Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Laura and Andy's Nautical Wedding in Connecticut 5.27.11

Laura and I go way back.  As juniors in college we ended up on the same Study Abroad program in Milan, Italy and had an amazing experience traveling all over Europe together.  Since then, we've stayed in touch thanks to Laura's work schedule sending her to Chicago a couple times a year and her now husband, Andy, having grown up in the area.  I was completely honored last spring when Laura asked me to help her out with the coordination side of things for her nautical-themed wedding over Memorial Day Weekend.


Laura and Andy decided to host their big day in Connecticut where the two of them had been living for the past few years.  Since Laura's parents were out of town, they rented a gorgeous beach house in Norwalk, CT for the weekend so the ladies would have a place to hang out and get ready on wedding morning.  You could not have asked for a better spot--tons of natural light and a view overlooking the water.  While enjoying the view, Laura and her bridesmaids were prepped and pampered by the talented artists at Jennie Fresa Beauty Library.



Meanwhile, the gents were hanging out at the hotel nearby.  Andy wore this fabulous belt buckle to pay homage to the fact that the couple was moving to Austin, Texas immediately after their honeymoon.  I'm sure he's fitting in well!!


Justin & Mary Photography





Laura's dress was absolutely stunning with applique flowers and a matching jacket for modesty during the ceremony.  She was truly glowing! 



Before long it was time to head over to the ceremony, which was held at St. Philip Catholic Church in Norwalk.  Laura and Andy were both incredibly calm--both just excited to be marrying their best friends.  I think they both smiled through the entire ceremony!


Justin & Mary Photography




The photographers, Justin & Mary, have what they like to call "The 10 Minute Rule".  Immediately after the ceremony, the couple takes ten minutes, just the two of them, with Justin and Mary.  That way, those face-flushed, teary-eyed, "oh my gosh we're actually married", moments are captured without the chaos of family and friends' congratulations and stiff family portraits interrupting those feelings.  I love the idea and think more photographers should take advantage.  I mean, look at the pure emotion in these images!







Justin & Mary Photography




Laura's bouquet and all the florals from the wedding came from Stew Leonard's...a grocery store in town.  These certainly don't look like your average grocery store blooms!  That was my one disappointment during my trip out to Connecticut that I didn't get the chance to check out Stew's.  I've heard it's an experience!


Justin & Mary Photography





Post-ceremony, the guests headed over to Wee Burn Beach Club for the reception.  The club already had a nautical feel to it, but the couple's own special details, including handmade table runners "Captain" and "First Mate" signs for the bride and groom's chairs, and milk glass vases filled with yellow Billy Balls, really brought the whole look together. 




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                                              Laura's mom created this escort card display out of a cork board, batting, and the same fabric they used for the table runners.  The cards were held in place by yellow map pins.  Such a cute idea!


Justin & Mary Photography
While guests were mingling on the gorgeous patio, the bridal party got to take some group photos on the beach.  You definitely can't replicate photos like these in Chicago! [clear]












Justin & Mary Photography
Before long the festivities had begun.  The couple shared their first dance to the musical stylings of A Sound Choice by Groove Events, were toasted by loving friends and family, and ate their first meal as a married couple followed by tasty cupcakes from Cake Suite (Laura made all those adorable cupcake flags herself!).







Justin & Mary Photography












Justin & Mary Photography





In addition to these fabulous photos by Justin & Mary, Laura and Andy were lucky enough to have their wedding day filmed by Red Shoe Film.  Check out their wedding film, too!

Laura + Andy - Coming Soon Teaser from Brian Russell on Vimeo.



All in all it was a truly fantastic evening.  Laura and Andy, I am so glad to have gotten the chance to work with you on such an important day in your lives.  I hope you are enjoying Austin to the fullest!



Justin & Mary Photography





Laura & Andy's wedding was also featured on Style Me Pretty this fall!  Check that out below.
http://www.stylemepretty.com/2011/10/21/rowayton-wedding-by-justin-mary/
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