A Romantic Fall Wedding at the Riverhouse in Haddam, Connecticut

MacKenzie Smith (25 and a registered nurse) and James McConville’s (26 and works in life insurance sales) wedding was all about classic elegance with a bohemian chic flair. Ensuring guests enjoyed the evening without having to worry about logistics was high on the couple’s priority list. The Riverhouse in Haddam, Connecticut, offered the perfect combination of aesthetics and convenience, boasting striking river views, beautifully appointed rooms and proximity to both St. Sebastian’s Church and the Inn at Middletown. When it came to the decor, the couple wanted to keep things timeless and elegant with a touch of French-inspired laissez-faire style. They chose a sophisticated color palette of neutral tones like white, gray and blue, sprinkled with splashes of raspberry to bring the room to life. Flowers were a key element in the wedding’s design and the couple worked with Stems Floral Design to create lush garden-inspired arrangements of hydrangeas, roses, dahlias and red amaranthus for both the ceremony and reception. Warm candlelight and whimsical calligraphed stationery added a layer of romance and whimsy to the affair, while details like a heritage table played up the evening's sentimental nature. To highlight their love of music and dancing, MacKenzie and James took extra care when it came to the day’s musical selections. They asked James’s sister and brother-in-law, both Broadway performers, to sing during the ceremony and they blew away the couple and all their guests with renditions of John Lennon’s “Grow Old With Me,” Celine Dion and Anthony Bocelli’s “The Prayer” and Eva Cassidy’s “Fields of Gold.” After a delectable dinner and delicious desserts like strawberry shortcake, the couple and their guests hit the dance floor, where Powerstation Events kept the party going all night. A tip for the taking from MacKenzie: “I tried to involve my mother, mother-in-law and bridesmaids in so many aspects of the planning. The moms would come to my dress fittings and the food tastings and to pick out materials at Micheals. It was a way we could all be together and a great way for both the moms to have fun together. I even had a “dress rehearsal” with all my bridesmaids one night. They all brought their dresses over to my place to try them on, play with the different styles and try on their jewelry. I had champagne and finger foods, and then afterward we went out for sushi together.”