Sweethearts Table

By: Colleen Lennehan


Valentines Day is wrapped in pink sweets and romantic treats, and what could be better than a sugary sweetheart table for two!

This shoot was styled with love, and lovebirds, in mind!

Whole Foods Market had the best selection for themed desserts; heart shaped cookies dipped in white, pink and red icing paired perfectly with a sweet raspberry cheesecake.

Bunches of heather and anemones were used to bring a little life to the table, and Pottery Barn decor was mixed with some antiques to fill the space.

My mom designed a wild bouquet full of anemones, heather, and eucalyptus, perfect for a Valentines bride!

Enjoy our sweet shoot, and your Valentines Day full of love and loved ones!

Contact me to book a sweet styled shoot for you and your love!

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Graduation Celebration

A party needs three things: garden flowers, cucumber mojitos, and a balmy sun, luckily for my sister Meghan and I we had all of that and then some.


Growing up with eight siblings teaches you a lot about sharing, you share clothes, bedrooms, Instagram caption ideas, and on some rare years you even share your graduation celebration.

Meghan recently finished up her senior year and became a graduate of Berlin High School, and I (not so recently) graduated from Central Connecticut State University this past December. Used to sharing, we decided the only way to celebrate both our accomplishments was to throw a combined grad party.

Per usual our mom took over the décor department and styled the party with a vintage, garden, and earthy look in mind. She used antique planters, vintage benches and chests, and dozens of blooming flowers to create our beautiful party.

She made two focal points, one a fabulous spin off the typical “grad table”, and the other a vintage seating area and backdrop.

The enhanced grad table was a bit more than just a collage and “GRAD” banner, our mom used strands of lights and tassels, bouquets, frames, and an antique iron holder to create a sweet table fit for two!

Her earthy seating area was made up of two teal iron chairs, a little loveseat bench, an antique chest, and a gold balloon banner. She used garden plants and flowers to give life to the space, and created a cozy hangout by hanging more strands of lights. A weathered door and window pane rested behind the set-up to add closure to our little corner of the tent.

Another (unplanned, but sweet) addition to the party was our cousins 1966 turquoise pick-up truck which posed for a fabulous prop as well! It completely went with our antique garden soiree!

We love and appreciate when small details are focused on and our mom never disappoints when it comes to party prep and event styling!

The Sun and the Sea


By: Colleen Lennehan

Beach roses, a setting sun, and a sandy seating area make up the perfect breezy picnic spot!

We wanted to enhance a typical picnic scene with seaside elements and organic décor!

Two weathered wooden pallets, rested on a striped beach blanket, created an earthy tabletop for this styled shoot.

Wild roses and beach flowers were mixed with garden grown peonies in multiple glass bottles and vases, while a piece of coral acted as a beachy candle holder.

By mixing antique silverware (from the Brimfield Antique Fair), crystal glasses, and crisp white plates, we dipped into an elegant and nautical look.

Meigs Point at Hammonasset Beach in Clinton, CT was the location for this golden hour shoot. I spotted this grassy nook that made for the perfect picnic location, with views of the sea and wildflower surroundings.

This shoot was styled and designed by my fabulous mom, Lisa Lennehan, and it may be my favorite so far. My sisters Alyssa, Shanna, and Caitlyn also helped create this shoot, as well as model for a few shots!

We loved using one of our giant conch shells to create this mermaid silhouette!

There’s nothing more that I love than the sea, the sun, and sandy shoots!

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Photographer- Colleen Lennehan

Style and Design- Lisa Lennehan

Model- Caitlyn Lennehan

Location- Meigs Point, Hammonasset Beach

 

Sweet Celebration!

Lush flowers, frilly tassels, and a nearly nude cake made up the perfect combination for my sisters 18th birthday bash!

Her cake topper consisted of garden and spray roses, peonies, dusty miller, brunea, and a few stems of astilbe. We loved the sweetness of the color scheme, but the earthiness the fresh flowers gave off.

My mom, Lisa Lennehan, styled and designed the birthday tablescape using a “Meghan” banner, pink and white tassels, and bright bulbs all strung across three antique doors.

Between the naked cake topped with blush blooms, bouquets of garden flowers, and a pastel painted backdrop, my mom created the sweetest celebration yet!

 

Style and Design- Lisa Lennehan

Photographer- Colleen 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

Engagment Party Planning!

According to the CDC, roughly two million people get married every year, and within the next few years my fabulous sister will be among that number.

Photo Credit-Colleen Lennehan
Photo Credit-Colleen Lennehan

I am one of nine children, and the first Lennehan is now beginning to plan the wedding of her dreams.
My sister Alyssa, and future brother-in-law Bobby Abate got engaged on July 5th of this year. They planned an engagement party, which will occur a week from now. They wanted a classic fall-time party, with all the natural beauty this season brings.
Everything but orange. Orange will not be allowed at the party.
So with the interests of the potential bridezilla, my mother began creating rustic, classic, and non-orange centerpieces, and ideas.
Although many people love the bright colored pumpkins and orange mums, fall can still be encompassed with different color shades.
My mother has decided to use dried hydrangea bushels for the centerpieces (the party is being held at our house!). To accompany the hydrangeas she purchased about a million small white pumpkins, along with an eclectic set of lanterns.
Love should be celebrated, and couples don’t have to rent out a million dollar space to throw a great party.
My mom is the queen of crafts and class. The engagement party will have a s’more section, candied apple bar, and various signature drinks, among many other unique ideas. Engagement parties need three things in my eyes; fabulous food, strong drinks, and a love struck couple.
When it comes to planning the engagement party my one tip is to write it all down. Alyssa has scribbled all over a notebook full of the most minuscule things one could think of.
-food budget
-food list
-RSVP list
-amount of chairs
-the name of that uncles new girlfriends sister who is somehow now coming
Whatever comes to mind, should be written down.
And with a little luck, patience, and for us, wine, the engagement party will be one for the books!