Friday, June 12, 2015

TML Events Vendor Spotlight: Barcelona Wine Bar in New Haven, CT

For those of you who may not know, New Haven, CT is a foodie's paradise.  With world-renowned pizza places and an incredible array of ethnic restaurants, the options for a delicious meal are endless!  That's why we were THRILLED to learn that one of our favorite New Haven eateries Barcelona, an amazing wine and tapas restaurant, provides catering for special events and weddings all throughout Connecticut.

Warning--these food images may cause you to drool all over your smartphone or keyboard so proceed with caution!

I was invited by Barcelona New Haven's event manager Helen to come in for a tasting of some old favorites as well as some new additions to the menu.  I was super impressed to learn that they don't actually have a separate catering menu--any of their dozens of tapas and entrees can be served at events both big and small.  Some of my new favorites included the Smoked Trout Pate with pickled onions, the Shrimp Escabeche and the Potato Tortilla served with chive sour cream.  Delicis!!

Smoked Trout Pate on the left, Shrimp Escabeche on the right
Potatoes Tortilla w/ chive sour cream
These dishes were incredibly tasty, especially the Potato Tortilla.  For as many years as I've been dining at Barcelona, I realized that I had never once ordered dessert (and anyone who knows me knows that dessert is my favorite part of any meal!). So we decided on a dessert sampler which included Flan Catalan, Crepas Salguero, Warm Chocolate Hazelnut Cake and of course Churros.  Each dessert was spectacular and I can't believe I had been missing out on them for all of these years!

Awesome desserts!
If you'd like a refreshing and modern break from the chicken/beef/fish entrees that are standard fare at most weddings, I think Barcelona offers fantastic options that will wow your guests--leaving them thoroughly satisfied and super impressed.  Not only are they located in New Haven, but they have several locations throughout CT too, from Hartford to Stamford.  Barcelona has also expanded to Boston, Atlanta and the DC area.

What I also learned is that they have another restaurant called Bartaco , a taco bar with a laid back beachy theme.  Any one of these restaurants can cater your wedding--whether you are looking for tapas style dishes, custom tacos or a giant paella dish that can feed around 80 people each!

Huge paella pan that can feed up to 80 people per dish
Tacos galore
Depending on the size of your wedding, you can also choose to have your wedding at their locations as well if you have your heart set on a restaurant reception.  In addition to weddings, they of course also cater any type of event, including corporate events, dinner parties, etc.  We hope these photos didn't leave you too hungry and if they did, you now know where you must have your next meal :)

Photographer Credits: Troy Lilly for Barcelona food photos, Manny Vargas for Bartaco food photos, me for Barcelona tasting food photos (aka the ones obviously taken from a cell phone!)
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Adorable Lingerie Collection from AdoreMe

Have you ladies heard of AdoreMe?  They're an online lingerie company that sells super cute matching sets of bras and undies.  They just released some items from their sexy lingerie Spring Collection, so we thought it would be fun to create wedding mood boards around the colors of these new sets--check them out below!


The Lace set comes in a gorgeous shade of pink called blush, which has been (and still is) one of the most popular choices in wedding color palettes.  We envisioned Lace paired with some really pretty uses of blush--within wedding flowers, an invitation suite and even fabulous wedding shoes!

Next up, we have the Bonnie set!  Anyone who knows me knows that blue is my absolute favorite color, so we really had fun with this one.  We used turquoise as our color inspiration and paired the set with some bridesmaids' dresses in various shades of blue, simple but elegant blue hued vases (for more of a rustic or vintage wedding theme) and a gorgeous blue wedding cake.


Yellow has always been a popular spring and summer wedding color, so the Sharieta set really caught our eye.  We were inspired by lemons (mostly because we recently planned a wedding that used lemons as centerpieces!) so chose images that best reflected that!  If having a yellow themed wedding, a candy bar with lemon shaped candies work well, as does a macaron tower for a wedding dessert twist and a beautiful bouquet with succulents and yellow craspedia (also known as billy balls). 


And last but not least, we've got the Kacie set in a fiery (and sexy) shade of red!  Most people think you can only use red for fall and winter weddings, but we were inspired by the idea of pairing red with some lighter shades which can easily work for a summer wedding.  Pair it with pink or blush in a bouquet, white on a cake or with black(berries) for a fun signature drink.

Which set is your favorite?!
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Exciting News for This Modern Love Events!

Wedding season has begun!  In the midst of coordinating a wedding with over 200 guests for this coming weekend and coordinating a 2-day corporate event a few days later, we thought we'd throw yet another project in to the mix (because we're clearly not busy enough as it is!!)  We are thrilled to reveal that we are working on a complete branding and website redesign for This Modern Love Events!!  We are so excited to be working with the super talented GoldenFox Design :)  Here is a teaser of our new company logos--we are seriously in love with them all!

We just love how the colors pop and how my favorite colors (teal and gold) are so beautifully integrated.  Goldenfox also created a custom brand board for us which will be used to design our marketing materials and new website.  We LOVE it!

There will be more reveals in the weeks to come so stay tuned!!  What do you think of our new logos and colors?
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.


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

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