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 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.”