In high school, Eliot was the dreamy senior boy that, as a freshman, Kristen crushed on from afar. Ten years later, she was out with friends and caught the eye of a handsome man. She soon realized it was Eliot and worked up the nerve to approach him. They hit it off, but geography wasnât on their sideâshe was in Los Angeles, he was in San Franciscoâso nothing came of that âmagical nightâ. Five years later Kristen moved to New York, and with some help from Facebook, she learned that Eliot was now also in the Big Apple. She messaged him and theyâve been together ever since. On June 16, 2012, with 135 of their nearest and dearest watching, they became husband and wife, back on the West Coast, not too far from that chance meeting.
Tote bags added to the duoâs bicoastal theme by sporting an illustration (by the bride, and printed by Wedding Chicks) of the States with pale pink hearts over both San Francisco and New York City. Inside, were favorites from each coast: Long Island potato chips, Ghirardelli chocolates, and mini bottles of Napa wines.
A few years before the couple met, the groom was a contestant on The Bachelorette and ever since, friends and family like to tease him about it. Kristen couldnât resist poking one last bit of fun at him before exchanging their vows. The officiant told Eliot that Kristen had one more question for him, and thanks to a stealthy handoff among the bridesmaids, a single long-stemmed red rose made its way to the bride who asked the familiar question, âWill you accept this rose?â The gesture got a roar of laughter from all in attendance, and with a huge grin, he said yes.
During the ceremony a live music by a jazz trio played, Kristen presented her mom with a single white bloom bearing a note that read âI love you soâ (a favorite message theyâve exchanged for many years), rose petals were strewn along the steps, and the brideâs niece read 1st Corinthians.
The couple danced nose-to-nose as âTry Meâ by James Brown played. There were two surprise live performances too: the brideâs mother and girlfriends lip-synced to The Chiffonsâ âHeâs So Fineâ (wearing feather boas), and one of the bridesmaids and a friend performed Sam Cookeâs âCupid,â one of Kristenâs favorite songs.
Photography: Braedon Photography
Location: Beaulieu Garden
Catering: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering
Flowers: Kathleen Deery Design
Officiant: Larry Wilkerson of Heartfelt Weddings
Stationery: Dauphine Press
Coordination and Day-of Paper Goods: Enjoy Events Co.
Cake: Sweet on Cake
Hair and Makeup: Mimi & Taylor
Jazz Trio: Ever Music Group
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