A Glamorous, Rustic Wedding at The Lace Factory in Deep River, Connecticut

Gauzy draping, rosette linens and towering centerpieces lent a romantic look to Jocelyn Gaudette (26 and a business analyst) and Justin Swann’s (25 and a mechanical engineer) charming, rustic reception.

Exposed brick and original hardwood floors were two selling points for Jocelyn and Justin, who were drawn to their venue’s dramatic, open floor plan. “We fell in love with it instantly,” Jocelyn says. “It was exactly what we were looking for.” A muted color palette of champagne, blush and peach kept things feeling chic, while a subtle swan motif served as a nod to the groom’s surname.

“Train tracks run behind The Lace Factory, so it just made sense to marry at the Essex train station,” Jocelyn says of selecting a ceremony venue.

A classic lace dress was befitting for a wedding at The Lace Factory. “I loved how sexy, yet classy, the off-the-shoulder dress looked,” Jocelyn says. To complete the look, she carried a cascading bouquet of silver dollar eucalyptus, cabbage roses and freesia down the aisle to the tune of Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With Me.” 

Sequined linens and a garland of garden roses, hydrangeas and phalaenopsis orchids topped the sweetheart table.

When guests weren’t sipping on “Swann-gria,” they were either dancing or lounging on plush vignettes arranged throughout the space. Menu highlights included grilled cheese and tomato soup shooters, and a vanilla-and-toasted-almond-flavored cake covered in sugar flowers and fondant.