Emerald – it makes my heart skip a beat EVERYTIME I see it!
Patricia & Arielle had a beautiful wedding at Farmington Gardens in CT. The details were nothing short of regal elegance. I am obsessed with how fabulous their emerald jewelry looks paired with their gorgeous gowns.
They had not one, but two reasons to celebrate. First, their undying love for each other and second, their right to be together as a married couple. As a matter of fact, they booked their photographer Simply K Studios the same day that our Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage nationwide.
From the brides: Eight years ago, I started my nursing career at a children’s hospital where I met Arielle who had already been a nurse for two years. If you ask her it was love at first sight, but for me, I had just gotten out of a long relationship and was not ready to date again. For two years we became the best of friends. We were inseparable from day one, doing everything from baseball games to hiking/biking to cuddling up watching our favorite movies. I began to wonder why I couldn’t go a day without talking or seeing Arielle; and finally came to my senses realizing my feelings had grown into so much more than a friendship. I’ll never forget that evening when I told her how I felt and the smile on her face.Six years have flown by with ups and downs along the way, but we have always come out stronger than ever. We bought our dream house and dream dog and started our lives together. There were talks of getting married and days of ring shopping but we knew we wanted to keep the proposals a surprise. I proposed to Arielle one night while we were playing Scrabble (her favorite game). She had no idea it was coming since we spent all day doing yard work. I hid the ring in the letter bag while she wasn’t looking, and to my surprise it took almost the entire game for her to pull it out. Before I knew it I was in front of her, asking her to spend her life with me. Lucky for me, she said Yes! Arielle proposed to me two months later after I had gotten back from a trip to Minnesota. She had put together a sign of glow in the dark stars with my family, and cut a Harry Potter book to the chapter “The unbreakable vow”, as the ring box (my favorite series to date). When we lay in bed that night and the lights went out, “Marry Me” was glowing above us, and there she was with the book and ring. It was my idea of the perfect proposal. Wedding planning wasn’t always easy, but our visions were on the same page. We chose a bicycle theme, which fit because of our love of the outdoors and biking, as well as our adventure tandem biking the Golden Gate Bridge. We found a few old bikes at a shop and restored them as decorations, as well as borrowing a vintage bike from our friend for pictures. Our personal touches were on every aspect of the day, from table settings with coffee in hand-stamped burlap bags as favors to the room lit up with tea lights and mason jar lights, and our Oreo dessert bar (my favorite dessert). We wrote our entire ceremony (with a little help from the internet LOL), performed by one of our best friends, and when we exchanged vows it was that fairytale moment and excitement to start a new chapter in our lives together. Our wedding day was more than we could’ve hoped for, surrounded by everyone we love.
Venue: Farmington Gardens
Photographer: Simply K Studios
Dress Designer: La Sposa
Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero
Veils and headpieces: Twigs and Honey
Dress Store: Lastrina Girls
Dress Store: Stylish Impressions
Cake Designer: Mozzicato Bakery
Makeup Artist: MAC Cosmetics