Real New England Weddings: Amy Stucchi & Adam Candela
Photos byÂ Meghann Gregory Photography
It was a hot pepper that brought Amy Stucchi and Adam Candela together. After a game of inter-office volleyball, the two ended up connecting at a bar, where Adam challenged Amy to a jalapeĂ±o-eating contest. She won. â€śWe became friends from there, and it evolved into more,â€ť Amy says. Four years later, after a day of snowshoeing in Vermont, Adam surprised Amy by proposing atop a mountain.
For their wedding, Amy was looking for a venue with a â€śrustic, elegantâ€ť vibe. â€śI really didnâ€™t want anything too glitzy or glammy,â€ť she says. â€śI wanted it to be our style.â€ť The Barn at Gibbet Hill, with its weathered stone walls, wood-paneled interior, and views of Grotonâ€™s rolling hills, was the perfect spot. The homey menuâ€”potato-crusted haddock with bacon-corn chowder, and chicken with twice-baked potatoesâ€”also fit the laid-back vibe.
Amy and her mom spent the months leading up to the big day scouring antiques stores for dĂ©cor elements, such as the green shutters holding the place cards and the burlap signs on the cake table. â€śIt felt like every other weekend we were stopping somewhere,â€ť she says.
While guests delighted in the thoughtful touches, Adam only had eyes for his bride. â€śSeeing Amy come down the aisle was the highlight of my day,â€ť he says.
Amy chose pale-green J.Crew frocks for her bridesmaids. â€śI loved the color when I saw it in the storeâ€”it was kind of vintage-y, but also very springlike,â€ť she says.
Left:Â Chalkboard signs, purchased from Cape Cod Crafters in Shrewsbury, directed guests to the ceremony. Right:Â The antique pins on Amyâ€™s bridal bouquet came from the coupleâ€™s grandmothers.
Amyâ€™s maid of honor printed her speech on a long scroll to symbolize their 25 years of friendship.
Monogrammed mugs from Anthropologie doubled as vases.
Left: Flag pennants decorated Amy and Adamâ€™s seats. Right:Â The couple served a four-layer chocolate cake from Konditor Meister. â€śNeither of us wanted a traditional wedding cake, and we both love chocolate,â€ť Amy says. She painted the cake toppers herself.
In keeping with their rustic theme, the bride and groom posed for photos in front of a barn.
Gown: Watters, La Reine Bridal Boutique
Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew
Shoes: Dolce Vita
Menswear: Menâ€™s Wearhouse
Videographer: Well Spun Weddings
Catering: The Barn at Gibbet Hill
Cake: Konditor Meister
Groomâ€™s Cake: Sweet
DJ: Paul Natale, Murray Hill Talent
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Source URL: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/2012/12/real-new-england-weddings-amy-stucchi-adam-candela/