Deep into the fall semester of 2002, two Boston College students who traveled within a common social group came to realize that their friendship had taken an undeniably romantic turn. Despite their longstanding baseball-team rivalry (“perhaps even because of it,” the bride playfully jokes), given Chris’s dedication to the Red Sox and Laura’s loyalty to the Yankees, the couple fell in love.
In December of 2007, right around Laura’s birthday, the now inseparable twosome visited Mystic, Connecticut, a place they had both been eager to see. For Laura, this holiday jaunt was expressly geared toward enjoying the historic village’s famous holiday candlelight tour, with perhaps a little shopping thrown in. Chris, on the other hand, had a whole different agenda in mind. Under the guise of becoming suddenly chilled, Chris had a scarf that was wrapped around Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer’s neck and quickly tucked a stunning princess-cut diamond engagement ring inside of it. Then, amidst the glistening snow with Mystic’s beautifully decorated Christmas tree twinkling across the way, Chris got down on one knee and proposed. Laura accepted.
While planning their wedding, Laura and Chris wanted to infuse their mutual love and respect for tradition with a smattering of good old-fashioned sentiment. In that spirit, Laura wore a Victorian-style gown made of antique champagne-and-ivory lace, lavishly embellished with intricate appliqués. The couple wanted all the trappings of a traditional Roman Catholic wedding and chose to be married in the Chapel of Divine Compassion on the campus of the Good Counsel Academy High School, where the bride once attended school. Talk about full circle!
Their wedding reception followed at The Siwanoy Country Club in Bronxville. The bride was thrilled with the flowers, as they were exactly what she envisioned—a coupling of ivory roses, hydrangeas, and mini callas with vivid eggplant-and-lavender orchids. In lieu of favors, the couple donated to the Autism Speaks organization on behalf of the guests, in honor of a beloved family member.
The music, according to the bride, had “an old family reunion feel” to it, complete with Frank Sinatra tunes and old favorite dance music, including “The Twist,” old-time rock and roll, and the requisite Conga line. Having taken formal dance lessons in preparation, the bride and her handsome groom danced a perfect fox trot to Lucky by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat. When asked about what makes the magic in their relationship, Laura defers to the lyrics of their wedding song:
“I’m lucky I’m in love with my best friend
Lucky to have been where I have been
Lucky to be coming home again
Lucky we’re in love in every way
Lucky to have stayed where we have stayed
Lucky to be coming home someday”
Cornerstone Caterers, Rye
Chapel of the Divine Compassion, White Plains
(on the campus of Good Counsel Academy High School)
Metropolitan Dance Studio, Stamford, CT
Bride’s gown: Something Blue Bridal, Southbury, CT
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Me Me’s, Larchmont
Mother of the Bride’s dress: Elephant’s Trunk, Mount Kisco
Disc Jockey: Harborside Productions, New York, NY
Mrs. Morgan’s Flower Shop, Bronxville
Silver Star Limousine, Yonkers
Victoria Souza Photography, Monroe, CT
Siwanoy Country Club, Bronxville
Men’s Wearhouse, Stamford and Danbury, CT
Seamstress for Bride and Mother of the Bride: Diane Keese, North Salem