So it’s the second wedding post in a row where these two have been following the same paths for years. While the previous post ( http://wedding-photographers.photography/full-wedding-posts/simsbury-ct-riverview-wedding-for-ariana-and-eric-by-tab-photographic/ ) had Ariana and Eric meeting at a middle school dance. For Mark and Diana, this wonderful couple… It goes all the way back to grade school!!! Crazy I tell ya!
The store goes something, actually no, it goes just like this: “It’s kind of a complicated story but here is the gist. We actually road the same bus in grade school… Our parents didn’t live far from each other. It wasn’t until high school that we hung out more… But even then we didn’t date. We were very different people back then. About six years ago, my cousin and Mark’s brother got married. Mark was supposed to be the best man but he was serving our country in Iraq. While he was home on mid-tour leave we saw each other at a local bar. We hadn’t talked since high school. We immediately started talking about the wedding… after all my cousin was now his new sister-in-law. We talked the whole night and the next day he got my number from my cousin. We went on a double date with them soon after. That’s pretty much how it all started.”
And then while in wine country, one of their favorite places, Mark proposed. “We took a trip to Sonoma in July 2013. After a day of tastings at some of the most amazing wineries, we headed to the coast for dinner. We stopped the car where the Russian River meets the Pacific Ocean to watch the sunset. While in his arms, I told him he was the best boyfriend. He turned to me and said that he didn’t want to just be the best boyfriend anymore… he wanted to be a great husband instead… he then got down on one knee and proposed.”
Did you catch that awesome part? “While in his arms, I told him he was the best boyfriend. He turned to me and said that he didn’t want to just be the best boyfriend anymore… he wanted to be a great husband instead…”
Could he have planned that or set the wording up any better??? I think not.
For these two, the road wasn’t always that easy. Mark being in the Army for two and half years, left them with many miles of separation. That didn’t slow them down though. In my eyes, it probably made what these two have that much stronger. From our first meeting, thru the engagement session, thru the wonderful wedding. These two are awesome!!!
Back to the day though, when asked what Diana was most nervous about… Well. Her response was the first look. Which when asked what tips she would give a couple her response was to what??? Do a first look so that you have that special moment between the two of you. Anyway… Back to their first look and the nerves… Well… “The first look. I still remember walking up that very long path at Topsmead… alone… train of the dress in one hand and flowers in the other. So many thoughts were running through my head. “Do I look okay? Will he be disappointed? I can’t believe I’m going to see him… I can’t believe I’m going to see my future husband…” Then I turned the corner. As soon as I saw his back my heart started pounding and all I could do was smile. I couldn’t wait to be in his arms and the anticipation was killing me. I still remember his expression when he turned. I love that smile.”
Anyway… Their day was awesome. I would have loved even more time shooting with these guys and their entire bridal party. I guess, after all though, it’s not my day. So we just captured all the awesome going down which you can enjoy in the video below as well as the photos. 😉
Church: Saint John’s Episcopal Church | Waterbury, CT
Venue: Aria | Prospect, CT
Photographer: TAB Photographic 🙂
DJ: JFC Music Productions | Greenwich, CT
Florist: Earth Blossoms | Harwinton, CT
Shoes: Nothing special
Dress: Allure Bridal purchased from Mariella’s | Rocky Hill, CT
Tux: Wedding Embassy | Watertown, CT
Rings: Hannoush Jewelers | Danbury, CT
Cake: Modern Pastry | Hartford, CT
Limo Service: Gateway Limousine | Waterbury, CT
Hotel: Courtyard Marriott | Waterbury, CT
Any other special pieces of the day (like things ordered on etsy or??)
• Custom veil made from my mother’s wedding dress. Done by Bonny’s Tailoring in Southington, CT.
• Wine barrel head top that people signed as a guest book custom made from eWoodArt.com
• I made all the table names/numbers, escort cards, and ceremony sheets. Tables were named after wineries that Mark and I had visited.
• Favors were balsamic and olive oils… which came from this little shop we visited in Healdsburg, CA (Sonoma County).
• Cake cutter was the same one used by Mark’s mother and late father at their wedding.
• Hair by Salon Couture | Watertown, CT
• Chair backings by Away to Go Linens.