Wedding Inspiration

Real Wedding: Chris Cipriano & Steve Curtis

Peek inside this vineyard-inspired backyard wedding featuring fun, kid-friendly details.


September 1, 2018
Canton, Massachusetts

backyard wedding

Photo by Lauren Killian of Person + Killian Photography

THE STORY

Chris Cipriano & Steve Curtis’s love story was decades in the making. They met in seventh-grade homeroom in 1995, when Chris asked Steve out in a handwritten note. He said no. “It was the awkward seventh-grade years. No one is making good decisions back then,” Steve says. Despite the rejection, the pair remained friends, even while they dated other people. In November 2016, Steve was preparing to move to Boston, where Chris—who has three children from a previous marriage—had already relocated. On the night before Thanksgiving, Steve and Chris went to a bar with a group of friends in their hometown on Long Island. That night, their friends predicted the two would get together, and “sure enough they had it right,” Steve says. They went on their first date in February, almost immediately after Steve moved to Boston. “We saw each other pretty much every day after that,” Chris says.

When the couple discussed getting engaged, Chris often said she “didn’t need a ring and would gladly take a Ring Pop.” On the night of their one-year anniversary, Steve—who adopted Chris’s children—brought the kids into the kitchen while Chris stood waiting in the hallway. They emerged minutes later, Ring Pops in hand and said, “Daddy has a question for you.” Steve then got down on one knee and proposed—with a real ring.

The pair married six months later at their home in Canton. “We love to host, so it just felt natural to have it in the place where we’re going to continue to do that and build our life together,” Steve says. Having a backyard wedding wasn’t as simple as it sounds, though: They’d only just closed on the house when they’d gotten engaged, so wedding planning and remodeling happened simultaneously. “Part of our wedding planning process was making sure our landscaper knew when the deadline was. We were like, ‘This needs to get done,’” he recalls. It all came together in the nick of time, under a lantern-filled tent with vineyard-inspired decor and playful kid-friendly details. “We stopped a number of times throughout the night and just stared, like, ‘How is this our backyard?'” Steve recalls, “It was magical.”

THE DETAILS

backyard wedding

Photo by Lauren Killian of Person + Killian Photography

Chris’s father and Steve’s father co-officiated their wedding ceremony, during which the couple also presented their children with engraved bracelets. “This was really the marriage of our entire family,” Chris says.

backyard wedding

Photo by Lauren Killian of Person + Killian Photography

Chris found her lace Maggie Sottero dress while shopping with Steve’s mother and sister, her own mother, and her daughter Eleanor. It was the second dress she tried on, and she knew it was ‘the one’ right away, but tried on a few more “to make Eleanor happy. She was picking out all these crazy things,” Chris recalls.

backyard wedding

Photo by Lauren Killian of Person + Killian Photography

Chris wanted each of the 24 kids invited to the wedding to have their own “busy station,” which included platters of grilled-cheese sandwiches, lollipop balls, ring pops, and coloring books. “We probably over-sugared them,” Steve says, “But they had a blast.”

backyard wedding

Photo by Lauren Killian of Person + Killian Photography

The “adult” tables featured white pillar candles as well as ferns, white garden roses, white spray roses, white hydrangeas, fiddleheads, and snapdragons. “We liked the idea of simple rustic farmhouse-style tables but with winery decor,” Sarah says. 

backyard wedding

Photo by Lauren Killian of Person + Killian Photography

Instead of having a cake, Chris and Steve’s wedding featured an ice-cream cart and other hand-held treats such as vegan cupcakes, soft pretzels, and popcorn. “We didn’t want to disrupt the flow of everyone out on the dance floor,” Steve says. Since their children have food allergies, the entire wedding was also egg and nut-free.

backyard wedding

Photo by Lauren Killian of Person + Killian Photography

“I’d said I wanted a big tent with twinkly lights where we’d all dance until dawn, but our planner Sara totally surprised us with those big balloons and lanterns,” Chris says. “They were gorgeous.”

THE FILE

Bride’s Dress Maggie Sottero, Chryssie’s Bridal
Rentals Peak Event Services, Luxury Loo
Balloons Balloons All Over
Catering Catalyst Restaurant
Flowers Lotus Floral Events
Kids’ Treat Bags The Lettered Lingo
Hair and Makeup Jeni Olivier Hair & Makeup Artistry
Invitations Paperless Post
Lighting Suzanne B Lowell Lighting Design
Photography Person + Killian Photography
Planner Sara Kovel Events
Rings Barmakian Jewelers
Transportation Rockstar Limo

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