MICHELE & CHRISTOPHER
October 10, 2015 • New Milford, ConnecticutBy Juliet Pennington
Michele Peyser and Christopher Norcross knew just the wedding they wanted. The self-described foodies adhere to the motto “sharing is caring,” so they set out to incorporate that mindset into their special day at the Candlelight Farms Inn in New Milford, Connecticut.
In lieu of individual salads before the main meal, guests shared artisanal charcuterie boards; instead of traditional flower centerpieces, guests were treated to vegetable boxes to take home. Favors included homemade canned pickles courtesy of the bride and groom.
The couple met at a mutual friend’s birthday party in September 2011, three weeks after Michele moved to Boston for a new job. “We met on a Friday night and had our first date two days later,” says Michele.
In addition to being bonafide foodies, Michele and Christopher share a passion for antiquing and visiting Portland, Maine. It was while on a getaway to the seaside city in April 2014 that Christopher proposed. They stopped in to Asia West, their favorite furniture store, where Christopher insisted Michele look at a dresser. “We had a small apartment and I told him that we really didn’t need it, but he kept insisting that I look at it and open the drawers so I could see the design inside,” she says. “There wasn’t any design, but there was a small box. I started to cry.”
Following the couple’s special weekend getaway, Michele and her mother, Ellen, searched for the perfect wedding venue.
“On the first day my mom and I started looking, we e-mailed each other the same link for Candlelight Farms. It was everything we wanted,” she says.
The couple’s wedding was a weekend affair. The rehearsal dinner was held on Friday night, and despite the heavy downpours, Michele says, “It really worked to our advantage. The rain made the leaves pop with color.”
Wedding highlights included a new twist on a Jewish tradition, in which the rabbi gives the married couple seven blessings during the ceremony. “We wanted to honor close friends of ours by having them write their own blessings for us,” Michele says. “It allowed us to have a more intimate and personal ceremony.”
For Christopher, seeing his bride walk down the aisle was the most profound moment. “I was emotional the entire day,” he reminisces. “But that … that really got me.”
For Michele, whose first dance with her new husband was to the Zac Brown Band’s “Whatever It Is,” the morning after the wedding is what resonates with her most.
“I was so happy the entire night, but I don’t think I really took it all in until afterwards, when we got back to our cottage and we were really able to digest everything,” she says. “The next morning we walked the property and watched the sun come up. To see the tent and other things from the wedding the morning after … that was when we were like, ‘Wow, we did this.’”
Photos by Lauren Methia Photography
Location: Candlelight Farms // Florist: Rita’s Floral Touch; theflowerpatch // Catering & Cake: Event Caterers // Tent Rental: Durkin’s Inc. // Linen Rental: Durants Party Rentals // Bridal Gown: Anna Campbell (Everthine Bridal Boutique) // Bridal Accessories: Badgley Mischka shoes; Carolee earrings // Bridesmaids Dresses: Erin by Erin Fetherson (Anthropologie) // Groom’s Attire: Theory; Tie Bar // Hair & Makeup Stylist: Alexis and Pilar of Joe’s Salon & Spa // Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas // Rings: Laura Preshong; Etsy