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Molly & Dan's Tented, October Wedding at the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, Connecticut

Molly and Dan were married on a perfectly crisp October day at one of my all-time favorite Connecticut venues, the Hill-Stead Museum. They were the last of my 2020 couples to get married in the year that Covid began. Like all my other couples that year, it was unknown whether or not we would get to this day. Lucky for all of us, we did!

It looked a bit different than they initially hoped for but it was special all the same.

Molly and the girls got ready in the bridal suite at the Hill-Stead while Dan and the groomsmen were in a suite in a nearby hotel.

The couple decided that a First Look prior to the ceremony was the right choice for them. They shared this intimate moment in the back field of the property with the foliage and stone wall surrounding them. First Looks are always one of my favorite parts of the day. You can literally see the anticipation, excitement, nervousness and emotion across their faces and then the reaction when they see each other is always a surprise. Sometimes they laugh, sometimes they cry, and there is no right or wrong way to feel. It’s a moment that is shared only by the two of you and one of the most intimate moments of your life that will be captured on camera for you to treasure forever!

We used various parts of the property for their celebration. Their ceremony was held on the West Lawn facing the fields & foliage, cocktail hour was in the Sunken Garden and the reception was under the tent on the West Lawn. One of the things I love about this venue is that every couple uses the space differently. And there are so many beautiful nooks throughout the property for pictures. Between the stunning architecture, manicured gardens, stone walls and whimsical fields, I don’t think it’s possible to take a bad photo here!

Our design featured loads of greenery and mauve tones. We wanted to compliment the natural setting of the space and also incorporate a touch of rustic with an autumn-like vibe that felt warm and welcoming. We accomplished that through the use of greenery vines running up the length of our sail cloth tent poles, farm tables with centerpieces in planter boxes and beautiful details such as our seating chart on a vintage door, wooden signs with white script, and a simple white flower at every place setting for that little something extra!

Despite the challenges in the months leading up to their wedding day, in the end, everything worked out perfectly. Congratulations Molly and Dan! And thank you for letting us into your lives to help with your special day.

Vendor Team:

Planning: Alyssa Jean Signature Events

Catering: David Alan Hospitality Group

Venue: Hill-Stead Museum

Photo: Tony Spinelli

Video: Vantage Point Films

Florist: Sarah Worden

Stationery: Minted

Calligraphy & Signage: Nob Hill Jane

Beauty: Allure Traveling Beauty

Band: Brick Park

Rentals: Tents Unlimited

Transportation: Dattco

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