Category Archives: Wedding

wedding date: October 28th, 2017

Hannah and Nick travels back to where Hannah grew up to have their wedding. They were married on an unseasonably warm day (which has been the trend this fall) in Carlisle, PA at the Carlisle Army Base. Over the last year I have gotten to know Hannah from teaching and I totally enjoyed being at their destination wedding last weekend. 

Hannah and Nick had everything in one spot for the whole day. They prepared for their wedding at the venue, they planned on an indoor ceremony, then a walk around the grounds for formals and at last to enjoy the party inside the community center. Everything was simple and stunningly planned. Hannah’s aunt help set up all of the fall decorations and place everything in the perfect spot. 

Their ceremony was sweet. Hannah and Nick wrote their own vows and then tied three ropes together to signify their relationship together and with God. It is a nice wooden piece that they can hang in their home for the rest of their lives.

The DJ kept the crowd rocking all night as they opened up the dance floor with a few epic 1st dances. To top off the series of epic dances, Hannah and her dad broke into a dance to “Uptown Funk” to start the dance floor rocking! What a great day, a great place and a fun couple to cap off the end of my 9 straight weeks of weddings! Cheers to the newlyweds, I look forward to hearing about their honeymoon in Hawaii!! Here’s to the next 100 years! 

 

 

wedding date: October 21st, 2017

It was an unseasonably warm Fall afternoon when Shael and Mike tied the knot at Tarrywile Mansion under the grape arbor. The leaves had started to turn, the colors of fall were bursting from the seams, but the weather felt like a warm summer afternoon. Shael and Mike didn’t mind as they were married in the arbor and then walked around the park with me that day. 

Shael and Mike are people that you want to know and be around. Their sweet disposition and very mellow way about them on their wedding day made their afternoon just perfect. Shael’s daughter threw the flowers as Shael’s son walked her down the isle. It truly was the sweetest moment as he handed her off to his new step dad. You can tell that both children adore Mike and were happy that their mom was marrying them. 

After the ceremony and some quick family formals, we headed down the meadow for some wonderful opportunities for pictures of the two of them. The love they have for one another radiates and anyone around them can see how much they care about each other. Jimmy from James Daniel Entertainment kept the dance floor rockin the rest of the afternoon while they danced the day away with their closest family and friends! I hope they are having a blast on their honeymoon! Cheers to the next 100 years! 

Caterer: Carriage House Events and Catering, Chris Angione

Hair & Make-up: Christie & CO, Gabbi

Bridal Shop: Julie Allen Bridals

Florist: CT wedding flowers, Diane Gaudett

DJ: James Daniel Entertainment, Jimmy 

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wedding date: October 15th, 2017

Ecclesiastes 4:9

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up.

Ellie and Brendan were married at the church they met at. I have known Ellie and her family for many, many years. Her mother worked in the school I work in, I taught her middle son (who also famously fractured his ankle in my class), and I was lucky enough to coach and teach Ellie all four years of her high school career. 

The details surrounding their day were simple. There were so many handmade projects, including the “welcome” door that had name tags on it and there’s a funny story that goes with that! Ellie’s mom always wanted a beautiful victorian door, Ellie wanted a door for her seating chart. Come to find out, this beautiful antique door was in the basement of the house Ellie grew up in! Ellie’s DIY Pinterest skills are amazing, she made the bouquets from a video she found and all out of fake florals, her father is quite the woodworker and made all of the boxes and centerpieces for their day. 

The Pastor who married Ellie and Brendan knows them both very well. Ellie and Brendan work with the youth group at their church. It was through their youth group and a close friend of Brendan’s that introduced them. It is hard to not believe that fate and love at first sight had something to do with their relationship and trusting in God to lead them to one another. Pretty much from the day they met, they just knew. Ellie’s oldest neice and nephew,  took off down the isle to the alter when they realized just what they were doing in the wedding. Brendan had a hard time holding back his tears as he laid eyes on Ellie and her father at the other end of the church. The service was perfect and simple and very Brendan and Ellie. After their vows, exchange of rings and their first kiss as husband and wife, these two skipped back down the isle to exit the church. Everyone as witness to their testamate to one another waited for them for one of the most epic bubble exits I have seen yet!

Then we headed to Wickham Park. I have run there as a high school cross country runner, but I have never stopped to take in the beauty at the top of the green monster. Ellie and Brendan were married in the log cabin at top the mountain. It overlooks the Hartford skyline. Oh and the sunset that night, could not have been more amazing! There were filters of light coming through the sky to light up Hartford in the background. After formals and cocktail hour, introductions, toasts and cake all happened at once. Ellie’s dad wrapped the cabin in white lights to give off a beautiful ambiance for dancing later that evening. What a perfect celebration of two of the most amazing people I have ever met. Together, I have no doubt, you’ll do amazing things! Cheers to the next one hundred years! 

Hair: Meghan Blain

Dress Designer: Justin Alexander 

Bridal Store: In White

wedding date: October 8th, 2017

I started my morning by meeting up with Jennifer and her bridesmaids at her parents house, just down the road from The Waveny House. They were all so relaxed and just enjoying being together and with her parents. Kevin prepared for their day at their home and then met us at Waveny House. It was a rainy morning, but by the time their first look rolled around, the rain had stopped. Kevin and Jennifer saw each other for the first time on the well manicured, private path on the way down to the rose garden. Their reactions to seeing one another are just priceless, they lit up and there was pure joy! It was such a sweet moment. 

Right after family formals we spent some time wandering around Waveny Park. The Waveny House is simply stunning and provides so many great photo opportunities throughout the grounds of the park. It stayed cloudy, so the pretty leaves that were turning really popped in the pictures. Jennifer and Kevin headed back upstairs to the bridal suite to relax together with their family as guests arrived for the ceremony. 

The ceremony was sweet and very traditional and was held inside under the patio in case of rain. The covered patio is a perfect option in case you might be worried about bad weather on your wedding day. They exchanged vows before joining their guests at cocktail hour. During cocktail hour, a family friend provided the vocal entertainment by singing a few classics. The reception rocked on into the evening with a fantastic dinner, a sweet cake cutting and music by Paul of James Daniel Entertainment. Here are some of my favorites highlighting their wedding day! Congratulations to the newlyweds! 

Caterer: Carriage House Events & Catering, Chris

Floral Design: Custom Floral Design, Diane

Rentals: All Seasons Party & Tent Rentals, Sarah & Dave

DJ: James Daniel Entertainment, Paul

Dress: Anna Meier    Bridal Shop: A Little Something White