Priam Vineyards Showcase {Photos by Michelle Wade Photography}

Three weeks before the Priam Vineyards Showcase, Michelle and Gloria of Priam Vineyards asked me to work with them to plan and design their event. Working with Michelle and Gloria was a fantastic experience, and we are so excited to share the unbelievable potential that their Connecticut Vineyard offers for Weddings and Special Events. With 40 acres of pristine land and a 25 acre vineyard, Priam is perched on a hilltop overlooking beautiful New England country views and can accommodate weddings of unlimited size with a flat lawn accommodating a tent. To compliment the property, CT Rental Center provided a beautiful sailcloth tent which was the perfect fit for the rustic but elegant vineyard.

At the Showcase, Priam announced their new partnership with luxury off-site caterer Riverhouse Catering, a division of Riverhouse Properties. Riverhouse Catering made the most decadent food for the event, and wine tasting was of course provided by Priam with their award-winning wines. Drew Lavyne of Six Minute Stories, and Michelle Wade of Michelle Wade Photography created a jaw-dropping video and took absolutely gorgeous photos of our event.

The rustic and chic seating areas were provided by Erik & Christen Ryan of Ryan Designs with cocktail arrangements by Michelle of Innovative Florals. Michelle Duthrie, owner of Innovative Florals and Event Coordinator at Priam Vineyard, and I asked three of our favorite florists to showcase their work at the Vineyard, while Michelle created a table as well. We wanted each of the design tables to have a distinct design that showed unique ways the vineyard could be dressed for weddings.

Diane Gaudett Custom Floral Designs, Ana Parzych Cakes, and Ambiance Luxe joined forces to design two tables together. The first was our focal table, adorned with roses, hydrangea, and Orchids from Diane Gaudett. The Tulle overlay and chair backs paired with the metallic underlay were a stunning combination. Ana Parzych added a stunning cake that complimented both the linens and our accompanying bridal gown. Ashley Krauss of A Little Something White Bridal Couture in Darien expertly matched our designs to a gorgeous drop waist tulle Anna Meier Ulla Maija bridal gown and tasteful neutral Coreen Moore Bridesmaid dress. If you love these dresses visit Ashley and Amber at A Little Something White Bridal Couture for your bridal or bridesmaid appointments.

Diane Guadett and Ambiance Luxe also worked with Ana Parzych on her over the moon cake display. Ana designed three special cakes for Priam Vineyards in a fall aubergine, lavender, and sage color palette. She also paired her cakes with wines from Priam Vineyards and created a special sauce for one of her cakes using wine from one of the vineyard’s wines. Diane draped fresh green orchids in a branchy arbor with antique hanging lanterns, with linens from Cloth Connection. These delicious cakes were incredibly beautiful and the presentation was stunning.

Innovative Florals’ design table showcased the true rustic nature of the Vineyard with a Fall color palette. Farm table and table top rentals were provided by CT Rental Center, while the napkins and napkin rings were provided by Cloth Connection.

Carey Leining of Stems Flower Design designed both the beautiful ceremony area shown in our video as well as this petite sweetheart table. Carey designed her table with grape vines and seasonal accents. Tabletop Rentals provided by CT Rental Center.

Terri Krisavage of TK & Brown’s Flowers designed an elegant farm table to mix rustic touches and glam accents. Farm table and tabletop rentals were provided by CT Rental Center, napkins, chair backs, and chair tassles provided by Cloth Connection.

Creative Cakes by Donna also brought beautiful cakes that were perfectly in line with all of the table designs and the vineyard. The cakes were delicious and her well-thought-out and whimsical designs truly complimented the spirit of Priam Vineyard.

Lighting and DJ Services were provided by Power Posse Productions. Their team was incredibly professional and did an amazing job of lighting all of our beautiful tables and displays as well as providing uplighting. The DJ’s music flowed seamlessly with our bands. For live entertainment we had several musical ensembles from Divina Artisti, founded by Danielle Turano of Divina Strings. Divina Strings, Infinitango, and Mi Scuzi serenaded us with live string music, vintage italian, american jazz, and tango music. The live music and bands were the talk of the evening!

Additional thanks to Naomi and Tonya of Naomi Studio & Salon for providing makeup and hair styling for our hostesses. Special thanks to all of our contributing vendors! It takes a great team to make these events work so perfectly and we couldn’t have done this without all of you.

December 10, 2012 - 8:36 pm

Priam Vineyards Event By Michelle Wade Photography » Diane Gaudett - [...] It was an absolute honor to participate in the Priam Vineyards Showcase event. This incredible winery had a re-launch and shared that they would be partnering with luxury off-site caterer Riverhouse Catering, a division of Riverhouse Properties. This meant we all had the opportunity to indulge in a night of incredible delicacy’s made by Riverhouse Catering and of course sip on Priam’s award-winning wines.  Michelle Wade Photography captured all the beauty of the night planned by planner extraordinaire Erica Powell of Ambiance Luxe Wedding Designs. There were many other amazing vendors that I had to pleasure to work a long side to create this amazing event. Click here to see the other vendors and amazing details on the Ambiance Luxe Wedding Designs blog. [...]

Luxury Wedding Vernissage at The Loading Dock in Stamford, CT

Over the years we have noticed that more networking needs to be done by Luxury Level vendors in CT, so we made it our goal to put together an over-the-top Vendor Networking Event a at The Loading Dock in Stamford, CT. We had a wonderful time planning the event with Riverhouse Catering and Ana Parzych Cakes to include the very newest in trends for weddings in catering, cakes, and design. At our event we were proud to launch the new Riverhouse Catering brought to you by Riverhouse Properties. Riverhouse Off-Site Catering Division, directed by Debbie Grazier, is now available to cater private events. Photographs captured by JAGstudios, Robert Norman Photography, and video produced by Fairytale Studio.

Ana Parzych and Gary Parzych, owners of Ana Parzych Cakes, were also launching a new extension of their brand called AP Signature Cakes, a line designed to serve more brides with Ana’s most popular designs. Ana Parzych Cakes now offers the AP Signature Line as well as her Custom Cake Line. Ana’s AP Signature Line features her beautiful artistry and handiwork that she is well-known for all over the world. Her technique with sugar flowers is unbelievable and un-rivaled. Look closely at the detail and imagine that each flower is created and designed by hand, and hand-painted. Here are some of Ana’s incredible designs!

Carolyn Dempsey Design created a gorgeous ceremony area,  and tablescape with the color palette for the event, as well as a stunning lounge.

Flowers by Danielle, Just for You Floral Design, Diane Gaudett, and Diana Gould each worked with Ambiance Luxe to create a unique tablescape inspired by the four elements: earth, fire, water, and wind. Each table was paired with a gorgeous bridal gown displayed by Plumed Serpent. Each table also showcased menus and table numbers created by Adrienne Craig of Admire Design. Lighting and DJ services were provided by Correlation Productions, and a custom screen front DJ Booth was provided by Gil Marc Events.

“Earth” by Flowers by Danielle, Ambiance Luxe, Admire Design, Plumed Serpent, La Tavola, Cloth Connection, Correlation Productions, and Ana Parzych Cakes

“Fire” by Just For You Floral Design, Ambiance Luxe, Admire Design, Plumed Serpent, La Tavola, Cloth Connection, Correlation Productions, and Ana Parzych Cakes

“Water” by Diane Gaudett, Ambiance Luxe, Admire Design, Plumed Serpent, La Tavola, Cloth Connection, Correlation Productions, and Ana Parzych Cakes


“Wind” by Robert Peczka of Diana Gould, Ambiance Luxe, Plumed Serpent, Correlation Productions, and Ana Parzych Cakes

We also had The Photobooth Lounge with their most incredible Photobooth available to take guest photos and instantly tweet and facebook post our guests having a blast. I was excited to showcase as well the latest designs from Manhattan Designer Durga-Kali, whose bridesmaids dresses brilliantly reverse to black, making them truly a “wear again” bridesmaids dress. The long dresses also have the ability to button up into short dresses.

It’s a treat to share this amazing video put together by FairytaleStudio. Enjoy an insiders exclusive as the night unfolded from set up through our unbelievable event!

October 11, 2012 - 2:57 am

Alison Fischer - What a great event and thank you so much for including us! The pictures are amazing and the event was even more beautiful in person! Cannot wait for the next fabulous Ambience event!!

December 7, 2013 - 3:27 am

Stacie Shea Events » The Luxury Wedding Spotlight! - [...] event will be a little different as we are going to be doing opening the event from 1:00-3:00PM for Vendor Networking and then re-opening at 6:00PM-9:00PM for the Luxury Bridal [...]

Tented Moroccan Wedding in Connecticut {Photos by JAGstudios)

With a beautiful backyard and a big dream, you can create just about anything. Our tented Moroccan Wedding planned in three and a half months shows thatwhen there is a will, there is a way to create something incredible. Thank you to Raj Tents out of California for making our beautiful wedding tent dream come true, to Correlation Productions for providing Lighting and DJ Services for the event, Abigail Kirsch Catering for the amazing Moroccan-Inspired food, Cake Alchemy for the beautiful cake, and JAGstudios for capturing these incredible images. For more information on creating an incredible design like this for your wedding, please contact us. We would love to make your vision into a reality!

Erica & Jonathan’s Maternity Shoot {Photography by JAGstudios}

One must be very brave to post photos of her own bare belly online, however when a photographer captures such incredible moments, it would be a shame not to post them! Jonathan and I have been married just over a year now, and our first baby is due to arrive sometime during the end of August. We wanted to remember the special moments of being pregnant, and we are so thrilled that Jacklyn Greenberg from JAGstudios was available to help us find a quiet moment on the beach. Her work is so fantastic! We are thrilled with our photos. Special thanks to Jennie of Jennie Fresa Makeup and Skincare Boutiquerie for my beautiful makeup and to Coco of Timothy Pamment Salon for giving me “Victoria’s Secret” hair. You three lovely ladies made me feel like a pretty mom-to-be. Here are my most favorite shots.

July 8, 2012 - 10:33 pm

Dana Bartone - Such a lovely and sweet series of images of both of you. Erica you look so beautiful and radiant. You will cherish this time forever I am sure.

July 23, 2012 - 2:27 pm

Sarah Lehberger - These are so beautiful! I am thrilled that you were able to capture this special time, and the images are so precious. I especially loved the stuffed animal and booties! :-) You are glowing, Erica!