A family-focused duo salutes their Italian heritage at a sunny estate

Little did Christina Weir, 31, know that her childhood visits to local cherry stands would one day inspire the motif for her June 2006 hometown wedding to Chad Giacomozzi, also 31. From the fruit-themed invitations and welcome bags to the jars of Mom’s homemade preserves handed out as favors, the image was ubiquitous at a wedding that took place almost 35 years to the date after Christina’s parents’ nuptials. "It had been my dream since I was a little girl to get married at the same church [in Menlo Park] and reception spot [in nearby Atherton] as my parents," says the bride, who booked both locales soon after Chad proposed, at West Point Academy in upstate New York, where he teaches.

The couple’s grand entrance at Holbrook-Palmer Park, an arboretum-turned-wedding-estate, was heralded by Italian vocalist Pasquale Esposito, who serenaded the 180 guests throughout the evening with classic and contemporary tunes that honored Chad’s and Christina’s Italian backgrounds. When out-of-town guests arrived at their hotel rooms at the evening’s end, they found milk and cookies with a note that wished them "sweet dreams" from the newlyweds. That’s amore!—Hillary Quinn

Our Favorite Things

Picture Perfect: Guests posed for group shots (in a photo alcove built by Christina's dad) during the cocktail hour; later, the pictures were mounted on cards and distributed as favors.

Daddy's Girl: Christina asked her father to drive her to the church in his white pickup truck-a nod to childhood road trips.

DIY with Love: Many details of the wedding were created by people important to the couple, such as the friend who sewed the table runners and the neighbor who made the ring pillow by hand.

Tie One Off: To keep things casual, the bride requested that male guests remove their ties before entering the reception, and even set up a "tie tree" where they could leave them. (In all the excitement, the groom forgot the edict and kept his on!)

Pink fondant pansies lent whimsy to the wedding cake. (The groom’s cake was patterned after a tank, to honor Chad’s military career.)

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