Welcome to Alaina and Ryan’s Real Wedding Story held at The Ann Howard Bond Ballroom in Hartford, Connecticut. They describe their wedding day firsthand from our interview.
When was your wedding? 7/13/2012
What made you choose your wedding date? We wanted a summer wedding because I am a teacher and it was as close as possible to our proposal/engagement date.
What was the most memorable part of your photography experience with Studio1923? (From engagement all the way till now) We absolutely loved working with Studio 1923! From the minute we met Jerome and his two pit bulls, my husband and I knew Studio 1923 was the right choice. Our engagement shoot (above) was at Cedar Island in Clinton, CT. This location is extremely special to me, so it was perfect to have Jerome shoot us there. He made us feel completely at ease. At our wedding Jerome and Jennifer did more than just take our pictures. From tying the bow on my dress because none of the bridesmaids could figure out how to do it, to making my three-year old camera-shy nephew feel comfortable for family pictures. Jerome and Jennifer truly helped make our day very special. We will forever cherish our pictures and are so very thankful for all that Studio 1923 has done for us.
Who did your hair and makeup? Beautiful People Salon stylist Nadine in Cromwell, Connecticut.
Wedding dress from Mariella’s in Rocky Hill, Connecticut. Suits from Men’s Warehouse.
Who was the florist? Wild Orchids in Middletown, Connecticut.
Besides the “getting married” part, what was the most vivid memory of your wedding day? (bride’s perspective) My most vivid memory of the day besides marrying my husband is bringing my sister her flowers. My sister passed away two weeks before my wedding and it was very important to me to bring my sister her bridesmaid bouquet. She was my best friend and even though visiting her may seem like a sad thing to do on my wedding day, it somehow brought me comfort. She gave me the strength to put my sadness aside so that I could enjoy my day.
What was the weather like, and was it what you hoped for? How did it impact your day? Mid-July was a little steamy and the airconditioning in the chapel was not the coldest. But we are summer people and didn’t mind the heat.
Where did you have your Ceremony? The Chapel at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.
What was the funniest thing that your remember happening? Whispering to each other in the beginning of the ceremony when the Justice of the Peace was asking if we were ready to get married. Nether of us answered and she quickly called us out on not paying attention, everyone had a good chuckle and we continued the ceremony.
Who was the Officiant? Toni Soboleski
What was the total guest count? Why did you pick the number of guests you did? Was it hard to get to that number? Total guest was 150, this included all close family and friends. We didn’t want a huge wedding and this amount worked out perfect. It was not hard to get to 150.
What do you remember most about the Ceremony? Kissing at the end of the ceremony and walking out of the Chapel to “Hootie and the Blowfish- Hold my hand.”
Where was the Reception held? The Ann Howard Bond Ballroom in Hartford, Connecticut.
What ended up being your favorite photo? The one with my veil up in the air. When we first met with Jerome he showed us a similar shot and I was sold…. I needed to have a long veil just for that picture.
What regrets, (if any) do you have about the planning of your wedding and your decisions leading up to the day? None.
Any advice to offer new brides and grooms to-be? Have Fun!! No matter what happens that day or in the weeks leading up to the wedding, remember to enjoy your day. You only get married once and it is so important to enjoy your day!
What made your reception personalized to your own unique vision and expectations? We both have a sweet tooth and my sister in-law created an amazing candy bar matching our wedding colors. And our center pieces were simple and elegant with a calla-lily theme. The huge windows and the Hartford skyline was a great backdrop throughout the night.
What part of the day do you want to do again and why? Cocktail hour, because we missed the entire thing! Our limo bus driver missed the exit and we had a 35-45 minute detour, which made us extremely late and hungry. No appetizers for the us and the wedding party.
Who was the entertainment? DJ Harry Gambardella “HG Entertainment”
Besides the “getting married ” part, what was the most vivid memory of the day? (Groom’s perspective) It’s tradition at Ryan’s family weddings that his Father who is an employee of the local YMCA, starts off the YMCA dance with the Bride and Groom. There are some awesome pictures of everyone dancing to the song, it’s a great memory.
Tacori engagement and wedding rings from Baribault Jewelers in Glastonbury, Connecticut.
A picture from our Honeymoon…