May Wedding

A Love Note to the COVID 19 Bride & Groom

To my dear brides and grooms,

 

This was certainly unexpected, wasn’t it?  It’s likely you’ve been planning your celebration for 12, 18, even 24 months and in all of your plans and details, I doubt a worldwide pandemic crossed your mind as a possible interruption on your way to the big day. And yet here we are – living through an historic moment in time that has forced us, all of us, to pause and wait -wait for this to pass, wait for the virus to slow down, wait for the world to begin healing.  But this waiting isn’t easy, is it?  It not easy when you’ve chosen a color palette that perfectly fits the inspo board you’ve meticulously put together, when you have a gorgeous wedding dress ready to be worn, when your  floral arrangements are designed and your invitations have gone out (or are about to go out). Everything you’ve spent months dreaming of is now suddenly on hold.  This is so hard, I know, but it will be okay.

 

Photo: Candace Elizabeth Photography

I want to assure you of a few things.  First and foremost, in a time when everyone is feeling isolated, and separated, you are not alone in this.  The wedding industry is a big, creative, and supportive community that is in the business of helping a dream come together.  We know there are so many moving parts to planning a wedding, with a network of vendors, and timelines – negotiating the logistics of contingency plans can seem overwhelming.  But one thing we excel at is making it work.  If you are one of our 2020 brides or grooms, you’ve already heard from us and know we are very actively watching the current climate of this COVID 19 crisis and how it may possibly affect your wedding.  We’ve also kept in touch with many of our preferred vendors to make sure we’re on the same page.  Even if you’re not planning a wedding with us, know that there are so many vendors out there who are bending over backwards to be available to their clients.  Trust the professionals to provide you with the guidance you need in all of this.

 

The next assurance is something my mother taught me, and her mother taught her, and is a valuable mantra I use all the time: this too, shall pass. As a society, we look for immediate answers and expect timelines with finite start and end dates, so this current situation with all of the unknowns is a new and challenging territory for many.  Add to that the emotional and financial investment of planning a wedding, and you may be feeling like the world is spinning off its axis. It’s not fair, and it’s frustrating, but it will not last forever. In fact, we’re already starting to hear that our social distancing efforts are working and we are successfully “flattening the curve”.  There is an end, and we’ll all be stronger from this journey and more appreciative of each other’s sacrifices along the way.

 

My final assurance is that I promise we will gather again, and we’ll  celebrate love, and family, and togetherness and it will be all the sweeter after this extended separation. If your wedding is this year, or you’ve had to reschedule to 2021, there is a whole tribe of people – from family, to friends, to vendors who can’t wait for the time when we’re all able to come together to celebrate your love and commitment.  There is a light at the end of this, friend. Keep hanging on. We’ll get through this together.

 

Sending social distance hugs and love,

Jessica

Director of Events


For those of you who have been forced to move your date because of COVID-19, I have some reassuring facts for you:

● 96% of couples say they are not canceling their weddings
● Among those postponing their weddings, 65% are moving their
receptions to a later date in 2020.
● The rest of respondents who are postponing said that they are shifting to
2021 (18%) or are still deciding (17%).
● Roughly 40% of those postponing their weddings are planning to get
legally married prior to their rescheduled receptions.

(The Knot COVID Impact Study)

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Anna and Dipesh – A Fusion Wedding to Remember

As we edge toward 2020, we love looking back at some of the gorgeous celebrations that occurred during 2019. Anna and Dipesh’s wedding this May stood out in particular, featuring a baraat, stunning florals, and fabulous dancing. Dipesh was very involved in the planning process, using the versatility of the mansion to create an experience like none other for his and Anna’s special day. He and Anna were able to customize their big day to create an amazing fusion wedding. The baraat down the mansion’s long drive was followed by a stunning ceremony on the visa and a buffet-style luncheon in the Loggia among family and friends. Later, Anna and Dipesh had their American ceremony, followed by a plated dinner on the terrace next to the dance floor. We’ve picked out some of our favorite photos below to highlight their ceremonies and reception.

 

 

Photographer: Lindsay Vigue Photography
Caterers: David Alan Catering, Haveli India
Tent: Sperry Tents

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Featured Wedding: Maddie and Will, May 30, 2015

If a couple was ever genuinely relaxed and effortlessly happy, it was Will and Maddie on their wedding day.  These two let their personalities seep through every detail and moment, making for a one-of-a-kind celebration to remember.  The bright blues and hot pinks matched the vibrancy in the air itself.  Guests enjoyed photo booth shenanigans, celebratory cigars, and party music provided by band GQ and The Lady.  The energy from this night just leaps from the photographs.  We wouldn’t be surprised one bit if Maddie and Will’s guests are still thrilling from the sheer fun of this wedding…

 

Photography:  Zac Wolf Photography
Catering:  Riverhouse Catering
Flowers:  Azalea Floral Design
Band:  GQ and The Lady
Photo Booth:  The Danger Booth
Rentals:  Party Rental Ltd.
Accommodations:  The Farmington Inn

 

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Natalie Newman Locke, the Event Supervisor and a Wadsworth Mansion bride herself, is a seasoned wedding & production professional.  When not creatively writing, photographing weddings, or acting as social media guru, she enjoys sampling wedding cake.

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Featured Wedding: Joy and Brian, May 23, 2015

Joy was one of those brides who knew what she wanted. She came to tour the Mansion, loved it, and booked us (and her caterer) practically on the spot!  On the day of her wedding she was exactly as her name, so joyful and excited to marry Brian. This lovely couple had a beautiful ceremony on our vista on a bright and sunny May day.

Her color scheme was pinks of all shades, corals, oranges,and white. The colors were represented in the rose petals on the aisle, in the bouquets her girls carried, and in the place setting on the tables. She also had some really fun personal touches like a special draft beer as a favor for every guest, and a pizza bar for a late night snack.  Yum!  Congratulations to the happy couple!

Photographer: Jewel Photo

Caterer: CT Wedding Group

Florist: Earth Blossoms

DJ: Jock in the Box
 

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Featured Wedding – DeAnna and James 5/31/14

DeAnna and James hosted a spectacular vintage themed wedding here at the end of May with so many stunning details; from the pewter vases adorned with gorgeous flower hues of violet and green to the wine bar with hand picked selections from DeAnna.  Every aspect had glamour and elegance (and we loved DeAnnas dress!)

The love and commitment shared by the bride and groom while exchanging the vows they wrote during their ceremony on the vista was so moving to all who were in attendance and their party was one not easily forgotten.  Congratulations to the happy couple and we wish you years and years of happiness!

Thanks to Eric Foley Photography for the amazing pictures!

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Photographers – Eric Foley, Krystal McNerney

Hair & Makeup – Larissa Lake & Co.
Florist – Michelle Duthrie
Catering/Cake – David Alan Catering
Shoes – Menbur
Dress – Lazaro
Stationery – Michelle Dowling Calligraphy
DJ – Jeff Ladd

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Featured Wedding – Lauren and Nelson 5/10/14

Lauren and Nelson were married on a typical New England spring day.  We were watching the rain clouds move through the state and hoped they would pass before the bride and groom arrived from their church ceremony.  As luck would have it, the rain let up in time for the newlyweds to take some beautiful couple photos on the terrace.  Lauren and Nelson, with the assistance of Christina from Celebrations by Christina, planned a beautiful celebration for their family and friends with delicious food served by Riverhouse Catering, Flowers by Designed to Order and a delicious cake by Cakes by Donna.  Everything was spectacularly captured by Sweet Monday Photography.  Congratulations to the happy couple!

Event Coordinator: Christina Morin, Celebrations by Christina

Catering: Riverhouse

Photography: Sweet Monday Photography

Bride’s Dress: Monique L’Huillier from L’Elite Boston

Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale

Make-up: Dana Bartone & Co.

Hair Stylist: Blades Salon

Florist: Designed to Order

Invitations & Calligraphy: Lettres Stationery

Cake: Creative Cakes by Donna

Music: DJ Lion King

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