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Wickham Park & Elicit Brewing Micro-Wedding | Sarah + Zach

Updated: Apr 10, 2023

Sarah and Zach celebrated their wedding ceremony at Wickham Park in Manchester, Connecticut. The park has multiple places to host a wedding; The Cabin at Hilltop Garden, Emerald Room of the Irish Garden, and the English Garden, among many more beautiful spots for an elopement! They opted for their ceremony at the English Garden and then a reception at Elicit Brewing Co.

black and white photo of couple walking at hilltop gardens at wickham park with view of trees and Hartford, CT in background

English Garden Wedding Ceremony at Wickham Park

The gardens were not only absolutely stunning, but was enclosed enough with shrubs and landscaping which provided privacy from the rest of the park - as well as from their guests and each other before they walked down the aisle! They included their nearest and dearest in the celebration to have more of an intimate affair. They each shared their own personal vows publicly which were so sweet and filled with antidotes from their relationship - the most common theme throughout was that they fell in love quickly, and they each knew they were the one. After their first date (on a hiking trip), Sarah told her maid of honor that she had just met husband! Sarah's brother officiated their ceremony with great care and honor. The two flower girls had a ball running around the ceremony area while they were getting married with a childhood innocence having no idea it was one of the biggest days in their auntie's life.

Meet Sarah + Zach:

groomsman portrait in nature
Zach's groomsmen

bridesmaids portrait at wickham park
Sarah's bridesmaids

Wickham park wedding ceremony in the English Gardens
English Gardens Wedding Ceremony

wedding ceremony at wickham park in english gardens
They're married!

Wedding Photos Around Wickham Park

After their ceremony we explored the grounds finding ares to incorporate that were still beautifully in bloom in early September with their wedding party before heading up to the Hilltop Garden to soak in the view with just the two of them.

wedding party photo at wickham park

wedding photo in english gardens
English Gardens

wedding photo in english garden trees sort of looks like Italy
English Gardens

wedding photo in the courtyard of wickham park
English Gardens

hilltop garden wickham park view
Hilltop Gardens

Elicit Brewing Wedding Reception

After the ceremony we ventured around Wickham park to take wedding party and couple's photos before heading over to Elicit Brewing Co. The brewery is huge and industrial - the perfect unique venue for a small-scale wedding! There are a few different event areas but Sarah and Zach had the private room upstairs. Fun fact: Zach is a brewer at Elicit!! He and Sarah are both beer enthusiasts, so it only made sense to celebrate at one of their favorite places, drinking their favorite beer. Since he worked there, we were able to actually go into the brewing area for some photos! We also explored some areas around the brewery outside and in for more couple's photos. They had their cocktail hour in the main, public area of the brewery before heading upstairs for lite bites, first dances, and speeches before cutting up the dance floor.

wedding couple drinking beer in the brewery area of elicit brewing co

cocktail hour at elicit brewing
Cocktail Hour

elicit brewing co main brewery area
Elicit Brewing Co

happy candid wedding photo walking towards camera

traditional wedding portrait
The newlyweds!

moody bridal photo at elicit brewing

black and white moody wedding photo

elicit brewing wedding reception event area
Elicit Brewing event area upstairs

Gotta love a good cake cutting that ends up with someone's face covered in cake!!!

We ended the night together going back down stairs to take some night photos in front of Elicit Brewing when the sign was lit up. I'm so glad I took this random candid photo of them coming downstairs!! It's giving so many vibes.

elicit brewing wedding

wedding couple doing dip kiss pose in front of elicit brewing

Shout out to their vendor team:

Hair and Makeup: K Shea & Company

Dress: David's Bridal

Suit: Men's Warehouse

Photographer: Tamara Merri Photography (me!)

I'm so grateful to have photographed such a momentous day in their lives and am excited to share their wedding photos with you!! It's so cool couples are feeling more inclined to getting married in a way that just feels right. Expectations, traditions, and "rules" can be thrown out the window. Literally the only thing you have to do on your wedding day is say "I do". The rest is up for discussion!! Are you interested in having me photograph your small-scale / intimate / micro-wedding? I'd love to talk with you about what you're visualizing for your day, and am here to cheer you on and provide imagery for you to re-tell your story for the rest of your life.



Tamara Merri Photography


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