Friday, June 3, 2011

Jen and Joel's Wedding at The Barn at Gibbet Hill!

On Saturday, May 21st, I had the pleasure of being the coordinator for Jen and Joel's wedding at The Barn at Gibbet Hill. The bridal party got their hair styled at Elite Hair Design & Day Spa, and then finished up with makeup in the bridal suite at the venue. The bridesmaids wore purple satin dresses and the bride wore a short tea length gown with purple heels!

This wedding was full of fun modern touches, with felt & button bouquets, hair pieces, and boutonnieres created by Miss Jennifer Rae on etsy, and a travel theme that was consistent throughout with their postcard guestbook, luggage tag escort card display, and destination table names.

The morning ceremony for 76 guests was held on the covered deck of The Barn at Gibbet Hill, and after a whole week of rain before Saturday, the wedding day itself was sunny and gorgeous, so the deck walls were all opened to the outside and guests had a fresh breeze during the ceremony. After the ceremony, guests took part in a large group photo, taken by Shang of Shang Chen Photography, and then afterwards when they returned to the deck, the room was already transformed for cocktail hour.

Later on, guests moved into the barn for the reception, where they enjoyed a plated salad of baby greens with fresh blueberries, goat cheese, toasted almonds and blueberry vinaigrette. Following the salad, there was a lunch buffet with pan seared chicken with mushrooms and shallots, cheese ravioli with roasted red pepper pesto, and an amazing shrimp and scallops station sautéed to order. The tables were covered with white striped linens, purple floral centerpieces from Spencer Florist, and the cutest little favors homemade by the bride: cupcakes in a jar! Jen actually baked these herself, added the frosting, and sealed each one with a personalized sticker, tiny fork, ribbon, & button!

After guests finished lunch, they had a wide selection of desserts to choose from: assorted cookies, brownies, mini pastries, and sliced fresh fruit on one side of the room, and a beautiful cupcake tower on the other side of the room. One of the bride's family friends, Kim Desy, baked all of the cupcakes, and just look at these mouth watering flavors:

*Orange Pineapple Cupcake w/Pineapple filling & Coconut Frosting
*Red Velvet Cupcake w/Cappuccino filling & Cream Cheese Frosting
*Almond Cupcake w/Coconut filling & Chocolate Mousse Frosting
*Coconut Cupcake w/Mango filling & Mango Frosting

Everyone had a great time, and Seth from Beat Train Productions was on hand to play the music for both the ceremony and the reception. Photos from Shang Chen Photography will be posted a bit later, for now, here are some that I took on the wedding day!

It was wonderful to finally get a chance to work with Shang Chen Photography. She actually had two second shooters, Joyce and Suzanna, with her as well, and when I saw them doing some fun wedding party shots on the lawn, I had to snap a quick photo. Here's a little behind the scenes shot of Shang (in the middle) giving some direction to the wedding party for a fun pose!

Jen and Joel, thank you for allowing me to be part of your special day!! You and your families were so kind and I hope you are enjoying your three week honeymoon in Greece!



Shang said...

Hahaha I had no idea you got that photo on the end! Too funny =) Thank you so much for all your AMAZING work that day, made everything run so smoothly and I really really hope someday in the future we can collaborate again!

Rodchikk said...

Emilie, thank you so much for being there for Jen and Joel. You made the day so much easier for all of us to enjoy our day and not have to worry about all the details. Everything went along so smoothly and being Jen's Mom I didn't have to worry about anything other than having a good time. I was amazed that you had everything done so smoothly and at the end everything was packed up and ready to go out the door. Family and friends only had to help load it into the cars. I can't thank you enough for the wonderful job!

Barn Weddings said...

I'm so in love with the decoration! This wedding was perfect!