Colorful August Tented Wedding

Next up in our Summer Series is Maggie and Kevin’s colorful, fun tented backyard wedding on the water. Maggie contacted me in early June and they were hoping to get married in mid-August. We had just two months to plan EVERYTHING and I was very excited to get started.  We met right away in Kevin’s parents’ house and thought “This could work!”. Just kidding! It was a stunning property and right on the water.  Since we did not have much time to waste, I got working immediately to reach out to some of my favorite people and luckily everyone was available for the date.  Our first meeting was with Sperry Tents to make sure that the tents for dinner and dancing would fit. We figured out a plan to have lighting over the pool, a circular tent for dancing and a large tent for the dinner and drinks. The flow was perfect and really utilized the space nicely. My next call was to Christina Lilly Photography and so glad she was there to capture all of the pretty on a day where the sky matched our color palette.

Maggie and Kevin decided on a bright & colorful day that really highlighted the season and capitalized on the wildflowers that are so abundant in August. We knew that Anne and Blade Floral would be the perfect fit.  Anne and I were both excited to tackle a wedding that wasn’t afraid of color! Don’t miss Maggie’s vintage dress- stunning!

Maggie loved the look of indigo and we hand-dyed runners and round linens to bring the vision to life. I love the indigo against the water and the sky and how each one was unique.

Their ceremony was intimate and officiated by their good friend. I love how personal each couple can make their ceremony. After all, that is what the day is about. Anne created carnation garlands as vibrant as a rainbow and of course we knew that this spectacular tree had to be in the background.

The dinner was very important to Maggie and Kevin. Maggie, being of Greek heritage, knew that she wanted to make sure her guests were well fed. Those Greeks know hospitality and she wanted to create a unique menu that catered to meat eaters and vegans alike. Cue Cardinal. They did an amazing job and the food was spectacular and seasonal. Since the menu was so important, so needed to be the tables they dined upon. We used farm tables for the head table, and rounds for the guests with assorted amber goblets, sunny menus from Gubba Gumma, agate table numbers, calligraphy by Mary Kate Moon, candles galore and vibrant centerpieces by Blade.

Since this is the Summer Series after all, I will end with these quintessential summer portraits by Christina Lilly. Maggie and Kevin wanted the morning of their wedding to be relaxed and fun so they opted for no bridal party and to get ready together complete with room service and ocean views. Christina has such an eye! She always gets the most artistic photos.

Thank you Maggie & Kevin for trusting me to bring your vision to life in just a few short months. It was truly a pleasure to work with you! I wish you a lifetime of blue skies,

Vendor Credits: Photography Christina Lilly Photography //Floral Blade Floral & Design //Calligraphy MaryKate Moon // DJ Sounds to Go// Catering Cardinal //Tent and Lighting Sperry Tents NJ // Specialty Rentals Dovetail Vintage Rentals// Standard Rentals Party Rental Ltd.// Paper Goods  Gubba Gumma


Introducing our GLE Team: Meet Jen

Next up on our Gilded Lily Events team introductions is super woman, Jen! The story of Jen is that a photographer that we both know thought we would hit it off and I am sure glad she did! (Thank you Kate!) Jen and I met at Starbucks and I immediately knew that she would be a great asset to our team. I was impressed by how Jen makes everything look effortless. She is (just recently) a mother to THREE boys, a great wife, daughter and friend, an avid instagrammer, an event planner, and now an entrenepeur in her own right as she and her husband just started the super chic VW bus photobooth company called VW Booth Bus. Meet Poppy here and hire them for your wedding immediately!

Here is a little more about Jen in a quick Q & A:

Me: What is your guilty pleasure?

J: Probably instagram!  Not that I’m embarrassed to admit I love instagram (I certainly do), but maybe would not like to admit the miles my thumb has scrolled while getting lost in all the pretty pictures!

Me: What makes you laugh the most?

J: Gosh, I love a good laugh!  Especially the I can’t breathe/I’m crying kind.  All my closest people make me laugh the most!  (my husband, my two sons, my mom, my best girlfriends…)

Me: What is one thing you’ll never give up on?

J: I’ll never give up on the things that make me happiest.  I’ll never give up on trying to do it all!  (which is pretty much impossible, but I’ll always try… to be the best wife I can be, mother, friend, and wedding planner…with a nice, clean, pretty house which seems to be a contradiction most of the time!)  And also, never giving up on the idea of “wherever you are, be all there.”  Always trying to be present and appreciate and enjoy the things happening right here, right now.

Me: What do you love most about working in weddings?

J: Well let me say… I LOVE weddings.  Love, love, love.  Choosing and planning the details is so fun and exciting for me, and I appreciate how those details are so personal and unique to each couple.  And then, I love how at every Gilded Lily Events wedding I’ve ever been a part of, after being blown away by how beautifully everything comes together, I am blown away again by the love that fills the room and makes it all truly magical.  Gorgeous design + amazing couples makes me completely thrilled to be a part of every GLE wedding.

Me: Do you have a favorite moment with GLE?

J: I have many favorite moments with GLE!  First of all, Paige is so incredibly talented and so good at her job, so it’s a pleasure to work for her and with her every single time!   It is certainly hard to decide but I think my favorite moment was seeing the breathtaking transformation of Stillwell Stables for Nicole and Mike’s wedding.  From the ceremony to the cocktail hour to the reception in the barn, each area was prettier than the next and it was hard to believe horses could typically be found in the barn that was now adorned with long farm tables, sparkling chandeliers, luxurious floor to ceiling drapery, sitting areas with vintage rentals, and flowers covering the tables and hanging from the beams.  It was truly spectacular.

If there is something to be done, Jen can do it! I am so lucky to have her as a teammate & friend!

Photo : Christina Lilly Photography