Blooming Bridal Brunch

By: Colleen Lennehan

Sunlight poured through the floor to ceiling windows at the Pond House Cafe Saturday morning, while friends and family came to celebrate a beautiful bride.

Julie’s sweet garden themed bridal brunch had all the necessities for a fabulous shower: delicious food, bottomless mimosas, blooming centerpieces, and a grand entrance from the groom!

Her friends and family transformed the room into a garden oasis using wooden crates, terra-cotta pots, bright blooms, and Anthropologie mugs to decorate the space.

After the fun and games guests received wildflower seed packets made by Plain Jane and chocolate flowers designed by Meredith Meade, with the lovely reminder to “let love grow”!

I hope you enjoy scrolling through the photos, I certainly was glad to capture Julie’s day!

Venue- Pond House Cafe

Photography- Colleen Anne Lennehan Photography

Party Favors- Meredith Meade and Plain Jane

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

Seaside Sweethearts

The sand was damp from a passing shower, and the sun attempted to beam through dusty clouds, making the Niantic shoreline a stunning backdrop for this styled shoot.

My sister Meghan and her main squeeze Jason agreed to pose for a few earthy shots by the sea.

The bright, yet gloomy, after-the-storm sun lit up the beach, while the remaining grey clouds melted into the oceans horizon; a personal favorite scene of mine!

I’m glad that the rain on the ride down didn’t scare off my little coastline couple! I can’t wait for more shoreline shoots this summer!

 

Location- Niantic, Connecticut Shoreline

Photographer- Colleen Lennehan

Models- Meghan Lennehan & Jason Abate

 

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

 

NoRA Bakery


Just north of Rapallo Avenue in Middletown, Connecticut a bright pink building attracts glances of hundreds of passerby’s every day.
Coming up on their four year anniversary, NoRA Cupcake Company has become the top stop for cupcake lovers.
Carrie Carella, the owner of the bakery always had a love for the sweeter side of business.
Carella began as a bartender at Eli Cannon’s Tap Room, which is just across the street from what is now NoRA. Alongside Eli’s owner, Phil Ouellette, Carella opened the bakery.
With her bartender background, Carella has been incorporating beer and cocktail inspired ingredients to set her cupcakes apart from the rest.
As stated on NoRA’s website Carella had “a passion for baking and local business,” which enabled her to open her own bakery.
Carella desired to further her business ideas and creativity, saying “I felt like I was working for my old job as if it was my own business and felt like I should be working that hard and passionately for my own business.”


On New Years Eve 2011, NoRA opened their doors to the public for the first time.
The difference between NoRA and other bakeries is their non-traditional recipes and artistic concept based cupcakes.
There are over 100 flavors listed on their menu, and each cupcake flaunts a wide variety of toppings and fillings.
Some of the most unique include Jack Daniels, basil buttercream, mini marshmallows, Magic Hat #9, champagne cake, and bacon.
Check out their cupcake list here!
The bakery space began as a two sectioned business, one half being NoRA and the other reserved for Eli Cannon’s Trading Company.
However, within just a few months NoRA took off and the entire space was dedicated to the bakery, the other half then became the Little Shop of NoRA’s.

Customers could now dine-in. Their menu is jam-packed with cupcakes, as well as coffee, croissants, soups, bread, and a few other bakery items.
The “Lil’ Shop” has plenty of seating, in a cozy “bohemian” atmosphere as self described on their website.

NoRA’s received plenty of positive reviews, landing multiple awards, including Advocate Best Of Hartford Readers Poll for 2014, alongside plenty of attention from local media stations.
Despite their positive opening and years to follow, Carella said finances have been the most difficult part of opening a small business.
“The passion, creativity, team-spirit, and drive are all there,” Carella states, “but the struggle of opening with loans, taxes, payroll, and the day to day needs can be very overwhelming.”


However, over the past few years, NoRA’s has seen growth in sales, both in day to day business as well as wedding orders.
Wedding cakes have been a tradition for thousands of years, according to Carol Wilson, the author of “Wedding Cake: A Slice of History,” one of the first traces dates back to Ancient Rome, where bread was broken over the brides head to ensure good fortune to the couple.
Although NoRA does serve bread, they have yet to receive an order requesting a loaf as a couples replacement wedding cake.
Carella and her crew will gladly whip up a variety of options for couples.
On the NoRA website it states, “regular sized cupcakes, miniature sized cupcakes, large “cut-cake” cupcakes” are all available.

In their first year NoRA received 13 wedding orders, in year two 65, 130 in year three and their hopes for their fourth year is 160.
The most popular cupcake flavor amongst brides is their famous Irish Car Bomb.
Carella states this cupcake concoction consists of chocolate Guinness cake, filled with Jameson chocolate ganache, topped with Bailey’s cream cheese frosting.
Seeing as the Irish Car Bomb is widely loved Carella says, “It is the only cupcake that we stock in the store and on the truck every time we are open and out on the streets.”

The truck she is talking about is their Lil’ NoRA Cupcake Truck, which has been riding the streets filled with sugary sweets for the past few years.
The truck can be booked for just about anything, from weddings, to food truck festivals, to private events and even farmers markets.
“The success and best part of the cupcake truck is the advertising it does every single time it goes out,” Carella said.
Even on days where sales aren’t the highest, the truck is out bringing traffic and customers to the bakery, solely by driving around the town.
Check out the trucks schedule here!

Luckily for all of us, NoRA Cupcake Company is open six days a week, offering hundreds of cupcake combinations, all thanks to the business and baking passion that rests in Carrie Carella.