Photographer’s Remarks: “Jessica and Chris had sunshine and happiness at their Springtime Wedding. As I entered Jessica’s parents home love, smiles, and beautiful colors filled the room. What a fun bunch!
“The girls were hanging out, chatting, having a bite to eat, and overall enjoying each other’s company. Hair and makeup already done, Jessica looked beautiful with her hair curled over her shoulders in a half-up half-down do and makeup that complimented her gorgeous eye color. Rebecca Zagha and Nicole Gougoumis did such an amazing job with dolling the girls up.”
“From the details of the wedding to the arrangement in the flowers shades of blush pink, pales, and cornflower blue were scattered throughout. The bridesmaids wore long cornflower blue dresses that complimented Jessica’s bow strapped shoes.
“After some downtime and conversation, it was time to get Jessica into her dress! She picked out a Morilee (style number 2674) dress from her aunt’s boutique, Antoinette Rose Bridal. My gosh this dress was beautiful and Jessica looked absolutely stunning in it! The dress was made for her, twirling around and showing off the beautiful ballgown, she could not stop smiling.”
“The Ceremony was about to start, and guests were taking their seats filling up the church quickly. The groomsmen entered from the side door as Chris walked down the aisle to the alter. Chris looked handsome wearing a gray tuxedo and paired cornflower blue socks to match Jessica’s shoes and the bridesmaids dresses. One by one, the bridesmaids walked down the aisle, all the while teasing Chris a little bit. With no first look, this was Chris’s first time seeing his beautiful bride in her dress. Chris had the biggest smile on his face when he caught sight of Jessica. The couple did not lose sight of one another, their eyes remained mesmerized with each other.
“Jessica and Chris are such sweethearts and their love is so defined and pure. The ceremony was memorable and organized with speeches from family, friends, and Father Anthony Testa. Cheering and shouts harmonized throughout the church as the bride and groom made their way down the aisle together hand in hand as husband and wife. Exiting the church the guests blew bubbles for Jessica and Chris to walk through and stop for a few photographs. It was a remarkable ceremony! Sunshine led the way as we headed to the reception.”
“Their reception was held at The English Manor. Before entering we had to pause to take a few bridal portraits outside The English Manor, because the sun was in the perfect spot. Picture perfect couple, Jessica and Chris were glowing after their ceremony. Chris eager to get some food in his belly, we made our way inside the reception hall. The energy in this room was incredible!
“The live band Brian Kirk & The Jirks sang and performed as the guests danced and sang along. It was a fun, loving, and energetic atmosphere.
“Their reception had such yummy food and treats! Not only did The English Manor make such a delightful wedding cake, but also delicious treats for Jessica, Chris, and their guests to enjoy. The wedding cake had pink and pale flowers that led up to the cake topper that read ‘you’re my lobster’. The same color palette was spotted again throughout the reception with many more details that expressed the love this couple shared with their family and friends. Jessica and Chris surely brought sunshine and happiness on this memorable day.”
Bridal Q & A
Q: Tell us about your wedding
“We tried to incorporate little spring elements as our wedding was early spring. We had wildflower seed paper in the shapes of birds as our favors, and we had little rabbits holding Easter eggs at our head table since the following day was Easter. We also both have a science background – I teach chemistry and Chris works in environmental consulting – and so our table numbers were elements from the periodic table. Cornflower blue was main color in our color palette.”
Q: Let’s talk wedding decor
“My favorite DIY decor item was the seating chart. I used a picture frame and clothespins to hang guest names and table numbers, and left a sign with an Instapix camera instructing guests to take their name and replace it with a selfie. We got some really cute pictures from that!”
Q: What were the florals like in your wedding?
“My friend, Rachael Kenney, did the flowers for us. She did an amazing job and featured a lot of ranunculus in the bouquets. She also incorporated some blue hydrangea into the vases and Chris’s boutonniere in memory of Chris’s mom – it was her favorite flower. Rachael also added some flowers to our wedding cake. I had just given her a couple pictures of things I liked and let her do her own thing. I love how they all turned out!”
Q: Did you personalize the day in any way?
“We had a craft beer station at the ceremony with beer from our favorite local brewery, Jughandle! My favorite part was the band – Brian Kirk and the Jirks. I chose the wedding date around when they were available…they were amazing!”
Q: Let’s talk fashion
“My aunt owns Antoinette Rose Bridal, so I went to her store to try on a variety of dresses. I originally thought that I wanted a fit and flare dress, but they had me try the Morilee 2674 ballgown and I couldn’t imagine wearing anything else. I wish I could wear it every day! Chris knew that he wanted to wear a gray tux, and we coordinated the vests and ties to match the bridesmaids in cornflower blue. The bridesmaids chose their own styles; all of them were Bill Levkoff chiffon in cornflower blue.”
Q: How did you meet?
“We met at work, doing environmental consulting. Chris proposed on a snowy day in January at our new home (we weren’t living in the house yet). We had dinner plans and he insisted on stopping by the house first to show me some paint samples for the master bedroom that he had picked out. We went to see the room and he had painted reasons why he loves me on the wall. He then told me it wasn’t a proposal, just a nice thing he wanted to do to show me how much he loved me. He told me to go look out the window, and down on the deck in the snow it said, ‘Marry me?’. I turned around to find him down on one knee with a ring!”
Q: What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
“It was so special having so many of our family members and close friends all together to celebrate with us. I also loved dancing with my dad – he had kept our song a secret and surprised me halfway through the dance by having the band break in to “Drive My Car” by The Beatles, which is a song that reminds me of my childhood with him. The food and the band were amazing. Everything went off without a hitch and I can’t imagine a more perfect day!”
Q: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?
“Enjoy it! Don’t stress about the little things, it’s not worth it. The day flies by. Also, I’m really glad we decided to hire a videographer (Color Room Films). It’s wonderful having a video to watch to relive the magic.”