Allison and Jay’s Real Wedding (Their Words/Our Photos)

Here is Allison and Jay’s wedding for back in early 2007.  They had their ceremony at Greenfield Hill Church in Fairfield, CT followed by a elegant reception at the Norwalk Maritime Aquarium.   Here’s their story…

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Q:When was your Wedding?

A: 4/28/2007

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Q:Why did you have your wedding on that date?

A: It was just over a year after we got engaged. Giving us just the right amount of time to plan our dream wedding. We were lucky enough that the venue was available that particular Saturday evening.

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Q:Who made your dress?

A:Hand made and designed by Gina DeSilva

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Q:Shoes?

A:Grace

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Q:Who Did your Hair and Makeup?

A:Beauty by Matt, Matthew Yeandle

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Q:Besides the “getting married” part, what was the most vivid memory of the day? (groom’s perspective)

A:I heard a knock at the door of my hotel room early the morning of the wedding. When I answered the door, no one was there, just a gift left behind. The gift was Ali’s IPod. My most vivid memory of the day was laying in the hotel bed listening to the only song on the iPod – “The Luckiest” over and over again.

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Q:What was the weather like, and was it what you hoped for?

A:The days and nights approaching our wedding day it was raining and cold. We were hoping that Spring would come early to allow for everything to be in bloom. Especially the Dogwood trees (Dogwoods was our theme, everything from our invitations, to floral arrangements, to the church lined with the trees) The morning of our wedding day it continued to rain lightly. But my Irish luck kicked in just in time for my arrival at the church. The rain stopped and as we said our vows the sun broke through.

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Q:Besides the “getting married” part, what was the most vivid memory of your wedding day? (bride’s perspective)

A:Sitting in my Father’s Mini Cooper about a block away from the church. We arrived early and we sat in silence watching the guests arrive. Those quiet moments were spent filled with excited anticipation and reflection of marrying my soul mate.

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Q:Where was the Ceremony?

A:The ceremony was at a beautiful little country church in Fairfield, CT. The name of the church is Greenfield Hill Church. It is the home of a Dogwood Festival each Spring.

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Q:What do you remember most about the Ceremony?

A:I remember my father walking me down the isle towards Jay. We were both convinced we would cry, but when our eyes locked, we were both nothing by smiles. I was in amazement that we were finally getting married.

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Q:What was the funniest thing that your remember happening?

A:When my brother-in-law removed the rings from his pocket and handed them to the minister. The minister was holding them out giving a speech and blessing them. All of us on the alter could do nothing but stare and giggle at the long string from Chris’s pocket that was hanging and swinging from the rings. We didn’t hear a word he said!

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Q:Any advice to offer new brides and grooms to-be?

A:Plan as many details of your wedding before the wedding day. This way you can enjoy your day without worrying about a thing.

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Q: Who was your florist?

A: Peter Couture of Blossoms

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Q:Where did the guys get their suits/tuxes?

A:Men’s Wearhouse

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Q:What was the most memorable part of your photography experience with Jerome?

A:Jerome jumping on top of a garbage can across a street of traffic to get a shot. Our videographer and bridal party stopped in amazement of his passion and energy.

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Q:What was your favorite part about the photographs and what ended up being your favorite photo?

A:We love that our photographs tell our entire story of engagement, to rehearsal to the wedding day. They keep all of our memories and the little details fresh in our minds. We love ALL of our photographs and can’t narrow it down to one. But top three, Jay & I under the pink umbrella in the streets of South Norwalk, Jay and I spinning and kissing in middle of street under bloomed trees & the shot of Jay dipping me from above (last photo). Ok, another we can’t forget, the shot in front of the shark tank!

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Q:Where was the reception held?

A:Norwalk Maritime Aquarium

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Q:What made your reception personal and specialized?

A:The venue itself was unique! The cocktail hour was held through the winding halls of the Aquarium. We danced and celebrated in a room with ships and boats hanging above. And our dinner was joined by the seals swimming around. It was an event that no one could forget.

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Q:What part of the day do you want to do again and why?

A:Our first dance. It was one of the most intense loving moments we’ve ever experienced as a couple. I know it sounds cheesy! All of our emotions of the day poured out during the dance. I’ll never forget the feeling!

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Q: Any Regrets about the planning, wedding, etc?

A: We do not have any regrets. The day and days leading up to the event were everything we expected and wanted!

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Q:What was it like to have Jerome photograph your day?

A:Having Jerome photograph us that day was perfect. We felt that we were hanging out with a friend that cared as much about our wedding and happiness as we did. He was professional, warm and funny. We were confident that he captured every moment of our day.

Studio1923 / Jerome Braga Wedding at the Maritime Center in Norwalk, CT

Q:Who was the videographer?

A:Matthew Fink of Digital Media Odyssey

Q:Who was your coordinator or designer, (if any)?

A:The bride herself!

Q:Who was the entertainment?

A:James Daniel Entertainment

Special thanks goes out to my second shooter for the day Robin Dini, of Robin Dini Photgraphy!

View Allison and Jay’s complete wedding website, including their 4 season engagement series and rehearsal coverage at here.

robert Norman - March 12, 2009 - 1:48 pm

BEAUTIFUL B&W SoNo street shot! ( although seeing your camera lying on the median makes me very nervous…)

jeromebraga - March 12, 2009 - 1:57 pm

They wouldn’t warranty that?

Robin Dini - March 12, 2009 - 10:29 pm

i LOVED that wedding! One of my top favorites! 🙂

Robert J. Trenske - March 16, 2009 - 11:20 pm

I love these “Their Words / Our Photos” it is such a great way to see the story of their day. Awesome job! I do agree with Robert Norman, about seeing your camera just laying there, makes me nervous too!

Bonnie Sullivan - March 19, 2009 - 12:57 pm

Still loving the photo’s since I missed that day. Everytime I see the photos I get sad I missed it but Hong Kong was to far to make the commute : ) Beautiful! xo

ArthasDK - January 19, 2011 - 9:49 am

Wow amazing! The photography is beautiful and captured Sono and the Maritime Aquarium in a way I’ve never seen before!