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An Intimate Wedding in Connecticut Inspired by a Vintage Photography Book

Planned by Sylvie Rosokoff.

Jen and MC met in March 2020 on a dating app. In December 2021, Jen proposed with a cross-stitch that said, “Marry Me?” and they exchanged engagement rings. Meanwhile, in the summer of 2021, Natalka Burian, an author and owner of Elsa and Ramona, a bar in Brooklyn, reached out to photographer Sylvie Rosokoff to set up a styled shoot at her new event space in the Berkshires—Laura In The Woods in Roxbury, Connecticut.

“We connected with Brooklyn-based floral and design company Little Sister Creative and started thinking about a styled shoot we could put together to really showcase the space, until we realized that Julie, our florist, was also a licensed officiant,” Sylvie says, “Why not offer a fully-designed real, free wedding to a lucky couple?” They teamed up with a few other vendors and put out a call for real couples to apply to win the wedding. Jen and MC were chosen, and their wedding day was a collaboration between their vision and the vendors’ talents.

Jen and MCs' vellum invitations and monogrammed red envelopes

Photo by Sylvie Rosokoff

The wedding had a color scheme of muted pastels with a retro feel to play off the design of the house. “It was designed by Yann Weymoutth, who worked with I.M. Pei as chief of design on the Grand Louvre Project in Paris,” Sylvie says, “The vibrant pops of color throughout really underscore the quirky beauty of the space.”

The couple invited nine guests to watch them tie the knot on April 23, 2022, and asked them to wear sparkly outfits with sequins or glitter. Although there was not an event planner involved, Sylvie took on both the photography and coordination for Jen and MC’s wedding day.

Read on to see all of the details Sylvie captured, including a taco dinner from Chingòn Taco Truck, cocktails from Elsa, and a cake from Yip Studio; some of the vendors that donated their talents for the couple’s big day.

Jen and MC created vellum invitations along with a separate invitation that invited guests to attend the wedding virtually. The suite incorporated the couple’s sherbet-inspired color scheme.

Jen and MC's setting with a pink velvet couch and colorful flowers

Photo by Sylvie Rosokoff

Jen and MC's colorful floral arrangements

Photo by Sylvie Rosokoff

The floral design was inspired by vintage elements and "Hackney Kisses," a photography book of couples kissing while cutting wedding cake in the 1950s. "These black and white images were so sweet...literally," shares Sylvie. "Researching this book, Julie Guinta, founder and creative director of Little Sister Creative, found this quote: 'In each kiss you see the future, the past recedes.' Her mind went wild thinking of being caught in this in-between. She wanted to create her own version of this suspended kiss state, a dream space between just couples."

Jen and MC's pink velvet couch decorated with purple flowers and greenery

Photo by Sylvie Rosokoff

Jen and MC's colorful floral arrangement

Photo by Sylvie Rosokoff

"Little Sister Creative transformed the house’s living room into a flower-filled dreamscape for the ceremony, with an installation above the fireplace, and sculptural arrangements on side tables as well as seemingly growing out of the floor behind the sofa where guests sat," shares Sylvie.

Jen and MC's fire place decorated with colorful flowers and a "Marry Me?" stitched item

Photo by Sylvie Rosokoff

Jen’s proposal cross-stitch was also on display. "I’m so glad was included in the wedding," they share. "It took a month to make and was so hard to keep secret and hidden from MC!"

Jen and MC's reception room with mismatched chairs, single-stem flowers, and tall greenery centerpiece

Photo by Sylvie Rosokoff

The couple’s reception took place in the house’s solarium, which doubles as the dining room. The couple’s florist added bud vases to the room’s many windows and decorated the table with more flowers and colorful taper candles

Jen and MC's tablescape with single-stem flowers, black chargers, and mismatched chairs

Photo by Sylvie Rosokoff

Jen and MC's colorful lucite glassware, woven placemats, and colorful taper candles

Photo by Sylvie Rosokoff

Jen and MC's place settings with black chargers, colorful menu cards, and linen napkins

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The place settings featured textured charges, matte black stone plates with metallic edge detailing, and colorful champagne coupes from Estelle Colored Glass

Jen and MC's wedding bar with cider

Photo by Sylvie Rosokoff

Jen and MC's wedding bar with cocktails

Photo by Sylvie Rosokoff

Cocktails were provided by the venue’s sister bar, Elsa. The couple had two signature cocktails. Jen chose “The Handsome Grandson,” a gin-based cocktail with basil, bay leaf syrup, pomegranate, and lime. MC’s cocktail was the “Hotel Danger,” a drink with peach mezcal, chipotle agave, aperol, and lemon. The couple also offered dry cider from Berkshire Cider Project to pair with dinner. They served a sour cider made with locally foraged quince along with a dry barrel-aged cider. “Celebrating in the Berkshires means celebrating the Berkshires,” Sylvie says, “What better way than with a truly local apple Champagne!”

Jen and MC's one-tier white cake decorated with flowers

Photo by Sylvie Rosokoff

The couple had a matcha passionfruit wedding cake made by Amy at Yip Studio, who creates inventive designs with natural elements like rocks, moss, and grassy knolls. Jen and MC’s unique wedding cake was decorated with fruits and flowers.

Jen and MC walking into their venue

Photo by Sylvie Rosokoff

Jen wearing red pants and MC wearing a sparkly jumpsuit

Photo by Sylvie Rosokoff

MC wore dark red suit pants from ASOS paired with a white button down shirt from H&M. She ordered a custom suit for the wedding, but the shipping was delayed due to Covid shutdowns. “Running around trying to find a last-minute suit option for a 5’1” frame in men’s styling—in the color—I wanted, was impossible,” MC says, “Luckily, I went through old boxes of clothes in my wardrobe and found the fancy red pants I never had an occasion to wear before and realized they were perfect.” Although the white shirt was a little too big, MC rolled up the sleeves and felt it added to the casual and confident look she was going for.

Jen writing a letter on a personalized card

Photo by Sylvie Rosokoff

I hope that more stores and designers start offering more options for us in-between folks who don’t want a dress or a suit.

MC kissing Jen while sitting on the pink velvet couch in her sequin jumpsuit

Photo by Sylvie Rosokoff

Jen wore a Phase Eight silver sequin jumpsuit. She spent months searching for a sparkly jumpsuit that had the right mix of glamour and comfort. "It was incredibly difficult to find something to wear as a bride that wasn’t a dress,” Jen says, “I hope that more stores and designers start offering more options for us in-between folks who don’t want a dress or a suit, but something with a blend of femme and masc.”

They accessorized with a pearl necklace from Love Locked in Jersey City. Jen’s nana gave them a pearl necklace when they were younger, but it is in Australia for safe keeping. So, they couldn’t wear it on the wedding day. “As soon as I saw the pearls at Love Locked, I knew it would be the perfect way to bring my Nana into the day in a special way,” Jen explains. Jen wore their favorite Maybelline foundation, concealer, and powder, eye shadow and lipstick by Colourpop, and added a sparkly eye shadow from Glossier for their bridal makeup look.

Jen and MC holding hands while taking couple portraits outside

Photo by Sylvie Rosokoff

MC hugging Jen while taking couple portraits outside

Photo by Sylvie Rosokoff

Before the ceremony, the couple took portraits around the property with their photographer, Sylvie Rosokoff.

Jen's colorful wrapped bouquet in yellow, purple, and pink shades

Photo by Sylvie Rosokoff

MC's colorful boutonniere wrapped in orange ribbon

Photo by Sylvie Rosokoff

Jen held a lush bridal bouquet in shades of sherbet, while MC wore a matching corsage on her wrist.

Jen and MC kissing while taking couple portraits in the woods

Photo by Sylvie Rosokoff

Jen and MC taking couple portraits in their venue

Photo by Sylvie Rosokoff

The bouquet and corsage were finished with matching peach-colored ribbons.

Jen and MC's ring exchange during their ceremony

Photo by Sylvie Rosokoff

Instead of writing their own vows, Jen and MC left that up to Julie, their officiant. “We actually realized the moment we were standing in front of everyone that we hadn’t even read over what Julie was going to say, so we got to hear it all for the first time along with everyone else. It was beautiful,” Jen says.

Jen and MC holding hands during their ceremony

Photo by Sylvie Rosokoff

Jen and MC kissing during their ceremony

Photo by Sylvie Rosokoff

Jen adds, "I just remember standing across from MC, as Julie read our vows, and feeling the calmest I’ve ever been. As someone with lifelong anxiety, I’ve never experienced anything like it. It was magic."

Jen and MC wrapping their arms around one another after their ceremony

Photo by Sylvie Rosokoff

Jen and MC posing with their wedding guests

Photo by Sylvie Rosokoff

The couple had nine of their closest loved ones in attendance. “Being able to have Jen’s dad and sister, Camille, fly over from Australia for the week was incredible,” MC says. “We spent the night before the wedding playing Uno and laughing for hours, and the morning getting ready together.”

Jen and MC's virtual wedding guests on Zoom

Photo by Sylvie Rosokoff

Other family and friends who couldn't make it to the nuptials watched the ceremony on Zoom. To couples currently planning a wedding, Jen and MC say, “Providing a virtual way to attend like Zoom is amazing. It made it extra special to be able to include people across the US and the world who wouldn’t have been able to make it for various reasons, and to get to see them on our special day.”

Jen and MC kissing on a retro blue couch

Photo by Sylvie Rosokoff

Jen and MC's signature cocktails

Photo by Sylvie Rosokoff

Jen and MC sipping on their signature cocktails

Photo by Sylvie Rosokoff

The couple served guacamole and chips during the cocktail hour, along with their two signature cocktails and local hard cider.

Jen and MC kissing in the woods underneath confetti shower

Photo by Sylvie Rosokoff

One final touch to the newlyweds' wedding looks? Glitter from a photoshoot that leant some sparkle to their outfits the rest of the night.

Jen and MC sharing a toast with their guests at dinner

Photo by Sylvie Rosokoff

Jen reading her wedding menu

Photo by Sylvie Rosokoff

"Jen and MC requested a vegetable-forward menu, so Chingón had fun playing around with the first vegetables of the season and getting creative with a new spin on traditional dishes," shares Sylvie. "They wanted the food to be as bright and colorful as the happy couple!"

Jen and MC eating salad at dinner

Photo by Sylvie Rosokoff

Jen and MC's street corn dish

Photo by Sylvie Rosokoff

The couple’s intimate reception dinner started with salad and elote, followed by tuna crudo tostadas.

Jen and MC laughing with their guests during dinner and speeches

Photo by Sylvie Rosokoff

Jen and MC's guests eating dinner in the dark by candlelight

Photo by Sylvie Rosokoff

Jen and MC's taco dinner

Photo by Sylvie Rosokoff

Jen and MC kissing during dinner with their guests

Photo by Sylvie Rosokoff

The main dish was a trio of tacos including al pastor, poblano pepper, and grilled cactus tacos. “I still dream about the food," remarks Jen.

Jen and MC's floral cake decorated with more colorful flowers

Photo by Sylvie Rosokoff

Jen and MC cutting into their floral wedding cake

Photo by Sylvie Rosokoff

Jen and MC making a toast and raising their glasses

Photo by Sylvie Rosokoff

Jen and MC shared their wedding cake as their guests shared heartfelt toasts to the newlyweds. 

Jen and MC's dinner

Photo by Sylvie Rosokoff

Jen and MC kissing

Photo by Sylvie Rosokoff

Jen and MC printed thank you cards for their guests in a sherbet shade that matched their menu and invitation suite. They plan to spend their honeymoon in France, but first, they will travel to Australia to celebrate with Jen’s family members that couldn’t fly in for the wedding.

One of the couple's favorite moments? "At the end of the night, when we all just sat on the couch surrounded by flowers, filled with cake, and watching our littlest guest, two-year-old Oskar, bust some killer dance moves."

Wedding Team

Venue Laura in the Woods

Coordinator Sylvie Rosokoff

Officiant Julie Guinta of Little Sister Creative

Jen’s Attire Phase Eight

Jen’s Jewelry Love Locked

MC’s Attire Asos; H&M 

MC’s Shoes Florsheim 

Engagement Rings Macha

Floral Design Little Sister Creative

Invitations & Paper Products Goods Gang

Cocktails Elsa 

Cider Berkshire Cider Project

Catering Chingòn Taco Truck

Cake Yip Studio

Photography Sylvie Rosokoff

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