True Marriage: Maura McCarthy and Michael McCarthy | THE BRIDE CONNECTICUT

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Private Residence and Laurel Beach Association, Milford

June 12, 2021

Photographer: Imagine this photograph

Celebrant: Larry Carroll, Shelton

Planner: Jessica Hallet, JHevents, Southington

Dress designer: Théia

Clothes shop : Beautiful bride, Manhattan

Music: Clark Eno Orchestra, Danbury

Catering: Restoration by Christine, Milford

Florist: Forget Me Not Flower Shop, North Haven

Make-up / hairstyle: Puffed, Milford

When Maura and Michael spotted each other’s profile on the Hinge dating app in March 2018, they knew they were interested right away. Each liked that the other was tall (him 6ft 6in and she just under 6ft) and geographically compatible (Maura is from Fairfield and Mike from the northern suburbs of Chicago, but both lived in Brooklyn at the time). Maura could tell right away that Mike was “nice” and Mike, of course, thought Maura was “beautiful”. What they didn’t know yet (since the app keeps some details private at first) was the other’s last name. Surprise! Those names turned out to be the same, and as the sun set over Lake Michigan on May 21, 2020, Michael McCarthy asked Maura McCarthy to be his wife – it was meant to be. (And, yes, before asking: they checked they weren’t related.)

Mike and Maura had visited Mike’s family’s lake house in March 2020, when COVID-19 started making life in Brooklyn a little too close for comfort. Being innocent COVID (ah, that was the time), they thought they would be there “maybe a week,” says Maura. They ended up staying for two months. And so, when choosing a wedding date, the happy couple did not want to take any risks and chose June 12, 2021 as their birthday. “We thought we were ‘super conservative’ and that there was no chance that COVID would hamper that date, ”says Maura. In the end, it was tight, but “our timing was pretty miraculous,” Maura happily reports. By the time June arrived, almost everyone in attendance had been able to get vaccinated and the warrant for the mask had been lifted. “We were so grateful,” says Maura. It was time to party, folks.

“Growing up we both spent our summers at the beach with our families – me in Milford and Mike in Holland, Michigan,” says Maura, and so a simpler marriage, sand in your shoes “seemed like a natural. for us. The McCarthys’ first look at the Connecticut Audubon Society’s coastal center at Milford Point, “brought the nervousness out” before a ceremony at Cedar Beach in which Maura’s two brothers stood proudly by his side as her “newlyweds” and Mike’s two sisters by her side as her “bridesmaids”, while her uncle led everyone to the family’s favorite “Side by Side.” “I come from a big family. Irish-Catholic and we’re all on the song, ”says Maura. (I just travel, sing a song…)

As for the reception, the Laurel Beach Association clubhouse, known as “The Casino” to generations of locals, including the close-knit team of the bride, was chosen not only for its ” discreet atmosphere ”and the blue views of its large enveloping porch, but because “it is a special place for our family”, says the bride (for weddings, for family reunions…). “It was what we wanted for our wedding: not things, but people. Our family and friends are important to us, and after being apart for so long, we wanted the day to be spent having fun and partying with them.

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