by Amy Serrago
Chris and Kris met at a charity event in Los Angeles. According to Kris, when he saw Chris enter the room he took his “breath away and still does every day”. The two share a love of scary movies, so it was only fitting that Chris proposed while they were at a horror convention in Texas, his love’s home state. He gathered the cast of “A Nightmare on Elm Street” (their favorite flick) together and they “burst through the door” with Chris dressed as Freddy Krueger. Then he got down on one knee and popped the question. Kris says, “It was so us!” For their wedding, they truly got the best of both worlds, starting with a rustically romantic ceremony at the Barn at Forestville to celebrate Kris’s country, Texas roots. For the reception, the couple headed to the elegant and regal Cairnwood Estate which Kris says reminded them of an estate in Southern Italy, a nod to his love’s Italian heritage. The day started with first looks and a fun photo shoot outside the barn before the guys exchanged their vows beside a lush floral arch under hundreds of twinkle lights that hung from the beams of the 160-year-old barn.
Chris and Kris really wanted to stand out from their gold and black clad wedding party at the ceremony, so they wore matching, custom tailored Calvin Klein suits in navy blue. They paired their suits with black ties and shoes and each groom wore a single white rose boutonnière, accented with blue thistle. For the reception, they amped up the glam and were totally dapper in black Calvin Klein tuxedos with shawl collared jackets. They topped off those looks with monochromatic patterned ties and vests. Their wedding party consisted of eight of their “best people”, the groomsmen in black suits and the “groom’s ladies” in champagne colored silk gowns with rose gold sequined accents. The ladies carried bouquets of burgundy, blush and white roses and the gentlemen wore the same color florals on their lapels.
The gold and black color palette carried through to the reception where tables were set with black linens and gold chargers and flatware. The centerpieces were a combination of burgundy, blush and white roses with thistle and greenery accents and the menus were printed to look like white dress shirts with black bow ties, so the folded black napkins became the “jackets”. Kris put his DIY skills to work and “bedazzled” mini white pumpkins to complete the decor. There were scary masks for guests to try on in the photo booth and Chris and Kris had life sized cardboard cutouts of themselves dressed like zombies to greet guests as they entered. This Halloween themed wedding was filled with fun moments and details, but for Kris the best moment was, “standing together united as husbands in front of all the people we love the most in the world”. He calls it the most unbelievable feeling in the world and says, “for so long in my life, I didn’t think I would ever see the day where I could be accepted for who I am and showered by so much love and support. It is literally a dream come true that Chris and I are able to be a married couple. And even more incredible that there’s so much love and acceptance in the world now.” Congratulations Kris and Chris!
Design and Decor: Michaels Arts and Crafts//DIY or Handmade Goods Designer:Joann Fabric & Crafts//Favors and Gifts: Efavormart//Makeup Artist: Necro FX//Signage:Etsy//Ring Designer: Triton//Officiant: Weddings and Ceremonies with Pastor Chris//Signage: Gloss Studios//Floral Designer: Mom's Flower Shoppe//Cake Designer: Palermo's Bakery//DJ: GNJ mobile DJ Service//Caterer: John Serock Catering//Favors and Gifts: Miramonte Winery & Etched Wines//Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Calvin Klein//Ceremony Location: Barn at Forrestville//Event Venue:Cairnwood Estate//Photographer: J&J Studios, LLC