Featured Love Story
I first swooned over Christine and Jason’s wedding when I saw a photo of some adorable little scene stealers playing in the foliage, presumably after the ceremony. As I scrolled through the images from Christopher Duggan Photography, I felt as though I was experiencing the wedding first hand. The emotions captured jumped off the screen and came to life. You can’t help but completely swoon over seeing a groom bend down more than a foot to kiss his petite wife. Christine and Jason look like a couple who will be keeping each other laughing for a lifetime.
Christine Lu & Jason McConnell
August 13, 2011 at Liberty House Restaurant, Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey
Their love story and proposal as told by Christine:
Jason and I met about 10 years ago. We work in the fashion/apparel industry. Jason was the Tech/IT/go-to creative guy at work. We didn’t speak much back then but our peers were very good with invites to happy hour. That was how we became acquaintances first, then friends and eventually years later husband and wife.Last Thanksgiving we took a vaca to the US Virgin Islands. It was our first Thanksgiving away from family so we decided to make an adventure out of it. That morning we rented a kayak, packed our snorkeling gear, and headed off to tour the island. We saw many amazing things that day and almost got devastated from sea urchins. After that incident we took a rest on what seemed like an abandoned beach. It was just the too of us for miles. I was trying to dock the boat in the sand so that the tide wouldn’t wash it way. Jason was fidgeting and doing something in the water for a really long time. He then came up to me while I was struggling with the boat and showed me a shell- then said “Wanna get married?”I think I might have taken the shell before he finished his sentence and threw it back in the water. Did I realize that the shell was in the perfect shape of a ring? Then of course I said “Are you Joking?”Everything afterwards was a blur of smiles and kisses.
We got married in Jersey City at the Liberty House. We had lived right by the venue for years without realizing what the building was. The Liberty House overlooks NYC in Liberty State Park and was the perfect location for 2 city kids from the suburbs of NJ. It was a gorgeous setting and only a 5 minute walk from our home.We wanted our wedding to be a pretty relaxing and enjoyable gathering for our family and friends. We kept it the perfect mix between casual and formal (though not as casual as Jason would have liked) for us and our parents. We also didn’t feel that planning a wedding needed to be so crazy and stressful.So we decided to give our vendors full control over what they did best and it worked out great. They took our wedding into their hands and gave us exactly what we wanted and a wonderful time in return. On a side note- I would recommend that every future bride give this idea some thought.Everyone says that the day flies by so quickly and it really does. But the one thing that stands out for me is the father- daughter dance. It was an emotional moment that can almost not be described in words and definitely one that I will never forget.Jason’s dad boogying on the dance floor is also pretty priceless.Strange fun thing— We keep getting pictures and comments from friends about how their orchids from our wedding are doing. That’s pretty awesome!We wanted to add that we really really enjoyed the pics from Christopher of the kids playing in the foliage. Simply beautiful shots!