Lobster and Love

Labor Day weekend: The perfect time for cooking out, wearing white and now for celebrating Alli and Shawn’s anniversary! Over the weekend I traveled up to Connecticut to take on bridesmaid duties with honor and witness a fantastic couple finally make it official.

The wedding weekend activities started with a backyard lobster cookout. So much fun!

It was clear right off the bat that Alli and Shawn had thought of every detail for their nuptials – custom “Marriage is Messy!” bibs, amazing! Kelsey, Alli, Lesley and I had to snap a commemorative photo or two.

After the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner, the welcome party began. The weather was perfect for catching up with old friends, playing a few backyard games and roasting marshmallows over an impressive fire pit.

On Saturday, the bridal party got ready at the Cavasino’s, then headed to the Guilford Yacht Club for photos before the ceremony began in the early evening. Luckily the wedding party was able to witness Alli and Shawn’s first look from afar. Just imagine the final rose ceremony on the Bachelorette where the last man standing is looking across a vast ocean and the bachelorette struts a few hundred yards to embrace her significant other. Powerful stuff.

After the ceremony outside, we took friend photos and enjoyed the cocktail hour, dinner and dance floor. Shown here with Seth, Miguel, Sophia, Shawn, Alli, Lesley, Kelsey and Omar.

Another highlight: the first dance. I do not know if I’ll ever witness a more stylish, poised and authentic first dance. Perfectly timed twirls, dips and salsa steps; It was simply amazing.

Then on Sunday the festivities continued with a casual beach party!

And after some time in the sand, Lesley, Kelsey and I ventured off for one last stop on the New England weekend trail: to East Longmeadow for downtime with Nance and Len!

A hot dog cookout, inspired by Hoda and Kathie Lee’s 10am wine and dining spread, is there anything more American on Labor Day?


– EmPan


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