Welcome to Lindsay and Jeffrey’s Real Wedding Story held at The Waterview in Monroe, Connecticut. They describe their wedding day firsthand from our interview.
When was your wedding? 4/20/2013
What made you choose your wedding date? It was exactly one year from the date we had gotten engaged. It also happened to be the Saturday of Jeff’s school vacation.
Who was your florist? Diana McCarthy
Wedding dress is Sottero and Midgley from Dama Bianca in Fairfield, Connecticut. Tuxes are Calvin Klein from Men’s Warehouse. Bridesmaid Dresses are After Six. Brides Shoes are from the Glass Slipper Collection. Groomsmen’s cufflinks are custom-made from Etsy. Bridesmaid’s bracelets are Kate Spade.
What was the weather like, and was it what you hoped for? How did it impact your day? I was a wreck about the weather for about 3 weeks. Planning an outdoor ceremony in April with our climate was very unpredictable. It was supposed to rain up until the week of the wedding and then it changed to sunny but cold. I was worried having an a ceremony later in the afternoon, it would be TOO cold for our guests. The day of the wedding was sunny but windy, but watching the video, the wind stopped when it came time for the ceremony. It was perfect.
What was the total guest count? Why did you pick the number of guests you did? Was it hard to get to that number? We invited 176 and ended up with 150. Which was the exact number we promised The Waterview.
Besides the “getting married” part, what was the most vivid memory of your wedding day? (Bride’s perspective) Being able to see Jeff from inside The Waterview, knowing that he couldn’t see me. After I saw him, I practically wanted to run down the aisle and get married. So much leads up to that month, week, day, that when it finally happens you have stop yourself or else you’ll miss all the smaller events that you didn’t plan for but mean the most.
Who did your hair? Panache Hair Design in Shelton, Connecticut.
Who did your makeup? Jennifer Picheco, a family friend.
Where did you have your ceremony and reception? The Waterview in Monroe, Connecticut.
Who was the Officiant? Monsignor Robert Weiss
What was the funniest thing that your remember happening? Jeff saying, or at least starting to say his vows to our Officiant instead of to me.
What ended up being your favorite photo? I honestly can’t even choose. My favorite two photos are the one with Ella, our dog, and all you can see is our feet and the other being the overhead shot of our ceremony. I imagine that is what our day looked from our guardian angels perspective.
Any advice to offer new brides and grooms to-be? People are going to offer up their opinion, even when you don’t want or need it but always remember, this day is about you and your husband. You know what you imagine your wedding day to be better than anyone else could. Stick to your vision and your day will turn out beautiful.
What made your reception personalized to your own unique vision and expectations? There are so many small details from our reception that I loved. Jeff and I are big Yankee fans (we had our engagement shoot at the stadium) and I knew I didn’t want a standard floral centerpiece, which is how we came to have the personalized baseball centerpieces. I thought it was really unique and it turned out to be handy favor! Our florist left a pen on the tables so each table autographed a ball for us to keep. I really loved our cake topper, not only is it a Star Wars reference, it’s how Jeff and I say “I love you” to each other and if our guests paid close attention there were “Hidden Mickeys” scattered throughout the room.
Besides the “getting married ” part, what was the most vivid memory of the day? (Groom’s perspective) Besides actually getting married, I remember having so much fun dancing with all of our friends. We were on the dance floor for hours, and it was incredible.
What part of the day do you want to do again and why? I’d love to do the reception over again. I want to put on my dress and dance the night away with my friends, family and the love of my life
Who was the entertainment?DJ Justin Clement
Where did you get your rings? Marks of Design, Shelton, CT
Other Comments you would like to add…. Working with Men’s Warehouse in Milford, CT was total nightmare. They ordered Jeff the wrong size everything and each groomsmen had a problem with their tux The workers just expected us to ignore the problems, including Jeff having the wrong color bow tie and take the tuxes home. I will never work with them again.
What was the most memorable part of your photography experience with Studio1923? (From engagement all the way till now) Working with Jerome and Jen is like working with people you have known your whole life. They make you feel extremely comfortable and you never have to worry they will miss or forget something. Each time I had an idea for a photograph I wanted, they were 10 steps ahead of me. There is a lot to worry about the day of your wedding but I never once worried that Jerome and Jen would miss something. Every detail, small or large was captured.
A picture from our Yankee Stadium engagement session…
Where did you take your honeymoon? And how did you like it? We traveled to Aruba and Walt Disney World (also the site of where we got engaged). It was amazing, we didn’t want to come home.