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November 02, 2016

“Becca & Paul were married in New Fairfield, Connecticut. They had their ceremony at the Candlewood Clubhouse, the community where Becca spent her summers growing up. They had a beautiful, rustic ceremony by the lake, which was followed by a reception hall where all of the decorations and centerpieces were DIY. It takes a bride with vision to pull of this kind of creativity, and a mom that’s excited to help! Between Becca and her mom, they made all of the decorations, table settings, flower arrangements, and even put together the doors that were a backdrop for the ceremony. Everything looked amazing and it was like Pinterest came to life when you entered the hall.” –Forever Photography

We're swooning over this stunning rainy lakeside wedding!
We love all of the nautical DIY'd details for this dreamy lakeside wedding!
We love all of the nautical DIY'd details for this dreamy lakeside wedding!
Gorgeous details for this rainy lakeside wedding!
We love this Bride's blue wedding shoes and stunning dress for the big day!
We love the story behind this meaningful keepsake!
Sweet snap of the Bride and her Bridesmaids getting ready!
The beautiful Bride getting ready for the big day!
The beautiful Bride getting ready for the big day!
Great snap of the Bride and her Bridesmaids before the ceremony!
The handsome Groom getting ready for the big day!
We are swooning over this stunning ring shot!
We love this super romantic first look in the lakeside gazebo!
We love this super romantic first look in the lakeside gazebo!
We love this super romantic first look in the lakeside gazebo!
We love this super romantic first look in the lakeside gazebo!
We love this invitation and ring shot snap in one! Stunning!
We love all of the nautical DIY'd details for this dreamy lakeside wedding!
How darling are these handmade ceremony programs and sign?! LOVE!
We love these lavender bouquets lining the ceremony!
We love this dreamy ceremony backdrop!
We love these Bridesmaid's and their lavender bouquets!
We're crushing on this dreamy rainy lakeside ceremony!
We're crushing on this dreamy rainy lakeside ceremony!
We're crushing on this dreamy rainy lakeside ceremony!
The first kiss as Mr. and Mrs!
We're in love with this Mr. and Mrs. and their stunning lakeside wedding!
We're in love with this Mr. and Mrs. and their stunning lakeside wedding!
We're in love with this Mr. and Mrs. and their stunning lakeside wedding!
We're in love with this Mr. and Mrs. and their stunning lakeside wedding!
We're in love with this Mr. and Mrs. and their stunning lakeside wedding!
We're in love with this Mr. and Mrs. and their stunning lakeside wedding!
We're in love with this Mr. and Mrs. and their stunning lakeside wedding!
We're in love with this Mr. and Mrs. and their stunning lakeside wedding!
We're in love with this Mr. and Mrs. and their stunning lakeside wedding!
We're in love with this Mr. and Mrs. and their stunning lakeside wedding!
How stunning is this rainy lakeside umbrella photo?! We LOVE rainy weddings!
How stunning is this rainy lakeside umbrella photo?! We LOVE rainy weddings!
How stunning is this rainy lakeside umbrella photo?! We LOVE rainy weddings!
Sweet snap of the Bride + Groom and their wedding party!
We're obsessed with this stunning DIY'd lemonade stand at this couples cocktail reception!
We love this bathtub full of monogrammed water at the reception!
We're obsessed with this stunning DIY'd popcorn bar at this couples cocktail reception!
We love this stunning lakeside reception!
Darling welcome table at this gorgeous lakeside wedding!
How cute is this Happily Ever After DIY'd card holder mailbox?! We're in LOVE!
SO many stunning details at this gorgeous lakeside wedding!
SO many stunning details at this gorgeous lakeside wedding!
SO many stunning details at this gorgeous lakeside wedding!
SO many stunning details at this gorgeous lakeside wedding!
Awesome handmade menu's made by the crafty bride herself!
SO many stunning details at this gorgeous lakeside wedding!
SO many stunning details at this gorgeous lakeside wedding!
SO many stunning details at this gorgeous lakeside wedding!
SO many stunning details at this gorgeous lakeside wedding!
SO many stunning details at this gorgeous lakeside wedding!
SO many stunning details at this gorgeous lakeside wedding!
SO many stunning details at this gorgeous lakeside wedding!
SO many stunning details at this gorgeous lakeside wedding!
SO many stunning details at this gorgeous lakeside wedding!
We love this darling dessert bar!
We love this darling cut cake!
Super sweet first dance as Mr. and Mrs!
Fun dancing feet flip flops for their fun filled reception!
How fun is this Bride's Mother during their flash mob reception?! LOVE!
What's better than a Just Married golf cart?! Nothing!!
We're in LOVE with these handmade Do Not Disturb door hangers the Bride made!

What is your favorite wedding day memory?

As weird as this is going to sound, the rain is really what made our day. If you had asked the week of our wedding, I would have said that the rain would have been a huge pitfall, but the week before we drove and bought 50 umbrellas and some Hunter boots from Nordstrom and said bring on the rain. Although we lost a lot of the awesome things we had put a lot of work into with plans for an outdoor ceremony, cocktail party and dessert bar, I wouldn’t have traded the weather for anything. Our ceremony ended up being in a tent in the parking lot and having our ceremony is such close quarters made it so intimate. Here we are in this open tent with everyone we loved and the only “walls” we had were the rain keeping everyone together. When my dad walked me down the aisle to Paul, there was just this moment of quiet and comfort and calm that only my husband and a good rainstorm can bring. Now whenever it rains I get these happy memories from those moments.

What did you DIY for your wedding?

It would probably be significantly easier to list the things we didn’t do ourselves! My Husband and I weren’t super picky about anything, we just wanted a good party and neither of us could have cared less what color the table cloths were so that’s where my Mom came in. So when I say DIY, I mean I found something I thought was cool on Pinterest and I sent it to my Mom who actually found a way to make it ours and make it happen. My Mom is an actual superhero. I would send her ideas for things and they would be made and in our living room the next time I visited home.

I designed and made all the paper things {Save the dates, invites, menus, do not disturb signs, programs and envelopes} in Photoshop. We made my belt for the wedding, all the hotel gifts, all the signs, decorations, vignettes. We didn’t get rentals for anything besides our tables and chairs. My Mom bought all of the table cloths and bought and hand made 200 napkins into flowers. She took the Costco bulk flowers and made all of our bouquets, centerpieces and hanging flowers. My Dad built the alter for our ceremony, as well as a lemonade stand and popcorn bar for the cocktail hour. The venue is a completely blank clubhouse so every detail, every photograph, every table, chair and vase was handpicked by my Mom and I throughout planning.

I wanted it to feel like a family party so I wanted mismatched plates and centerpieces and antiques all over. My Mom spent every weekend for 10 months going to tag sales and thrift stores and acquiring every single item while my amazing Dad build everything she couldn’t find.

Did you have a something old, new, borrowed and blue?

For my Something Old, I’m named after my Grandpa Lou, he and I were very close. My Mom had one of his old favorite ties cut into a heart and filled with lavender {our families favorite scent} which I had tucked in my dress. For my Something New, my Husband gave me earrings the morning of, which were beautiful! For my Something Borrowed, m Bridesmaid Jordan was wearing a really pretty necklace to my rehearsal dinner and I had forgotten to pick one up to wear with my wedding dress so she graciously let me borrow it to wear day of. Lastly, my Something Blue we’re my wedding shoes!

Any advice for brides currently in the planning process?

Remind yourself that the majority of the day is just a party. Things will go wrong and it won’t matter. Those programs you spent hours designing that didn’t ship on time, they won’t be missed because nobody knew they were going to be there in the first place. The reason you are there is to commit yourself to your partner in front of the people who are the most important. It may rain, but in the end you are starting a new chapter in your life with the person who matters most and that is all that a wedding is about. -Becca, the bride

Event Credits

Photographer: Forever Photography // Videographer: Precious Moments // Venue: Candlewood Knolls Clubhouse // Wedding Planner: Nancy Herbert // Florist: Costco // Catering + Cake: Event Caterers // Invitations: CatPrint // DJ: Superior Sounds // Transportation: First Student Inc. // Engagement Ring: Sackowitz Jewelers // Bride's Attire: David's Bridal // Bride's Shoes: DSW // Bridesmaid's Attire: David's Bridal // Hair: Christie & Company // Make-up: Cheri Haller // Groom's + Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Warehouse


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