Real Wedding: Teresa LaBarbera and Brandon Dufour

Brian Ambrose Photography

December 31, 2013 | The Palace Theater, Waterbury

New Year’s Eve 2013 is going to be a tough one to top for Teresa LaBarbera and Brandon Dufour. When the clock struck midnight they were on stage at the circa-1922 Palace Theater in Waterbury. Cannons shot confetti into the air, their names were in lights on the theater marquee, a 13-piece Soul System Orchestra had the crowd jamming (hello, horn section), and 250 of their closest friends and family were right there beside them in black tie and gown to ring in not just a new year, but a new life—for just six hours earlier, at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Waterbury, Brandon John and Teresa Anne had been pronounced husband and wife.

“Everyone is always looking for something fun to do on New Year’s Eve—so why not a wedding?” says Teresa. “Brandon and I took one look at The Palace Theater and it just blew us away. “This could be spectacular!” we said. “And it was!”

“Glitz and glam” on a cold winter’s night is what they had in mind. “I wanted everything to sparkle and glow,” says Teresa. “Theater” guests entering The Palace headed straight to the box office for their tickets (a.k.a. place cards), and cocktails were served in an opulent lobby decorated with custom movie posters (that’s a radiant Teresa and her dad in Father of the Bride). Tables on the theater’s gilded mezzanine were set for dinner with black velvet cloths, and glittering white manzanita branches dripping with crystals and surrounded by lush white roses from floral designer Terri Krisavage in Rocky Hill were the centerpiece of each. When Teresa and Brandon had their dramatic first dance to an a cappella version of Dave Matthews’ “I’ll Back You Up,” it even began to “snow.”

Was there champagne to be had? On New Year’s Eve, of course (and a grand clock projected on stage to count down the minutes), but there were also signature martinis to celebrate this union. The “Traffic Stopper” (spiced rum, lime juice, maple syrup and a dash of bitters—oh, yeah ) and the “Lane Changer” (vodka , ginger, lime and cranberry). Is it falling into place now? Yes, Teresa is the traffic reporter you see on WTNH News8, as well as the host of “Connecticut Style,” where she met Brandon, the owner of All-Star Driver in Watertown. “We like to say we’re a match made in ‘highway heaven,’” laughs Teresa. Well, in that case:

5.4.3.2.1 …Happy New Year! You may now kiss your bride.

Photography: Brian Ambrose Photography, Glastonbury

Dress: Mariella Creations, Rocky Hill

Catering: Emily's Catering Group, Bristol

Invitations: Elizabeth Richard Gifts, Waterbury

Floral Design: TK & Browns, Rocky Hill

Rings: David Jewelers, Oakville

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This article appeared in the Fall/Winter 2014 issue of The Connecticut Bride

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