When people say that a picture is worth a thousand words that couldn't be more true for a wedding day! Your wedding photographer becomes your second set of eyes on your big day, capturing all the personal details, moments and an atmosphere full of love.
Having photos of the moment your bridesmaids see you in your dress for the first time, the moment you say I Do, the beautiful reception tables and your first dances are memories that you wish could last a little longer, well, that is exactly what Leila Brewster is going to capture on your magical day.
She is a photographer that has been a part of a few of our favorite weddings over the past few years and we wanted you to meet her and see some of the amazing pictures she has taken!
She been a photographer for over 20 years, and 10 professionally. Her mom gifted her a camera when she was 15 for a trip to Paris and the love affair with the still image started that day. It was pretty much fate!
How she got started photographing weddings:
About 10 years ago, she sat down and asked herself what she loves. Having two degrees and at the time playing soccer in Denmark, Leila knew she didn’t want to work for anyone but herself and knew that her soccer career was ending. So she sat down and made a list. She LOVED people, travel, and photography. Reviewing the list it just made sense that weddings were the perfect combination of those three things! She then hung up her soccer cleats and never looked back.
The geographic areas she services:
She is really all over the place - Most of her weddings are in CA (up and down the whole state), NY, RI, CT, VT, with a few destination sprinkled in. She will go anywhere!
What she likes about photographing under our tents versus an indoor space:
She love photographing under your tents because of the dynamic lines! Instead of a flat ceiling, she loves how the tents curve upwards. And she loves seeing the many ways you can dress the tents up - some prefer twinkle lights, while others do floral installs. It's so fun to see how each client makes the space their own.
Her favorite style of tent, Sperry or Clear top to photograph:
She does love a clear top for daytime because she has always loved nature and thinks that the clear top is the best way to be out in nature, but inside not worrying about bugs (the mosquito's LOVE her). She will say though that a Sperry tent is great for bouncing light - It helps create a more dynamic lighting situation under a white tent whereas the clear top is limiting on her flash angles.
Some events she has photographed under one of our tents that have created a lasting memory:
Sammi and Rob's wedding a couple of years ago in Greenwich, CT. Pictures Below!
If you love these photos as much as we do, then you will love her Instagram!!
Florals and greenery are one of the biggest focal points of any wedding from the bride's beautiful bouquet, the complementing bridesmaid bouquets, the ceremony altar to the wow factor of the reception table centerpieces. They are truly what make the wedding atmosphere feel dreamy and celebratory all at the same time.
We thought it would be a great idea to chat with one of our favorite floral companies, Hana Floral! They have created stunning weddings under our tents over the years so we are giving you the chance to get to know the owner, Yumiko Fletcher a little better and show off how amazing and talented her and her team are. Seriously - they create the most dreamy florals.
How she got her start in the floral industry:
Yumiko got her start in the floral industry over 15 years ago after her mom passed away suddenly from cancer. She ended up taking a leave of absence from her NYC job and worked at a small flower shop that summer. Her boss at the flower shop told her that she was a natural and she then decided to take a few classes at the NY Botanical gardens as well. She continued to work with florals at another shop after she moved that focused on a lot of weddings and events and then in 2004, she decided to start Hana Floral officially. Before finding her love of florals she was a classically trained opera singer and wanted a way to get back into creativity in a new form that could also end up being her livelihood.
What she likes most about working in the wedding/event industry:
She loves meeting her clients and getting to be a part of one of the most important days of their lives. It's still a thrill to her even after over 700 weddings!!
Her favorite wedding she has done with us and why it was so special:
She loved our Vermont wedding at the Hermitage Inn (photos below). She was fortunate to make a connection with the family and loved being a part of both of their daughter's weddings.
Does she prefer working with greenery or florals for decor? BOTH
What she enjoys about designing florals for tents vs an indoor space and what are the major differences that clients would want to know:
She loves a tented wedding because it's a blank slate. You can create your dream wedding without the walls of a ballroom confining you. She's also just a huge fan of any weddings outdoors. Nature is your background and that is always beautiful.
The geographic areas she services:
Her and her team will go wherever their clients ask them to travel however, their general area is all of CT, NY, and New England.
Her favorite flowers to use for wedding bouquets/table centerpieces:
Without a doubt, she says she is a peony lover. She also really loves so many spring flowers, such as lilacs, hellebores, and ranunculus. (Us too Yumiko... us too.)
The process behind creating and designing floral décor for a wedding:
She likes to hear about the couple's story and the reasoning behind the venue/location for their wedding to get a vision of the overall day. From there she goes into more detail with the couples about where the florals are going to be - whether its the bouquets, personal flowers, ceremony or reception. She always encourages brides to send her images of what they are envisioning or a Pinterest board full of ideas which then helps her and her team to pull common themes and colors for the florals.
For more incredible dreamy pictures go to their Instagram!
Situated on the Quonochontaug Pond, the Weekapaug Inn is a picturesque quaint getaway in Weekapaug, Rhode Island that has the classic New England feeling that we all love! In 1899 the Buffum family decided to start a resort for the Weekapaug beach community sensing its ideal location and strong family lifestyle. With a few changes to location and four generations of inn keepers, it is still a cherished location for luxury weddings, relaxing vacations and weekend getaways.
Inspired with classic Cape Cod style decor and waterfront location, the Inn itself has 31 guest rooms including four two-bedrooms signature suites with views from every room as well as modern farm to table dining focusing on the best seasonal and local produce.
If you're looking for the dreamy "idyllic" wedding location then you are looking at the right venue. With both indoor and outdoor venue spaces, including our amazing Sperry Tents, you are able to create an unforgettable experience for your guests that offers the simplicity of the New England scenery with the endless charm and ease of this space.
Having visited here several times for our tented event installs this past summer, I can truly say that I wish I could spend an entire summer here! The staff is great and the views are perfectly peaceful. You are free to totally chill out with a good book on the lawn chairs, grab a bike/kayak and spend the day exploring, sit and have a drink by the pool or in our case, have an amazing wedding day.
Here is a glimpse into one of our favorite events that we have done at the Weekapaug Inn.
Stay tuned for updates with plenty more wedding stories from this venue in the upcoming months!
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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.)
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 havewedding details! #gtcweddingsinpo