Wedding engagements are exciting! They’re filled with encouragement from loved ones, toasts galore and the thrill of that shiny new sparkler. After the initial process of putting together a guest list, establishing a budget and choosing a venue, next on the list is to determine the wedding party! Ask your ladies to stand by your side in style with a gift bag that will show your love and just how much you appreciate their friendship.
We’ve gone ahead and put together a handy dandy collage to inspire your bride-to-be juices. Look for the perfect card at Rifle Paper Co, Sugar Paper or Hello Small World. Dogeared makes the cutest charm necklaces that together with your favorite nail color, a collection of sweets and a bit of bubbly perfectly packaged in this chic bag from Ban.do – your bridesmaids will be sure to thank you for including them in your special day!
Polished Highlights: The Lace Factory autumnal DIY glitter and gold wedding featured in The Connecticut Bride Fall/Winter 2014
A beautiful wedding is beautiful no matter how you shake it. But when you see it in PRINT, beautiful takes on a whole new meaning!
That is exactly the case for aPp’s stunner of a wedding this past October at The Lace Factory (one of our favorite venues ever). It is currently featured in the Fall/Winter issue of The Connecticut Bride and we are so excited to see this wedding get the press it deserves. Rachel & Ben’s wedding exudes all of the qualities that aPp is so proud of when it comes to producing and executing events. Thoughtfully designed (seriously….this bride thought about everything- every.little.thing….and we loved it), personalized (guests kept saying that it just “felt” like Rachel and Ben…music to our ears), creative and budget friendly (DIY was the name of the game here), and organized (it went off without a hitch…seriously….even Mother Nature followed the plan).
In two words: perfectly Polished.
CLICK HERE to read the full article and see all the gorgeous photos at The Connecticut Bride online. Or better yet- go out and pick up a copy of the current issue!
If those photos aren’t enough to satisfy your love of all things that are glittered and gorgeous and autumnal, scroll down to see a full line up of pretty by the super talented husband and wife team of Sweet Little Photographs.
Rachel and Ben, your love story is ah-mazing (be sure to read the full article for the story of how they met, the bet they placed when they first met, and it’s
appearance on the wedding day) nevermind your general adorable-ness as a couple completely and totally in l.o.v.e. Thank you for letting aPp be a part of such an incredible wedding celebration. Much love and best wishes for a beautiful life together!
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Venue: The Lace Factory // Photographer: Sweet Little Photographs // Floral Design: Stems Flower Design // Wedding Cake: Cloud Nine Catering // Stationery: DIY by the Bride // Beauty: Simply Gorgeous by Erin // Lighting Design: Social Decor // DJ: Play Something Good // Trolley: Jolly Red Trolley
We all know that a classic photo booth is a great way to entertain guests at an event and produce a film strip of memories that can last a lifetime. But if you’re really looking for a way to get guests mingling and families laughing together, a great way to do so is to incorporate a few lawn games into any outdoor celebration!
We’ve recently been researching vendors that carry the classics as well as exploring some new game options that have been becoming wildly popular. From corn hole, croquet and horse shoes to hoola hooping, ring toss and giant Jenga, below is a collection of some of our favorite options for you to explore.
Be sure to check out vendors on Etsy as they are really leading the way in both antique and custom lawn games. Many of the games suggested are also perfect DIY projects. Regardless of age, guests are sure to be entertained!
We are so excited to share with you the wedding of Sarah & Alex from this past October at The Stanwich Club. Sarah was one of the most organized brides I have ever encountered. When we started working together, and she handed me a stack of excel worksheets to rival my own, I knew I had met my match! Sarah’s vision for the wedding day was very clear. While they were getting married in mid October, the peak of the amazing Fall foliage, she did not want a color scheme of oranges and browns (I mean really…does any bride want that as her color story?!?!) Instead she chose soft shades of pinks and golds and we anchored it all with neutral linens and pops of elegant black. The colors fit in perfectly with the design of the gorgeous Stanwich Club in Greenwich, where both the ceremony and reception were held. The images were all captured picture perfectly by the lovely Anna Sawin who took every advantage of this adorable couple and amazing Fall day!
And how about that bouquet?!?! WOW! That gem was created by the super talented Ann from Dirt in Greenwich. Stunning!
Sarah and Alex, thank you so much for letting us be a part of your special day! xo
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Venue: The Stanwich Club // Photographer: Anna Sawin Photography // Floral Design: Dirt // Wedding Cake: Sweet Lisa’s // Stationery: Rifle Paper Co // Beauty: Beauty Entourage // Lighting Design: Shindig Lighting// DJ: A Perfect Blend Entertainment // Rentals: Smith Party Rental // Ceremony Music: Millenium Music
When I launched a Polished plan THREE years ago today, my eyes and heart were so big with the prospect of “what could be”. It was overwhelming and exhilarating all at once. The vast unknown and unchartered land of running a small business was powerful and fearful. I was really kicking myself for daydreaming during all of those business accounting classes in college. Sigh. But aside from the mechanics of keeping a business up and running, I knew this statement was true: I am good at the job of being a professional event planner. I had years of training and experience under my belt and I could offer a service that was unique and important. And I was grateful for that. And I still am.
So now three years later, I am still grateful. And I am also (hopefully) a bit better at efficiently running a small business. But the basic facts have not changed. When you take fear out of the equation, and focus on just being thankful, good things happen. I don’t worry about who will call, or who called someone else. What networking event I attended, or didn’t attend, and who I could have possibly met. Who thinks I am talented, or who thinks I’m just another one of “those” wedding planners. I am truly grateful for the clients that do call, that do get to know aPp, and that do invite us into their special event. It is a privilege and an honor and I don’t take it lightly. It is those clients that fill my days with excel worksheets, Pinterest boards, floor plans, and to-do lists the size of Texas. And three years later, I am perfectly content and perfectly thankful. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.
So thank you. THANK YOU.
We are super excited to finally share with you the stunning images from an editorial shoot we designed this past September at the Wadsworth Mansion. To say that we had fun designing, crafting, and dreaming up this pretty gem is a bit of an understatement! When Greg Lewis Photography and I were approached by the Wadsworth Mansion to design a photo shoot that would highlight the outdoor spaces of the mansion, we were up for the “challenge”. Of course, it wasn’t much of a challenge at all since there is plenty of prettiness all around the mansion grounds. But when we were shown a hidden sunken garden, surrounded by a rock wall, way in the back corner of the mansion – inspiration struck! Rustic and earthy ‘secret garden’ meets glamorous and chic mansion soiree. And well, we couldn’t be more excited with the results!
And we are even more excited that the lovely ladies over at Style Me Pretty thought so too. Check out the full gallery of prettiness on SMP HERE!
The biggest of big thank yous and hugs to our wonderfully talented industry friends who gave their time and talent on this collaboration! xo
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Photographer: Greg Lewis Photography // Wedding Dresses: Everthine Bridal Boutique // Floral Design: Stems Floral Design // Wedding Cake: Taste By Spellbound // Stationery: Coral Pheasant // Bridesmaids Dresses: Everthine Bridal Boutique // Beauty: Dana Bartone & Company // Lighting Design: Social Decor // Limousine: Black Swan Limo // Linen Rental: La Tavola // Rentals: Party Rental Ltd. // Venue: Wadsworth Mansion // Vintage Furniture & Props: Sassafras Vintage Rentals