Candice Coppola, Jubilee Events, Danbury, Connecticut

"Planning my own wedding was a challenge because I'm inundated with visual stimuli on a daily basis. It was hard to pare down all the ideas floating around in my head and focus on what was going to best represent me and my fiancé. There were about 10 different weddings I could have planned for myself and been excited about each one! So my main focus when I started the planning process was deciding what kind of experience I wanted to create for us and for our guests. What emotions did I want to evoke, and what did I want everyone to walk away remembering? I decided that I wanted the reception to feel warm and intimate—like Thanksgiving dinner in my grandparents' dining room—and that I'd love our guests to feel the connection between Michael and me. I was also inspired by my parents' first-dance song, 'The Best Is Yet to Come,' by Frank Sinatra. I loved the sentiment—that your wedding is an amazing day, but really it's only the beginning. We incorporated that line into the wedding in several different ways, including using it on our invitations and stamping it on our clay ring 'pillow.'

"As every designer knows, all it takes is one singular thought, object, color, or emotion to start the ball rolling on a design scheme. What led me down the path toward the wedding's overall look was finding my wedding-day shoes, a unique pair of purple heels. Once I found them, they started to dictate the color scheme, the centerpieces, the linen choice, and the direction I wanted to go with my gown. I've worked at so many beautiful reception venues, it was especially difficult to choose one. But while scouting a spot for a client, I discovered the Gershon Fox Room, in Hartford. I immediately fell in love with its Art Deco style. It was unique and unexpected— just like my 'inspiration' shoes. Everything fell into place as we went along. I always tell clients that you really don't need to be worried if you don't have a clear-cut vision of the wedding when you begin planning. A wedding grows and evolves as you refine ideas and learn about your personal style. Being open to finding new things and changing your mind is important."

Photos: Robert & Kathleen Photographers

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