And it was the most perfect day I could have ever hoped for. I’ve been asked for photos so I think the easiest thing to do is share a few blog posts so if you couldn’t be there on our big day – you’ll feel like you were! We are forever grateful to Daphne and Dean Photography for capturing every single moment of our wedding day. If you are EVER in need of a photographer in the Northeast or Florida – call Erin and Peter (their names are not Daphne and Dean 🙂 ). I swear to you I will write them love letters until I die because they are INCREDIBLE. Not only do they have a laid back and calming vibe (important when you are a little overwhelmed, trust me!) but they are immensely talented and our photos have the exact vibe that I envisioned. They worked in every single lighting scenario, from direct sunlight to overcast to indoors to nighttime to rain, and every photo still carries a bright and airy feel. Seriously, I could sing their praises forever. They’re easy to be around, they made us feel totally comfortable, and they found all the right “angles” to make us look like the best versions of ourselves. I’m absolutely delighted with every photo. And granted this isn’t the norm – but Erin edited and presented us with our gallery in ELEVEN days! We got over 600 photos in ELEVEN days!! I already emailed her and told her that I’m naming our first born child Erin or Peter.
But, back to the photos. I decided to do a few blog posts this week and organize the photos by first look and couple’s portraits, family photos, details and decor, and reception photos. That way I can show you everything and really blab on about every minute detail. Luuuuuucky you. But seriously, you’re reading this for a reason so you must care. Let’s call this first post a summary where I share a little bit of everything.
First and foremost, I’m lucky enough to work in the bridal industry so I’ve been able to make some wonderful connections that helped me so much in the wedding planning process. Obviously, hair and makeup was covered off the bat. Jen and Tasha did my hair and makeup 11 years ago when Joe and I went to prom together, so it’s very sweet and meaningful that it came full circle and they did the same for our wedding. I met Erin through Jen, and still remember our first conversation last summer over her pedicure where we talked wedding venues and the possibility of her and Peter shooting our big day. I’m so happy that came to fruition.
Our venue was the Keeler Tavern in Ridgefield, CT. It’s a historic home originally built in 1713, now a museum and weddings are held in the Garden House. We had tours of the museum during cocktail hour for our guests, our ceremony was held on lawn of the Garden House and the reception was inside, with the French doors open so guests could move around wherever they wished.
We did a first look before the ceremony because we wanted to have Millie and Gracie there at least for photos. We saw each other, took photos with the dogs so they could get home before guests started arriving, took couple’s portraits and family photos, then I went inside while Joe stayed and greeted guests while everyone filled in for the ceremony.
During photos beforehand, it was bright, sunny and HOT – which was actually good. We weren’t sure how the dogs would act (they’re usually super hyper and not so well mannered around people) but it was so hot that they were tired and panting – which made for lots of smiley, perfect pictures of them.
Cannot begin to tell you how happy that photo makes me. Sorry for the overuse of the word “perfect,” but they were perfect. I have to give all the credit to Millie’s daycare, Paw Play. Jen and Mike, the owners, drove them down, took incredible care of them while they waited for us to be ready for pictures, drove them home and fed them and took them out. They sat patiently, giving the dogs water and keeping them relaxed. We absolutely could not have these amazing pictures and such a special memory without them. They were caring, professional, thoughtful and are always SO kind. We’re so happy to have them in our lives!
The weather stayed sunny and hot for our photos, and then the clouds rolled in for the ceremony. I’m told overcast is better lighting for photography, so lucky us!
It stayed cloudy for cocktail hour and then as they started to serve dinner, the skies opened up and made all my Alanis Morissette rain-on-your-wedding-day dreams come true. They say rain on your wedding day is good luck – at least, that’s what everyone told me when I was freaking out about the weather leading up to Friday. I checked seventeen times a day every single day, and it changed EVERY time I looked. I knew it was outside of my control, but I couldn’t help it because I so badly wanted the photos and ceremony in the garden. I got just that, and I don’t mind at all that it rained after. They brought the pizzas inside and we had umbrellas, more luck for us.
We chose to forgo traditional caterers since I’ve always wanted a pizza truck wedding. Let me tell you – BEST decision ever. Everyone went on and on about how great the pizza was (from Big Green Truck Pizza), they made TONS of different toppings and styles, and people got to bring some home. In fact our best friend brought a whole meat lover’s pizza back to the hotel and ate it in bed. I’m kicking myself for not eating more, but I had this weird tunnel vision that day and could only see what was on front of me because it was all so much to take in. The day absolutely flew by so I’m just glad I ate what I did.
In addition to the pizza truck, we hired an ice cream truck and also had cupcakes instead of cake! The ice cream truck is called Tipsy Cones and makes boozy concoctions that will make you see hearts. We would have chosen every single flavor at the taste testing if possible – and I don’t even like the taste of alcohol. This ice cream though…it’s out of this world. Everyone seemed to love Mississippi Mudslide especially, and my favorite was the Sweet and Salty Whiskey Corn. Sweet corn ice cream with a whiskey aftertaste, topped with fresh cracked salt. Unreal. They’re owned by a husband and wife duo, and their dogs are named after characters from The Office…so what I’m trying to say is, they’re our new best friends.
Some of my favorite photos of the day are of the little details captured by Daphne and Dean, including the personal family touches that were important to me and the DIY projects that we put so much heart into. Every single decision and detail that day was made with intent and meaning.
From the wedding favors I made start to finish…
to the perfume I wore that bears my maiden name…
and the koozies I had made with our dogs on them…
and our dog treat bar…
and our DIY wedding centerpieces that Jen pieced together.
Since we didn’t have a traditional bridal party, I only needed one bouquet. I asked my Aunt Sharon to style it, and we got the flowers from a local flower farm for $45. $45!! The morning of the wedding, my mom and I picked up the bouquet from her house then stopped at Whole Foods to grab some blooms for the bud vases. So all the flowers together cost less than $100, and it was an amazing alternative to working with a florist. Luckily, Aunt Sharon is essentially Martha Stewart and my bouquet is exactly what I envisioned. It perfectly matched Joe’s suit and tie and fit the casual, wildflowery theme I was going for. Sweet peas, astilbe, blueberries, roses. I could go on and on.
The morning of the wedding, Jen gave me a handkerchief that was my grandmother’s to wrap around the bouquet. I (of course) immediately burst into tears. It was something old, it was something blue; it was hers. The only thing I wish I could change about the day was I wish she could have been there. But she was, in so many ways.
And my aunt gave me a bluebird of happiness brooch to pin the wrap. She didn’t know, but my dad bought a little glass bluebird to the hospital for me the day I was born. More full circle. More perfect. Sorry not sorry for gushing!
For my something borrowed, I wore my great grandmother’s fire opal on a chain around my neck.
My something blue was also my shoes, which my mom found and bought for me months prior because she knew I wanted to wear flats. And they were something new! I also wanted to add a little flair to Joe’s wedding suit, so I got him dachshund socks! Seriously, his suit and whole look came together EXACTLY how I wanted it to. Wait til I show you my inspo vs the final product. Not to toot my own horn, but toot toot.
My something old was my diamond, my great grandfather’s stone.
Something new was in my hair, too…golden branch hair clips!
Just a few more favorites, until tomorrow…
My grandmother’s lace tablecloth lay on our sweetheart table.
My mom was absolutely beaming all day.
Our officiant story is a good one that I’ll tell later this week…one of my oldest friends ended up marrying us in the most special twist of fate!
Photography: Daphne and Dean Photography
Beauty: All Dolled Up
Flowers: Eddy Farm
Venue: Keeler Tavern