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This post is a sorely needed guide for the best wedding venues in Connecticut for small weddings. Why? Because the wedding industry has thoroughly entrenched itself into the idea that weddings should be massive parties that most venues have a guest minimum of 100+ people. I do consider weddings under 100 people to still be […]

Best Wedding Venues in Connecticut for Small Weddings

January 21, 2022

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plan microwedding 3 8x10 1 If the craziness of the pandemic has you second guessing if a traditionally big wedding is the right way to go for you, you aren't alone. Intimate weddings and micro-weddings aren't a new thing, but they're becoming more popular than ever and questions about how to plan a micro-wedding abound.

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If the craziness of the pandemic has you second guessing if a traditionally big wedding is the right way to go for you, you aren’t alone. Intimate weddings and micro-weddings aren’t a new thing, but they’re becoming more popular than ever and questions about how to plan a micro-wedding abound. In this post, I’ll walk […]

How to Plan a Micro-Wedding

September 29, 2021

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In this post-coronavirus world, outdoor weddings are starting to look more attractive and planning a backyard wedding is becoming more popular to avoid some of the headaches and uncertainty of coordinating Covid-19 restrictions and guidelines with venues. But as some people are learning, planning a backyard wedding isn’t as easy as it sounds. It comes […]

Planning a Backyard Wedding

September 28, 2021

two brides at backyard wedding
how to plan a small wedding Choosing to have a small, intimate wedding can be kind of daunting. Planning a wedding is stressful no matter who you are or the kind of wedding you are planning, but figuring out how to plan a small wedding is a special kind of stress because it comes with a sense of guilt that couples planning big weddings don't deal with.

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HOORAY! You’re engaged and you’ve started planning your wedding! Somewhere along the planning process you and your future spouse started thinking about the guest list, and where to have this wedding, and you both said “Maybe a small wedding is what we should do.” Choosing to have a small, intimate wedding can be kind of […]

How to Plan a Small Wedding

September 28, 2021

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Ethical non-monogamy and polyamory are gaining more and more visibility and acceptability. With this many people wonder about polyamorous weddings and how they can have one. There are some pretty important things to know about polyamorous weddings regarding legality, and there are shockingly few resources for those trying to pursue this to guide and inspire […]

Polyamorous Weddings: The Complete Guide

January 21, 2022

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Chau & Nick’s Glastonbury Hills Country Club wedding in Glastonbury CT is one I will never forget, full of style, romance and laughter.

Glastonbury Hills Country Club Wedding | Glastonbury, CT

January 18, 2022

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Allison and Jon’s Pond House Café wedding, set in the beautiful Elizabeth Park in Hartford, CT, was simply gorgeous. It may have been a few years ago by the time I’m writing this blog post, but it’s still one of my favorites to reflect on for all the unique touches Ally & Jon created with […]

Pond House Café Wedding at Elizabeth Park | Hartford CT

January 18, 2022

Pond House Café wedding couple kissing
Publick House Historic Inn wedding ceremony

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This gorgeous Publick House Historic Inn wedding in Sturbridge, Massachusetts was full of rustic yet elegant charm. Sometimes I leave a wedding feeling extra-elated. It could be because the dance-floor was hopping, or the day literally went off without a hitch (rare), or it could be because I know I’ve captured some of my best […]

Publick House Historic Inn Wedding

January 17, 2022

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Aliza and Bror’s nautical Saybrook Point Inn wedding in historic Old Saybrook, CT was a dream to be a part of. The day was packed with a lot of love, laughs and some seriously epic dancing! This wedding had a nautical vibe all throughout it. Aliza and Bror both love sailing and being on the […]

Nautical Saybrook Point Inn Wedding

November 5, 2021

bride and groom cheer at Saybrook Point Inn wedding ceremony
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Grace and Thomas’ intimate Copper Beech Inn wedding was a beautiful day full of simple details that highlighted the importance of their love for each other and their families. This wedding venue is PERFECT for couples who want a small wedding with just immediate family, and the Copper Beech Inn is located just outside Essex, […]

Copper Beech Inn Wedding | Connecticut

November 5, 2021

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Kristen & Jeremy’s Waveny Park wedding was so dreamy in its beauty and simplicity, and an amazing example of a classical elopement and the spirit of “love conquers all” that we need to hear as we come out of the other side of this pandemic. Kristen and Jeremy were set to be married on May […]

Waveny Park Wedding | Connecticut

November 5, 2021

wedding couple lying on grass at Waveny Park
Elope NH 3 8x10 1 Elopements and non-traditional micro-weddings are on the rise! If you want to elope in New Hampshire, this post is full of elopement planning tips, as well as suggestions for some AH-mazing ideas on where to go and what to do for your elopement in NH.

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Elopements and non-traditional micro-weddings are on the rise! If you want to elope in New Hampshire, this post is full of elopement planning tips, as well as suggestions for some AH-mazing ideas on where to go and what to do for your elopement in NH. How to Elope in New Hampshire If you’ve never been […]

Elope in New Hampshire: Ultimate Guide

October 30, 2021

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When Covid-19 threw some crazy loops in wedding planning at Margaret & Josh, they rolled with the punches and created a memorable intimate backyard wedding at Josh’s parents’ house in beautiful and scenic Litchfield, Connecticut. Margaret & Josh are two of the kindest, sweetest people you’ll meet. What Josh has in quiet, sarcastic humor, Margaret […]

Intimate Backyard Wedding in Litchfield, Connecticut

October 29, 2021

bride and groom at intimate backyard wedding

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You love being in nature because it restores & heals your soul.

You have this feeling that you absolutely MUST explore somewhere or something new before you burst at the seams!

You sing the words to soulful songs that tell stories about all the stages of love.

You love to indulge in a good fantasy book or show.

You know who Helen Frankenthaler is without Googling it.

You love being in nature because it restores & heals your soul.

You have this feeling that you absolutely MUST explore somewhere or something new before you burst at the seams!

You sing the words to soulful songs that tell stories about all the stages of love.

You love to indulge in a good fantasy book or show.

You know who Helen Frankenthaler is without Googling it.

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How to Elope in New Hampshire

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How to Plan A Small Wedding

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