Real Wedding: Kristin Gienty & Shawn Ferguson

Airen Miller Photography

Kristin Gienty was born during a snowstorm. As a result, “I’ve always loved the snow,” says the Bristol native. “Some people go to the beach and watch the waves to relax. That’s how I feel about snow.” So it should come as no surprise that when one Mr. Shawn Ferguson popped the question, a winter wedding was at the very top of his bride-to-be’s priority list. It took place Jan. 12, 2013—and, yes, there was snow on the ground and some 210 friends and family there to see it.

“We’re very family-oriented,” says Kristin, and “tried to incorporate our family into our wedding as much as we could.” The garter Kristin wore beneath her show-stopping Casablanca gown from Stars of Avon was made from her mother’s wedding dress (as was the card bag she carried at the reception). Hanging from her oh-so-chic bouquet of calla lilies and feathers from Always Bloomin in Plainville were pictures of her grandmother and great-grandmother, “who I believe are my angels,” says Kristin. On each table at the reception were bottles of Italian wine made by her grandparents (the picture of them on the label was from when they were first dating back in the day), Kristin and her mom made each unique winter-themed centerpiece and the whole famiglia (“We’re slowly converting Shawn,” laughs the bride) was recruited to make limoncello liqueur to bottle for favors. Salute!

As for the party portion of the night, Kristin and Shawn took their first turn around the dance floor as husband and wife to Keith Urban’s “Your Everything,” and then gave their parents the honor of picking a song to surprise them with for the father/daughter and mother/son dances (“I’ll Stand by You” by The Pretenders and Kenny Rogers’ “Handprints on the Wall,” respectively). After that, according to Kristin, the nine-piece JK Band got everyone on their feet and “no one sat down”—least of all the new bride, a lifelong dancer and part-time instructor at Dance Arts Center in Bristol, and the groom who, well, “likes to think he can dance,” jokes Kristin, her love for Shawn evident in her voice. “Everyone who looked at us could see how much we enjoyed every moment.”

photographer: Airen Miller Photography, Bristol

bridal salon: Stars of Avon, Avon

hair & makeup: Naomi Salon, West Hartford

invitations & programs: Garrett Printing & Graphics, Bristol  

flowers: Always Bloomin, Plainville 

videographer: Vividography, Southington 

transportation: Pristine Limo, Cheshire  music The JK Band

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This article appeared in the Fall/Winter 2013 issue of The Connecticut Bride

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