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Need a Dream Wedding Theme?!

Choosing an aesthetic for your wedding day can be a little daunting since you may not know where to start. Not everyone creates an "I Do" Pinterest board or starts a wedding binder as a child like Monica Gellar. 

We figured that we would sprinkle inspiration from some of our favorite past weddings to get you thinking about what you love, want and cannot live without for your own wedding. (And hopefully that dream wedding of yours is under one of our authentic Sperry Tents or custom-crafted clear tops.)

Simply Spring 

If you're thinking of a garden party aesthetic with pastel florals, crisp white and navy details this wedding at Winvian Farms is perfect for showcasing a pop of happiness in the early springtime.

For their feature on Carats & Cake Click Here

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Photograph by Steve Steinhardt

Lovely Late Summer/Early Fall

If you are leaning towards a more all white pallet this is a stunning one to take inspiration from! The gold accents from the white rose center pieces and tableware work beautifully with the glistening chandeliers and lace tablecloth. 

For their feature on Carats & Cake Click Here

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Photograph by Ali and Julie

Charming Summer Soiree

If you're all about a charming laid-back summer wedding filled with bright pinks and yellows then we have got a great inspiration board for you. This wedding is a dream aesthetic marrying charming vintage touches with vibrant pops of color.

If you want even more inspiration Click Here for the feature on Style Me Pretty

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Photograph by Justin and Mary

Autumnal Fete

A fall wedding in Vermont is perfect for couples who want a more relaxed, natural setting to say I Do. If you are craving an elegant, but rustic atmosphere then take inspiration from your favorite fall activities, the jewel-toned foliage and those unbeatable crisp, clear evenings. You are sure to create an unforgettable celebration. 

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Photograph by Leila Brewster

Classic Neutrals

If millennial pink and washed-out pastels aren't your style (which is totally fine by the way... mason jars and pastels have had their moment and it's time to usher in some new decor) then a blue and grey color board is the perfect backdrop for a late fall wedding. Weaving greenery like eucalyptus into your florals will give some texture and work beautifully with the blues and whites of your tableware and linens. A truly elegant and classic aesthetic. 

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Photograph by Charlotte Jenkins Lewis

So which is your favorite? Share your favorite wedding inspiration with us by tagging us on Instagram, Facebook or Pinterest when you find your must have wedding details! #gtcweddingsinpo

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You're engaged! Now what?

So I hear you just got engaged, Congratulations!  Now there are endless lists, suggestions and tips online as to what every newly engaged couple has to do, and every single thing seems like its the most important and has to be done basically as soon as the ring is on your finger! Not to worry, you do indeed have time to think about and organize one of the most important days of your life. We've come up with 5 things that are definitely top priority once you've said yes!

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Photograph by Carley Howard Photography

1. Celebrate! Celebrate!

This may seem a little obvious yes however, a lot of couples tend to go right into the planning of their wedding and forget about this big moment in their lives. Now some couples choose to keep this a secret to enjoy the little moments with their fiance before telling everyone and anyone about your engagement. The first people that are a must tell are your parents/family, preferably in person since they will probably have the best reaction and it has a lot more meaning to them! After that go wild and crazy telling friends because they have definitely been waiting for you to tell them this news. Once you have covered all your must-tell people on your lives, don't hesitate to post a picture on social media after, we all want to see that ring, well and of course how they proposed. 

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2. Ring Insurance

Not the most thrilling part of an engagement, understandably, but very necessary! Having your ring appraised is crucial when adding it as a "ring rider" to you homeowners/renters insurance and policy will give you coverage in case anything happens to your now most prized possession. The Knot & Jewelers Mutual has a great article about how the whole process and why its necessary, Click Here!

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Photograph by Leila Brewster Photography

3. Determine Top 2 Wedding Priorities 

This is something that you and your fiance should talk about and agree on early in the wedding planning process. Something that you both will not compromise on weather that is budget for the overall wedding, location and even guest count. Setting these decisions will save time and concerns when concentrating on other factors that you and your fiance can compromise on through out such as food (buffet/sit down), florals, photographer etc. 

4. Start Thinking About a Theme/Aesthetic 

Here is where Pinterest/Instagram/Wedding Blogs becomes your new best friend. This is where you get a chance to see all types of weddings, gain inspiration, and start envisioning the experience you want your guests to have while celebrating your day. Some of the main components to focus on are the color scheme, types of florals, indoor/outdoor ceremony, table settings, weddings favors, the list goes on! Once you've secured the theme and ambiance, try and stick with that throughout and narrow your search for ideas because adding too many elements could become chaotic. 

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Photograph by Leila Brewster

5. Interview Planners/ Vendors

Now you don't need to make this decision right away but if you are thinking about minimizing your stress load, organizing appointments and maintaining a budget then interviewing a planner that has experience, an eye for details and a team of people might be something to look into. Since planners and vendors tend to have a certain number of clients they take on a year its best to start doing research, finding out what they can offer and if they have the date of your wedding available. If you are not really interested in hiring a planner, totally okay, vendors will definitely give you enough to do/think about and could potentially be cheaper since you are doing all of the organizing and communicating yourself. 

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InTents “5 under 40”

We are so honored to have InTents Magazine - an Industrial Fabrics Association International publication - feature The Greenwich Tent Company's founder and President Zachary Wilson in their 2019 feature "5 under 40" in the tenting industry. These five industry leaders are pushing the tenting industry forward to new possibilities and new heights. And Zach Wilson is one of the forerunners of the movement. 

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Featured Venue: Longshore Pavilion at Norwalk Cove

The charming and historic Inn at Longshore has always been a known destination even when it was originally built in 1890 as a a private estate that was quite popular with icons such the Rockefellers, the Roosevelts, F. Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald, Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe. Ever since 1960 when the town of Westport bought the property and turned it into a public country club, the amount of celebrations have grown exponentially and we are so glad we have been a part of so many!

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Photograph by Brooke Allison

The location of the Inn at Longshore Pavilion is nestled on Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk offering some of the best views overlooking Long Island Sound especially with an amazing sunset. The choices are unlimited as to how you can celebrate, with access to paddle boarding and kayaking from your own beach, lawn games, family parties and our favorite events - weddings! 

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