Christine Moore and Jay Berube met while assigned to the same unit in the Massachusetts Army National Guard in 2000. They started dating after a year-long deployment in Kuwait and their June wedding at Whispering Pines Conference Center was a perfect reflection of their personalities and passions.
“I didn’t want a cookie cutter wedding,” says Christine. “I wanted an adventure. The entire atmosphere of the venue fit our personality well. We love the outdoors and nature and thought the vintage/rustic décor was perfect.”
Since the Army has been such an important part of their lives, they chose to have a military wedding, officiated by their former company commander. Christine loves anything vintage or handmade and she, Jay and her mother made many of the elements of the wedding, like the 180 feet of hand-sewn bunting, photo booth props, mustache cupcake toppers and escort cards with guest’s names and table numbers stamped on vintage silver plated spoons. “I really love handmade things,” she says. “I think they’re…unique and they show a labor of love.”
Another personal touch was to include Christine’s grandmother who had passed away six months before. “I incorporated my grandmother’s vintage photos in my RSVP postcards,” she says. “It was a way to include my grandmother and also to share my passion for family history with my guests. Once those RSVP postcards started coming back, I can’t even express the joy that I felt every time I found a photo of my young, vibrant grandmother in my mailbox. I think I cried every time.”
The reception ended with guests making s’mores from homemade bags around a big campfire and reflecting on the day.
“Christine was a very creative bride so they were a lot of fun to work with because she had so many great ideas,” says Erin Guerra, wedding planner for Whispering Pines.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY Dreamlove Wedding Photography
**This real wedding was seen in Southern New England Weddings 2013-2014 issue.