Since they called Cambridge their home and had many wonderful friends in the area, they decided to marry at Harvard Memorial Church and have their elegant party at the Fogg Museum across the street. Amazing lighting. Phenomenal food. Great dance band. And Kristine toasted her new husband with a soulful sax solo of "In a Sentimental Mood". It couldn't get much better than that.
Just two weeks later, over Thanksgiving weekend ( yes, it was that long ago!) a few of us vendors - Dana Siles, photographer; Tasha Bracken of SD Events and we, were lucky enough to celebrate another wedding with them, another ceremony and all, with Kristine's childhood friends and family in Bucks County PA. The mood was a bit more casual, but every bit as festive and beautiful as the first wedding, and everyone knew how to enjoy a great party.
We just heard that Kristine and Bob became the joyous parents of a baby boy and girl. They may have waited a long while to get started on a family, but when they were ready, they were READY!
Look for their highlights clips sometime soon...
(I'll fill in the gap between November 2007 and May 2008 soon...How could eight months have passed???)
May kicked off with two fabulous weddings - the first at a private home in Little Compton, RI, the second in Newport at the Belle Mer.
Our Little Compton wedding was the work of event genius Chad Michael Peters (see his wedding to Kevin in our video gallery) and - the father of the bride, David. As the story was told, daughter Elena, it seems, was so involved with her career as a doctor, that she was neglecting her social life, much to her doting father's dismay. Dad, a take-charge kind of guy if I ever met one, found a writer/consultant who specialized in helping professional women attract the right kind of guy - and arranged for his daughter to meet with this marriage specialist in Colorado.
Elena, the daughter, found this quite funny, but to indulge her loving dad, met the consultant, connected with her and... shortly after met John who when asked his favorite holidays answered, "Valentine's Day and your birthday". Needless to say, this man soon became The Man who filled her qualifications as well as her dad's, It didn't hurt that he was adorable, and a successful attorney planning a career in politics.
It wasn't a long engagement and while Luiz of Brookline enhanced Elena's hair and beauty, I heard the story behind the lace gown that the bride was to wear to the ceremony on the water's edge. Her mom had worn it some 40 years earlier and it had been made by the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' coutourier in Harlem, NYC. Elena's maternal grandmother had arranged the coutourier consultation. For her own wedding, Elena and her mom, Louise, had the simple lace dress updated a bit, and the love and history of 3 generations of women was clearly surrounding Elena on her wedding day.
For the reception Elena changed into a modern silk charmeuse slip dress and danced the night away under a tent to 2 dance bands. The couple's unique love story appeared the next Sunday in the NY Times Vows section.
Corinna Raznikov was the lucky photographer and was a joy to work with.
Just a week later we were at the Belle Mer in Newport filming another simply stunning wedding on another perfect day. The bride, Rachelle, didn't stop smiling all night. She was a most unpretentious princess in a gorgeous champagne ballgown encrusted with sparkling crystals. Her husband, Josh wore a matching grin and the two of them exchanged vows under a white floral arbor at the water's edge. The amazing floral arrangements created by Stoneblossom were full of fragrant peonies and roses and soared high above the reception tables. The contemporary white feel of the Belle Mer was turned into a veritable garden that evening. The bride's attendants all wore flowing, bright, daffodil- yellow chiffon evening gowns rather than traditional bridesmaid's dresses. Their bouquets were a mix of golden yellow callas and roses.
Mom, Patrice, was quite the vision herself in a European custom designed and created turquoise chiffon off-the shoulder evening gown. The band, LEGIT, kept the guests dancing all night. The party ended with the couple and their closest friends sitting around a romantic fire pit outside on the lawn, under the stars.