06.14.2010

Athena and John’s Wedding at the Essex Yacht Club in Essex CT

“You’re the real deal” John wrote in his heartfelt letter to Athena, read in their ceremony last Saturday in Essex in a wonderfully warm and fun Connecticut shore wedding.  Athena and John are a great couple and their wedding day really came together beautifully.

In her letter to John, Athena talked about how she’d been thinking about this day and planning her wedding for a long, long time.  Athena grew up in Essex CT (aka, the Best Small Town in America) and wanted her wedding outdoors in the Essex park overlooking the water.

So, precisely at 3:45pm, the downpour stopped, and they held their ceremony outdoors–and it was just great.  The reception at the Essex Yacht Club under a Sperry Tent was also perfect..and the sun shone throughout the cocktail party.

The nautically-inspired red, white, yellow and blue theme was striking and classic coastal New England (the blue striping reminded me of the cabanas at the Chappy Beach Club on Martha’s Vineyard).  And the guys’ Nantucket Red pants (and Nantucket Red cocktails) rounded out the New England feel.

Everyone got ready at our favorite, The Griswold Inn.  We really enjoyed working again with our friends Lindsay and Talia from Sixpence Events who, in addition to all their planning, also design the stationery, seating cards and paper for their wedding.  The preppy flowers were from Hana Floral Design of Mystic.  And DJ Rob played just the right playlist for dinner and dancing to make everyone happy.

Athena and John, fantastic wedding…thanks so much for having us document it for you!!

Essex Sperry Tent Wedding at Essex Yacht Club

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4 Comments on Athena and John’s Wedding at the Essex Yacht Club in Essex CT

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  1. Talia says:

    Gorgeous! Jane and Mike, you truly captured the essence of Athena and John’s wedding. Fun, festive, bright and colorful. Add to that the emotion and warmth on people’s faces, it couldn’t have been more perfect! So great working with you both again!

  2. Athena and John McAlenney says:

    These are SO BEAUTIFUL! You really did capture so many fantastic moments and I can’t wait to see the rest. Thank you to both of you (including John’s long lost cousin Mike!!) for being there with us and for having a great time doing it. We had a ton of fun with you!! Love, John and Athena

  3. Kim L. says:

    I don’t even know these people but the pictures are gorgeous!!! I love b&w under the tree!! Ms. Jane you are talented!

  4. [...] It’s midweek, and we’ve got a reason to swoon. We’re tossing out the anchor in Essex, CT today. IRIS Photography sent over these nautical images, and we’ve been dying to share them with you since the second they landed in our inbox. This perfect New England wedding is sure to put a smile on your face, a wiggle in your step, and an Ahoy! to your morning. The primary color palette, inspired by Nantucket Red, played so well with the maritime ambiance, especially with the always stunning florals from Hana Floral Design. The fun doesn’t stop here either, sail over to IRIS’ blog for more about this great couple! [...]

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