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The Waters Edge at Giovanni’s Hosts the Third Annual Valentine’s Vow Renewal and Wedding Celebration

The family-owned Darien waterfront banquet and restaurant establishment, better known for hosting elaborate single weddings, is again opening its doors on Valentine’s Day for everyone who wants to renew their wedding vows or get married. 

Everything needed for that perfect ceremony will be available, including a Justice of the Peace, floral decorations, photographer and a champagne toast. Guests can expect the high standards that generation of brides and wedding guests have come to expect from The Waters Edge at Giovanni’s.

“Valentine’s Day only comes once a year and there is tremendous demand from couples to renew their vows or get married on that day so we have decided to accommodate them all!” stated JoAnn Latorraca, General Manager of The Waters Edge at Giovanni’s, and second-generation owner.

The third annual group wedding and vow renewal ceremony, again officiated by Mary C. Pugh, Connecticut’s Top Justice of the Peace, The Best of the Knot award recipient for 2013 and veteran of hundreds of weddings every year, will be held on Thursday February 14 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. 

Champagne toast (with dinner) will be provided by The Waters Edge at Giovanni’s and of course, couples and their families and guests can enjoy a prix-fixe gourmet dinner afterwards. 

Couples should pre-register and those being married are responsible for obtaining their own marriage license from Darien Town Hall prior to the event. 

A license is not necessary for renewal of vows. 

There is no cost for the ceremony, but photographs and dinner must be purchased separately. 

Mary C. Pugh, J.P., will provide a personalized certificate, signifying the renewal of marriage vows, for all couples who pre-register.

Last year’s event included couples from all over Fairfield County and this year participation is anticipated to be even greater.

“It was a spectacular evening for everyone. My husband of 11 years, Richard, and I had simply the most wonderful time,” said one of the participants.

“We simply couldn’t have been treated any better by the folks at The Waters Edge at Giovanni’s. It was as if they made us part of their family and that made the evening just perfect.”

The Waters Edge at Giovanni’s has been a landmark Connecticut location for weddings, other family celebrations and business meetings since 1987.

Located in Darien, on the Stamford town line, it is also noted for its restaurant and private dining facilities.

Recently it received a “2013 Best Wedding Location” award from The Knot, America’s leading Internet and magazine destination for brides.

Event Details

Date and Time: Valentine’s Evening, February 14th, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.(several ceremonies will be held)

Registration Details: Call The Waters Edge at Giovanni’s before noon on 2/14 at 203.325.9979 or for those last-minute folks, on-site registration is available at the restaurant from 6:00pm

Attire: Your choice - wedding dresses to casual.
For Married Couples: All married couples are invited to a non-denominational group vow renewal ceremony at The Waters Edge at Giovanni’s in Darien. No marriage license is required for the vow renewal ceremony. The vow renewal ceremony does not have legal significance and is open to all who would like to participate.

Couples (including same sex) who want to get married: All couples wishing to get legally married must first obtain their marriage license at the Darien Town Hall at 2 Renshaw Rd. in Darien, (open weekdays from 8:30am to 4:30pm but you should arrive by 3pm). To obtain the marriage license application go to http://www.norwalkct.org/DocumentView.aspx?DID=314

The license fee is $30 and you must present your photo ID to the town clerk. Advise the Town Clerk that the officiant is Justice of the Peace Mary C. Pugh and the wedding location is Darien. In Darien you can apply for, and receive your license same day, but we strongly suggest not to wait until the 14th. 

You must bring your valid license stating DARIEN in box 49 and your photo IDs to the ceremony to present to the officiant.

Mary C. Pugh, CT’s Top Justice of the Peace, will be the Wedding Officiant. Mary officiates over 325 weddings annually and has conducted group renewals in the past. Mary can be reached at (203) 838 1038 and found at www.ct-jp.com.

The florist for the event is Flowers & Flowers of Darien, 876 Post Road, Darien. Flowers & Flowers can be reached at 203.662.9666 or found at FlowerandFlower@optonline.net

The photographer for the event is Wendy Marie Wiley of Wiley Photography – Wileyphotography.net 302-270-6041.

Contact: Michele Esposito, Director of Sales and Catering, The Waters Edge at Giovanni’s (203) 325-9979


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