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JOANNA AND LORENZO'S WEDDING

July, 2008 in St Mary's Church, Norwich, CT

"Our wedding was amazing, I got the only perfect man for me in this world.
My guests were amazing.
Our wedding party really held things together, and the speaches were tasteful and meaningful.
I did almost all of the work myself, which is quite adviseable if you've the time ( I had 5 months from start to finish).
Everything went off well, and we were married a day before the weather broke into rain and thunder, a breezy warm july day.
my family and his family were such a good mix together and everyone made the atmosphere a loving happy environment despite the obvious disaster in the venue.
The mix of cultures worked as everyone input and nothing was left out (apart from the garter and bouquet throwing, of personal choice)
The job now is to send out all the thankyous to the people who helped send us happily on our adventurous way into married life.
Above and beyond all at any wedding, if it's your's stay focused on what the day means to you, not on that the details of perfection aren't there no amount of screaming and swearing can make people do their jobs if they're so clearly incompitent.
I have more than I could have ever hoped for in a truely loving husband.
Now to plan the second phase, we get to have another wedding across the globe as a part of my culture where when one marries abroad you get to have a blessing and second reception!!
Yippie!"

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Ceremony: St Mary's RC Church
Reception: Stonington Meadows

Vendors

Venues

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Florist:

Le Francois Florals of Norwich CT

50 Pine St
Norwich, CT, United States

"Absolutely brilliant, flowers were chosen from a magazine I'd found and then modified to be more personal including my national flower and matching the other components of the wedding beautifully. The size, price and brilliance of the flower arrangements were all wonderful. A totally trustworthy florist with Ace ideas for both modern and more traditional arrangements. Love it, Love it, Love it!! And they're all really nice people too."

Hair Salon:

Tangles Hair Salon

"They did a lot of work and did it brilliantly, my hair, my matron of honour, three juniors, a flower girl and one mother of the bride. Everyone was really happy with their hair, I personally thought that they did an amazingly good and consistent job with all, even my mother, who's VERY hair fussy was made to feel a million bucks with the must have polished finish to the bridal party in the hair stylings. As a collective we have Thick hair, thin hair, curly, wavy & straight hair. Tracey and Lindsey are ace, and I'm going back to get a hair cut really soon."

Photographer:

Sarah Le Francois

Norwich, CT, United States

"Sarah did a brilliant job, and I do not hesisitate in reccomending her to anyone. She is friendly, professional and works well with what you give her. We didn't get much planning done, this was entirely my and my husbands fault as we simply didn't make the time for it to get things on paper to Sarah, Sarah did ask us for the information as to who should be in pictures and when. Also we're awful people to take pictures of, Terribly easily distraceted, and I loathe having my picture taken. So in my humble opinion Sarah is a miracle worker to have produced so many quality photos capturing the fun, seriousness, glances and enjoyment of our day. I will certainly be keeping her in mind for any future needs."

Ceremony:

St Mary's RC Church

70 Central Ave
Prospect St
Norwich, CT 06360, US

"I'm not a catholic so it was a little confusing that there was no registry to sign. The preist did an amazing job and made us feel relaxed. We had a great many compliments from our guests about the beutiful service and beautiful church too. We sang hymns in a congregational manner, and had a harpist play me down the aisle, before the organist took over and played our hymns and recessional. The music was beautiful, and even the americans sang well when it came to the congregational bit. The happiest moment of my life, and no one there could have done more or better for us. The amount of love we were shown by our families and friends will stay with me forever."

Reception:

Stonington Meadows

769 Stonington Rd
Route 1
Stonington, CT 06378, US
860 572 1111

"One Star's a bit on the genrous side. Absolutely awful. A complete let down. When guest arrived the toilets were flooded, and despite promise after promise the only thing that was done about it was the poor staffers picking the solids out mannually, with no extra payment for such hideous and dangerous to the health work. At the wedding there were centre pieces that were not to be taken by guests and the florist disscussed this with the venue, yet they failed to remove the 3 vases concerned and I now have to fork out 300 for the missing vase. We have not heard a peep out of them other than to tell us that we cannot get a penny back for the, and I quote the owners own mother "high water table that caused the bathroom flooding, it happens there a lot". (We married at the end of july) There were people there with special dietry requirements, none of them recieved what they needed, and what was aksed for, these were not even healthy choices, there were extreemly serious allergies ignored, despite the assurances and the request going in for all of them in feb. we married in july. This effected 3 people. Their were other people who requested no sauce or sauce on side, they were also forgoton by staff. They wouldn't bake my cake so I baked it myself, they did Ice it, and after my husband and I cut it took it to the back where all the Icing was peeled off before serving.(WTF!) The food was great, but cold. I, the bride had to wait for over 10 mins for a knife to begin eating. Service was ridiculously slow. we ordered a tent with sides for the garden, there were no sides. our wedding co-ordinator didn't do anything at all, other than showing face for 10 mins at the reception before offing to another wedding. we waited near on an hour for our dessert to be served, which is beyond me, it was only three little pasteries on a dish, tasted nice though. We were never told that we went over the bar limit until days and later, but it was in releation to any sort of compensation for the lack of things we'd payed for not being there and the lack of pee pots, lack of proper service(the wine also didn't come out unti lthe main meal, and there was only one server for 120 guests, whoincedentally all liked wine, he was helped occassionally by others), the lady left in charge as our stand in co-ordinator, didn't once introduce herself, although I knew from her casual wear she wasn't a guest. The food service was soooo slow that the band had to take charge and sugget we just cut the cake(not the dessert) as it was nearing 10 and we'd been dining since 6, our time was up at 11:30. The guests were all excellent, though a lot of the older people left before the dessert, as they couldn't stay any longer, either because it was dark, or because they REALLY needed to pee. We didn't get to go around any of our guests due to the slow service. We had a great time because after I stopped crying about the hideous circumstances I thought "f**k it, it can't possibly get worse" and I really enjoyed the fact people came all the way from Italy, UK, Canada and all over the states to spend our big disasterous day with us. My guests were amazing, not one of them did or has complained to me, though I know they've all been talking to my mother in law about how terrible it was for my husband and I. All in all the whole thing cost us over $20 000 And I am deeply embarrassed about the utterly dismal service, which I put down to the piss poor organisation and utter lack of care shown by the random woman who was our stand in co-ordinator, finding the big boss lurking in the bridal suite(little room for private things) when I didn't know who he was, and then to have him not even apologise was enough to make more mortals spit fire and blood, but I just looked at him and though what a poop head and concentrated on breathing until he was out of my sight. He made no moves toward speaking to myself, my husband or anyone else in the bridal party and just stod like a complete numbskull at the side of the room, not doing anything for anyone. Perhaps he was inwardly laughing about the money grab. Three days later we were told the toilets had been fixed at 10:30pm. Not a single person was told this at the wedding and I find it impossible to believe, especially after what the big bosses mum told my mum and great aunt when they were shopping in mystic the day or two after the wedding. Is this guy lying to me, or his old mum!?! Either way he is a dirty rotten looser. What a disgrace! I only hope I have opportunity to make up the poor time my guests were shown to them all."

Entertainment:

Foxwoods Casino

"One of Two casino in area"

Entertainment:

Mohegan Sun Casino

"One of the two Casinos in the area."

Entertainment:

New London

"Eateries, Restraunts, Bars, Shops, and more in this little town which is in the process of improvements all round."

Attraction:

Atwell Avenue

"Little Italy, lots of nice things to seee, buy and eat."

Attraction:

Block Island

RI, US

"Not yet been, but here it's worth the trip over on the ferry."

Attraction:

Down Town Norwich

"Really not much to take in at all, a very quiet town indeed."

Attraction:

Faneuil Hall Market place

"Wil look familiar to those who've been in London, the pronunciation is very varied. Great landmark to exploring this city."

Attraction:

Mystic Town

"Old Seaport, there is also the Mystic Seaport Museum not far from here, with plenty of old boats and other interesting shipping items to view and discover."

Attraction:

Newport

Newport, RI, US

"Nice little boating town."

Attraction:

NY,NY

New York, NY, US

"Nice to spend a couple of days here somewhere."

Attraction:

Providence

Providence, RI, US

"Nice Big Town in Rhode Island"

Attraction:

Watch Hill

"Nice Area to visit, so I am told."

Golf Course:

ake of Isles

"Golf Course"

Mall:

Buckland Hills Mall

Buckland Hills Mall
Manchester, CT 06042, US

"Larger Mall"

Mall:

Crystal Mall

"Larger Mall in the nearby area."

Mall:

Providence Place Mall

"Larger Mall"

Mall:

Westfarms Mall

Westfarms Mall
West Hartford, CT 06110, US

"Large Mall"

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