Oh my goodness you guys, I can’t believe that I didn’t share this stunner of a wedding around the holidays. Not only was it photographed by one of my favorite photographers, Candace Jeffery Photography, it’s also a fabulous, sparkly, New Year’s Eve Wedding! Kelly & Dan’s New Year’s Eve Connecticut wedding is one for the books, and I just love every detail. From their classic black, silver & white wedding scheme, all the silver sparkle (I die over Kelly’s Kate Spade shoes & clutch), Kelly’s gorgeous dress + Dan’s dapper black tie attire, a first look & kiss under a congratulation’s marquee, and a adoring groom meeting his beautiful bride halfway down the aisle- makes this the most sweet, chic, wonderful way to ring in the New Year.
From the Bride:
How They met:
Dan and I met through mutual friends. I had sworn off boys and gone to visit my college roommate for a last minute end of summer trip. While Hurricane Irene was threatening the length of my stay in Providence, she convinced me to spend my last night going to a great hole in the wall Italian place with a group of her husbands friends. They promised I wouldn’t be a third wheel because another single guy would be there, but it was no set up because we would have NOTHING in common (they still swear by this).
I ate all of my own food, and off the plates of my friends because the food was so good. I swear my first impression was awful, but clearly he didn’t mind, he is Italian after all. The conversation was easy and it turns out we did have a lot in common. We both have tattoos in the handwriting of our loved ones who’ve passed, we both have a special love of Notre Dame, and when I walked into his bar later that night and saw the “Play like a Champion” sign hanging over the door it was like my dad was winking down on me from heaven. He pretended he wasn’t interested, but as soon as the night ended my college roommates husband mentioned he had asked about me, so I grabbed his phone and called Dan up and gave him hell for being “too cool” and pretending he wasn’t interested. We talked the whole night. It was easy and it was fun. The next day I got up early and beat Hurricane Irene to Connecticut.
We saw each other again on Halloween, went on our first real date and started what would be a whirlwind year of weekend adventures between Rhode Island and Connecticut. Exactly one year to the day we met I moved to Rhode Island, to that same cute house with the Notre Dame sign over the bar. One year after that we were engaged, and one year from there we were married.
We created our seating chart from a hand-me-down antique window I’d seen a friend of a friend use as her menu. Dan spray painted it to match our colors and we posted the table arraignment in the window panels.
I also created our gift bags to have a fun, Rhode Island feel, as half of our guest were traveling to CT from RI, and I wanted the RI part of our lives included in our special day as well. We had Narragansett lager in there, as well as a RI Monthly magazine, featuring all the happenings in our little ocean state.
My favorite moment of our wedding day was walking down the aisle and being introduced at the reception as husband and wife. I’m someone who constantly doubts myself and seeks approval of others. The moment I walked down the aisle and locked eyes with Dan, nothing else in the world mattered. I felt strong and radiant. I was so scared I’d be sad and thinking about how my dad wasn’t there to walk me down, but all I could focus on was meeting Dan halfway down that aisle and starting my life as his wife. I felt an immense sense of pride, and I know he did too. Being introduced for the first time as Mr. and Mrs. Pellegrino was an amazing feeling as well. All of the stress, all of the second guessing of what’s right and what we should do about every minor detail, all of that floated away.
We had such an amazing group of vendors who made our day come together flawlessly and I couldn’t be happier with the wedding we created as a team.
I asked WAY too many people their opinions on things I should have decided with just Dan. All the opinions I got made the choices I was making so much harder. That being said, everything we did decide was gorgeous. No matter how crazy the planning is, remember that it’ll all come together on the day of. Make sure you trust and adore your vendors, make sure you feel comfortable telling them what you want, make them a part of your family for the day, and it will all go off flawlessly. The vendors are the seasoned professionals that tie your wedding dreams together. Your guests don’t realize the plans that fall through or the problems that arise, they are there to see you shine. Keep that in mind always, and on the day of just relax and enjoy as the day flies by in the blink of an eye.
Photographer: Candace Jeffery Photography|Dress Store: Davids Bridal|Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Egara Suits – Men’s Wearhouse|Shoes & Clutch: Kate Spade|Cake Designer: DiMare Pastry|Reception Venue: Dolce Nowalk|Dress Store: The Bridal Garden