A Whimsical, Vintage-Inspired Garden Wedding at Gwyn Careg Inn in Pomfret, Connecticut

From arrangements of summery peach blooms to silvery vintage accents and whimsical hand-lettered signage, Erica Nogueira (29 and an art teacher) and K

From arrangements of summery peach blooms to silvery vintage accents and whimsical hand-lettered signage, Erica Nogueira (29 and an art teacher) and Kenny Richard’s (33 and a software analyst) wedding was the perfect example of a whimsical, romantic affair. The couple found their ceremony venue, the historic Pomfret School Chapel, by chance online and instantly fell for its ivy-covered stone facade and old-world charm. “It looked like it belonged in a fairytale,” Erica says. Surrounded by an intimate gathering of family and friends, they exchanged heartfelt vows against a backdrop of silvery gray stone. A reception followed at the Gywn Careg Inn in Pomfret, Connecticut, with dinner and dancing taking place under an open-air sailcloth tent in the lush Spanish Gardens. To go with the setting, Erica and Kenny decorated the beautiful outdoor space with bunches of fresh pastel blooms designed by Studio 539 Flowers and displayed in antique silver chalices and ink bottles. Fresh sprigs of rosemary added a light fragrance to the tables, details like striped straws with miniature pendant flags, silver bird table-number holders and gold script chair decorations helped bring to life the couple’s whimsical garden theme. As a nod to Kenny’s love of music, the pair made a CD of songs that spoke to them as a couple for guests to take home at the end of the night. “It was important to us to have great music and make sure everyone had fun,” Erica says. DJ Fran Enjem made sure of that, getting guests out on the dance floor with her upbeat mix of dance hits.

A year and a half after they met, Kenny popped the question on New Year’s Eve. He whisked Erica off to the spot where they had their first date, in West Hartford, Connecticut, got down on one knee in the slush and snow and presented her with a vintage-inspired princess-cut diamond engagement ring.
Designers Oak and Orchid custom-designed all the stationery, complete with whimsical script lettering, a vintage-inspired floral motif and playful floral "love" stamps. They hand-lettered each of the gold envelopes and gave the invitations a refined, formal feel.
Before she’d even found her wedding dress, Erica spotted a pair of shimmery heels at J.Crew and knew she had to have them. The limited-edition kicks were a pale pink color—perfect for the wedding’s palette of peach, blush and gold hues— and featured beaded embellishments along the toe.
When it came to choosing a wedding dress, Erica headed to Mariella’s Creations in Wethersfield, Connecticut. She chose a classic lace gown in a strapless, mermaid-style silhouette and paired it with a fingertip-length, lace-edged veil for the ceremony. “I had also come across photos of beautiful vintage-inspired crystal hairpieces and wanted something a little different from the expected hair comb,” Erica says. “I found a shop on Etsy in Italy and ordered the hairpiece from a woman who makes them by hand.”
After coming across a few photos of a wedding at the Pomfret School Chapel online, Erica and Kenny knew it was the place they would exchange vows. The historic chapel perfectly captured the whimsical, romantic feel they hoped to achieve with its ivy-covered stone facade, high ceilings and intricate architectural detailing.
Wanting an elegant vintage feel for the wedding, Erica had her bridesmaids don classic cocktail-style dresses in airy chiffon fabric. They were able to choose a style that best suited their sartorial style and personalities. And with a garden-inspired theme, the gown’s pale lavender hue was a perfect fit.
Peony and Garden Rose Bouquet
Erica spent months scouring antique shops and stores for vessels and trinkets that would bring her vintage, garden-inspired vision to life. The small treasures, like silver chalices, glass ink bottles and small bird cardholders were incorporated into the tablescapes and gave the decor a romantic old-world vibe.
Rosemary-Accented Menu Cards
Studio 539 Flowers seriously delivered when it came to the wedding’s floral arrangements. Her romantic creations, complete with all the classics—garden roses, peonies and hydrangeas—in soft peach, pink, white and coral hues filled the sailcloth tent with energy, life and a touch of romance.
Whimsical Arrow Chair Signs
Simple Two-Tier Garden Rose Cake
Instead of a traditional guest book, Erica and Kenny opted for something nontraditional. Playing off the day’s vintage theme, the couple found old postcards with images of various flora and fauna and put them out for guests to fill with their warm well wishes and advice.
Hand-Lettered Seating Chart in Vintage Frame
After an intimate ceremony at the Pomfret School Chapel, the newlyweds and their guests kicked off the evening’s festivities with a cocktail hour on the lawn of the Gwyn Careg Inn in Pomfret, Connecticut. Guests sipped on ice cold beer, chilled wine and Vodka Collins signature cocktail, while enjoying the warm summer sun.
Peach-Striped Straws With Miniature Flags