New England Weddings: Part 3

Lauren Arbeene and Chris Genatossio take advantage of the region’s diverse landscapes to celebrate their wedding day in style.

Lauren Arbeene & Chris Genatossio
May 5, 2007
The State Room in Boston
Photographs by Kelly Lorenz Imagery

[sidebar]Makeup artist Lauren Arbeene met Chris Genatossio on a girl’s night out, but she was getting over an ex and was hardly ready to get serious. Over the next few years, whenever they’d run into each other, “he’d say, ‘Can’t we just date? It’s not like we have to get married,’” Lauren remembers. Finally, after yet another chance encounter, she agreed. Flash forward two years and the couple was planning a Mediterranean-themed wedding. Lauren, a University of Miami alum, originally wanted an intimate beach ceremony, but they quickly ruled it out to accommodate Chris’s big family. Through it all, the happy duo stuck to their biggest lesson learned: You don’t mess with fate.

During their ceremony, Lauren and Chris exchange the same crowns her parents wore during their own wedding (at the same church).



















Lauren’s mother puts the final touches on the father of the bride’s boutonnière.



















The couple moved from crowded Copley Square to the more-secluded Christian Science Center for photos.




















The bridesmaids’ Max Studio shoes matched their empire-waist Vera Wang dresses, chosen because four of the five women were either pregnant or new mothers.





















Lauren’s 3 ½-inch Jimmy Choos gave the 4 foot 11 bride a much-needed lift—Chris is 5 foot 9—and were comfortable enough to wear all day.












She wore a Kenneth Pool for Amsale gown, while Chris chose a Dolce & Gabbana suit and Etro shirt.




















The bride and groom leaving the church: “I’ll always remember that, coming down the aisle, holding hands,” she says.










The low centerpieces clustered hydrangeas, lemons, and bronze-edged leaves in urns.




















Lauren and Chris share their first dance: “We didn’t take any lessons, we were just enjoying the moment.”