Let your heart throb for this DIY wedding! This DIY wedding is the creation of two artists, Bonnie and Alex. Bonnie the bride and Alex the groom went all out collaborating, crafting, and creating perfect handmade elements that detailed their DIY wedding. This beautiful bride and dashing groom not only designed a most splendid handmade wedding but chose the quintessential wedding photography team Michelle and Thomas from Michelle Gardella Photography to photograph it. With the ceremony overlooking New Haven Harbor and Long Island Sound, Bonnie and Alex shared their vows on the sandy beach at Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven, CT. Housed inside the reception area were delectable hors d’oeuvres adorning burlap table cloths, mason jar centerpieces, and a personalized Alex + Bonnie cake topper in front of the park’s famous Carousel. Ready and willing to answer your wedding questions and provide detail into her DIY wedding is Bonnie! Find out what she has to say after the jump…
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We’re head over heels for engagement shoots that show off a couple’s chemistry. This Connecticut engagement shoot featuring Tracy and Tom is no exception! Michelle of Michelle Gardella Photography did a beautiful job capturing these two lovebirds throughout many Connecticut hot spots, including an aquarium with some of the sweetest shots we’ve ever seen. Michelle fills us in on some background details of the day. Take it away, Michelle!
“This engagement shoot with Tracy and Tom in Mystic, Connecticut was so much fun! We started at the Mystic Aquarium and one of the beluga whales came right up behind where they were sitting and starting posing for the camera! He even made a kissy face at the glass. We saw jellyfish, sting rays and tons of tropical fish. After a healthy lunch of french fries, onion rings and hot dogs we made our way to the historical Mystic Seaport. This is an incredible outdoor marine time museum filled with character. After exploring the old boats and vintage charm it was off to the center of town for ice cream cones along the shore. This couple loves to laugh and it was a photographer’s dream capturing their chemistry. They are getting married this coming winter (there is a photo set of the numbers 12-10-11 from the buildings around town) and their day is going to be filled with handmade love! Can’t wait!”
This weekend we’re featuring a lovely handmade wedding! Their love story and wedding day was captured by Connecticut wedding Robin Dini, from Robin Dini Photography.
Robin tells us,
“Julia and Matt met at Julia’s 16th costume birthday party in their hometown of Cheshire, CT. Ironically, she dressed as Juliet. After dating through high school, they moved to Boston for their respective art school careers and parted. They reunited in 2007 and Matt proposed to Julia in Davis Square, Boston. Their wedding was an orchestration of many childhood memories together with their new lives today. For this reason, Julia and Matt styled their wedding by focusing on the celebration of family and friends, their history, and the timelessness of love. Julia wore her prom shoes! They created a memory table featuring a scrapbook of old photos, surrounded by framed pictures of their parents and grandparents on their wedding days.
Both working artists, they chose their color palette to reflect the warmth of spring, the CT seaside, and a fresh twist on vintage. Their palette: pearls and champagne, peaches, silver and pool blue. They worked with other artists to keep the details personal and handmade. Julia sketched and designer friend Abigail, of Gloaming Designs, handcrafted her airy-white headpieces. For the girls, she and Etsy crafter, Morgan of Little Lovelies designed long stranded pearl necklaces with antique blooms.They worked with illustrator friend and letterpress guru, Emily Goodale, on the invitations. Church programs were designed and stitched by friends, Liz and Gareth Leifheit. Old-time jazz played through the afternoon. It was a day to unite two hearts, two families, and “something old” with “something new”.”
To see more beautiful couples and their lovely wedding photos, check out Robin’s website here.
All images courtesy of Robin Dini Photography. All Rights Reserved.