If finding love “online” happens only for the lucky few, then Sara and Rory are definitely a couple who have luck on their side!
After dating mostly within their respective professions, Rory an attorney and Sara in the entertainment industry, friends encouraged them to step outside their “norms” and give the online world a try. Luckily they both listened. And when it came time for their wedding – it too needed to be extraordinary as well.
The Golden Lamb Buttery was chosen as their venue because it held that certain “country charm” they were looking for and it reflected the kind of community both were raised in and loved. In addition, they adored that the venue sources ingredients locally and uses produce from their own kitchen gardens. To boot, they worked together to bring great local vendors to the table. Cato Corner Farm and Meadow Stone Farm made the beautiful cheeses that became their wedding cake. Del’s Lemonade, a childhood favorite of Sara’s, was incorporated into one of their signature cocktails. And the couple’s dear friend Larry Schafer, owner and winemaker of Tercero Wines did a special bottling for their wedding – a Californian wine in Larry’s “Van der Miller Cuvée” red as well as a local winery Sharpe Hill’s “Ballet of Angels” as the white. Rory also picked a few beers from local Connecticut brewery, Thomas Hooker Brewing Company. (continue at end)
Photographer: Candace Jeffery Photography / Floral Designer: Lady Slipper Designs / Dress Store: Amy Kuschel / Jewelry: Mikimoto / Jewelry: Cartier Jewelers / Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale / Event Venue: The Golden Lamb Buttery / Pre Ceremony Location: The Mansion at Bald HIll / Cheeses: Cato Corner Farm & Meadow Stone Farm / Lemonade: Del’s Lemonade / Wines: Tercero Wines & Sharpe Hill’s / Beer: Thomas Hooker Brewing Company / Submission via Two Bright Lights
And what would an extraordinary wedding be without a stunning array of flowers? Natalie of Lady Slipper Designs has been a family friend of Sara’s for years and the two had so much fun working together to create the amazing designs. Did you see the fantastic leaf runner? Even better – many of the flowers used throughout the wedding were from Sara’s own mother’s garden. I mean, how special is that?
Now let’s talk about the beautifully creative weekend’s festivities maps that were drawn up by Sara’s talented cousin Lisbet – a perfect example of “what-to-do” to help guests find things to do over a long holiday weekend. Lisbet also pulled double duty by singing ‘Crazy Love’ by Van Morrison for Sara and Rory’s first dance.
I think talented for Lisbet might have been an understatement!
I must also mention the fun seed packet favors put together by Sara’s mother and I love that Sara and Rory had their first dance out in grass with family and friends all about.
And last but definitely not least, let’s not forget to mention the wonderful photography by Candace Jeffery Photography. Sara mentioned while planning the wedding she picked three things she most wanted people to feel on their wedding day – she wanted to make sure the day was warm, welcoming, and authentic. I’d say mission accomplished and then some!
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