Melissa & Chris said their I do’s this past May with a beautiful wedding & celebration at The Waterview in Monroe, CT. They had a purple & grey color scheme, which happens to be one of my favorite combos – love all those shades of purple. And this adorable couple had their fur baby as their ring bearer. Take a look at all the highlights of their magical wedding day captured by Candace Jeffery Photography, which also includes some stunning images of the bride & groom and wedding party at Gouveia Vineyards.
From the Bride, Melissa:
How did you and your husband meet?
Chris and I met because I took his old job as a nurse 6 months after he left. Mutual friends set us up on a blind date and we instantly connected and fell in love!
Did you do any DIY projects? If so, what….
We did tons of DIY projects. We made our photo table numbers, table number holders, our invites, our favor cards, place card holders, cake topper, dog ring bearer collar, flower girl basket, puzzle piece mr and mrs signs, and they lived happily ever after wooden sign, wooden box for the puzzle piece guest book, homemade groomsman gifts and hand carved homemade birdhouses for bridesmaids, ceremony pamphlet, flip flop baskets, bathroom baskets, (pretty much everything) lol.
What is your favorite wedding day memory?
My favorite wedding day memory…honestly the entire day from start to finish. It was far more beautiful and emotional than I ever imagined. If I had to pick one part it would be exchanging our personalized vows.
What advice would you give to a bride currently planning her wedding?
Advice to a bride currently planning her wedding:
1. Do not stress.
2. Have fun with every step of the planning process and add your own personalities and personal touches to every detail and decision. That is what will make your wedding stand out from all the others weddings your guests have been to.
3. Write your own vows if you can. All of our guests said that is what they liked best about our ceremony. It allowed them to see the connection between Chris and I first hand.
4. Have your groom share in the decisions and DIY projects with you. Far too often brides make all the decisions and never involve the groom. It is there wedding too so have them help ease the burden and plan together.
5. Remember…the wedding ultimately is about the love you two share as a couple. After 6-10 hours the wedding will end but your marriage is what will endure. There will be glitches at every wedding, whether the cake is the wrong flavor or it rains, just remember to try to let those things go and enjoy yourself and your new groom!!!
Photographer: Candace Jeffery Photography|Dress Store: Bliss Bridal CT|Makeup Artist: Dana Bartone & Co. Salon and Spa|Floral Designer: Flowers By Danielle|Transportation: Gateway Limousine Inc.|Cinema and Video: Imagine That|DJ: Jock in the Box|Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Men’s Warehouse|Reception Venue: The Waterview|Dress Store: The Wedding Dress