Stephanie and Nick’s Real Wedding (Their Words / Our Photos)

Last Spring I had the privilege of shooting Stephanie and Nick’s wedding at on the hottest day of the year.    Luckily the air conditioning at Saint Clements Castle in Portland, CT was working perfectly for us.  There were times during out day where we just kept the vehicles running and hopped in and out to get the shots we needed then back in again to cool off….  Yeah, it was that hot.  Anyway here is Stephanie and Nick’s story in their words.

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Q: Why did you have your wedding on the date you did?  6-7-2008

A: We both wanted to get married in the spring – thinking the weather would be ideal.

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Q:  Who did your hair & makeup?

A:Dana Bartone & Co, Cheshire, CT

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Q:Where did you get your dress?

A: The bride’s dress and bridesmaids dresses were purchased at Mariella Creations.  My dress was a Maggie Sottero and the girls wore Amsale

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Here’s Grandpa watching to see the facts and potential of the triple crown hopeful “Big Brown” at the Belmont Stakes later that day.

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Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Q:Who was your florist?

A: Floral Affair, Guilford, CT.

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The gorgeous staircase entrance in there home.  Dad has always envisioned a photo of her on her wedding day there.

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Another shot of Mary Voigt’s work from Floral Affair

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Q: Where was the Ceremony?

A: Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Waterbury, CT.

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Q:What do you remember most about the ceremony?

A: The look in my husband’s eyes when he first saw me in my gown. Also, stating our vows.

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Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Q:What was the total guest count?

A: We had about 250 guests at our wedding. Neither of us anticipated it being THAT large, but with two big families and many friends, it adds up quickly!

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Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

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Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Q:What made the ceremony unique to you?

A: Our Lady of Lourdes Church is special because it’s where Stephanie’s grandparents got married

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Q:What was the weather like?

A: Hottest day of the year!! It was sunny and clear, so that was a plus, but it was scorching! It made for quick outdoor pictures and lots of retouching for Jerome 🙂

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Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Q: What regrets, (if any) do you have about the planning of your wedding and your decisions leading up to the day?

A: None

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Q: What part of the day do you want to do again and why?

A: All of it!! It was just an amazing day. All the special people in our lives in one place – that will probably never happen again. It was so amazing to step back and think all these people are here for us?!

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Q: What made your reception personalized to your own unique vision and expectations?

A: We really didn’t have a “vision” or theme for our wedding. We just fell in love with our venue when we first set foot in Saint Clements. We loved the idea of guests being able to mingle during the cocktail hour out in the courtyard, or by the stables – complete with horses (fake, of course!). We also kept with the spring theme with bright floral arrangements comprised of lillies, roses and hydrangea.

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Q: What was it like to have Studio1923 photograph your day?

A: Jerome was amazing! He was so fun to work with and I couldn’t be happier with the pictures he took. Throughout the entire experience he was by Nick and my side capturing every special moment throughout the day/night. We’re talking about 12+ hours in 100 degree weather! Everyone is in awe of the pictures he captured. I can’t say enough great things.

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Q: What was the most memorable part of your whole photography experience?

A: Jerome is not only a talented photographer, but he is such a nice and personable guy and made the experience tons of fun for us. I remember we took our photos for our engagement shoot by the beach in Madison, CT and then went into town for more pictures and out for ice cream.

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Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Q: Besides the “getting married” part, what was the most vivid memory of your wedding day? (bride’s perspective)

A: Being announced for the first time as husband and wife, our first dance, and just all the fun we had dancing and celebrating with our guests! (it was too difficult for me to pick one!)

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Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Q:What was the funniest thing that your remember happening?

A: Definitely my sister’s speech (she was the maid of honor and had everyone bawling)

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Q: What was your favorite part about the photographs and what ended up being your favorite photo?

A: I love Jerome’s photojournalistic style. As he told me when he first met with me, he wants his photos to tell a story. He did just that. He truly captured all the emotion of the day – lots of tears, laughter and smiles! My favorite picture is Nick looking over at me as I’m tearing up at my father’s speech.

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Q: Besides the “getting married” part, what was the most vivid memory of the day?

A: Dancing to the songs played by our amazing band.  The Clark Eno Orchestra

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Studio1923 / Jerome Braga

Q: Any advice to offer new brides and grooms to-be?

A: Don’t sweat the small stuff. Mishaps will occur, but roll with the punches. Often times you’re the only one who will even know things aren’t exactly as planned.

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Q: Where did  you get your rings?

A: Rumanoff’s in Hamden, CT

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zenobia studios - May 7, 2009 - 4:23 pm

Stunning shots- love the wide shots from the church!

Geoff Boka - May 7, 2009 - 6:53 pm

Hey Jerome, Nice work! I love this idea. Really cool. You got some great photos too. I can’t believe you were able to get anything that looked good from Waterbury!! That place is one heaving pile of ugliness.

Jen - May 7, 2009 - 9:53 pm

Beautiful shots! You made CT look so good…Your detail shots are stunning

Robert J. Trenske - May 11, 2009 - 1:03 am

I really LOVE the 7th one done, such a nice portrait!!

eric langlois - raw photo design - May 11, 2009 - 11:33 pm

Love these Jerome, awesome work as always!!!