Ashley’s Bridal Shower | Pond House Cafe

By: Colleen Lennehan


Check out a few of my favorite shots from Ashley’s garden themed bridal shower! The Pond House Cafe was the perfect venue to celebrate Ashley and her fiancé’s love!

Cozy Autumn Engagement

Between the golden hour sunbursts and the sweetness of an apple orchard, this engagement shoot is one of my favorites by far!

Marissa and Bobby smiled and danced the evening away, making these photos completely natural and full of love.

We wandered around Roger’s Orchard and a local reservoir, finding plenty of fall backdrops. My mom Lisa and I designed a cozy picnic for the pair, complete with apple cider filled antique goblets, earthy pumpkins, gold accents, and plush pillows. She also included a fall foraged arrangement full of hydrangea and wild greens.

I had such an effortless time shooting the soon-to-be Mr. and Mrs. Sirois and her antique engagement ring. I hope you enjoy seeing their genuine love!

Cheers!

Photography- Colleen Anne Lennehan Photography

Design and Florals- Lisa Lennehan

Fresh Squeezed!

When the temperature reaches 70 degrees in the early spring, one can only celebrate by sippin’ a sweet glass of lemonade!

This weekend we took the classic lemonade stand from a table and plastic cups at the end of a street to the next best bar top at any event!

Many weddings and events are going down unique routes when designing, and what a fabulous way to stand out from the crowd with a revitalized refreshment table!

We simply styled a weathered wood table with a lemon and sky color scheme to create a naturally nautical feel. A pitcher full of ranunculus, protea, hydrangeas, iris, and tropical greens sat in the corner, adding life and lushness to the table.

To highlight originality we revamped the classic “lemonade stand” sign into a chalkboard quote and cardboard banner. A galvanized tin tray held the drinks together, all poured in recycled blue rimmed glasses, garnished with a lemon wedge!

Another focal point of the table was the treat stand, stacked high with sugar sprinkled sponge cakes. We wanted to bring earthy elements out wherever we could in this tablescape so we topped the pyramid with flowers, greens, and a lemon slice!

Other décor elements included an  unlit lantern filled with moss and lemons, a glass juicer, a jar of mini forks, and of course, a tall pitcher of iced lemonade.

Whether you’re planning a wedding, bridal shower, birthday, or backyard barbeque, a sweet and sugary lemonade stand could be the perfect addition for refreshing your guests!

 

Photography- Colleen Lennehan

Style and Design-Lisa Lennehan

Model-Caitlyn Lennehan

Earthy Elegance

With a bouquet of fresh blooms, a crown of fairy-like flowers, and two sweet models, our woodsy wedding shoot was nothing short of fabulous.

We trekked through the trails at Wadsworth Falls State Park, which allowed a natural backdrop and plenty of different spots to stop and snap some photos.

Peonies, hydrangeas, tulips, and ranunculus made up the base of this bouquet, while eucalyptus, blue delphinium, and cabbage leaves helped add texture and color to the bunch!

Dressed in lacy white gowns my two sisters Meghan and Caitlyn posed as a beautiful bride and flower girl, while my mom, Lisa, styled the shoot and created the overflowing bouquet!

We loved this “fairytale” look made up of earthy flowers and simple styles and hope it gave you a little inspiration!

 

Photographer- Colleen Lennehan

Flower Design and Stylist- Lisa Lennehan

Models- Meghan and Caitlyn Lennehan

 

Roses and Ruffles

Prior to the Big Game on the 50th Super Bowl Sunday, a smaller gathering took place at the Aria, located in Prospect, Connecticut.

The Aria hosted their 1st annual Wedding Showcase for new brides and grooms.

A couple dozen couples (paired with a couple dozen friends and family) who plan to marry within the next few years twirled through the venue envisioning their big day, champagne in hand of course.

I was lucky enough to tag along with wedding florist, Terri Krisavage, from TK & Brown’s Flowers, who was chosen as one of the events floral designers.

She covered one of the rooms in glitter and gold, and roses and ruffles. From the tables and chairs to the small gift boxes for guests, every detail was fabulously thought out.

Here are a few shots from the event!

Cheers!


Florist: Terri Krisavage

Venue: Aria, Prospect, CT

 

Engagement Ring Rundown

Color, clarity, cut, carat.
For almost anyone with a slight understanding of weddings and engagements, the four C’s are stored away in their vocabulary.
Aside from the four most well known C words in the wedding language, shape is another aspect of engagement ring consideration.

Photo Credit-www.sabinevangent.com.au
Photo Credit-www.sabinevangent.com.au

As seen above there are ten standard diamond shapes.
According to Diamond Duchess’ Principal Designer, Danielle Salisbury, the most popular trend of 2014 is a round diamond, with a cushion shaped halo.
However, many brides are opting for more unique rings.
As of June 2005, the website Etsy has opened a new world of engagement rings. Etsy is geared around vintage and handmade products that range from monogrammed key chains, to leather backpacks, to engagement rings.
Brides can now get one of a kind engagement rings and support small business owners.
Here is a glimpse of a few eye catching rings from the website.

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Tara’s Beauty Studio

Tara Abate Biondi is the owner of Tara’s Beauty Studio, located in Rocky Hill, Connecticut.

Photo Credit-Kari Breed
Photo Credit-Kari Breed

The salon has been open for about two years now and offers hair, make-up, massage, and tanning services.
Biondi has always had her heart set on being a hair and make-up artist specifically for wedding parties.
On her website, tarasbeautystudio.com she states, “There is something exhilarating about making a bride feel amazing and elegant.”
Biondi will travel to the brides residence, hotel or venue at the convenience of the wedding party.
Biondi does hair, make-up and tanning services for weddings about two times a week, totaling around 24 weddings for the season.
Photo Credit-Alissa Dinneen Photography
Photo Credit-Alissa Dinneen Photography

She finds that the most popular hair-do for the fall is “any up-do with a braid somehow intertwined into it.”

“If I could continue to do this for the rest of my life, I would be entirely content,” Biondi said about her make-up artistry career path.
The salon has recently relocated to 2234 Silas Dean Highway, Rocky Hill, CT.
For appointments, Biondi can be reached at (860)372-6405