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Our Connecticut wedding was a dream. It was the perfect place to have a wedding since we had family coming from New York, Massachusetts and Pennsylavania. We also chose to have our wedding in Connecticut because that’s where Mike and I met in high school.
We also loved having the wedding in Essex, Connecticut not only because of the New England charm, but it was a good weekend trip spot for people coming from hours away. There was more to do for everyone than just go to our wedding.
Keep on reading to see which vendors we used for our wedding in Connecticut, and of course, our photos!
The Hotel We Picked for Our Connecticut Wedding: Griswold Inn
Griswold Inn is a cluster of old homes and buildings made into one hotel covering the “downtown” area. It’s been in movies and tv shows, was the spot for protests for Women’s Rights, and housed guests and workers who made a stop at the river by Griswold Inn going from Hartford to New York on the steamboat.
Our guests loved the location of Griswold Inn since it’s a walkable area with cute shops like an ice cream store. They could also walk down to the pier and watch the boats.
Vendors We Picked for Our Wedding in Connecticut
Photos by Tony Yang of I Wanna Marry – He did my cousin’s engagement and wedding photos and is amazing. He also took photos for a high school acquaintance’s wedding after they saw his work for my wedding.
Connecticut wedding reception at the Lace Factory – Out of all the wedding venues in Connecticut that we saw, we loved the Lace Factory the best because it didn’t feel like a wedding mill. It is a beautiful and unique menu.
Hotel at Griswold Inn – This is pretty close by to Connecticut wedding venue, Griswold Inn, so it’s really convenient to get to/from the wedding reception. We hired a bus to get everyone over. Unfortunately I don’t have the name of the company.
Custom Bridesmaid Dresses by RenzRags ($108-129 each)
Matching Bridesmaid Robes by Silk and More ($19 each)
Shoes by Ann Taylor ($40 on sale) + Lace Applique ($8)
total steal but if you’re looking for really comfortable wedding shoes, check out Bella Belle Shoes. I wish I had known about them when I got married!
Groom’s Suit by Brooks Brothers
Beautiful, Comfortable Wedding Heels You’ll Want for Your Connecticut Wedding
When I got married, I opted to make my own wedding heels with lace appliqué because I really wanted comfortable shoes.
If I had known about Bella Belle’s comfortable wedding heels, I would’ve totally worn these instead as their shoes are both stunning and gorgeous!
They even have gorgeous wedding flats and sandals if you don’t like heels or have a beach wedding.
Essex, Connecticut Wedding Photos
Storytelling photos are by Tony & Olya of I Wanna Marry
Our wedding turned out beautifully even though my parents weren’t able to be there. If you also have deceased parents, here are my tips for remembering loved ones at wedding.
Have any questions about our Connecticut wedding? Please let me know in the comments below!
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