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This wedding is definitely proof that when you pick a spectacular venue like the Lord Thompson Manor, the hard work is just about done for you. Isn’t this place incredible? This was a traditional, romantic celebration that was a perfect fit for the Manor itself – just like the bride’s cathedral length veil and tiara!  The only extra decorations required?  Florals in a pretty, fresh palette of white and peach.  See more below!

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Tell us about your beautiful venue. Our reception was at the Lord Thompson Manor in Thompson, Connecticut, a beautiful country estate. This venue is unique because you stay there for the whole weekend, Friday-Sunday. It’s amazing – you spend time with family and friends (bridal party) on Friday, and we had our rehearsal dinner there too. The Manor set up one long table for over 40 people – it was insane! There are rooms at the Manor for the bridal party and family to stay in. Then you wake up Saturday to get ready for the wedding (in the venue’s spa for the girls, in the rooms at the Manor for the guys, and then Sunday morning we had a big send-off brunch with everyone. It was the best weekend of our lives spent with all of our favorite people at a truly magical place.

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What was the best advice you received as a bride? To take it all in as much as possible on the day because it goes by so fast. I remember waking up and reading a card from Zach around 7am and already crying (our Maid of Honor and Best Man delivered cards and gifts we got each other that morning.) I was so excited and nervous – I knew I had to just breathe and cherish every minute. It was really amazing to be surrounded by our favorite people. Everyone was so excited!

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Did you include any traditions in your wedding? Yes, we tried to keep the wedding as traditional as possible. Jacky did follow the bride’s tradition of having something old, new borrowed and blue. We slept apart the night before and spent some quality time with our groomsmen and bridesmaids. It was difficult being apart! We were both so excited and just wanted to see each other.

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The Ceremony

Why did you choose this location for your ceremony? Christ Church in Pomfret, Connecticut is the church that Jacky grew up attending with her family. It is a beautiful and intimate setting – the chapel is filled with stained glass windows and offers a unique and romantic setting.

Who officiated your ceremony? How did you choose him/her? The Rector of Christ Church, Reverend David M. Carter, officiated our ceremony. He has been at Christ Church since 1996, and it was important to Jacky to get married in the church she grew up attending. Thankfully Zach was very supportive, even though it was not the church he grew up going to.

How did you go about planning your ceremony?  We planned our ceremony ourselves and modeled it to be fairly traditional in regards to the music and the service itself. It was important to us to have family members involved with it, so we each had a member of our family do a reading. Jacky’s friend and former dance team coach from UConn, Sarah Harrington, offered advice and a beautiful template for the layout of the ceremony, including music and text that we fell in love with.

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What were your ceremony readings? Jacky’s cousin Ryan Augustus read the poem I Carry Your Heart With Me by e e cummings, and Zach’s Godfather read I Corinthians 13.

Did you include any traditions in your ceremony? We recited traditional vows instead of writing our own. We were both a bit nervous that we’d be too emotional to get through saying our own –and there’s something really romantic about reciting vows that have married people for years and years.

What were your vows like? We chose traditional Episcopal vows from the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer.

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? Zach: “When we were announced as Mr. and Mrs. Zachary Putnam and then turned to walk down the aisle – seeing the looks of love and happiness on all of our friends and family’s faces.”

What was your ceremony music? Processional – Canon in D by Pachabel / Procession of the Bride – Bridal Chorus by Wagner / Recessional – Wedding March by Mendelssohn.

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What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Be kind to yourselves and know that this is your one day to do what you want; try not to stress about things that other people might have an opinion about and just do what makes you happy! It will be the best day of your life.

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Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Spend money on things that are important to you like having amazing pictures or great music. We had the most amazing photographer, Ashley Largesse, who made our day even more fun and amazing. Weddings are expensive and the costs of things add up quickly and can be overwhelming—we knew what our big ticket items were and came to terms with that fairly quickly. We also kept a fairly detailed spreadsheet of all of the wedding expenses so that we could see how much we were spending from beginning to end.

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The Reception 

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What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? Our favorite part of the reception was during the Best Man and Maid of Honor speeches. The staff at the Manor gathers everyone to the side garden, where the Best Man and Maid of Honor stand on a balcony above everyone and give their toasts, which serves as the kick-off to the evening. It was magical and both of our best friends gave incredible and touching speeches. Then our photographer Ashley Largesse magically appeared on the roof of the Manor (she literally climbed out a window) and took an aerial shot of everyone toasting us in the side garden.

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Why did you choose this location for your reception? The Manor is so incredible, and the team there and the owners pay attention to the smallest details. When you walk in it literally takes your breath away – the level of attention and care that they put into every last detail from the food presentation, to the décor in each room, the timeline… everything! They run a tight ship there, and since we’re both Type A that was great for us.

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? We wanted it to be traditional, romantic and fun. Both of our parents have been married for many years (Zach’s parents for 45 years, and Jacky’s parents for 28) so they were a huge inspiration for us, and we wanted to pay homage to that and have a wedding that reflected love and family. We loved the heirloom touches in the overall design and feel of each room within the Manor…it was very elegant. It felt like a dream!

Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about? Both of us combined are the worst DIY-ers ever, so basically nothing was DIY. With a venue like the Manor, you really don’t need to do any DIY special details because the venue is spectacular and each room has a beautiful design and decorations. They have an incredible inventory and can tailor it to each couple, down to the type of cutlery, candelabras, table cloths, the list goes on!

What type of cake or dessert did you serve? We had a three-tiered cake that was half chocolate, half vanilla (we couldn’t decide!) with buttercream frosting.

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What was your first dance song? Our first dance song was Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, but we danced to a slower, more acoustic version.

If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? Nothing! We joke that we should fake split up so we can get married at the Manor all over again!

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Raja & Christina’s Welcome Dinner was a special night of celebration. Family and friends came from all far and wide to celebrate their joy and love on this summer eve. Lord Thompson Manor’s impeccable staff served the al fresco meal while the wedding party toasted the upcoming nuptials of the Bride & Groom. It’s always a pleasure to document this night of festive anticipation before the wedding day begins.
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Lord Thompson Manor Wedding Photos by Ct. Boston NYC Wedding Photographer TAB PhotographicMost of the time, I come into writing my posts with thoughts on how I can do the day justice, with some words and my photos. And while photos can say 1000 words, and my words, well…. The way I ramble on can be a few thousand words… I’m truly unsure I can do this wedding justice. It was, pretty much, perfect. There was a delay in the day when a transportation shuttle didn’t do any transporting but I guess there needed to be a slow down somewhere in the day. Because it surely didn’t happen anywhere else, because every other part of this day…. S-P-E-C-T-A-C-U-L-A-R!!!! Seriously. Lord Thompson Manor Wedding Photos by Ct. Boston NYC Wedding Photographer TAB PhotographicEven when the shuttle didn’t do the shuttling, Ted and Danielle orchestrated transportation and made it happen as quick as they could… Plus, every, EVERY wedding has been late this year with some part so why stop that trend… GRRRRR………

Really though, even Megan calls it perfectly – “Josh and I had the most perfect day. From the weather to the most amazing venue ever to the most amazing staff ever (Ted, Danielle, Kate), to the music and the endless food and to you-for being so fun and creative and organized the day of and we are already blown away with the few pictures you have posted. I could go on forever about how awesome the day was-it was truly a fairytale for us and the best start to the rest of our lives together :)”

Since nothing I write will really do this wedding the justice it needs, the photos will have to do the speaking here, I’ll keep it short. And long story short, these two met while drunk on a beach at spring break!!! “Cancun #Springbreakshulmans” (okay, they were NOT drunk… but from what I heard, they did talk hours into the evening…)

2016-10-05_0051From there, I think they both knew they were in this for the long haul… From spring break to the moment when they saw each other during the first look which was simply magical… Their family watching from the balconies of the Manor. Tears on everyones faces… Gosh these moments. It also happens to be Megan’s top one. “Our first look-will never forget that moment when we saw each other and both just started crying (expected for josh but not for me ? “

The ceremony, so sweet. All the guests made it there with enough time to mingle and the person marrying them, someone who has been in Josh’s life since growing up. That helped make one of the most important pieces of the day come together “The ceremony. Having one of Josh’s best friends from growing up marry us and his other 2 friends play our ceremony music with our family and friends by our side as we shared the vows we wrote together was just beyond special.”

From here… They have some big plans… Megan might have a couple more that Josh doesn’t know about hopefully travel the world ( in-between grad school for me and campaigns for josh) then eventually have some kiddos and hopefully more bulldogs…but shhh josh doesn’t know that part of it yet!” 

But I guess he does now. ?

 

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Every time we post a blog of Lord Thompson Manor, we fall in love all over again.  This truly is a magical place.  Jackie & Andrew (the owners) and Ted (your on-site personal attendant) are some of the most spectacular people we’ve ever met.   When Kat & Brian, who found LTM on our blog, reach out to say they had booked the Manor, we were ecstatic.  We knew it would be an epic collaboration.  Together, Kat & Brian are perfect for one another because he’s caring and easy going and she is passionate and enthusiastic.  Kat doesn’t shy from going over the top and Brian is quick to reel her in (sounds like they’ve been married for years already!!)  Between myself, Jackie, and Kat I’d say we took this one to a whole new level.

Have you seen the new back patio at the Manor? The use this space for rehearsal dinners (where everything is on-site) so you can relax, enjoy your evening, and your guests dont have to worry about traveling!

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With bright purple and magenta flowers, those doors never looked so welcoming!

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AH! THE DRESS.  I’m pretty sure it weighed more than her!

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Hints of purple everywhere.

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We were running just a tad behind with the morning hair & make-up, I was trying to move quickly so we could get her to the first look on time when Kat told me, “I’ve been waiting my entire life for these bridal solo shots, Brian can wait a few extra minutes”.  It was at that moment, for the first time, I had wished I was the one marrying her.  ?  #perfectbride

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The handsome men!!

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One of the most emotional first looks we’ve ever witnessed!

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The veil, the dress, the light, I love it all!

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A stunning bride!!

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These two had us giggling the whole night- it was the first time they had met!! (Be sure to book The Harris Co. when you get engaged guys!! ?

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The ceremony setting was out of a fairtale.

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Yes, purple everything- even champagne!

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Killer end of the night shot!

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Thank you to Kat & Brian for making this one of the most memorable events of the season.  Kat- I’m so grateful for allowing me to take complete creative freedom and Brian- thanks for putting up with me all day ? I hope it was worth it!!

xoxo Makayla Jade

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Brendan + Ryan were married this fall at Lord Thompson Manor, one of my very favorite places in Connecticut to work, of so many reasons. The way they treat everyone just makes me never feel like I am ‘working’ it feels more like a family all pulling together for our friends. Brendan + Ryan are also two of the most open and loving people, with such style and attention to detail it made my heart and eyes sing so loud! No detail was left out- and between these two lovelies and the staff at the Manor AND the ladies of Jubilee Events doing their thang?? It was a wedding for the books, baby!

The day was dramatic throughout only due to the weather that threatened rain up until literally moments before their ceremony was supposed to start, so inside we went for the ceremony! Hana Floral set up their over the top amazing florals inside and our officiant Mary Coburn did her thing. Her words are always so insightful and deep and I find myself getting really absorbed in what she says about each of my clients that she speaks on. It’s truly a beautiful part of the day, and one that sometimes can get overlooked for details or food or dancing. The ceremony and the act of getting married is what the entire day is truly all about. They chose each other to spend the entirety of their lives together, forever and to share that day with us all. It is such a beautiful part of the day, I truly love losing myself in all of the words and love. It gives me hope each and every time that I will find that for myself one day too! I love being inspired by the love my clients have for each other, can I just shout about what an amazing job I have?

Brendan + Ryan, thank you so so much for trusting us with your day, for opening up and allowing me to see you both for who you are! You are beautiful people, inside and out! XOXOXO

my creative partners for the day!

second photographer: Joel Callaway

officiant: Mary Coburn

venue: Lord Thompson Manor, Thompson CT

design + planning: Diana Chouinard of Jubilee Events, Cheshire CT

suit: Tom Ford

cuff links: Alexander McQueen

shoes: Christian Louboutin

floral: Hana Floral, Noank CT

paper: Coral Pheasant Stationery + Design

entertainment: Kerry Beach + Elan Artists, NYC

cake: On the Rise Bakery, MA

 

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Photo below by Joel Callaway

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It was as though a few pages were torn from an old fairy tale storybook, and reenacted play by play. An old fair tale of strapping gentleman and lovely ladies, of class and elegance…but all woven together with a common theme of love and family. Hannah and Jake’s wedding at Lord Thompson Manor was everything we want every wedding to be – the bridal party was AMAZING to work with, their families were both humorous and easy going, each detail was meticulously thought through and planned, the venue staff was second to none, and the bride and groom were two of the sweetest and kind-hearted people we’ve ever met. Hannah worked tirelessly for months to plan this destination wedding, all from being at the opposite side of the country, and it all paid off on her wedding day when everything came together perfectly…including the weather holding up when the forecast was grim all week.

Venue: LORD THOMPSON MANOR
Photographer: ALICIA ANN PHOTOGRAPHERS
Makeup Artist: SIMPLY GORGEOUS BY ERIN
Dress Boutique: Maggie Sotterro  from PAPER AND PETALS BRIDAL
Florist: Jackie at LORD THOMPSON MANOR
DJ: Entertainment Concepts
Ceremony Music: Fensgate Chamber Players
Cake Design: ERICA O’BRIEN
Shoes: JIMMY CHOO
Tux: BROOKS BROTHERS
Bridesmaid Dresses: JOANNA AUGUST
Jewelry: BARBARA FOLEY

 

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One of the things I loved that Hannah and Jake did was a modified first look. They are very traditional and wanted to hold true to the tradition of her parents walking her down the aisle…but they also wanted plenty of time for portraits. Their modified first look took place in the same area as their ceremony, and Hannah had that “aisle moment” right from her first look. Her parents escorted her up the aisle and with tears in both their eyes, Hannah and Jake exchanged their vows in the presence of their closest friends and family. 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