Hollywood loves Stonington Borough CT (“Hope Springs” with Meryl Streep is the latest movie shot there), a bit of Maine or Martha’s Vineyard squeezed into the southeast corner of the state. Hilary and Ryan love this place too, and set their upbeat, super-summery wedding down in the Borough at the Calvary Church and up the road at the Salt Water Farm Vineyard.
As an aside…this is funny…last summer Hilary’s mom Sally contacted us and I had to laugh–I grew up in Cheshire down the street from them! Back to their wedding…Hilary and the girls got ready at the Inn at Stonington with Jane shooting a fun walkabout in town while Ryan and his band of pirates (see photo) stopped by the Dodge Paddock conservancy down on the water. Then onto the ceremony, where Ryan’s brother Michael–a great pianist–performed beautifully as did Hilary’s bridesmaid who sang amazingly…quite a talented group. Salt Water Farm Vineyard has to be among the coolest places to share a drink with friends, looking out over the salt marshes towards Rhode Island with the Acela train flying by in the distance. Great atmosphere for a party, which started with Hilary and Ryan’s whirling dervish first dance (to Veronica Martell and her band)….loved that dance! And it continued with Hilary’s brother Paul MC-ing a great evening of speeches before more dancing.
Flowers seem to appear in every photo–another awesome burst of floral creativity by Yumiko of Hana Floral Design from her colorful bouquets to the towering Hydrangeas on the tables. Such a fun wedding to photograph–it was great to see Hilary’s family again and to catch up with her cousin Tony who I played rugby with at Colby.
Congratulations Hilary and Ryan!! Thanks so much for having us document your day! To see many more pics click here…