Katy and Alex’s Real Wedding (Their Words/Our Photos)

Katy and Alex got married at the Country Club of Darien last July.  Here are their words to accompany our photos…

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

Q:When was your Wedding?

A:July 19, 2008

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

A:It was very important to us that we have the chaplain from our college officiate the ceremony. We met in college and have great memories from that time. Since he is a college chaplain, we had to have the wedding during the summer.

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

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

A: It was definitely a hot day! We were glad that it wasn’t raining though as we wanted an outdoor ceremony. The location was just so beautiful outside.  We had plenty of cold water for everyone.

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

Q:Who Did your Hair & Makeup?

A:Dana Bartone & Company

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

Q:Tell me about your dress?

A:My dress was Pronovias

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

Q:I know there was something about your veil that was special, can you explain that?

A:My veil was made out of the lace and tulle of my mother and grandmother’s gown.

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

Q:Bridesmaids?

A:The bridesmaids dresses were Siri

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

Jerome: I took this detail shot of Katy’s grandmother’s vintage Tiffany & Co watch.

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

Q:Where did you get your dress?

A:Rin’s Bridal in California

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

Q:Who was the floral designer?

A:Pat Heller Designs of Oxford

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

Jerome: Katy and Alex’s “First Look”

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

Q:Who was the officiant?

A: Ian Oliver, former Bucknell Chaplain

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

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

A:I absolutely love photos, so I wanted to make sure we had great pictures from our wedding. After seeing the photos from our engagement session, I wasn’t worried at all about the photos. I knew Jerome did wonderful work, so I was able to trust him completely.  I think the personality of your photographer is important …this person is going to be with you for a good portion of your wedding day! Jerome is very friendly and easy going, so it felt like having a friend take our pictures. We took pictures before the ceremony and were having so much fun.

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

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

A: Lindsay of Sixpence for your Shoe.  Lindsay and Talia were very helpful in planning the details, especially since we live in California.

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

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

A:Sitting with Katy before the ceremony looking outside the window. We were watching people arrive and had some time to ourselves to take it all in and relax a bit.

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

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

A: My most vivid memory is walking down the aisle with my dad. I thought I would be nervous, but I was very relaxed. We were both smiling and talking to each other. I saw all of the familiar faces looking at me and I felt very loved by all of my friends and family who were there to celebrate our marriage

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

Q:Where was the Ceremony?

A:The ceremony was on the back lawn of the Country Club of Darien. It was absolutely beautiful and the pictures of the ceremony are phenomenal!

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

Q:What do you remember most about the Ceremony?

A:Alex surprised me in the middle of the ceremony with a sapphire wedding band! My favorite color is blue, and I loved the idea of having a sapphire band. We looked for one, but couldn’t find one that was quite right to match the engagement ring. So, we got a plain band. Alex then went and got a sapphire ring custom made to match the engagement ring. I had no idea until he put it on my finger during the ceremony.

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

Q:What characteristics of the ceremony made your event most unique to you two as a couple?

A:We had the chaplain from our college, Bucknell University, officiate the ceremony. Alex and I met in college and have such fond memories of our time at Bucknell. It was very special to have him be there and it felt like a very personal ceremony.

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

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

A:I really hate to admit this, but Jerome caught a picture of it and in retrospect it is pretty funny. During the ceremony, I was a bit choked up, but trying really hard to hold it in. I kept the tears from flowing, but my nose got a little runny. Right before the kiss, Alex took a tissue out of his pocket and wiped my nose! Luckily, everyone I asked said it looked like he was wiping my tears, which seems a lot better than wiping my nose. Usually something like this would really embarrass me, but honestly, on the wedding day, I didn’t care at all. Everyone there loves and supports you, so if something embarrassing happens, it will really just be a funny story to tell later on.

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

Q:How did I get this shot?

A:A trampoline? A ladder? Throw the camera in the air?  LOL

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

Jerome: Alex is definitely proud of his new ring!

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

Q:Where was the reception held?

A:The reception was at the Country Club of Darien. The staff there was amazing and very accommodating to what we wanted to have as part of the reception.

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

Q:What made your reception personalized to your own unique vision and expectations?

A:We did many little things that made the reception personalized. Alex and I worked together to make all of the invitations, menus and place cards. I embroidered silk table runners with our monograms as part of the centerpieces. My mom came up with the idea for the favors, which we put together as a family. We also displayed lots of photos. We had several photo boards and we put up the wedding pictures from our parents and grandparents.

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

Q:The Cake…. Do Tell….

A:I also wanted to comment on our cake…haha
Our cake was from Julia’s Bakery. I insisted on having a chocolate wedding cake. It is obviously not traditional, but I loved it! A chocolate cake with raspberry filling and chocolate ganache icing…yum!

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

Jerome: Photos of their grandparents and family members as well as several photoboards of collages of their lives together!

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

Q:What was the groom’s favorite photo?

A:Alex’s favorite photo is one during the reception where we are seated at the table and he is putting his head on my shoulder. We were having fun laughing during dinner.

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

Q:What was the bride’s favorite photo?

A: My favorite photo is the black and white one where Alex is looking down at me and we have our heads together. This was taken in between all of the formal family shots. I don’t think we realized that Jerome was taking pictures of us.

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

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

A:Dancing at the reception…honestly, neither one of us is a big dancer, and we were a little afraid that no one would dance at the reception. It was quite the opposite! Everyone was having so much fun and the time just flew by! It was incredible to be celebrating on the dance floor with people from all different times in my life who didn’t know each other very well, but we all together dancing. To have my grandparents from one side of the family dancing next to my young cousins from the other side of the family, who was next to some of our close friends, was just incomparable.

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

Q:What regrets, (if any) do you have about the planning of your wedding and your decisions leading up to the day?

A: Have someone save you some food. We did not have time to enjoy any of the good food.  It looks so delicious in all of Jerome’s pictures and it makes me wish I got to eat it!

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

Country Club of Darien and Studio1923 Photographic Art / Jerome Braga

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

A: Don’t take anything too seriously. It is easy to get caught up in trying to make everything perfect. The reality is you are marrying the perfect person for you…what could be better!?

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

A: Jerome went above and beyond the expectations. I knew we would have amazing pictures, but Jerome stayed much longer at the reception than he had to. He helped us carry everything to the cars when the reception was over. The zipper in my dress got stuck, and he fixed it. He was just so helpful the entire day, which was a huge bonus.

Check out Lindsay and Talia’s Blog post about Katy and Alex’s wedding also!  Click here!

Amanda Herzberger (Orchard Cove) - February 23, 2009 - 6:22 pm

What a great feature! I love reading about all the details behind the day!

Andi Walpurgis - February 24, 2009 - 11:08 am

I always love reading what the bride and groom do for their weddings…thanks for sharing….I love the pictures…you always capture the true beauty of the day…