Traynor Canny first spotted Lauren Connolly on his family’s Christmas card in 2011, or so he thought. âAfter being together for a while, we realized that we had both been in the same college production of The Wizard of Oz in 1998,â Lauren says. “We even found some homemade videos of the show, with us within feet of each other on stage!” In 2015, after nearly four years of dating, Traynor took Lauren to one of her late mother’s favorite places: the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. They were there with families and friends, surrounded by children. The next thing Lauren found out, the kids gave her presents, one by one. It all started with starfish earrings, pearl earrings and a bracelet, and in the final box was a beautiful engagement ring, with Traynor holding the box and kneeling on one knee. .
The couple grew up in Manchester-by-the-Sea, a coastal town north of Boston, and loved the idea of ââgetting married where they call home. The historic first parish church, founded in 1716 and built in 1809, sits in the center of town, and Lauren has been attending Essex County Club since she was a child. They wanted their July 22, 2017 wedding to have a New England summer vibe and to incorporate Traynor’s late mother Elizabeth in every way they could. The result was an event full of lush and soft florals, rustic accents and stylish details, which their 220 guests (including their adorable seven month old daughter, Blair!) Loved.
Event planner 42 North helped design and produce the celebration, and Shannen Natasha for The Wedding Artists Co. was on hand to capture all the pretty details. Read on to find out more!
Lauren had envisioned a dress with a more bohemian vibe, but immediately fell in love with a bespoke satin dress from Carolina Herrera. âWhen I slipped my hands in my pockets and looked in the mirror, I knew it was the one,â she says. âI knew that if I felt beautiful trying it early in my pregnancy, I would feel even better on my wedding day!
She paired the V-neck dress with Stuart Weitzman block heel sandals and a bouquet of blush and white roses, dahlias and cascading orchids.
Traynor wore a tailored navy blue tuxedo by Bonobos. The couple’s daughter, Blair, donned soft blue moccasins and a pink bow. âPlanning a wedding while pregnant and with a newborn was overwhelming at times,â says Lauren, âEspecially when it comes to the essential details like table assignments!â
The couple’s flower girl wore a white dress with a tulle skirt, perfect for spinning. She topped it with a wreath of small white roses.
Lauren’s dad walked her down the aisle as her mom walked with Traynor’s dad and the proud grandparents carried baby Blair. âWe wrote our own vows and kept them a secret until our wedding day,â recalls Lauren. âWe were surprised by their similarity! ”
The Essex County Club was the perfect location for an alfresco party under a crisp canvas tent. Guests spent the evening, drinks in hand, overlooking the pristine golf course and surrounding fields.
The dance floor was set under a flowery sky, with delphiniums and lupines (Traynor’s mother’s favorite flowers) hanging above. âTowards the end of the night, our friends lifted us above the crowd. We could reach and touch the magnificent ceiling that we had been feeling all night! Lauren remembers.
The head table consisted of long whitewashed farm tables and was decorated with garlands of greenery. The pillar candles were surrounded by blush and white roses, dahlias, peonies, and hydrangeas.
The menu featured an East Coast spread, starting with local meats and cheeses and freshly shelled oysters at cocktail hour. For dinner, an arugula and peach salad was followed by a Statler chicken stuffed with spinach. The signature cocktail was âThe Seabass,â a combination of Cold River blueberry vodka, sparkling water and mashed blueberries.
The four tier wedding cake was sprinkled with gold and decorated with fresh flowers. Flavors included strawberry champagne, banana praline, and peanut butter and chocolate cakes. âWe also had a dessert station with mini handmade pies and truffles!â said the bride.
As the dance began, Lauren went inside to change into Milly’s party outfit. “I ended up taking a quick shower before changing!” ” she laughs.
Looking back, the bride admits that while the planning process may not have been easy, it was worth it. âAny bumps along the way will sort out on their own,â says Lauren. âMake sure you appreciate all the little things you’ve worked so hard on. And don’t forget to smile!