Lindsey Trachtenberg and Dominic Spinelli

The Webb Barn, Wethersfield

July 3, 2016

Photography by Studio Ten9Ten

Lindsey Trachtenberg could not have met Dominic Spinelli at a crazier time in her life. A recent graduate of Yale Law School, Lindsey was working for a judge in Hartford that February in 2013 when a friend wanted to introduce her to another young lawyer, this one a UConn School of Law graduate named Dom. Lindsey, however, already had a job lined up to begin in Chicago in September (“As a junior lawyer you take jobs way ahead of time,” she explains), and was “adamant” that she did not want to get involved in a long-distance relationship. No way. No how. And yet, somehow, there was Dom.

“I have my ups and downs, but Dom is always steady and calming,” says Lindsey. “He brings a level of peace and comfort to my life, but is still a fun-loving guy who likes to go on adventures with me.” Hiking, marathons, a honeymoon in Iceland … but we’re getting ahead of ourselves.

Lindsey and Dom planned their wedding from Chicago (where, yes, Dom had moved to be with Lindsey), so they did need some help. Lindsey grew up in Wisconsin and has family scattered around the country, but Dom, who grew up in Bristol, has parents here who were ready and willing to help with what Lindsey calls the “on-the-ground details and planning.” Michelle Neff of Dreaming Tree Events in Stafford Springs was called upon to handle, among other things, décor and day-of coordination, which was “without a doubt the best money we spent,” says Lindsey. “Being able to tell myself, ‘Michelle’s got this covered,’ and just enjoy my day was priceless.”

The plan called for a Fourth of July-weekend wedding that was, “casual, comfortable and fun,” says Lindsey. A ceremony beneath a big ol’ honey locust tree at the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum in Wethersfield, followed by a reception in the property’s 19th-century Webb Barn was just the thing.

Dom’s nieces Gia and Enza were flower girls and nephews Carmine, Anthony, Rocco, Lucca and Angelo ring bearer and dapper “groomsmen’s sidekicks,” respectively (oh, those snappy suspenders and bow ties!). Flowers by Danielle of Trumbull made sure the blooms were what Lindsey describes as “more wildflower and less constructed” — heavy on the charm of baby’s-breath. Emily’s Catering Group of Forestville served a sit-down salad course followed by a bountiful buffet for 130 guests. FM Productions spun the tunes for dancing inside the post-and-beam barn, while the vast expanse of green lawn just off the barn’s bluestone patio proved the perfect spot for lawn games like giant Jenga and the custom cornhole Dom’s Dad built for the occasion.

The bridesmaids wore J. Crew cocktail dresses in a dusky shade of mauve, while the glowing bride herself kept her Alvina Valenta gown simple with a “lacey look” in keeping with the day’s rustic theme. “I didn’t want anything too elegant. … I wanted to feel like me,” says Lindsey. Besides, “I needed something I could play cornhole in.” We like a bride who’s got her priorities straight!

 

officiant: Matt Loter, New Haven

wedding gown: Alvina Valenta

bridesmaid dresses: J. Crew

planner/rentals: Dreaming Tree Events, Stafford Springs

music: FM Productions, Southington

caterer: Emily’s Catering Group, Forestville

floral design: Flowers By Danielle, Trumbull

hair/makeup: The Beauty Bar, Southington

lighting: Ryan Designs, Narragansett, R.I.

This article originally appeared in the Spring/Summer 2017 edition of The Connecticut Bride.