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A Romantic, Island-inspired Wedding Set in the Countryside of Connecticut

“The Harris’s were kind enough to offer to let us celebrate our wedding at Four Winds Farm,” says Grace. “And John and I quickly fell in love with the idea.” The bride’s vision from the beginning was to bring a little bit of Lyford Cay Club to upstate Connecticut. “Salisbury is a very no-fuss place, so naturally, I encouraged everyone to bring the fuss and dress for black tie!” says Grace, laughing. “The one challenge I presented my mother and wedding planner with was no florals anywhere. My husband and I are passionate about many things, but fresh flowers have never been a big part of our life. Since we did decide to get married in the country, I wanted to stay away from the rustic vibe that I have seen so many people do and introduce more of an island feel.” Grace’s mother, Charlotte Barnes, is an interior designer and was put in charge of all of the visuals. Halfway through the planning, they realized just how many logistical details there were that required a second set of hands, so event planner Becky McDermott was a late but very necessary addition to the team. “My godfather, John Knott, owns a textile company called Quadrille; he and his divine husband, John Fondas, helped me choose the fabrics to do all of the tablecloths, napkins, and bars,” explains Grace. They decided on a custom hunter green and white bamboo print (reference: Lyford Trellis) for the tablecloths and napkins and a green and pink batik print (reference: Bunga) was used for both of the indoor bars. For her wardrobe, the style editor always envisioned herself wearing something nontraditional on her wedding day. “My everyday look is quite eclectic and colorful, and I had had my eye on a pale blue feathered Marchesa gown for quite some time,” explains Grace. “It wasn’t until my sister, Alexandra, who lives in Los Angeles, flew to New York to surprise me with a full weekend of dress appointments that I had a change of heart.” The sisters and their mother went everywhere—from traditional bridal salons, to designer showrooms, to Moda Operandi.

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