Maddy & Dan – A Love Story From Connecticut

Maddy is from Connecticut and Dan is from Sydney, Australia. We've met in New York City and we've been together for 5 years. We balance each other. Maddy is intense and emotional, she doesn't know how to dream small, only BIG! Dan keeps us both grounded with his easy going and generous nature. He takes everything is stride. We like cooking together, going to see live music, traveling.

"Maddy is passionate, expressive, loving, ambitious" – Dan

“Dan is genuine, kind, generous, funny" – Maddy

Dan and I talked about getting engaged long before he ever proposed. My emerald engagement ring was custom made by a friend who is a jewelry designer, and it was so much fun getting to pick out the perfect center stone. Dan proposed while we were out for a walk in Prospect Park in Brooklyn. I love nature and the outdoors, so going to the park has always been one of my favorite things to do in the city. Romantic gestures are not Dan's strong suite and I could tell he was very nervous, even though he already knew what the answer was going to be.

THE WEDDING: I always wanted a wedding like my parent's. It was an outdoor wedding at a little old historic castle in Connecticut. I always joke that I must be the luckiest to get to marry the man I love not just once, but twice. Dan and I got married at City Hall in Manhattan a few months after getting engaged because we wanted to get all of his green card stuff sorted out before we bought our house. Then we had our beautiful wedding a year and half later with all of our friends and family. Both were wonderful in their own way.

The planning time was a lot of fun but it was also stressful. We also bought a house, moved to a differnt state, and I changed jobs in the year leading up to our wedding. It was overwhelming at times, but my family was amazingly supportive and helped so much. I could not have done it without them.

Community was the most important thing about our wedding. Dan and I had already been legally married for one and a half years, we owned a house together, and had two cats. Our wedding wasn't the beginning of our lives together, that has started quite some time before. Our wedding was the opportunity for us to celebrate with our community, family and friends.

An advice we would give to a couple planning their wedding? Front load! Do as much as you can as early as you can, so that as the day approaches you can enjoy yourself instead of scrambling. Also, forget about tradition and focus on what is most important to you as a couple.


Rock Star Vendors

Caterer: A Thyme to Cook

Cake: Zest Fresh Pastry

DJ: A Starry Night

Dress: Rue de Seine

Center Pieces & Decor: DIY

Bouquets: Brambles & Bittersweet