Real Wedding: Kristine Capino & Jonathan Batista
October 17, 2015
Four Seasons Hotel
Planning a wedding is hard work—and planning a wedding from the other side of the country adds another layer to the challenge. Just ask Kristine Capino and Jonathan Batista. With deep New England roots, the couple always knew they wanted a wedding in Boston. Kristine, from Lexington, Massachusetts, and Jonathan, from northern Vermont, met in 2010 through mutual friends at a local pub on Boylston Street. They were friends for about a year before getting together, but they soon spent their first few dates eating sushi on Newbury Street and watching summer baseball games at Fenway.
After moving to Dallas, Texas, in 2012, the couple travelled back to New England to visit their families for the holidays. Jonathan knew he wanted to propose during the trip. The perfect moment arrived just hours before they were going to fly back to Texas. Having asked Kristine’s father for permission the day before, Jonathan had his soon-to-be in-laws in on the plot. The Capinos are big on pictures, so it wasn’t out of the ordinary for Kristine and Jonathan to pose in front of the house for one last photo before they departed.
“Kristine was outside and I said I had to run in and grab my coat,” Jonathan says. “But I grabbed the ring.” Walking back outside, Jonathan got down on one knee and proposed to Kristine on her front step. Mom looked on and Dad snapped pictures.
Shortly after becoming engaged Kristine and Jonathan packed up and moved again, this time landing in California. As they found themselves digging deeper into the wedding planning process, jetting from coast to coast became a normal thing—at times they made the trip every six weeks. While they had a wedding planner assisting them, both Jonathan and Kristine agree that they owe much of the ease to their mothers. “We really couldn’t have done it without them,” says Jonathan of their families.
Kristine and Jonathan picked the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston as their venue with a final guest list of 180. Having a network of relatives and friends from across the globe, the farthest guest came from Ireland, while others flew in from California and Texas. “It’s very special to have all your favorite people in one spot,” Kristine says.
Kristine described the wedding theme as sleek and classic, choosing black and white as the color scheme.
The Four Seasons made for the perfect venue. “We knew we wanted to be in Boston, having met there. A lot of our closest friends were there, and with people traveling in town, we wanted them to be in the city for the wedding,” Jonathan says.
It was a high travel year as the couple flew to Boston multiple times for wedding-related business, like when Kristine needed to come in for dress fittings.
Opting for something a little different from a simple wedding trinket, Kristine gifted her bridesmaids Ted Baker clutches, while Jonathan gave his groomsmen watches and cufflinks.
The first look took place on the edge of the Public Garden, a great place to calm pre-wedding nerves—despite passing Duck Boat tours.
Wedding photographer Corinna Raznikov was inspired by Annie Leibovitz for the formals.
Wanting to show off the city so close to their hearts, Kristine and Jonathan planned a fall wedding. “We were kind of gambling with the weather—it could be really cold or beautiful—so luckily it was more on the beautiful side,” Kristine says.
Flying into Boston for cake tastings had its obvious perks. “That was one of my favorite parts in the planning,” Jonathan says, laughing. Along with the vanilla cake, there was also a dessert table.
Jonathan’s family owns a sugar house in Vermont. A tribute to his late grandfather, guests were given bottled maple syrup as a wedding favor.
“Everywhere you turned, you’d see somebody you really liked,” Kristine says. Confetti poppers on the dance floor added to the celebratory environment.
Venue The Four Seasons, Boston
Florist Mimosa Fresh Flower Design
Coordinator Marrero Events
Bride’s Dress Anna Maier, Ulla-Maija Couture
Bride’s Shoes Christian Louboutin
Groom’s Tux Hugo Boss
Bridesmaids Dresses Amsale
Makeup Dani Wagener
Hair Verush Hair
Invitations Lynne Johnson, Inviting Company
Videographer Summer Wind Wedding Films
Bride’s Party Dress Tory Burch
Band District 21
Reception Dancers Filipino Youth Group of New England and Hip-Hop Dancers from Phunk Phenomenon
Rentals Peterson Rentals
Lighting Boston Uplights
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