Caroline & Thomas
April 30, 2016 • Kingston, MassachusettsBy Stacey Marcus
When Caroline Potts’ best friend, Kaitlin, asked her to join her and her colleague and friend Tom O’Donnell for a drink, Caroline agreed to venture into Faneuil Hall after she finished babysitting. At the time, Caroline was enrolled in nursing school at Northeastern University and Tom was in medical school at Cornell. The pair clicked instantly and began their courtship.
By the time summer rolled around, the two were seeing each other every day, with Tom often popping by to bring Caroline a smoothie. She was working at Boston Children’s Hospital as a nursing student and he was a research assistant at nearby Brigham & Women’s Hospital. As the fall approached and Tom was headed back to Cornell, Caroline gently asked him where the relationship was headed. “Caroline Austin Potts, are you asking to be my girlfriend?” questioned Tom.
Fast-forward a couple of years to the couple’s North End apartment on a random Tuesday afternoon.
“We both had the afternoon off, which is a rarity for a doctor and a nurse,” says Caroline. “I got home from the mall and made a quick lunch and gave Tom a bathing suit I bought him. He went downstairs and asked me to come see how it looked,” she remembers. “Sitting on the bed was my cat, Pudge, with a box in front of him.”
Tom, dressed in his new bathing suit, dropped to his knee next to the basket of laundry and proposed—a memory Caroline treasures.
The couple married on a beautiful, sunny spring day at St. Peter’s Parish with guests arriving at Indian Pond Country Club in Kingston by trolley. A 15-minute show of fireworks choreographed to music and orchestrated by Caroline’s stepfather, Steve, was a highlight of the wedding, which was photographed by two drones. “Everyone is still talking about the fabulous fireworks display,” says Caroline.
Photography by Kan Photography
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