Real Wedding Wednesday ~ Who Wants a Ride on the Carousel?

Emily and Bobby wanted a venue that was on the water; something that was like a "blank canvas" so they could personalize it. Lighthouse Point Park was exactly what they were looking for... Totally simple, yet pretty in a beautiful park on Long Island Sound. And the best part? It had an antique carousel inside! I know, right? Did I mention that it was a working carousel? At a wedding? How fabulous is that??

Something I can totally relate to (besides loving a cool ass wedding with a carousel in the reception space)? Emily's favorite color is pink! So, there was no question as to the wedding colors. Plus, Bobby and his groomsmen were happy to rock pink ties (which they rocked quite well if I do say so...) with pink and gray argyle socks to compliment the girls’ dresses.

Something I can't relate to, but totally respect? This wedding was made particularly beautiful because of the several DIY projects. So many, that Emily's mom began referring to the wedding as “the wedding of a million pieces,” because the various supplies that went into making their day beautiful... From beads and ribbons to flip-flips and sea-shells. And while the small details were important, they really just wanted to throw one big, fantastic party! They wanted everyone to have an awesome time celebrating their marriage, and based on the pictures you are about to see? They accomplished their goal!

1. Bridey, how did you meet your spouse? (The short and sweet version please.)

Bobby & I met at college at Fairfield University. I was a freshmen and he was a senior. I went to a party at his townhouse with some of my friends, and the rest is basically history!

2. How long were you together before you were engaged?

We were together for about 4 years before getting engaged.

3. What was the length of time between the engagement and the wedding?

About 2.5 years, we were engaged in January 2010 and married in September 2012.

4. Where did your wedding take place? (venue, city and state)

The ceremony took place at the Egan Chapel of Saint Ignatius Loyola on the campus of Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT. The reception took place at The Carousel at Lighthouse Point Park, New Haven, CT.

5. If you don't mind my asking, what was your budget, and where did you choose to spend most of it?

Our original budget was about $25,000.00, we ended up spending closer to $32,000.00 all said and done. Most of the budget went towards catering, photo & video. We had a lot of DIY projects in attempts to keep costs down, but really it was just fun to make things with friends & family! Some of these include centerpieces, favors, menu, place cards, cupcake tower, and we also used our own iPod as a playlist. 

6. If you had to rate your wedding planning experience on a scale of one to ten with one being shitty, and ten being awesome, how would you rate it?

TEN! It was long, but amazing! My husband was so supportive along the way, and my mom was my right hand woman! We had time to think about what we wanted without stressing over booking things right away. We also had to time to change our minds and come up with new ideas. It was so fun to have the help of different friends and family members along the way.

7. What was your favorite part of the wedding planning process? Least fave?

My favorite part of the wedding planning process was making all of the DIY crafts with family and my bridesmaids. It was a lot of work, but such a great opportunity to bond and have fun. It also let many members of our families feel like they contributed something to the wedding!

Least favorite part? Making the seating chart; it was like fitting together pieces of a puzzle!

8. Did anything go wrong (that you were aware of) at your wedding? If so, we’d love to hear about it (and maybe even see a picture?). Allow us to learn from you, bridey!

Thankfully nothing major went wrong, however the morning of there were Tornado warnings and predictions for a huge thunderstorm, which did roll through! However the storm came after we were all inside and dancing the night away, we had umbrellas to shelter guests to & from the bathroom. Guests even enjoyed taking pictures out on the beach in the extreme wind conditions

9. What was the biggest challenge you faced from the moment you were engaged to the day you walked down the aisle?

The biggest challenge was containing my excitement for two and a half years! Also, making everyone happy... My husband, myself, our parents, our friends, etc. It can be stressful to make sure everyone has a say, while also making sure you make about you & your spouse!

10. What advice do you wish you had before started planning your wedding?

Don't sweat the small stuff!

11. Looking back, would you have done anything differently?

Maybe just stressed a little less, especially over minor details that really do not matter at the end of the day!

12.  Bridey, please provide the most valuable lesson you learned while planning your wedding.

Enjoy every moment of the wedding planning process, both good & bad! The entire process is such a magical & memorable experience! I even saved every receipt, business card, fabric swatch and made a scrapbook of the wedding planning process for my mom & I to reminisce over!


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Caterer: Emily's Catering Group
Photographer: Casey Fatchett Photography
Cinema and Video: Vividography
Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero
Makeup: Nicole Marie Salon
Bridesmaids' DressesAfter Six