Welcome to Mindy and Sam’s Real Wedding Story held at The Society Room in Hartford, Connecticut. They describe their wedding day firsthand from our interview.
When was your wedding? 4/7/2012
What made you choose your wedding date? I would love to say it was due to some great date but sadly it was the only date open at Society Room, which we fell in love with, for the remainder of 2012. So we went with it. It was also a holiday weekend so we thought it would be great for our guests.
What was the weather like, and was it what you hoped for? How did it impact your day? Perfect! I was stalking farmers almanac for nearly a year worried about the very unknowing northeast weather. But it was 60’s and sunny on our wedding day.
Where did you get your dress? Oddly my dress was the first dress I tried on, at David’s Bridal, I tried on 30+ dresses after. My dress is Oleg Casini (Jackie O’s personal designer), shoes dyed pink with “I do” crystals on bottom, necklace custom from etsy, Bridesmaid dresses from Alfred Angelo, shoes Davids Bridal, earrings & bracelets Davids Bridal, my earrings and bracelet borrowed from (Bridesmaid Izi) from Swarovski crystal, ring borrowed from my Grandma Stanton diamond cocktail ring.
Men’s Attire: Sam’s first suit & groomsmen- Mens Warehouse. Sam’s second suit: JPJ Designer in Scottsdale.
Who did your hair and makeup? Beauty Entourage.
Who was the Florist? Flowers by Elliot in Waterbury, Connecticut. I loved my peonies & garden roses with hydrenga!!!
What was the total guest count? Why did you pick the number of guests you did? Was it hard to get to that number? 140, Sam’s family was 90 of the guest count. With his dad being one of 12 kids it wasn’t easy to cut the list down. We paid for our 40k wedding ourselves so it was very hard to cut corners, but we simply had to.
What ended up being your favorite photo? Veil picture, and the ones of the bridal party inside city hall.
Besides the “getting married” part, what was the most vivid memory of your wedding day? (Bride’s perspective)My best memory was Sam looking at me for the first time. He couldn’t stop looking at me. I am not quite sure what was going through his head, but perhaps it was all the hair & make up assistance? But I loved the moments when we did the first look and saw one another for the first time. And simply dancing with our friends.
Where did you have your ceremony? Ethel Walker School Chapel in Simsbury, Connecticut. Alice was incredible to work with! The school has so much history, it was so pretty celebrating the 100 years of being a school in Connecticut.
What do you remember most about the ceremony? Looking down the aisle at Sam, joking during the ceremony, just looking at one another during it all and realizing how far we’ve came as a couple. The Chapel! I fell in love with that cute Connecticut country style very traditional space. It was so pretty, white and vintage looking. And of course the trio playing the songs I choose of classical music as my guests waited and for my walk down the aisle.
Who was the Officiant? Pastor Joe Panella & Roger Rinaldi.
Besides the “getting married ” part, what was the most vivid memory of the day? (Groom’s perspective) Walking down the aisle as husband and wife. Seeing all of our friends and family smiling and happy as we walked outside the first time.
Where was the reception held? The Society Room in Hartford, Connecticut. It was the best place for our reception. Such a 1920s/30s vibe and very modern too. We are very city like nowadays, however the Chapel and SR meshed great showing where we came from (small CT towns) to where we are now (living in Phoenix).
What was the funniest thing that your remember happening? The fact that we almost we not legally married. Sam got into town very last minute due to his school schedule. He came in on good friday. We didn’t realize all the towns would be shut down. We called the pastor, we called the chapel. Alice then called the mayor to call the registrar to come in on her day off! You have to love small towns. That would of never happened in Phoenix. That’s why I love Connecticut, everyone knows everyone and is willing to go the extra mile.
What part of the day do you want to do again and why? If I could do it again I would have my Mom and Dad walk me down the aisle. Too many opinions talked me out of that, but I would of loved my Mom there to support me down the aisle.
What was the most memorable part of your photography experience with Studio1923? (From engagement all the way till now) Well seeing I’ve known Jerome Braga for nearly 11 years I’d say now, I knew his work. I was such a nerd in the sense that I already new poses before he asked. I have always loved his work and knew when I got married I wanted him to take our photos. I love the photos at City Hall the best, the architecture was phenomenal and the images are so classic and different. And the veil shot is my all time favorite pic.
What made your reception personalized to your own unique vision and expectations? I am an event planner as my job so I felt like my wedding was more than just my wedding, it was a part of my portfolio. I took time and efforts to look into the little details and come up with a theme. Our theme was modern day Italian/European. Sam and I are both first generation kids, so we wanted to marry that into our wedding theme. We went with dark table cloths, candelabras, purple florals, fruit and veggies mixed into florals, whimsical gysp (babies breath), and even cork napkin ring holders to play into the Italian theme. All of which Sam put holes in at home. Sam was a great assistant back in Phoenix, seeing it was basically a destination wedding planning across the country in hopes of making friends with vendors. I also loved our photo booth, it was a huge hit! And ice luge shaped as a Chianti bottle. We also gave away homemade lemon cello made by Sam’s Dad & homemade peanut butter truffles made by Sam’s cousins Michele & Sabrina for our favors.
What regrets, (if any) do you have about the planning of your wedding and your decisions leading up to the day? Regrets, sharing too many ideas. I wish I kept a bit more surprise element to everything that happened. My bridal party knew almost all details that were going to happen.
Any advice to offer new brides and grooms to-be? Take your time, don’t listen to anyone’s feedback, trust your gut. Know what you want and don’t let anyone convince you of anything else. Know yourself and your fiance and stay true to your wants & values.
Who was the entertainment? Dani Elliot sang our cocktail hour music & first dance “At Last” by Etta James (she was a back up singer for Sheryl Crow & our florist’s daughter), and Brandon, Sam’s cousin, was our DJ for the remainder of the night. Dancing DJ’s is his company.
Who was your coordinator or designer, (if any)? I was DIY to the max. I coordinated 95% of the wedding down to the customized programs & tissues for my guests. However I did have some help on day of for overall execution from Jill Greenwood a High school friend from Monroe. Jill was my wedding planning buddy and was great to talk about ideas and have things come to light.
Where did you get your rings? Diamond District, Roma Jewelers from Eddie.
Other Comments you would like to add…Cupcake Break- Cupcake Truck, Sweet Maria’s Cake from Waterbury, Wildwood Trio-ceremony music, Paola Caputo & Rocco Venezia live singing in ceremony, magnetstreet for save the dates, invites decadent designs off etsy, ice sculpture ice matters, Waterbury, Hartford Hilton was awesome!!!
The first is a picture from the engagement photo session…and the next, the wedding!
Where did you take your honeymoon? And how did you like it? We took a cruise to Haiti, Jamaica & Mexico. We had to take that trip due to timing. However we are taking our makeup honeymoon this summer to Italy & Europe for two weeks.