“Vintage Glamour” characterized the look and feel of Alison Pace and Dustin Croteau’s wedding. The Great Gatsby-inspired affair for 105 guests at F.E.A.S.T. at Round Hill in Washingtonville was filled with style, sophistication, and attention to detail.
Alison, a marketing coordinator for a small pharmaceutical-services company, met Dustin, a banker, when they were students at the University of New Hampshire. They got engaged while vacationing in Bermuda. Dustin proposed with Alison’s grandmother’s diamond ring, which they later had reset into a new but vintage-style setting.
The bride likes another kind of vintage jewelry, too. “I always wanted to do a brooch bouquet,” says Alison, whose bridal bouquet featured artificial flowers as a base and a colorful array of brooches. “My grandma and I liked scouring different places. We have a vintage jewelry store in the area, and we have a large flea market right in town. We went every weekend to see what we could make with them.”
Alison also received brooches from family and friends, including the groom’s mother, who gifted family heirlooms. The heavy finished bouquet featured stems wrapped in the sash from the bride’s dress.
Alison wore an off-white Lazaro gown with a sweetheart neckline and buttons down the back. She also wore a vintage stole that she bought at a local flea market. “I instantly fell in love with it!” she says. “Having that stole was the perfect little added touch.”
One of the bride’s favorite moments happened while she was getting ready, anticipating the wedding. “I remember when we were getting all those details together—that was when I first saw Dustin coming into the venue,” Alison recalls. “It all felt so real at that moment.” The couple spent almost an hour shooting “first look” photos before the wedding, which gave them more time to spend with their guests after the ceremony.
Alison and Dustin had a wine-box ceremony, in which they sealed in a box a bottle of wine and letters they wrote to each other; they will open the box on their fifth anniversary. The couple did a lot of DIY vintage projects, too, including repurposing an old suitcase lined with lace for cards; making a telegram guestbook station featuring a vintage phone; and having a “Gin Rickey” throwback signature drink mixing gin, lime, and club soda.
“When I look back at all the elements and details, I couldn’t be happier about what we put together, what we worked on together with our families,” says Alison, who honeymooned with Dustin in Niagara Falls and Toronto. They live in New Milford, Connecticut, where the brooch bouquet is on display in a vase.
The Details: Photographer: Ulysses Photography (845) 956-1605; www.ulyssesphotography.com. Ceremony Venue, Reception Venue, and Caterer: F.E.A.S.T. at Round Hill, Washingtonville (845) 497-7476; www.feastcaterers.com. Cake/Dessert: The Pastry Garden, Poughkeepsie and two other locations (845) 473-5220; www.thepastrygarden.com. Florist: Flowers By Jo Ann, Washingtonville (845) 496-3343. Music/Entertainment: James Daniel Entertainment, Stamford, CT (203) 969-2400; www.jamesdaniel.com. Invitations: Minted; www.minted.com. Wedding Gown: Lazaro; www.jlmcouture.com/Lazaro. Shoes/Accessories: DSW, multiple locations; www.dsw.com. Bridal Hair/Makeup: Serenity Hair Spa, Washingtonville (845) 496-0211. Bridesmaid Dresses: Watters; www.watters.com. Men’s Attire: BLACK by Vera Wang at Men’s Wearhouse, multiple locations; www.menswearhouse.com.