Natalie and Patrick’s families have been intertwined since, well, since they could remember! With summer homes just a block apart in New London, Natalie and Patrick grew up at the same beach, and, with three siblings each, they had a ready-made social group that loved nothing more than hilariously competitive sports, both silly and serious! Natalie’s mother recalled in her toast that she realized Natalie and Patrick’s relationship was evolving when, as teens, Patrick actually rang the FRONT doorbell to pick Natalie up for a formal date, as opposed to the norm of popping in the side door unannounced!
Naturally, their wedding was a warm and joyful family affair, with the ceremony and reception held on the lawn of the Branford House, on the grounds of the University of Connecticut, Avery Point, in Groton. The rehearsal dinner was held at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London, and the next day brunch was an all-day croquet brunch hosted by Natalie’s parents.