S & K's Yale, ROÌA New Haven Wedding
S & K's beautiful, small wedding vow renewal was something all brides truly dream of. It was a day that was truly devoted to the bride and groom. Although intimate, all the details were perfectly arranged with a minimalistic flair, with a European influence. ROÌA Restaurant and Cafe was the perfect venue, supplying beautiful architecture and artwork that left everyone in awe.
S and K originally met online, but their love blossomed through their time at Yale together. When the time was right, K proposed to S under a beautiful tree located in the heart of the courtyard in front of Bass Library. Although they married in November, they decided to have a renewal to include all their family and friends, including K's family that flew from Greece. While deciding on vendors and details, S knew that she wanted something small and minimalistic, while also having a timeless, classic feel.
We started the day in a small bed & breakfast located in a pocket street in New Haven. The bed & breakfast truly breathed a New England feel, with charming details in every corner you looked. After dressed and prepped, the bridal party headed over to Yale University for family portraits. We met in the same courtyard where K previously proposed to S. It truly added a sentimental value. Shortly after bidding farewell to the family members, it was time for us to focus on S & K's portraits. We strolled through the common areas of Yale and headed down Elm Street to venture deeper into the university.
We finished and arrived at ROÌA to start the cocktail hour. ROÌA is housed in what was originally the grand restaurant of the historic Taft Hotel built in 1912. Their speciality includes a variety of French and Italian cuisines. Wine and mediterranean hors d'oeuvres were enjoyed by all of the guests located on the balcony of the elegant restaurant. All the tables were beautifully dressed with minimalistic detail, including small arrangements of white roses. The bride, groom and I snuck away for a few moments to the Taft hotel lobby, located just on the other side of the building. I made sure to grab a few photos of S & K standing underneath one of the largest stain-glassed dome's made to date.
After everyone had been seated, it was time for the couple to share a small ceremony in front of all their loved ones. They had a close family friend, who had flown in from Arizona, to officiate the ceremony. After their 'I do's' and first kiss, it was time for dinner service to begin. Grilled lamb with sautéd beet leaves and puree carrot, as well as a fillet of Branzino, a mediterranean sea bass, with pea puree and radishes were presented to the guests. The night was finished with dessert (wedding cake, of course!) and dancing in the balcony.
I'd love to give a huge thank you to S & K for having me capture all the special moments of their wedding day. It was truly a perfect, special event that I know they will cherish forever.