Posted on February 2, 2015 by Gaelan
When there’s a New England lobster bake involved, you know it is going to be a very good time, and Erin and Zachary’s Mystic, CT wedding certainly did not disappoint. With their immediate families in attendance, the couple exchanged their vows aboard the Argia schooner as it sailed the Mystic River, just before joining the rest of their guests for a household-style dinner of lobster, chowder, and sea-salted potatoes. They completed the evening – as any good night ought to be finished – with donuts and dancing.
A huge thanks to Daphne & Dean for allowing us to share all enjoyable occasions and photos with you guys nowadays!
Erin, 32 & Zachary, 33
Wedding Date: August 1, 2014
Number of Guests: 68
Wedding Cost: $15,000
Wedding Ceremony Location: Argia sailboat
Wedding Reception Place: Mystic Seaport Boat Shed
Why did you have an intimate wedding?
It was crucial to us that the day reflected our everyday lives. We are laid back and have a modest group of buddies and family that we routinely connect with. We wanted a individual encounter and that is a lot a lot more challenging to achieve with a larger wedding. Our vision for the day was to have fun, in a beautiful place, eating good meals, with the men and women who understand us the most.
What are some of the challenges that you faced organizing an intimate wedding?
Hitting our meals and beverage minimum was a challenge at first. To have our reception at the Boatshed, the minimum guest list we required was about 50 men and women. Luckily, our leading choice for dinner (lobstah!) helped us to reach that point. We also had difficulty in deciding on the ceremony place. We had our hearts set on the Argia (a stunning, wooden sailboat that supplies day cruises and sails along the Mystic River). Nevertheless, their maximum capacity is 50. We tossed about the thought of having a guest list of only 45 to 50, but decided to have only instant loved ones and our wedding party join us on the boat for the ceremony. The remaining guests met us as we disembarked the boat as newlyweds and we all headed to the reception.
Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?
Yes. There had been other crucial individuals in our lives, such as our family’s boyfriends/girlfriends, young kids, extended household, function colleagues, and close friends, that we may possibly have invited had we went with a larger wedding. In the end, we have no regrets and we had been capable to accomplish a more intimate connection with every guest, and vice-versa.
Did you have any ‘issues’ with the modest guest list from friends and household? If so, how did you address them?
For the most element, no. We did face some inquiries here and there, nevertheless, this is anything we anticipated. We had been honest from the beginning, and have been willing to clarify our vision to a family members member or buddy who did not comprehend.
What had been the highlights of the ceremony?
We had been on a sailboat!!!!! Is there a bigger highlight than that?!? A distinct moment was when we read our vows. We both wrote our personal vows that integrated how we met, our history, and some inside jokes. As it was only close friends and household beside us, every person knew us effectively enough to uncover which means in each word.
What were the highlights of the reception?
Dancing! Our band, Content & the Moonshine was Incredible! Their set list was precisely what we wanted, and they definitely set the mood for the entire party slowing it down with ‘Peace, Peace’ during dinner, and ending with ‘You Get What You Give’ bringing everybody on the dance floor to close the evening. Dinner was also equally remarkable. We enjoyed a lobster bake dinner, full with clam chowder and sea-salted red potatoes at a family members style table. We felt like we had been sitting with every single guest, since we have been! Our desserts weren’t also shabby either cupcakes and donuts. ‘Nuff stated.
What was the best point about having an intimate wedding?
Understanding each guest’s name and getting able to have a true conversation with them. It sounds silly, but we have heard several stories of weddings, throughout which the bride & groom don’t know the names of many of their guests. “Oh that’s so-and-so’s substantial other” or “Is that your mom’s work pal?”. It felt so refreshing to be able to loosen up and appreciate each moment, rather than worrying about introducing ourselves. We have said a lot of times that we want we could reside our wedding day once again, for the straightforward reality that it was the most exciting we have ever had. That is a testament to the intimacy of the day.
What suggestions do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?
Do it. Do not succumb to the stress of other folks. We recognize that your loved ones and friends’ opinions matter, but it is your day. The memory of your wedding ought to be shared with the most critical individuals in your lives. Also, have entertaining! Right after all, it is a single huge party, celebrating you and your best friend.
Ceremony Internet site: Argia Cruises
Reception Web site: Mystic Seaport
Wedding Coordinator: Jenna Landon of Coastal Gourmet
Catering: Coastal Gourmet
Desserts: donuts by Allie’s Donuts
Photography: Daphne & Dean
Band: Content & the Moonshine
Flowers: Allyson Hart
Bride’s Dress: J. Crew
Bridesmaids: J. Crew
Groom’s attire: J. Crew
Groomsmen’s attire: J. Crew
Hair: Kate Woodworth of House Wellness Salon & Spa
Makeup: Shelly Dolan of Jennie Fresa Brow & Beauty Bar
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