Lacey Gilleran & Matthew Shea
Fox Hill Inn, Brookfield | June 17, 2017 | Lacey Gabrielle Photography
It was no coincidence that Matt Shea chose May 4, 2016, as the day he would propose to Lacey Gilleran. May the Fourth, of course, is of special significance to Star Wars fans, of which Lacey, a self-proclaimed Star Wars “geek” since the second grade, is one of the biggest.
“Star Wars is part of who I am,” says Lacey, community development manager for LeftField Media in Trumbull. Matt, who owns the video production company Matt of All Media in Bethel, is into action films, especially James Bond. “We both love ‘nerdy’ things,” sums up Lacey, and so “he ‘gets’ me.”
On the other hand, “Matt is logical, level-headed and a total introvert,” says Lacey, whereas, “I’m the extrovert and always running pedal-to-the-metal 50 steps ahead.” Nonetheless, “we balance each other out; he makes me a better person.”
Since movies are something the couple has long bonded over, choosing a movie theme for their June 17, 2017, wedding at the Fox Hill Inn in Brookfield was a given. The challenge was to achieve such a theme with a look that was “elegant,” says Lacey, as opposed to, well, “cheesy.” A challenge that was met — and exceeded.
Polished invites designed to look like movie tickets set a sophisticated tone from the start, and a string quartet played instrumental movie themes as members of the bridal party came down the aisle for the outdoor ceremony. The bride herself, looking regal in Camille La Vie while carrying a simple yet glorious bouquet of white hydrangeas and roses designed by her mom, made her grand entrance to “Princess Leia’s Theme” from Star Wars: A New Hope. “This was really important to me,” says Lacey, and done as both a tribute to the role of Star Wars in her life and the recently deceased Carrie Fisher.
At the reception, ticketed place cards directed guests to some of the couple’s favorite movies being “shown” at the various tables. At the center of each were vintage film reels the bride-to-be found on eBay and spray-painted gold, as were corresponding movie props: A T-rex for Jurassic Park, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man for Ghostbusters, a golden gun for the James Bond flick of the same name, even a gleaming BB-8 robot made by Matt, who also runs a 3-D printing business, for the table featuring Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Additional touches included a cake topper that spoke of “Lights, Camera, Love,” the newly married couple’s name spelled out in vintage-style marquee lights and overflowing cones of gourmet popcorn as favors.
And, yes, before the day was done, Lacey got the shot she had to have for her wedding album: That of the fierce bride wielding her lightsaber. Leia done proud.
Officiants Matthew Arrick
Dress designer Camille La Vie
Dress/headpiece boutique Group USA, New Jersey
Shoes Lulu Townsend
Jewelry/accessories Turkey Ridge, Ridgefield
Bridesmaid dresses White by Vera Wang for David’s Bridal
Tuxedos Men’s Wearhouse
DJ/lighting Spin Doctor Entertainment, Brookfield
Music Velveteen Ensemble, New York
Caterer/cake Fox Hill Inn, Brookfield
Hair/makeup Elegant Beauty Studios, Danbury
Transportation Gateway Limousine, Waterbury