Rustic, romantic touches complemented the nautical décor at one couple's summer nuptials.

The week of their wedding, Kristin said a common prayer to an unusual person: She asked for pleasant weather from her grandfather. "The day he passed away, a red cardinal showed up on my grandmother's stoop," the bride recalls. "Ever since, we just associate cardinals with him. The day before the wedding, I went for a run and a red cardinal flew right in front of me. I know he was watching over us."

Photo: Mackler Studios

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