Fate seemed to want to bring Franklin Shipman (known as Shippy) and Haylee Rothschild together, but the pair took a while to realize it. Both grew up in Wilton, Connecticut, and attended the same high school, but their paths never crossed. In 1991, they dated for a few weeks but weren't looking for a serious relationship at the time. Nine years later, they reconnected and were "completely enamored," says Haylee. In 2001, Haylee came home to a candlelit apartment and music playing softly on the stereo. Shippy walked her to the couch, knelt on one knee, and proposed.
At each place setting, skewered flags stand tall in coiled crisp white napkins. Galvanized buckets in various sizes filled with white dahlias, tulips, hydrangeas, and chrysanthemums make fresh, fragrant centerpieces. Nestled in between are small lanterns, conveying the charm of an old lighthouse.
Ceremony: Wilton Congregational Church
Reception: Riverside Yacht Club, 203-637-1706
Band: AZK Band, contact Kenny 718-481-7133
Flowers: Dorris Moss of Floral Designers, 203-637-4635
Bride's Gown: from Paula Varsalona
Invitations: Julie Holcomb Printers, 877-654-2595
Car: Col. Norman B. Hathaway, 914-669-8953