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Out of the Blue

For these high school acquaintances-turned-husbands, a romantic engagement and memorable family- and friend-focused wedding prove that good things do come to those who wait.

Brian (left) and Danny wore midnight-blue tuxedos from Daniel George Custom Suits.

The ceremony took place in the Sculpture Garden of Bridgeport Art Center. 

The grooms wore clean and modern boutonnieres with succulents and blue thistles.

Brian and Danny wanted to reflect their tastes in home decor in their centerpieces, encasing orchids in unique bell jars. 

The industrial light fixtures in Bridgeport Art Center’s Skyline Loft fit the couple’s desire for a modern and rustic aesthetic.

Escort cards were affixed to a pallet wall decorated with photos of the couple. 

Danny Harper and Brian Socol went through high school and college knowing each other before establishing an official relationship after a romantic trip to an apple orchard in Wisconsin. Finally, in October 2014, Brian surprised Danny with a weekend getaway to New York, where he popped the question over a French-inspired picnic amid the duck ponds in Central Park.

It took almost two years to plan their wedding at the Bridgeport Art Center, a venue the couple chose for its rustic yet elegant charm and ample outdoor space. One of the highlights of the big day took place during the ceremony when Danny walked halfway down the aisle with his best friends, and Brian and his parents met them in the middle. “There was a moment right before we locked arms to start walking that everything seemed to slow down, and it dawned on me that I was about to marry my best friend, and I couldn’t have been happier,” says Brian.

While the duo didn’t have a specific theme for their reception, they knew they wanted to incorporate the color blue to match their custom midnight-blue tuxedos with grosgrain lapels from Daniel George Custom Suits. “In terms of decor, we wanted something rustic and modern,” says Brian. “We both decorated our first home together in that style, and it just felt like our wedding should be the same, since it came naturally to us.” That meant using plenty of metallic accents and candlelight, and incorporating succulents, orchids and other assorted flowers into unique vessels for the centerpieces.

In lieu of a first dance, the couple invited everyone to the dance floor to get down to Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” to start the lively party, which continued well into the night.

The List
Venue Bridgeport Art Center
Wedding Planner Sally Collar, Liven It Up Events
Grooms’ Tuxes Daniel George Custom Suits
Grooms’ Shoes Allen Edmonds
Grooms’ Watches Tag Heuer
Rings Tiffany & Co.
Groomswomen’s Dresses Jenny Yoo
Florals Event Creative
Catering Blue Plate Catering
Cakes Alliance Bakery; Bittersweet
Invitations Beacon Lane
Rentals, Linens & Lighting Event Creative
Entertainment Ceremony: Victor Sotelo; reception: Maggie Speaks