Featured Wedding // Melissa + Jaimie's Art Deco Inspired Wedding

Vintage, art-deco inspired, Melissa and Jaimie's wedding day was largely inspired by the bride's love affair with the fashion and elegance of the 1920s. Another important piece of the puzzle for the bride was "winter". Melissa had always dreamed of a winter wedding, and when Jaimie suggested 12/13/14 the rest just fell into place. A DIY wedding if you've ever seen one, the bride and her mom (along with some wonderful guest appearances from some lovely friends and family) did everything from the invites, to the runner, to the centerpieces to the favors. You name it, the bride had her hands on it at some point in the planning process!

The bride kept her gown a secret, even from her bridesmaids. Only her mom and grandmother saw the gown, so there were quite a few reveals and priceless reactions with the first look at the gown! The gown (from Alfred Angelo, Manchester CT) which was a beautiful satin in a unique pearl color was adorned with a lace jacket enclosed with tons of tiny buttons in back for the ceremony and some photos. Keeping the vintage theme, Melissa wore a birdcage veil and red satin t-strap pumps for a pop of color. (once the party really got going, the bride switched to a pair of sparkly red Converse sneakers!)

The bridal party all wore a charcoal grey, gentleman with a red rose boutonniere and the ladies carried a single long-stemmed red rose. The men wore batman socks (a nod to the groom's fondness of the caped crusader) and the girls each wore a silver bracelet stamped with the coordinates of a special place for her and the bride.

A monogram reminiscent of that of Mr. Gatsby, brought together the bride and grooms initials in an element that could be found throughout all aspects of the wedding. Bold black and white stripes filled The Chapel (at The Inn at Villa Bianca, Seymour CT) as the floor and wall runner, while tablecloths and table runners with the same bold stripe adorned the cocktail and dinner tables at Aria (Wedding and Banquet Facility, Prospect CT). Centerpieces were made up of assorted metal and glass candlesticks, grouped to create a feel of walking into an antique shop and grabbing a collection of vintage items added to the brides 1920s theme. Random red pieces were added to the groupings to add a pop of color to an otherwise simple color scheme. Table numbers were painted onto silver picture frames that held pages of the book "Love Letters of Great Men"; beautiful passages and personal letters from former leaders of countries and kingdoms to their beloved wives and lovers.

With a wedding in December, the couple just had to make a nod to the Christmas season; so each guest's name was hung with a vintage Christmas ornament on a beautiful display built by Jaimie and the bride's father. Melissa and Jaimie are all about family, so it was very important to them that their parents had a special seats at the reception. The bride dreamed up the idea of three sweetheart tables. One for his parents, one for hers and in the middle, one for the happy, newly married, couple.

The most important thing about the wedding, for both the bride and groom, was for the entire day to be fun, relaxed and a day to remember. Family and friends surrounded the dance floor (and bar!) all day long. Everyone enjoyed amazing food, a dance-off between the bride and her brother, a now traditional dance to the song "Apache" by the men, special dances by the newlyweds and their parents and signature drinks too! The day was full of laughs, excitement, happy tears and lots of love.

Melissa and Jaimie have since named their wedding day "the best day ever!"

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The Chapel at The Inn at Villa Bianca

Aria Wedding and Banquet Facility

Angela Maria Photography

Alfred Angelo (bridal grown + bridesmaid dresses)

Panache Hair Design (Shelton, CT)

Flowers by Danielle (Trumbull, CT)

Chimirri's Pastry Shop (Wethersfield, CT)

James Daniel Entertainment, Sean "Big Daddy" McKee

Tim Maynard / Classical Guitar (Avon/Manchester, CT)

Gary Zenobia, Justice of the Peace

Modern Formals (men's attire)