#114 | Rain Rain, You Can Stay, We’ll Look Awesome Anyway

So when I was growing up, I was taught that April Showers Bring May Flowers. Apparently, Mother Nature missed the memo this year. In April, we had a drought in CT and my plants (which had bloomed early due to temperatures 45 degrees above average in March) began to die. Now in May, when the weather should be beautiful, it looks like this:

OK. Yes. I am being a tad bit dramatic. But my pants are soaked half way up my calf right now and it’s making me cranky. So, that’s the situation.

Now it’s generally annoying whenever it rains. Rain turns my hair into a frizzy mess and generally just makes me want to curl up in bed and watch movies. So what do you do when it rains on your wedding day?

I got married in Connecticut on July 4th of last year. While rainy days are few and far between here in July, fast moving, afternoon/evening thunderstorms are an almost certainty. Once we were a week and a half from my wedding day, and July 4th finally showed up in the 10 day forecast, I made it my obsession to check the reports multiple times a day. Every time I checked, it was the same story. Severe t-storms 4pm – 7pm. (My wedding was at 5:30pm, outside on a beach.) What to do?! Hope it missed us. That’s all I could do.

Well, lucky for me, I woke up on July 4th and for the first time in 10 days, the weather report showed no signs of t-storms and we got an amazingly beautiful day on the water.

But whether it’s your wedding day, or just a Wednesday, weather is just one of those things you can’t control. So to show this rain who’s boss, here are some beautiful brides (and handsome grooms) who took less than stellar conditions from dear old Mother Nature, and made the BEST of them!

Image via FlashFlavor

Image via Iwan Photography

Image via M2 Photography as seen on Rustic Wedding Chic

Image via Thorson Photography

Image via Kgoodphoto as seen on Bow Ties and Bliss

Geez, now I kinda wish it did rain on my wedding day.

Did it rain on your day? Do you want to share rainy day photos with us? Send em over!

Ps. The Bachelorette starts on Monday and I’m not at all embarrassed to admit how EXCITED I am!! I love Emily and I hope she kept ABC in line and didn’t let them get their usual shade of ridiculous. Unfortunately, the arrival of a helicopter on NIGHT ONE has me a little worried that they may have found a new shade of ridiculous SO RIDICULOUS that Emily was blinded by the ridiculosity (<~ Trademark that. I think we’ll be using it a lot this season).

So here’s your Wednesday poll question. Who the EFF is in that heli? I swear to baby Jesus I will stop watching if it’s Bentley. (OK we all know I won’t. But I’ll write a really strongly worded blog post about it.)

xo

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#107 | Real Wedding Video + Bachelor Thoughts + I Have Really Awesome Valentine’s Day Plans

Happy Valentine’s Day!!! I hope you are having a great day and that you get to spend it with the person or people you love!

I’m pretty sure I’m the only girl on the planet who doesn’t want to get flowers on Valentine’s Day. I have been telling Erik for weeks not to get me flowers and he was fine with that. Until yesterday, when all the guys at work tried to convince him that it was a trap and I was just saying I didn’t want them as a test to see if he “loved me enough” to get them anyways. Well he wavered momentarily. He picked flowers out and almost bought them. But then he remembered that he knows me and if I said I didn’t want them, then I mean it. He didn’t buy the flowers. I couldn’t possibly love him more for that.

Tonight I’m making ribs, gluten free cornbread, and sauteed green beans and we’re gonna snuggle up and watch the movie Erik picked out (A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas). Don’t be too jealous, I know I’m a pretty lucky girl.

So moving on, anyone watch the Bachelor last night? I watch it religiously and I’m not ashamed. I’m not even ashamed that when a woman came to the door last night at 8:07 to talk to me about sewage contaminating our public waterways I told her I would write her a check for whatever she wanted if she would let me get back to the Bachelor. Yes. That happened. (She wanted $52 by the way which I thought was reasonable.)

I’m not gonna do a big long recap, because there are people who are WAYYY better at that then me (nudge nudge The Knotty Bride). I’m just gonna say that I think a few things need to happen on this show (ps there are spoilers so don’t read these next few sections if you haven’t watched yet):

  1. Remember that episode in Ashley’s season where the guys were boxing for Ashley’s love and Ames got a concussion? How come the girls never get in the ring? I wanna see Kacie B go after Courtney. I have a feeling she’d be like a rabid monkey if you gave her permission to hit Courtney in the face. Amiright?
  2. Speaking of Ashley’s season, remember that dbag Bentley? Bentley + Courtney = reality show gold. Spinoff.
  3. I think it’s kinda crappy that these girls can say whatever they want in the interviews and then go on dates with Ben and be a totally different person (I’m looking at you Courtney. FYI you won’t be WINNING this season. Mmkay?). Makes him look dumb. I think that a couple of his close friends and/or siblings should be able to watch the footage from the first couple weeks and then show up when there are like 8 girls left and just call them all out.

Thoughts on last night in particular?

  • Lindzi says “important” weird and it was bothering me last night. She’s lucky I love her.
  • I’m team Kacie B. for sure. I just wish she would unleash some of that confessional/interview rage on Courtney in person.
  • Courtney, saying: “These girls aren’t competition… kill shot” is cocky. Following it up by saying “But I don’t want to get cocky” doesn’t make it any less cocky. ALSO. Did you just say that Kacie B is a little girl trapped in a little boy’s body? I hate you as a person.
  • Ben. Ben ben benny boo boo boo-boo-boo. Part of me appreciates that we are going to get to see the savage animal that is Courtney in her natural habitat, so that part of me says “OK, fine, give her the rose.” But the part of me that wants to believe that it’s possible to actually find someone on this show wishes you would stop being a typical dude. Stop giving roses to the bitchy model who keeps taking her clothes off.

That is all on the Bachelor. I swearrrrrrrrrrr.

So if you’re new around these parts, you may not know that wedding videos are my favorite thing, like EVER. I’m obsessed. This week, I came across the highlights video from Danny Gokey’s January 2012 wedding in Florida. Danny wasn’t my favorite American Idol contestant either, but he kinda won my heart with this video. His cute testimonial to his soon to be bride was great, but the planking on the stairs really put this one over the top for me. ENJOY! And have a great Valentine’s Day!

xo

 

#103 | It’s Our Sixth Month Anniversary Already?

YAY Sparkly Love is back from holiday hiatus! Didya miss me?! I missed youuuu!

I hope you all had an amazing holiday season and got all the things you wanted. More importantly I hope you got to hug everyone you love (or at least Skype hug!)

Guess what a random email told me this morning! It’s my six month wedding anniversary! Seriously?! Can you guys believe it? I can’t. Time fliessss.

Well in honor of my anniversary, here’s a picture from my wedding that I found recently (there are so many pictures it’s crazy cakes) and just LOVEDDD.

Image via Linked Ring Photography

This image was on one of the unedited disks because no one in the back is even looking and Erik and I are laughing so hard we can’t even look at the camera! But seriously, I think it might be one of my favorite pictures. I think it captures us perfectly. Goofy. Ridiculous. And so very very happy!

I think I’m gonna frame it and put it somewhere in our house so we always remember not to take ourselves too seriously.

Have a wonderful afternoon loves!

xo

#102 | Real Wedding — Jenny & Matt — Middletown, CT

I have an early Christmas present for all my lovely readers… get ready, cuz we have a stunner of a fall wedding! Jenny and Matt are melt your face off adorable (I have visual proof!)

I apologize in advance for the amount of scrolling you are going to have to do in this post, but there were so many amazing photos, I just couldn’t choose (me? go overboard with photos? no! I never do that.)

See what I mean about the adorableness?

Yup, told ya so. Now let’s hear from our beautiful bride Jenny and see those drop dead gorgeous photos (courtesy of Linked Ring Photography).

How did you Matt meet?

Matt and I met 6 years ago at a local football game. I went with my best friend and she dropped her ticket when we were in line, he picked it up and thats when we locked eyes. I went to private school from 6-12th grade and he graduated from the local public high school 2 years before so this was the first we had both seen of each other. Or thats at least what we thought, as it turns out we grew up 2 streets away from one another and it took us 17 years to find each other. 17 years to find our soul mate and best friend. After the football game, everything fell into place, we both majored in art in college and we now work together at a private school. I couldn’t be happier or more lucky!

When did you know Matt was the one?

I knew he was the one after our first Valentines Day together. I was finishing up my senior year of high school and Matt was a sophomore in college. We both agreed that we would make each other gifts for the holiday. There was a blizzard that week and on the morning of Valentines Day my mom woke me up to say “go see what your romantic boyfriend has done.” I went downstairs and saw that Matt had created a 4 foot x 5 foot drawing of a rose bouquet and he built a large plywood stand to prop it up in my front yard. On the front door was a beautiful note from him. This was such a beautiful gesture, and while it seems grand, it was simple and just what I needed.

How did Matt propose?

Matt proposed at our apartment. He came home with jewelry cleaner for me claiming that I told him I needed it. This seemed fishy to me because I never recalled telling him that, and it was from very nice local jeweler. We went into our bedroom and he convinced me that the jeweler meant nothing and that he just was trying to do something nice for me by buying me jewelry cleaner. He then asked if I could go grab his tea from the kitchen. I went to get it and when I returned to the bedroom he had locked me out. I found this strange and he said he was upset that I wasn’t happy with the jewelry cleaner, so i apologized and when he opened the door, the lights were off. I sat on the bed and he said, “Come on Jen, I’ve proposed to you a million times before” and of course I responded “no you haven’t!!” and he said ” yeah it looked like this…” and at this point it was completely dark and I could not see anything, and I could just hear him saying “Jen will you marry me?” I reached out and felt his hand and realized he was on one knee! At this point I broke into tears and yelled “YES!”

What was your wedding day like? Did it feel how you expected? Were there any surprises?

Our wedding day was seriously like a story book. We spent so much time planning and making all of the little details up until that point, everything fell into place so perfectly. Not to mention that it was a sunny 65 degree day on November 26th. The moments I will always keep close to my heart are the vows and the first dance; it really felt like it was just me and Matt, crying in each others arms, so happy to have each other and to be surrounded by people we loved.

The dancing and partying all went so amazingly! All we wanted was for everyone to enjoy the day as much as us, and they did!  

What advice do you have for future brides to help them with their planning?

ALWAYS remember that this is your day. It is about you and the person you love and you want to remember it this way. All of the planning is totally worth it.  

What were the special touches/moments that really made your day?

We worked really hard to make our ceremony very personalized. I was raised Quaker and Matt was Protestant. We had our wedding in First Church of Windsor. I decorated the pews with wheat and feather arrangements to bring in the harvest feeling to the church. We had a Quaker wedding certificate made for everyone at the ceremony to sign as a witness of our commitment to each other. One of our friends is an amazing calligraphist and she wrote it for us. It has our vows and signatures and now the signatures of the 157 people who were with us to experience this special day. I will hang in our home for the rest of our lives and is truly a piece of art. The processional was performed by our good friend Christopher Brown, he played the baby grand in the church and sang Cold Play’s “Sparks” as the wedding party walked down and then he sang Priscillia Ahn’s “Dream” for when my dad walked me down the aisle. For readings we had our friend Kim read from Corinthians, my parents read an excerpt from the Quaker Faith and Practice and then Matt’s cousin Jen read a poem she wrote for us about our summers in Maine together as a family. These things combined made the water works flow easily for us both and made the ceremony leave a beautiful imprint on our hearts.

Matt and I made homemade blueberry jam for our reception favors. We picked all of the blueberries this summer (100lbs) and it took about 10 jamming days with our mom and friends help to get all 170 jars of jam done. It was so worth it. I love cooking and all of my friends and family know this and I couldn’t think of a better way to show our appreciation and love to them.

As I was a photography major in college, I love old pictures. I gathered all of the old wedding albums from our parents and grand parents and created photo collages with copies I printed. I made them on wood cross sections for each couple. I used a wood burner to burn their anniversary year into the collage as well as plants and other organic material. I was really happy with how each one came out and I was so happy to give them to our parents after the wedding. Another gift to show our appreciation and love.

There were so many other little details and touches, from the place cards that were each in their own little terra-cotta planters to the awesome Trolley with a fireplace that we had for transportation. We also had a GREAT DJ: Rob Alberti who did a fabulous job taking into consideration our particular taste in folk and indie music but also was able to make some great dance music choices for the night.

Anything you would change if you could do it all over?

Nothing, the fact of the matter is, the day was a reflection of Matt and my relationship and love. It was part of us, and I am so happy that it came together the way it did, and now I am spending the rest of my life with the love of my life and my best friend.

You are with me on the adorableness right? This much adorable can’t be legal!

Ultimate Picture in Picture!

I swore I wasn’t going to cry!!! (Failed again)

So much love!!!

I. DIE.

Congratulations to Jenny and Matt! Your day was beautiful and I’m gonna speak for all my readers (who I’m sure will also share their opinions in the comments — wink wink) when I say THANK YOU for sharing it with us!!!

Ps. Sorry again about the scrolling. See you soon lovies!

xo

Vendors:

Dress: The White Dress by the Shore, Clinton CT
Venue: The Barns at Wesleyan Hills, Middletown CT
Catering: Pavilion Catering, Connecticut Wedding Group
Floral: Jordan Florist, Windsor CT
Photographer: Linked Ring Photography, Greenwich CT
Makeup: Kimberly Zinnen , EPIC beauty
Hair: Trendsetters Hair Salon  
Cake: Kim’s Cottage Confections (The bride and groom’s good friends, who are both sculptors and potters, created the beautiful cranes as a gift and they are on display in their home now!)
Veil/Hair Accessory: Crown Head Piece (Whichgoose on ETSY)

#97 | My Wedding Video is Here!!!!

OK, I’m going to start off today’s post with an apology. I have been WAY WAY M.I.A. and I’m very sorry for that. But there’s very good reason for it. Some of you remember that I found out a few months ago that I would be laid off on October 31st. Well that was a week ago. The day that I left the office I felt very anxious. I was out of work, and I hadn’t found a new job yet. I had a few months of severance to soften the blow, but I know how hard the job market can be. (My dad has been out of work for almost two and a half years after 25 years with the same company.) Well, over the last two weeks I finally started getting lots of call backs on my applications (and in a couple situations I actually got calls from HR recruiters for jobs I hadn’t seen yet.) I was starting to get really excited. But leaving one job without an offer from a new job was definitely wearing on me. I tried to blog a couple times, but I would start thinking about not having a job and would end up filling out applications instead.

Then, Friday, it happened. A real, honest to God, OFFER… more than that. An offer at a company I actually wanted to work for. Close to home. Great opportunities. I could finally breathe a deep sigh of relief. We are going to be OK. Adding to my excitement was a post that had gone up on the Serendipity Studios blog on Thursday. A post that included my WEDDING HIGHLIGHTS VIDEO!!!! Holy luckiest girl everrrrrrr!

You all may remember a post I wrote last spring when I offiicially booked Travis from Serendipity Studios to shoot my wedding video (if you don’t remember, it was about being so excited that I almost peed my pants… ringing any bells?) Well I got double the pants peeing excitement when Travis’ wife Candice was able to assist him for the wedding. She’s an absolutely AMAZING photographer and I knew that having the two of them together was going to make for the most INCREDIBLE wedding video everrrrr. Well, I may be biased, but I think I got just that. Check it out lovelies. I hope you love it as much as I do!!

Janna & Erik | Wedding Highlights | 7-4-11

Are you a nearly-wed? Have you booked a wedding videographer/cinematographer yet? If you didn’t, umm, did you watch my video? I almost didn’t have video and after seeing mine, I can tell you that it would have been the biggest mistake of my whole wedding.

We didn’t have room for it in our original budget, so we both took on a couple freelance jobs to be able to afford it. It wasn’t easy, but we knew we couldn’t go back in time and do it over if we DIDN’T book it. I can honestly say that it was worth every single cent. In fact, for how happy this wedding video makes me, I think it was worth more than we paid.

I’ve had multiple friends tell me that my video changed their ideas about wedding videos and now they want them. That makes me feel so happy. It was seeing one of Travis’ videos on another wedding blog that made me need him to shoot my video, so being able to do that for other soon-to-be-brides has been an amazing feeling.

I’ve also heard brides (not shouting anyone out) say, “I loved your video, but I’m gonna try to find someone cheaper.” It’s your budget, and NO ONE should tell you how to spend it… BUT, be careful! You know that saying, “you get what you pay for” ??? Yeah, it exists for a reason. Just keep that in mind and do your due diligence. (Or just call Travis so you don’t need to worry about any of that.)

YAY! I hope you guys love my video and that my wedding video advice is helpful to someone out there. Love you all!!

xo

#72 | Congrats to My Parents on 30 Years of Marriage!

On August 21, 1981 my parents were married. Yesterday, they celebrated 30 years of marriage. It’s no easy feat, especially these days. My mom shrugs it off and says things like “it’s not a big deal” or “25 is a landmark year… this is just 30,” but I know different. As someone who has been married only a month, it’s hard to imagine all the things that my parents have been through together. Since I know them pretty well, I think I can say confidently that it takes work to stay married for 30 years. There are good days and there are bad days. There is heartache and sacrifice, but there is also warmth, compassion, and commitment. I’m incredibly honored to share their story with you today, and I hope that I’m blessed with as many years of happiness as they’ve had together. So here’s to my parents! Congratulations on 30 years and here’s to 30 more!

Now, let’s hear from the bride:

We met at college during my first semester in the fall of 77. Dad used to tell me that he spotted me in my car and later walking down the street. He walked/ran to get closer. I also spotted him around my friend’s apartment on Highland Ave., a few blocks from campus. He lived upstairs from friends. I remember intentionally leaving their kitchen door open one day so that as he came up the stairs and by their apartment I could be casually sitting at the table and a conversation (or at least a hello) could finally happen. It did. We shared our first kiss on Dec. 3 of that year and the rest as they say, is history.

 ^^ umm how cute are my parents? ^^

Our ceremony was held at my church in Westboro, MA. My parents were married there in 1955. We went to the reception via an open-air classic car (owned and operated by my father’s boss) to the Shrewsbury Nights of Columbus.  I believe we had about 200 people there. My mom and dad paid for things and I was kept out of it (I was only 22 and still in college during most of the planning). As I try to recall this and that, I believe it probably cost in the 3-4K range. My dress was $200. Photographer was around $500.  Flowers?  Band was under $600.

For us, the most important thing was we wanted our family and friends present. I loved the idea of a candlelight evening wedding. A college friend played the guitar and sang from the choir loft. I wanted to have fun and have our guests have fun and I wanted to make sure I was served only clear beverages to minimize the chance of spilling and thus staining my dress. 

The best parts of my day began with my dad coming to my room to wake me up. (suddenly teary now, sorry). We did our own hair and make-up, nothing fancy. Make-up probably consisted of nail polish. I have pictures to look back on and see my grandparents, family and friends who are no longer here. That is important to me. Your dad called asking what socks he should wear since apparently they do not come with the tux and he was getting dressed for the church. The weather was wonderful, music fantastic, we all laughed. The party continued back at my mom and dad’s with food, basketball etc.

Not everything went perfectly. We forgot our plane tickets and had to turn back and get them before being dropped off at a hotel at Logan. We had an early flight to the Bahamas the next day. We also did not get the ringbearer in the photos. I wasn’t thinking about it. I was just doing what the photographer said. The photographer forgot to get him. I wish that could have been redone.  

I can’t think of anything I would do differently, beyond the ring bearer thing.  However, I might try to figure out a way to hold every conversation and image in my head to last longer than it has. Many memories of that day have faded over the past 30 years. But new memories of children, friends and family make up for that loss.

 

 ^^ yes friends, that’s a perm on my dad’s head. go 80’s!!! ^^

The secret to 30 years of marriage? … I don’t believe there is one. We’ve had times we could have called it quits. Like many things we undertake in life, situations get difficult. But if you believe in the promises you made to one another about good times and bad, you wait it out and work it out. The gifts you give to one another in friendship, love, children far outweigh the unknown of walking away. At least that is true in my case. My family (teary again) means the world to me. Preserving it and watching it grow is now my constant joy. I do not wish to do away or walk away from any part of it. You are all so precious to us and we take great pride in your individual accomplishments and your individuality. Thank you for letting us in and letting us play (hopefully) an influential role in your life.

The recent generations have become people who seek and get instant gratification via technology, instant food, etc. We can collaborate with people around the world and never leave the comfort of our pajamas or living room. We are also a throw away society. Plastic bottles, upgrades to the latest version of this or that, and so on. But personal relationships, especially marriage, needs to be treated with a very different lens. Do not allow the material world mentality of upgrades and instant gratification to cloud your vision. Marriage is not a “thing.” It goes well beyond that. It is not like quitting a job for greener pastures. Marriage is a commitment, an assurance to another human being that you will be there for them through it all. You will tolerate each others quirks,  bask in the great days of one another but also help absorb the pain that accompanies the worst of days. When you feel you can’t go on, choose your words carefully or say nothing at all. Time will usually heal or at least calm so that cooler heads will prevail. Then talk, share, and work on a plan for tomorrow. If you thought you knew each other before you got married, there are still surprises and revelations coming your way. If you want to be together, then want to be together. Keep yourselves as a couple, a priority in your day, your week, your life. Try to always remember who you are as a couple now so that it can be a support and reminder for you later. You will both change. There is no doubt. But without change there would be no butterflies.

^^ she says hats were all the rage ^^

Can’t lie, I’m a little teary now too! I was laughing so hard when my mom said that my dad called to ask what socks to wear to the wedding. Classic dad. Also classic Erik. I think my mom’s advice is amazing. Don’t you? What’s the best wedding/marriage advice you’ve been given? Have you heard the story of your parents wedding? Ask them, trust me, it’s pretty amazing to hear!

#67 Real Wedding | Janna and Erik—New Haven, Connecticut

Hi lovelies! I hope you are having a wonderful day. It’s rainy and grossy gross here, but the wedding in today’s post is totally brightening my day. That’s because it’s MY WEDDING!! So let’s not dilly dally, let’s get a quick recap from the bride (ME!) and then onto the pretty pics (of which I’m certain I posted too many because I just love them all).

Erik and I got married in New Haven, CT on July 4th. I was a little worried about getting married on a holiday, but we had the most amazing time and I’m so glad we picked the day, the venue, and the people that we did. We decided to do a first look photo shoot in a park down the street from our house where we walk our dog. I love that we decided to pick a location that we go to so often. We get all giddy every time we walk through the spots now and reminisce about that moment when I tapped his shoulder and he turned around. I remember him saying, “I’m so lucky,” as I tried desperately not to cry for fear of my makeup running. I plan to do a “married chick” interview with Cris of Kiss My Tulle, so we can leave the rest of the details for that and just get onto the photos. Gosh I hope you love them!

 

 
^^ That blurry thing over Erik’s shoulder is ME!!!!!!




(Program/fan/games from this post

 (Ceremony decorations from this post)

^^ Aww shucks!!

 

 

^^ our thank you cards! ^^

(Music from this post(Table numbers from this post

  ^^ Pic on the left is Erik’s parents cutting their cake… on the right is my parents!

 ^^ 4th of July for the win!

Credits:

Venue: Anthony’s Ocean View

Photography: Linked Ring Photography 

Flowers: Ganim’s Garden Center

Bride’s Dress: David’s Bridal

Bridesmaids’ Dresses: JCrew

Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: Camillo’s Tuxedo

#45 Real Wedding Sneak Peek | Katie and Greg

As I’ve mentioned quite a few times, my best friend Katie got married this past weekend in northern California. The weather was amazing, the venue was gorgeous, and the bride was just stunning (I know I’m a bit biased, but come on).

Now we don’t have the “real” photos yet (obviously! the wedding was Saturday). But I brought my camera and snapped some pics of the venue and of all the girls getting ready. So, here’s a sneak peek. Trust me, the real pictures are gonna be amazing (I was staring over the photogs shoulder all day!)

 ^^ Yes, he shaved his legs to make this more difficult, but Greg was not fooled!

 ^^ Goofballs

^^ Perfect Family!

#34 Real Wedding | The Oscar For Best Wedding Goes To…. Jessi and Drew! (Plus a Trump Rant)

I can’t tell what annoys me more, Trump’s mouth or his hair. Let’s call it a tie. This morning, the White House released Obama’s official FULL LENGTH birth certificate (in case you had some how managed not to hear about it) and Trump cannot stop taking responsibility for it. I am annoyed. Dear Donald, you looked like an idiot for even making a big deal out of the BC in the first place. Now, you just look like a total pompous MORON. PHEW, feels good to let that out. Anywaysssssss, it’s Wedding Wednesday people. Let’s not focus on the ugly man with the bad hair who says dumb dumb dumb things, lets focus on sparkly, wonderful, beautiful weddings!!

I love fun and original “how we met” stories (does this have something to do with my own personal boring “we met in the cafeteria of the building where we worked” story? possssssiblyyyyy). When I heard that Jessi and Drew met during a bar fight, I was in L.O.V.E. Plus, look how cute they are:

Jessi and Drew (Photo: Linked Ring Photography)

Also, I am a sucker for fun themes. This was wasn’t just original, it was clearly so THEM. And all their guests look like they are having the best time. I’ll let Jessi tell you all about it!

Wedding: October 1, 2010

Venue:  The Marquee in Hartford, CT (formerly the G. Fox Building)

Photography: Linked Ring Photography Greenwich, CT

Love is a Battlefield: Drew and I met in June of 2007 at the bar I used to work at. We were witnessing a fight between two mutual friends of ours (they were brothers and one was the manager of the bar). In order to avoid breaking up the fight, I offered to buy him a drink… it’s been love ever since.

The Proposal: We were cleaning up the morning after my NYU graduation party when Drew asked me if I wanted to go for a hike. I agreed and we headed off to the Quarry in Rocky Hill. I thought it seemed odd at the time that Drew grabbed a backpack. We scaled the mountain with ease until we reached a clearing. Drew stated quite nervously that he wanted to take a few pictures so he stumbled away from me and took out his iTouch. He was fiddling with it, then, all of a sudden “All You Need is Love” from the Across the Universe soundtrack started to play. Drew stumbled back over to me, hugged me, and told me that he loved me. He got down on one knee, pulled out a box and said “this isn’t the real one, but will you marry me?” I dropped to my knees too, grabbed Drew by the neck and tearfully replied “YES!!!”

The Big Day: Our big day was like being at a red carpet event! I felt like I had stepped into a Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers film. People came dressed in costumes and we gave out Oscars. It emulated who we are and our totally ridiculous sense of humor.

Advice to Future Brides: Be original! This is your day! Have fun with it! And don’t sweat the small stuff!!

Well Jessi certainly took her own advice. From the drinking game in the limo to the Oscars at the reception, this day was certainly an original. Enjoy all the sparkly love below courtesy of Dan and Nicole over at Linked Ring Photography (p.s. head over to their page and check them out!)

^^ Yes, they are playing drinking games in the limo. LOVE THIS! ^^

^^ Aww shucks! ^^

Congrats to Jessi and Drew!!!

LOVE!