Reverend Richard C. Allen from Sandy's family congregation back home in Connecticut officiated the ceremony. "The Rev" as they call him, has known Sandy since she was born, so I can imagine how special it was for him to officiate her nuptials. Fall foliage was the beautiful backdrop for the ceremony and family photos. We even snagged some sunset shots before the goosebumps took hold of Sandy and Elliott. Everyone thawed out in the tent, decked out by Sarah Goodwin of Daisies and Pearls and were nourished by delicious food from Blue Elephant Catering. The Bob Charest Band kept folks shakin' it on the dance floor that they had no idea the autumn temps had dropped to a chilly 46 degrees. Both Sandy and Elliott's parents love to dance, each showing off different styles. Elliot's parents, Karla and Mike, were precise with their steps. Sandy's parents, Sue and Tom, were a little more progressive with their dance moves -- an enthusiastic twirl landed both of them on the floor, followed by laughter (a sight I've seen before at weddings -- there's always one in the bunch!)! All in all, it was great day of wedded celebration. I left knowing that Sandy and Elliott had an undeniable love and respect for each other, and I felt honored to document such a meaningful moment in their lives.
Congratulations, Sandy and Elliott! So happy for you two! Hope you had fun on your Miami mini-moon and even more fun on your big-moon to Thailand this winter!
How they met, in their own words:
We met when we both lived in Washington, DC. It was Sandy's last weekend in DC, before she was going to be moving up to Connecticut for the summer, and then off to Chicago for grad school. Sandy was out with her friends on Saturday night, at a VERY classy establishment (read: dive bar) called Millie & Al's. Elliott was also there with a group of friends. Millie and Al's has a very special feature - an over-sized light bulb behind the bar - when this light bulb goes on, Jello-shots are only $1 each! So naturally Elliott bought 20 of them...but then all but 2 of his friends left, so he had a lot of extra Jell-O shots. Elliott spied a cute redhead across the room, and generously offered his extra Jell-O shots to Sandy and her friends. Sandy, having spent an overwhelming amount of her college summers at concerts at the Hartford Meadows, was very accustomed to taking Jell-O shots from friendly strangers. We clicked right away, spent that night dancing and hanging out, and then saw each other every day for the next week. That Friday, Sandy even convinced Elliott to play hookie from work, and drive with her in a UHaul van from DC up to Connecticut! (As a tribute to our very classy first date, our wedding toast will feature both champagne and Jell-O shots!)
Our wedding planning and inspiration has centered around wanting to get together with all of our family and close friends, and have a great celebration! Naturally our priorities were to find a gorgeous venue, hire a fabulous live band, and of course provide great food (lobster!) and an open bar. The rest of the details can be characterized as understated, classic New England, while playing up the natural beauty of Laudholm.