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Christine + Joshua’s Fun DIY Winter Wedding

Take a page from Christine and Joshua who wanted to celebrate their love and just have fun with family and friends at their winter wedding photographed by Kristin Griffin Photography.
Photo Credit: Kristin Griffin Photography
From the photographer, Kristin Griffin Photography:

“Many couples say that fate brings them together. For Josh and Christine, it took fate bringing them together, and then apart, for a relationship to blossom. “We both began working for the same engineering firm within a week of each other right out of college,” Christine explains when you ask her how they met. “We were always friends and attracted to each other, but it took me leaving the company for another job and not seeing each other every day to realize that we were both interested in more than friendship.” An engagement came a few years after, which was a surprise for Christine. “I had gone away for a girls’ weekend and was under the impression that Josh was hanging out at his brother’s house while I was away. In actuality, he was at our condo with his brother and father all weekend working to finish our attic space. He built two walk-in closets for the room upstairs and painted “Will you marry me?” on the wall in between them. When I got home from my trip, he brought me up to the attic and proposed. Really, how could I not say “yes”?””

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“Christine and Josh spent 14 months planning their wedding. “We knew that we wanted to get married in either the fall or winter. The year before our wedding was a wonderfully busy one with lots of close friends and family getting married; we decided that winter would be perfect since it wasn’t right around anyone else’s wedding plans.” Attending other weddings came in handy for this couple. “We have this silly family joke that started at Josh’s cousin’s wedding a few years ago involving mustaches. Since we wanted everyone to have a fun prop for the night, we made placecards on sticks with mustaches. Anyone who knows us knows that we rarely take ourselves seriously, so it was fun to see all our family and friends getting silly with us!” Other DIY projects included the hot cocoa favors (perfect for a winter wedding), programs and menu cards. Being engineers certainly helped, since this couple designed their own stationary (programs, placecards and menus) in AutoCAD and printed them at home. Because both Christine and Josh are Greek, they asked Christine’s uncle (a Greek orthodox priest) to preside over their wedding ceremony. They included a Greek crowning ceremony as part of the service and “it was a nice way to have our joint heritage be a part of our day.” By far the best part of the wedding though was the chance to see everyone they loved celebrating. “At one point in the night, we paused to look around the room and I almost cried! Every one of our friends and family were on the dance floor – my family with Josh’s friends, co-workers with Josh’s family, my family with Josh’s high school friends! They all mingled so perfectly and it was awesome seeing everyone we love enjoying themselves as one big group!””

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