June 17, 2017

Lionrock Farm, Sharon

Greg Lewis Photography

Jennifer Healy and Timothy Sather grew up just 1½ miles away from one another in Trumbull, but never crossed paths. It wasn’t until a coworker at Yale-New Haven Hospital, where Jennie, a nurse, was working at the time, suggested that Jennie meet her brother-in-law that the pieces began to fall into place. Indeed, when Tim (said brother-in-law) called Jennie for the first time the two spent so long talking that their phones were about to die. At around 1 a.m. they decided to walk to a local park to meet. It didn’t take them long to get there, because at this point, as it turned out, they lived just a quarter-mile apart (go figure!). They spent another hour at the park sitting on the swings and talking, went on their first official date two nights later and, as Jennie puts it, “have kind of been inseparable ever since.”

Jennie and Tim are the couple that you look at and smile. When asked how they knew that they had found “the one,” they answer practically in unison: “You just know.” Anyone listening to them knows it, too. Their joy is all-encompassing — and it was Jennie and Tim’s intention to share that joy via their June 17, 2017, wedding at LionRock Farm in Sharon.

“We decided to turn the day into a celebration of marriage,” says Jennie — and not just their own. “A lot of our wedding was about honoring the marriages in our families that serve as examples to us,” says the modest new bride. “These are the people who set the tone for us. They are who we aspire to be.”

First off was the date itself: Jennie and Tim chose to marry on Tim’s parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. After Jennie’s parents walked their glowing daughter down the aisle, both sets of parents took a moment to share in a family blessing. After dinner, Tim (a dedicated musician who both sings and plays guitar) announced each honored couple and how long they’d been married, before inviting everyone to join in a dance to his rendition of Elvis’ “Fools Rush In.” (The “winners” were a great aunt and uncle who’ve been married 63 years!) The newlyweds even shared their cake-cutting with Tim’s parents, using the original cake knife from their wedding, now engraved with both couples’ names and wedding dates.

Of course they also danced, laughed and kept the party going to the wee hours of the morning with live bluegrass tunes courtesy of friends Amber Anchor and Hitch and the Giddyup, and pizza they had delivered to the big grey barn that’s at the heart of LionRock weddings.

“The whole experience was so emotional and overwhelmingly positive,” Jennie sums up. “We joke that we cried the whole weekend, but it was just so humbling to have all the people close to you in one room. I felt so much love and genuine happiness coming our way. It really was a celebration of family, friendship and love.”

bride’s gown  Romantique by Claire Pettibone Gardenia Gown

headpiece bhldn

shoes  Nina

bridesmaids’ dress brand  Jenny Yoo/Bill Levkoff

bridesmaids’ dress boutique  Bella Bridesmaids, Westport/Marie’s Bridal Shoppe Ltd., Fairfield

dj Classic Events, New York

music Amber Anchor/Hitch and the Giddyup

caterer  Matthew’s Catering Co., Plainfield

florist  Country Gardeners Florist, New York

hair Salon Mezzmerize, North Haven