Shakespeare Garden Wedding (Justin and Kristin)

Pop-ip wedding in Central Park in Shakespeare Garden.

Their story is a Hollywood movie. It all happened when Justin tricked Kristin into thinking they were going to watch a new episode of New Girl — she had been complaining about missing it all week. But Justin actually snuck in a video he made himself. It started as the New Girl intro but transitioned into a montage of romantic clips from movies and TV shows. It ended with him on a knee, asking her to marry him. She had no chances to say “no!”, but asked, of course, shortly after whether or not there was a new episode! Women and their hearts! You know they…Most fairy tales and movies end with wedding, but in case of Justin and Kristin, all just started.

Kristin`s family have come to America from the Philippines and Justin is Slovene. The wedding preparations brought out stark cultural differences. Kristin`s father said strictly no non-vegetarian food, dance or drinks on the wedding day for the sake of conservative elders in his family. They had agreed to have the ceremony in the Philippines style in Central Park in Shakespeare Garden, which doesn’t start early in the morning but promises to go on till the wee hours.

The couple decided to have a 3-D’s (Dance, dinner and drinks) cocktail party after the wedding day. After the Ceremony ended, whole wedding party took a subway to Queens to a Mexican restaurant for a reception the all family waited.

The contrast in dressing styles was evident. Scotch and wine was flowing and half of the groom’s side also had a glass in their hands. They had come up with this way of beating the cold and mingling with the Philippines and Slavic ‘spirit’ of partying. In Slavic weddings, the lyrics don’t matter; it only matters that the music is on high volume. The punch, twists and sweetness of this cocktail of differences ensures a great marriage ‘high’. I can`t understand till nowadays how they could mix Slavic and Philippines traditions on one wedding in New York City.

 

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