Destination Wedding Photographer | Connecticut: Candlelight Farms Inn | Stacy & Joe
Stacy will be the first to admit that she is totally spoiled. And it’s kind of true. The terrible thing is that Stacy is one of the sweetest, kindest, most loving people I’ve ever met so she pretty much deserves it all. This includes two weddings for her and Joe! (Check out the pictures from their Philadelphia wedding here and their engagement session here.) Joe is a city boy from Philly but Stacy considers herself a country girl at heart. It was important to Stacy that she have a wedding that represented the Connecticut side of her life, where she grew up with her very tight family. She wanted something loose and casual but still beautiful. Something that encouraged cowboy boots, tractors, games, horses, dueling pianos, and fabulous vistas.
This second wedding was held in New Milford, Connecticut at the Candlelight Farms Inn. The day didn’t quite start to Stacy’s vision. When she asked for this wedding, she expected sun, not ominous rainclouds. The bridal party was glued to the windows waiting to see what would happen with the weather.
But the rain did stop for a while and we had glorious skies for Stacy and Joe’s first look and walking around the property for pictures of the two of them before the ceremony.
The large bridal party (10 bridesmaids, 13 groomsmen, 2 flower girls, 2 sign boys, and a ring bearer) was so much fun. The purple popped against the overcast sky and the cowboy boots were perfection!
I’m guessing someone somewhere got the note that Stacy is to be spoiled on her wedding day, the sun came out right before Stacy walked down the aisle and stayed out for the entire ceremony. I really couldn’t believe it.
Cocktail hour on the split level property included so many goodies for the guests: bocce ball, horseshoes, croquet, a photo wall, cheese displays, French fries, sno cones, beer in a canoe, a hay bale lounge, and two sisters in the bucket of a backhoe!
Stacy said that the twirling was one of her favorite parts about that Justin Alexander frock.
The reception for the 270 guests was held in a large tent with interior trees, dueling piano players, hula hoops, sparklers, sunglasses, and picnic benches for dinner tables. The rain started again just as guests were ushered under cover. Power went out for a few minutes during the toasts but this didn’t faze anyone one bit!
They shared their first dance to “Only You Can Love Me This Way” by Keith Urban.
The rest of the night was a blur of dancing, food, and laughter.
And there’s no one that comes close to you
Could ever take your place
‘Cause only you can love me this way
~ Keith Urban, “Only You Can Love Me This Way”
Dress Shop: Jay West Bridal
Shoes: Justin Boots
Hair: Salon Couture