:: Pine Orchard Yacht and Country Club :: Branford, CT ::
I honestly do not even know where to begin with Stefanie + Lee's amazing wedding....Stefanie and I have known but not known each other for years, constantly in similar circles of friends but never really connected, that is until we started working together on her fabulous wedding that could make even the Pinteresters of Pinterest jealous.
Stef was born to be a bride, she knew what she wanted and how she wanted it but just wanted to not worry about it on her wedding day which is how began working together for day-of coordination+ package for her wedding. Stef's wedding was traditional, yet outside the box and chock full of the most thoughtful details. It was an honor to be a part of it - Lee and Stef THANK YOU!!
Stef's day started like most, getting ready at her parents Mr + Mrs. Steven's house. Hair and makeup team was outrageous, they were AHEAD OF SCHEDULE! That straight up does not happen, Allison Emery was awesome, everyone's hair looked awesome and stayed in place for the entire day. I loved the bridesmaids gift by the way, Stef had oxford shirts made with everyone's initials on the pocket and Alex and Ani bracelets, even I got one!!
The ceremony at Lauralton Hall was truly second to none, the chapel at Lauralton is gorgeous to begin with, but since Stef is so involved with Lauralton she had an influx of Lauralton volunteers participate for the event. The girls were adorable in their uniforms as they stood in Honor Guard formation on the the steps as the bridal party and guests entered the ceremony. From what I gathered from the rehearsal the ceremony was amazing, Deacon Paul was hands down one of the coolest deacons out there, he was so cool, personable and totally go-with-the-flow. I didn't see the ceremony because I was preparing one of Stef and Lee's many surprises for the day: A cocktail toast in the mansion!
The Cocktail Toast was awesome, honestly how often are you handed a champagne immediately following a church ceremony? I mean unless you are tailgating (which does happen) it's a while until you could start drinking. We did a combination of prosecco and raspberry bellini's. It look awesome, and was perfectly executed if I do say so myself!
Once Lee, (one of the sweetest grooms ever) said his toast, the guests head to Pine Orchard Country Club where Chris and his team delivered amazing food and even better service! Everything was perfect, and again ahead of schedule - this really does not happen and it's pretty awesome when it does. The speeches by both Maids of Honor, and the best man were so heartfelt, honest and flawlessly delivered. I really cannot say enough great things about this wedding, Stef and Lee are so truly, madly, deeply in love (sorry-cheesy 90's reference there, couldn't help it) that even when Stef walked down the aisle I heard that Lee asked Deacon Paul if he could kiss Stefanie yet and when they got out of the limo Lee picked up and swirled his bride around.
The wedding was such a party, Lee, Stef and their guests danced on a gorgeous dance floor under the globe lights and paper lanterns from the Amy Champage Stock to the music of Livewire Entertainment and Chantele Dibrava who was absolutely amazing! They were quite the performance, such an diverse mix of songs, that sounded better than the original and as if they were in a studio. They were by far one of the best bands I've ever seen live let alone wedding bands. They are highly recommended. Check out my Facebook page for some video of the event! Also, keep an eye out for the real pictures from Stefanie Kapra of Photography and More, she and her team did a great job getting all of the shots that Lee and Stefanie wanted and keeping within the very tight schedule! Lee + Stefanie's wedding was definitely one of the best of the season. Thank you to my awesome assistant Adriane for her help throughout the day, it was a blast!
Until next time,
PS Check me out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/acloveweddings for more pictures of the event!
PPS - Heather B. was the funniest MOH ever!!! Haha, Adriane and I were dying laughing the whole day because of her!!