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The Happy Couple
Christine and John were smitten from the very start -- a conversation at a college bar. After graduation, he joined the Marines, and three years and countless long-distance calls later, they were engaged. Since John was deployed to Haiti in the months leading up to the wedding, loved ones pitched in to help Christine, who works for a nonprofit, plan a formal affair at John's 52-acre childhood home. And on the day that mattered most, he was back -- looking dapper in dress blues -- to marry his college sweetheart.
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An antique urn greeted guests with hydrangeas, zinnias, and dahlias grown by friends and family. "Accept all offers of help," says Christine, "and your day will instantly become full of love."
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The same flowers were used to create eclectic bunches for the wedding party.
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The couple posed in front of the reflecting pool with their bridal party.
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A ginkgo leaf motif adorned the navy-and-white invitation created by The Written Word.
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John's battalion's flag and another from the Marine Corps complement Old Glory.
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Guests raise Japanese wooden oars and red maple branches, a riff on the Marines' sword ceremony.
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A Jarvis Newman rowboat topped by a thin sheet of glass becomes a Champagne bar.