Ahhh, Springtime. The flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, and love is in the air…which means that wedding season is here again! And this Saturday had me sharing the perfect spring day with Stephanie and Jay at the beautiful Lord Thompson Manor in Thompson, CT. I began the day with Stephanie and her bridesmaids at The Cottages, a sister property of Lord Thompson Manor. In addition to a nice suite of guest rooms, The Cottages featured a bright sunlit spa, where Stephanie and her girls were pampered and beautified in preparation for the day. As nice as the spa was, there wasn’t much time as the day’s busy schedule was about to begin. So quick as a flash Stephanie was dressed and we were off.
The first stop was Lord Thompson Manor, where Stephanie and Jay shared a lovely moment in the garden as they saw each other for the first time with their family looking on from the manor’s french doors. Then I had Stephanie, Jay, and the awesome old Manor house all to myself! We started out in the gardens, using the beautifully manicured grounds as a backdrop for the photos, then we moved inside, exploring the old pool room and ending up in the conservatory (with the pipe wrench :)). Too soon we had to be back in the gardens for family photos, then it was off to the church for the hitching.
The ceremony took place at St Josephs Parish, a lovely traditional white New England church located in the tongue twisting CT town of North Grosvenordale. With a personal ceremony helmed by Stephanie’s childhood priest, the collected friends and family were on hand to witness Shephanie and Jay make their vows. Then it was back to Lord Thompson Manor, where the guests were immediately ushered to the garden for the toast. Then a few more family photos during the cocktail hour, then dinner, featuring the largest shrimp I have ever laid eyes on. Seriously these things were huge (and if a shrimp is as big as my fist, can you really call it a shrimp? My deep thought for the day). After dinner, Stephanie and Jay delighted the assembled crowd with their mad first dance skills, then continued the dancing with their parents. As the time came for me to leave, the party had kicked in to full swing with the conservatory alive with dancing and celebration!
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