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Polished Highlights: The Lace Factory autumnal DIY glitter and gold wedding featured in The Connecticut Bride Fall/Winter 2014

July 28, 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!

The Connecticut Bride Magazine Fall/Winter 2014

Connecticut Bride Magazine Fall Winter 2014 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. 

Lace Factory Wedding Planner Connecticut Rustic Chic

Lace Factory Wedding Planner Connecticut Rustic Chic

Lace Factory Wedding Planner Connecticut Rustic Chic

Lace Factory Wedding Planner Connecticut Rustic Chic

Lace Factory Wedding Planner Connecticut Rustic Chic

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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!

 

Until then…aPp

- Vendor Roll -

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

Entertaining Essentials: Lawn Games

June 13, 2014

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!

Wedding Lawn Games

Until then…aPp

Polished Highlights: Pretty Pink & Gold Fall wedding in Greenwich

June 4, 2014

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!

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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

Until then…aPp

 

- Vendor Roll -

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

 

 

In the Moment: Happy 3rd Anniversary, aPp!

March 17, 2014
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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.

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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.

 

Until then…aPp

Polished Highlights: Glamorous ‘Secret Garden’ Editorial Shoot featured on Style Me Pretty!

March 14, 2014

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!

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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

Polished Highlights: A romantic and elegant wedding at Saltwater Farm Vineyard

March 3, 2014

Leah & Lucy. L & L.

If I were ever forced to create a list of my “dream” clients, these two ladies would be at the tippity top. Soon after meeting them for the first time over coffee, I knew I had not only just met my new clients but also my new friends. Leah & Lucy wanted to create a beautiful event focused on the absolute most important aspect of the day. Love. The rest should just be icing on the (wedding) cake.

So that is exactly what we did! After they selected (and fell in love with) their venue, Saltwater Farm Vineyard, we created a classically elegant color palette of soft gray, crisp white, and pops of red. Despite being an early June event, the ladies were not really into Spring pastels or bright colors so we stuck with what they knew and liked. And well….the gray color palette really worked well considering Mother Nature decided to give us a tropical storm on the wedding day. It rained. And rained. And rained some more. But despite the overcast skies, the day was still absolutely perfect in every way. Highlights included the ceremony held under a Sperry tent to a beautiful  chorus of rain drops. The coolest flash mob by the coolest bridal party, all adorned in matching custom Converse sneakers. The love story of “L & L” told in m&m candies that will literally melt your heart. A fun take on a “groom’s cake” highlighting their favorite hobbies: the Yankees and horse back riding. Gorgeous florals by Stems Flower Design, beautifully captured images by Kelly Prizel Photography, and the sweetest little highlights video by Buzz Media. In short, the Best Day Ever.

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saltwater farm vineyard wedding ct wedding planner

saltwater farm vineyard wedding ct wedding planner

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saltwater farm vineyard wedding ct wedding planner

saltwater farm vineyard wedding ct wedding planner

saltwater farm vineyard wedding ct wedding planner

To say that working on this wedding was a pleasure is a bit of an understatement. It was a true honor to be a witness to such a spectacular celebration of love. All the absolute best to you beautiful ladies, L & L.

- Vendor Roll -

Venue: Saltwater Farm Vineyard // Floral Design: Stems Flower Design // Photographer: Kelly Prizel Photography // Videographer: Buzz Media // Caterer: Gourmet Galley // Band: Ripcord // Tent: Sperry Tent // Rentals: Party Rentals Ltd // Wedding Cakes: A Little Imagination Cakes // Calligraphy & Signs: Michelle Dowling Calligraphy

Theme Tracker: Bridal Flats

February 24, 2014

Every wedding I’ve ever attended, I’ve worn heels. As a matter of fact, to every ‘dressier’ occasion I’ve ever attended, I’ve worn heels. However, after multiple sprained ankles and given the fact that my boyfriend is on the shorter side, I hardly ever wear heels in my every day life. Actually, I never wear them. They sit perfectly placed in my closet by season and color coordinated, yearning for me to care about them again.

The reality is that I do care. I am a fashion girl at heart and acknowledge that some occasions and certain outfits just look ‘better’ with a heel. Not to mention the wondrous effect they have in creating a long, lean leg. Ohh la la!!

In recently starting to purchase some new pieces for my spring/summer wardrobe, I came across a pair of flats and immediately thought, what a great bridal shoe. Which led me to investigating the realm of possibilities when it comes to bridal flats. I was pleasantly surprised with the plethora of options, especially since I anticipate wearing flats on my wedding day. I thought it only fair to share a few of my favorites for your viewing pleasure.

Side note: regardless of the shoe you choose, tall or short, be sure to wear them in ahead of time to avoid wedding day blisters. That would NOT be fun!

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Until then…aPp!

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