I dare any of you to spend ten minutes with this wedding and not want to crawl right into the overcast, but so happy and bright, Connecticut wedding. It's impossible. The wedding is so beautiful, and Raw Photo Design did a phenomenal job capturing the ambiance, that I have had the urge to jump into my computer screen and celebrate with these two beautiful people since I first opened it. But since that isn't possible, you will find me, all day, hanging out in the full image gallery. Care to join?
Lots of people say that they are shocked when their boyfriend proposes. I was really shocked though! Sam and I had never talked about getting married, nor did I have any idea of what type of wedding I would want some day... On October 9, 2009, Sam surprised me on a quiet night at home with a beautiful new jacket - and a gorgeous ring inside. From there the whirlwind began!
When we started looking at venues, I knew I wanted a different type of location (no reception hall or ballroom for us). After looking at 13 venues, a caterer told us about Saltwater Farm Vineyard. It was late at night on a Friday night, we didn't have an appointment and there was still no permanent lighting installed inside. The amazing owners came and met us with flashlights and we were instantly in love. The other thing that made us book it was seeing the Inn at Stonington. We were lucky enough to stay there for our whole wedding weekend with our immediate family and bridal party. The management staff there is amazing and really made our wedding weekend extra magical for us.
Our photographer was easy - we knew we wanted Raw Photo Design and booked them a year and a half in advance. My father was relentless that we must get a band, so we found the amazing ETA Music through a friend and were thrilled they had the date open! Everything else really fell into place. Sam and I are both very simple but love a vintage, rustic style so that was what we tried to stick with. From lantern centerpieces, to acoustic classic rock cocktail music, to a warm fireplace, pretty much everything turned out how we wanted. The best part of our wedding was that we had an absolute blast!! It will always be a day to remember for us!
Photography: Raw Photo Design / Flowers: It's So Ranunculus / Caterer: Gourmet Galley / Ceremony and Reception Location: Saltwater Farm Vineyard / Band: ETA Music / Hotel: Inn at Stonington / Shoes: Bridal by Butter / Dress: Siri / Bridesmaid Dresses: Lela Rose