Though a fierce storm had knocked out electricity in much of Fairfield County, sparks flew for Martha and Dave when they first met through friends in August 2016. Torrential rain and wind ruined their plans to attend a Cee Lo Green concert at Stamford’s Alive at 5, so they took refuge in a bar, where they talked and danced the night away.
The couple, who share a love of Dark ‘n’ Stormys and sailing, skiing and swimming, among other things, dated for two and a half years. After asking Martha’s parents for their blessing, Dave proposed in her family’s rose garden, as both families looked on. One emotional yes later, they popped champagne and celebrated.
Dave’s aunt, Minister Krysia Burnham, and Minister Erica Thompson officiated at the ceremony at Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford. The reception followed
at Hartford Golf Club in West Hartford. Due to COVID-19, the ceremony was live-streamed for friends and family around the world. They also had two seatings at the outdoor reception, which meant two first dances—and double the fun.
The bride, daughter of Kathy Sherts Civitillo of West Hartford, and the late Bill Civitillo, graduated from Kent School and St. Lawrence University. Martha is national sales director at patch.com in New York City.
The groom, son of Karen Birck and Paul Burnham of Wilton, graduated from Wilton High School and St. Lawrence University, where he also earned his master’s. Dave is a math teacher at St. Luke’s School in New Canaan.
The newlyweds plan to go on a South African safari for their honeymoon. They call New Canaan home.
Photographs: Mike Shauck of Iris Photography