Welcome to Brittany and Joe’s Real Wedding Story held at The Aqua Turf in Connecticut. They describe their wedding day firsthand from our interview.
When was your wedding? 11/2/2012
What made you choose your wedding date? Joe and I wanted our wedding to be in the fall. The original date was going to be in October however given the financial aspect we decided getting an additional paycheck prior to the wedding would help!
Wedding Dress by Allure from Stylish Impressions
Tux from Modern Formals
What was the weather like, and was it what you hoped for? How did it impact your day? Our wedding day was beautiful considering Hurricane Sany hit Connecticut only a few days prior. The day was a little windy however it was better then rain or snow!
What was the total guest count? Why did you pick the number of guests you did? Was it hard to get to that number? Our total guest count was 215 people. The hardest part of planning a wedding was controlling the guest count. Both Joe and I have large families that we wanted to be apart of our special day. Due to us paying for our wedding we knew the guest list would be the most controllable cost. After many late nights with the in-laws we were finally able to agree on a number!
Who Did your hair? Angela from Naomi Studio and Salon
Who did your makeup? Naomi from Naomi Studio and Salon ( Miracle Worker!)
Who was the florist? Flowers by Tina
Where did you have your Ceremony? Our Ceremony was held at St. Barbara’s Greek Orthodox Church in Orange, Connecticut. This church was chosen for many reasons. It was the church Brittany’s Mother and Father were married in, the church she was baptized in, and the church her grandmother always imagined she would get married in before passing away. We both felt my grandmother with us on our wedding day making that day even more special.
What do you remember most about the Ceremony? When it comes to memorable moments from our ceremony it is hard to narrow it down to just one. That being said here are our top 3! Our wedding fell on a Friday, the Monday prior we were facing Hurricane Sandy!! Unfortunately, the Connecticut shore was hit the hardest casuing the Church to have NO power!!! I remember rehearsing in the dark and praying that the lights would go on in time for the ceremony, unfortunately that did not happen. We ended up having a candle light ceremony which was better then I could imagine. My second best memory of the wedding is being able to see the reaction from my husband as he was waiting for me to come down the aisle. Seeing his reaction brought everyone to tears, and was the exact emotion I was hoping for!! Last but not least, when we were taking our pictures outside with our bridal party, Jerome made a comment that the light from the lamp posts was making a great shadow for our pictures..it was then we realized that the power came on literally 20 min AFTER our ceremony!!!
Besides the “getting married ” part, what was the most vivid memory of the day? (Groom’s perspective) Seeing my beautiful wife walk down the aisle. My breath was taken away instantly.
Who was the Officiant? Father Peter
Who was the videographer? Inspiration in Motion
Who was the entertainment? Mike Connolly
Where was the reception held? The Aqua Turf in Southington, Connecticut
What made your reception personalized to your own unique vision and expectations? We were very hands on for our wedding. For our table numbers we used old pictures of ourselves to correlate with the table numbers (Table 2 would have a picture of us at age 2), Joe’s Uncle made us a beautiful card box that we now keep in our home. Joe had a groomsman cake that couldn’t fit him more perfectly (a lifted truck and a quad). Looking back and based on the comments, I feel that we covered all the little details perfectly!
What ended up being your favorite photo? This is difficult as we have about 40 favorites from the 500 pictures we have. The editing work that Jerome was able to do on our photo’s is breath taking. If we had to choose, the photo of Joe and I under the trees would be our favorite. The way they captured the lighting, and the way my veil flows in the wind makes it look like its unreal!
Any advice to offer new brides and grooms to-be? Make sure you eat your meal at the reception! We were so busy saying hi to everyone and taking pictures with our guests that neither of us had a chance to sit down and enjoy the meal!
Besides the “getting married” part, what was the most vivid memory of your wedding day? (Bride’s perspective) Everything happend so fast its hard to remember everything. I feel that going into the wedding day I was pretty calm and collective. Getting ready I was more anxious to see Joe then nervous. It wasn’t until I heard the music start playing at the church did I realize that today I got to marry my best friend and then the emotion and nerves kicked in! I loved seeing the end result of all of our hard work, being able to walk into the reception and be blown away by not only how beautiful everything looked but the fact all our family and friends were able to celebrate with us. Being able to dance with my father was by far one of my best memories. I am a true Daddy’s girl and to have that special moment with him is something I will always cherish.
What was the funniest thing that your remember happening? The garter toss…Joe’s Boss caught the garter. Not only did he do a diving roll, he put it on the wrong leg of the woman who caught the bouquet causing them to switch rolls and wear the garter!
What part of the day do you want to do again and why? The entire reception! It went by way too fast!
What regrets, (if any) do you have about the planning of your wedding and your decisions leading up to the day? No regrets, I couldn’t have imagined a better day.
What was the most memorable part of your photography experience with Studio1923? (From engagement all the way till now) I didn’t originally go with Studio1923 from the start, I already had a deposit with another photography studio that I was planning on using. However, when I met Jerome I knew instantly that I wanted him and Jennifer to shoot my wedding. We both felt comfortable with them, it felt as if we had known them for years. The work speaks for itself which is simply beautiful. However, Jerome and Jennifer don’t get enough credit for how accommadating and professional they are. By far best decision we made was choosing them. There is not one picture we don’t like!
Where did you get your rings? Kay Jeweler’s
A picture from our Honeymoon…