Christine Viele and Jason Brainard-Barnes met through a friend of Christine’s who was dating a friend of Jason’s. Their first date was at the former Casey’s Grill and Bar in Wakefield. He proposed four years later, on Christmas Day 2012, in the house they share in North Kingstown.
“We got engaged in our dining room. Jay made a trail of rose petals from our stairs leading to a heart in the living room,” she says. “Jay was around the corner in the dining room and got down on one knee.”
In April, the couple married at Meadow Brook Inn in Charlestown. They selected the venue after they fell in love with the ceremony grounds, especially its pergola and brick walkway. The wedding style was rustic chic and featured a spring-like peacock color scheme. In keeping with that, the bridesmaids wore cocktail-length mermaid green dresses, with purple shawls, while the groomsmen wore black shirts and pants, with grey vests and teal ties. Jason was suited in similar style, but sported a purple tie — the bride’s favorite color, which also was the dominant color of the jewel-toned floral arrangements.
For her gown, Christine wore a princess-style ball gown with a beaded halter top and tulle skirt. “It was just ‘the one’ even though it was a completely different style than what I first had in mind,” she says. “Mrs. Brainard-Barnes” and the wedding date were stitched into the hem of the dress in purple thread. She wore a peacock feather in her hair.
They were married in an outdoor ceremony, surrounded by family and friends.
A reception followed, catered by the Meadow Brook Inn, and featuring a buffet of chicken francaise, top round beef, red bliss potatoes, house salad and pasta. The tables, which were covered with mermaid green-colored tablecloths, were adorned with Mason jars affixed with table numbers and filled with wild flowers. A simple wedding cake from Sweet Althea’s in Wakefield sat atop a four-tiered handmade stand carved from tree trunks — a gift from a friend who knew Christine had admired a similar stand on Pinterest. Cupcakes filled out the three lower tiers.
After dinner, guests danced to the disc jockey’s tunes and posed for photos in the photo booth.
For their first dance as Mr. and Mrs., the couple selected “First Day of My Life” by Bright Eyes. “We’ve been together almost six years and the song is about taking time to do things,” Christine says.
That first dance and her father-daughter dance are the memories she will cherish the most from the ceremony.