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Beautifully Boho!

I just flipped when I found out that Free People has released a beautiful new line of wedding gowns, beautifully boho! Wow these dresses are unreal, full of unique details, romantic styles, and right on trend! These dresses can be the perfect addition to your backyard, garden, or rustic wedding! Take a peek below to see some favorites!!

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The lace back and bell sleeves make this dress!

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Separates? Yes please!!

All dresses found at the FP Ever After City Bride Collection from Free People. Photos used from GreenWeddingShoes.com

These dresses also make us want to jump into this beautiful rustic wedding that has also given us Boho fever! Check out some of the photos below! Via GreenWeddingShoes.com

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Do you love these looks as much as we do? Let us make it happen for you! Will you be a boho bride? Let us know what you think!

As always we are here to help!

Your team at A&F

Heidi, Dee Dee, & Meg

Thirst Quenching!

Want a little extra special touch to add to your wedding? Why not come up with your own signature cocktail or cocktails for your wedding? Maybe you have given this some thought or maybe you have no ideas, and have need some help deciding! Take a look at some of our favorite drinks of the season!

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Via Etsy

First Up…Blackberry Thyme Champagne Cocktail                                                                Ingredients                                                                                                                                                                For the Blackberry Syrup                                                                                                                                                               1/3 cup blackberries, plus 8 more for garnish                                                                                          1/3 cup water                                                                                                                                                    1/3 cup sugar

For the Cocktail                                                                                                                                                      1 Bottle Prosecco or champagne

For the Garnish                                                                                                                                                   4 sprigs of thyme

Instructions                                                                                                                                                         In a small saucepan, bring the blackberries, water, and sugar to a boil. Turn to low and let simmer for 10 minutes. Strain blackberries and let syrup cool.

Add 2 tbsp of syrup to the bottom of each glass. Top with champagne and add in a spring of thyme and 2 blackberries!

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Lark and Linen via Style Me Pretty

Next Up…Pear Ginger Fizz Cocktail

Ingredients                                                                                                                                                          4 oz Pear Juice                                                                                                                                                        6 oz Vodka                                                                                                                                                          1/2 cup sugar                                                                                                                                                          1/2 cup water                                                                                                                                                      7 oz Ginger Ale                                                                                                                                                   Fresh Rosemary

Instructions                                                                                                                                                        In a small saucepan, mix the water with the sugar. Smash the leaves of 1-2 rosemary stems and sprinkle in the pan. Bring to a boil, cook until the sugar is fully dissolved in the water. Remove from the heat and strain out the rosemary leaves, set aside your rosemary-infused simple syrup.

Mix the pear juice, 4 oz of the simple syrup, and vodka in a pitcher. Add in the Ginger Ale and pour into cocktail glasses. Garnish with a stem of rosemary.

 

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Photography: White Loft Studio Via Style Me Pretty

Why not a Blueberry Moscow Mule?

Ingredients                                                                                                                                                                   Blueberry Syrup (Prepare in advance)                                                                                                         1 1/2 cups of blueberries                                                                                                                                   1/2 cup of sugar                                                                                                                                                              1 1/2 cup of water                                                                                                                                                            Combine blueberries, sugar, and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, allow to boil for 8 minutes, lower heart and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain syrup and allow to completely cool

Vodka                                                                                                                                                                          Ginger Beer                                                                                                                                                              Lime Juice

In a cocktail shaker combine:                                                                                                                          2-3 jiggers of vodka                                                                                                                                               2 jiggers of blueberry simple syrup                                                                                                                  12-14 ounces ginger beer                                                                                                                                  Dash of lime juice

Shake and serve over ice!

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Have fun with creating your own cocktail! Think about what you love, what your crowd will enjoy and top it off with a fun name and you’ve got your own drink that will be remembered!

Happy Planning, and as always we are happy to help!

Until next time!

Your Team at A&F

Heidi, Dee dee, & Meg

Ring in the Spring with 2016 Wedding Trends!

Spring is here and so are the latest wedding trends!! This year we will see a lot of soft color palettes, interactive bars, playful flower prints, and fresh blooms! Oh my!  This wedding season will certainly be one to remember! Let us know what  you think of the latest trends!

  • Soft Color Palettes
    • Soft, whimsical, water colors are the perfect addition to a beautiful spring wedding! Whether it be with bridesmaid dresses, a beautiful cake or a beautiful print, these could be a beautiful accent to your special day! See some of our favorites below.

 From Left to Right: Mikkel Paige Photography; Bridesmaid Dresses: Donna                                          Morgan; Wedding Cake by Sugar Euphoria; Artbyash Photography; Print by Designsbybiancab via Etsy

  • Get Interactive
    • Personalized snack and sweet bars can give your wedding that extra special touch that you are looking for. The options are endless! Who doesn’t love cookies?!

      From Left to Right: Cookie Bar: AbbyRose Photography; Sweets Bar: Paper Antler; Crostini Station: The Melideos

 

  • Flower Power
    • The flower possibilities are endless! Whether it be printed bridesmaid dresses, bright fresh blooms on your tables, flower arches or spreading the flower power through your reception venue we love all of these soft romantic looks!

 

We are looking forward to seeing more of these trends this 2016 Wedding Season! As always we are here to help you!

Until next time!

Your team at A&F

Heidi, Dee Dee, and Meg

$269 A-line gown features a low-cut, flattering sweetheart neckline, and is printed with a trompe l'oeil design, which creates a cascading, falling effect with the fabric.

Affordable Wedding Gowns | Always and Forever Wedding Planning & Coordination

Getting married, but don’t have $3000, $5,000 or even $10,000 for that Vera Wang you are in love with that you’ve dreamed about since you were a little girl?  No need to worry.  There are plenty of affordable and BEAUTIFUL options out there ladies.  These gowns are sure to make him (or her) love you just as much and make you feel super glamorous as that Maggie Sottero.

We start with a brand new collection the the 2016 Conscious Exclusive from H and M.  Click on each photo to see pricing and a little bit more info:)

 

We are loving these simple, but stunning and affordable options from JCrew.

Regardless of where you get your dress, be sure that you try enough on to be sure that you found the one that you are absolutely in LOVE with!

As always we are here to help, styling you is another service that we offer.  We love shopping and helping you pick out the best gown for you is one of the more fun things we get to do!

Until next time,

xoxo

Your team at A&F

Heidi, Dee Dee and Meg

 

 

 

 

We love the groom in pants and the groomsmen in shorts, super fun contrast for a more laid back wedding.  Image from Ruffledblog.com

Sucker for Seersucker | Always and Forever Wedding Coordination | CT and NYC Wedding and Event Planners

There’s no denying we are suckers for seersucker especially for weddings!  We love the inspiration it invokes, the softness, the elegance and the overall beauty!  Perfect for Spring, Summer or a Fall wedding. Check out these images to inspire your own seersucker wedding.

Image from two delighted.com

Image from two delighted.com

Beautiful Dresses Image from Pinterest.com

Beautiful Dresses Image from Pinterest.com

Always a classic with a pop of pink. Image from pinterest.com

Always a classic with a pop of pink. Image from pinterest.com

Classic blue and yellow.  Image from Lemonseed and Co.

Classic blue and yellow. Image from Lemonseed and Co.

Fun favors. Image from Marthastewartweddings.com

Fun favors. Image from Marthastewartweddings.com

Fun and flirty bridesmaid dress from Pinterest.com

Fun and flirty bridesmaid dress from Pinterest.com

Beautiful details image from interest.com

Beautiful details image from interest.com

We love the groom in pants and the groomsmen in shorts, super fun contrast for a more laid back wedding.  Image from Ruffledblog.com

We love the groom in pants and the groomsmen in shorts, super fun contrast for a more laid back wedding. Image from Ruffledblog.com

Love the texture on this cake. Image from Pinterest.com

Love the texture on this cake. Image from Pinterest.com

Just a pop of seersucker on the envelope is perfect for this invite. Image from brides.com

Just a pop of seersucker on the envelope is perfect for this invite. Image from brides.com

Why I Love Winter Weddings | Always and Forever – NYC and CT Wedding Planning

We often meet a lot of couples that are afraid to have their wedding in the winter. Due to the weather, the loss of light, their guests not being able to get to their venue because of the weather. However, there are a lot of positives of getting married in NYC and CT in the winter. Venues are not as booked as they are during peak times, so they will be more flexible with the timing of your big day; they also may offer discounts. Other vendors may also offer discounts as well because they are not booked either. Plus how awesome will your photos look in the snow!

Here are some of the awesome looks that we’ve come up with for winter weddings.

Love this photo with the snow.

Love this photo with the snow.

A great option for the chilly winter - this beautiful fur. #Pinterest

A great option for the chilly winter – this beautiful fur. #Pinterest

Beautiful Ceremony Details.  From Bridal Guide

Beautiful Ceremony Details. From Bridal Guide

Love this beautiful draping from Colin Cowie.

Love this beautiful draping from Colin Cowie.

This beautiful sparkle linen is perfect for a winter wedding. #bridalguide

This beautiful sparkle linen is perfect for a winter wedding. #bridalguide

Cannot do without a hot chocolate bar on a winter day.

Cannot do without a hot chocolate bar on a winter day.

Awesome idea for a favor.

Awesome idea for a favor.

Love these gorgeous berries for your winter wedding. #pinterest

Love these gorgeous berries for your winter wedding. #pinterest

Loving this cake with sugared cranberries - very wintery.  #pinterest

Loving this cake with sugared cranberries – very wintery. #pinterest

How cute are these white chocolate covered cherries.  #pinterest

How cute are these white chocolate covered cherries. #pinterest

How cute are these little fur heels - perfect for your winter wedding!  #pinterest

How cute are these little fur heels – perfect for your winter wedding! #pinterest

Unofficial Start to Summer | Always and Forever Wedding Planning and Coordination in Connecticut and Beyond

Well I know it has been feeling like summer lately, and with Memorial Day coming up it technically is the unofficial kick off to summer, so it has me smitten for summer and all the amazing weddings we have coming up this summer.  It got me to thinking of all the things I absolutely love.  Entertaining in our backyard, playing with the kids, going to the beach, fun colors and yeah amazing cocktails!  

Here’s to summer…..

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