Real New England Weddings: Jenna Pegoraro & Chad Wagner

WHEN JENNA PEGORARO met Chad Wagner through a mutual friend, she instantly felt a spark. But with more than 200 miles between them (Chad was a bond broker in New York City, while Jenna was an interior designer based in Hopkinton), it took a couple of months for them to agree to give the long-distance relationship a try. One year and dozens of train rides later, Jenna relocated to New York.

There was no question they’d return to the Hub for their nuptials. "We were both Bostonians stuck in New York City," says Jenna. So after a Christmas-morning proposal in 2008, they set their sights northward. After exchanging vows at St. Stephen’s Church in the North End, they headed to the Liberty Hotel for their cocktail-style reception. "Choosing a location was the easiest decision," says Jenna, who was sold from the moment she spied the hotel’s soaring atrium. Clearly, this is one bride who knows a good thing when she sees it.