Welcome to Lindsay and Zack’s Real Wedding Story held at The Saltwater Farm Vineyard in Stongington, Connecticut. They describe their wedding day firsthand from our interview.
When was your wedding? 8/18/2012
What made you choose your wedding date? We wanted an end of summer wedding on a Saturday, days were limited at our venue!
Wedding dress from Michele A Bridal Boutique in Westbrook, Connecticut.
Who did your hair? Katie Nelson from Beautique Salon in Rocky Hill, Connecticut.
Who did your makeup? Dale Mongiello – Eye Catcherz
Who was the florist? Julie Albrecht – independent florist
Besides the “getting married” part, what was the most vivid memory of your wedding day? (Bride’s perspective) The most vivid part of my day were the hours leading up to the ceremony and reception. Getting ready in the salon surrounded by my friends and family, the idea sinking in that it was my actual wedding day. Stepping into my dress with all 5 girls trying to buttoning it, wondering what Zack’s reaction would be when he saw me for the first time. Shaking as my father and I rounded the corner to walk out, hearing my dad say “your crying!” I could not hold it together.
Where did you have your ceremony and reception? Salt Water Farm Vineyard in Stonington, Connecticut.
The guys wore sear sucker suits from Jos. A Banks with converse sneakers.
What was the weather like, and was it what you hoped for? How did it impact your day? The day started off gloomy and raining, at home the skies cleared by the time we left for the vineyard but on the drive down we could see the rain still coming down, not what we hoped for but we knew whatever happens happens and the day would still go on. The owners of the vineyard and Catering By Christine were amazing watching the doppler and right up until 5 minutes before our outdoor ceremony we made the decision to keep it outside and have it on the patio as opposed to the grass and to our surprise the skies cleared!
What do you remember most about the ceremony? As the bride it was hard to focus on anything except getting down the aisle with my father, I was crying like a baby and I remember looking up at Zack wiping a tear from his eye. Makes me smile to think about it now.
Besides the “getting married ” part, what was the most vivid memory of the day? (Groom’s perspective) Zack says his most vivid memory is of me walking down the aisle.
Who was your coordinator or designer, (if any)? Besides the help of our Caterer, Catering by Christine, my personal friend Christine Allegrini helped tremendously with ideas, coordinating and set-up. I could not have done any of it without her.
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 206 invited, 187 in attendance. The number was something that we could not control, it was people we wanted to share our day with.
What regrets, (if any) do you have about the planning of your wedding and your decisions leading up to the day? That we went bigger then we should of. Looking back we know we did everything we wanted to do but now that we are starting a family we think things could have been scaled down.
What made your reception personalized to your own unique vision and expectations? The vineyard itself was a combination of both of us, contemporary and rustic. We like things simple so we kept our centerpieces simple, homemade while sticking to the vineyard theme with wine bottles and candles.
What was the funniest thing that your remember happening? Zack’s boss thought it would be a good idea to call his cell phone from the balcony while our best men and maid of honor were making speeches.
What ended up being your favorite photo? It is so hard to choose one picture, all the details that were captured was as though a video camera was rolling. The food was probably the funniest because in reality we did not even see the food displayed at the wedding so it was actually really nice to see. But in all seriousness our favorite picture besides the ones at night outside would have to be us sitting at the head table looking at each other and laughing. I don’t think there was one detail that was missed.
Any advice to offer new brides and grooms to-be? Elope and bring Studio1923 with you!
What part of the day do you want to do again and why? We would probably have to say the “Party” where everyone was dancing, at one point it seemed so early still and the next thing we knew it was the last song. It flew by, we had so much fun with our family and friends.
What was the most memorable part of your photography experience with Studio1923? (From engagement all the way till now) How comfortable everyone involved with Studio1923 made us feel, Zack was not into engagement pictures but Jerome was so laid back and personable that we fell right into it. We couldn’t have had a more creative and down to earth photographer.
Where did you get your rings? Anderson Jewelers
Other Comments you would like to add….Zack and I talked after the wedding and we both said that the best part of the day and worth the most to us was the photographers, amazing in every way! Can’t wait to do our pregnancy photo shoot with you!