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When you’re engaged, you might start wondering how the cost of backyard weddings stack up against a tradition venue wedding. This post breaks it all down for you. With different expense types laid out and real case studies of some of my clients’ backyard weddings, this post can fully equip you with the knowledge to […]

Cost of Backyard Weddings

March 31, 2022

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historic mansion inn wedding couple

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This historic mansion wedding at the Charles Cheney Inn in Manchester, CT was a beautiful, intimate vow renewal for Maile & Adam. Ultimately, the day wasn’t as simple as our original concept, but once it came to fruition it was clear that it couldn’t have been any other way. Originally, We had planned for a […]

Historic Mansion Wedding in Connecticut

February 19, 2022

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Deciding to have a small wedding is, in my opinion, one of the best choices a couple can make for themselves. Small weddings have a sense of meaning and connection that is lacking in large 100+ person weddings. However, choosing the small wedding guest list can be a very stressful task for couples. What is […]

Tips to Create Your Small Wedding Guest List

February 6, 2022

Small wedding guest list 8x10 1 Deciding to have a small wedding is, in my opinion, one of the best choices a couple can make for themselves. Small weddings have a sense of meaning and connection that is lacking in large 100+ person weddings. However, choosing the small wedding guest list can be a very stressful task for couples.
planning a backyard wedding 8x10 2 Deciding to have a small wedding is, in my opinion, one of the best choices a couple can make for themselves. Small weddings have a sense of meaning and connection that is lacking in large 100+ person weddings. However, choosing the small wedding guest list can be a very stressful task for couples.

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Yes! You’ve decided you want an intimate wedding and that a backyard wedding is the perfect way to create that atmosphere! But planning a backyard wedding comes with a whole host of challenges on top of the usual tasks that a couple has to take care of when planning a wedding. This post is the […]

Planning a Backyard Wedding

February 5, 2022

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Planning your wedding is hard, amiright?! It can feel even harder when you’re planning an elopement or small wedding because there are so few resources out there for people planning those kinds of wedding days. Luckily, in the age of social media we have a custom tailored support group for you that’s only a click […]

3 Reasons to Join an Elopement & Small Wedding Planning Community

February 2, 2022

join small wedding 8x10 2 Deciding to have a small wedding is, in my opinion, one of the best choices a couple can make for themselves. Small weddings have a sense of meaning and connection that is lacking in large 100+ person weddings. However, choosing the small wedding guest list can be a very stressful task for couples.
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This intimate Connecticut beach wedding was such a dream to be a part of. Part beach wedding, part backyard wedding and 100% chill and fun! Their wedding was just one example of why I love intimate weddings. When Frances & Garrett reached out to me and told me that they were planning a small backyard […]

Intimate Connecticut Beach Wedding

January 30, 2022

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Small weddings are on the rise! More and more couples are turning to micro weddings for their nuptials, inviting only their life’s VIPs to the event. This decision leads to a lot of couples doing all the planning, organizing and decorating for their day. But many of them also wonder if they should hire a […]

Should You Hire a Micro Wedding Planner?

January 26, 2022

micro wedding planner and photographer Emma Thurgood
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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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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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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.