Country Gardens, Rehoboth, Mass.
ABOUT THE COUPLE
How they met:
The couple met when they were both in the Attleboro Community Theatre's 2006 production of "A Christmas Carol." Alan played Fred, Scrooge's nephew, while Paula played Mrs. Emily Cratchit.
How he proposed:
Alan proposed at Basil - an elegant restaurant in Medfield, in front of about 25 close family and friends.
Paula works as a medical laboratory technician at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro.
Alan works as an applications engineer for IAG/Conexant Systems in Waltham.
The ceremony was held under the trellis at Country Gardens in Rehoboth, Mass.
Paula wore a buff rose satin, corsetted princess-style gown. The corset top displayed heart-shaped beading and was accented by a single spaghetti strap around the neck. The satin skirt was bustled over an organza petticoat with beaded accents at the gathers.
The bouquet featured 12 off-white roses with baby's breath and eucalyptus.
The theme: The couple choose a Hollywood theatre theme.
THE WEDDING PARTY
Maid of honor:
Amanda (Frazer) Fitzsimmons, the bride's eldest daughter.
Marlon Ramroopsingh, a college friend of the groom.
Kelsey Frazer, daughter of the bride, and Emily Douglas and Marilyn Douglas, twin daughters of the bride.
Bob Senger, Jim Prager and Ken Cole, all lifelong friends of the groom.
Ring Bearers: Evan and Alexander Stavris, sons of the groom.
Number of guests:
Country Gardens, Rehoboth, Mass.
The cake was a round, three-tiered with white frosting and gold bead accents. A "red carpet" of roses led up one side of the cake to the top layer, where a paper groom's suit and paper bridal dress stood together.
The couple chose "Waiting for the World to Change" by John Mayer because it was popular on the radio when they first met and they think of one another whenever it plays.
Southwest egg rolls and cheese and crackers started off the meal as hors d'oeuvres. Entrees included New England baked scrod and cranberry glazed chicken with homemade bread stuffing, bow tie pasta primavera, garlic mashed potatoes and peas with pearl onions. Red and white wine were also served to each table. Coffee and pastries of all kinds were served along with the cake for dessert.
What made the day unique:
During the ceremony, not only were the bride and groom joined in marriage, but the bride's four daughters and the groom's two sons were joined as a family, which made this day unique for the couple. Each member of the new family was presented with crosses that had been blessed by officiating clergy Rev. Kenneth Boyle.
After the ceremony, Paula and Alan entered the reception to the theme of "Star Trek: the Next Generation." Instead of numbering the tables at the reception, the couple named each table after popular films, plays and musicals: "Moulin Rouge," "Mamma Mia," "Casablanca," "The Secret Garden," "A Christmas Carol," "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," "State Fair," "Chicago," and "Phantom of the Opera." Each table had a centerpiece with a DVD standing inside a low bowl filled with glass beads and a star shaped tea light. A single red Black Magic rose was laid across the video.
Most touching moment of the day:
Speeches given by best man Marlon Ramroopsingh and maid of honor Amanda Fitzsimmons. Also, the youngest son of the new family presented his new stepmom with a rock named Ouchie.
The couple will be going to Oahu, Maui, Hilo, Kona and Kauai via the Norwegian Cruise Ship, the Pride of America.