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 gorgeous Hill-Stead Museum wedding!
Planning: Alyssa Jean Signature Events
Catering: David Alan Hospitality Group
Venue: Hill-Stead Museum
Photo: Tony Spinelli
Video: Vantage Point Films
Florist: Sarah Worden
Calligraphy & Signage: Nob Hill Jane
Beauty: Allure Traveling Beauty
Band: Brick Park
Rentals: Tents Unlimited
And make sure to check out Molly's 5 star review!
Alyssa was absolutely fantastic! From the original planning meetings to the big day, she was attentive, professional, and provided endless support. Planning a wedding during COVID was no easy task, but I know that having Alyssa is part of the reason we were able to pivot so easily. We decided to continue with our original wedding plans, but reduce the guest list significantly. Not only was Alyssa completely supportive in helping us come up with new plans, but she had had another similar sized wedding at our venue about a month before ours! It was invaluable that she had just done one at the same location and she had endless suggestions on tweaks (like the seating arrangements for the reception, for instance). My husband and I felt so relieved that we had Alyssa with us for the big day, she completely handled the rehearsal and got our large bridal party under control, so we knew we would be all set for the day of. On our wedding day, Alyssa was somehow everywhere at once, putting our all our decor and making sure all our vendors knew where everything went. I didn't have to worry about a thing and it was just such a relief. Lastly, during the reception I found Alyssa to let her know that the tent was getting drafty and asked her to add a few of the additional tent sides. I looked over a few minutes later and Alyssa was attempting to put the additional sides on all by herself! I was blown away by this and thankfully some of my family members jumped in to help! Long story short- hire Alyssa! You won't regret it! Thank you so much again for making our day so stress-free and enjoyable- we will never forget it!