Weddings

BRIDAL GOWNS

A Little Something White Bridal Couture

A Little Something White Bridal Couture is the wedding and bridesmaid dress shop with a big role in your wedding. It’s here, at this appointment-only bridal salon in Darien, that you’ll find a beautiful selection of couture gowns. These are the kind of dresses that have filled your dreams since you were a girl. Now that the big day is approaching, you finally get to choose the dress that is right for you and your love story. Count on a calm, positive experience as you are guided through the options. (See also “Bridesmaid Dress Boutique.”)

1292 Boston Post Rd., Darien, 203-309-5110; alittlesomethingwhite.com


BRIDESMAID DRESS BOUTIQUE

A Little Something White Bridal Couture

On a bride’s big day, she is surrounded by people who have been by her side throughout her courtship. Together, they have seen love bloom. That’s why every bride wants her bridesmaids to feel her love for them, too. They serve an important role in the wedding ceremony and support the bride during the happy occasion. Find beautiful bridesmaid dresses at A Little Something White Bridal Couture. Enjoy the selection, and the royal treatment.  (See also “Bridal Gowns.”)

1292 Boston Post Rd., Darien, 203-309-5110; alittlesomethingwhite.com


WEDDING RINGS

Betteridge Jewelers

A wedding band is a powerful symbol in marriage. For two people in love, creating a life together, the band is far more than a piece of jewelry—it’s a tangible statement of their commitment to each other. The style of the band is a personal expression of their relationship. A couple heading to Betteridge will find a range of styles, all elegant, in yellow or white gold, or platinum.  (See also “Men’s Watches.”)

239 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich, 203-869-0124; betteridge.com


WEDDING PLANNER

Ashley Douglass Events

You may be the most organized, in control, creative, decisive, high-style person on the planet, but our readers might suggest that for your big day, go with a wedding planner. They tip their hat to Ashley Douglass Events, who can handle the many decisions that go into one of the most important events of your life. Whether you want to celebrate your union with a regal, fully formal reception or a friendly country affair, you’ll express it best with a pro at your side to help find the right venue and attend to the scheduling and vendor communications.

34 East Putnam Ave., Greenwich, 917-748-6281; ashleydouglassevents.com


WEDDING GIFTS

Williams-Sonoma

Getting married is about a new life together—and that takes espresso makers and high-quality blenders. As couples think of what they need to set up their new home together, Williams-Sonoma is stocking the shelves with pots, pans, dishes, glasses, aprons, basters and more than a few other essentials. Finding a wedding gift is easy, but it makes the selection tough when all of the professional-quality cookware, utensils and small appliances are appealing. This store was founded in 1956, so advice, based on experience and passion, is plentiful.

Stamford Town Center, 100 Greyrock Pl., Stamford, 203-961-0977
136 Main St., Westport, 203-221-8667
See other locations at williams-sonoma.com


WEDDING REGISTRY

Bed Bath & Beyond

When you’re newly married, you’re building a life together. That means either: (A) Lots of separate trips to Bed Bath & Beyond for bed sheets, throw pillows, table linens, grills, vacuum cleaners, small appliances and more than a few other household staples; or (B) A wedding registry at the store. They make it easy and fun, and have plenty of options to suit your style, whether traditional, contemporary, spalike comforting or summer-loving coastal. Your wedding guests will appreciate the ease of finding just what you want, too.

See all locations at bedbathandbeyond.com


WEDDING RECEPTION VENUE

Longshore

The only waterfront event space in Westport, Longshore also happens to boast the most photograph-inspiring sunsets and romantic moments in the county. Our readers chose it as the best wedding reception venue, and their choice reveals their most romantic side. Longshore has incredible views and seaside breezes. Your guests will be all eyes on you and your spouse, of course, but they might also appreciate the marriage of lush grounds and gardens, water and coastal harbor and expansive sky. Some places are special.

260 Compo Rd. S., Westport, 203-226-3316; innatlongshore.com


WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

Melani Lust Photography


Photograph: Melani Lust

Photographer Melani Lust has caught the eye of our readers. When she’s not on assignment for our magazine, she’s likely out capturing the most tender moments of a couple’s wedding day. Calm, confident and sincere, Lust has proven to be a talented artist, who finds the right moments, both big and small, that preserve one of the biggest days in a couple’s life together. Her romantic side comes out in every shot.

203-454-5878; melanilustphotography.com


WEDDING CAKES

Sweet Lisa’s Exquisite Cakes

Your wedding cake should taste as good as it looks. Whether you have something in mind, or don’t quite know where to start, you’ll find help at Sweet Lisa’s Exquisite Cakes, which will bake up and decorate a cake you and your guests will love. Gold Coast couples say they get the advice and attention they need to make a sweet choice.

3 Field Rd., Cos Cob, 203-869-9545; sweetlisas.com


WEDDING FLORAL DESIGNER

McArdle’s Florist & Garden Center


Photograph: Todd Shapera

Flowers are important in a wedding. The centerpieces on the tables, the swags on the seating at the ceremony, and, of course, the bride’s bouquet. Go with arrangements that include many different flowers or champions your favorite one, you can’t go wrong with the experienced pros at McArdle’s in Greenwich. Respected and trusted, they’ve proven their creativity and good taste throughout the years.

48 Arch St., Greenwich, 203-661-5600; mcardles.com


WEDDING INVITATIONS/STATIONERY

J Papers

J Papers, a small boutique shop in Greenwich, is in love with paper—and they delight in creating wedding invitations, announcements and thank you notes, as well as new fine personal stationery for Gold Coast couples. They know the luxury invitations and papers send the first impression of any gathering or sentiment. And they know what they’re talking about—they are celebrating ten years in business.

100 Bruce Park Ave., Greenwich, 203-769-5104; jpapers.co


WEDDING DJ/LIVE MUSIC

James Daniel Entertainment

A wedding has a lot of moving parts that have to work together—flowers, food, invitations, dresses, cakes, rings, and on and on—and one of the most delightful essentials is music. James Daniel sets the mood, from the sentimental father-daughter dance, the heart-tugging first dance, and the joyful celebration of all the guests, the dance floor is set with just the right music.

125 Bedford St., Stamford, 203-969-2400; jamesdaniel.com