Michelle and John wed at St. Paul Church in Greenwich, Conn., followed by a reception at Le Château in South Salem, New York. Michelle spent the morning getting ready in her childhood bedroom and before putting on her dress, she popped champagne with her best friends in the front lawn she once ran around with bare feet. The couple chose icy blues and pinks for the color palette complemented with natural greenery. / Images by Cassi Claire Photography, submitted via Matchology.
Says Michelle, “The vision for our wedding was romantic summertime. The color palette [included] all soft colors – the bridesmaids wore ice blue dresses, the bouquets were comprised of light pink spray roses, anemones, dusty miller, and loose greenery. The centerpieces tied back to the bouquets, with hanging glass orbs, warmly lit candles, and curly willow.
The ceremony took place at the church that I grew up going to with my family which was so special. The reception was at Le Chateau in South Salem. We loved this venue because it was the perfect mix of beautiful architecture and grounds coupled with a grand elegant ballroom. The hillside location, stone staircases, and original American Chestnut woodwork was so classic and charming. And the chandeliers in the ballroom, which was recently renovated, took our breath away.
I had always dreamed of having a long train on my wedding dress and fell in love with the dress I ultimately ended up wearing from Pronovias for this reason. The train was exactly what I had always dreamed of, and I also loved lace work and the perfect amount of sparkle on the dress, that glittered just right under the ballroom chandeliers. For the men, we went with classic black tuxedo’s to keep it classic and formal. John chose to wear a white bow tie while the groomsmen worse black bow ties. The groomsmen also wore matching socks, which John gifted on the morning of the wedding.
As a Christmas gift, John got me a weekend getaway to Montauk for the two of us in February. He had the whole weekend planned out – booked a room at a cute bed and breakfast, made spa appointments at Gurney’s, and dinner reservations at La Scarpetta. Fast forward to February when we are in Montauk – we had just finished our massages and he recommends that we take a walk down to the beach. When we get to the beach, he tells me to turn around and face the water so that he could take an ‘artsy’ picture of me looking out onto the ocean. When he tells me to turn around, I see him there on one knee ready to propose. I was so surprised/happy/excited all at once! It was perfect. Later that night, we had a lovely dinner at Scarpetta and the next day he surprised me again with a party with both of our families there.
How did you meet? I was living in Manhattan at the time and my best friend from elementary school was staying at my apartment for the weekend. She invited me to go to a happy hour at Boat Basin with her coworkers that Friday night and I’m so glad that I did because that is where John and I met (John was one of my friend’s coworkers). We hung out the whole night and planned to see each other again later that week and from there on we kept hanging out. My friend later told me that the first day she met John at work she thought to herself “I just met Michelle’s future husband”, and she was right!
My favorite part of the day was walking down the aisle to John. It was such a special feeling walking towards my forever with all of our friends and family surrounding us. John’s favorite part of the day was our first dance. It was a special moment between just the two of us and something that we will never get to do again.
We wanted the favors to be something very special and decided to give our guests bottles of homemade limoncello. The limoncello was special to us because we were going to Positano for our honeymoon, which is known for their lemons and limoncello. To make it even more special, the restaurant where we had our rehearsal dinner offered to make the limoncello fresh for us. We then ordered limoncello bottles from Etsy and spent a night together bottling it.
Advice? Our advice to couples planning their weddings now would be to have fun with every step of the process. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the pressure of wanting to make the right choices but each step of the way is a special time and something that you only get to do once. Every detail comes together perfectly in the end.
Photography: Cassi Claire Photography | Ceremony Venue: St. Paul Church | Reception Venue: Le Chateau | Floral: Enza Events | Stationery: Owl Post Calligraphy | Videography: Tone Media | Wedding Cake: DiMare Pastry Shop | Reception Musicians: A Sterling Band | Hair: Face Time Beauty Concierge | Makeup: Face Time Beauty Concierge | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Groom’s Attire: Tuxedo by Sarno | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids | Veil: Pronovias | Headpiece: Maria Elena headpieces | Submitted via: Matchology