Real Wedding of the Week: Nicole and Andrew Bobko

Sarah Lehberger

bride & groom: Nicole & Andrew Bobko

wedding date: April 13, 2013

the bride says: Andrew and I met 10 years ago on February 1, 2003. We were both out with friends at a pool hall because were else can teens hang out. Andrew's friend actually was trying to hit on my friend so Andrew and I started talking. We hit it off, exchanged numbers and have been together ever since that night!

We didn't rush into things because we were so young. We both went to school locally—me at Fairfield U and Andrew to Sacred Heart. We both got jobs, worked for a couple years and in 2011, Andrew proposed!

We had gone to Saybrook Point Inn for a weekend getaway before and knew that's where we wanted to get married. I am so happy we chose it! We wanted everything in one place so we had both the ceremony and reception there.

As the bride, I wanted to have the least amount of stress possible on the day of the wedding. All the vendors helped 100 percent with this. From my photographer, videographer, florist and dj to my beauty people and the wedding coordinators at Saybrook, they all made sure the day was so smooth. I was able to spend the day in my suite with my bridesmaids and family, and never felt stressed the entire day. Every vendor worked together to time everything and leave me to really enjoy the whole day.

We wanted our ceremony short and meaningful so we worked closely with our JP to have a ceremony that worked for us. We used the traditional vow format but also used our own words. We also put in a memorial candle lighting because both Andrew and I have lost some people very close to us. Andrew especially, since his father has passed.

We then chose to visit and say hello to all our guest during cocktail hour, which was the best idea ever because we got to enjoy our entire reception. I should mention we did a first look and took all our pictures prior to the ceremony.

For my wedding I just wanted it to have a soft, romantic, and classic look. The colors we went with were light pinks, cream, navy and silver. Most details were classic wedding details but we also wanted to have personal touches. Therefore, instead of a traditional guest book we had a sign made of the house from the movie "Up"—our favorite—and guests would sign in the balloons. We also chose a nontraditional cake topper—we had 2 sloths made for us, which is an inside joke between my husband and I.

We also chose to make a donation to a local pitbull rescue instead of handing out favors, which is an organziation near and dear to us. The picture on the card is actually our dog Mollie.

And lastly, we had memorial candles made with the names of family members who have passed, and lit them during the ceremony.

Prior to my own wedding I had only been to about four weddings and therefore I used tools such as The Connecticut Bride magazine both in print and online to help me plan my wedding, and that is why I want to share my wedding with other brides. I am very proud of the fact that all my vendors as mentioned above are based in Connecticut.

ceremony & reception: Saybrook Point Inn & Spa, Old Saybrook

photographer: Sarah Lehberger, Afterglow Photos, Fairfield

dress designer: Sincerity

bridal salon: Dama Bianca Bridal, Fairfield

hair & makeup: Dana Bartone & Company, Cheshire

flowers: Bakes and Baldwin Floral Co., Madison

cake: Creative Cakes by Donna, Haddam

caterer: Saybrook Point Inn & Spa, Old Saybrook

music: Josh Lidsky, Mr. Music Man, North Haven

invitations: Party Party, Fairfield

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