ago, when the couple met in second grade! The intervening years led Dave to West Point and Kate abroad to study in Italy, until Dave flew to Venice and proposed beside the Grand Canal.
The couple chose this Italian song, “Il Ritmo della Passione (I Belong To You)” to commemorate their engagement.
THE DETAILS: The rustic lodge is tucked away in the woods of West Point beside the charming Delafield Pond. Kate wore a lovely strapless gown, a deep red flower over her left ear a huge smile. The bridesmaids dresses were deep purple and they carried red rose bouquets. The couple displayed wedding photos of their parents and grandparents…along with photos of Kate and Dave standing side by side in 2nd grade and again as scholars in 8th grade school photos. The favors were oatmeal cookies, the famous recipe of Dave’s mother.
The toasts were amazing tributes to Kate’s ambition, Dave’s steadfastness and the tight knit group of friends and family who saw them through long-distance relationship and personal achievements.
There was much joking about the rivalry between Dave’s Army side and Kate’s Navy side (even the water bottles read, “Army beats Navy!”) but it was all in good fun. In fact, Kate’s father lent Dave his Navy sword, engraved with both his and his father’s initials, to cut the wedding cake, which he did with an impressive flourish.
At the end of the night, Dave thanked his guests for coming, voice filled with emotion, and it made my night. As the Maid of Honor said, “love is friendship caught fire,” and it was a delight to witness the celebration of that love ablaze. Kate and Dave, you are amazing!
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Photos by Uplift Photography