This next feature has a tad bit of everything – bagpipes, peonies, margaritas, a mariachi band and an ENTIRE island for all of the festivities. You wouldn’t think these elements would blend together so beautifully but they so completely and totally do. Captured by the talented Corinna Raznikov, this fete is sure to put a smile on your face. Don’t forget to hop on over to the gallery for more from this island extravaganza.

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Music played a big part in our special day. Starting with the bagpipes (a nod to christopher’s Scottish background), followed by my maid of honor singing the Beatles classic ‘In my Life’ during the ceremony,  to our first dance to Bobby Darin’s ‘Beyond the Sea’ which we also tied in with our save the date and invitations. The island really is a place removed from everywhere else- its a magical place beyond the sea. . .and happy we’ll be! My father named me after the song ‘sara smile’ by hall & oates. I never imagined dancing with him to anything else.

The mariachis at the cocktail hour recognized my brother in law and the beautiful, fun, vibrant culture he has introduced to our lives ( we went to Cabo San Lucas for our honeymoon). As a surprise to my husband, I sang ‘forever in blue jeans’ by Neil Diamond. I am somewhat infamous among our friends and family for my “unique” ( it may be out of tune, but it has heart!) kareoke rendition of this song and it was one of my favorite parts of the night. He turned peony pink and then jumped right up front and danced around as I realized I had just married my biggest fan.

From pizza and margaritas to our fondue dessert (the first meal Chris ever made for me and our Valentine’s Day tradition)   … my mother’s milk glass vases as centerpieces…to my uncle Ernie’s specially written poem… to my Dad’s best friend’s vintage T-bird serving as our getaway car (which I rode in during a town parade when I was 8)…the day was very meaningful and was comprised of a ton of personal touches.”

Photographer: Corinna Raznikov Photography / Venue: Island Farm on Elihu Island – off the coast of Stonington, CT / Attire: The White Dress by the Shore / Event Planners: Lucinda Wesson and Sarah Loomis Crawford / Caterer: Gourmet Galley / Florist: Zuzu’s Petals and Hana Floral Design / Stationery: Stonington Paperie

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