Tales of weddings as told in pictures by the caterer/wedding planner 

Photos courtesy of Roe Chlala, Festivities of Norwalk

SARAH & CASEY

Great stories last a lifetime. 

And when it comes to weddings, start with one simple rule: spell out the title of your story in big letters! That’s what Sarah and Casey did with a Nantucket-in-Connecticut theme. On an expansive lawn, under a white tent, with florals inspired by the property’s landscaped gardens, the two created a narrative that reflected their love of New England.


At-home wedding, New Canaan

Photography: Bruce Plotkin

Everyone knew this event was going to be “in tents,” under a sailcloth big top adorned with custom burgees from Grace Connell Designs

Navy-and-salmon-toned groomsmen were on the right track, arriving by trolley shuttle. And when it came to footwear, the bride opted to board the Jimmy Choo-choo train.

No need to think twice before they throw the rice. A gown from the Plumed Serpent in Westport is the understated intersection of classic and contemporary.

Summer is warm, so fans and flip-flops made the bucket list.

First course. A pre-plated salad allows the waitstaff to be ready with wine service as guests file in. But serving plain iceberg would be a titanic mistake. The superior choice: an English cucumber crown filled with baby bibb lettuce on a bed of summer Connecticut tomatoes with Festivities’ signature Dijon shallot vinaigrette.

En garde! Grilled swordfish with ancient grains primavera, sauce Provençale and asparagus lemonata is the definitive entrée presentation.

A hobnail charger, fine crystal and custom linens ensure a warm and inviting table setting.

The bride’s home gardens inspired this lemon and raspberry cake with buttercream frosting.

Robert DiGioia is the creative director for Hearst Connecticut Media Group, and an arts/society writer for its varied titles. A former Manhattanite and magazine publisher, he’s thrilled to be back in his birthplace, New Haven.