When Mike took Sarah on a romantic trip to Vermont in December of 2013, the pair had been dating for almost nine years, but Mike still had a few surprises up his sleeve: "We took a snowy walk to a waterfall, and on the way, he surprised me with a ring!" says Sarah.
The pair knew they wanted a venue with old school charm, which drew them to Deep River, Connecticut. "When we saw The Lace Factory, we immediately fell in love," the bride explains, citing the high ceilings and strings of lights as details that caught her eye. The nature-lovers chose May 16, 2015, as the date and planned a romantic, ethereal celebration full of floral elements and shades of dusty shale and pale pink. They invited 140 guests to join them on the Connecticut coast — and shared all the garden-inspired goodness with us, too! Check out the details, photographed by I Wanna Marry, below!
Sarah created the wedding programs and signage herself, taking on the DIY project to personalize their wedding day. "The most difficult part was the program, and figuring out how to recognize my parents, who both passed away before I was ten," says Sarah. On the last page, she wrote a letter to her mom and dad about her wedding day.
The bride fell for a beaded Maggie Sottero wedding dress with an A-line skirt. "I didn't know it was 'The One' until I got home and saw the pictures my friend had taken of me wearing it," she says. Another DIY project? Her lace-embellished shoes! "I found a pair of nude heels on sale and I was happy with the simple design — but my friend wasn't! I glammed them up with lace appliques." We're loving her creative handiwork!
Mike and Sarah had a first look on the dock by the Deep River Town Landing. "I was running a little late, so Mike was anxiously standing there waiting for me longer than he'd expected," Sarah laughs. But the wait to see his bride was worth it! Mike complemented Sarah's shimmering gown in a gray Brooks Brothers suit and vest, with a playful skull pattern hidden on the back of the vest.
Sarah knew she wanted dusty miller in her bouquet but let her florist take it from there. The white and green arrangement included ranunculus and tulips.
Though the ceremony wasn't a religious one, Mike and Sarah included elements of both of their cultures, including guests in hanboks in honor of the bride's Korean heritage.
The inspiration for the couple's color scheme came from the bridesmaids' dresses, which Sarah found on Etsy from a designer who helped her 'maids each choose the silhouettes they loved best.
The ceremony took place beneath a chuppah of bamboo branches and white fabric, decorated with blush and cream blooms and greenery. "We didn't have any décor on the aisle, but a breeze came through the trees just before the ceremony, scattering cherry blossoms on the path," Sarah remembers.
At The Lace Factory, guests found their table assignments tucked into pots holding a variety of succulents, adding to the wedding's garden theme. Guests were seated at long tables topped in cream linens and textured runners. Glass vases holding roses, stock flowers, and greenery were scattered along the tables.
The newlyweds sat at a sweetheart table, surrounded by sheer drapery and lit by a hanging chandelier.
After dining on braised short ribs and grilled salmon and sipping Moscow Mules, the pair cut into a carrot cake simply iced with cream cheese frosting. The duck cake toppers were another nod to Sarah's Korean heritage.
"In the Jewish tradition, the bride and groom spend 15 minutes alone right after the ceremony," says Sarah. "It was so nice to have a moment to be with each other before being surrounded by our family and friends."
Another favorite detail? The fact that the pair have been together since high school. "Most of our guests are friends we share, which meant everyone knew pretty much everyone else. It made the wedding feel like a reunion, and it brought it to another level" says the bride.
Ceremony Venue: Deep River Town Landing || Reception Venue: The Lace Factory || Bride's Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Renz Rags || Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers || Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux || Florist & Succulents: Ashleigh's Garden || Music: ETA Music || Catering & Cake: Cloud Nine Catering || Photographer: I Wanna Marry
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