Cool venue alert! This just may be the coolest little rustic vineyard slash antique airplane hangar wedding you ever did see. This couple really knew how to infuse their big day with all types of personality and detail including a world map of the places they traveled, postcards and mailboxes for a guest book (a little homage to their fav Disney movie, UP!) and hors d’oeuvres of their most favorite tasty snacks. Captured Photography by Jenny shot all the details to perfection and there’s so much more waiting for you in the full gallery.
From the Bride…When John and I started planning our wedding, we first considered what we wanted the day to be like. We decided we wanted to be surrounded by family and friends, we wanted it to exhibit our personalities, and we wanted it to be fun!
I grew up in southeastern Connecticut and had always thought I would get married in the church where I was baptized and confirmed. Although we met in Washington D.C., John is also from Connecticut, so it worked out nicely when we decided to have the wedding at the Ledyard Congregational Church. John and I bonded over Connecticut, sharing a new bottle of wine, and our mutual desire to travel and see the world. Thus, once we found Saltwater Farm Vineyard – a rustic airplane hangar set on a sprawling vineyard with a view of the Long Island Sound – we knew we had found the perfect place for our reception!
We had a lot of fun with planes, postcards, and wine corks, to fill our rustic vineyard reception with a travel theme. It started with our wedding invitations that had a boarding pass-style response card. With the invitations, we created what ended up being the symbol of our reception – a pale yellow bi-plane with a trail of navy blue smoke in the shape of a heart. It was one of my favorite little details as it tied so many things together. We maintained the travel theme by having “gate numbers” instead of table numbers, postcards instead of a traditional guest book, a world map of the places we’ve traveled, and little wooden bi-planes and iconic structures such as the Temple of Heaven in China scattered about. All of this was done with the help of friends and family who collected postcards, made the map, assembled the wooden puzzles, and cut corks for the place cards.
John and I included details of our personalities and interests everywhere we could think of. Our first trip together was to Walt Disney World and so our cake had a hidden Mickey. Our favorite movie is “UP!” so we included mailboxes to put the postcards in. Our hot hors d’oeuvres were some of our favorite foods – sweet potato fries and cheese filled pretzels. We provided a brief description of the meaning behind each table destination for our guests. We knew our little cousins and nieces loved s’mores, and so we had a s’mores pit outside. And at the end of the night, we stood by the door to thank each of our guests and wish them a great evening. Even with all of this, my favorite part of the evening was when John and I had our first dance to Jason Mraz and Colbie Collait’s “Lucky” and everything seemed to pause. I looked around the room, at some of the faces of our family and friends and there was so much love and happiness. It is a moment I will never forget.
Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals Exclusive / Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew / Bride, Bridesmaids + Flower Girl Jewelry: April’s Adornments / Wedding Ceremony: Ledyard Congregational Church / Reception Venue: Saltwater Farm Vineyard / Transportation: Viking Tours of Newport / Caterer: Gourmet Galley Catering / Florist: It’s So Ranunculus / Band: HotHouse Band / Wedding Cake: Felicia’s Sweetface Pastry Shoppe / Wedding Photography+ Videography: Captured Photography by Jenny