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I knew Christine + Tim were my kind of people when they told me during our initial consultation that Tim proposed while watching The Big Bang Theory on Pi Day at 9:26pm (3/14/15 9:26; Google it!).
When the big day arrived they had a truly unique wedding at the CT Trolley Museum in East Windsor, CT with a reception at the Wood Museum of Springfield History in Springfield, MA. They had a travel theme which was evident in their many thoughtful details.
The day began at the Springfield Sheraton where both Christine + Tim prepared for the day ahead, albeit in different rooms. Tim and his groomsmen wore historically accurate trolley conductor’s uniforms as he and Christine both love history and travel. Being a volunteer at the CT Trolley Museum he had access to the grounds, and he and his groomsmen shuttled guests from the museum campus to the field where the ceremony was to be held. When Christine and her bridesmaids arrived, she similarly drove a trolley to the ceremony site.
The weather was perfect for their outdoor ceremony which included many meaningful touches. First Christine + Tim gave roses to their mothers and grandmothers, then they had a sand ceremony, though miscalculated how long it would take for the sand to pass through the hourglass, so there were some funny moments while we all waited for the colored sand to slide through the opening. They also had a ring warming where their fathers each held onto a ring before handing them off for Christine + Tim to put them on each other.
Again traveling by trolley after the ceremony, Christine + Tim drove one together as we made our way back to the museum where we did family portraits in front of one of the vintage trolleys. We also made some portraits of just the two of them as well as the wedding party on two different types of trolley.
After we concluded at the trolley museum, the limo with the wedding party stopped at a cemetery in Enfield where Christine + Tim, with her sister and father, paid their respects to Christine’s mother who sadly passed away this spring. It was a meaningful moment for everyone and I was honored to have been allowed to witness and document it as respectfully as I could.
When we arrived at the Springfield Museums we first took the wedding party to the Dr. Seuss sculptures in the Quadrangle for some portraits, and then found a spot with great light in front of one of the museums for portraits with just Christine + Tim.
Entering the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History for the cocktail hour and reception we encountered many of their travel themed details. Earlier in the day the guests received programs made up like passports, and into which they could stamp them at each of the food stations with different engravings; the seating assignments were printed on custom luggage tags; the centerpieces were vintage travel postcards from different countries atop wine bottles from those countries; there was vintage luggage for both decor as well as where guests could place any cards for the couple; there were train tracks in the bridesmaids bouquets; affixed to Tim’s and his groomsmen’s vests were reproductions of vintage trolley buttons, and they all received engraved pocket watches to match; a map which was used as a guest book; and my favorite, a cake topper with caricature sculptures of them in a vintage airplane atop a cake with different travel themes on each tier.
The reception that followed in the hall of the museum, with it’s vintage airplanes hanging from the ceiling, was the perfect backdrop to this travel themed wedding.
Christine + Tim had additional help on their day from…
Getting Ready Location : Springfield Sheraton
Ceremony Location : Connecticut Trolley Museum
Reception Location : Wood Museum of Springfield History
Christine’s Dress : Klienfeld Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses : Alfred Angelo
Tim’s + Groomsmen’s Trolly Uniforms : Zahner’s Clothiers
Hair + Makeup : Ochoa Salon
DJ : Duff DJ Company
Videographer : Myers Video Productions
Caterer : Elegant Affairs
Cake : Pete’s Sweets
Florist : Colonial Flower Shoppe
Limousine : Michael’s Limousine Service
Second Photographer : Christopher David
Lighting Assistant : Kat Kattler
Here are some photos from the day…