Real Wedding: Brianna Greco & Ryan McNally
One sure sign of true love? You’ve seen each other dressed in navy-and-white plaid polyester — and are still together! Such is the case with Brianna Greco and Ryan McNally, who met w-a-a-a-y back in the first grade at Holy Trinity School in Wallingford.
No, Brianna and Ryan did not begin dating before they could, well, read. They might, just might, have chased each other on the playground, but they were friends throughout their years at the tiny, K-8 Catholic school and waited until high school (she at all-girl Mercy and he at all-boy Xavier, both in Middletown) to reunite and start all that boy-girl “stuff.” A short nine-and-a-half years (and high school, college and grad school later) they finally got to say “I do” at the same altar where they’d received their First Holy Communion (“different white dress,” laughs Brianna). Is it any wonder that the gilded sign atop their wedding cake read, “At Last”?
“Our wedding was a celebration of a decade of love and two decades of friendship,” says Brianna. And, yes, by the time Ryan proposed, “I basically had everything planned,” she admits.
“Vintage glam” was the plan and The Lace Factory in Deep River, with its multitude of multi-paned windows, exposed beams and hardwood floors, fit the bill to a “t.” In fact, it was the only venue that the couple, who used blush tones mixed with metallic golds and silvers and everything from lace and wicker to mercury glass and rhinestones to further glam it up, even checked out in person.
“Making sure our wedding was personal was probably my number-one goal,” says Brianna, a firm believer that “it’s the small things (with big meaning) that make the day.”
Witness: The last pew of the church on the left-hand side was roped off in tribute to Brianna’s grandparents, who’d sat in that very pew every weekend for 65 years. (They, too, were married at Most Holy Trinity, as were the bride’s parents.) Lace runners for each table were created from doilies (many of them made by Brianna’s great-grandmothers and aunts) that the mother-of-the-bride hand-stitched together. Instead of a traditional guest book, guests were asked to sign quilt squares that the groom’s mom later made into a quilt. Ryan and his dad built a photo wall to display images of past family weddings at the reception. And because the bride is a big supporter of using local products and businesses (her grandparents founded Wallingford Flower Shoppe back in 1950, and it of course provided all Brianna and Ryan’s spectacular florals), guests aboard the chug-chug-chugging Essex Steam Train that transported everyone to The Lace Factory received hand-painted “brown-paper lunches” for the ride that included local products: apples from Emerald Green Farm in Wallingford, sweets from Thompson Chocolate in Meriden and munchies from Deep River Snacks.
“We waited almost 10 years to find the perfect day, and it was,” says Brianna. “A day that was sent from above” — and most certainly worth the wait.
wedding dress designers: Sottero And Midgley (Church) + Allure Couture (Reception)
wedding-dress boutique: Mariella Creations, Rocky Hill (Church) + Vows Bridal Outlet, Mass. (Reception)
shoes: Betsey Johnson
tuxedos: Modern Formals, Middletown
videographer: Hickman Video Productions, Middletown
band: Shaded Soul Band, Columbia
caterer/cake: Cloud Nine Catering, Old Saybrook
florist/favors: Wallingford Flower Shoppe, Wallingford
hair/makeup: Larissa Lake & Co., Wethersfield
transportation: Hunter Limousines, Meriden + Essex Steam Train, Essex
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This article appeared in the Fall/Winter 2016 issue of The Connecticut Bride
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