Nautical-Inspired Seaside Wedding

All at once perfectly preppy and beautifully classic, Sydney and Matthew’s New England wedding is chock full of seaside charm! Set in Sydney’s hometown of Essex, CT, their ceremony on the Essex Town Green was a short walk from the Griswold Inn, where her parents met and their guests stayed for the wedding weekend. The nearby Connecticut River Museum is a dream reception locale, steps from the water. The town’s maritime history inspired nautical details, the most special two of which must be Sydney’s grandfather’s hand-built model sailboat from 1937–prominently displayed alongside vintage card catalog drawers used as escort cards–and a lobster boat aptly named “Tied the Knot”, built by her cousin. Florals by Ashley Drago Botanicals were kept loose and simple, inside containers collected by Sydney and her mother. A few drops of rain during the ceremony did nothing to dampen guests’ spirits, and the love this couple shares is evident in each image from the fabulous Ashley Caroline Photography!

Watters Wedding Dress

Nude Pumps for WeddingBride in Mermaid Gown

Navy Bridesmaids Dresses

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Nautical Connecticut Wedding

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Card Catalog Seating ChartNautical Table Numbers

Ivory and Navy Wedding

Ribbon Chair DecorNautical Wedding Decorations

Wedding in Ivory and Navy

Photography – Ashley Caroline Photography | Ceremony Venue – Essex Town Green | Reception Venue, Rentals, and Linens – Connecticut River Museum | Floral – Ashley Drago Botanicals | Stationery – Megan Stanger | Catering – Gourmet Galley Catering | DJ – Scratch Weddings | Ceremony Musicians – The Amaryllis Ensemble | Hair and Makeup – Larissa Lake Makeup Artist & Co | Bridesmaids dresses – J.Crew | Gown – Watters | Bride’s Shoes – B by Brian Atwood | Suits – Combatant Gentlemen | Ties – Tommy Hilfiger