For Brenda and Paul, it was important that their wedding reflect not only their personal history, but their families' as well. Thanks to Paul's father's long service in the Coast Guard (he retired a three-star admiral), Brenda and Paul were granted the privilege of exchanging vows in the Coast Guard Chapel in New London, Connecticut. "The ceremony site was much more meaningful because Paul's father was so dedicated to the Coast Guard," Brenda says. The touching ceremony was followed by a reception at the stately Eolia Mansion in Harkness Memorial State Park, where Paul often played as a child.

Brenda and Paul in New London, CT

Brenda and Martin blend personal and family history for a touching affair

For Brenda and Paul, it was important that their wedding reflect not only their personal history, but their families' as well. Thanks to Paul's father's long service in the Coast Guard (he retired a three-star admiral), Brenda and Paul were granted the privilege of exchanging vows in the Coast Guard Chapel in New London, Connecticut. "The ceremony site was much more meaningful because Paul's father was so dedicated to the Coast Guard," Brenda says. The touching ceremony was followed by a reception at the stately Eolia Mansion in Harkness Memorial State Park, where Paul often played as a child.

The newlyweds cross the impressive lawn at Harkness Memorial State Park as the sun sets over Long Island Sound. Brenda wore a vintage-style wedding dress by Mori Lee and a custom-made veil of imported silk tulle, while Paul dressed in a Hugo Boss tuxedo.