While most of us are thinking of new coats and sweaters as the weather gets colder, those planning Spring weddings are right in the thick of deliberations and decision making. Holiday shopping is nothing compared to the myriad of choices every bride makes, for even the smallest of wedding receptions.
This past Spring a New York couple had the perfect idea. A wedding ceremony in the green countryside of Connecticut, followed by a reception on the water in NYC. Lauren Keane and Terry Shea celebrated their day surrounded by family and friends. With both the bride and groom's children involved in the ceremony, the Keane-Shea wedding truly celebrated the marriage of these two families.
Ms. Keane was a beautiful bride from head-to-toe. Her choices were top notch, but one thing she wore impressed me more than any dress could - that smile! In photo after photo Ms. Keane has the confident glow of a content and happy bride. This expression of joy is rarely seen in brides in their twenties. How could it be? This sense of happiness is reserved for someone who has faced challenges and gained the rewards of adulthood. Professional success, motherhood, buying a home - all milestones in a well examined life.
The couple were married in the garden of a friends beautiful home in Fairfield, Connecticut. The manicured lawns - luxurious, yet understated, were the perfect backdrop for Ms. Keane & Mr. Shea. The two have a carefree style that is natural, not studied. They met while working on a project together at Pzizer. The groom is originally from Michigan, and cupid helped him make the move to New York. Mr. Shea is now a partner at Onestream Software. The bride lives in New York and is an executive at Edgewater consulting.
The lifelong friends in the wedding, and in attendance are testament to the character of Lauren & Terry. Having childhood friends in your life when you're twenty is not such a challenge, but maintaining those relationships into your thirties - that is a committment. One such friend was happy to celebrate, but also happy to lend his artistic skill to the day. Chris Lopez is a talented photographer and lifelong friend of the bride. Lopez is a versatile photographer with a huge range in his portfolio. Click Chris Lopez Photography to visit his site.
During the ceremony Ms. Keane wore a white floral lace dress by Beth Bowley from BHLDN.com. The sheer sleeves and bodice gave the look a subtle vintage feel. Think Chloe meets Marni. BHLDN (Beholden) is a great on-line resource that has a fantastic assortment of romantic wedding and party dresses. Many have that old-world-charm or glam-vintage flair. Ms. Keane chose wisely! Also, her hair and makeup choices were modern and beautiful. Wearing her hair down was feminine and pretty as her soft curls fell on the sheer tulle on her neck and shoulders. (Amazingly there are still brides who end up looking like a child pagaent stars on their Wedding Day - Big Mistake). The groom's style was perfectly balanced with the bride's, completing this picture of happiness in a movie set worthy Connecticut garden. Mr. Shea wore Banana Republic and he was a stylish groom!
For the reception at Harbour Lights on Pier 17, Lauren chose an Ivory Tracy Reese dress (also found at BHLDN) to celebrate the night! Wearing her hair up gave a sophisticated look that was beautiful and yet somehow playful. Super chic choices that really let her personality shine.
It is incredible how many resources are available on-line today. With iPhones, iPads, and every tablet you can think of brimming with apps, brides can find everything from shoes to invites on the web. Sites like Beholden are terrific for wardrobe, and American Bridal is an excellent resource for wedding favors of all kinds. HelloLucky.com was Ms. Keane's choice for invites.
Brides to be -take note: CHIC & FUN- that's how you have a flawless wedding!
Congratulations to Lauren & Terry!