Elegant Connecticut Wedding at Harkness Memorial State Park

November 6, 2020 | riley

Grace and Steven described their Connecticut wedding at Harkness Memorial State Park as “classically elegant,” and we agree. The couple wanted a day that felt personal to them–and from private vows at the first look to gorgeous pink and white florals from Floral Designs by Justine to invites with a watercolor portrait of their pup Georgia created by Cat Wilcox–we think they pulled it off beautifully.

Not only did Junebug member Elizabeth Grant Photography do an incredible job of capturing all of the special moments of the day, but we also love what she had to say about Grace and Steven’s love!

Elizabeth Grant’s Take on Their Special Day

Eolia Mansion is a beautiful historic property–with gorgeous gardens, a breathtaking beach, and a simple interior lending itself to personalization by the couple to make a wedding of any size feel intimate. Grace and Steven are the sweetest couple, too. Steven supports Grace in everything that she does, and you can see how proud he is of her when he looks at her. Grace is soft yet strong and has found her soulmate in Steven. They exchanged private vows before seeing each other for the first time. Then, a beautiful church ceremony and reception buzzing with love and energy followed. The two of them floated on cloud nine all day as they celebrated their union with their closest friends and family. 

The Couple:

Grace and Steven

The Wedding:

Eolia Mansion, Harkness Memorial State Park, Connecticut

Why Eolia Mansion at Harkness Memorial State Park

Eolia Mansion was right in our backyard in Waterford and combined the elegance we were seeking with our love for the water. It was the only venue we visited and—being so close to home—a place we knew we could visit and remember the day for years to come.

Wedding Advice From The Bride

The best advice I can offer is to have a conversation or meeting with vendors before hiring them. There were many photographers, for instance, whose style I loved, but the connection wasn’t there when we spoke. When I met Elizabeth over the phone, I knew immediately that she would be perfect for us. Also, enjoy it!

Adding Personal Touches

We were aiming for a classically elegant vibe. I wanted a lot of whites, pale pinks, and greens. I also wanted it to be personal and meaningful. To add a personal aspect, my mom worked with our invitation designer to watercolor our venue for the invites, and our designer included a watercolor of our beloved dog, Georgie.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Elizabeth Grant Photography
Ceremony Venue – St Joseph Church
Reception Venue – Eolia Mansion
Floral Design – Floral Designs by Justine
Catering – Coastal Gourmet
Cake – Cakes by Donna
Videography – Elizabeth Eve Productions
Invitation Design – Cat Wilcox
Makeup Artist & Hair Styling – Infinity Hair
Wedding Dress – Made with Love Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – BHLDN
Groom’s Apparel – Jos A Bank
Rentals – Spin Enterprise


Congratulations again to Grace and Steven on their elegant Connecticut wedding at Eolia Mansion in Harkness Memorial State Park! Big thank you to Junebug member Elizabeth Grant Photography for capturing and sharing their special day with us. To see more of her work, check out her profile in our directory of best wedding photographers in the world!

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One Comment

  1. The wedding was well organized and the pictures and their group pictures were very beautiful

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