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The Handcrafted Wedding Bride: Photo of the Day

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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!

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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…

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Handmade Connecticut Wedding

The bride, Michele, tells us, “Handmade aspects included the lavender bundles for the escort cards, the printed photos of our family weddings the signs for the drinks, and the sparklers. (Nick made the sparklers while I was getting ready for my maid of honor’s wedding. He’d be pretty excited if someone else used that idea!) For wedding favors, we ordered favor bags and filled them with handmade Italian cookies. To entertain guests, Nick made the ladder golf set. Some of the special items I used was a handkerchief, which my grandmother gave to my mom to give to me before she passed away. I used the handkerchief as a bouquet wrap. Nick’s wedding band used recast gold from his late grandfather’s wedding band, which was custom made in his hometown of Camden, Maine. And, last but not least, the old car was special as it has been my grandfather’s car forever; he even drove my parents to their wedding in it.”

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michelle gardella photography - Handmade Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Handmade Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Handmade Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Handmade Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Handmade Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Connecticut Wedding

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michelle gardella photography - Handmade Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Handmade Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Handmade Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Handmade Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Handmade Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Handmade Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Handmade Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Handmade Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Handmade Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Handmade Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Handmade Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Handmade Connecticut Wedding

Other vendors were:
Hair & Makeup: Headliners, Avon, CT
Boy’s Tuxes: Men’s Wearhouse, Simsbury, CT
My Dress: Vera Wang, Boston, MA
Girls’ Dresses: J.Crew
Reception: Farmington Gardens, Farmington, CT
Church: St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Avon, CT
Flowers: Datura: A Modern Garden, Middletown, CT
Cake, cookies, pastries: Mozzicato’s, Hartford, CT
Nick’s Ring: Etienne Perret, Camden, ME
Michele’s Wedding Band: Beckers, West Hartford, CT
Michele’s Engagement Ring: Long’s Jewelers, Burlington, MA
Band: The Soul Sensations

Find more creatively captured pristine weddings by Michelle Gardella Photography. You can also see her Connecticut wedding photographer business listing in the Emmaline Bride Bridal Book.

All images courtesy of Michelle Gardella Photography. All Rights Reserved.

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!

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The Ceremony

The ceremony took place at the First Church of Christ in Wethersfield, Connecticut. Purple hydrangeas and white rose petals decorated the aisle-way and guests had the opportunity to get a jump start on signing the guest book upon arrival. (Great idea!)

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Maggie and Stephen included a few wedding traditions in their ceremony such as hand-fasting…

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… and a unity ceremony using sand.

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Married!

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The Reception

True to its theme, this DIY rustic wedding reception was held at Webb Barn, also in Wethersfield, Connecticut. Guests were greeted with DIY details right from the entry way with cork escort cards, hanging mason jars lanterns, chalkboards, bunting, a card box made out of a vintage suitcase, and more. Maggie made ALL of the DIY rustic wedding details herself, right down to the silhouette cake topper that we love oh-so-much. The happy couple opted for a sweetheart table that featured handmade ‘bride’ and ‘groom’ chair signs.

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A wall of old wedding photos from their family graced one wall of the barn underneath a sign that read, “And they lived happily ever after”.

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Look how gorgeous the barn reception looked at night all lit up!

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Maggie and Stephen snuck away for a few sweet moments under the stars…

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The new Mr. and Mrs. were given a grand exit with sparklers held by guests. Congratulations, you two!

DIY Rustic Wedding (photography by Michelle Gardella Photography)

These gorgeous photographs were captured by the always-inspiring Michelle Gardella Photography based in Connecticut. Michelle is a member of the Emmaline Bride Bridal Book. Visit her website to see more Real Wedding inspiration here. If you missed part one of this Real Wedding, check it out here.


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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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What happens next? Join us on Monday as we unveil Part Two of Maggie + Stephen’s Real Wedding and showcase the First Look, Ceremony, and Wedding that follows. (Be sure to subscribe for FREE so you don’t miss the post!)

Looking forward to seeing the rest of the wedding photos? You’ll have to wait until Monday but you’ll want to checkout all the wedding photo eye candy from Michelle Gardella Photography today!.

All images courtesy of Michelle Gardella Photography. All Rights Reserved.

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!

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Interested in having your engagement photos look this good? You’ll definitely want to visit the website of this Connecticut wedding photographer. Also, make sure to check out Michelle’s business listing in the Emmaline Bride Bridal Book.

All images courtesy of Michelle Gardella Photography. All Rights Reserved.

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…

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Striving to make sure your wedding photos look this good? You’ll definitely want to visit the website of this New Jersey wedding photographer. Make sure to check out Michelle’s business listing in the Emmaline Bride Bridal Book.

All images courtesy of Michelle Gardella Photography. All Rights Reserved.

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…

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Michelle tells us, “Molly & Mike hold this historical railroad station in Jersey City super close to their hearts. And it’s easy to see why! Dating back to the 1830s, the Central Railroad of New Jersey is filled with timeless charm. With long, tangled vines and weeds weaving their way among the original station signs, it is easy to forget where you are, and get lost in it’s magic. Not only is the train station super special to Molly and Mike, but on the property is also a monument to those lost in the events of 9-11. As two people who work in Manhattan, this memorial honors the impermeable strength of true love. (And who can forget their silly dog, Bella? How cute is her tag proudly sharing her Mom and Dad’s wedding date!?)”

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If you adored this engagement session and want to see more from this Connecticut wedding photographer, check out her site Michelle Gardella Photography. Make sure to check out Michelle’s business listing in the Emmaline Bride Bridal Book.

All images courtesy of Michelle Gardella Photography. All Rights Reserved.

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…

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If you love these wedding photos from this Connecticut photography team, check out Michelle and Thomas’ site Michelle Gardella Photography. You can also view Michelle and Thomas’ business listing in the Emmaline Bride Bridal Book.

All images courtesy of Michelle Gardella Photography. All Rights Reserved.