Megan & Patrick are part of a big, gregarious, fun-loving, happy group of friends and family. On their wedding day, as a new family themselves, they brought out big smiles, made gregarious plans, offered fun-loving touches and waltzed in sheer happiness for and with all those people. They mixed traditions delightfully, from Irish pub to Italian reception, incorporated meaningful locales like her collegiate alma mater and made sure family traditions like stogie smoking after dark were on the menu. Basically, they know how to mix things up and keep things real for themselves. She wore jewelry passed down through the family and he a custom made suit, but no tie. Their big, adorable doberman pinscher Knox made an appearance and Irish car bomb shots (and cake!) had to be enjoyed to make their day truly theirs.
Patrick’s big Italian family is hard to resist and his grandparents are simply the cutest, sweetest couple one could imagine. I first met them at Patrick’s sister’s wedding where grandpa was the star of the Photobooth! and they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in August. Here they are enjoying a little shade at Mount Mary just before Megan and the wedding party step off the trolley to begin their processional. I love the idea of making a grand entrance to an outdoor wedding and a bright red trolley was the perfect way to do just that.
I love the contrast of the refined and even elegant outdoor wedding and portraits above with what came next. O’Donoghue’s is the local Irish pub that figures prominently in Megan and Patrick’s love story as it’s where they met…and shared a few Irish car bombs that first night. They’ve been doing that ever since so shots and a few rounds with their best friends was a must. They snuck out back for a few moments alone and I love the texture and light and real-life-ness of these back-of-house shots. From there the day rolled into night where toasts and stogies and dancing ruled the dark. I told you they know how to keep things perfectly (and even elegantly) real.
Megan & Patrick – I adore your style and your families and your story. Here’s to your own future 60th wedding anniversary.
Bride’s dress: La Sposa Fanal from Beratti Bridal
Bride’s shoes: Nina Shoes – DSW
Bride’s jewelry: vintage – Megan’s maternal grandmothers’ jewelry
Bride’s veil: Handmade by friend of the bride
Groom’s suit: Custom made Coppley
Embroidery: JoS A Bank (groomsmen’s and father’s suites and shirts with embroidery)
Flower girl dresses: Janie and Jack
Bridesmaid’s dresses: Alfred Angelo – Beratti Bridal
Bridesmaid’s jewelry: The Limited
Flowers: Pollen Floral
Sweets table: Wedding Cake by Patrick’s Cousin Maria Veria (Chocolate Irish Car Bomb Cake to match the shots – honoring the first night that they met), and the Italian Cookies were made by Patrick’s mom, Desserts (chocolate cake and canolis) by Joey Buona’s
Venues: Mount Mary College and Joey Buona’s