Monday, December 22, 2008

Jen and Will

Jen and Will were wed on Sunday, October 12, 2008 at the Guilford Yacht Club in Guilford, Connecticut. In addition to be lucky in love, they also were lucky enough to get married on quite possibly the most amazing early fall day in all of history as well! Seriously, the day they had is one all brides dream of the minute the become engaged (myself included). With clear skies, a perfect sunset and weather so warm that ladies didn't even have to wear a wrap during an evening ceremony on the shore . . . it was just a slice of heaven.

Unless otherwise noted, all photos courtesy of Leslie Dumke Studio. Leslie, everything looks like a magazine spread, gorgeous job.

Jen, her mom and her two maids began the day bright and early getting hair and make-up done by Dora Oppedisano and Emilie Orenstein; both of Stylin' Salon in Norwalk. Happy and relaxed in her Uggs, Jen was in great spirits when we checked in with her all the ladies.

She wore a dazzling Maggie Sottero with a pick-up skirt and her hair . . . My goodness, it would have made the red carpet bow down with respect. The green orchid could not have been more perfect. Swoon.

Will was so snappy in a fabulous three piece linen suit by J. Crew, layered over an even more fabulous shirt and tie. He was absolutely one of our best dressed grooms of the year. They had their first sighting by the flagpole. It was intimate and sweet. I love, love this photo!
Formal photos followed for the rest of the family and bridal party. Jen's bridesmaids wore brown dresses of their own choice. Florist Kathy LaCouture did a beautiful job with the blooms for this seaside soiree. Jen's carried a round arrangement of gerbera daisies, orchids, hypericum berries and dusty miller.
The gents wore their own suits, with fishing lewers as bouts, imagine that!

The ceremony took place at five o'clock, on the great lawn overlooking the sound. Officiant Mary Pugh presided and keyboardist Steve Moran accompanied the ceremony. Jen walked with both parents to "Bridge Over Troubled Waters" by Simon and Garfunkle.

Following the ceremony, cocktail hour followed on the patio with an alluring spread by Jordan Caterers. They passed apps on square plats garnished with ribbons. A jazz trio via Steve Moran added to the upbeat atmosphere. Photos taken by me.

Inside, guests were greeted by place cards with sand dollar motif, groupings of bud vases and a wish bowl, which was a total hit. It was heaping full of advice by the end of the night.

The reception tables were smartly dressed with brown linens. A blue folded napkin draped over the side of the tables gave a striking splash of color. Brightly colored centerpieces of gerbera daisies, greens and berries, along with votives completed the whimsical look.
One fun personal touch Jen and Will did was to name each table after a year of their lives and include adorable photos of themselves growing up. This one is too cute!

A shot of the ballrom. A fabulous space, with loads of light.

In lieu of a tradition wedding cake, Jen and Will chose a cupcake tower, as well as a small cake to cut, both by Sugarbelle. Delicious inside and out, as I can attest. Adore the blue frosting.

Guests were treated to an extensive menu featuring marinated flank steak, chicken roulade with sundried tomatoes, spinach and goat cheese, tortelllini with vodka sauce. The purple potatoes, in particular, were to die for.

Music was provided by Jim Nuzzo of Dance To The Music Entertainment. He sure knew how to keep the floor packed, see for yourselves!
Jen and Will - from the moment we met I *knew* what an incredible day it would be. Your event reflected both your personalities in every way and I hope you loved your day as much as I did. It was a privelage to witness your love from one another as well as get to know your families. I wish you nothing but happiness.


Lindsay & Alicia

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