A WEDDING AT THE INN AT LONGSHORE
After more than 13 years together, Mariah and Alexi are finally MARRIED!! Their wedding at The Inn at Longshore in Westport, Connecticut was nothing short of spectacular. It was a coastal summer soirée which was perfect in every way! From the first time Arturo and I chatted with them in our studio, to their Waveny Park engagement session last October, to their heartfelt wedding day, we’ve loved our time with these sweethearts and are so thankful to have been the ones to document their celebration!
Alexi and Mariah shared a beautiful first look with each other along the water where they laughed, hugged, kissed, and laughed some more. It was a wonderful private moment for the two of them that day where they could just enjoy each other! After their first look, we walked over to the small beach area for romantic portraits. One of the many things I loved about Mariah and Alexi’s wedding day is that they made TIME for portraits of the two of them!
The bride and groom were surrounded by their family and friends during their mid-day wedding ceremony. Mariah’s aunt officiated their ceremony, personalizing their day that much more. Alexi and Mariah each wrote their own heartfelt vows, which were some of the sweetest words we’ve heard exchanged between two partners, promising love and support. After they had their first kiss, everyone cheered as the newlyweds walked up the aisle!
Alexi and Mariah were beaming as they shared their first dance and husband and wife after being introduced at the reception. Wonderful speeches were given by the maid of honor and best man, but the speech that got everyone in the room to shed a few tears (including Arturo and me!) was from Mariah’s 7-year-old godson. At the end of his speech, he asked Mariah onto the dance floor where the two were joined by more family members. It was one of our favorite parts of the day!
Alexi and Mariah’s wedding guests celebrated the newlyweds all afternoon, filling the dance floor and singing every chance they got! These two are so, so loved!
THE LOVE STORY
Alexi and Mariah’s love story is one of my favorites! They met back in 2005 when he got her screen name from their mutual friend, Kevin, who was also the Best Man! AIM chats turned into phone calls and phone calls turned into cheering for each other at Alexi’s soccer games or Mariah’s softball games. Since the two did not go to the same high school, they spent every Friday evening together hanging out at Mariah’s family’s house.
In 2009, during their senior year of high school, Alexi and Mariah thought it would be best to experience college on their own, so they decided to break up. Funny enough, they ended up at the same school, the University of Rhode Island. Doesn’t the universe have a funny way of working sometimes?!
One day, they ran into each other on campus while Mariah was going to Health Services. Knowing exactly where she was going she asked Alexi, “Where’s Health Services?” Alexi pointed her in the right direction and they have been inseparable ever since!
These two are a shining example of two people who are just meant to be together. Congratulations Mariah and Alexi! Your day was absolutely beautiful, and we couldn’t have been more honored to have been a part of it!
We could not get over how sweet Mariah and Alexi were when they saw each other at their first look!
How adorable are these two?!
Look at that beautiful bridal bouquet!
We had such a great time with the members of the wedding party!
We loved sneaking Alexi and Mariah away for some newlywed portraits!
I don’t think there was a dry eye in the room after Mariah’s godson gave his speech!
I hope you enjoyed this summer wedding at The Inn at Longshore! Do you know Mariah and Alexi? Show the newlyweds some love by commenting below!
Reception Venue: The Inn at Longshore | Photography: Shaina Lee Photography | Officiant: Carmen Delfi | Floral Design: Flowers by Danielle | Hair & Makeup: Beauty Entourage | DJ: Dave Fuego | Catering: OnTheMarc | Bride's Wedding Gown Designer: Emmy Mae | Bridal Dress Boutique: Everthine Bridal | Bride's Shoes: Lulus | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Hayley Paige | Bridesmaids' Dress Boutique: Sukran’s Bridal and Tuxedos | Groom & Groomsmen's Attire: Serpe Brothers | Signage & Paper Goods: The Printed Society | Engagement & Wedding Rings: Nagi Jewelers
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Shaina Lee Photography is a husband and wife photography team serving Connecticut, New York, Hawaii and beyond. We specialize in timeless, elegant, and romantic weddings while celebrating all couples in love.
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