This tented backyard wedding in Connecticut immediately pulled at my heart strings. The bride and groom met in Brussels, Belgium where I lived for six years and still consider a piece of home. That is just one of the many details I fell in love with about these two and with the talents of Melani Lust Photography behind the lens, what you are about to see is wedding heaven!
Marcia Selden Catering and Events coordinated a day that is about to take your breath away. For starters the brides exquisite Oscar de la Renta gown from Mark Ingram is absolute love at first sight! The groom followed suit in serious style looking ever so dapper dressed in Bergdorf Goodman. Paired with blush Amsale bridesmaids gowns with hair by Aldo of New York and Makeup by Elixir Spa, there is just so much beauty to be seen at every corner of this celebration!
Speaking of beauty, the floral design by KD&J Botanica is beyond! You will see what I mean. Paper design by RedBliss and a stunning seven tier cake by Fake Cake rounds out all the pretty from this incredible day. A day where love was abound, this is what wedding dreams are made of!
The Couples Story, The bride and groom met in Brussels, where they worked for The Wall Street Journal Europe; Cassie was an editor and Adam was a reporter. Just before Cassie moved to Brussels in September 2007, Adam heard about her from a colleague in New York, who told him, “She’s not my type, but you might like her.”
“I still can’t figure out what his type is,” said Adam. “From the first time I met her, I knew Cassie was brilliant and she’s obviously beautiful. I guess there’s no accounting for taste.”
They bonded over travels in Africa – Cassie had lived in Senegal and Adam in South Africa. Cassie, who arrived in Brussels with only a suitcase full of clothes, borrowed books from Adam, who recommended William Saroyan’s short stories. One of them, “70,000 Assyrians,” includes a passage intertwining the author’s love of humanity with his passion for tennis.
Read more of this incredible story at the end!
More from the couples story, Cassie was up late at night reading the story and sent Adam a text message at around 3 a.m. saying she loved the writing. Adam immediately replied, asking if she had noticed the part about tennis. She had - it was her favorite part - and he said it was his, too. Cassie said she felt butterflies at that moment, and knew she had found someone special in Adam. Their friendship turned turned into something more soon after - once Adam got up the nerve to make a move by inviting Cassie to a “casual barbeque” that was actually a meticulously prepared meal of rack of lamb and good red wine for two.
But Cassie, who was new to her job, initially was wary of an office romance, so the couple kept their relationship a secret.
That lasted until they moved in together around a year later. "It became pretty obvious when we arrived at work together every morning. I think the security guard was one of the first to suspect," Cassie said. When she mustered the courage to tell her boss about the relationship, the senior editor said she was thrilled because she liked Adam, his reporting and the two of them as a couple.
Cassie's mother, too, was thrilled, but wondered why her daughter had to move all the way to Belgium to find "a nice, American Jewish boy."
The couple were inseparable, sharing many more meals for two in cities from Marrakesh to Cape Town. They stayed together when Cassie's editing job with The Wall Street Journal moved her to London in July 2009. A year later, after spending most weekends commuting back and forth on the high-speed train under the English Channel, Adam followed.
"I would follow her anywhere," Adam said.
Last summer, Adam looked for the right moment to propose while the bride worked long hours reporting on the London Olympics. He found his chance one afternoon, bringing a picnic blanket, a bottle of champagne and an engagement ring to London's Regent's Park.
They couple settled into a place in the sun, where a sleep-deprived Cassie immediately nodded off. Adam sat for two hours, wondering when she would wake up. When she did and suggested they return home, Adam led her in a small circle around the park. He then got down on one knee and proposed.