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A June wedding at The Bushnell in Hartford, Connecticut

Wedding at The Bushnell

A wedding many years in the making! Kim and Dalal finally tied the knot on June 18, 2022. They chose to host their wedding at The Bushnell in Hartford, Connecticut.

I say many years in the making because these two hired me in 2019 for a wedding that was supposed to be in 2020. Naturally, Covid shut that plan down. We rescheduled once to 2021 but as we approached the date, there were still travel and mask restrictions that would make a wedding at this particular venue very tough. So we opted to reschedule once more and it finally happened!

I remember the first time I sat down to meet with them. Kim was local to West Hartford so an in-person meeting was very simple. We met at a Starbucks and spent over an hour talking about their vision for the big day. They were engaged in Greece and we wanted to incorporate that into their day. They also wanted to ensure their children were an integral part of their wedding and that guests were treated to great music, design and food.

Their wedding was my first one at this venue too and it is so fun and unique. There are so many spaces that can be used, each with its own look and feel.

We opted to use the Grand Foyer as their ceremony site. Guests entered the building with a red carpet experience while musicians from their band played from above. The ladies were able to watch as their guests arrived from the balcony above before they each made their entrance with their respective child as their escort down the double staircases.

Following the ceremony, we ushered guests to the great hall where a stunning piece of Chihuly glass stood as our focal piece. Dalal was adamant on ensuring at least part of the wedding day took place in this room. Initially, this was going to serve as our ceremony site until I suggested the grand foyer. When we have as much space to work with as this venue allows, I love to use as much of it as possible to give guests a different experience for each part of the wedding.

The main event was the reception in the Belding theater. As guests made their way to this space, we asked everyone to find a seat in the theater to watch the stage. Kim's daughter welcomed everyone by singing "A Thousand Years" before the curtain went up to reveal the reception design as well as our couple on the stage.

Guests were then invited to find their table as the band played. Max's Catering treated everyone to a three course meal before the party really began.

It was such an honor to finally get to witness these two lovely people get married. It was one of my longest planning periods to date but well worth it in the end.

Here is Dalal's 5 star review from her experience working with us!

I am a Virgo…hence, a perfectionist. We interviewed several wedding planners but, when we met Alyssa, we knew she was the ONE. It’s one thing to make a couples dream wedding come true - it’s an entirely different thing to make the process worry-free and enjoyable! Alyssa did both and that was no small feat in planning a wedding that was delayed twice due to Covid. No detail was left to chance . She maintained complete control - with intention and purpose at every step. Her experience, organizational skills and clear-headed attention gave her the ability to think through every detail so that when the day came - everything was just as planned and the night was truly magical. Working with Alyssa was the best wedding decision we made and we cannot thank her enough for creating a night that we will remember forever!

Vendor Team

Planning & Design: Alyssa Jean Signature Events

Venue: The Bushnell

Catering: Max's Catering

Photography: Stella Blue

Flowers: Moscarillo's

Beauty: Upstyle

Officiant: Mary Coburn

Stationery: Merry Maker Paper


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