Welcome to Meghan and Anthony’s Real Wedding Story held at The Branford House Mansion in Groton, Connecticut. They describe their wedding day firsthand from our interview.
When was your wedding? 10/13/2012
What made you choose your wedding date? We wanted warm weather, but we didn’t want the heat and humidity of the summer months nor the higher potential for rain in the spring. Therefore, we chose the fall. We initially wanted a September wedding, but due to the high demand for our reception site, we had to base our date on their availability.
Who was the florist? Custom Floral Designs by Diane Gaudett
Who did your hair and makeup? Jennie Fresa’s Makeup and Skin Boutiquerie
Wedding dress by Maggie Sottero from Kleinfield’s. My earrings were designed by a woman named Megan (I don’t know her last name) from Palm Springs whom Kleinfeld featured. She personally helped me pick out the perfect earrings during a fitting. Suits were Calvin Klein by Formals by Antonio.
Who was your coordinator or designer, (if any)? Talia Fedorowich of Sixpence for your Shoe.
What was the weather like, and was it what you hoped for? How did it impact your day? It was sunny without a cloud in the sky, but windy and freezing cold. The prior week had been in the high 60’s and then Saturday came along and it was in the low 50’s. The cold forced our cocktail hour inside, which was not planned and initially disappointing, but it was most definitely the right decision for our guests’ comfort and enjoyment. It also made outside pictures somewhat difficult, especially for my bridesmaids. However, because the sun was out, 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 were able to get our wedding guest list down to 116 people. We picked the number of guests based on the reception site capabilities. It was very hard to get down to this number and we do wish that we could have invited more people although we absolutely can’t imagine having a different reception site.
Where did you have your Ceremony? St. Mary Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church in New London, Connecticut.
Besides the “getting married ” part, what was the most vivid memory of the day? (Groom’s perspective) Anthony’s most vivid memory from our wedding day was watching me walk down the aisle with my Dad. He tried so hard not to cry and did a pretty good job (only a tear or two).
What do you remember most about the Ceremony? I remember the entire ceremony and what we took from it the most was how wonderfully comfortable our priest made us feel through the whole ceremony. We were nervous at the beginning and he made us feel at ease and joyful. Seeing all our family and friends standing by our side while we made this commitment to each other was so special. I get very nervous being in front of large groups of even friends and family and I remember Anthony sneaking cute smiles and funny faces at me while we sat up near the altar during the Mass to get me to relax and remind me that it was just about the two of us and there was nothing to be nervous about.
Any advice to offer new brides and grooms to-be? Relax. Enjoy the planning and don’t sweat the small stuff. There will be bumps along the way and you will have to deviate slightly or significantly from your original “vision”. It won’t take away from your amazing day unless you let it.
Who was your Officiant? Fr. Robert Washabaugh
Where was the Reception held? The Branford House Mansion in Groton, Connecticut.
Who was your videographer? Fran Gagnon
What made your reception personalized to your own unique vision and expectations? The most important thing about the reception was that our guests enjoyed themselves to the fullest. Being able to spoil our guests with the best food, cake, drinks and music allowed our reception to be perfect for us. It doesn’t matter what flowers or table clothes or venue you choose. Those material things don’t personalize your reception. The reception is personalized by the feeling that your guests get when they are there. Do they never want to leave? Then it was perfect for you and your guests!
What ended up being your favorite photo? There are so many. Our favorites include us walking along the grass with the lighthouse behind us and the panoramic of the mansion with the whole bridal party. Really, I could go on and on about the best photos. It’s almost impossible to choose the best.
What was the most memorable part of your photography experience with Studio1923? (From engagement all the way till now) The way that Jerome made us feel so comfortable and was able to easily read our family’s style and dynamics to be able to personalize the pictures so well to us. Every one commented during the wedding how much they enjoyed Jerome. He was laid back and efficient with his shots. He made everyone feel at ease including those of us who don’t particularly feel at ease in front of the camera. He captured the most amazing moments of our wedding so wonderfully. We can’t thank him enough!
What regrets, (if any) do you have about the planning of your wedding and your decisions leading up to the day? If I had to plan the wedding again, I would have relaxed more about the little details. Everyone told me that the guests and even myself wouldn’t notice the little details come the day of the wedding. I didn’t really believe that, but they were right. Everything doesn’t have to go perfectly for it to be a perfect day.
What part of the day do you want to do again and why? The reception. It was perfect in every way other than it ended too soon.
Besides the “getting married” part, what was the most vivid memory of your wedding day? (Bride’s perspective) How many guests packed the dance floor and had so much fun dancing to the music of the amazing band we hired. Friends and family who never ever dance were on the dance floor and it was wonderful!
Who was your entertainment? Flipside
Where did you get your rings? Our best man’s jewelry store, Dynasty Jewelry in Berlin Connecticut.