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February 14, 2019  TAGS:  RUSTIC  COUNTRY  INSPIRATION  BARN

Alison & John | Middletown, CT - with many Vermont details

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The Romance…
In the modern day of technology, John & Alison's paths crossed due to a friend's attempt to provoke John to make a jokingly remark on a random Facebook picture he tagged John on…. John being easily provoked followed through with his friends wishes and commented on a picture of a young lady taking a bite out of a woman's foot (meanwhile John did not know either of them). While we won't get into John's remarks it struck an "FB friendship" that would soon grow into much more. While never actually engaging in conversation with each other, John would randomly tag Alison on pictures of himself only to get a one word comment or so in regards to the picture. While being out on the town one night in the lovely city of Waterbury, John was stumbling into Vasi's fine establishment for after hours while this pretty young lady was on her way out. John shouted out from across the parking lot, "Alison!?!" Mind you they have never met in person … she responded with "How do you know my name?" then quickly recognizing him said – "OHHH Facebook"… John charmingly let her know that she was much prettier in person than in pictures as she squeezed his muscles and said "you're much bigger in person than I expected" …. Then they parted their separate ways not even exchanging numbers... real smooth John … only to receive an early morning Facebook message from Alison titled "bf" ….text me. 203.XXX.XXXX ….. then the rest is history. Fast forward to 4 years and 10 months later .....

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The Proposal…
Memorial Day Weekend together at our home away from home at the Austin's summer cottage in Vermont.

As always, prior to leaving for Vermont, John & Alison needed to take their dearest cat Halibut to Aunt Karen's which is a 45-minute car ride away. Halibut, not taking to car rides well was always getting sick and this is very upsetting to Alison. So while she was dropping off Hal, John decided to have a specially wrapped present from Hal waiting for her when she got back… Halibut wanted her to wait until she got to Vermont to open it. Slightly hinting the gift was a long-awaited Captains Hat for her for when she drove the boat, John suggested they open the gift while on the water. Pulling up to a special spot on the Lake which was Alison's fathers favorite place to be … they parked just across from the Lake House restaurant where Alison frequented as a kid with her family growing up. With Johns newly acquired selfie stick, he assured her that Halibut would want to see the video of her opening the gift. A couple of days earlier, Alison texted John a picture of a cute dress she wanted to wear for a bridal shower or rehearsal dinner if that day ever came only to have John never respond back to the picture. Alison opened the gift and raised it in the air questioning what it was ….lo and behold she was now holding up the same dress that she texted to John. While looking at it in shock and questioning if it was the dress, Alison then spun around to see John down on one knee. She screamed, "Oh my God" and started crying ….Finally, we were engaged !!!

Alison & John Strang rustic Vermont themed wedding

The Venue...
The Barns at Wesleyan Hills reminded us so much of Vermont.

Theme / Color Palette...
Vermont theme, rustic floral elegance.

Fav Detail...
The guest LOVED all of our Vermont details.

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How did your wedding reflect your relationship as a couple?
It showcased our love for Vermont as that was where our engagement happened. Each table was named after a different location within Vermont, along with antique Vermont milk bottle centerpieces we purchased all around Vermont.

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featured professionals

VENUE, & CATERER: The Barns at Wesleyan Hills || PHOTOGRAPHER, & VIDEOGRAPHER: George Street Photo & Video || WEDDING OFFICIANT: (Father Ford) The Basilica of the Immaculate Conception || FLORIST: OraBella Design Studio || MUSICIAN/DJ: (Donato) That’s Entertainment NYC Inc. || ICE CREAM CATERING (SUNDAE BAR): Ben & Jerry’s - Ice Cream Catering || CHOCOLATE MILK: Monument Farms Dairy || MINI CUPCAKES: NoRA Cupcake Company || CIDER DONUTS & CIDER: Lyman Orchards || WEDDING GOWN: Made With Love Unique Bridal, & Augusta Jones || FAVORS: Fat Toad Farm Traditional Goat’s Milk Caramels || BRIDAL PARTY FAVORS: The Vermont Flannel Company || TRANSPORTATION: Carriage & Limousine Service Inc. || INVITATIONS: Tulaloo Stationary Studio || JEWELRY: (earrings) Haute Bride || SHOES: Badgley Mischka || HAIR & MAKE-UP: Simply Gorgeous by Erin || BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Jenny Yoo, from The White Dress by the Shore || GROOM & GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: Ram’s Clothiers || VINTAGE FUR STOLE: The White Dress by the Shore