Describe how you felt when you saw each other for the first time:
Groom- honestly, scared Bride- honestly, I felt so overwhelmed by entering into the church, and was so scared of tripping in my shoes that were a bit too big, that I don't remember looking at Mike for the first time. I keep trying to remember because I wish I could remember, but I just don't.
What was your favorite moment?
Bride- the music at the ceremony was performed by a cantor from the Yale School of Music. I still can hear her voice. Everyone came up to me after the wedding and told me how beautiful the wedding ceremony was and how angelic it felt. Groom- I really enjoyed walking around New Haven, and having everyone honking, shouting and congratulating us while we were taking our portraits.
Any special traditions?
Our cake, the croquembouche, or a piece monte, is a traditional french wedding cake, which my parents also had at their wedding day. Having picked a french restaurant for our reception, the pastry chef specialized in this, so it was a really beautiful aspect of bringing a piece of my parent's union to ours.
Which vendors were your highest priority?
The church, the Restaurant for the reception and the Photographer. The church- We both had a vision of having a traditional Catholic wedding in a stunning church, and we found it at St. Mary's. We both did some research on some of the churches in and around New Haven, and visited a few. St. Mary's is this beautiful stone church We happened to go to the high noon mass on Sunday at St. Mary's where they feature gregorian chant done by the Yale School of Music. It was really breathtaking. The reception- we wanted to really focus on having good food at the wedding, and in order to do that, you have to have a smaller guest list. We went to a few restaurants in New Haven and tasted food, and the Union League Cafe is by far the best restaurant in all of New Haven, and I thought the upstairs was so classy and elegant with the mahogany wood and fire place, as well as all the frescos and paintings, that we didn't even look at any other places after going there. Photographers- we initially asked a friend of ours who went to high school with Mike to do our wedding, but she was booked for the day, so we asked her to provide us with a few recommendations, and one of the photographers she recommended was Summer Street Photography. When I visited their website, I just knew that they would be perfect. We're not the posing type of people, and they complemented that really well- they capture moments.
Photography - Summer Street Photography
Ceremony Venue - St. Mary's Church
Reception Venue - Union League Cafe
Videographer - Digital Wave
Florist - Cynthia's Flower Shop
Hair - Karma Salon
Make-up - Jennie Fresa Makeup Library
Wedding Dress - Harold's
Jewelry - my late and beloved grandmother's