Real Weddings

Kristen Kempf to Michael Bianco at the Cairnwood Estate

On Valentine’s Day 2009, they spotted each other across a crowded pub. Taking the initiative, Kristen Kempf approached Michael Bianco and asked, “Don’t I know you?” No, it wasn’t a pick-up line. She was right…the two of them had been introduced 10 years earlier—when they were both dating other people. “After that, we became fast friends and hung out together for a few months, and then we realized that we wanted to be more than friends,” she says.

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Two years later, Michael, a managing partner of My Bellissima wedding consulting firm in Morristown and New York City, orchestrated a romantic and elaborate proposal with a little help from his sister, Laura, also a partner and an original founder of the business.

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“Kristen thought I invited her to Manhattan just to see our new office location,” he says. “But then I took her up to the rooftop, under a perfectly blue sky with the Empire State Building as a backdrop, and I asked her to marry me as we were surrounded by candles, pink rose petals and pink champagne.”

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They married outdoors on August 25, 2012, at Cairnwood Estate, a French-style chateau in historic Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania. “We chose our venue because the estate has only one event at a time. Everything was more than perfect,” says Kristen, a merchandiser for Saks Fifth Avenue.

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About 175 guests enjoyed a shabby-chic, antique-pink, ecru and pewter celebration with lots of roses, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, carving stations, entrées of roasted chicken, seared halibut and pappardelle pasta, dessert tapas and wedding cake.

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Michael, who scored big points with Kristen for choosing a high-energy, 16-piece band, adds, “It was especially fun because I got to use my knowledge of event planning for my own wedding and now it’s a special memory for both of us.”

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Speaking of happy memories, during the reception, the groom surprised everyone by grabbing a guitar and joining the band for a never-to-be-forgotten rendition of Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll.”

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After a honeymoon trip to the Riviera Maya, the couple is at home in Morristown.

wedding details

Hometowns

Morristown

Ceremony Location

Cairnwood Estate

Reception Location

Cairnwood Estate

Photographer

Jamie K Photography, Livingston

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