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Wedding: Patricia & Arielle

It’s not every day that we get to feature a wedding with the SAME THEME as our blog!

From Patricia and Arielle’s photographers, Simply K Studios: Patricia and Arielle walked into our studio on June 26, 2015, the historic day that our Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage nationwide. I’m not sure I could have been more excited to hear their story and listen to their wedding plans! From that first day, I knew these two would have an amazing wedding, and we couldn’t be happier for them.

From Patricia: Eight years ago, I started my nursing career at a children’s hospital where I met Arielle who had already been a nurse for two years. If you ask her, it was love at first sight, but for me, I had just gotten out of a long relationship and was not ready to date again. For two years we became the best of friends. We were inseparable from day one, doing everything from baseball games to hiking/biking to cuddling up watching our favorite movies. I began to wonder why I couldn’t go a day without talking to or seeing —and finally I came to my senses and realized my feelings had grown into so much more than a friendship. I’ll never forget that evening when I told her how I felt and the smile on her face.

Six years have flown by, with ups and downs along the way, but we have always come out stronger than ever. We bought our dream house and dream dog and started our lives together. There were talks of getting married and days of ring shopping, but we knew we wanted to keep the proposals a surprise. I proposed to Arielle one night while we were playing Scrabble (her favorite game). She had no idea it was coming since we had spent all day doing yard work. I hid the ring in the letter bag while she wasn’t looking, and to my surprise it took almost the entire game for her to pull it out. Before I knew it, I was in front of her, asking her to spend her life with me. Lucky for me, she said  yes!

Arielle proposed to me two months later after I had gotten back from a trip to Minnesota. She had put together a sign of glow-in-the-dark stars with my family and cut a Harry Potter book (my favorite series to date) to the chapter “The Unbreakable Vow” for the ring box. When we lay in bed that night and the lights went out, “Marry Me” was glowing above us, and there she was with the book and ring. It was my idea of the perfect proposal.

Wedding planning wasn’t always easy, but our visions were on the same page. We chose a bicycle theme, which fit because of our love of the outdoors and biking, as well as our adventure tandem biking the Golden Gate Bridge. We found a few old bikes at a shop and restored them as decorations, as well as borrowing a vintage bike from our friend for pictures. Our personal touches were on every aspect of the day: from table settings with coffee in hand-stamped burlap bags as favors to the room lit up with tea lights and mason jar lights, and our Oreo dessert bar (my favorite dessert!). We wrote our entire ceremony (with a little help from the internet LOL), which was performed by one of our best friends, and when we exchanged vows, it was that fairytale moment, filled with excitement to start a new chapter in our lives together. Our wedding day was more than we could’ve hoped for, surrounded by everyone we love.

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Event Credits

Attire: Maggie Sottero, La SposaCatering: Farmington GardensDate: 04/15/2016Location: Farmington Gardens, Farmington CTMusic: Mike ConnellyPhotography: Simply K Studios, www.simplykstudios.comVenue: Hillstead Museum (photo location) and Farmington Gardens (ceremony and reception)
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Wedding: Erica & Brittany

From Jane, the brides’ photographer: Brittany and Erica first met in May 2014. Brittany swept Erica off her feet when she sent her a message on her online dating profile about macaroni and cheese. When the two met in person at Ubon Thai restaurant in Wilmington, Delaware, they hit it off right away.

On September 4, 2015, in Bethany Beach, Delaware—just a few miles down the coast from where they shared their second date—Brittany proposed to Erica. Showing off her creative side, Brittany created a homemade picture book that told their love story and Erica read it as they enjoyed a picnic. A little over a year later, they are thrilled to be celebrating the start of this next chapter with beloved family and friends!

Erica and Britt are a couple full of joy and who bring everyone together in any setting. Their wedding was no exception. There wedding was aboard a boat that took the couple from engaged to married to dancing in the mist of a beautiful nighttime cruise! 

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Event Credits

Location: Connecticut RiverPhotography: Jane Barry
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Wedding: Nicki & Sandy

From Nicki: Sandy and I met online in 2004. We were both fresh out of relationships and not looking for anything serious. We dated on and off for about 2 years, before splitting up and living separate lives. We kept in touch over the years, but both dated other people. In June 2012, Sandy got up the nerve to profess her love for me and we have been together ever since. We were engaged November 2012, married April 2014, and welcomed our daughter April 2015. I feel like I am living a fairytale everyday.

Photos courtesy of King Vincent Storm Photography.

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Event Credits

Location: Branford, CTPhotography: King Vincent Storm Photography
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Engagement: Alexandra & Johanna

From Johanna: Alex and I met through our college’s string ensemble back in 2011 and we haven’t been able to keep our eyes off of each other since! I proposed to Alex (wearing the hat) in December at a small christmas tree farm in Connecticut, we were surrounded by our closest friends and family- it was magical! Our engagement photos were taken by Ready Freddie Studios on a beautiful, and cold (take notice of our ears and noses) afternoon in Bridgewater, CT. Ivanna, our photographer, was so great to work with! She even brought props for us to use! I can not thank Ivanna enough for the beautiful work she did in capturing such a special moment in Alex’s and my life.

Event Credits

Attire: Modcloth, TopmanLocation: Bridgewater, CTPhotography: Ivanna, Ready Freddie Studios
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Engagement *and* Wedding: Crissy & Andrea

Two in one!!  =)

From the ladies: It all began in 2004 at Sam Houston State University, and with the help of mutual friends a relationship blossomed in 2006.

August 21st, 2009 we took a new level of commitment when we took our first vacation together to Cozumel. In March 2011 we took another big step and got engaged while at the rodeo and listening to our song “God Bless the Broken Road”. We then decided to put wedding planning aside to save for our first home which we closed on in May of 2012 in Houston, TX. Since it was finally time to tie the knot and with new laws in place we decided to pick a date! Therefore, we are ready to share our commitment ceremony with family, friends, and of course our pugs!

Engagement photos – Houston, TX
Ceremony – Stamford, CT

Event Credits

Date: 10/12/2013Location: Stamford, CTPhotography: Pinky Promise PhotographyVenue: Houston, TX
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Small Wedding: Amy and Renee

From Renee: We live in Florida, a state that has decided to add a constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage. We wanted to make our marriage legal in a state that allowed it and decided that state would be Connecticut (because they have no waiting period). We have 4 children between us, and lots of friends and family who would have loved to share the day with us, but, because we could not ask them all to fly to CT, we chose to have a very simple ceremony with just the two of us and our officiant (and photographer), Mary Pugh.

We were married on Friday the 13th, 6 years to the day that we met. The ceremony was held at Cherry Lawn Park in Darien, CT. It was a short ceremony. Amy couldn’t last through anything lengthy, she is a bit squishy and had a hard time holding back tears!

We are now planning for our reception to be held at our home in Florida. That will allow us to share our union with friends and family. Our wedding day was the beginning of the next chapter. We have been through struggle and illness and the love we share has helped us make it through, stronger and more committed.

Happy one week wedding anniversary Amy and Renee!

Event Credits

Attire: dress by meDate: 04/13/2012Location: Darien, CTOfficiant: Mary Pugh
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Two Dress Wedding: Ariel + Michelle

Amanda from Boro Creative Visions submitted Ariel and Michelle’s queer Connecticut wedding. In nearly all of the 75 or so pictures that I looked at, they are constantly kissing, touching and looking at each other loving. I fell in love with them instantly. No photo gimmicks, no poses and no self-conscious awareness. To quote Amanda: Love. Is. Beautiful.

PS. Amanda is based in NH but will travel all over New England to shoot your wedding. And she is super sweet.

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