Christina Chow + Sam Kocsis

orange and red wedding bouquet
wedding high heels from INC
bride greeting wedding guests
bride and groom in front for vine covered barn
Christina and Sam walk through the grounds of the Crane Estate
Dancing under the lights at the reception
dramatic portrait wedding
wedding cake created by montilios baking company ma
Family photos and a box for wedding greetings.
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Ipswich, Massachusetts

Christina and Sam’s intimate wedding was the perfect way to celebrate their marriage. The couple met in India and reunited in New Hampshire, so being married in New England was important to them. “This is where our relationship really developed,” says Christina. “We planned our wedding for September so we could show out-of-town guests a New England fall.”

Since their grandparents couldn’t travel to the wedding for health reasons, Christina displayed family photos of parents and grandparents on their wedding days. There was no bridal party: the couple’s siblings were part of the wedding ceremony, tapped to do readings or make special toasts. Christina’s brother also served as officiant.

“I was already familiar with the Crane Estate and I loved it,” says Christina. “We’re both very into nature, and the site has some really beautiful vantage points.”

Christina laughs when recalling her kick-off father/daughter dance at the reception. “It was pretty unusual,” she says. “Instead of a slow dance, I choreographed a routine for us to the Bee Gees’ ‘Stayin’ Alive.’ It was so much fun, and it got the energy going for a great dance party!”

by Pat Chaudoin

{The Wedding Recipe}

Photographer: I Am Sarah V.

Makeup: Makeup by Nancy

Ceremony/reception: The Barn at the Crane Estate

Caterer: Fireside Catering

Dress: Nicole Miller

Hair: Nicole Vater

Flowers: Chalifour’s Flowers

Cake: Montilio’s Baking Company


Entertainment: DJ Raffi

Officiant: Michael Chow (bride’s brother)