Wednesday, January 28, 2015

This Modern Love Events Real Weddings: Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club Branford, CT

When bride Liz reached out to me for day-of coordination services four weeks before her October nautical-themed wedding at the Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club in Branford, CT, I knew we'd have our work cut out for us!  But nonetheless, we were very excited to help her and fiance Ed have a beautiful and flawless wedding day.

We got to work right away and ironed out all of the details (both big and small) that always seem to materialize in the few weeks leading up to the big day.  We introduced ourselves to each vendor they had booked, reviewed and confirmed the details of each signed contract, established set-up/delivery times, created a budget sheet to keep track of final payments and created a meticulously detailed itinerary (seven pages long!) for the wedding weekend.  We also accompanied the mother of the bride on a final meeting with the florist and helped the couple book last minute limo transportation for the bridal party and coach buses for the hotel guests.

Ed and Liz were a joy to work with--they were such a sweet, easygoing couple with a loving and supportive group of family and friends to help them celebrate their big day.  We also got the chance to work with some fantastic local vendors who helped execute a beautiful wedding day for the happy couple--we had such a blast working with them all!


All photos by John-Paul Teutonico Photography

Liz and her bridal party were primped and pampered at JoBella Salon at the Omni Hotel in downtown New Haven, while the guys got ready in the best man's room at the hotel.  My fabulous assistant Katie held down the fort at the Omni, making sure the hair and makeup team got the girls done on time, while I was over at Pine Orchard Union Chapel and the Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club to start setting up for the big day.

omni hotel new haven
bride getting ready, jo-bella salon, new haven

The entire bridal party was then transported to the Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club for Liz and Ed's romantic first look as well as photos with the bridal party.


Guests then started to arrive at the historic Pine Orchard Union Chapel where the ceremony was to be held.  The bride's uncle officiated the wedding which put such a heartfelt and personal touch to the ceremony.

Pine Orchard Union Chapel Branford Connecticut
Pine Orchard Union Chapel Branford, Connecticut
Pine Orchard Union Chapel Branford, Connecticut
Pine Orchard Union Chapel Branford, Connecticut

The Chapel was a five minute walk from the Country Club, so while Liz and Ed took off towards the reception venue in a golf cart (how cute is that!?), the bridesmaids led guests in a procession towards the venue.  In the meantime, Kati and I collected all of the floral arrangements in the Chapel to bring them over to the Country Club, adding some additional decor to the space while guests mingled during cocktail hour.

Nautical theme wedding, navy and white wedding
Nautical theme wedding, navy and white wedding
Nautical theme wedding, navy and white wedding
Nautical theme wedding, navy and white wedding
nautical theme wedding, navy and white wedding

By the evening, the reception was in full swing with dinner, drinks, heartfelt speeches from Liz's mother, sister/MOH and Ed's brother/best man.  The band kept the dance floor hopping all night and provided the perfect backup when one of Ed's groomsmen did an impromptu performance!


We wish Liz & Ed a lifetime of happiness and were honored to have been a part of their special day!

From the bride Liz via WeddingWire;

"Choosing to work with Martine at This Modern Love Events was one of the best decisions that we made during the whole wedding planning process! From the very first consultation meeting we could tell that she was the right planner for us, and so we hired her on the spot. We chose the "Month Of / Day Of" planning services, which was so helpful as we came down to the most stressful part of the planning process - trying to pull all the final pieces together....
We really cannot say enough about Martine. She is very professional while still keeping it all fun, and she is extremely patient! No matter how many times I changed my mind or put off a decision until the last minute she was always calm and supportive, which helped me to keep my anxiety in check. Her expert advice along the way helped us to make some of the most difficult last minute decisions. She definitely went above and beyond our expectations a number of times.
Most importantly, working with This Modern Love allowed my husband and me to feel confident before our wedding weekend and to enjoy a stress-free wedding day. TML was crucial in the days before our wedding coordinating the vendor services. The help that Martine and her assistant offered during the set-up, the rehearsal, and the day-of was invaluable.
We had initially been on the fence about whether or not we needed to use a coordinator or if we could just handle things ourselves, and after my experience I cannot imagine any other way. Choosing to work with This Modern Love was a great investment and we wholeheartedly recommend their services!"

The Wedding Team
Wedding Planner/DOC: This Modern Love Events
Ceremony Venue: Pine Orchard Union Chapel
Reception Venue: Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club
Photographer: John Paul Teutonico Photography
Band: Cracked Ice
Florist: Myers Flowers
Hair & Makeup: JoBella Salon