Tales of weddings as told in pictures by the caterer/wedding planner 

Photos courtesy of Roe Chlala, Festivities of Norwalk


Great stories last a lifetime. 

Bethany and Nick showcased their post-wedding plans to move to Heidelberg, Germany. So why not kick off the weekend with an Oktoberfest in July? A German-influenced barbecue consisted of suckling pig and herbed Cornish hens. Beer steins doubled as vases for the flower arrangements, gathered by friends and family.

Following a ceremony at Nick’s parents’ home in Greenwich, dinner and dancing commenced at the resplendent Belle Haven Club. The tablescape took great forethought, with local, luscious dahlias for centerpieces and eight-tops named after the couple’s travels together. The soirée culminated with a brunch send-off the next morning. 

At-home rehearsal dinner & ceremony

Dinner & Dancing

Belle Haven Club, Greenwich

Photography: Craig Warga

Oktoberfest in July. Unpack the lederhosen and head to the rehearsal dinner, where roasted pig tops the menu. Der Teuful is in the details ... whipped cream tastes better from a custom canister, and personalized table cards put everyone in their place. A special gift and letter at each chair tell guests their presence is essential at the start of this new adventure.

The day. All the single ladies are prepping in pink; even the champagne got the memo. Bethany purchased her dress on a recent trip to (where else?) Germany ... she saw it in the window and couldn’t resist. And when glass slippers are nowhere to be found, Badgley Mischka will suffice.

The cocktail hour antipasto and raw bar prime everyone’s appetite. European elan reigns, as tables are named for places of significance to Bethany and Nick. Elegant Effects’ glorious in-season dahlias bestow softness and sophistication.

Break dancing and cake lancing. These Fourth of July fireworks celebrate, not Independence Day, but a declaration of love.

Robert DiGioia is the creative director for Hearst Connecticut Media Group, and an arts/society writer for its varied titles. A former Manhattanite and magazine publisher, he’s thrilled to be back in his birthplace, New Haven.