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!!!
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!
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)