Brittany & Alex's intimate wedding at a bed & breakfast venue in Norwich CT was elegant, romantic and soooooo worth the wait at the end of a long 2020. Read on to learn about all that went into making this event the magical affair that it was and to become inspired for your own small wedding.
First, a little backstory. Brittany and Alex had originally planned to get married at the gorgeous Pond House venue at Elizabeth Park in West Hartford. Though they both live in Florida now, they are originally from the West Hartford area and know each other from their school days, so getting married "back home" in Connecticut with all their friends and family is really important to them.
But then 2020 happened. As it became more clear through the summer that having the wedding they envisioned would not be viable at their original venue because of gathering guidelines, Brittany and Alex scrapped their original wedding plan they had been working on for over a year and rented out an entire bed and breakfast venue in Norwich for a backyard style wedding, which they planned in less than six months.
The day started with Brittany and Alex getting ready with their family and friends in the various rooms of the bed and breakfast. Because of the pandemic and so many people travelling from out of state in order to be there for the wedding, the wedding party and many of the guests had gotten rapid testing in order to be able to attend and feel safe being in relatively close contact with one another without the need for quarantine.
Something I really loved about Brittany and Alex's day is that there were TWO First Looks. Anyone who has worked with me (or even just talked to me about weddings) knows how much I love and appreciate First Looks on a wedding day. The first one was a look that Brittany did with her grandfather, who was like a father figure to her for most of her life.
The second First Look of the day was of course with Alex, and it was a magical moment filled with smiles, laughter, tears and hugs outside the front entryway of the bed and breakfast. ❤
After the First Look, we spent time taking their family and wedding party portraits, then had some relaxation time before the ceremony, which was held on the lawn. Originally, Brittany & Alex's ceremony was supposed to be a candlelight ceremony on the patio or the Pond House, but with the new wedding plan it was much earlier in the day. However, they still opted to keep a lot of candle-themed décor throughout their wedding to keep a more simple yet elegant look to their day.
After the ceremony, it was time to PARTAY! There was a cute cocktail bus waiting to serve beverages and a tent on the adjacent lawn area with tables and chairs. Because of the pandemic, there was no formal dinner reception and instead an extended cocktail party with passed hors d'oeuvres.
As party of the cocktail reception, there were the usual festivities, like toasts, cake cutting and bouquet toss. Oh and dancing, LOTS of dancing! To say that this wedding was the perfect way to end my 2020 wedding season would be an understatement. It was so magical in so many ways and helped me realign my business, artistry and soul for why I love weddings.
Brittany & Alex put so much work into planning their wedding. Over the course of the whole pandemic we became pretty tight and it really felt like I was a member of the crew, not just a hired hand, on the wedding day. Which is what I really love the most about intimate wedding days - I'm really able to get to know my couples and their guests and bring a new level of story telling to the images I produce for my clients.