Wedding Ideas

Erin And Zachary’s Mystic River Sailboat Wedding

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!

Mystic Connecticut boat wedding

Erin, 32 & Zachary, 33

Mystic, CT

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

wedding invitation

custom wedding beer label

billy button boutonniere

bridal celebration with photo booth props

bride hugging groom from behind

wedding flag

bride and groom portrait with lobster traps

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.

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bride acquiring prepared

bride performing up her dress

bride placing on bracelet

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.

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groom acquiring ready

groom tying his tie

groom placing on his footwear

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.

bride portrait

bridal party portrait

groom portrait

groomsmen holding groom

wedding portrait on dock

bride and groom portrait on the dock

bride and groom portrait

bride and groom sitting on overturned boat

bride and groom portrait in Mystic

bride and groom jumping

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.

bride and groom walking on dock

boat wedding venue

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groom kissing bride on forehead

bride and groom on boat

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.

schooner wedding ceremoy

groom smiling at bride in the course of ceremony

bride placing ring on groom's finger

boat wedding ceremony

bride and groom very first kiss

brideand groom becoming announced as husband and wife

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.

wooden wedding sign

adirondack chair guest book

photo booth table

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chalkboard wedding menu

wedding dips

sweet table bunting

wedding cipcakes

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.

bride and groom pizza

groom hugging guest on dance floor

wedding guests dancing

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.

bride and groom dancing


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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