Welcome to Rachel and Kevin’s Real Wedding Story held at the Ethan Allen Hotel in Danbury, Connecticut. They describe their wedding day firsthand from our interview.
When was your wedding? 5/18/2013
What made you choose your wedding date? Convenience. Rachel works full-time and goes to law school in the evenings (and summer). May 18th was actually the first weekend after her exams. By doing it that soon after we could still to go on a honeymoon before summer classes began.
What was the weather like, and was it what you hoped for? How did it impact your day? It was a beautiful day, with a perfect forecast. No rain in sight! But when we exited the church after the ceremony it was overcast and drizzling. Regardless, it was a beautiful day.
Who was the florist? Yorktown Country Florist
Who did your makeup? DPZ Salon, Danbury, Connecticut
The Wedding Dress by Paloma Blanca from Love Couture Bridal, Potomac, Maryland. The Bride’s Shoes by Jimmy Choo. The Bride’s Birdcage was custom-made from Enchanted Atelier. Necklace from Vintage Art Deco, Necklace by Ora (Etsy). The Bridesmaid’s dresses by Dessy (Alfred Sung) and the Groomsmen tuxes from Men’s Warehouse.
Besides the “getting married ” part, what was the most vivid memory of the day? (groom’s perspective) It was when I peaked out of the Sacristy and saw that the Church was filled with our family and friends. It was a huge relief to see that all of the plans had come together and everyone was in the same place at the same time. I remember thinking that we had done all we could do and now it was time to relax and have fun.
Who was the Officiant? Kevin’s Father’s best friend since childhood, who baptized Kevin.
What do you remember most about the Ceremony? My future husband’s face as I was walking down the aisle.
What was the total guest count? Why did you pick the number of guests you did? Was it hard to get to that number? 145. We were actually pretty liberal with our guest list, but that was ultimately the minimum we needed to get the larger room at the reception venue. It wasn’t hard, but don’t forget a lot of people will not be able to attend so plan on 1/3rd of your invited guests not attending!
Where did you have your Ceremony? St. Patrick’s Stone Church in Yorktown Heights, New York. It was the church where Kevin was baptized.
What was the funniest thing that your remember happening? Rachel not realizing that she was supposed to be repeating the priests lines and instead thinking that he had forgotten her last name “I Rachel . . .” In my defense he did call me Janet twice.
Where was the reception held? The Ethan Allen Hotel in Danbury, Connecticut.
What ended up being your favorite photo? Wow, that’s a hard question. We absolutely love all of them. Probably the one of the groomsman yawning during the ceremony….priceless!
What part of the day do you want to do again and why? I (the bride) would like to walk down the aisle again. I cried like a baby and I wish I had kept it together. That and it was the part I had been anticipating forever so I wish I had been able to soak it in a little more…or maybe get married at a bigger church with a longer aisle!
What made your reception personalized to your own unique vision and expectations?The flowers, the wedding favors, the colors incorporated throughout and the cake topper!
What regrets, (if any) do you have about the planning of your wedding and your decisions leading up to the day? I have no regrets, honestly. We were very lucky. We both were on the same page about priorities (making sure our guests had an awesome time) throughout the process.
Any advice to offer new brides and grooms to-be? Remember your priorities, because at the end of the day people only remember if they had a good time, not if the seats had chair covers. No seriously. They don’t.
What was the most memorable part of your photography experience with Studio1923? (From engagement all the way till now) The fact that they were there, without being overwhelming. They were able to produce amazing pictures without making either of us feel that we were missing our own wedding to get those results.
Besides the “getting married” part, what was the most vivid memory of your wedding day? (bride’s perspective) The maid of honor’s speech. The – best – speech – EVER!
Who was the entertainment? No Big Deal (http://www.nobigdealct.com). I highly, highly recommend them. I think they made our wedding an amazing amazing time.
Where did you get your rings? Charleston Alexander, Bethesda, Maryland
Where did you take your honeymoon? And how did you like it? We went to Hawaii, specifically Maui and the Big Island. It was the most amazing vacation ever. We ate at award-winning restaurants, golfed at some of the most beautiful courses in the world, and saw the most fantastic sunsets imaginable. We couldn’t have hoped for a better honeymoon.