Cristina and Jeff were married at Lord Thompson Manor in Thompson, Conn. on June 28. Only 16 months after the proposal in the Italian Alps. “It was one of those vacations where you wonder how life could possibly get any better at that particular moment,” Cristina said. “The third day in, we were skiing . . . the sun was shining and the sky was the bluest blue. Jeff asked if I wanted to take a photo at the highest point of the mountain. So, we walked over to the edge and no sooner could I turn around for the camera, he was down on one knee. It was unexpected, but I had been hoping for months that it would happen at the same time.” The bride wore a strapless beaded a-line wedding gown, accessorized with a sash and a pair of Jimmy Choo glitter peep-toe platform pumps, while the groom wore a black tuxedo, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long pink chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses. The outdoor ceremony took place on the 40-acre estate’s grounds underneath the towering trees. “Our venue was incredibly classic and romantic,” she said. Toasts along with flutes of champagne were given to guests immediately afterwards. Cheers to the Mr. and Mrs! “We had a choreographed dance, which we totally nailed, as our introduction into the reception,” Cristina said. “I was in all my glory! And the photos show it.” Tables were decorated with white sequin linens, mercury glass centerpieces and candelabras, charger plates with rimmed edges, pearl-studded menu cards, and pashmina shawls wrapped around chiavari chairs. Glass orbs hung from the ceilings lit with candles. Fun fact: dinner was prepared by one of the famous James Beard Foundation celebrity chefs. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Stick to a consistent theme,” she said. “Once you do that, the look will all fall into place.” At the end of the night, sparklers were lit for the send-off.
Jessica and Brian tied the knot at Guilford Yacht Club in Guilford, Conn. on August 16. The bride looked flawless in a strapless gown with a ruffled skirt. She wore her chestnut hair up in a low bun, and opted for royal blue heels as her “something blue.” She carried a bouquet of thistle, amaryllis, roses, eucalyptus, veronica, and amaranthus. Jessica was particularly happy about the way her bouquet turned out. “I did not want a traditional bouquet of roses,” she explained. “My florist listened to my ideas and created the perfect bouquet for me.” The groom looked dapper in a gray three-piece suit and navy necktie. “We were looking for a venue on the water,” Jessica said. “The property is gorgeous and allows for privacy from the rest of the club.” The pair exchanged vows right on the edge of the water in front of 130 family members and friends, who blew bubbles as they recessed down the aisle as husband and wife. The reception was held inside the yacht club, and guests sat at round tables with blue linens and mini sailboat centerpieces. Guests received limoncello favors at their seats. The newlyweds dined at a sweetheart table featuring personalized buoys as chair decor. Guests ate, drank, and danced the night away as Jessica and Brian enjoyed their first day as a married couple. Her wedding planning M.O.? “Relax and have fun; don’t stress over things that are out of your control like the weather!”
Karen and Joonho were married at The Society Room of Hartford in Hartford, Conn. on April 5. The bride wore an antique colored drop waisted wedding gown with a beaded bodice and tiered feather skirt, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a white vest and bow tie. Bridesmaids wore purple short one-shoulder chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, dahlias, and daisies. Before the ceremony, the couple opted to do a first look on Pratt Street, which is located near The Capitol Building. Perfect for portraits! The ceremony and reception both took place inside the ballroom. Following the lighting of the unity candle, it was official.The newlyweds made their grand entrance down a sweeping staircase into a room of grand marble columns soaring high above guests. Escort cards were attached to mini elephants (a nod to the Asian culture), tables were decorated with floating candle centerpieces, and signature “Carolina on my Mind” drinks were served. The best part of the night? Dancing to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin,’ which was a total crowd pleaser.
Marci and Paul were married at Chamard Vineyards in Clinton, Conn. “As we started to plan we noticed a theme coming together,” Marci said. “A celebration of Connecticut! When I first moved to Connecticut, I thought it was only temporary, a stop on the way to wherever else I was going, but it grows on you. No place has quite the combination of city and country, the ocean and the woods, the well-to-do and the down-to-earth. Best of all – it is the place where Paul and I met each other and have so many great memories.” The bride wore a sweetheart lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a gray sash and fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a striped yellow tie and bulldog cufflinks. The outdoor ceremony included a unity candle and a bubble processional. Guests enjoyed sipping on signature cocktails and eating hors d’oeuvres during cocktail hour as they wrote down their best advice for the newlyweds on questionnaire cards. Inside the tented reception, tables were decorated with centerpieces of peonies, dahlias, and scabiosa pods, chalkboard table numbers, and burlap runners. Notice the star on the ceiling? Bottles of wine were given out as favors and had a tag that said, “Love is like a fine wine, it only gets better with time,” and buckets were filled with s’mores bags to roast over an open fire. Yum!
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
Its location. We wanted our wedding to have a traditional New England summertime feel to it. We chose a picturesque church for our ceremony and a beautiful beach area in which to do our portraits, and the country club is in close proximity to both. Our venue is also representative of us as a couple – we love to play sports and spend time outside, and the country club is set on a golf course and has an indoor and outdoor component.
2. Which four details from your wedding were your favorites?
1. Flowers — simply gorgeous.
2. Cupcakes — adorable and tasty.
3. Stationary — the Green Kangaroo’s invitations, programs, place cards, and table numbers were flawless.
4. Bridesmaids and Groomsmen Attire — our sisters and brothers comprised our bridal party, and they looked perfect. Each bridesmaid wore something reflective of her style yet in keeping with our theme and color.
3. If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?
Invest in an amazing photographer. Although you are always told that a wedding goes by quickly, you don’t fully understand how true that statement is until you experience your own wedding. By investing in an amazing photographer, as we did with Candace Jeffery, you are instilled with confidence that your beautiful memories will be captured in photos, and you are given something tangible to forever cherish.
4. Give us the one moment in your wedding you can’t stop thinking about.
Our sunset photos, which took place on the golf course about halfway through out reception. This was the first moment that my husband and I got to be alone with one another, yet we could still hear the excitement of our family and friends in the background. It was also a moment in which we got to reflect on the beauty of our day, which as cliché as it sounds, truly was the best day of our lives.