Ali and Adam

Mystic, Connecticut

 

 

Photography | Anthony Tomassi Photography | @anthonytomassiphotography

Venue | Latitude 41

A beautiful and eloquent waterfront wedding along the historic mystic village.

Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette?

We both went into the wedding planning process agreeing that we just wanted to throw an amazing party. All of our planning and logistics had that in mind. Most of my partner’s family is from out of town so we wanted them to fully experience the New England coast. We got married on the water at the Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT. We did not have a theme but the color palette was white, navy blue and green. My partner is Jewish and I am Catholic so we wanted to incorporate both cultures in the ceremony to honor both families. We had a close family friend marry us under a Chuppah. During the ceremony, my niece read a quote from the bible and at the end my partner “broke the glass”. Our reception included The Horah dance and we were lifted on two chairs.

 

Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception?

We got married in an old boat house room. The decor on the walls is old ship names and old pieces from ships. That being said, we did not want to overpower the history of the room with too much decor, so we tried to accent it with bright lighting across the ceiling and simple centerpieces. The tables were dressed in white linen and each table had greenery in the center.

 

What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?

We had a chuppah that was decorated with hydrangeas and greenery but other than that, flowers did not play a huge part of our wedding. Our centerpieces were greenery vines and the accent flowers were baby’s breath.

 

Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?

We splurged on a band for our wedding and I would do it again and again! The band was so interactive with the crowd and everyone was on the dance floor from the beginning to the way end. The best part of the wedding was looking around the dance floor at the groups of my family and my partner’s family dancing together and the mix of friends that were surrounding us. It was amazing.

Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.

I wanted to look similar to how I do in my everyday life. I wear my hair up most of the time, so I opted for a simple pony tail for my hair with a little baby’s breath. My dress was full length, all lace, with a high neck and a keyhole back. It was fitted all the way down to my knees and then it just hung to the floor. it was stunning! My partner wore a navy suit with navy suspenders and a blush bow tie. The girls wore white and the boys navy blue. We got married on the water so we wanted t compliment the natural colors of nature at our venue.

 

How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

We met our freshmen year in college. We were next door neighbors in our freshmen dorm. We were best friends for the whole first semester while each being secretly in love with each other. When we got back second semester we finally had our first kiss and 10 years later we tied the knot! I am a PLANNER and Adam (my partner) knew that in order to surprise me, he needed to plan around my plans. So, one day when my family was coming to town for a lunch that I had planned, Adam invited all of our family and friends to surprise me upon walking in! I was shocked to see everyone and then even more shocked to see him on one knee.

 

What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

We wrote our own vows for the ceremony so I was very nervous to read them in front of everyone. It turned out to be the most beautiful moment of my life. Even though we were in front of our 100 closest family and friends, I really felt like that whole “only person in the room” feeling when I read them aloud to my partner and vice versa.

 

Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

Always remember that a wedding is about the bride and the groom. So many times I felt myself getting lost in the “I want my guests to be happy” that I forgot about what makes me or my partner happy.