Krystal Prue and Paul McNerney Wedding

Oct. 10, 2010 | Stafford Springs | Photography by Carla Ten Eyck, Hartford; Jacklyn Greenberg, New Haven; and Matt Grazier, Boston

Photographers Krystal Prue and Paul McNerney joke that they “met in a darkroom” at the University of Connecticut. They clicked immediately and went into business together as Studiofoto in Stafford Springs soon after they graduated, then on Oct. 10, 2010 exchanged vows, their wedding a tribute to their artistic gifts and creativity.

Krystal designed the invitations, mailed in metal film canisters that guests returned with written wishes. Those canisters and other vintage camera paraphernalia decorated Paul’s parents’ back yard in Stafford Springs, where the festivities took place. Black-and-white photos and images placed in old window frames hung like ornaments from lines and trees. These personal touches and a gorgeous autumn day made for a wedding dream come true.

Krystal’s vintage outfit combined a 1920s dress, a 1940s slip and green velvet shoes (all purchased online) with a mink coat her nana, Dorothy Riggio, gave her on her 16th birthday. Her pearls were both grandmothers’, while her 1920s purse came from Never Say Goodbye in Middletown. The “ladies of honor” dresses fit right in. But Krystal’s makeup (Erin Infantino, Simply Gorgeous in Newington) and hairdo were distinctly au courant.

Tony Palmieri—“a floral sculptor,” says Paul—of Datura: A Modern Garden in Middletown did the floral arrangements, reinforcing the rustic, natural feel of the day.

The food, which was served family style at long tables, “was a harvest feast,” Krystal says, with “autumny stuff, like wild rice inside squash. Emily’s Catering [Forestville] did an amazing job.” Because Krystal’s heritage is part French-Canadian, the couple nixed the usual wedding cake in favor of a towering croquembouche from La Petite France in West Hartford.

The couple also said no to traditional wedding music in favor of the eclectic mix of the Parkington Sisters, who played through cocktails, then P.V. O’Donnell, who played Irish music for the rest of the evening.

It was easy for these professionals to choose a photographer—they called on three photographer friends: Carla Ten Eyck (Hartford), Jacklyn Greenberg (New Haven) and Matt Grazier (Boston); and two videographer friends: Jim Altieri (Milford) and Jeremy White (Hartford). “We all worked well together,” says Ten Eyck. “We wanted to knock it out of the park for them. But it was also great fun because there was so much creative detail and emotion. This was an amazing wedding.”                               

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This article appeared in the Fall/Winter 2011 issue of The Connecticut Bride

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