The new “couple” with clout is Hartford Public Library’s President/CEO and Hartford Board of Education chairman Matt Poland, and Cigna exec Jeff Capelle. They officially tied the knot on Saturday night.
The two may be the newest married couple, but could hold the record for longevity when it comes to courting. They met at a housewarming 18 years ago and have been a couple ever since.
But back to the wedding. The nuptials were held at the Wadsworth Atheneum with about 100 guests looking on. Officiating was Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra, who attended with his spouse Charlie Ortiz, together another of the city’s “dynamic duos. “
And among the guests, yet another formidable pair, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and his wife, Greater Hartford Arts Council president/CEO Cathy Malloy.
But it was all about the newlyweds and the party after the “I dos” were said.
The reception was held in the museum’s Avery Court, a black, white and red décor with a buffet dinner and more clinking champagne glasses than could be counted.
Among the gifts? Two commissioned seascapes of the Provincetown shoreline, courtesy of a group of friends who know how much the couple loves that Cape Cod town.
And among the toasts, a most heartfelt one from Poland’s daughter Maureen Lynch. She and her husband are scheduled to have their first baby, and Poland’s first grandbaby, in March.
“Now I have two great dads,” she said, in one of several emotional toasts made to the couple. “And I can’t wait to two great grandpas.”