With Valentine’s Day upon us it is only natural that we offer this Hartford celebrity love story.
Once upon a time there were two well-known artists, Tao LaBossiere and Amy Mielke, best known for their work at Hartford’s ArtSpace Gallery. They fell in love and while it took forever for Tao to finally pop the question, he did and the plans were on for a May wedding.
As part of the pre-wedding celebrations, Tao’s sister, Zen Honeycutt, decided to throw a Jack and Jill engagement party for the two at the ArtSpace Gallery for about 120 friends and family members on Feb. 11. As the RSVP’s rolled in, the couple, who also own Still Waters, a retreat center in Voluntown, decided that since everyone was coming to Connecticut anyway, why not change the party into a wedding.
With help from deejay Jon Eastman, officiant Ken Lundquist and Zen, the nuptial idea was quietly planned. And when everyone arrived for the engagement party they were greeted instead by a bride-and-groom –to be and a love-filled wedding reception that went on into the wee hours. Winning the awards for most surprised ? Tao’s best man Jim Smith, who despite the surprise was able to deliver an excellent best man toast, and the groom’s mother, Mavis Jan Lai, who had to be reassured the wedding was real.
“It is like a dream come true,” said the new Mrs. LaBossiere. “I married the man of my dreams! And we got to delight some of our closest friends and families with our sweet surprise,” she added. “I’m so happy for the life we are creating together.”
And in the spirit of the day and the wonderfulness of love, they lived happily ever after!