Chapman from The White Dress by the Shore, plus many more. Vendor Credits here.

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Photo by Charlotte Jenks Lewis and Editorial Shoot seen on Style Me Pretty

The month of March Erica and I teamed up with Jen Lynne Photography and the UBER talented Jeanette Kleitz of True Florette to pull together a little St. Patrick's day inspiration that we knew would have a home at our favorite wedding blog.. Style Me Pretty!

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We ended the month with some planning and designing for a charity near and dear to our hearts..The Canary Kids + Epidemic Answers at the Loading Dock in Stamford.  It was an amazing night of dining with Abigail Kirsch and dancing till the wee hours of the night!

April was a month that was much needed after a long winter on the eastcoast. I jetted to Maui for a destination wedding and also decided to make the most of it by holding an editorial shoot for Green Wedding Shoes at the Montage Kapalua Bay with Jessica Haley Photography and a great team of local vendors.

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Photo by Jessica Haley Photography

At the end of April I was lucky enough to have spent some time over the course of the last 9 months to host and plan an amazing vendor networking event, The Luxury Wedding Spotlight with the fabulous Erica Powell of Reverie Gallery. We brought together the best of the best in the Connecticut wedding market for a day of networking, cocktailing, and socializing with future brides! A special thanks again to all that took part in the amazing event.

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Photography by Danny Kash Photography

As the busy season in CT starts in May of course we decided to add a few more fun projects to our calendars as well. First off we started with a film photography workshop with the great Stefanie Kapra and Wellwed Magazine and ended with another amazing Walk Through with Justin and Mary. Stefanie's workshop took place up in New Haven at the Chetstone Mansion. It was a great event and fun was had by all attendee's. I even managed to give a small little presentation on the value of planners and photographers collaborating together.

Walk Through A Wedding in May with Justin and Mary had us spending a fun filled spring day at The Lace Factory with Carrie Wilcox, Roseville Designs, Pickles and Pies, and the wonderful Erin Infantino!

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Photography by Justin and Mary Marantz

To officially kick off the 2015 wedding season I was fortunate enough to head to Engage14! in Bachelor Gulch. This was my second time attending Engage and boy did it not disappoint. I was skeptical at first about heading into the Colorado mountains at the Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch and the long day of traveling. I knew of course that the guys and gals of Engaging Concepts pull off one amazing event so how could I take the chance and risk missing it.

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engage!14 | Bachelor Gulch | Final Recap from I Do Films on Vimeo.

The remainder of June and July we focused on family, weddings and purchasing a new home in Greenwich CT with the most amazing studio space out back. I can hardly wait for what is in store for that space in 2015!

In August Erica, Lauren our Day of Assistant, and I packed up the jeep and headed to Nantucket for one of the best projects we had all year. We helped Justin and Mary host their Walk Through A Wedding Nantucket! ACK we had so much we cannot wait to try to convince them to do it again next year...

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Photos by Justin and Mary Marantz

Kicking off the fall brought us the chance to head into Brooklyn and showcase some of Erica's floral work. She has been keeping her floral skills in hiding here at Stacie Shea Events but has a LOVE for everything flower related. So to give her some practice we signed up for The Not Wedding Brooklyn. Her and I had a blast heading into the city,working with some new Brooklyn vendors,and hanging out in Brooklyn for the day.

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Photo Credit to Modern Wedding Photography Cassidy Parker Smith Photography | Laura Marie Creative Photography

We finally slowed down as the major part of wedding season came to end for us. Erica took on one last editorial shoot to work with a close friend of hers - Trisha Keeler Photography. They planned the perfect shoot on a beautiful fall day to welcome us to the month of November. We are so excited as we have a great wedding on the books with Trisha in the new year in Cape Cod at our secret gem of a venue, the Mill Pond Estate.

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We kicked off the holidays at Stacie Shea Events with two last events. I could think of no better way to kick it off than to plan one last Walk Through A Wedding with our two favorites, Justin and Mary Marantz!

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Our last and final event of the year was a Friendsmas Dinner hosted at my house to really show thanks to those that put their love forth to us this year. Every year I start planning early in the summer what to gift vendors, and how to show them how much they mean to me and my business. So this year I planned a small dinner for 14 friendors to show them how much they mean to us at Stacie Shea Events and how they make my business better. I had such a fabulous time that I am confident I will be doing this again and quite possibly exploring it a few times a year so that I can really show all my vendor friends the love!

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Photos by Jessica Haley Photography

With this I bid 2014 adeu!  I have promised myself that I will slow down in 2015 and not have as busy of a calendar. I am forever grateful to the team that I was able to work with this year, and the vendors that make my job oh so much easier. I couldn't do any of this without the help and support from my dear husband, my mother in law who drops everything to come help, and my sweet mama who jumps on a plane to be my daycare the weeks I have weddings. I need you all, and you keep me pushing forward full steam ahead. I want my clients to know that they are my passion and their weddings are what I live for, and last but not least I wish for all my readers to have the best year yet! Happy New Year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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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!

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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.

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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

 

j&m walk through a wedding: the lace factory

I can't stress enough how lovely it is to work with such talented and respected vendors. Walk Through a Wedding at The Lace Factory was another excuse to do just that. This venue is killer and the design behind this shoot was so elegant and fresh. I think I speak for everyone involved when I say "Thank You!" to Justin and Mary for giving us the opportunity to let our creativity flow. Stay tuned! Stacie Shea Events is packing up and heading to Nantucket for Walk Through a Wedding in a couple of short weeks! I've got a great feeling about this one!

 

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Vendor Love:

Photography: Justin and Mary Marantz

Venue: The Lace Factory

Stylist: Beth Chapman of The White Dress by the Shore

Hair/Make-up: Simply Gorgeous by Erin 

Florals: Carrie Wilcox Floral Design

Paper: Roseville Designs

Pies: Pickles and Pies 

Linens: La Tavola and Wildflower

Table setting: Juliska 

xoxo Erica

 

THE KNOT NY! ....

The Knot NY Greenwich CT Wedding Planner Last September Stacie Shea Events was lucky enough to be part of an AMAZING team of vendors that pulled off this beauty of a wedding. It was simply magical starting at the rehearsal at Stanwich Congregational Church in Greenwich, CT to the rehearsal dinner at Valbella and the Reception at the Riverside Yacht Club. It is such an honor to see team Stacie Shea Events and our hard work gracing the pages of The Knot NY!

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A special thanks to our AMAZING couple Erin and Taylor and the wonderful vendors that made that day so PERFECT!

Photos by Charlotte Jenks Lewis

Link here to the original SMP post with all the vendor credits

 

J&M Walk Through a Wedding: Kate Spade

Part two of Walk Through a Wedding was such a treat! What girl doesn't just love a classic Kate Spade inspiration? I'm not too sure I have words for this one, folks. I'll let the photos speak for themselves. This group of vendors at February's Walk Through a Wedding with Justin and Mary Marantz knocked it out of the park! The backdrop of the Carousel at Lighthouse Point Park was just perfect. Enjoy! CT Wedding Planner

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Vendor Credits:

Photography: Justin and Mary Marantz

Florals: Intrigue Designs 

Paper: The Pink Orange 

Linens: La Tavola and Wildflower

Cake: Erica O'Brien Cakes 

Hair: Brittany George of Upstyle

Make-up: Simply Gorgeous by Erin

Venue: The Carousel at Lighthouse Point Park

Dress: Rent the Runway

xoxo Erica

J&M Walk Through a Wedding: The Notebook

It's crazy how fast time flies. It seemed like only yesterday Stacie Shea Events was working on our first Walk Through a Wedding with the absolutely AMAZING Justin & Mary Marantz. We were so honored and excited to work on such a fun project with these two. (We always are!) Walk Through a Wedding is a two day workshop hosted by J&M that takes you through the wedding day from beginning to end. This particular workshop was inspired by "The Notebook" and all that 1930's vintage charm. Chetstone Studios in New Haven, CT and its beautiful architecture hosted these amazing vendors to make it all possible. We hope you love these photos as much as we do! It's always a treat to see our work captured by such talented human beings. Enjoy! CT Wedding Planner

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Vendor Credits:

Design: Stacie Shea Events

That AWESOME driftwood table: Ryan Designs 

Photography: Justin and Mary Marantz

Florals: Hana Floral Design

Cake: A Little Imagination Cakes 

Paper: The Pink Orange 

Hair and Make-up: Simply Gorgeous by Erin

xoxo Erica

 

 

meet mrs. koizim!

When we start planning weddings with our couples images like this are what make our job here so amazing. The pure joy and love in her face has us at Stacie Shea Events so excited to see what Binary Flips has in store for us. We just thought we needed to showcase a simple little teaser for what is to come. Stay tuned for the full wedding post coming soon along with an AMAZING vendor line-up! Rye New York Wedding Planner

Kapalua Plantation Maui Wedding

This past April Stacie Shea Events packed up and headed off to Maui for a beautiful destination wedding and rehearsal. To add to the amazing week I was able to work with a few amazing venues like Merriman's in Maui,The Kapalua Plantation, and last but not least the amazing Jana Morgan Photography.  Stacy and Mike were the perfect couple to tie the knot and get Maui'd! Vendor Credits:

Venues: Merriman's Kapalua, The Plantation Course at Kapalua

Flowers: Flowers by Sunya

Paper: Stacy Chamberlain (The bride custom made everything herself)

Photography: Jana Morgan Photography

Videography: Amore Films

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3rd of july + an all white party

The week of the 4th my husbands and I head out to Montauk to relax, sit beach side and have lobster rolls. This year was no different except while I was away the team at Stacie Shea Events was busy at work helping pull off a last minute 3rd of July Beach Party in Norwalk. The event was nothing short of perfection with the exception of the few rain showers that took place later in the night. The event was a success and with all the help of a fabulous vendor team! Photo Credit to Stefanie Kapra Photography

Event Design by Ryan Designs

Sailcloth Tents provided by Sperry Tents

Catering by Abigail Kirsch

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Cape Cod + The Mill Pond Estate

The wedding of Jim + Lori was one for the books. The weather couldn't have been more perfect and the day was a true reflection of all the hard work that we put into the planning of this wedding for the last year. Jim and Lori knew they wanted to have a wedding on the Cape because of how special it was to both of them and their relationship. After many site visits and planning trips to the Cape this beautiful wedding came to fruition on June 1st 2013. A special thank you to Jim + Lori for welcoming me into your family the past year. For letting me help plan your special day and most of be there to watch you both exchange your vows and welcome you into the world as Mr. and Mrs Jim Malerba.

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J + L , Mack House - Chatham, Massachussetts

venue - the mack house

wedding planning + design - stacie shea events

floral design - lilacs florals

photography - krista photography

caterer - the casual gourmet

paper - jessica haley ink

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It doesn't happen enough that as a Wedding Planner you get to help one of your favorite Wedding Photographer's plan her wedding and then execute it so that she can enjoy every last ounce of her wedding day. That is just what happened when my great friend Natasha and Jon got engaged. I knew that she needed and deserved to have the perfect wedding day, stress free and she needed to not once worry about the timing of anything. I was lucky enough to be her Wedding Planner and happy to call her one of the crazy talented Photographers that I ALWAYS recommend to my brides.

Natasha and Jon - A Stacie Shea Event from Danya Jimenez Cinematography on Vimeo.

PS- The CRAZY talented lady behind this AWESOME video work is Danya Jimenez Cinematography. Quickly nab her up for your wedding dates as this lady is booking like crazy these days. Her work speaks for itself...