Caity and Bryan were married at the Las Vegas Country Club in Las Vegas, Nev. on April 4. “As soon as I walked out onto the terrace, I knew it was the one,” Caity said. “The view, the stained concrete, and the amazing backdrop!” The bride wore a lace mermaid wedding gown with a ruffled skirt, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, while the groom wore a tan vest and pants, blue bow tie, and black Converse tennis shoes. Bridesmaid dresses were handmade! Not to mention they’re oh-so elegant. Guests choose a seat not a side when they arrived to the ceremony. “We really wanted a neutral and natural look, so we went with a lot of champagne and ivory with a touch of yellow,” she said. “The sunflowers I had my florist put down the aisle made the perfect frame for my husband and I ” to say our “I do’s.” Plenty of lawn games were played during cocktail hour. “My biggest fear was everyone getting bored or being upset while we were taking pictures . . . we provided giant Jenga, corn hole, and a photobooth,” Caity said. Props such as lips, mustaches, heart-shaped sunglasses, and “Run!” and “Good Luck!” quote boxes were absolute favorites. The outdoor reception twinkled with a chandelier and string lights overhead, tables decorated with mason jar centerpieces, and a mini bundt cake was served instead of a traditional tiered one.
From the photographer: “Emily and Skyler had a unique situation while planning their summer winery wedding. Skyler was off in Parris Island becoming a United States Marine while Emily stayed back home planning their nuptials. Because boot camp and the military in general can be a little hush-hush, they had to move their wedding date a couple times! In fact, it was so sporadic that Skyler didn’t even get back home until THE DAY BEFORE THE WEDDING! Talk about cutting it close! But the wait was well worth it for Emily because when she arrived for their first look, she had another first waiting, Skyler in his Marine dress blues for the very first time! Love letters in tow from their time apart during the engagement, they were ready to finally tie the knot. The couple chose the song “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri for their first dance, and it was a perfect way to express the time they had to spend apart as Skyler trained to serve his country. But my favorite part of the day? Seeing Skyler walk halfway up the aisle to escort his beautiful bride the rest of the way since she walked down alone. These two are so sweet together and are now living their happily ever after in America’s true wine country: California!” — LeiLani Golden of Elle Golden Photography
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
Burr Homestead is a charming, sun-filled historic house (John Hancock got married there!) with majestic columns on the front porch, thick wooden floors panels, three fireplaces, and a festive mural. And the outside of the house was exactly what we wanted. It had a brick entry with green hedges, large side lawns with enormous oak trees, and a colorful garden with a pond in the back. It was a blank canvas for us to mold into the fun, backyard wedding that we wanted.
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
1. Two food trucks! We were so thrilled to have Caseus Cheese Truck (from New Haven) and Luke’s Lobster Roll (from NYC) come to Fairfield for the cocktail hour. Lobster rolls are one of my favorite foods, and they were a big hit along with the gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches!
2. Our wedding planner (Michelle Neff of Dreaming Tree Events) decorated the outside of the house with vintage pieces of furniture, yard games (custom-made bags and bocce) and Chinese lanterns. The lanterns, which were hung in the trees, reflected the afternoon spring light. I could not have imagined it would look so warm and inviting.
3. Family and friends are really important to us, and we wanted to incorporate their pictures inside the house. It took us a while to pick the ones we wanted to highlight but loved that we could include pictures of almost everyone at our wedding.
3. Give us the one moment in your wedding you can’t stop thinking about.
We had an incredibly hard time choosing our first dance song, but the one song we immediately agreed on was for the cake cutting. I don’t know why, but “Wagon Wheel” by Old Crow Medicine Show seemed like the most perfect song to play at that point in the night. The song meant so much to us, and we jumped right on the dance floor after we cut the cake. No one was paying too much attention to us at that point, and we really had a moment to ourselves singing and slow dancing to the song that really felt like “our” song.