Breana and Adam|St Clements Castle Wedding

Breana and Adam|St Clements Castle Wedding

We met Breana and Adam at the wedding we photographed in Aruba for Liz & Jeff. Breana and Adam had the perfect fall wedding! There were so many amazing details that they made themselves. They turned St Clements Castle into the idel setting of a real life fairytale wonderland! We asked them to tell us more about their wedding.

When was your Wedding?

10-13-2018

What made you choose your wedding date.

The cooler weather and consideration of work schedules.

What was the weather like, and was it what you hoped for? How did it impact your day?

Unfortunately, we woke up to torrential rain on our wedding day.  While initially stressful, we knew going in that this was something out of our control and we had taken the necessary measures to ensure that everything would go on without a hitch.  To our surprise and delight, the skies would open up in the afternoon a few hours before our ceremony, and our outdoor ceremony was picturesque!

Who did your hair?

Melanie Knapp

Who did your makeup?

Melissa Little

Where was the dress purchased and what made the dress stand out as “THE ONE”?

The corset and the classic “bridal” look just made me feel like a princess.
Augusta Jones, Keira with English mesh sleeves added and gold crystal and opal belt from Sabina KW Design  (purchased at White Dress by the Shore),

Where did the guys get their suits/tuxes?

Jos A Banks

What was the most memorable part of your photography experience with Veils and Cufflinks? (From engagement all the way through)

To be honest, we very much liked the relatively fluid agenda and the thrill of not knowing exactly what scene or layout would be happening next.  Besides capturing our special moments in the most incredible ways, we never had to be concerned with what to do because the creative vision of Jerome and Jen is second to none, and we simply just had to “follow the leader” when it came to taking pictures.  Veils and Cufflinks brings the perfect marriage (pun intended) of creative vision, execution and personality to make the best of your photography experiences.

Where did you have your Ceremony?

Saint Clements Castle in Portland, Connecticut

What do you remember most about the Ceremony?

Having the opportunity to see each other for first looks was very special, as it provided us a few minutes to embrace each other and know that there was nothing else that we needed to do other than enjoy what would soon follow.  For the Ceremony itself, it would have to be a tie between our person vow exchanges and the scene of having our nearest and dearest gathered on the beautiful grounds of Saint Clements Castle with the backdrop of the Connecticut River.

What was the total guest count? Why did you pick the number of guests you did? Was it hard to get to that number?

We had 225 amazing guests attend our special day, which featured some of our closest family, friends and colleagues who have had such an influence on both of our lives.  It admittedly was never difficult to get to this number, only to keep it from getting exponentially bigger!

What was the funniest thing that your remember happening?

A very close premature kiss during the first of two personal vow exchanges.  Fortunately, our officiant Quinn Levey, a great personal friend, had intervened to prevent it from happening ahead of his formal permission!  Naturally, Quinn handled it with his own personal style of class and humor, and it was good fun for us, our bridal party and all guests.

Where was the Reception held?

Saint Clements Castle in Portland, Connecticut

What made your reception personalized to your own unique vision and expectations?

We personalized essentially everything for our “Fairytale” themed wedding.  From 5 unique do-it-yourself table centerpieces concepts to handcrafted wedding favors acknowledging our donation to a local organization where we had rescued our dog Rosie two years prior, everything about the Reception was “us” and it was very special to see it all come together on the big day.

What ended up being your favorite photo/moment?

The character of Saint Clements Castle offers so many scenes for photography, but we would have to go with the either the scenes under the arbor with the Connecticut River backdrop, or the scenes under the vines in the courtyard.  There are many incredible scenes from our special day, but either of those two are arguably be the best!

Who was the florist?

Diane Gaudett

Besides the “getting married” part, what was the most vivid memory of the wedding day? (for both of you)

For the both of us, besides marrying each other, the most vivid memory that we have of the day was being surrounded by all of our guests with genuine love and happiness for us.  

Who was the entertainment?

The Bernadettes

Where did you get your rings?

Romanoff’s Fine Jewelry (bride’s band) and Cellini Jewelers (bride’s engagement, grooms’s band)

What regrets, (if any) do you have about the planning of your wedding and your decisions leading up to the day?

We would have benefited from not procrastinating on all of the “little things” that in aggregate can add up, particularly when we both lead busy personal and professional lives.  We could have saved ourselves a lot of stress and time by getting ahead of a lot of the projects we had taken on and/or soliciting the help of our family and friends earlier in the process.  But with our two “alpha” personalities steering the planning, we thought we could accomplish it all ourselves and on time, only to later come to the realization that we had bit off more than we could chew.  That said, we weathered the storm together, and with the help of our family and friends, produced some amazing elements that would be featured during our special day.

Other Comments you would like to add….

All of our vendors, from Veils & Cufflinks to the staff at Saint Clements Castle, were absolutely amazing.  This goes beyond just what they were able to do the day of our wedding to everything leading up to the big day.  We were very fortunate to not only have found such talented and caring individuals, but those with personalities that we were able to connect so well with.

Any advice to offer new couples who are planning their own wedding?

Don’t procrastinate and always remember that few, if any, will ever notice whether or not “this thing” got done or not.  Focus on and support each other throughout, and it will all work out in the end.

List some of the designers of your attire from wedding day. (dress designer, suits, ties, shoes, etc) We would like to place these next to some details shots of all these.

For the bride, Bespoke Harriet Wilde blue suede shoes with our wedding date and “Mrs. Walker” on the soles, Augusta Jones, Keira with English mesh sleeves added and gold crystal and opal belt from Sabina KW Design  (purchased at White Dress by the Shore), EDEN LUXE Bridal bracelet and Ilona Rubin Petite Delights earrings. For the groom, Jos. A Banks navy blue suit, Bows N Ties light blue and sage green ties, Macy’s for the two- tone dress shoes, traditional white dress shirt and tan dress belt, and boldSOCKS for the “Kraken” dress socks to “Release the Macken” – Breana’s maiden name.

Who was the videographer?

Everette Freeman

Who was the officiant?

Quinn Levey

Who was your coordinator or designer, (if any)?

Pamela Marshall, Jena Del Piano

Where did you take your honeymoon? And how did you like it?

We elected to do a “mini-moon” to allow us more time to spend with our guests following the wedding and to plan (and save) for a honeymoon for the following year.  With so much planning and time dedicated to the wedding, this helped take a stress variable out of the equation.  Our “mini-moon” was in Skaneateles, New York at Mirbeau Inn & Spa, which was four amazing days of relaxion, wining & dining, exploring the local area and enjoying our first days as husband and wife. This also provided us with the time to reflect on the wedding day and all that led up to it.  We highly recommend this for any couple looking to getaway for a few days without the worry about the particulars of travel and agenda logistics immediately following their wedding. Later this spring, we will be embarking to Greece and France for our honeymoon and we cannot wait!



Kate + Chris|The Barns at Wesleyan Hill

Kate + Chris|The Barns at Wesleyan Hill

Kate and Chris had the perfect fall wedding day, and the best way to describe it is to just let them speak for themselves. Follow along as they tell their real wedding story of the perfect day at the Barns at Wesleyan Hills

What made you choose your wedding date.

We wanted a fall wedding.

What was the weather like, and was it what you hoped for? How did it impact your day?

It was a little cloudy. It’s what we wanted since I think pictures come out better if it’s cloudy!

Where was the dress purchased and what made the dress stand out as “THE ONE”?

The White Dress by the Shore! Dress- Hayley Paige  It had lace and tulle!

Where did the guys get their suits/tuxes?

jos A Banks


What ended up being your favorite photo/moment?

First look with our dog!

Where did you have your Ceremony?

At the Barns at Wesleyan Hills

What do you remember most about the Ceremony?

Our best man’s second most important job was to hand the groom letters for out wine ceremony box. When they asked him for the letters he looked at the groom in the eye and said what Lighters you didn’t give me any lighters. LOL

Where was the Reception held?

The Barns at Wesleyan Hills

What made your reception personalized to your own unique vision and expectations?

The devil is in the details! The Barns done an amazing job at allowing their couples to personalize anything and everything they could want!

Who was the florist?

TK & brown

Besides the “getting married” part, what was the most vivid memory of the wedding day? (for both of you)

Our first dance! We went to many dance lessons before hand!

What was the funniest thing that your remember happening?

When the groomsmen went on their bachelor party they met a bartender in Miami who they befriended. This bartender surprised everyone and came to the wedding!!

What part of the day do you wish you could do all over again and why?

Go back and eat the food and cake! We were to busy and occupied to enjoy the amazing food and cake!

What regrets, (if any) do you have about the planning of your wedding and your decisions leading up to the day?

No regrets, but we did want to originally elope!

What was the most memorable part of your photography experience with Veils and Cufflinks? (From engagement all the way through)

Jen seriously saved the day with her safety pins!!

What was the total guest count? Why did you pick the number of guests you did? Was it hard to get to that number?

225! It was hard to get it down to that! We actually only had a hand full of people say no despite what the statistics tell you

Where did you get your rings?

Baribault Jewlers

Where did you take your honeymoon? And how did you like it?h

Hawaii — we want to move there!!

JEEP LIFE!

Who did your hair?

Judy from Larissa Lake and Co

Who did your makeup?

Sarah from Larissa Lake and Co

Who was the videographer?

Embark Films

Who was the officiant?

Dr Mark DiLoreto

Who was your coordinator or designer, (if any)?

Jenna from the Barns at Wesleyan Hills

Who was the entertainment?

Power Station Events — DJ Norbs


Liz + Jeff Real Wedding | Flamingo Beach at Renaissance Aruba

Liz + Jeff Real Wedding | Flamingo Beach at Renaissance Aruba

We asked Liz and Jeff to answer some questions about their wedding in Aruba!

Initially, Liz and Jeff just hired us for an engagement session out on Block Island. After spending the afternoon with them that day, we talked about their ridiculously fun plan for the wedding in Aruba, and knew we just had to be a part of the adventure. Plus L & J were getting married on our own anniversary, so how do you say no to a spending that time together doing what you love on the beautiful island of Aruba. We had such a great time getting to know all of their friends while hanging out at the pool, the beach, the bar, the booze bus, and the countless dinners!

When was your Wedding?

August 11th

What made you choose your wedding date.

Convenience for friends

Who did your hair and makeup?

Amanda Pepin

What was the weather like, and was it what you hoped for? How did it impact your day?

Hot and sunny! Exactly what you’d expect in Aruba!

Where was the dress purchased and what made the dress stand out as “THE ONE”?

Mariella’s Creation

Where did the guys get their suits/tuxes?

Seccombe’s Men’s Shop, Inc.

Where did you have your Ceremony?

The ceremony took place at Flamingo Beach on the Renaissance Aruba’s privately owned island

We had so much fun at this wedding. My favorite part was that they started the ceremony with everyone taking a shot! You know it’s going to be a great party when that happens!

What do you remember most about the Ceremony?

I remember almost everything about the ceremony. The highlights were:

Surprising our guests with our Justice of the Peace and good friend, Steve Darby. Steve, Jeff, and I had discussed the possibility of Steve performing the ceremony the year before the wedding over drinks, but wanted to keep it a surprise. When it appeared that no one was going to be marrying us that day, Steve stood up for the job, and the looks on people’s faces were priceless! Steve did such a wonderful job pulling in elements that were very “us”, like little jokes, having us write our own vows, and even starting the ceremony off right with a toast. He did the most amazing job and we were wouldn’t have changed a thing.

I also remember thinking Jeff would be the one to break down during the vows, but it was actually I who shed the tears. My MVP/MOH, Carolyn McCutchan, was right there with the handkerchief in hand!

What was the funniest thing that your remember happening?

The looks on people’s faces when Steve stood up to perform the ceremony! One of the groomsmen looked like he was about to tackle him to the floor to “save the wedding”

What made your reception personalized to your own unique vision and expectations?

Our wedding coordinator, Gabriela Garcia, was amazing! She surprised us with the light up “LOVE” sign, because she knew I liked “sparkly” things. We wanted a dance party all night long, so DJ Tino kept everyone moving with a mix of 90-00’s pop and hip hop.

Besides the “getting married” part, what was the most vivid memory of the wedding day? (for both of you)

At one point during the reception, we took a step back to take in the scene that was our reception. All of friends from different groups of friends, were on the dance floor, arms around each other, singing to each other, and having what looked like the time of their lives with people they knew forever. Seeing how much fun people were having and the friendships that were being created because of us was the most vivid and rewarding memory we have

What part of the day do you wish you could do all over again and why?

We agree that the reception was the most fun part of the night. Everyone danced to the throwback playlist we put together and kept the dancedfloor packed the entire night, champagne bottles were sprayed, and everyone acted as though they were all the best of friends who had known each other for years (which wasn’t entirely the case). There was so much love felt at that reception and it’s a feeling I’ll never forget!

What regrets, (if any) do you have about the planning of your wedding and your decisions leading up to the day?

The only regret I have is that the cupcake table wasn’t closer to everyone. Those were AMAZING gourmet cupcakes and I think most people missed out on them. I also regret eating most of the ones that were left after the wedding

What was the most memorable part of your photography experience with Veils and Cufflinks? (From engagement all the way through)

What we love about Jerome and Jen is their “anything goes” mentality. Based on the work we saw in our initial meeting with Jerome, we knew we were in good hands and could trust his suggestions. Whatever we were told to do or wherever we were told to go (no matter how high or how rocky), we knew we had to do it to get the shot Jerome was envisioning. Everyone at the wedding loved having the Braga’s around because they have a great way of fitting into the crowd and making people feel comfortable (and providing a ton of laughs). Booking them was one of the best decisions we made throughout the entire wedding planning process!

What ended up being your favorite photo/moment?

Jumping into the pool in our wedding attire!

Any advice to offer new couples who are planning their own wedding?

If you have the ability to do a destination wedding, DO IT. It’s a beautiful vacation with your friends and family for several days, not just one day. In a lot of cases, it’s less expensive than a local wedding, as well. It’s definitely worth the look!

Where did you get your rings?

Bride’s rings are from Adiamor and the groom’s ring is from Michael’s

Photo by Veils and Cufflinks


Sonia and Eric’s Real Wedding Story|Hartford Marriott Downtown

Sonia and Eric’s Real Wedding Story|Hartford Marriott Downtown

Sonia and Eric were such an awesome couple that we asked them to answer a few questions about their wedding so that we could share it!! Here is what they said!!

When was your Wedding?

August 19th

What made you choose your wedding date?

We wanted to have a summer wedding that also coincided with a day of good luck on the Indian calendar.

What was the weather like, and was it what you hoped for? How did it impact your day?

It was a bright and beautiful sunny summer day with the expected August humidity.

Veils and Cufflinks by Studio1923, LLC

Besides the “getting married” part, what was the most vivid memory of the wedding day? (for both of you)

Our first look and first dance together as a married couple.

What was the total guest count? Why did you pick the number of guests you did? Was it hard to get to that number?

We had about 400 guests. We both come from very big families and we wanted all of our loved ones to share our special day with us.

Where did you have your Ceremony?

Grand Ballroom Hartford Downtown Marriott.

What do you remember most about the Ceremony?

The beginning of the ceremony where we put flower garlands around each other symbolizing the start of the ceremony. Walking around the fire as part of a traditional Indian wedding ritual.

What was the most memorable part of your photography experience with Veils and Cufflinks? (From engagement all the way through)

Jerome getting Eric’s crying nephew to look into the camera and smile. We absolutely love those pictures of him. We had a blast taking pictures in City Hall with our wedding party and close family members.

What ended up being your favorite photo/moment?

Standing in the window sill at City Hall.


Where was the Reception held?

Grand Ballroom Hartford Downtown Marriott.

What made your reception personalized to your own unique vision and expectations?

The colors and details were what we always envisioned. For our wedding gifts to our guests we gave out an ohm candle holder, the symbol is special to us.

What part of the day do you wish you could do all over again and why?

The whole thing! Especially the great time we had dancing the night away with family and friends.

What was the funniest thing that your remember happening?

Sonia dancing on a chair with all of her bridesmaids to “Party in the U.S.A” by Miley Cyrus

Any advice to offer new couples who are planning their own wedding?

Enjoy the moments and try not to stress out because it will be one of the greatest times of your life. Wine also helps!

List some of the designers of your attire from wedding day. (dress designer, suits, ties, shoes, etc) We would like to place these next to some details shots of all these.

Who did your hair?

Tonya Valentin from Salon Naomi

Who did your makeup?

Naomi Martinez from Salon Naomi

Who was the florist?

Red and Black Roses, New Britain CT

Who was the videographer?

JF3 Productions

Who was the entertainment?

Rishi Bawa and Rajan Patel from SILK EVENTS

Where was the dress purchased and what made the dress stand out as “THE ONE”?

Sia Sarees in Vadodara, India for the ceremony dress. Shaker’s Sarees for the reception gown.

Where did the guys get their suits/tuxes?

Oscar’s Tux in West Hartford, CT

Where did you get your rings?

Manfred Gerstung

Where did you take your honeymoon? And how did you like it?

We took a Celebrity Cruise out of Rome to Southern Italy and Greece. We then spent a few days on the Amalfi Coast and Capri. It was fantastic. The sights were breathtaking. The food was incredible and we can’t wait to make another trip back that way!