Stephanie Valentin­uzzi and Craig pereSSini

Wedding Bells (West) - - Contents -

JULY 24, 2016

FROM STEPHANIE: Our theme for our wed­ding was “Love will make you blush.” We wanted it to be ro­man­tic, clas­sic and el­e­gant, with blush and gold de­tails. It all started with my blush-coloured wed­ding dress. From the per­son­al­ized sta­tionery to the blush se­quined ta­ble linens, we in­cor­po­rated the colour through­out the decor. Our cer­e­mony site at Cedar Creek Es­tate Win­ery was a feast for the eyes. Rose gar­dens, grapevines, moun­tains and the lake sur­rounded us; it was the per­fect venue to de­clare our love. We had many de­tails that were very per­sonal to us. Pho­tos of loved ones who had passed away were placed on a vin­tage dresser at the front of the aisle to re­flect their pres­ence. A sin­gle red car­na­tion was placed on a chair to rep­re­sent the spir­i­tual pres­ence of my mom, who we lost five years ago. Craig and I shared our first dance to “Joy of My Life” by John Fogerty. My mom al­ways used to say to my sis­ter and I that we were the “joy of her life.” When Craig first played the song for me and told me it was his favourite, I felt it was a sign from my mom telling me that Craig was the one for me. It was an emo­tional first dance for us both.


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