Family Heirlooms Add Meaning to Vineyard-Themed Wedding

Caitlin & Christopher

June 11, 2016 • Mashpee, Massachusetts

By Lenore Cullen Barnes | Wedding Photography by Katie Slater Photography

Growing up in the same hometown, neither Caitlin Costello nor Christopher Allen knew the love of their lives was living just a few miles away. Caitlin attended high school with Chris’ younger brother and met her future husband on a group camping trip one summer while she was in college.

Once Caitlin and Chris found they were riding the same train into Boston that summer, commuting became a lot more fun. When Caitlin returned to school in Michigan, the pair began the first of many separations, none of which diminished their love or commitment for one another. From Boston to Austin, and finally, to San Francisco, the two made it work. Finally together in Los Angeles, Chris and Caitlin were watching the sunset at a beach in Malibu one weekend in January 2015 when Chris proposed.

“Chris pulled out a bottle of cheap pinot grigio we drank in our early days together,” remembers Caitlin. “He kind of laid out the story of us. We’d shared a journal while we were apart and he handed it to me and said, ‘I have a new entry’—which was his proposal.”

Both had spent summers growing up on Cape Cod and agreed that was where they wanted their wedding. They chose Willowbend Country Club in Mashpee, where Caitlin’s family now lives.

“Our theme was a vineyard wedding because we wanted to bring our life in California to Cape Cod,” Caitlin says.

Wine barrels flanked the wedding aisle and corks from bottles they’d enjoyed held the guests’ place cards.

Caitlin wore shoes made by her best friend, her mother’s veil and her paternal grandmother’s earrings. She carried her maternal grandmother’s pearl-topped pins in her bouquet, along with a handkerchief from her great-grandmother. In tribute to Chris’ late father, he and his brothers wore pocket squares made from one of their father’s shirts. Their mother made tie pins with pressed white roses from their father’s grave, and Caitlin’s bouquet included one in the shape of a guardian angel.

Caitlin and Chris were unfazed when a downpour moved their ceremony indoors. “We’re used to going with the flow,” she says. “At the core, ‘us’ is all that really matters. I didn’t care whether we got married indoors or out.”

As they entered the room to take their vows, everyone stood and applauded. “We felt loved by everyone there,” Caitlin says. “Everyone knew us and meant something to us.”


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