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Lord Thompson Manor Wedding PhotosSo this one time, well, this past weekend to be exact, there was a wedding at what I believe is one of the very best venues in the state. The Lord Thompson Manor. It’s a place where the staff is so great, every single piece of the property is always… Well??? It’s just always perfect. Gosh. And the food… Gosh. I’ll be totally honest, it’s one of the few venues I will actually eat at. All I’m saying is that Lord Thompson Manor and any couple who is lucky enough to have their wedding day there, they made the right choice.

Lord Thompson Manor Wedding PhotosSpeaking of couples, enter Rachel and Steve. Rachel and Steve are one of those couples. One of the ones that some could be jealous of. They’ve been together since pre-school where they first kissed. haha. Okay, maybe it was actually high school when they started talking. I knew from the engagement session that they loved each other. What I learned on their wedding day was that they are even more than that. They know each other’s thoughts. I’m not kidding. They seriously do. On more than one occasion on their wedding day, one or the other would know what the other needed or was thinking. And to top that, they had each others backs with those thoughts. They know what’s important, and it’s the love, and their family. While it may have rained on their day, and I mean…. It rained. It didn’t let up. Like ever. And while it did carry some sad thoughts with it, the reality is that for these guys, it didn’t matter. It wasn’t about the rain, or the weather at all. It was about their perfectly choreographed day. It was about their intimate wedding with only those that are closest to them. And it was… About…. Their love………..

Lord Thompson Manor Wedding PhotosThe moment where all Rachel’s girls got to see her for the first time in her gown… And I can recall the moments when they read each other their vows after that other moment where Rachel and Steve saw each other for the first time. No one else there, just the two of them reading their words, their thoughts and their love. They would repeat them at their ceremony, but the things is, in this moment. When it’s just the two of them. The tears rolled from their eyes, Rachel twisting her hair as Steve shared those words that are just theirs. So many moments from their day. Every moment from their day. All the freakin’ moments – right to the party where the dance floor was filled… It was their day and they started their next chapter that was 10 years in the making…. So with all that and so much more.

Cheers to their love and hey, Rachel & Steve. Thank you so much for inviting TAB into your day!!!!

 

 

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This wedding at Lord Thompson Manor was just unreal. It’s really hard to describe this day… Amazing fall weather combined with gorgeous Bride and Groom, the setting at Lord Thompson Manor and the energy of the guests made it just perfect. We started with bride and groom prep, first look, some wedding pictures here and there, wonderful outdoor wedding ceremony, awesome speeches, and the day ended with everyone rocking out to Wilson Stevens Band. Loved everything about this day and we couldn’t be happier for Sunny and Michael. Cheers to the Newlyweds!

Vendors that helped make this day so incredible: Hair / Makeup / Flowers / Catering / Venue: Lord Thompson Manor, Cake: The Cupcake Chick, Band: Wilson Stevens Band, Gown: The Plumed Serpent Bridal Photography: VO Photography

 Bride getting ready at Lord Thompson Cottage. Bride with her bridesmaids at Lord Thompson Cottage. Yes, sometime you just have to cut it off =). This is such a sweet moment between Bride and her Mom on this beautiful wedding day.Wedding ceremony and reception location: Lord Thompson Manor. Look at the attention to details. Amazing! This cake… Makes us hungry. Outdoor lounge at Lord Thompson Manor. Groom and with groomsmen moments before the first look. Bride and Groom first look at Lord Thompson Manor on their amazing wedding day. Drone photo of the mansion and the entire bridal party. Bride waiting at Lord Thompson’s bridal suite for the ceremony. Caught in the act. Here comes the bride. This was such a beautiful wedding ceremony. Bride and Groom in front of the entrance to Lord Thompson Manor. Here we go, it’s party time =).

We are absolutely in love with Carissa and Ryan’s Lord Thompson Manor wedding. Nestled in the sleepy northeast corner of Connecticut, the historical Lord Thompson Manor was the ideal backdrop to Carissa and Ryan’s wedding day, and the perfect match to their classically elegant eye for fashion. From the light and airy cottage house, to the dark woods of the manor’s billiards room – it seamlessly complimented Carissa’s delicate grace and Ryan’s dapper charm. Every detail of this wedding was flawless, from Carissa’s gown to the napkin rings, the day was truly a dream.

The Coordinated Bride Carissa shares all the details!

Our Love Story

(Ryan and I) met through mutual friends in 2011, who set us up to go on a group dinner with them. We dated for 3 years before we got engaged.  Ryan proposed to me while we were on vacation in Yellowstone National Park, at the summit of Mount Washburn. He carried the ring around with him the entire trip until he found the right opportunity. We were with some friends, and when he took me over to the spot where he proposed, our friends trailed behind to take a video of us. They had glasses and champagne in their backpack so we wasted no time celebrating! It’s really cool that we have the proposal to look back on and watch.

The Wedding Planning

I knew immediately that I wanted to have a romantic/glamorous theme for our wedding. It really fits my style and vision; therefore, I went with the color palette of blush, gold, rose gold and light taupe.  We also were set on finding a venue where we could have a ‘wedding weekend’, since Ryan has a lot of family that live in the south that were going to be travelling up for the wedding.  We wanted to be able to spend time visiting with our family and friends, rather than trying to fit it all into a 6 hour ceremony and reception.

I showed our wedding coordinator at the venue photos from my Pinterest board to help give them an idea of what look we wanted.  The Manor actually did all of the decorating for us, and even used props that they had on site such as picture frames, throw pillows, and lots of candles to bring our vision to life. They decorated the arbor we got married in front of with beautiful flowers and flowy fabric.  We incorporated hints of shimmer and sparkle with the decor, and it came out exactly as I had hoped it would.  Seeing my vision all come together was a pretty cool experience!

Jackie who works at the Manor did all of our flower arrangement for us.  She used different flowers that were in season, and went with the color scheme to create these gorgeous bouquets and centerpieces. While we kept our flower budget on the lower end, they still came out more beautiful than I could’ve imagined.

The Wedding Attire

Once again, wanting to stick with the theme of being romantic and glamorous I choose a dress that had a hint of blush to make it a bit more unique.  I originally wanted to have my hair down; but, with the humidity of July I opted for a last minute change and put it all up, which I am actually glad that I did. The guys all wore matching wore suits that were French blue, with light brown shoes and fun patterned socks.  I feel that created a more relaxed, not quite as formal look to our wedding.

The Wedding Day

I think the most anticipated moment of our special day was when we did our first look.  Our family and bridal party stood up on the balcony overlooking the ceremony spot, while I walked out to Ryan.  Seeing his face as he turned around was such a memorable moment, and having our family and close friends witness that made it even better.  Overall we were really looking forward to just celebrating with everyone and enjoying the day to its fullest.

One of our favorite parts of the wedding for us was the after party!  We had late night snacks that consisted of a hot dog stand, pretzels, homemade cookies and s’mores around the fire pits. Another highlight was the band… they were absolutely incredible!  They had everyone out on the dance floor.  The energy of live music at a wedding is just so magnetic.

Advice for future Coordinated Brides

As with any big event, planning is essential. Prior to the planning, however, it comes down to thinking about and identifying the most important aspects for you both, so that you can know where to dedicate the most resources to make your day what you want it to be.  Find the right people to help you organize and coordinate the wedding on the day of, so that you don’t have to worry and can fully enjoy the precious time of your special day.

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Photographer:  dani. fine photography & image studio // Dress Designer: Lillian West // Dress Store: Elizabeth Ann’s Bridal // Makeup Artist: Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co. // Band:Silver Arrow Band // Reception Venue: Lord Thompson Manor // Submitted via Two Bright Lights

James & Julie’s Lord Thompson Manor wedding was a beautiful day that was a bit different than most weddings we shoot. It was unique because while the couple is high school sweethearts and are HEAD OVER HEALS in love with each other, they both wanted their day to be less about them and more about their friends and family. This made the entire day, and celebration, certainly one to remember! Sometimes we find that couples want the day to be focused mainly on them and what’s surrounding them. James and Julie really wanted us to capture the happiness and candid moments of their day.

Special shout out to all the awesome vendors who made this day perfect (full list of vendors below!) but especially Lord Thompson Manor, their team, and Jackie & Andrew for successfully executing yet another perfect wedding. They always put their own creative touch on everything from the decor to the cooking- which makes our job as the photographer much easier!

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Venue, Florist  + Event Design: Lord Thompson Manor | Hair and Makeup: Blu Hair and Bridal | Stationary: Owl Post Calligraphy | Gown Boutique: Plumed Serpent | Bridesmaid Dresses: Marie’s Bridal Shoppe | Men’s Attire: The Black Tux | Cake: Palmer’s Bakery | Photography: The Harris Co | Band: Silver Arrow Band 

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Emily & Steve’s Elegant Lord Thompson Manor Wedding

Emily and Steve got married on a manic (albeit gorgeous) weather day in October at the Lord Thompson Manor in Thompson Connecticut. There were storms scattered all around the area that day, and there were even brief moments of sunshine while the two said their “I do’s.” Emily was absolutely stunning in a simple dress, and Steve was totally at ease, it was like he’d been waiting all his life to marry Emily. They chose incredibly adorable details that went perfectly with the style of the manor, and hundreds of candles made for a gorgeous intimate feel. We had a fantastic time, and loved getting to work with some new faces as well as some old ones (whom we enjoy immensely.) Enjoy Emily and Steve’s incredible Lord Thompson Manor wedding!

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Venue: Lord Thompson Manor

Cake: Something Sweet by Michelle

Videography: JPOD Productions

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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