Though Laura Gamble and Sam Sullivan both grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut, they didn't officially meet until they were both in college, when they were introduced because her friend was dating his. Their mutual love of their hometown stuck with them and, after Sam popped the question during a picnic at Shakespeare on the Sound (the night before he'd originally planned), the duo knew they'd head home for their wedding.
They invited 180 guests to join them at the Greenwich Polo Club on May 25th, 2013. "They've only hosted a few weddings on the property, so we loved the idea of a venue that would be original and special," says Laura. And while the plan was to kick off summer with a Labor Day celebration in the sun, the weather had other plans. "It was raining and only 40 degrees out, but with some last-minute extra tents, space heaters, and umbrellas, we got it all taken care of," the bride says.
Keep reading to see how they made the best of the forecast, as well as all the classic details, photographed by Nathan Smith and Phil Anema for Ira Lippke Studios.
After spending the morning filling packets with rose petals and lavender with her bridesmaids, a steamer set off the hotel's fire alarm and everyone had to evacuate the building. "Sam and my first look ended up being in front of a fire truck," says Laura. "I was in my pajamas and curlers!"
Once back inside, the bride donned a strapless lace Monique Lhuillier gown and blush Ferragamo wedges. "My seamstress removed some of the tulle from the skirt to transform the mermaid shape into a more vintage silhouette," Laura explains. Sam wore a tuxedo by Ralph Lauren Black Label.
There wasn't a flower girl, but Laura and Sam's ring bearer, their nephew Miles, more than made up for the cute factor. "He referred to himself as the 'ring bear' and really wanted to wear a bear costume," says Laura, who had him outfitted in a tiny tuxedo instead.
The bride and her father snuck in a moment of laughter before the ceremony. After all, when the rain's coming down, what else can you do?
After the couple said "I do," the skies cleared just long enough for the wedding party to head out onto the polo field for photos. Laura's 'maids were all decked out in long white dresses of their own choosing, while the groomsmen wore tuxedos and black bow ties.
Sam and Laura skipped a guest book, instead opting to have guests sign a wooden swing that they'll hang in their yard. Escort cards were tucked into boxes filled with vibrant grass.
Long wooden tables were topped with lace runners hand-made by Laura's mom. "All the centerpieces were DIY, so we kept them simple and arranged baby's breath, lavender, and hydrangeas in small vases and jars," the bride says.
The three-tiered cake, frosted with buttercream swirls, featured layers of chocolate cake and cheesecake.
Though the weather wasn't what the couple had asked for, the celebration continued through the night. "We had some of the best speeches ever," remembers Laura. "I'll never forget what my maid of honor said — that wet knots are harder to untie."
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Greenwich Polo Club || Bride's Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier || Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo || Hair: Milexy Couture || Makeup: Beauty with Kim || Groom's Attire: Ralph Lauren Black Label || Wedding Bands: Betteridge || Invitations & Paper Goods: The Paper Fitting, Love Nested Designs || Guest Book: Tree swing from Blue Fox Willow || Music: The bride's brothers || Catering: Catering by Christine || Cake: DiMare Pastry Shop || Rentals: New England Country Rentals || Favors: Donations to The Robin Hood Foundation || Videography: Well Spun Weddings || Photography: Nathan Smith and Phil Anema for Ira Lippke Studios