” There were so many amazing moments – the speeches, the dancing, the ceremony, walking down the isle, Kirsten’s mom seeing her in her dress… But bringing our families together and seeing everyone so happy stands out the most. “
When you check your voice mail and there’s a message from Gov. John Rowland, (and for anyone that have the smallest of bad thoughts about him, throw them away. We all make mistakes and if you ever met him in person you would know, from his energy alone, that he is a great guy!!! ) back to what I was saying. When you get a voice mail from John Rowland, you of course are going to call him back. Especially when it’s about being invited into his daughters wedding to capture the love, the moments and so much more!
Enter Kirsten and Matt. I had the pleasure of meeting Kirsten at a wedding a few years back and having the new pleasure of her day was nothing short of awesome. First though, first was their engagement session and of course… How they got engaged. “Kirsten and Matt had purchased a home together in Stamford, CT. After living in Queens for 2 years, it was time to make a move to the burbs! Though it’s a fixer-upper, the house has a ton of potential and what really sold us was the babbling brook in the backyard. On our deck is a huge tree which the deck is built around. The previous owners had carved their initials in the tree. After a day of working on the house, Kirsten & Matt were having a glass of wine on the deck and Matt suggested they carve their initials in the tree. As Kirsten was perfecting her initials, Matt was trying to get her attention (which of course took longer than he had hoped because she was focused), and when he finally caught her attention, she turned around and he was on his knee with the ring. (I personally am SO glad it didn’t drop thru the deck never to be found again) Later that evening, their families showed up to surprise them… everyone knew what was happening except for her.”
I believe, if my mind serves me right, which is not that often. That they even met on a deserted island off the coast of Mass. when Kirsten’s boat washed up after losing power to it’s motor. ( Okay, deserted may not be the truth as it may have been Block Island and it may have been at a bar on said Island and what not. But deserted sounds so much more heroic and well, just sounds more dramatic haha).. Anyway. The engagement sounded pretty perfect as I know the love and labor that goes into fixing up a house and turning it into a home. And to have Matt ask Kirsten to be his forever, at that home, where so much love will grow. Perfect I tell ya…
Anyway… Their wedding day. January 3rd 2015. The first wedding of my 2015 wedding season and what a way to rock it out! Snow and all! It was wonderful. Slippery, but wonderful! I arrived at Country Loft Antiques where the girls were getting ready (and also where we rocked out the engagement session) and right when I walked in the door I could hear all the laughter and love. Hair being done here, make up being done there. Only thing, with all the hallways in this house and rooms that have door ways into other rooms, finding everyone turned into a constant fun game for me.
As the day went on, the January snow began to fall. It was a beautiful snow for sure! And looking back, when asked what they remembered most about the day, of course that snow found its way into the memories. “Matt and Kirsten approached the wedding with excitement around all our favorite people being in the same place at the same time. What we wanted most was for everyone to have a memorable night filled with love and happiness. By the looks of it, everyone danced, ate great food, and had a blast! Oh, and the snow was…perfect.” And looking back, everyone really did have a great time. The live band got everyone up and dancing, Aria held another great wedding as usual with food that was delicious and staff that was and is always on their game.
The way Kirsten’s father danced around with her and her sister, that was one of the moments I will remember the most, the three of them smiling so large enjoying the moments. The entire wedding party out there dancing. The guests PACKING the dance floor. It was one of those weddings where the outside world faded away and the only thing that matted was the energy taking over their wedding day. Their perfect wedding day. Sometimes, couples can look back and wish they could go back and do something differently. Sometimes it’s a small thing. Other times it’s a big piece. For Kirsten and Matt though, seems like the day was exactly what they planned because when they were asked that question, “would you go back and change anything”… “No! Well…this was out of our hands but we could have done without the “wedding flu” that everyone who attended the wedding seemed to get either during or after the wedding. I guess that’s the risk you take with a January wedding! The entire weekend was beyond anything either of us could have imagined.” And yes, I got that flu too. But it was worth it and besides, it forced me to take a little time off.
Anyway…. The day was awesome and I should just let you see more of their photos and the slideshow. The slideshow is even just a tease of what the couple received but will give you a great idea of what the day was like… Enjoy it, enjoy the photos below and hey. Leave this couple some love if you’re feeling it using the comment button below. But most of all… Shine on…..