A Hug So Tight // Kristina + Curtis

Kristina and Curtis are simply a match made in heaven.  It all began when Curtis was moving all the way from Florida and wanted to meet people in the NJ area.  Well, he couldn’t have met a more perfect partner when he met Kristina!  As their relationship grew, they both knew they had found “the one” when his place of work wanted to send him back to their site in Florida.  True love won out as he refused their offer in order to stay here with Kristina.

Curtis’ proposal came in the form of a holiday ornament given on Christmas Eve that read, “I asked.  She said YES.”  It was handed to Kristina by her sister while she was giving a toast that evening at a restaurant that was a favorite of their father’s.  Sadly, Kristina had just lost her father before the holidays and with this being a very emotional time, Curtis knew just what would help turn this melancholy evening into a joyous one.  As Curtis proposed, it began to snow and then stopped immediately afterwards.  Kristina has always felt this was her father being there for her at that joyful moment.

Kristina and Curtis were married on the 4th of July!  It was a celebration that was filled with both sentimental moments and fun traditions.  The morning started with a little rain, but then the skies cleared in time for the festivities.  After an emotional “first look”, the two were married outdoors by a pond on the estate at Crystal Springs Resort in Hamburg, NJ.  Emotions were running high once again as Kristina walked down the aisle to meet Curtis.  It was hard for anyone to keep from crying!  As always, Jeff Tisman’s artistry shined bright as he captured incredible photos from the day.  Be sure to check out his blog featuring some of his photos from Kristina and Curtis’ wedding!

Kristina was an absolutely glowing bride!  She wore a gorgeous strapless gown with a sparkling jeweled belt.  Her beautiful bridal party wore bright fuchsia summery dresses while Kristina’s sister, her matron of honor, stood apart in royal blue.  With this being the national holiday that we celebrate the birth of our nation, the day wouldn’t be complete without some patriotic touches as well!  Amazing video and photos were taken with the American flag as a very appropriate backdrop.  And as the happy couple walked back down the aisle, their guests waved red, white and blue ribbons!

Kristina and Curtis’s reception was held at the Grand Cascades Lodge there at Crystal Springs.  The grand ballroom was enhanced and transformed into a cozy, rustic affair with the help of mason jars, candlelight and wildflowers.  Pink Dahlia did a fabulous job with the decor!  Lanterns with a New Orleans flair were placed around the event, giving a nod to Curtis’ family from The Crescent City.

DJ Paul Knox from SCE Event Group was an awesome choice as the entertainment and emcee for the evening!  Kristina and Curtis, said by some to have the same personalities, are both so fun-loving!  They’re definitely not afraid to be a little silly too!  We loved their unbelievable first dance which really set the tone for a whimsical evening full of laughter and cheer!

We absolutely loved celebrating this unforgettable wedding event!  Congratulations to Kristina and Curtis, a perfect match!

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Cinematographers:   Kevin Owens  //  Dan Sawyer  //  Lisa Skala

Editor:  Lisa Skala

Photographer:  Jeff Tisman Photography –  Princeton, NJ

Floral Design:  Pink Dahlia – Parsippany, NJ

Hair Stylist:  Reflections Spa at Crystal Springs Resort – Stephanie D’Aloisio – Hamburg, NJ

Makeup Artist:  Daria Debiak Makeup Artistry –  New York City/New Jersey

Entertainment:  SCE Event Group – DJ Paul Knox –  West Long Branch, NJ

Cake:  Crystal Springs Resort – Hamburg, NJ

Venue:  Crystal Springs Resort – Grand Cascade Lodge – Hamburg, NJ

Accommodations:  Crystal Springs Resort – Hamburg, NJ