5.9.09 Locust Grove Kristina & Paul

Kristina and Paul chose a garden theme for their Poughkeepsie wedding and Locust Grove was the perfect spot for it, with verdant lawns for their ceremony under dappled skies, spring breeze carrying the scent of lilacs.

Instead of an arch, Kristina and Paul had dogwood branches in an urn as a centerpiece in remembrance of their grandparents.  Paul’s father, the Reverend, officiated the ceremony while the groom’s nephews, in tiny suits and bow ties, did summersaults on the grass.

COOL WAY TO INVOLVE GUESTS: The couple did a “Ring Warming” during the ceremony, passing their rings through the hands of their guests so that they might imbue them with good wishes and happiness.

Kristina’s dress was simple and elegant, accented with a blue-green beaded necklace matching the wedding colors and adding a touch of whimsy to her look.  When I complimented her choice, the bride confessed she’d picked it up for $5 in New York City the week before!

The speeches were emotional and full of love.  Kristina’s father pulled out a wooded box stamped with a teddy bear on top.  Inside was a gift to him from the five year old Kristina, a letter that read, “Dear Daddy, if you give this coupon to me I will do something nice for you.”

Her father had held onto that letter for all these years, and explained that now he could invoke that “coupon” for both Kristina and Paul!

Paul is the youngest of six children, and his three brothers gave toasts filled with humor and admiration.

MOTHER’S DAY: Kristina and Paul asked all the mothers to stand, then invited the guests to dance with all the moms in honor of Mother’s Day.

It was such fun including the couple’s favorite songs including artists as diverse as Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, The Cure and David Bowie.

Elegant, original and absolutely heart-felt from beginning to end, Kristina and Paul did a fabulous job bringing together their personalities and familes in one amazing wedding day.

Check out this preview photo from Kenny Pang’s blog.  You can just feel the love Kristina and Paul have for each other.  Unbelievable!

Locust Grove

Catering by Lola’s

Photos by Kenny Pang

Flowers by Rood’s Florist

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