Kristine & Kenneth

Kristine & Kenneth

Kristine & Kenneth

Dahlonega, Georgia

FroWhen Kristine and Kenneth were little, they lived only eight miles apart from each other, across from the Hudson River (Ken lived in Fair Lawn, New Jersey; Kristine in Riverdale, New York). It would take them nearly two decades before the stars aligned for them to meet. After being introduced by mutual friends, the two hit it off, sharing stories from their childhood and making new memories in the Big Apple. Since Kristine is a wedding planner and Ken, a graphic designer, the couple’s flexible work schedules meant that for the next nine months, they were able to spend as much time as they could together by flying back and forth from New York to Atlanta. In 2012, they kissed their long-distance relationship goodbye, and finally found their home in Cumming, Georgia. Ken planned a surprise proposal, but when the ring came in earlier than expected, he just couldn’t wait to pop the question. Ken proposed in late August of 2014 on the birthday of their Chihuahua, Lucy, by surprising Kristine with a gorgeous emerald-cut diamond ring—Ken had been secretly designing the ring for over a month! He asked his future bride to accompany him on a visit to a jewelry store to meet with a client for work. On the way there, Kristine remembers jokingly saying, “I was going to wear all of the jewelry in the store, while Ken ‘talked shop.” Little did she know that her ring was waiting for her in the case, which she spotted immediately upon entering the store. Kristine mistook it for another gorgeous piece of jewelry, and asked to try it on; at which point, Ken bent down on one knee to ask Kristine to be his wife, to which she accepted with a smile more brilliant than the diamond itself. Kristine and Ken chose to marry in a small town at the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains to provide their out-of-town guests with a mini getaway. The Montaluce Winery & Estates, a sprawling 400-acre winery development boasting Mediterranean-inspired architecture reminiscent of a Tuscan village, offered a beautiful setting that set the stage for the wedding celebration of Kristine and Ken’s two cultures; she shares a Greek-Armenian heritage, while he is Italian. Kristine and Ken—both with very creative backgrounds—took the wedding planning process to heart, involving themselves in every detail that led up to their special day. “We wanted the wedding to be a reflection of our love for each other, as well as our love for family and friends,” notes the couple. Kristine incorporated the Greek Orthodox tradition into the wedding ceremony with a Crowning—a tradition marked by placing ‘crowns’ on both the bride and groom’s head that symbolize their union as king and queen of their own dominion. Kristine’s papou (her grandfather) performed the Crowning during the ceremony, reciting a beautiful Greek prayer while placing two olive leaf wreaths—connected with ribbons—on each of their heads to symbolize their union of marriage. A single garden rose—in memory of the groom’s mother who passed away when he was young—was placed in a bud vase by Ken’s sister during the wedding ceremony processional as a subtle, yet truly significant gesture to Ken and his family. 

“The bride asked for an asymmetrical bouquet with soft, romantic bloom in creams and neutrals. She also asked that the bouquet feel organic and handpicked with a few pops of soft blush,” notes f loral designer Amy Osaba 

SOURCES

  • photography JEREMY HARWELL 
  • design & planning SIMPLY CHARMING SOCIALS 
  • floral design AMY OSABA EVENTS 
  • venue & catering MONTALUCE W INERY & ESTATES 
  • bride’s gown HAYLEY PAIGE 
  • groom’s suit THE BLACK TUX 
  • hair stylist RANE Y O ‘ KEEFE 
  • makeup artist HOPE FERGUSON 
  • cake EILEEN CARTER CREATIONS 
  • paper goods K . COOKE DESIGNS 

We wanted the wedding to be a reflection of our love for each other, as well as our love for family and friends.” 

~Ken & Kristine 

“I used a gradation of garden roses mixed with cafe au lait dahlias and peonies to create the soft, organic look that Kristine wanted; and added texture to the bouquet using pieris and snow berries. Jasmine and foraged greens helped the bouquet to feel as though it had been gathered in a garden! Kristine wanted all of the boutonnieres to be unique, so we used a variety of greens and delicates buds/ blooms, including foraged greens, hellebores, majolicas, and snow berry.” 

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