Today I am celebrating my one year anniversary. Right around this time last year I was toasting my best girl friends and getting ready to head to the altar. Although a year has passed, I still have crystal clear memories from the entire day. I remember the little things–like how nervous I got during our first dance because my shoe kept slipping off or the moment right after the ceremony when I got to peek inside my new wedding band and read the message my husband had engraved in it. And it will be hard to forget the big moments, like our vows. I remember looking at Keith and thinking, “Nothing else can top this.”
While our ceremony was special (Keith’s parents were married at the same church, and the priest married my parents years earlier) I didn’t neglect the very important party that followed. I picked The New Haven Lawn Club even before I stepped foot inside. I knew from looking at pictures that it was everything I wanted in a wedding venue. Those chandeliers! The black and white floors! The tiled mirror in the ballroom! It was the second time in my life that I experienced love at first sight.
The venue set the tone for the design: Elegant and romantic with vintage touches. I settled on a color palette of blush, apricot and champagne. I wanted the room to be decorated in soft, monochromatic tones and accented with gold and ivory. Elisabeth from Blush Floral Design created the beyond gorgeous florals for the day. She used lots of lush blooms like garden roses, peonies, ranunculus and sweet peas. I wanted to display the centerpieces in something different so my mom and I collected vintage cut glass cake stands. We found them in all shapes and sizes and I loved how they made each table look just a little bit different.
Keith and I knew we didn’t want a traditional wedding cake, so we decided to have eight! Sweet Maria’s in Waterbury helped us bring our vision to life–a cake buffet featuring confections in flavors like Mexican Hot Chocolate, Orange Creamsicle and Heath Bar Crunch. This quickly became my favorite detail from the day. Not only did it look pretty, our guests loved having so many flavors to choose from.
While our wedding design evolved mostly around cake, our lives are really ruled by pizza–mainly pizza from Pepe’s in New Haven. Since it’s our favorite Friday night dinner we decided it was the perfect location for pictures. Cynthia Brown got some amazing shots of us outside our favorite restaurant and throughout the entire day. Have a look!
Photography: Cynthia Brown Studio
Invitations & Paper Goods: Creative Montage
Floral Design: Blush Floral Design Studio
Cakes: Sweet Maria’s
Hair & Makeup: Dana Bartone & Company
Ceremony Location: The Shrine of Saint Anne
Gown: Anne Barge
Bridesmaid Dresses: WTOO
Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: JoS. A. Bank
DJ: Paul Hebert