Chelsea & Bill
Q & A with the Bride:
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
It was the perfect combination of two things that made us love the venue. Most importantly, I’d say was being right on the water – the beautiful view of the river was captivating. (Sadly, we weren’t able to enjoy the outdoors as much as we would have liked due to the heavy rain that day.) The second thing was the rustic feel of the reception room – we loved the unique vaulted ceilings, chandeliers and antique wooden bar.
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
1. My bridesmaids wore different colored shoes, which were brought together by the floral arrangements
2. The centerpieces – many people collected clear and blue vases for us over the past year, so that we could have the eclectic, colorful arrangements I had imagined. My dad made the wood circles. And lastly, the table numbers were photos of Bill and I at that age.
3. The arbor – my dad made it with wood and wrought iron (his signature touch since he is a farrier/blacksmith). We love that we will be able to have this piece from our wedding day in our backyard.
3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
Our love story during the ceremony – our officiant, who is a romance novelist, wrote a “love story” from questionnaires we filled out, which basically told the history of our relationship. The story she created was amazing,and it made our guests laugh quite a bit. It epitomizes the atmosphere that we wanted for our wedding – thoughtful, personalized and fun.
Lauren & Colin
Q & A with the Bride:
What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
I grew up near Harkness State Park and always loved visiting it. I took Colin there when we started dating, and he ultimately chose to propose to me there on a snowy Christmas Eve. After that, we both knew Harkness was meant to be.
Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
We chose white Victorian pitchers to hold the gorgeous flowers that Hana Floral created for us. We were looking for a garden party look that would echo the turn-of-the-entury mansion, and I really felt like it helped tie it all together.
The wine we chose for our wedding was all from Jonathan Edwards Winery, a local vineyard that Colin and I frequent. Not only was the wine delicious and paired perfectly with our meal, but it brought in a bit of a personal element.
Our place cards and invitations were designed by a family friend, and were created to highlight the details of the beautiful Harkness Estate. Notably the place cards echoed the architectural details of the mansion. Our invitations were designed to incorporate elements from the gardens of the estate with the a personal monogram representing our new family name.
Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
In her 20’s my 95-year-old grandmother was a singer in Boston. On our wedding day, she approached the band and asked if they could play “All of Me” by Billie Holiday. Next thing we knew, were were all gathered around, watching my grandmother transform into her former entertainer role. She was filled with life and her smile lit up the dance floor. It was a special moment for both families and it stands out in my mind as one of the most memorable parts of our day.
Ina & Matt
This New England Fall wedding took place at the Hill Stead Museum in Farmington, Connecticut. My favorite part of this wedding is the table numbers. While I can’t imagine having to do math equations at a wedding reception, it was such a unique idea.
Lauren & Andrew
Sandra & Mark
From the Photographer: “Sandra and Mark were married the day after Thanksgiving on Black Friday. The wedding theme was awesome with a little of Thanksgiving and a little of Christmas. The best part of this wedding was the Christmas Tree. Sandra and Mark asked that all the guests bring them an ornament for their tree that would compliment their personalities.” ~ Jewel Photo