A Contemporary, DIY Wedding at Hawk's Landing Country Club in Southington, Connecticut

Lynn Camire (27 and a social worker) and Joe Monillo (29 and works in insurance sales) exchanged vows on a warm August day in Southington, Conn. The p

Lynn Camire (27 and a social worker) and Joe Monillo (29 and works in insurance sales) exchanged vows on a warm August day in Southington, Conn. The pair met during high school not far from the very spot where they exchanged vows and both spent their summers working at the Hawk’s Landing Country Club, where they eventually fell in love. Choosing a venue that was reflective of their unique personalities and history was important to both Lynn and Joe and Hawk’s Landing seemed like the perfect fit. “We know the ins and outs of the location and the staff, members and ‘regulars’ there are like our second family,” says Lynn. The couple chose a fresh, contemporary aesthetic for the day with an understated palette of white and gray with pops of green and yellow woven throughout. Whimsical, custom-designed stationery by Invitations by Stephanie set the tone for the chic, summer event and details like homemade cookie favors, a fire pit with all the fixings for s’mores and RSVP cards boasting a spot for guests’ musical requests infused the wedding with personal flair. The day kicked off with a ceremony on the Hawk’s Landing lawn, where Lynn made her way down the aisle through a set of vintage doors to meet Joe, who stood under a lush, old-growth tree. A family friend officiated the ceremony and the couple’s family members did all of the readings. The newlyweds then invited their guests to enjoy signature cocktails and apps, including freshly made pastas, on the country club’s patio, before moving inside for the evening. Crisp gray and white linens infused the dining room with a fresh, modern feel, while arrangements of hydrangeas, craspedia, roses, and ranunculuses — all made by Lynn and her bridesmaids — added a pop of cheerful, summery color to the elegant space. “We did a lot of the centerpieces for my matron of honor’s wedding, so we decided to up the ante and do them all at mine!” says Lynn. After dinner, the couple got guests out on the dance floor with plenty of upbeat tunes and surprised their families and friends with a playful photo booth. A tip for the taking from Lynn: “If you can’t afford something you want, look for alternatives or do it yourself! Spend your money where people will see it — if flowers matter to you, spend more on the centerpieces because that’s where people spend a lot of time, instead of ceremony flowers for example.”

Having grown up together, choosing a venue that was truly reflective of their unique history was important to both Lynn and Joe. Located within close proximity to Joe’s childhood home, the Hawk’s Landing Country Club proved to be the ideal spot to say “I do.” The pair had spent many a summer during college working there and it was there that their love truly flourished.
Lynn’s bridal look was all about understated elegance. She kept the add-ons simple, donning an eye-catching pair of crystal drop earrings and accented her glam, side-swept updo with two shimmery clips and her mother’s veil for the ceremony. For her makeup, she went for an elevated, natural look, making her green peepers pop with silvery liner and adding a warm glow with lightly dusted cheeks and a pink pout.
Having helped put together many of the flowers for her matron of honor’s wedding, Lynn decided to take all of the wedding’s florals into her own hands. Enlisting the help of her bridesmaids, she designed all of the bouquets, boutonnieres and centerpieces two days before the wedding with flowers ordered from fiftyflowers.com. Lynn went classic-meets-rustic for her bouquet, filling the arrangement with waxflowers, eucalyptus, freesia, ranunculuses, hypericum and scabiosas, as well as a handful of wildflowers.
When it came to the decor, Lynn and Joe went for a fresh, clean and summery aesthetic. “Having worked at the golf course, I’d seen so many weddings that just felt overdone to me,” says Lynn. The pair worked with a soft color palette of white and gray, adding a touch of cheerfulness through subtle pops of yellow and green. They lined the long banquet tables with crisp white linens and gray striped runners for a contemporary feel, with votive candles and understated arrangements of hydrangeas and craspedia infusing the space with warmth.
After exchanging vows, the couple kicked the festivities into high gear, whisking guests off to the Hawk’s Landing Country Club’s patio for cocktail hour. Guests sipped on signature drinks like spiked lemonade and a refreshing margaritas, while sampling a selection of passed apps and freshly prepared pastas. For dinner the couple served up everything from filet mignon to tropical swordfish and chicken marsala, capping it off with classic yellow cake with fresh whipped cream and strawberries. “We wanted to provide a delicious meal, but did not want to keep people in their seats for too long,” says Lynn. “That’s why I chose to put the pasta course out during cocktail hour. Drinking, dancing, and celebrating were the focus.”
Lynn and her bridesmaids designed all of the centerpieces for the reception, using flowers like ranunculuses, hydrangeas, lisianthuses, scabiosas, craspedias, freesias and more from fiftyflowers.com. The understated arrangements added an air of freshness and a subtle pop of color to the chic, modern tablescapes, while silvery lanterns filled with ivory candles cast a warm, inviting glow over the space.
To set their seats apart from the rest, Lynn and Joe decorated their chairs with eucalyptus wreaths, complementing those displayed on the vintage doors during the ceremony, accented with handcrafted Mr. and Mrs. signs.
Decor was chosen carefully for the ceremony, with the couple focusing on a handful of details that would make the most impact in the quaint outdoor space. “I saw a pictured somewhere along the way of a wedding with French doors at the end of the aisle and had to have them,” says Lynn. “I just really love the moment when the doors open and the bride and groom look at each other and I wanted to have that.” With the help of her parents, Lynn was able to construct a frame with doors left over from a recent home renovation, which she decorated with boxwood wreaths for the ceremony.
With a wedding date set for the end of August, Lynn and Joe wanted to make sure guests were comfortable in the event of high temps. For their programs, the couple chose a fan design, which would help keep guests cool during the outdoor ceremony.
The ceremony took place on the lawn of the Hawk’s Landing Country Club, with Lynn and Joe exchanging vows under a majestic, old-growth tree. The pair hung a vintage chandelier over the spot where they said their “I do’s” to create a focal point at the end of the aisle, while adding an air of romance to the lush, outdoor space.
Once guests finished their meals, Lynn and Joe took to the dance floor. “We chose t dance to ‘Life is Better with You’ by Michael Franti,” says Lynn. “It’s a fun song with a great feeling and message. We danced along for a bit and then our bridal party joined us.” In addition to dancing, the couple set up a photo booth for their friends and families to enjoy, as well as a fire pit where guests could make s’mores.
Wanting her bridesmaids to have a cohesive look, while still allowing them to show off a little personality, Lynn had the five girls choose between two silvery gray dresses from J.Crew. They paired the look with their own nude-colored shoes, hairstyles of their choosing and necklaces and earrings gifted to them by Lynn. “I wanted them to feel beautiful and comfortable,” says Lynn, “and it was important to me that they didn’t buy items just for this day and then shove them in the back of their closets. I even borrowed one of their dresses for a wedding we attended shortly afterwards!”
Invitations by Stephanie created all of the couple’s stationery for the wedding, The whimsical, yet modern invitations set the tone for the day with their muted palette of white, gray and yellow and playful elements like yellow floral motifs, chevron prints and calligraphy inspired fonts.  “I wanted everything to look light, garden-inspired and fun,” says Lynn. “For our response cards we even asked guests to write in a song that was guaranteed to get them on the dance floor,” says Lynn.