Meredith's Wedding Gown Preservation in Orange, CT

Meredith met the love of her life at the Naval Academy-- a connection so significant that they decided to host their wedding at the Academy Chapel. She wore a sweetheart Watters wedding gown the day in honor, which was later shipped off to be cleaned and preserved for her by Orange Restoration Labs. Meredith was warmly recommended this particular Specialist by Betsy Robinson, the bridal salon where she'd found her gown, and she was not disappointed by the result! Read on for this truly charming bride's special day story and check out all the beautiful photos of the event:  

USNA wedding ceremony.


"I met Tom when we were on internship in Livermore, California, during the summer between our freshman and sophomore years at the Naval Academy. We didn't realize it until we started talking that we were actually both on the Varsity Offshore Sailing Team! Right away we had a connection, and it was great being able to leave the internship and return to the same school with a new friend! After my sophomore year, I transferred to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, so we were still only an hour apart and able to spend almost every weekend together."


Happy naval sailing team couple.Bride and groom out of focus with bubbles.

Bride and groom in front of vintage black car in Maryland.

Don't give up the ship wedding group photo.


"There was never any doubt in either of our minds about hosting the ceremony at the Academy Chapel because, for one, we have so much shared history there. Being able to go to school and see each other every day set a strong foundation for our relationship during the first year. In addition, the Academy Chapel is absolutely, breathtakingly beautiful!"


Naval Academy Chapel bride and groom.

Bride and groom exchanging vows at wedding chapel.


"Additionally, we wanted to have the wedding in Annapolis because with my family being from Kentucky and his — Wisconsin, we couldn't decide which location to use, so we compromised by meeting in the middle! Furthermore, all of our friends from the Academy as well as mine from Hopkins could easily join us in this way." 


Adorable flower girls from the bridal party.

Bridesmaids group in powder pink staged shot.

USNA wedding chapel.The complete bridal party at the USNA chapel.


"My favorite memory from the wedding is definitely our first look. Before the ceremony, our families and the bridal party all assembled in a gazebo right across from the Chapel, and when he turned around and looked at me for the first time, and I looked at him, his eyes showed me that I am the one he wants to spend forever with… and right then in that moment, I knew that I feel exactly the same way about him, too."


Pink and white bridesmaids bouquets.

Pink bridesmaids dresses with gold strap shoes.

First hug as husband and wife. Summer wedding.


The wedding cake was homemade by the maid of honors' mother.  The reception, dinner, dancing and post-wedding breakfast was held at the local Lowes Hotel. 


Bride and groom cutting their wedding cake with a sword.


Meredith's wedding gown was designed by Watters.


Watters wedding dress.Watters bride.

Bridal portrait at the United States Naval Academy.


Both bride and groom attended the United States Naval Academy (USNA).  They met as freshmen on the offshore sailing team. The wedding mass was held on a Saturday afternoon at the United States Naval Academy Chapel in Annapolis, Maryland. 


Navy bride with her hat and groom.

Closeup shot of the wedding rings.


Meredith graduated in May 2016 from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in Environmental Engineering. Tom graduated from the Naval Academy two weeks later. 


Bride and groom in front of the USNA chapel.

Bride with her father.Bride at chapel posing with her veil.


Family and friends traveled from their hometowns of Louisville, Kentucky and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. During our multi-day destination wedding, guests went sailing on the Chesapeake, toured the USNA Yard and attended a fabulous welcome party hosted by the groom’s parents. 


Beautiful satin seat arrangements in woven basket.

Adorable children walking down the aisle at the chapel. Flower girls.


The wedding gown was very soiled on the bottom and while outside tiny gnats had gotten in between the layers of lace and tulle. The gown was so lovely that it absolutely warranted a professional cleaning. Meredith was referred to Orange Restoration Labs for cleaning and preservation by Betsy Robinson's Bridal Collection, the bridal salon where Meredith had purchased her gown.


Wedding party.

Wedding party portrait.

Naval wedding celebration meets ceremony.

Photography credit: Francis Formica Photography

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