Cynthia and Clistenes

Most Sentimental Moment

Everything was magical, but our first dance was one of the more emotional moments dancing to “Then” by Brad Paisley in front of all of our friends and family as the groom sang along. One of my personal favorites though was after the first dance and toast when we got to sit down at our sweetheart table and got to talk the two of us – we had so much to tell each other about everything that had happened that morning and I just remember thinking how amazing it was that this is who I would be spending the rest of my life with and how we’re truly partners in everything.

Favorite part with friends and family

It was fantastic to have some family members fly in from Portugal and Brazil, but it was the best to see everyone (including the bride’s mom) getting down on the dance floor all night! The music spanned country and top American hits as well as our favorite songs from Brazil and Portugal so it was incredible to see all of our friends and family dancing and having fun even though they didn’t know or understand half the music!

Biggest surprise

The groom’s weird and hilarious dance moves were a surprise to most of our friends and family who don’t usually see that side of him!

Our traditions

Our ceremony was conducted at a Portuguese church and sections of the mass were in English and/or Portuguese. We also hired a Portuguese DJ who could play everything from American music to the top songs in Portugal and Brazil. A friend of the groom’s family made hundreds of traditional Brazilian desserts and we had a traditional Portuguese custard dessert as well.

How we personalized it

Our day was entirely tailored, but the biggest thing we are known for amongst our friends is good food and wine. The food, especially the cocktail hour apps, were all of our favorites – ceviche, lobster tacos, seared tuna crisps on won tons, duck confit crepes, etc. We also worked with the venue for months to find a suitable wine for the open bar and we were able to include a Portuguese wine without affecting our budget and still incorporating our culture. For our favors, we had wedding activity books with crayons for the kids, but for the adults we infused vodka with espresso beans (perfect for making espresso martinis!). We bottled it and even made our own labels.

Our honeymoon

We had planned to go south, but after two hurricanes and another on the way, we decided to go to Maine instead. We stayed at The Harborside Hotel on Mount Dessert Island in Bar Harbour, Maine. Despite being cold, it was so beautiful and relaxing. We had an oceanfront room with a private jacuzzi and could see the sun come up each morning from our bed – it was beautiful.

Best part of the planning process

My favorite part of the wedding planning process was that we made every single decision together. We were generally always on the same page and a complete team. Some couples split up tasks and some guys don’t care about flowers or programs, but we did absolutely everything together (except shopping for the bridal gown).

What’s next for us

We’ve been together for 8 years, but the best part about married life is settling into our relationship with a newfound bond and confidence that we look forward to continuing to grow. We can’t wait to buy a house and move out of the city and hopefully start a family pretty soon!

Our Wedding Album

The happy couple

During the formal photo session after the ceremony, we were so happy and relaxed to finally be standing there together after the year of preparation.

 

Wedding party

Our formal bridal photos were taken in Bushnell Park in downtown Hartford, CT. This image is in front of the Capitol Building.

 

Dress

The bridal gown hanging in the bride’s parents’ living room in the morning.

 

Rings

Our engagement and wedding bands from Kay Jewelers.

 

Ceremony

Presenting the new Mr. & Mrs.

 

Flowers

A snapshot of the bridal bouquets.

 

Reception

Everybody clap your hands in the Cha Cha Slide!

 

Our favorite moment

A little love as we finished up the night.

 

Our favorite wedding photo

We had just taken a few photos in the church after the ceremony and to be honest I was quite nervous since letting myself be dipped can be so nerve-racking, but the image came out beautifully.

 

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