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A Wild West Wedding

by Lisa Antonecchia

Event Concept: Alyson Bowman

Wedding+Event Planning: Lisa Antonecchia

Venue: The Munger Barn at Dudley Farm

Our Western wedding-themed style shoot could not have happened without the perfect location. If you are looking for a traditional and intimate barn on a working farm in Connecticut, look no further than the The Munger Barn at The Dudley Farm Museum in Guilford.

Rental price information is available on request. Hourly rentals are available for smaller events and meetings. Fee schedule and rental details are available on request. Appointments to tour the barn and discuss rental details with the rental coordinator, Janet Dudley, are recommended and may be scheduled by calling 203-457-0770, selecting “Munger Barn rental” from the menu and leaving a message.

The seating capacity for guests on the main floor of the Munger Barn is 85. Although this floor is not heated, events have been held comfortably from May through mid-October. The lower level is heated and can be used year round. Seating capacity for the lower level is 49.

Wedding+Event Planning/Design

Creative Concepts by Lisa, Hamden 

The style shoot was designed and planned by Lisa Antonecchia of Creative Concepts by Lisa. It was important to have a Western wedding with Connecticut flair. From scouting locations and bringing together the right vendors, working with a planner/designer to create any special event is essential. Lisa brought together a fantastic group of vendors, as well as provided several of the decor elements out of her design collection.

Florist

Forget Me Not Flower Shop, North Haven

For the floral design, Forget Me Not Flower Shop created the necessary color scheme and presentation. The trend of a more authentic and natural style with the use of non-traditional vessels was brought to the forefront in this shoot, as well as jewelry accents in the bride’s bouquet. Gone are the days when all the elements have to match. Bring in more texture with outside-the-box flair.

Chase Canopy, Mattapoisett, Mass./New Haven/Madison

Chase Canopy provided a variety of large and small items, from a barrel bar and farm tables to farm chairs and tabletop plates, cutlery and more.

Vintage Rentals: Gathered Vintage, Bridgeport

Vintage rentals are a must-have for any Western-themed event. Danielle from Gathered Vintage helped to create a fabulous sweetheart table for the bride and groom with a one-of-a-kind outdoor lounge area, true to trend and style. Danielle also provides small items, such as vintage table wear, props and more.

Shindig Lighting, Bridgeport

Lighting is critical in wedding design. Featured here is Shindig Lighting, with amber uplighting and a wood-box chandelier, adding pop to the special event.

Consign & Design Shoreline, Branford

Western wear and specialty Western decor was the exclamation point on the day. Western clothing design and accents, from furniture to design elements and props, are an easy find with Patty at Consign and Design Shoreline. Their Western Shop features cowboy boots, hats, stunning accent jewelry and more.

Lisa Fatone Art & Design

One-of-a-kind signs are all the rage. For your unique creation, visit Lisa Fatone Art & Design. With several special signs in our shoot, Lisa helps to create the mood for each special moment.

Rumanoff’s, Hamden

Traditional jewelry was provided by Rumanoff’s, an award-winning, family-operated, fourth-generation shop. The stunning jewelry collection contained:

Bride’s engagement ring: Tacori Diamond, Petit Crescent Collection

in platinum

Bride’s wedding band: Tacori Diamond Eternity, Petit Crescent Collection

in platinum

Groom’s wedding band: Tacori Gent’s Wedding Band, Sculpted Collection, 18k white and rose gold

Groom’s gift: Watch from the Baume & Mercier Moon Phase, Clifton Collection

Lucille’s Bridal Shop & Val’s Formalwear

Bridal fashion was provided by Lucille’s Bridal Shop and Val’s Formalwear, a full-service bridal boutique and tuxedo rental shop specializing in wedding-attire needs. Our couple was accented with Western wear and jewelry found at the Western Shop at Consign & Design Shoreline.

Bridal gown: Maggie Sottero, Laverna

Groom’s tuxedo jacket and shirt: Allure Men by Jean Yves, Onyx Jameson

La Cuisine Catering, Branford

For food and beverage and creative menus, La Cuisine Catering led the charge. With cast-iron pans and wooden trays, the presentation is as important as the flavor and service. With airline chicken, T-bone steak and all the sides, your guests will walk away raving about the food on your special day.

J-Cakes, North Branford

Wedding-cake design provided by J-Cakes is where we meld together the rosette cake with rope details, in earthy tones to match the event theme.

CharmCat, Hamden

Invitations and accents were provided by CharmCat and Creative Laser Art 4 U, featuring His and Hers invitations, place cards, favors, table numbers and more.

Charmcat provided a fabulous watercolor invitation set that any cowgirl would love. Matching table numbers, menus and so much more capped off the great look.

Candice Jackson

Bridal beauty, hair and make-up designed by Candice Jackson.

Creative Laser Art 4 U

Creative Laser Art 4 U presented creative laser art and engraving to give the true cowboy a personalized rugged invitation set. With board games, favors and table numbers also featured.

Kennedy Kitchens, Hamden

For the perfect wedding favor or fun snack station, look no further than Kennedy Kitchens. Gourmet popcorn is made using only natural ingredients and never any gluten, nuts or dairy.

Trout Lily Farm, Guilford

Having a second location for photos is not only on trend, but a must for all New England couples; Trout Lily Farm was our escape on horseback for our bride and groom. Trout Lily Farm grows and sells organic edibles and seasonal cut flowers for the table, weddings and events.

See the full photo spread here.

Special thanks to:

Gianna Alberti and her horse Jersey Girl, ridden by our bride

Ashley McNamara and her horse Max, ridden by our groom

Models

Bride: Meg Vokey; Groom: Dale Eldridge

Photographer Kvon Photography

This article appeared in the Spring/Summer 2017 issue of The Connecticut Bride.