A Classic Fall Wedding at the Waveny House in New Canaan, Connecticut

Catherine Burns (27 and a marketing manager) and Todd Burns (27 and a risk assurance manager) pulled off a classic, fall wedding with a color palette

Catherine Burns (27 and a marketing manager) and Todd Burns (27 and a risk assurance manager) pulled off a classic, fall wedding with a color palette of gold, ivory, peach and color hues. The Waveny House in New Canaan, Conn., a historic Tudor-style home built in the early 19th century, served as a striking backdrop for the day and provided a number of different settings for each portion of the elegant affair. The day commenced with a ceremony in the lush rose garden, where the flowers were in full bloom. Catherine and Todd exchanged vows as butterflies floated by and pomanders filled with carnations, roses and mums lined the aisle. Catherine’s childhood pastor officiated the ceremony and the couple treated guests to refreshments as they arrived. The festivities then moved to the Wavney House’s terrace for cocktail hour, where guests sipped on sangria, played lawn games and took in the views of the beautifully estate. The venue’s grand hall, where the reception took place, was the picture of old-world elegance characterized by dark wooden panels, hand-stenciled murals and original wood flooring, which set the tone for the rest of the decor. The couple kept things simple and classic, catering to the locale, topping the tables with understated arrangements of roses, hydrangeas and hypericum in cheerful peach, coral and pink colors, styled alongside gilded accents, ivory linens and warm candlelight. Wines from the couple’s favorite vineyard, as well as their favorite Brussels sprouts dish was served, followed by dancing under a moonlit sky.

Floral Champagne Wedding Invitations
Todd and Catherine met at Bentley University, sharing mutual friends and attending several of the same classes, and remained good friends all throughout college. After several years of friendship, Todd finally asked Catherine out on their first date and eight years later proposed in an apple orchard at Nashoba Valley Winery. “He led me through a whole day of wine tasting and then took me on a walk in the apple orchards and popped the question,” says Catherine. “We celebrated by taking trip to California the next week.”
Catherine’s wedding day look fused classic and modern styles. The satin dress had a fit-and-flare silhouette, strapless neckline and ruched detailing along the bodice and skirt. She layered a lace topper over the gown for the ceremony for an air of old world elegance, then swapped it out for a crystal-embellished sash for the reception.
Classic Ivory Rose Bridal Bouquet
Wanting an elegant look for her bridesmaids that still allowed them to show off some personal flair, Catherine had the girls choose their own dresses in the same champagne satin fabric. The girls paired the look with matching kitten heels and midnight blue jewelry. As the evening went on, the girls cozied up with matching navy Pashminas.
Coral and Ivory Rose Bridesmaid Bouquet
The Waveny House’s gardens were in full bloom for Catherine and Todd’s late September affair, with an abundance of bright roses on show. Playing up the lush locale, the couple lined the aisles with pomanders bursting with carnations, roses and mums in ivory, pink and coral hues. Two large arrangements stood at the head of the aisle, framing the couple as their said their “I do’s.”
The ceremony took place in the rose garden at The Waveny House, with Catherine and Todd exchanging vows surrounded by freshly bloomed roses and fluttering butterflies. “It was our dream to be married outside and the weather turned out perfectly that day,” says Catherine. Catherine’s childhood minister officiated the ceremony and the pair treated guests to refreshments as they arrived.
Catherine and Todd planned an elegant, classic wedding at The Waveny House in New Canaan, Conn. with a cheerful peach, pink, coral, ivory and gold color palette that put a playful twist on traditional autumnal hues. “We wanted our wedding to reflect the historic beauty of the venue,” says Catherine.
Before heading into the elegant Tudor-style mansion for the reception, the newlyweds and their guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the stone patio overlooking the venue’s beautifully manicured grounds. Guests sipped on sangria and wines from the couple’s favorite vineyard in California, and tried their hands at lawn games like corn hole.
Blue and Gold Hand-Lettered Escort Cards
Pink Rose and Hydrangea Cocktail Hour Centerpieces
The Waveny House grand hall played host to the reception. The 19th century wood paneled walls, hand-stenciled murals, marble fire places and original wooden floors infused the space with old world charm, setting a traditional tone for the rest of the decor. The couple struck the perfect balance of contemporary and classic, opting for a palette of gold, peach, pink and coral hues and topping the tables with fresh blooms like roses, hydrangeas and hypericum.
Peach and Coral Rose Centerpieces
Two-Tier Cake with Gold Accents
The couple put their own personal twist on the traditional wedding schedule, taking to the floor for their first dance during cocktail hour, allowing the rest of the evening’s festivities to flow smoothly. The pair danced to Billy Joel’s “Just the Way You Are,” then led guests into the Wavney House grand hall for dinner and more dancing.