Our L’Escale wedding today was organized in a matter of TEN DAYS, comprised solely of volunteers donating their services. This wedding was for a woman with terminal cancer, with only a few short months to live. Instead of just having a barebones wedding for the sake of her four-year-old daughter, a colleague of mine stepped in and said “No”. You’re having an actual wedding. We’re doing this right. That’s when they reached out to me and a host of other vendors to make this wedding happen, complete with a florist, wedding planner, DJ, videographer, ceremony officiant, hairdresser, photobooth, and photographer.

It was February, so many of us were free being outside of Wedding season. But there was the matter of getting everything in order within two weeks. This was surely all hands on deck but we would not have been able to pull this off without Martine. Her skills as a planner were put to the test given the constraints that we were working with.

As far as how the day would unfold, we had a window of three hours to check all the boxes if you will. Martine’s coordination was again crucial here. Three hours for the ceremony, grand entrance, first dance, toasts, oh yes, and food! We can’t forget the food. And L’escale’s food is PHENOMENAL. The theme for the day would be Frozen, as in the movie. It’s the bride’s daughter’s favorite movie, so of course, we’d be sprinkling in songs from the soundtrack for added effect.

This L’Escale wedding was a bit of a sprint, but no doubt a very special day for all involved, us vendors included!

Guests: 30

Age Groups: Largely mid-30s + >50s

Wedding Party: Yes

Wedding Party Introduced: Yes

Dinner: Tables assigned, self-serve.

Music Likes: Fleetwood Mac, will.i.am, Mumford & Sons, Portugal. The Man, Taylor Swift, The Chordettes, Kygo, Frank Ocean, Simon & Garfunkel


2:00 PM – Appetizers

2:30 PM – Ceremony

3:00 PM – Reception | Buffet Available

3:10 PM – Mom/Daughter/First Dance

3:15 PM – Toasts

3:45 PM – Hora

5:00 PM – Conclusion

Song Selections

  • Beyonce – Ave Maria
  • Muppets – Life’s a Happy Song
First Dance:
  • Vance Joy – Straight Into Your Arms


Venue: L‘Escale at Delamar Hotel (Greenwich)

Photographer: Eli Holmes of Seas Mts Co (Block Island)

Videographer: Julius Ferrer of First and Last Productions (West Hartford)

Planner: Martine Dardignac of Wedding M.D. (Hudson Valley)

Photobooth: Chloe of Barrio Letterpress (New York)

Florist: Albelisa Kemp of Maple Field Floral (Westchester)

Officiant: Daniela VillaRamos of Once Upon a Vow (Brooklyn)

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