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Connecticut vineyard wedding: Annie + Andrew

December 18, 2012
vintage telegram wedding invitations

After the vintage marriage telegrams were mailed out, the partying was done, the homemade honey jar favors were passed out, and guests tapped their dancing shoes on the dance floor, the one memory that Annie remembered most was the ‘first look’ moment she shared with Andrew. It’s a moment that even photographer, Michelle Gardella points out as being an emotional one. You’ll hear all about it in a sec, for now let’s get to all the pretty details!

Jenny Packham beaded wedding dress

Annie found her Jenny Packham dress at Everthine Bridal and it set the tone for the entire wedding. She felt it had a vintage 1920s feeling and wanted to play on that notion, without getting too much into a theme.

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Annie & Andrew’s first look was, in the words of Michelle Gardella, intense. They had all agreed to keep their first look just between the two of them – no audience. Michelle took them to a remote location on the vineyard with no wandering eyes. It set the tone for an amazing first look. Andrew was completely overcome with emotion and Michelle decided to put her camera down for a few moments to leave them to experience the moment. The images she did get tell it all beautifully – including the backwards hug that Annie gave Andrew seconds before he turned around to see her!

vineyard wedding portraits anemones, queen anne's lace, peony, and garden roses bouquet

Annie’s white bridal bouquet had white garden and spray roses, ranunculus, white anemones, white lilacs and peonies.

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The honey jars were a labor of love by the bride’s father- who is an amateur bee keeper. He harvested and jared the honey that was also used as escort cards using tea stained tags & red baker’s twine just days before the wedding.

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Their wedding music went a little like this…

For the processional, they played “First Breath After Coma” by Explosions in the Sky, the recessional song was “I’ve Seen A Face” by The Beatles, and they danced their first dance to “How Lucky We Are” by Meiko.

Connecticut vineyard evening wedding

Congratulations Annie + Andrew!

Venue: Jonathan Edwards Winery / Wedding Planner: Sarah Taggart of A Polished Plan / Photographer: Michelle Gardella Photography / Caterer: Russell Morin Fine Catering / Florist: Hana Floral Design / DJ: Power Posse Productions / Officiant: Mary Coburn / Rentals: Rentals Unlimited / Beauty: dd Nickel / Hair: Rachelle Hawkins / Stationery: Pistachio Press / Bride’s dress: Jenny Packham / Broach & Earrings: Untamed Petals / Bridal Shoes: Ivanka Trump / Sandals: Ellen Tracey / Bridesmaids Dresses: Ivy & Aster / Groom Suit: Hugo Boss / Groom & Groomsmen Ties: David Donahue / Groom Shoes: Magnanni