Another busy September weekend concluded with a small Ceremony & Reception at the beautiful Mystic Yachting Center. Melissa & Chet were married outside by the water, with a backdrop of docked boats and the Long Island Sound. The Ceremony began at roughly 1:15, with about 50 guests seated outside on the lawn near a gravel walkway leading to the boat yard.
During the Ceremony, the couple performed a ritual known as the “WIne Box Ceremony”. For those of you unfamiliar, I will explain this unique Ceremony tradition. The Bride & Groom both write love letters to each other on their Wedding Day. The letters are sealed in separate envelopes. During their vows, the couple places the unread letters in a box, along with a bottle of Wine and 2 glasses. The box is sealed, tied or closed in some way. In a desired time during their marriage, 5, 10, 20 years, the couple opens the box, drinks the Wine and reads the letters written to each other. This is a way to relive the feeling that each felt for the other on their special day.
As the couple Receeded to pictures, the guests were moved inside to the downstairs room of the Yachting Center for a cocktail hour. Guests enjoyed appetizers, an open bar and got to socialize before Dinner. At approximately 2:15 the guests were moved upstairs to the Main Ballroom for Dinner and the Reception portion of the day. The couple was introduced along with parents and their Bridal Party, which consisted of about 8 young children which were close friends or family. The couple was introduced to “The Power of Love” by Huey Lewis & the News.
After the couple made their way to their sweetheart table centered near the dance floor, toasts were given by Best Man Tony & Matron of Honor Amy. Tony sarcastically thanked the couple for having their Wedding on the first day of the NFL season. That got some laughs. The great meal by Ocean Blue Catering included Prime Rib, Chicken Francese and a mashed potato station with all the fixings. The couple then danced for the first time together to the song “Brighter Than Sunshine” by Aqualung, which they chose especially for the occasion.
The cake had a Maritime theme, with blue anchors and Navy Blue piping. The cake was cut to “When I’m 64″ by The Beatles, then served by the catering crew within minutes. Chet then danced with his sister, who stepped in for their mom, who was no longer with us but smiling down upon her children on this special occasion. Melissa also danced with dad before the dance floor was opened to guests. The party ended at 5:30, with the sun still shining upon a beautiful late Summer Wedding day.
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