Updated: Mar 10, 2020
The elegant offbeat wedding with a Victorian Noir aesthetic was an amazing way to kick off my 2020 wedding season. Melissa and Sean decided to get married on 2/2/2020 at Aria in Prospect, CT - one of the most beautiful wedding venues in Connecticut with its signature chandeliers and the walls of windows to let light pour in every where.
Melissa and Sean met when they were 14, but didn’t start dating until they were seniors in high school. Since then, they’ve been together for 9 years! ❤ They love to Netflix and chill, but often do a lot of fun outdoorsy things like hiking while vacationing in together each year in Vermont.
The day started in the bridal suite above Aria's ballroom with Melissa and her bridesmaids getting ready. Melissa, who is a bit of a gothic punk by nature, had carefully planned all of her wedding day details to incorporate her love of skulls and even had a special all black wedding dress to take special bridal portraits in before changing into her official white wedding dress.
Another special detail of Melissa's day was the tiny piece of her baby blanket that she showed into one of the layers of her wedding dress to be her "something old." The wedding day also happened to fall on Groundhog's Day, so while everyone was getting ready the Maid of Honor took some time out to review her speech themed around the Groundhog's Day Curse.
Finally it was ceremony time! As is was February, the ceremony was held indoors in the center of the ballroom underneath a chuppah that Sean hand-crafted himself. Melissa made a grand entrance down the staircase and the ceremony included both the Jewish wedding traditions of signing of the Ketubah and breaking of the glass.
So, have I mentioned yet how gorgeous the Aria wedding venue in Prospect, CT is? Like, super freaking gorgeous with these stunning chandeliers and vaulted ceilings and tall windows everywhere to let the light in. We decided to do their family and wedding party photos in the simply stunning front hallway with light pouring in everywhere while guests enjoyed cocktail hour in the ballroom. Oh, did I also yet mention how obsessed I am with the bouquets created by Melissa's longtime friend and professional wedding florist, Floral Designs by Justine.
Some of my favorite things about Melissa & Sean's wedding at Aria Banquets were the thoughtful details they put in everywhere. Because they go to Vermont every year, they decided to gift their guests tiny little syrups in maple leaf shaped bottles (how cute!). They also incorporated the skull theme throughout their wedding decor, with some awesome decor on their sweetheart table and the very cool skeleton bride and groom wedding cake topper.
During the reception Melissa’s family and friends gathered around to dance the Hora with her, hoisting her into the air upon a chair and then dancing around her in a circle. After that, Melissa had a little fun with the single ladies for what is arguably one of the more competitive bouquet tosses I've seen.
But for me the most memorable moment of the day was trying to recreate the Dirty Dancing lift in the grand entrance rotunda at Aria. Melissa and Sean had already successfully done it during their engagement session and had mentioned that they wanted to try again on their wedding day. But we learned it’s a lot harder to do in a wedding dress! It took a few tries and some serious troubleshooting and image analysis to finally get it, but I think they nailed it!
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Venue & Catering: Aria Banquets in Prospect, CT
Flowers: Floral Designs by Justine
Ceremony Dress: David's Bridal
Suits: Men's Wearhouse
Glam Squad: Airs Chair
Cake: Chimirri's Italian Pastry Shop
Her Rings: Crown of Light Diamond & Grandma❤
His Rings: EMBR Bands