Sunday, December 30, 2012

Poor Old Shine

Last night I saw the most wonderful band, Poor Old Shine, who bravely made it through 10 inches of snow to play for a party in Coventry, Connecticut. They are an incredibly talented and creative group. Not every band member could get there last night because of the weather, but those who did, treated all of us to their beautiful compositions and thoughtful arrangements. Thank you Poor Old Shine! 

Chris Freeman (vocals, guitar & banjo), Max Shakun (guitar, pump organ), Harrison Goodale (Bass), and Brian Conlon (washboard, percussion, bells). 

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Wyatt Bombara's Baby Blessing!

On November 11th of this year, at the beautiful Golden Lamb Buttery in Brooklyn, Connecticut, (  10 month old Wyatt Bombara celebrated his official Baby Blessing surrounded by family and friends. It was an absolutely gorgeous day and we were lucky enough to be able to do Wyatt’s blessing out on the deck overlooking the pastures. We could not have asked for better weather.
This was a particularly meaningful ceremony for me because on November 14th, 2010 I officiated Wyatt’s parent’s wedding ceremony at the Hartford Society Room. I got to tell the wonderful story of how they met and fell in love and their proposal story which involved a lot of texting! Kate and Chris Bombara are the most wonderful, genuine, and warm couple and when they contacted me to do Wyatt’s baby blessing I was thrilled! This was the first baby blessing I have done for a couple whom I married. It was so fun to see their family members and friends after almost 2 years. Chris’s son Christian, now 13 years old, was Chris’s best man in 2010 and since then he has grown SO much! I am a big fan of Christian’s. He is a wonderful big brother to Wyatt and is quite a good athlete and student. I’m sure in a few years he’ll be as tall (if not taller) than Chris. Plus he is a very good public speaker and helped in the ceremony by reading  a lovely piece about children by Dorothy Nolte.Thank you Christian!
Wyatt, our guest of honor, is a smart and seriously handsome boy. I could definitely see both of his parents in him. He is very aware of everything going on around him and was wide awake and interested at what was being said and done at his baby blessing. Chris held him for most of the ceremony and just at the end when I was about to present Wyatt to his community and give the final blessing, Chris held on to Wyatt’s hands as Wyatt practiced standing, which gave me a perfect opportunity to kneel down right in front of him and offer Wyatt’s blessing face to face! He seemed a little surprised at that and I saw a big smile cross his face, and then even more smiles when everyone cheered and clapped.
Chris and Kate Bombara honored me the first time by entrusting their wedding ceremony to me. To be asked two years later to offer the blessing for Wyatt was another huge  honor and one I will always cherish.
Happy belated second year anniversary Kate and Chris! You and Christian and Wyatt will always be part of my heart.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Mike and Efrain Got Married!

Sunday in the gardens at the Inn at Villa Bianca in Seymour, Connecticut, Mike Piekutowski and Efrain Vergona, were escorted down the aisle by their wonderful mothers while Josh Groban’s The Prayer played. The day was beautiful and Mike and Efrain looked elegant and handsome in tails, complemented by their wedding party who wore black and silver.

I had met Mike and Efrain in early June of 2011. From the very first email I received from Mike, I knew we would work well together and the day I met them both face to face, I felt as if I had known them for a very long time and our meeting was really a reunion. I was so honored and delighted to be chosen to do their wedding and to celebrate the story of these two guys who have been together almost five years.

I will always remember that moment standing at the altar with Mike and Efrain, seeing the joy on their faces and those of their family and friends. It was a happy, happy day. For Mike and Efrain, they have taken their first steps in their newest journey together and I wish them all the very best, always and forever. 

DJ Tommy MacKay from Celebration Entertainment, ( who has years of experience, brings his knowledge and good energy to the events he does. It was a pleasure to work with him; he was great and I hope I get to work with him again. Max Aureli ( was Mike and Efrain’s photographer and is a delight to work with. 

Congratulations Mike & Efrain!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Bridal Show January 22nd

For all you engaged couples: Join me at a bridal show on Sunday, January 22nd, 2012 at The Riverview at 10 Winslow Place in Simsbury, CT. The charge is a mere $8 and you will meet loads of great vendors and have a chance to win a free honeymoon! Check out the flyer and call Wedding Steps at: 203-746-1648 to register. See you there!