Two Less Fish In the Sea: A Connecticut Wedding

IMG_8973A few weeks ago I took a trip to Connecticut for one of my closest friend, Aschlee’s wedding. Being in the wedding party, I arrived a day early to make sure I would get there on time. I spent the first evening and most of the following day with my mom and dad checking out the garden and doing my nails. Then my friend Michelle and I headed over to the Mystic Marriott were the festivities were set to happen.

Running later than we expected, we met up with the rest of the wedding party in Groton at Esker Point Beach  for the wedding rehearsal. The arch was set in place and we imagined the chairs, aisle, and band. The rehearsal didn’t take very long. We quickly ran through the ceremony, walking down the aisle, the readings, and walking back. It was all very relaxed and chilled. I only imagined what the actual wedding day would be like.

We headed to the hotel, checked into our room, put down our things, and ran downstairs to the rehearsal dinner. The food was absolutely delicious! I had the steak and the dessert was even better. If you are ever at the Mystic Marriott be sure to stop by their restaurant inside. We talked and laughed and then all headed up to Aschlee and Jason’s room where we talked and laughed even more. Eventually it got pretty late and we all retired to our own rooms, getting some rest for the following big day.

We had a relatively late morning, getting up around 8:30am and headed down to get our hair and makeup done. We were having it done at the spa in the hotel. I decided to just have my hair done and got it pulled up with a braid that was just stunning. Everyone’s hair came out amazing as well and Michelle and Becky got their makeup done as well. They looked beautiful. We rushed back to our rooms to dress and then headed to Aschlee’s room where we helped her into her dress and with her finishing touches, her shoes and veil. Thinking about it now, I wish I had taken more pictures, but being in the bridal party makes picture taking very difficult.

We headed in a shuttle to the beach and unloaded, keeping Aschlee in the shuttle until the last moment. We paired up as we had the day before and headed down the aisle. Then they rolled out a white hearted strip for Aschlee to walk down. Seeing her in her white gown coming down the aisle, she looked stunning. All I could think was, we used to play when we were kids in preschool. Where has the time gone? How are we old enough to be getting married?

© Michelle Vannasse

Aschlee and Jason said their vows and the ceremony concluded with a kiss and everyone following them down the aisle back towards the parking lot. It was wonderful. They looked so happy. We took some time taking photos. First were the family photos. Then the wedding party was stationed in front of the arch. The photographer directed us a bit, arm down, arm on hip, jackets over shoulders, etc. Dway, Becky’s husband helped a bit here and there. Next he did the groomsmen and then the bridal party without much direction. His main thing was act natural, we’d all look at each other and ask what everyone was doing. I only hope they came out as good as the photographer believes they did.

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© Aschlee Riendeau

We jumped in another shuttle and headed back to the hotel where the reception was taking place. We took a few moments to readjust our hair and makeup in our own private wedding party room, getting ready for the wedding party introductions. Then we lined up and headed into the reception one at a time. Aschlee and Jason were last and had their first dance.

The rest of the reception was a blur. There was an open bar and they had a band and a DJ which alternated playing so everyone could dance. The food was amazing. Once again I had the steak, but the chicken and veggie dishes looked just as delicious. Dessert was one of the best cupcakes I ever had with a lemon raspberry filling. The reception was so much fun it went by too fast and they even extended it.

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About 20 minutes before the music stop we snuck up to our rooms to get ready for the after party at Mohegan Sun, one of the few casinos in Connecticut. We rode over with Dway and Becky and met up with the rest of the wedding party waiting for Aschlee and Jason. They finally arrived and then we all split up. Some people wanted to play the slot machines, others wanted to go to the non-smoking section, and others just wanted to keep drinking. I wanted to play a few slot machines and see if there were any free concerts going on that night. Eventually we all met back up at one of the bars. We talked some more and had a drink before deciding to grab a bite to eat and head back to the hotel. It was a crazy long day.

Aschlee and Jason’s wedding was absolutely beautiful and amazing, from the beach location to the live band it was a day that everyone is sure to remember. I wish them both all the happiness in the world and thank them for a wonderful opportunity for a short getaway from Los Angeles.

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