Jessica & Tony – wedding – Fox Hill Inn, CT
Jessica and Tony’s wedding day was a vibrant event, even though it rained. As Jessica remarks in the questionnaire, they had a blast anyway. I wasn’t surprised. Even with the little bit I got to know them during their engagement photo session in New York, I found their energy and magnetic charm, energizing. And I think you can see it in the photos of the engagement session, as well as their wedding photos.
Jessica’s dad follows my Tangents blog, and recommended that the couple check out my work. Good news for me then. If you scroll through the images, you’ll even see Jessica’s dad with a BFT on his flash. I joked that this is the first time ever I’ve had the infamous “Uncle Bob” be the bride’s dad!
Jessica and Tony, it was a delight working with you and your families and friends!
I sent a Q&A set to Jessica and Tony, and here they are with a few words about their wedding day:
How did you first meet?
– We met at a mutual friend’s dance party.
Why did you choose the Fox Hill Inn as your wedding venue?
– We wanted a warm and cozy atmosphere at a venue surrounded by trees, since our wedding was right at the end of the peak fall foliage. We loved the long, windy drive through the rustic trees leading to the inn. We also loved the classical, vintage feeling of the inn itself and the warm fireplace.
Tell us about your dress, shoes and other accessories!
– The dress was borrowed from the bride’s cousin, Kami, who wore it for her wedding three years ago. Jessica fell in love with the dress when she saw Kami come down the aisle in it. Kami told Jessica that day that she could wear it on her own wedding day if she’d like. Jessica didn’t think too seriously about this offer until the month before her engagement, when Kami surprised her with the dress at a family reunion and insisted Jessica try it on. Jessica tried on the dress, without too high of expectations, and to her surprise, the dress fit perfectly and brought tears to her eyes. She didn’t need to even consider trying on another dress to know that Kami’s dress was the dress she would wear for her own wedding.
What was your wedding inspiration? And your favorite wedding details?
– Jessica and Tony wanted a classic, rustic, vintage style wedding. Jessica had seen picture of coral bridesmaids dresses contrasted with charcoal grey groomsmen suits and loved the combination. Playing off the charcoal grey color scheme, the menus and table numbers were written on chalkboard-looking cardstock.
Since music has been an important element in Jessica and Tony’s relationship, the guest favors were homemade soundtracks of Jessica and Tony’s favorite love songs that meant something to them throughout their courtship.
The invitations and stationary were all designed by a friend of Tony’s family, Cheryl Bordes. She used the chalkboard scheme and coral flower arrangements with whimsical fonts to bring together the classy yet playful spirit of the wedding day. Danielle Ferrar put together the beautiful yet simple flower arrangements. Each table had a trio of mason jars wrapped in burlap and organza, brimming with antique hydrangeas.
What song played for your first dance? What song played for the parent dances?
First dance – “To Make You Feel My Love” by Adele
Father/daughter dance- “I Loved Her First” by Heartland
Mother/son dance-“Song for Mama” by Boys 2 Men
What was your favorite moment during your wedding day?
Favorite moment for us – walking back up the aisle as a newly married couple
What advice would you give to future brides for their wedding day?
Don’t get so caught up in the details that you miss out on having fun!
What was the biggest surprise on your wedding day?
Despite the rain and several unexpected mishaps, we had a blast at our wedding and wouldn’t have planned it any other way.
Why did you choose me for your photography?
Your creative and fun shots and your ability to capture true love and happiness. We loved the way that you could take an understated corner, porch, or doorway, and transform it into a gorgeous backdrop for a photo. We didn’t want all portraits for our wedding. We wanted candids that could tell a story of the day and capture the fun our guests had, the tears of joy among family, and the romantic glow of two people truly in love.
What’s next on your calendar as a couple?
Settling into our new apartment and planning our honeymoon this summer.
Jessica + Tony
4 Comments, Add Your Own
Wow! Her dad is a user of the black foamie thing as well.
Wondrful couple and beautiful images. The happy couple must be really happy to the images.
Douglas McCormack says
Really nice couple, oh to be young again. Like the way you’ve dealt with contrasting skin tones, but mostly the quality of images with the lighting, your usual exceptional expertise, how on earth did you achieve the mirror shot? Really envious. Thanks to Jessica & Tony for allowing us to share their day, and to you of course Neil.
Cipriani Wedding Photography says
Just beautiful. I love your blog, as a wedding photographer I find it very inspiring!!!
Victoria Christophe says
Thank you!!! I love the photos. You did a great job.