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Wedding Spotlight: Julia and Craig - The Quintessential New England Summer Wedding

As a Connecticut-based floral designer, one of my favorite things to do is look back on some of my past events, and Julia and Craig’s June 2022 wedding was the quintessential New England summer wedding. The event took place at the Eolia Mansion at Harkness Memorial State Park. Situated along the Connecticut shoreline (aka the Gold Coast), This area of Connecticut has always been one of my favorite places in the U.S. The elegant Eolia mansion is set on 230 seaside acres with sprawling lawns and spectacular gardens. Think Gold Coast meets Tuscany in June: a small paradise.

Julia and Craig were married on June 10th and it was a perfect June day. The white tent was set right outside the mansion against the blue coast and green lawns. The day brought blue skies and warm weather even a few clouds rolled in right in time for photos for just the right lighting.

Julia wanted her florals to reflect the season and the setting as well as her love for gardens and wildflowers. She wanted no color left behind. Julia carried a bouquet of peonies, roses, ranunculus and other varieties of wildflowers. Her maids carried smaller versions of Julia’s bouquet and wore the color eucalyptus which, while such a gorgeous color, also worked as a neutral against the pops of the rich colors and floral textures.

The Reception room in the elegant mansion features windows all facing the stunning views. Julia wanted this stunning space to feel cozy and intimate, so she chose long family-style tables and she chose to use different varieties of eucalyptus with lots of candles. Touches of gold, blush and vintage green glasses were added as beautiful accents.

The beauty of this place is endless no matter what time of year your wedding is. Don’t you agree?

Warmest wishes to Julia and Craig.

Photographer @farrahfontano

Caterer @coastalgourmetct

Flowers @michelefordfloraldesign

Venue @harknesspark

Lighting @ez_occasions

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