Whimsical Outdoor Garden Wedding at Edgerton Park, East Haven, CT | Danica & Dueren | July 23, 2016

Brides Full Name Danica Lisa-Marie Bradshaw
Grooms Full Name Dueren Kern Hamlet

Tell us how you met and all about the proposal.
We met at a party through a mutual friend and I knew I wanted to get to know him as soon as I saw him walking up to that house. We were introduced and started spending time together ever since. Later on we started driving back and forth from the Bronx to New Haven. Almost 2 years in and he wanted to move to Connecticut, my parents used the “but you’re not married” line and my answer to that was that “what’s a piece of paper going to do?” – I never wanted to get married growing up, but meeting Dueren changed my perspective. Either way, when I told him what they had said, he said “well let’s get married then”. That was it, no fancy proposal, but it did it for me. We went to city hall two months later and our wedding day marked our 3 year anniversary. Doesn’t get any better than that people.

luxury wedding destination Whimsical Outdoor Garden Wedding at Edgerton Park, East Haven, CT | Danica & Dueren | July 23, 2016

Wedding Style: Describe your wedding dress. What was wedding shopping like for you?
My wedding dress was a drop waist ball gown with sweetheart neckline and embellished bodice. Shopping for a dress was a little difficult, because there were so many styles I liked, but once I was ready to go to the actual store, I picked out 3 that I loved, tried on 1, loved it but it was too heavy. The second was my dress. I loved it and didn’t want to take it off. I knew it was the one.

Culture: Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding? If yes, tell us more.
Through music, we’re both from the Caribbean and it was important to us to hear music we love and have listened to our entire lives.

Memories: What is your best memory from your wedding?
Aside from marrying the love of my life a second time on our 3rd year anniversary… the slow mo booth and the amount of dancing I did

Advice: What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples?
Have fun while planning, it’s your day and no one else. Do what you can with what you have and enjoy every moment of it.

Bridesmaids/Groomsmen gifts:
Bridesmaids: Personalized tote with their names that included: pink floral robes, personalized champagne glasses with names and roles, personalized tumblers with first initial, cosmetic bag with manicure essentials, wipes, advil, earrings and necklace, heel protectors, M&M’s, honey roasted peanuts, mini Barefoot Pink Moscato wine, gold flip flops, personalized rose gold hangers.

Groomsmen: bow ties and pocket squares, socks, personalized scotch glasses with names and roles

Favorite item on the menu:
Seafood risotto

First dance song:
Alaine – Love of a lifetime
Tory Lanez – Everyone falls in love

luxury wedding destination Whimsical Outdoor Garden Wedding at Edgerton Park, East Haven, CT | Danica & Dueren | July 23, 2016
photos by Abbey Domond Photography


Wedding dress: David’s bridal
Bridesmaid dresses: Etsy – Renz Ragz store
Hair: Renee Griffin
Makeup: LaToya Santos
Shoes: Betsey Johnson (bride); Cole Hahn (groom)
Ceremony location: Edgerton Park, New Haven, CT
Reception location: The Country House. East Haven, CT
Photography: Abbey Domond Photography
Cinematography: Yamean Studios
Day-Of-Coordinator: Victorious Events NYC
Entertainment/DJ: Mike Music
Florist: Candi’s Floral Creations
Cake & Truffle favors: Wildflour Confections
Stationery: Ijorere the Invitation
Nails: Vi Nail Art & Design