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September 10, 2022


This stunning wedding is sure to sweep you off your feet! Held at the Lounsbury House in Ridgefield, CT, event planner Evan Chestnutt at One for The Books Events pulled off an entire celebration that guests just couldn't get enough of! From the fabulous floral's to a birthday party surprise, this wedding will have you mesmerized! Every inch of this elegant day was artfully captured by Rodeo & Co. Photo and Loreta Daka nailed it on the floral's! Prepare to fall in love with Joelle and Mike's wedding day. They are finally married! It's time to celebrate!


Joelle and Michael first met during their final year studying at UConn. Although they lived across the street from each other, for a few months they never crossed paths until Michael spotted Joelle at a party one evening. They chatted for a bit, hit it off, and the rest is history! Since graduation Joelle and Michael have both lived in the Boston area and moved in together in Arlington in the Summer of 2020. One December 10, 2021, Michael proposed at The Breakers Mansion in Newport, RI. INSPIRATION BEHIND JOELLE & MIKE'S WEDDING DAY "I was inspired by some of our favorite Nancy Meyers movies (Parent Trap, Father of the Bride) and wanted to plan a wedding that felt timeless and classic. When we found the Jesse Lee Church and The Lounsbury House in Ridgefield, we knew it was meant to be. We loved the history and charm of the venue and the small New England town. The ceremony was an Orthodox Armenian Ceremony to honor Michael's family. I walked down the aisle with my mom to the song Edelweiss to represent my Austrian and Italian heritage. After the ceremony, we were whisked over to The Lounsbury where we were greeted by our bridal party with a petal toss. Cocktail house took place outside on the veranda and then we kicked off the reception with our first dance to Lover by Taylor Swift.

We were very excited that our wedding day also happened to be our niece and flower girl's eleventh birthday! Giuliana is the most wonderful young lady and we wanted her to feel especially loved and celebrated on her birthday, so we planned a few surprises for her during the reception. I decided instead of a father daughter dance, I would dance with her to our favorite song "Do You Believe in Magic". As dinner was winding down, I asked her to go upstairs with me where I had a tiara waiting for her. While we were upstairs we heard birthday music start and the DJ announced her and I as we walked back down the stairs into the foyer and dance floor. Giuliana was surprised with tons of streamers and her own birthday cake before we danced together. Seeing her face when the streamers went off was one our favorite moments of the day!" -Joelle, Bride

specialty flowers and fillers that were utilized in these wedding arrangements were ranunulus, white cloud, astranthia, astilbe, clematis amazing vienna, white delphinium, hydrangea, sweet peas, white lisianthus, niegella, purity, snowberries, trachelium, dried edelweiss, veronica smart, stachys silver filch, and blushing bride proteas

I hope you enjoyed this wedding at the Lounsbury House in Ridgefield, CT. Do you know Joelle and Mike? Show the newlyweds some love by giving this post a 'Heart' in the section below!


Photographer: Rodeo + Co. Photo | Floral Design: Loreta Daka | Ceremony: Jesse Lee Memorial Church | Venue: Lounsbury House | Event Planner: Evan Chestnutt @ One for The Books Events | Dress: Eva Lendel | Bridesmaids: Amsale | Tux: Calvin Klein | Shoes: Loeffler Randall | Beauty: Shaince Howell - Instagram: @stylebyshanice_ / Transcendent Studio | Cake: David Alan Catering | DJ: Powerstation Events / DJ Jessie | Linens: I Do Linens | Invitations: Tulaloo | Transportation: Classic Car Inc. | Ribbons: EmmaLinh


Loreta Daka Carrero is a premier wedding and event floral designer serving Connecticut, New York, and Coastal New England! She specializes in timeless and spiritually curated fine art floral designs for beautiful couples and extraordinary clients.

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