Melissa Eliseo & Dan Giampietro

August, 11, 2012. During their vows in the charming Hornblower Garden at Plimoth Plantation, bride Melissa couldn’t shake the idea that it could pour rain at any moment. Moments later, when the officiant spoke fondly of her recently deceased father, Ralph, the bride, her groom Dan, and their guests, immediately noticed a patch of blue peeking through the clouds, which gave way to sunny skies.

That magical moment instantly underscored the significance of all the many tokens of remembrance planned in honor of Melissa’s father throughout the couple’s wedding day.

“We collected vintage Coke caps and affixed each one as a wearable pin to card stock we printed, because my Dad liked Coke,” shares Melissa. Another quite memorable token walked down the aisle on a leash: Henry, the Jack Russell mix dog sporting a vest with blue bow tie and Coke pin, belonging to her parents.

Describing the Hornblower garden as “a natural stage for romance with its reflecting pool and fountain, stone walls, wooded pathways, arbors, perennial plantings and other extraordinary features,” Rob Kluin, director of marketing and communications at Plimoth Plantation, adds “it’s one of southern New England’s hidden treasures, a timeless and enchanting setting for wedding ceremonies.”





Written by: Laura Pope
Photography by: Lisa Rigby
Reception, Catering & Tent Rental: Plimoth Plantation
Linen, Chair & Stemware Rental: Rentals Unlimited
Cake/Dessert: Cupcake Charlie’s

*This real wedding was featured in Southern New England Wedding magazine’s 2013 issue.

To read more about weddings on Cape Cod, check out the post on Alexandra Otway & Ted Norberg’s wedding at the Hyannis Port Yacht Club.


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