Brooke and Margo
Oct. 11, 2009 | Avon Old Farms Inn, Avon | Photography by Jacklyn Greenberg, jagstudio, New Haven
Brooke and Margo enjoyed a perfect fall day on Oct. 11, 2009. Connecticut’s fall foliage was at its peak as they were married in the Walker Chapel at the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, where Brooke (photo right, top row, third from left) had graduated. The view of Avon Mountain from the chapel window was a spectacle of green, orange, red and gold leaves, and the grounds of the nearby Avon Old Farms Inn, where they had their reception, were a splendor of color as well.
Margo’s family, most of whom are from the South, hadn’t experienced anything of Connecticut, so Brooke and her mother, Maureen, wanted them to appreciate not only the scenery, but so much that makes our state special. For themselves and their guests, Brooke and Margo wanted a wedding with a definite “Connecticut feel” (they now live and work in New York). They had just that, thanks to decorative pumpkins, maple leaves worked into the floral arrangements, small bottles of maple syrup that served as favors and table cards with Connecticut tree names created by Lettres Stationery in Avon.
“One of our goals was to pick up the colors outside,” says Maureen, who credits Thomas and Marcy Green of Dragonfly Event, the Granby event designer and florist that focused on the colors of the October landscape. For Brooke the “flowers were superimportant,” and she loved the way the Greens wove antique ribbons in with the flowers of her bouquet, and one-of-a-kind buttons in with Margo’s. Maureen credits Dragonfly with striking the right balance between Brooke’s traditional tastes and the more modern styles that Margo prefers. “They knew exactly what Brooke and Margo wanted,” she says.
As did New Haven photographer Jacklyn Greenberg of jagstudio, who “picked up the rich fall colors so well,” Maureen says. “She is such an artist! These are pictures we will look at for years.” One photo everyone particularly loves places the couple under a tree as autumn leaves drift gently down to earth.
Brooke, in an Ines Di Santo gown that she purchased at a trunk show, and Margo, in a custom-made tuxedo, both wore white, while their attendants’ dresses, purchased at J. Crew at Westfarms, replicated the autumn colors. Brooke and Margo spent the morning having their hair coiffed by Nona, from Studio in West Hartford, and their makeup applied by Shannon Rodriguez, resident artist for Laura Mercier® Cosmetics, carried at Nordstrom. After the ceremony, they danced the rest of the day away to live jazz and swing music, then left for a relaxing honeymoon in the Dominican Republic.