Defying the odds of October, Sara and Marshall had a divine outdoor wedding reception along the Connecticut seashore as the full moon rose into the autumn sky. Fresh breezes, delicious and creative foods, fantastic music, personal toasts and the warm embrace of friends and family were the perfect accompaniment to their ceremony at Yale’s Battell Chapel.
Sara and Marshall are both native to the New Haven area, but their academic studies and professions have taken them to far-flung locations and then to Brooklyn where they currently make their home. They chose to echo the look of their wedding chapel in the gold and burgundy colors of the event, and the design of their invitation, while the food was a fusion of Peruvian and French foods.
Family was central to their day as well: Sara wore the headdress her grandmother wore in her wedding, which was hand restored by the groom’s sister in law. She wore a bracelet from her grandmother, and her engagement ring was originally the engagement ring of the groom’s namesake’s bride. And in the tradition of the bride’s maternal grandmother, the couple was married on a rug from Tabriz, Iran, that belonged to the bride’s great grandmother.
Getting ready at The Study in downtown New Haven.Sara’s headdress was originally worn by her grandmother at her wedding.
Sara and her father share a laugh as she gets ready to leave for the chapel.
Portraits of the bride before the ceremony.
Marshall getting ready at his family home before the ceremony.
The couple was married on this rug from Tabriz, Iran, that belonged to the bride’s great grandmother.
The couple shares a moment at special spot at Sara’s childhood home; the same spot that they were engaged.
The family tradition of toasts was warm, personal and in great fun.
After dinner, the music began, with an evening full of dance and fun!
Happy love, Sara and Marshall!
Ceremony: Battell Chapel, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Reception: Private residence, Branford, CT
Photography: Anna Sawin and Sarah McCoy for Anna Sawin Photography
Coordination: Patrick Dunn
Getting ready location: The Study, New Haven, CT
Catering: Culinary Concerts, Inc., Madison, CT
Floral design: Wild Orchid, Middletown, CT
Music: Ernest Mills Band, Hank Lane Productions
Makeup: Cindy Grant
Hair: Alisha Vick
Landscaping: Jos Konst
Anna Sawin is a Connecticut-based portrait, wedding, and editorial photographer. She lives in the shoreline town of Stonington with her family and has discovered the perfect cupcake. Just ask, she is willing to share her secret.