michelle gardella photography Archive

The Handcrafted Wedding Bride: Photo of the Day

bride getting married holds her favorite wedding book, The Handcrafted Wedding

Planning your wedding? The book, “The Handcrafted Wedding” is being held up by this bride on her wedding day as today’s photo pick. The photo was captured by Michelle Gardella Photography and is just one from this Americana Inspired Wedding. The Handcrafted Wedding is described as, “Bursting with creativity and fun! The Handcrafted Wedding is an idea book with more than 340 concepts, ideas, styles, and projects to take your wedding day from mundane to magnificent. The details are the heart of a wedding and in The Handcrafted Wedding you’ll discover how to incorporate the romantic details of your unique story into an event that captures the essence of your relationship.” By author Emma Arendoski, Editor of Emmaline Bride. Buy the Book Here!

The Handcrafted Wedding Bride

Find more real brides and see their weddings in our Real Weddings Section.

Handmade Connecticut Wedding: Michele + Nick

This handmade Connecticut wedding is something special you’re sure to love! The couple, Michele and Nick, craftily worked handmade details into their Connecticut wedding to make it pop. Their wedding ceremony was held at the St. Matthew Lutheran Church (in Avon); a bold reception followed at the premier Farmington Gardens. Michele and Nick’s wedding was captured avidly by Michelle from Michelle Gardella Photography. Find out – from the bride! – which handmade details made it into the wedding after the click…

bride and groom - b & w image - standing in front of woods.  groom in suspenders with bow tie - photo: michelle gardella photography

DIY Rustic Wedding: Maggie + Stephen – Part Two

Hello, hello! On Friday, we showed you part one of this incredibly gorgeous DIY Rustic Wedding. Today, we’re proud to reveal part two of Maggie and Stephen’s special day with the First Look, Ceremony, and Reception. And… the bride, Maggie, handcrafted all of the details herself (and she did an incredible job!) If you’re looking for DIY rustic wedding inspiration, today’s feature has it all: a barn reception, mason jar lanterns, chalkboards, a vintage suitcase card box, handmade chair signs, a vintage photo wall, and much more. Read on to reveal Part Two of this gorgeous wedding, beginning with a teary-eyed groom in a candid First Look. Enjoy!

The First Look

Maggie and Stephen decided to do a ‘first look’ and we’re glad they did: check out the groom’s candid reaction!

first look - maggie + stephen (photography by Michelle Gardella Photography)

Maggie + Stephen’s Real Wedding: Part One

One of the most memorable moments of the wedding day is getting ready. The bride shares in those excited, anticipatory moments with her mom, Maid of Honor, and bridesmaids as she gets her hair and makeup done; meanwhile, the groom, Best Man, and groomsmen get ready and share in a celebratory toast. Since these moments are so unforgettable, we’re sharing the ‘Getting Ready’ portion of Maggie and Stephen’s Real Wedding today as a prelude to the ceremony and reception. Michelle of Michelle Gardella Photography captured this couple’s anticipation so vividly that one can almost feel like they’re in the room. Watch as the bride receives a special note from her groom, gives her father a teary “first look”, and smiles with bridesmaids as she prepares to walk down the aisle in 3…2…1…

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Connecticut Engagement Session: Lisa + Mark

Ice cream, corn fields, and a beautiful sunset made for a great Connecticut engagement session. Lisa and Mark’s engagement session started off with some tasty treats at Main Street Creamery in Old Wethersfield. Then Michelle from Michelle Gardella Photography took them to a hidden location among willow trees and corn fields. The session finished with a setting sun along a breathtaking lake, and one happy couple splashing around!

Connecticut Engagement Session

Crossed Keys Inn Wedding: Carissa + Rudy

This Crossed Keys Inn wedding is delightful! Carissa and Rudy’s wedding at the Crossed Keys Inn in Andover, New Jersey is rustic and handmade. The Inn’s unique charm and outdoor venue made this bed and breakfast an exquisite place for their wedding. Elements to absolutely love include handmade wedding invites, ring pillow, wedding attire, flower colors, and crafted wooden card box. You’ll also fall in love with the hanging glass window that doubled as an escort card display, chalkboard plaque table numbers, hanging monogram, and signature drink signage. Photographer Michelle from Michelle Gardella Photography captured a beautiful bride, handsome groom, and a remarkable event that all will never forget…

Crossed Keys Inn wedding

Liberty State Park Engagement Session: Molly + Mike

This Liberty State Park engagement session is adventurous, and has one cute couple! Molly and Mike’s engagement session at the park included great landmarks such as the Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal, Empty Sky 9-11 Memorial, and breathtaking views of Manhattan. Capturing their memorable day and all of its meaning is Michelle from Michelle Gardella Photography. Find out more…

Simsbury 1820 House Wedding: Kelly & Tyler

Kelly and Tyler’s wedding at the Simsbury 1820 House was beautiful! They celebrated with family and best friends at this unique and memorable wedding located in Simsbury, Connecticut. Capturing the fun and joy shared by all in attendance was the photography team of Michelle and Thomas from Michelle Gardella Photography. The elegant details in and around this historic manor made for some truly pretty pictures of one happily married couple…

simsbury 1820 house wedding

Red Lion Inn Wedding: April + Justin

April and Justin’s wedding at the Red Lion Inn was spectacular! The Red Lion Inn in Cohasset, MA offers a setting of French country design and New England hospitality. The inn’s romantic ambiance with April and Justin’s whimsical style made for a gorgeous wedding! Some of April and Justin’s wedding details included mason jar centerpieces, earthy boutonnieres, and vintage wedding tags. One of the neatest items was their Polaroid photobooth supplied by their photographers. The photobooth offered a custom wooden pallet backdrop that lent a fun DIY feeling to guests’ captured photographs. April and Justin’s love for one another was captured by Michele and Thomas from Michelle Gardella Photography. This photography team’s ability to capture both April and Justin’s amicable love for one another and the wedding’s vast details was profound. You’ll absolutely want to gaze upon these photographs captured at this Red Lion Inn wedding and read more about the couple…

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DIY Wedding Invitation… Handmade by the Bride!

Happy Friday morning! Grab a cup of coffee because we’re about to kick your creativity’s you-know-what into ultra-high gear. If you’ve ever considered crafting a DIY wedding invitation, this post may nudge you in the right direction. Today, we’re sharing an incredible wedding invite (handmade by the bride!) with beautiful photographs captured by the always lovely Michelle Gardella Photography. When Michelle received Esther’s DIY wedding invitation in the mail, she was blown away. Not only did this crafty bride-to-be find time to handcraft this invitation, but she did it with utmost creativity and style! (Her fiance, Ho Kai, also helped. What a great groom!) Read on to see this oh-so-sweet invite and find out how to craft yours!

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