Tropical Wedding Inspiration

Tropical wedding inspiration dreams! This beautiful styled shoot was featured over on Love Inc. Mag, if you missed it click here. This one will forever be a little extra special. The incredible bride’s happens to be my niece and her wife. There is nothing quite like having a real life couple to bring some wedding inspiration to life. Also, who says tropical wedding style is only for island weddings!? We really wanted to showcase that this vision can happen in any space or place. The theme, our fresh and modern take on a tropical wedding. We kept it refined and yet didn’t want to leave out the whimsical aspect of getting married in paradise. Be warned, you may be wishing for a getaway!

Photography: Shaina Lee Photography
Venue: The Boathouse at 305 Knowlton
Planning & Styling: Detaille Weddings & Events
Design & Styling: Jo Designs
Floral Design: Fleurscent
Floral Design: Rustle Floral Co.
Stationery & Paper Goods: Bespoke Designs
Calligraphy & Signage: Nob Hill Jane
Rentals: Peak Event Services
Lighting & Decor: EZ-Occasions
Cake Design: Sweet Cupcasions
Mixology: Lifted Spirits
Plant Decor: Plantations Inc.
Hair & Makeup: Belle Noelle Beauty
Dress Store: A Little Something White
Wedding Dress: Kelly Faetanini
Wedding Suit: Pressed & Dressed
Lingerie: Beneath The Gown
Jewelry: Libero Jewelers

Day-Of Coordinating Gives Couples Peace of Mind

Photo: Alexandra Roberts Photography

Photo: Alexandra Roberts Photography


When Cindy met a unique couple who wanted to get married in an art museum, she knew it would be a fun and unique wedding. Melissa and Phil already had a theme and major details in mind, so they hired Cindy Sanchez Lark of Detaille Weddings and Events for month- and day-of wedding coordinating.

This fun couple married on September 7, 2014, at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA) in North Adams, MA. The venue was truly unique and told the couple’s story perfectly. The unconventional layout required a bit more strategy when deciding where to place guests, gifts and tables. Cindy managed all of the details on the day of the wedding, so the lovebirds were able to simply enjoy the celebration of their new journey together.

The best part about hiring a day-of coordinator is the peace of mind. When a problem arose, Cindy handled it with grace and ease. The groom’s sister was the officiant for the wedding, and she did a fantastic job. There was a hiccup during the ceremony when Cindy noticed the officiant had forgotten the exchanging of the rings. Oops! But Cindy was quick on her feet and subtly caught the officiant’s attention. Cindy monitored everything at the reception, and it went off without a glitch.

Cindy met with the couple a month before their wedding to finalize details, make calls to vendors and keep the plan in motion. The wedding was exquisite due to her teamwork with the couple, and guests loved the unique touches like the Instagram seating chart with place cards on photos. That was just one detail Melissa and Phil chose, and Cindy’s coordination helped make it a success.

Do you have a unique story like Melissa and Phil? If you’re ready to plan your dream wedding, stop by our website for your complimentary consultation.

The amazing team of vendors included:


Wedding Day Coordinator is a must!

A Wedding Day Coordinator is a must for a smooth and successful event - that’s my opinion, of course!

What is the difference between a Venue Manager and a Wedding Day-of Coordinator? My venue comes with a coordinator, do I really need a Wedding Day Coordinator? I can answer these questions perfectly being that I was a Venue Manager prior to being a Wedding Planner and offering coordination services.

Photo: Lisa Houlgrave Photography

Photo: Lisa Houlgrave Photography


The Venue Coordinator

The Venue Manager or Sales Manager is typically the person that gave you the tour of the venue initially, reviewed the contractual details, and sold you the package for your big day. The manager usually supervises the many departments and staff that play a part in making an event successful at the venue. Usually once the contract is signed, your wedding details get handed over to someone else on the team who will be there day of.

A lot of the time, your venue manager is not there the full day, if at all on the day of your wedding. Their main role is to get you setup with the venue details leading up to your day, then have those contracted details taken over by the Venue Coordinator that’s assigned to your wedding that week. If this is a concern for you, having a Day-of Coordinator for your big day will ensure a lot of those contract details get carried out, as they will be there the whole day working alongside all your other vendors making sure everything is going smooth.

A lot of time the venue will say that the Venue Coordinator can handle a lot of the tasks that a Day of Coordinator would normal take care of, however this is outside of the scope of their role and they will always take care of the venue responsibilities first. Something I experienced first hand in my days at Water’s Edge Resort & Spa.

While the onsite venue staff can surely handle setting up your wedding items, they don’t really know you on a personal level like your DOC does. So they may not understand exactly how you want something set up and styled for example and have it set up just like the wedding the night before.

The Wedding Day-of Coordinator (DOC)

A Wedding Day Coordinator is hired to work the day of the wedding and guide you through the planning process prior to the big day. The nice thing about DOC’s are that they work for the couple, not the venue. They are responsible for everything on the day of giving you the Peace of Mind that you need so you can ultimately enjoy your day. The DOC is the person who keeps the wedding as stress-free as possible ensuring that all emergencies or mishaps are taken care of so the day is seamlessly brought together. The DOC is the person who ensures that the VIP wishes are carried out and oversees everything from the ceremony to the reception, directs the vendors, answer the guests’ questions, and makes sure that all your concerns are tended to.

Some of our responsibilities as a Wedding Day Coordinator are, but are not limited to: setting up and styling the venue, setting up your place cards and gift table, adding any extra decor elements that you planned all the way to making sure everything is ready for the ceremony. Some other responsibilities include making sure all the vendors are onsite on time, prepared and fully briefed of any important wedding day details (even the last minute changes and updates), directing guests to their seats, distributing the bridal flowers to the bridal party and family, lining everyone up for the ceremony processional, giving your musicians queues, wrangling up family and friends for photos, bustling the bride’s gown, facilitating the formalities of the event, packing up all of your decorations and gifts at the end of the night and making sure all guests safely leave for the after party…. and the list goes on! We do this all while making sure the day is going according to plan and taking care of any issues without bothering the bride and groom. We become the point person on the wedding day for vendors and other staff. and hand out final payments and tip envelopes as well.

The biggest myth about a Wedding Day Coordinator is that “you don’t need one”. This is simply not true and can actually be the best investment you make for your wedding. Many couples don’t realize how many large and small details come together to make a wedding day a complete success. A wedding coordinator is there to ensure that all is well!

Having a Day of Coordinator by your side and through the wedding planning process is seriously the way to stay sane! We come in handy for non-traditional venues like vineyards, barns or private homes that don’t have traditional wedding staff. Also for church ceremonies – hey, who’s going to get you all down the aisle and on time?? Having a DOC also means you don’t have to assign family or friends to help out day of. They should enjoy the day too, right?

To all couples getting married – if you are planning the wedding yourself (Ie; no wedding planner) then having a Wedding Day Coordinator is ESSENTIAL. They will know your wedding better than you do by that point, so day of they work hand-in-hand with the Venue Coordinator and other vendors, carrying out your vision as if it were you!

Hopefully this post is still helpful in explaining the difference between the roles of a Venue Manager and a Wedding Day Coordinator, and why having just the venue staff sometimes is is just not enough in the end. The Wedding Day Coordinator is a vital role when it comes to your wedding day and provides many benefits beyond just the day-of.

If you had any questions or want to chat more about day of coordination stuff, just give us a call or shoot us an email!

Connecticut Indian Wedding | Anna & Nik

Anna and Nik's Connecticut Indian wedding  was a cultural celebration that blended their traditions for an unforgettable wedding day.  The day began with Anna getting ready at  the  Marriott in downtown Hartford with hair and makeup by the talented artists of Simply Gorgeous by Erin. Studio 1923 was on hand from beginning to end to capture every detail and moment. Anna had henna covered hands by Orchid Threading that she had done at her Mehndi and also had a sari dresser to help complete her stunning Indian bridal look. 

First look's, don't they just give you all the feels?! Anna and Nik saw each other for the first time at the Hartford City Hall where they also took portrait pictures with their bridal party before heading over to The Society Room of Hartford to kick off the festivities with their ceremony and a luncheon. The luncheon reception was decorated with colorful blooms and beautiful gold accents by Love Decor. Guests dined on traditional Indian cuisine catered by Curry Leaves and danced to the sounds of DJ Bobby. The fun had just begun. Guests were then treated to a night reception aboard a Lady Kate Cruises Yacht where the night ended with a gorgeous cake by Modern Pastry Shop and a vegan cake by Dee's One Smart Cookie complete with a wedding sparkler send off.  I was so honored to have been able to plan a day filled with so much love. The end result of this multi-event day was something very special.


Photography: Studio 1923
Wedding Planner: Detaille Weddings and Events
Getting Ready Hotel:  Marriott in downtown Hartford
Hair and Makeup: Simply Gorgeous by Erin
Orchid Threading
Portraits: Hartford City Hall
Luncheon Reception Venue:  The Society Room of Hartford
Floral and Decor: Love Decor
Catering: Curry Leaves
DJ:  DJ Bobby
Dinner Reception Venue:  Lady Kate CruisesYacht
Cakes: Modern Pastry Shop and Dee's One Smart Cookie

Charming Wedding Features Unique Bridal Party and Vintage Accents

Photo:  Mark Aikman

Photo:  Mark Aikman


Sometimes setting down roots means going back to your own roots. Meet Joanne and Aaron, two charming people who married on September 12, 2015 at breathtaking South Farms in Morris, CT.

This couple certainly incorporated unique and personalized touches into their ceremony and reception. In fact, all of the décor was handmade and arranged by the groom, including the flowers! What a catch! This couple decorated the ceremony and reception with antique accessories, like vintage bottles used as flower vases, an orange Volkswagen Bug used as a gift and prop table, and vintage signs to guide guests.

South Farms had never hosted a wedding, but the couple chose it for a very personal reason. The venue allowed dogs in the wedding party! Family is family, we say. During the ceremony, guests were seated on benches and charming hay bales. The country chic aesthetic fit the couple perfectly, and it carried on into the reception.

The food was delicious and full of homey comfort. We set up three stations at the reception, including summer grille, southern comfort, and a mac and cheese bar. Amanda Bakes served desserts out of an airstream trailer, which was another unique touch that had guests oohing and ahhing.

Aaron was hesitant to hire an event planner at first, but by the end of the wedding, both he and Joanne were very appreciative of our work. We specialize in these fun, unique elements, so we were able to accommodate this couple’s needs to create a flawless event. We’re all about letting you tell your story. We just make it easier to tell!

If you’re ready to plan your big day, stop by our website for more information about the services we offer.

The amazing team of vendors included:

A special thanks to Mark Aikman for the photos below!!!