Connecticut photographers Paul and Krystal of Studio Foto » Paul and Krystal have been photographing real people for 14 years.

Mystic Yachting Center Wedding

A while back an amazing woman, named Liz calls my studio and hires me for a simple portrait.  At the end of the session she said “I so wish we booked you for our wedding”  I simply said “why dont you, I would lOVE to shoot your wedding…. Fast forward about a week the same amazing woman calls me and askes if we are indeed available, however before I say anything she basicly squeels and says “I hope so”  We were available and now we have some images to share, but first a love story from the Bride Liz. Wedding memories: It is so fun to reminiscence on our wedding! Ross and I had a great time planning the event – it was orchestrated with family in mind (but around our personalities!) from the day one. Our Proposal: When Ross proposed to me, he did so in front of both set of parents at dinner in Essex, CT (so romantic!) over Labor Day. The whole long weekend turned into a celebration as we lit fireworks off on the beach, had drinks on our boat, and took strolls down the sand in our hometown of Westbrook, CT. As we started to plan our big day we knew we wanted to have a rustic-nautical themed family affair. Most of our family had to travel for our wedding (turns out both families are near each other in the Cleveland, OH suburbs but we never knew until we started dating in CT!) and we wanted our wedding to be a fun destination for everyone. So, we picked the iconic town of Mystic, CT over a Fourth of July weekend so all of our family could travel out for the long weekend and enjoy all that the seaside town has to offer- quaint coffee shops, bustling ice cream parlors, relaxing harbor cruises, and (of course) the famous Mystic Pizza (we did have Mystic Pizza served as a late night snack at the reception for the guests!). We found the Mystic Aquarium for our rehearsal dinner and the Mystic Yachting Center for our reception and couldn’t have been more excited! Wedding planning was SO fun. Ross and I made sure to have our wedding full of details the represented us. I fell in love with the beachside flower, hydrangeas, one day when I was walking along the shore and antique blue mason jars after I saw them in an antique store. I decided to combine them into the centerpieces. My mom and I scoured antique stores and thrift shops, all over Connecticut, every weekend until we found enough jars for the centerpieces, for candle holders, and other decorations.  We had such a fun time looking high and low for these- every week we kept a running count of our jars!  My mom is an amazing seamstress (with a super cool embroidery machine) and she embroidered linen flags to make table numbers (these had reminded me of flags flown on ships) and sewed material for the centerpieces out of seersucker material that I found at the craft store. My sister, mom, mother-in-law, and I spent a few evenings (over a few glasses of wine) reminiscing over stories of us growing up while we tied hundreds of “Wed-Libs” for our wedding guests to play at dinner while they waited for their meals to be served. My sister and I hand-made picture frames, in our wedding colors, to hang on every pew that chronicled Ross and I growing up (I heard everyone had a great time looking at all of the pictures as they waited for us to arrive at the church – we were fashionably late!).  My Dad even got into the whole planning process- he found discarded wooden crates at a local fish market and picked them up to create our candy bar. All of the family excitement made the whole wedding planning a blast. When Ross and his brother fell in love with Vineyard Vines ties to complete their outfit, my brothers, Dad, and Father-in-law jumped on the bandwagon and all sported the nautical accessory.  Ross and I even incorporated our two dogs into the wedding – my mom had a family friend make two grooms cakes (from the Dogs!) and we had personalized pencils on every table with their names on them. When looking back on my day all I can think of how much fun we all had. The day went by perfectly – from the amazing hair and make-up to the beautiful summer sun that shone down on us as we tromped around a state park and downtown Mystic to take pictures to the music that kept the dance floor alive all night long.  All that mattered was that Ross and I were able to celebrate our marriage in front of all of our friends and family, but it was icing on the cake that we had such an amazing celebration that was uniquely us. Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue: Something old: Grandmother’s diamond necklace (it was her engagement diamond and other pieces she received through the years that she had made into the pendant) Something new: The dress:)Something borrowed: Grandmother’s necklace (yes, I had to give it back…) Something blue: Sapphire and diamond ring worn on right hand    Vendors:

  • Bridal dress: Nicole Miller from Everthine Bridal Boutique (Madison, CT/ www.shopeverthine.com)
  • Bridal shoes: BHLDN (www.bhldn.com)
  • Bridal hairpiece: Untamed Petals by Amanda Judge (www.amandajudgeny.com) from Everthine Bridal Boutique (Madison, CT/ www.shopeverthine.com)
  • Bride’s diamond necklace: family piece (see “Something Old”)
  • Maid of Honor and Mother of the Bride Dress: Watters from April Rose (Guilford, CT/ www.aprilrose.com)
  • Groom suit: Hugo Boss from Bloomingdales (Miami, FL)
  • Groom and bridal party tie: Vineyard vines (www.vineyardvines.com)
  • Cocktail Music: John Banker
  • Photographers (the best EVER!): Studio Foto (Stafford Springs, CT/ www.studiofoto.com)
  • DJ: Party Pro DJ (Glastonbury, CT/ www.partyprodj.com)
  • Rehearsal dinner: Mystic Aquarium (Mystic, CT) – Catering: Ocean Blue Catering (www.oceanbluecatering.com)
  • Getting ready: Whalers Inn (Mystic, CT/ www.whalersinnmystic.com)
  • Hair and Makeup: Rena and Abbey from Dana Barton and Company (Cheshire, CT/ www.danabartone.com)
  • Church: Our Lady of Lourdes (Gales Ferry, CT)
  • Reception venue: Mystic yachting Center (Mystic, CT) – Catering: Ocean Blue Catering (www.oceanbluecatering.com)
  • Flowers (reception): Adam’s Garden of Eden (Pawtucket, CT/www.adamsgardenofeden.com). All antique blue mason jars were collected by bride and her mother
  • Flowers (bouquets): Flowers by Nina (Storrs, CT)
  • Late night snack: Mystic Pizza (Mystic, CT/ www.mysticpizza.com)
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