Lisa and Matt's wedding day went off without a hitch! It was a wonderful day with early fall-like temperatures and a beautiful clear blue sky (much like their Waveny Park engagement session last October!). Their wedding was a special one for me because I was able to catch up with Lisa's sister and brother-in-law, Lauren and Nyle, one of my 2016 couples! Lisa and Lauren come from such a sweet family, and I was honored to capture the wedding days of both these lovely sisters!
Lisa and Matt met at the West Haven VA Hospital in 2014. At the time, Matt was an optometry resident and Lisa an optometry intern. Lisa's first day of work at the hospital happened to be on Matt's 26th birthday. The first words she ever spoke to Matt were, "Happy Birthday! It's nice to meet you." Seeing that there was definitely something special about Lisa, Matt invited her out to join him and some of his co-residents to celebrate his birthday that evening. Lisa turned him down, but the two eventually became friends during her internship! They would chat about cases, playing the board game, Taboo, and carving pumpkins together with the other optometry residents that fall. Eventually, Lisa moved to New York City, and it was then that she and Matt started seeing each other. Their first date took place at a local restaurant and lasted 5 HOURS! They both realized how much they had in common with the other, which meant there was lots to talk about! Three years later, their beautiful love story led them to become husband and wife!
Arturo and I started the day off with Lisa, Matt and their bridal party as they got ready for the day's festivities. We made our way to Kellogg Nature Center in Derby, Connecticut for their First Look and bridal party portraits before heading to The Inn at Villa Bianca in Seymour where Lisa and Matt tied the knot! Lisa and Matt wrote their own heartfelt vows, which prompted many "Aww!"s (and a few sniffles) from their guests. Lauren, Lisa's maid of honor, and Blake, Matt's brother, gave beautiful speeches and toasted to their siblings on their wedding day, leaving every guest with a smile on their face. The evening ended with Lisa and Matt running through two long rows of their guests holding sparklers to celebrate the new Mr. & Mrs!
Congratulations Lisa and Matt! Arturo and I loved documenting your day and celebrating you two. Wishing you much love and happiness for years to come!
Lisa designed these coasters as wedding favors. It reads, "Lisa and Matt Say Eye Do September 9, 2017". When two optometrists get married, I'd say this is the perfect favor!
One of my favorite parts of my couples' wedding days, the first look!
We loved seeing their reactions! Lisa and Matt were all smiles!
I just LOVED the bridesmaids' dresses!
Time to get married!
YAY! Time to celebrate!
We loved those coasters!
Quite the finishing move to their first dance!
Lauren and Nyle! I was so excited to catch up with them!
Talk about an epic conga line! Matt and Lisa lead their guests all around the reception pavilion, getting almost everyone to join in!
I hope you enjoyed this Inn at Villa Bianca wedding! Do you know Lisa and Matt? Show the newlyweds some love by commenting below!
Venue & Catering: The Inn at Villa Bianca | Photography: Shaina Lee Photography | Videography: First Light Studios | Wedding Preparation Location: Hyatt House Shelton | Officiant: Donna King | DJ: Local Motion Entertainment | Floral Design: Aegean Florist | Cake: Chaves Bakery | Hair Stylist: Hair by Jessica Scholl | Makeup Artist: LC Artistry | Bride's Gown: Morilee | Alterations: Tailoring by Teresa | Bridesmaids' Dresses: JJ's House | Groom & Groomsmen Suits: Men's Warehouse | Transportation: B and B Transportation, Inc.