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Hill-Stead Museum CT Wedding : Heather + Matthew : Part 1

Are you ready for spring?  I am!  The birds are starting to chirp, the squirrels are going nuts (no pun intended), and little flowers are springing up everywhere, but we still have a little patch of snow in our yard that is stubbornly holding on, and the temperature is not quite warm enough to enjoy being outside yet.  So while mother nature takes her time deciding when we are actually going to spring into spring, I’d like to share with you a lovely summer wedding at the Hill-Stead Museum that is liable to make you actually feel a warm summer breeze  :  )

Heather + Matt took their vows under the shade of a giant old tree, with their friends and family gathered in the abundant sunshine, fanning themselves with wooden fans.  The Hill-Stead estate is so lovely, with lush grassy lawns overlooking a breath-taking vista, giant old trees, and an overall relaxing feel about the place.  Strolling thru the property, you feel like you are transported back in time, to the early 1900’s, when there were ladies and gentlemen courting one another and playing lawn games like croquet and bocce.  Heather + Matt loved this about the Hill-Stead, and incorporated the general feel of the property into the planning of their wedding.  We loved everything about this wedding… Heather + Matt were so relaxed and enjoyed their day together, they spent so much time hand-making many of their details, and we got to work with some of our favorite vendors in the wedding industry, including Tony & Cat from Datura, a Modern Garden and The White Dress by the Shore, and met for the first time a vendor that would become one of our favorites, Emily’s Catering.  So, without further ado, enjoy a taste of Heather + Matt’s lovely wedding!  And stay tuned……part 2 and 3 are coming up soon!

Heather shares about their love story:

“Matt and I met in the spring of 2003 at Paier College of Art. A group of girlfriends and I had been admiring the group of “hot boys” from a far for a while. Finally one day, April 15th to be exact, the stars aligned and a whole group of us (who later became know as the Paier Party Animals) skipped class and headed to Walnut Beach in Milford. It’s safe to say that was the most important day of my life because that is the day I met my best friend and soul mate.  From that day on, Matt and I have always been together. We started out as friends and things just progressed from there. Now we own a beautiful house that we can’t wait to make our home!

One thing that we are extremely passionate about is traveling and adventure. That has been a part of our relationship from day one.We would just pick up and head to Rhode Island, Boston or Philly for a cheese steak! We were lucky enough to travel to Italy with our school and many other places. That is why Matt’s proposal was perfect for me. In 2008, we planned  a trip to Ireland.  From the time I was very young, I have always had this strong love and infatuation with Ireland. I always thought it was so mysterious and romantic. I was about to be proved right! We were driving through the countryside and decided to pull off along the side of the road to see an amazing view of the valley and ocean! It was so windy and the sky was so clear that day! I had jumped up on the stone wall with some binoculars to get a better view. Just then I felt a little tap on my arm and Matt was standing there with a bracelet box in his hand. He said ‘I wanted to get you something to remember our trip by.’ Really thinking it would be a beautiful bracelet, I opened the box to find a hand written note: ‘Will you marry me?’ I was shocked! I looked up to see Matt down on one knee with a ring in his hand, the most beautiful backdrop in the world, and he asked if I would be his forever. I was in such awe I didn’t answer right away! But of course I said yes! That moment was a dream come true in so many ways!”


The Planner : DIY by the couple, Tara + Rick at Emily’s and the Hill-Stead staff put the missing pieces together
The Dress : Augusta Jones from The White Dress by the Shore
The Hair :  Salon Elite
The Makeup Artist :  Maria Dominici
The Jewelry : from The White Dress by the Shore
The Rings :  Michaels Jewelers Heather’s was a Hearts on Fire
The Groom’s Attire :  Formals by Antonio
The Ceremony Site : Hill-Stead Museum
The Stationary :  Invites + Programs designed + handmade by Heather + Matt, Printed at Southbury Printing Center
The Reception Venue :  Hill-Stead Museum
The Floral Design : Datura : A Modern Garden
The Food :  Emily’s Catering
The Cake :  Tidmarsh Bakery
The Music :  Music in Motion
The Lighting Designer :  Taylor Rental
The Cinematographer : Jeremy White at Fairfax Films

Something Old :  Tiffany’s bracelet Heather’s father bought her 16th birthday
Something New :  bracelet Heather’s father bought her for the wedding
Something Borrowed :  Heather’s mother’s veil
Something Blue :  garter

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  • The umbrellas seemed like such a fun touch for this couple! I love how you captured both the romance and fun of this wedding

  • Zack (Robert & Kathleen Photographers) - May 27, 2011 - 11:59 am

    I love all of the shots with Heather & Matthew before the ceremony with the umbrella. It looks like it was so much fun!

  • krystyle76 - March 31, 2011 - 8:29 pm

    Thanks everyone!!!

  • Eileen Broderick - March 30, 2011 - 9:54 am

    GORGEOUS! These images are just stunning. Love the shot of the groom peeking around the foliage during the First Look. Also incredible ceremony shots–especially the one of her putting his ring on–great capture!

  • Robin Dini - March 29, 2011 - 1:12 pm

    beautiful! One of my favorite CT venues. Truly New England style.

  • Alicia Candelora - March 29, 2011 - 12:49 pm

    These are beautiful! And I love her umbrella :)

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