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Three Rivers Park, Woodbury, CT Wedding : Lara + Ken : Part 1

So….we’ve been MIA on our blog for the past month, but for a very good reason.  We want to tell you all about our good news in an upcoming post, but in the meantime, we’d like to share with you a wedding (or two) that we were lucky enough to be part of this past year as their fotographers.

Meet our couple Lara + Ken, a sweet couple that had their lovely country wedding at the super pretty Three Rivers Park in Woodbury, CT.  Lara shares with us their story…..

How did you guys meet, how did he propose…..what is your love story?

Our story begins back in our sophomore year of High School.  We went to a Vocational Agriculture school in Woodbury, CT. called Nonnewaug.  I was an avid horse girl, participating in the Equine Management and Veterinary courses that the school had to offer.  Ken, being a history buff and an in-town student had opted out of taking any of the Vo-Ag courses.  We were not close friends, but we did hang out within the same large group of kids for those few years.  The few times we spoke at length he would always tell me that he would never date a farm girl!  I would just laugh and tell him that he didn’t know what he was missing out on!  A few years went by and we got closer to each other as we started college.  I attended a local college (The University of Connecticut) so that I could work full-time and take care of my horses.  Ken was accepted to Criminal Justice Department of The George Washington University in DC.  Despite the long distance, we chatted all the time now—on the phone, AIM, Skype.  We had gotten really close to each other with each spring and summer break from college.  By the end of our freshman year we were nearly inseparable. Ken kept asking me to be his girlfriend and I kept shooting him down.  I had been so nervous about ruining our friendship!  Bless him; he persevered until I finally said yes in June of 2006.  We have been together ever since.  He has even decided that being a ‘farm guy’ is a pretty awesome thing—he loves riding the horses and we are planning on buying a vintage farmhouse to rehab and raise a few farm animals on.

Ken proposed to me last July during our vacation to Jamaica.  We both had a really tough year and were fortunate enough to have saved up some money for a tropical island getaway.  I remember it like it was yesterday.  He took me out to this beautifully romantic Italian dinner on the beach right before sunset.  Once we had finished our meal he took me by the hand and we walked along the beach as the sun was setting in the most brilliant display of colors.  He kneeled down and professed his love and I remember the wonderful words he said to me right before I told him that I would marry him.  It was so beautiful.

What was important to you as you planned?

Having a warm, relaxed, intimate wedding was of the utmost importance to us.  We wanted everyone to share in our special day in a way that we all would enjoy.  We did not want anything too formal or assuming.  We decided that keeping it small with a backyard picnic quality to it was exactly what we wanted!

What was your inspiration?

Every year since I was a little girl my Uncle has hosted a summer picnic in his back yard.  Almost the entire town of Woodbury has come to celebrate, have fun and be relaxed!  I wanted that feeling of family, love and togetherness for our wedding.

Lara + Ken’s Details

The Planners:  DIY by Lara, Tami (Mother) & Linda (Aunt)
The Dress: The Bridal Mall (Niantic, CT)
The Shoes: JCPenney (St. John’s Bay—Country Vintage-Style Wedge Sandals)
The Hair Stylist: Sandy Hook Hair Company (Bonnie—Owner)
The Makeup Artist: Sandy Hook Hair Company (Bonnie—Owner)
The Jewelry: Sapphire Necklace and Earrings, Antique Sapphire Bracelet
The Rings: Custom/Hand-Made in Bahrain (Where the Groom’s Father is Stationed)
The Groom's Attire: Custom/Hand-Made in Bahrain (Where the Groom’s Father is Stationed)
The Ceremony Site: Three Rivers Park, Woodbury, CT
The Officiant: Father Craig McClellan
The Reception Venue: Three Rivers Park, Woodbury, CT
The Floral Design:  Agnew Florist
The Food: Danny’s Little Taste of Texas
The Cake: Joyce Heineman
The Music: Larry Ayce Band
The First Dance Song: What A Wonderful World by Louie Armstrong
The Ceremonial Arch:  Hand-Made by Bride's parents Thomas + Tami, Lara & Kenneth Stauff
The Reception Table Effects (Napkins, Holders, etc.): Hand-Made by Linda (Aunt)

Something Old: Antique Sapphire Bracelet (Stauff Family)
Something New: Hand-Made Veil from Bahrain
Something Borrowed: Antique Sapphire Bracelet (Stauff Family)
Something Blue: Sapphire Necklace and Earrings (Wityak Family)
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