Finding the perfect venue is step one in planning your dream wedding. But when this Bride and Groom (who first met in acting class at 9-years-old) couldn’t find the right venue for their whimsical-meets-vintage fall wedding, they created their own at the park just a few minutes from the Bride’s childhood home. And with help from vendors like Ryon:Lockhart Photography, Jenny Yoo and Beat Train Productions, the couple’s day came together perfectly. See it all in The Vault!
From The Bride…John and I met in acting class when we were nine years old. Needless to say, neither of us ever imagined that we’d be getting married nearly two decades later.
As soon as we got engaged, we immediately started planning! We knew we wanted to get married in my hometown in Connecticut but finding the perfect venue wasn’t easy. So we made our own! Boothe Park is just a few miles down the road from my childhood home and is everything we wanted in a venue: quirky, simple, and beautiful. They don’t normally allow weddings, so that made it even more special. We knew having a tent wedding would present some challenges, but with the help of our amazing wedding planner Lauren and some hard work, we pulled it off!
I have always loved New England autumns so we set the date for October. Typically, the air is crisp and the leaves are changing, but it’s also pretty unpredictable. I’m embarrassed to say I checked about 8 different weather sites a day for the few weeks leading up to the big day. We got lucky! Even though it was a little chilly, the sunny skies and colorful leaves made up for it.
Since the wedding was in autumn, we chose dark berry tones. The theme was a mix of vintage and whimsical. The visual of the event came together beautifully. From the mixed color bridesmaids dresses, to the low profile centerpieces, to the cake display, we really loved how everything turned out.
I’m detail oriented to a fault, so I was really focused on adding special touches to the day, like a memory table with pictures of our grandparents and parents. We offered fleece blankets in case people were cold (they were!). Our two signature cocktails were actually recipes from our favorite bar in our neighborhood. I’m just grateful that our caterer, planner, my bridesmaids, and my husband all played along with my crazy ideas.
The best part of the night by far was spending time with our amazing friends and family. How often do you get to hang out with your favorite 180 people in the world under a candlelit tent? The dance floor was packed the whole night and the energy was just incredible. Everyone had such a great time, which for us was most important from the very beginning.
Photography: Ryon:Lockhart Photography | Floral Design: Earth Blossoms Flowers | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Ceremony Venue: Stratford United Methodist Church | Reception Venue: Boothe Memorial Park | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Hair + Makeup: Beauty Entourage | DJ: Beat Train Productions | Groom's Attire: Combatant Gentleman | Barber: The Groom's Day | Catering + Cake: Emily's Catering Group | Custom Signage + Speciality Decor Rentals: KLW Design Co. | Design + Coordination: Lauren O Events | Tent + Furniture Rentals: Abbey Tent & Party Rentals