Jul 8, 2013
06:19 AMReal Wedding of the Week
Real Wedding of the Week: Candice and Victoria
bride & bride: Candice & Victoria
wedding date: May 24, 2012
Candice says: We met when we were both living in New York City on July 7, 2001 on 23rd Street. Our friend Allen introduced us—he went to college in Boston with Candice and then to comedy school in NYC where Victoria was also a student. It was love! We printed a Lucille Ball quote on our wedding announcement that was mailed out to all our families: "It wasn't love at first sight. It took a full five minutes."
Victoria is from Rhode Island originally near the Connecticut state line and we spend a lot of time in Mystic. On June 1, 2010 we were engaged in Mystic aboard a private cruise for two on the Argia Schooner. It was the most romantic sunset proposal boat ride! It had rained all day and the sun came out five minutes before we boarded the boat and we got to watch it set, and there was a rainbow!
Because we live in Florida where same-sex marriage is not (yet) legal, we returned to NYC where we met and to Connecticut where we were engaged for our elopement. It was more like a wedding for two...since it was very elaborate with two wedding cakes, a string trio and flowers galore. I like to call it sort of the opposite of a "quickie courthouse elopement."
After we eloped/married legally in Connecticut, we had a Christmas/holiday theme wedding blessing ceremony and reception six months later with all our family and friends at a historic restaurant in Savannah, Georgia, on December 2, 2012. Our friend Allen who introduced us officiated that ceremony. We wrote both our elopement ceremony and our wedding blessing ceremony. After our elopement ceremony (that was 17 pages long—after being edited down several times!) our photographer said, "Wow, those were some vows!" :)
Our inspiration for the wedding was 1950s/vintage, historic, spring garden, pink pink pink, and lots of peonies! We chose our date at the height of peony season for a reason! Since I was a little girl, I have been obsessed with my grandparents' wedding and album from 1954 and I ended up weaving in many elements from their wedding into ours—including the inspiration for my dress! (Ballgown with a full 50s style skirt, long sleeves, long train, lace)
What the day was like/favorite moments: "Magical" and "profound" are the two words I use to descibe the feelings we had that day.
Getting ready at our hotel room in NYC was giddy and fun and like a girls spa party with our hair and makeup artists and photographer and videographers and our Bridal Valet/Day of Coordinator.
The drive in the limo from NYC to Danbury was long!! It was 3:30 pm on Thursday before Memorial Day weekend and there was a ton of traffic. In hindsight we should have left NYC earlier and gotten ready at our venue. Oh well....our limo driver got off the highway, which was a parking lot, and drove us through beautiful country roads in Connecticut. We took some our favorite photos of the day in the limo (just us using our own digital camera).
Arriving at Tarrywile was incredible. The venue and decor were stunning, all our vendors (who we met for the first time on our wedding day) were incredible. When the ceremony started I was just giddy. And then it hit us how profound what we were doing was. The most intense and beautiful part of the ceremony for both of us was when we had the officiate do a greek crown ceremony where she exchanged the floral head wreaths between us and said a prayer. We put our foreheads together and held hands while she exchanged the crowns, the string trio was playing and it took our breath away. We laughed and cried through the whole ceremony.
Cocktail hour for two was incredible...the caterer did an amazing job with our food and the presentations...it was so lovely!!!
Then we had dinner and danced (which surprisingly ended up being the most fun part of the day for us) and cut our two wedding cakes. We created our entire playlist and hired a dj to play for the whole evening. We wanted music playing throughout the entire day. Hearing all our favorite songs while eating our favorite foods and jumping up to dance in the ballroom because we loved the music so much was a blast!!
Truth be told, our dresses were not conducive to eating and we ran late because the traffic held us up, so we didn't really eat much of our dinner at the venue. The caterer packed us beautiful to-go boxes. When we got back to our NYC hotel and took our dresses off so we could actually eat, it was divine! :)
We took a lot of our flowers from the wedding back with us in the limo so we could fill our room with flowers. It was so pretty! One of the best ideas we had was to stay at our hotel for a week and get married in the middle of the week. We had a few days to get acclimated and plan/prep the last-minute things. Then we had two days after our wedding to lay around our beautiful hotel room and bask in the glow before we packed up and went on our honeymoon in Montreal and Quebec City.
venue: Tarrywile Mansion CT
officiate: Mary Pugh, JP CT
photoographer: Kate Murphy Photography NY
ceremony string trio:Devonshire Players, NY
hair: Stacy Pitt From Styles on B, NY
makeup: Laura From Lo and Co., NY
flowers: Studio Blush, Madison CT
cake: Lovely Cakes, Norwalk CT
catering: Gourmet Galley, North Stonington CT
rentals: Durants CT
calligraphy: Teri Fitch from Etsy
menus: custom made by candice
horsehair trim veil and birdcage: Occansey Veils
birdcage with pearls: Gilded Shadows, Etsy
custom lace bolero and veil: Rohm, Etsy
contract: twocardinalday, Etsy
butterfly hair pins: kates cottage2, Etsy
wedding binder: redclovercreations, Etsy
ring pillow: clutchchic, Etsy
ribbons: papermart.com, tangledlair (Etsy), Elizabeth's Embellishments.com
paper lanterns: Luna Bazaar
dress shop/custom boleros: Bellissima Bride, Deerfield Beach, FL
tiara: Twinkle Twinkle Bridal, Miami FL
limo: Royal Crown Limo NY
day of coordinator: Adelle Tejada From My Bridal Budget, NY