New England Weddings: Part 2

Chris Chanyasulkit and Jim Bardin take advantage of the region’s diverse landscapes to celebrate their wedding day in style.

Chris Chanyasulkit & Jim Bardin
July 20, 2007
Longwood towers in Brookline
Photographs by Ann Decristofaro Custom Photography

[sidebar]Northeastern poli sci grad student Chris Chanyasulkit and systems analyst Jim Bardin’s three-and-a-half year courtship survived stressful exams and a sightseeing tour of Thailand—sans regular showers. So when wedding logistics proved tricky, they weren’t worried. Because much of Chris’s family lives in Thailand, invitations had to be translated and cultural confusion clarified—“Thai weddings typically feature Vegas-style live entertainment,” notes Chris—all within a five-month time frame. Still, the pair managed to find time for tango lessons, resulting in a reception performance straight out of Dancing with the Stars. Even better, the officiant, former governor Michael Dukakis, followed suit. Says Chris: “He and Kitty stole the show!”






















Jim and Chris are all smiles as they enter Longwood Towers’ Veronique Ballroom. She nabbed her Alfred Angelo gown for $270—$1,000 off the retail price—at the Bridal Event at Filene’s Basement.












Chris’s sister and maid of honor, June, leaps for the bouquet. June cut the tags off her red Charlotte Russe bridesmaid dress the night before—no alterations necessary.

















The cake, with its separate layers of strawberry Grand Marnier, raspberry Chambord, and blackberry brandy, won rave reviews.




















Votives add ambiance to the reception.















A locked piano prevents Jim from serenading Chris—but still makes a perfect photo-op prop.




Chris dons a short Tadashi dress to show off the tango’s intricate leg-work.


The favors—wooden frogs on soap floral wreaths—came directly from Thailand, courtesy of Chris’s relatives.