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Real Wedding: Cristina Bonner & Scott Stern

Mar 30, 2016 01:38PM ● By Cate Reynolds
May 23, 2015 // The Oaks Waterfront Inn // The Madious Photography

The Couple

College sweethearts, Cristina and Scott’s first impressions of one another were slightly misguided. “He had been growing out his thesis beard,” remembers Cristina. “And so I thought he was a rugged mountain man, and I had a nose ring, so he thought I was a rebel. Oh boy, were we wrong!” After Scott graduated, he continued to send Cristina postcards of foreign love poems as he traveled abroad. They continued to date long distance until Cristina graduated, followed by a few wonderful years living in Washington, D.C. together.

The Proposal

Thursday, November 21st, 2013, Scott proposed in a very special and intimate fashion at his Dupont Circle apartment. The proposal involved an elaborate, home-cooked, multi-course dinner incorporating dishes and wines from many memorable meals they had shared over the course of their relationship.

The Location

Cristina and Scott found their decision to get married at The Oaks very easy. “The venue is absolutely beautiful,” they share. “It’s right on the water on this little inlet off the Chesapeake Bay and faces west, which, on the Eastern Shore, makes for a stunning sunset.” Also, being foodies, they heard rave reviews about the food and the head chef. Lastly, they were planning an outdoor wedding, but were very comfortable with the venue’s Plan B in case of rain. “If it did happen to rain on our wedding day, The Oaks has this lovely covered pier where we could have held the ceremony. An outdoor ceremony was very important to us, so we wanted to make sure we wouldn’t end up in a dingy ballroom on our big day.”


The Bridesmaids

Cristina’s maids wore mismatched, floor-length, champagne gowns. Cristina let them all pick their own (but retained veto power). She really didn’t want the cut from the same cloth look.

The First Look

“It was really nice to have that private moment to see each other in our wedding garb for the first time,” the couple remembers. “Plus, it allowed us to take pictures before the ceremony so we could enjoy our cocktail hour! And it truly did not take away from the magic of seeing each other on either end of the aisle.”

The Sweets

Cristina and Scott had both a wedding cake and macarons for their guests. They had two decadent flavors of cake: Gâteau Royale (basically Ferrero Rocher in cake form) and Gâteau L’Orange (Grand Marnier flavored).

The Smart Choice

The couple had their salad and entrée served at the same time during the reception, giving them the opportunity to eat during the toasts and then visit their guests while they ate their entrées.

The Honeymoon

Cristina and Scott had a very unconventional and extended honeymoon. They traveled around Southeast Asia for six weeks. They visited Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia.


The Details

Little House of Flowers

The Real Geniuses

Pâtisserie Poupon

Bride’s Gown:
Maggie Sottero from Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection

Bride’s Shoes:
Jimmy Choo

Bridesmaid dresses:

Men’s attire:

Bride’s jewelry:
Family heirlooms

Engagement Ring:
I.B.N. Diamond in New York City

Wedding Bands:
I. Gorman Jewelers in Washington, DC

Paper in the Park and the bride’s cousin, Delina, an artist in Puerto Rico

Adora Creative

PSC Hair Artistry

Kara McCormack Trutenko

Liya Ensemble