Katie's Wedding Gown and Heirloom Veil Preservation in Orange, CT

Katie and Erik met through a blind date that was arranged by a mutual friend two years ago, and got married this Spring at the same church where Katie's parents had their nuptials. If that weren't symbolic enough, Katie also wore the same heirloom veil that her mother, Cathy, was clad in on her special day forty-two years ago. They brought the gown and veil to Orange Restoration Labs of CT after the wedding to be cleaned and preserved. Check out the gorgeous photography by New York-based Tilly Blair, and read about all the cute details from Katie's wedding below! 

Mother and Father of the Bride with the bride on her wedding day.


Katie and Erik's wedding was on April 29, 2017 at Church of the Resurrection in Rye, NY. 

Real Bride Katie and Erik's commemorative wedding day photo album at Apawamis Club.

Beautiful day for a wedding at the Church of the Resurrection in Rye, New York.


The reception followed at The Apawamis Club, which was also located in Rye. It was a beautiful day  actually, according to Katie’s mother’s account, it was the only nice Saturday this past April: a welcome blessing for everyone present. 

Stunning sunset over the Apawamis Club during Katie's wedding reception.

The Apawamis Club in Rye, NY set up for the wedding reception celebrations.


Katie and Erik were surrounded by family and friends for a wonderful, warm, loving, beautiful, and fun celebration, making their wedding truly special and memorable!

Real Bride Katie and her bridesmaids in soft pink on her wedding day.

The groomsmen at the Apawamis Club during Real Bride Katie's wedding.

It was important to Katie and Erik to include their families – all of whom are very close... 

Real Bride Katie with her family and bridesmaids at the Apawame Club.

Real Bride Katie's groom and his family and friends on the wedding day.


…brothers with their wives, a sister, five nieces and nephews, and their many aunts, uncles and cousins. Everyone had a role in the couple’s big day! 

Real Bride Katie's wedding day ceremony at the Church of the Resurrection.

Adorable flower girls at Real Bride Katie's wedding.


Katie's dress was gorgeous. Designed by Tony Ward, the bride found it at Kleinfeld’s after looking at a number of other bridal gowns that were also very pretty. But it was this dress that spoke to her!! It was made with an embroidered leaf design that was romantic and traditional, but which had an updated twist. She really wanted to wear a lovely family veil that had been worn by others for generations. The entire family were thrilled that this dress instantly proved to be perfect match for the veil!

Real Bride Katie's Tony Ward wedding gown.


Katie grew up in Rye, and as did her mother, so most of their family weddings have taken place at Church of the Resurrection, followed by a reception at the Apawamis Club. Katie’s parents were married at Resurrection and Apawamis forty-two years ago. So the heirloom veil has made many a trip down the aisle!

Black and white bride and groom embrace.

A black-and-white photo of the Real Bride and her groom during an emotional speech at their wedding, delivered by the bride's mother.


"We brought the dress and veil to Orange Restoration Labs after the wedding. The heirloom veil tore during the reception. Sally expertly repaired it using pieces from Katie's dress (you’d never know!), and preserved both for future generations. We were truly pleased with the restoration!" -Katie's mother

Real Bride Katie sharing an emotional kiss with her groom in the sunset following their wedding.

Photo credit: Tilly Blair Photography

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