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Erika and Ari–Best Paired With Each Other

Erika and Ari
June 9, 2013
Saltwater Farm Vineyard
Stonington, CT

There are so many things to write about this wedding and this couple. But the one thing I really want to share has nothing to do with the actual wedding at all. However it really highlights the tremendous love and admiration that Ari and Erika have for each other. When I emailed the preview of the wedding a few weeks back, I received Ari’s vacation response in return. It began with, “I am out of the office celebrating marrying the incomparable Erika.” His love for her was evident the first moment we met. It was reinforced by a sweet and heartfelt speech he gave about his bride at the wedding. And it was carried right through to a simple but loving away message in his email. Erika returns that love in each glance she gives Ari in life and in every photograph we captured on their wedding day. Not only is Erika incomparable but they are an incomparable couple. It was wonderful to witness this love and incredible wedding day.
We had been looking forward to the wedding for almost a year. We love the Saltwater Farm. We photographed Ari’s brother and sister-in-law’s wedding last Fall. And we know the family well. We were excited and the wedding exceeded our expectations. It was gorgeous sunny afternoon sandwiched between weeks of rain. The sky was bright blue and the venue looked gorgeous. The decor looked amazing. I have to give credit not only to the bride and groom for the details, but to the caters, Gourmet Galley, for the best food I have ever had at a wedding. They put together an amazing menu, which was paired with wine from the vineyard. Ari and Erika were very particular with each detail. They picked the venue for its setting, its vibe, and of course their love for the wine. They personally selected all the flowers, centerpieces, and linens. And they paid attention to even the littlest of details. Ari and Erika shared their excitement about the day, the food, and the party each time we spoke. Friends and family certainly weren’t disappointed.
There were many special moments and hilarious moments throughout the day. Whenever Ari and his brothers are together, you can be sure laughs will follow. Although sorry boys, I think Grandpa Howard, delivered the best laugh of the day. However my favorite conversation was one we had with Ari. I loved his explanation for waiting to see Erika until they were together under the chuppah. He told us that they could have opted for a first look. They knew it would have given them more time at the party with friends and family. However he said he had been to many, many cocktail hours, and he will go to many, many more. However he would only get one opportunity to see his bride for the first time as she walked down the aisle. And what a beautiful grass aisle on the edge of the vineyards it was.
Erika looked gorgeous in her dress. You would never have guessed that she experienced a bride’s biggest nightmare about two months before her wedding. A broken foot! Instead of shopping for 4in stilettos, Erika spent her time searching for the cutest flats she could find. In the end she even had to kick off the ballet flats for sneakers. But either way there were no crutches just dancing shoes. She and Ari shared a choreographed first dance that was a favorite moment of the wedding. The party was high energy and these friends and family came to dance! We really hope you enjoy looking through the photos and checking out this incredible wedding. Ari and Erika, we thank you both for including us in your day. We were very honored to have been a part of it.

One Comment

  1. Teri & Glenn Saren
    Posted July 10, 2013 at 8:04 PM | Permalink

    We just enjoyed re-living this happy day! Thanks for sharing with us . The pictures show lots of smiles all around and the joy felt by all. Much future happiness to both of you! Love Teri & Glenn

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