I am so happy to be the one to write about this African safari inspired vintage wedding in Connecticut. But wait? Isn’t Litchfield County in Connecticut very quiet, full of farms, quaint, historic, and charming?! Yes it sure is. The neighboring towns of Sharon and Salisbury are indeed quaint and charming, and celebrity-frequented because of their quiet and relaxing atmospheres. Rick and Darren’s African safari inspired vintage wedding fit right in, however, because these sleepy little towns are filled with natural beauty and inspired artists. But let’s rewind and tell the story of Rick and Darren’s wedding from the beginning.
Rick and Darren contacted me at Ambiance Luxe with no time to spare. Just three and a half months prior to their intimate but elaborate wedding, they had barely put a deposit down on a venue, but they knew they needed assistance to make their incredible wedding come together. Planning a wedding in three and a half months is no easy feat, but I knew that we could, with the right attention to detail and the right priorities, plan this wedding perfectly. We sat in a coffee shop nestled between Sharon and Salisbury to talk about all of the options they had and the timing challenges we had to work with.
Rick and Darren wanted a wedding that was cozy, intimate, unique, whimsical, fun, special, and a surprise for their guests. They are world travelers and had a romantic memory of their trips to Africa that they wanted to incorporate into their event design. When we visited Ragamont House and met with the owner we all could see the endless possibilities and unique but completely exquisite style the Ragamont House possesses. The Ragamont House in and of itself is a truly a hidden gem, a jewelry box full of color, with beautiful art like the tiger above the mantle in the living room, gorgeous ikat print curtains, antiques re-finished, and bold black and white floors. It was an extension of Rick & Darren’s vision, and we knew it was perfect. Phillips (otherwise known as “Pete”) Hathaway, the owner of the Ragamont House suggested Lion Rock Farm as our ceremony spot, just a few miles away with breath-taking views of the farmscape country side which would be perfect to showcase the fall foliage as it turned for this October wedding.
Adrienne Craig of Admire Design and I worked together on these totally whimsical and unique passport style wedding invitations. Rick and Darren liked the idea of having a passport sized invitation, with a book-like design their guests could flip through and a little pocket to hold their RSVP card and envelope. Adrienne and I worked on the paper layering to get the exact balance and blend of colors we wanted to see, and Adrienne illustrated Lion Rock Farm and Ragamont House for an extra special and unexpected touch.
After the Ceremony and Recception venues were chosen, we quickly moved on to secure our amazing vendors, including Binaryflips Photography who took the most beautiful photos of Rick & Darren's wedding.
Candice Milliard of Candi's Floral Creations decorated the ceremony area at Lion Rock Farm to enhance the Fall feeling and the natural rustic surroundings. We loved the deer urns that were already on site, and Candi filled the fountain and decorated the aisle with leaves in Fall colors.
How perfect is this tiger who lives at Ragamont House in the living room?
Rick and Darren wanted their tent to feel like an intimate gathering place for their closest friends and family with found antique and vintage objects that felt like they could have been collected over time. Candi and I found the many different silver and ceramic vessels, candle holders, and other unique touches at local antique stores and online on Etsy.
It was fun to showcase Rick and Darren's photos from different times in their lives growing up.
Rick and Darren, along with their guests did not stop dancing. They were having such a great time that they extended the band's time at the end of the night to keep the party going! We had a blast. Instead of a traditional wedding cake, they opted for a french Croquembouche. Just one more personal touch that made Rick and Darren's day completely theirs.