Inside Weddings - - Weddings - Oc­to­ber 2, 2016 Ston­ing­ton, Con­necti­cut | Pho­tographed by Joshua Be­han

Oc­to­ber 2, 2016 Ston­ing­ton, Con­necti­cut Pho­tographed by Joshua Be­han Pho­tog­ra­phy

Four years ago, Lyndsy Fonseca and Noah Bean met how many ac­tors in Hol­ly­wood meet: on the set of a tele­vi­sion show – in this case, Nikita. “Lyndsy and I some­times worked to­gether and other times against one an­other to take down var­i­ous bad guys over the course of four sea­sons. Through some long, cold Cana­dian win­ters, we fell in love – and beat all the bad guys,” laughs Noah. Soon af­ter meet­ing Lyndsy, Noah knew that he would be lucky to spend his life with her. “I had a con­ver­sa­tion with my father be­fore he passed away that made me re­al­ize there was a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to en­joy life with some­one I loved right in front of me and that I bet­ter grab ahold of that,” he shares.

It wasn’t long be­fore Noah asked Lyndsy’s par­ents for their bless­ings and pre­pared to pro­pose with his great-grand­mother’s di­a­mond ring. “We were at the house his late father built in Con­way, Mas­sachusetts,” Lyndsy be­gins to ex­plain of the pro­posal site. “He took me on a short drive to an old bridge over­look­ing a stream, read me a poem by Ralph Waldo Emer­son called ‘Suc­cess,’ and got down on one knee” to pro­pose, which she joy­ously ac­cepted. Though Noah thought it was mean­ing­ful to of­fer Lyndsy an heir­loom that was a part of his fam­ily, he as­sured his beloved they would source eth­i­cal and en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly jewel­ers in New York to pick out a per­fect new en­gage­ment ring to­gether.

De­cid­ing to host their nup­tials near Noah’s home­town in Con­necti­cut – “He had more guests than I did, so we de­cided fewer peo­ple would have to fly to the East Coast,” ex­plains Lyndsy – they chose a vine­yard set­ting de­signed to have an earthy, nat­u­ral feel to honor the bride’s home in Cal­i­for­nia. On the day of the cer­e­mony, 160 loved ones were greeted with hot cider in a court­yard be­fore barn gates opened to re­veal the al­fresco space by the vines. Chairs dec­o­rated with ferns and rib­bons lined a grass aisle sprin­kled with flower petals lead­ing to a chup­pah built by Noah us­ing poplar trees from his late father’s prop­erty and a linen that be­longed to his grand­mother. “This was a very im­por­tant el­e­ment to me that I was happy to be able to make hap­pen,” he notes.


Noah waited pa­tiently be­neath the struc­ture for his bride, who emerged in an A-line gown and car­ried a bou­quet of pur­ple blooms that also adorned her braided updo, which she styled her­self. Friends of the cou­ple per­formed the mu­sic, in­clud­ing a beau­ti­ful ren­di­tion of “Here Comes the Sun” by The Bea­tles, and the groom’s best friend con­ducted the cer­e­mony. “Chris did a fan­tas­tic job of in­cor­po­rat­ing all of the things that were im­por­tant to us,” says Noah. “It was hon­est, fun, emo­tional, and an up­lift­ing call to every­one to come to­gether and help guide and sup­port us through our lives.” The pair wrote their own vows in poem form, per­fectly com­ple­ment­ing the eclec­tic ser­vice, which in­cluded a scene they shared in Nikita comed­i­cally acted out by two friends, read­ings from Jewish and Bud­dhist tra­di­tions, and an old Span­ish cus­tom to honor the pres­ence of late loved ones.

Fol­low­ing the cock­tail hour, which fea­tured a wine tast­ing from the on-site vine­yard and an av­o­cado sta­tion to bring in more Cal­i­for­nia in­flu­ences, guests found their ta­ble as­sign­ments sus­pended from twine by minia­ture clothes­pins. En­ter­ing the warm re­cep­tion space, they dis­cov­ered twin­kling globe lights and dark wooden chairs that matched the walls of the venue and sur­rounded ta­bles strewn with ivory linens. Low ar­range­ments of cream, laven­der, and fuch­sia blooms dec­o­rated each ta­blescape, as well as var­i­ous DIY el­e­ments made by Lyndsy and her friends.

“As we were plan­ning our wed­ding, we re­mem­bered how many cre­ative and tal­ented friends we had and wanted to take ad­van­tage of their gifts,” notes the groom. Thus, they asked var­i­ous loved ones to make the day more per­sonal by bak­ing the wed­ding con­fec­tion, cre­at­ing the cake top­per, build­ing a photo booth, dec­o­rat­ing their truck with “just mar­ried” signs, and singing dur­ing the father-daugh­ter dance, among others. “We cher­ished all of these de­tails and they helped to make it an even more unique day to re­mem­ber,” he adds. Celebrity guests in­cluded Melinda Clarke and Aaron Stan­ford from Nikita, as well as fel­low ac­tors Aly Michalka, Jeremy Strong, and Jen­nifer West­feldt.

A lo­cal, or­ganic, and 100% veg­e­tar­ian din­ner was served and wine flowed as guests en­joyed danc­ing to clas­sic rock ‘n’ roll and Mo­town hits along with some cur­rent fa­vorites. Lyndsy and Noah shared their first dance to “Ain’t No Moun­tain High Enough,” which they had planned with the band to stop at one point and act like they needed some­thing more spe­cial. Lyndsy then re­vealed tap shoes and per­formed a mem­o­rable dance. “It was a big sur­prise to the guests and was tons of fun!” ex­claims the groom. For the father-daugh­ter dance, the bride’s younger sis­ter, Han­nah Leigh Dworkin, sang “Gra­cie” by Ben Folds with the band’s sup­port be­hind her, and at the end of the night, the band led a mem­o­rable sing-a-long ser­e­nade of “Stand By Me.”

Af­ter plan­ning the fête them­selves, the cou­ple of­fers sound ad­vice to fu­ture brides and grooms. “Stay present and let the day fall as it may,” shares Lyndsy. “We had so much fun! It also felt like our wed­ding since we per­son­al­ized ev­ery­thing.” The groom agrees: “Even the mo­ments that didn’t go ex­actly the way we planned helped make our wed­ding spe­cial and unique. Take a breath, look around, smile, and say thank you to all of these in­cred­i­ble peo­ple who came to­gether to sup­port you and be wit­nesses to this spe­cial day.”

“Take a breath, look around, smile, and say thank you to all of these in­cred­i­ble peo­ple who came to­gether to sup­port

you and be wit­nesses to this spe­cial day.”



Mon­ica Gu­tier­rez - makeup Bri­dal Gown

Sab­rina Da­han

Bri­dal Stylist

Karen Raphael


Bill Greenberg - cake

Larry Beede - cake top­per Cal­lig­ra­phy

Ann Gib­son


A Thyme to Cook En­ter­tain­ment

Rip­cord Mu­sic

Salt­wa­ter Farm Vine­yard Flo­ral De­sign

Carol Mann for Bram­bles and Bit­ter­sweet


Ted Baker


Pa­per Source


Bril­liant Earth

Marisa Perry

Light­ing De­sign

Power Posse


A Thyme to Cook Pho­tog­ra­phy

Joshua Be­han


Salt­wa­ter Farm Vine­yard Venue

Salt­wa­ter Farm Vine­yard

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