Kleinfeld Love Stories

Kristin & Tom - 7/15/17

About the Proposal


May 28, 2016

My husband Tom and I met in the fall of 2013 at our friend’s birthday party (this friend was my bridesmaid and her husband was our best man!). We went on our first date at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morristown soon after on October 12, 2013, and visited a Chrysanthemum show and walked the grounds of the arboretum. We also sat on a bench and talked for hours. Our date lasted for over 8 hours and we spent some time in the local town of Morristown as well!

We love to spend time outdoors and try new things together. On May 28, 2016, Tom proposed to me at the Arboretum. We walked around the arboretum and did a photo scavenger hunt of different plants and animals, and then Tom surprised me by asking me to marry him while we were sitting on the same bench we had sat on during our first date! A small group of people were nearby and applauded us. We then went to a restaurant in Morristown afterwards (South + Pine) to celebrate.

About the Dress

The gown I chose was completely different from what I first envisioned. I tried on dresses at several salons and then made an appointment at Kleinfeld where I went with my mother, mother-in-law, sister-in-law, and my Maid of Honor. I tried on several gowns I thought I wanted (mermaid, illusion neckline, etc)- I knew I wanted beading on my gown for sure. I was not in love with any of the gowns, and then for fun, I tried on a gown with an enormous horsehair-ruffled skirt and a beaded bodice, and my face lit up! I realized I wanted to make a statement with my gown and to wear something I could never wear again since this was one of the most important days of my life. I knew this was how I wanted to look when I married Tom. I felt elegant and glamorous, and I knew it would be a show-stopper and would perfectly fit with our elegant but garden themed wedding. My gown was designed by Dennis Basso.

About the Wedding


July 15, 2017  //  


Morristown NJ  //  


The Madison Hotel

Since the Madison Hotel is such a historic and elegant venue, since we love nature, and since the Arboretum is such a special spot for us, our wedding style was an elegant garden themed wedding. We decided our main colors were navy and gold, to match the setting of the Madison Hotel ballroom. 

For flowers, we used succulents, garden roses, and greenery to reflect the gorgeous qualities of the conservatory where our ceremony was, as well as have a unique twist on flowers. I had a heart shaped piece of fabric from my grandmother’s handkerchief sewn inside of my dress, since my grandmother was ill and could not attend the wedding. I placed a charm of a picture of my grandfather around my bouquet to honor his memory. The bridesmaids wore navy beaded dresses, which was the original inspiration for the navy accent in our wedding colors. I am a science teacher but one of my hobbies is art, and so I hand designed a logo for our wedding which I utilized on our letter-pressed invitations and our favors, which were pint glasses for each guest.

Before the ceremony, we exchanged gifts and also exchanged letters that we hand-wrote to each other. The letter that Tom wrote me made me cry and it was so special! I gave Tom a journal that I filled out called “my favorite moment of the day” which one of my bridesmaids had given me when we got engaged– I had filled it out every day since we got engaged leading up to the wedding. We also had our first look outside the front of the hotel with our friends and family watching, and it was such a special moment!

My favorite moment was our first dance! My husband and I were not particularly skilled dancers, so we took lessons a few months leading up to the wedding. We learned a choreographed routine to our first dance song, which was “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne. We had messed up our dance at our practice performance at our last class, so for a week before the wedding we practiced in our kitchen every night and we practiced again on the ballroom dance floor a few days before the wedding. We absolutely NAILED our first dance the night of the wedding, and you can just see the pure excitement in our faces in the photos after we finished our dance. I am so proud of us for learning a new skill together, and we had fun doing it! We still dance parts of our routine together in the kitchen!


Writing our own vows was the most special part of our wedding. Tom and I wrote our vows together, and I am SO glad we did and that we personalized for each other. Also, a surprising detail that has now become a tradition in our family happened! Tom’s dad’s best friend from home brought an antique umbrella to our wedding– Tom’s parents had used it on their wedding day and had taken a photo with it. So at the last minute, we took a photo with the umbrella. He mailed us the umbrella so now we have it at our house on display, and we will pass it on to our children for their wedding day!


My aunt (who is also my godmother) was supposed to do a reading during our ceremony, but she and my cousin had been at her college orientation and the flight got cancelled due to a storm. They drove 11 hours from North Carolina in a rental car to make it to our wedding. My aunt and cousin arrived at 8PM and when asked if they could stay in their travel clothes because they were going to miss the entire wedding if they changed, I said ABSOLUTELY!! I was floored that she drove all those hours just to be there for us. This is a memory we will never forget!

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