Jennifer and John’s Real Wedding (Their Words/Our Photos)

Jennifer and John got married on August 23rd, 2008 at Saint Peter Claver Church in West Hartford, CT.  Reception immediately following at Tunxis Plantation Country Club in nearby Farmington CT.    Here are their words and our photos from their post wedding interview…

Q:Why did you have your wedding on this specific date? 

A: It had to be in the summer. I am in school getting my Masters so I needed enough time before my semester started and we could enjoy our honeymoon in St. Lucia.

Photos from Tunxis Plantation Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Photos from Tunxis Plantation Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Q: Who was your dress designer? A: Paloma Blanca

Photos from Tunxis Plantation Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Photos from Tunxis Plantation Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Q: What characteristics of the ceremony made your event most unique to you two as a couple?A: After my father passed away in college, it was important for me to have my mom walk me down the aisle since she has been both parents to me for the past eight years. We also had John’s sisters, brother-in-laws, neice and nephew in the wedding party. It was important for us to have our family share in our special day. I carried a picture of my father in a special frame my Aunt Louise had given me at my shower, attached to my bouquet so that my dad would be with me at the wedding.

Photos from Tunxis Plantation Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Q:Who was your florist? A: Horan’s Flowers, Simsbury

Photos from Tunxis Plantation Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Photos from Tunxis Plantation Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Q: What made your wedding personalizedA: Since we got engaged on the beach in Martha’s Vineyard, so we wanted to make our wedding a beach theme, so it had to be in the summer.  One element incorporated was the groom’s and groomsmen’s ties.  By Vineyard Vines

Photos from Tunxis Plantation Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Q: Salon (Hair and Makeup A: Sugar in West Hartford Center

Photos from Tunxis Plantation Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Photos from Tunxis Plantation Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Photos from Tunxis Plantation Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Q: Where was the Ceremony? A:Saint Peter Claver Church in West Hartford, CT.

Photos from Tunxis Plantation Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Photos from Tunxis Plantation Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Photos from Tunxis Plantation Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Photos from Tunxis Plantation Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Photos from Tunxis Plantation Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Photos from Tunxis Plantation Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Q:Besides the “getting married” part, what was the most vivid memory of your wedding day?A: My most vivid memory is walking down the aisle holding my mother’s arm and looking from side to side to see all of my most favorite people all in one place to share in our most special day. To see my groom-to-be at the end of the aisle waiting for me with such excitement, that was truly special.

Photos from Tunxis Plantation Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Photos from Tunxis Plantation Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Photos from Tunxis Plantation Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Photos from Tunxis Plantation Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Photos from Tunxis Plantation Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Photos from Tunxis Plantation Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Photos from Tunxis Plantation Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Photos from Tunxis Plantation Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Photos from Tunxis Plantation Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Photos from Tunxis Plantation Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Q: What was the weather like, and was it what you hoped for? How did it impact your day?A: The weather was 100% perfect. We could not have asked for a better day. With an outside reception, we had the most perfect weather.

Photos from Tunxis Plantation Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Photos from Tunxis Plantation Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Photos from Tunxis Plantation Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Q:Where did you get the bridesmaids dresses?A: J. Crew

Photos from Tunxis Plantation Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Photos from Tunxis Plantation Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Q: What was your favorite part about the photographs and what ended up being your favorite photo? A: The wide range of styles. From black-and-white, to candids, to action shots…they were all wonderful. Our favorite shot is the one of John and I walking through Elizabeth Park with the fluffy white clouds in the background. It reminds us of how perfect the day was for us.

Photos from Tunxis Plantation Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Photos from Tunxis Plantation Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Q: What made your reception personalized to your own unique vision and expectations?A: We made donations to the American Heart Associated in lieu of favors in honor of my father.

Photos from Tunxis Plantation Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

A: Sea shells had been collected from the beach where we got engaged and used to decorate the place cards that were lined in sand.

Photos from Tunxis Plantation Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

A: Flip-flops were placed in a bucket on the side of the dance floor so that guests could share in our love of dance.

Photos from Tunxis Plantation Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Photos from Tunxis Plantation Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Photos from Tunxis Plantation Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Photos from Tunxis Plantation Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Photos from Tunxis Plantation Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Photos from Tunxis Plantation Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Photos from Tunxis Plantation Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Photos from Tunxis Plantation Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Photos from Tunxis Plantation Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Photos from Tunxis Plantation Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Photos from Tunxis Plantation Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

A:We cut our cake using the same knife as John’s parents and two sisters – each of us has had our names and wedding date engraved in them.

Photos from Tunxis Plantation Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Photos from Tunxis Plantation Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Photos from Tunxis Plantation Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Photos from Tunxis Plantation Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Photos from Tunxis Plantation Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Photos from Tunxis Plantation Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Photos from Tunxis Plantation Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Photos from Tunxis Plantation Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Q:What was the funniest thing that your remember happening?A: The band made John and I take part in a “dance-off” where we had to “battle” each other and then who ever had the loudest applause at the end was the winner. I clearly won despite John thinking that his moves were under-appreciated by the crowd.

Photos from Tunxis Plantation Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Final Thoughts and Questions….What part of the day do you want to do again and why?
I want to take part in the reception again so that we could have more time to talk to more friends and family again. It all went by so fast…
What regrets, (if any) do you have about the planning of your wedding and your decisions leading up to the day?
No regrets, everything went without a hitch. It was truely a magical day. 
What was it like to have Jerome photograph your day?
Jerome was my right-hand man. From fixing my veil, to holding my flowers and getting the most perfect candid shots of our family and friends dancing, I don’t know how I would have gotten through it without him!
What was the most memorable part of your photography experience with Jerome? (From engagement all the way till now)
Seeing the pictures from our wedding…he really listened to the type of pictures that we wanted. They came out better than we ever expected!
Any advice to offer new brides and grooms to-be?
Take time out during your reception to just be together, alone, to reflex on the day. It goes by so quickly.

Lindsay Mastroianni - February 11, 2009 - 11:20 am

So classic. Love it, great job!

Mike and Katie Obuchon - March 1, 2009 - 10:45 am

What a beautiful wedding and such great photos! Thanks for letting us be a part of your big day.