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Maris & Jason


Oceanside, the lovely bride gazes upon her exquisite bouquet wrapped in her grandfather’s tie.

Oceanside, the lovely bride gazes upon her exquisite bouquet wrapped in her grandfather’s tie.

Photography by Steve Depino

You might say they hit a home run. Maris Perlman and Jason Castro became Stanford University sweethearts, to no one’s surprise but their own. First came friendship over a mutual admiration of sports and distaste for country music. Then came love as Maris played lacrosse and Jason earned Most Valuable Player in baseball during their junior year.

Minute Maid Park and the Houston Astros beckoned. Jason was drafted as a catcher while Maris attended Emory University in Atlanta to earn her master’s degree in public health and management.

With strong ties to her native New England, Maris chose the Belle Mer in Newport, Rhode Island as the location for her exquisite seaside November wedding. Currently she telecommutes from Houston as a grant writer for a nonprofit in Cranston, R. I. During the offseason Jason continues to pursue his sociology degree at Stanford and is just a few units shy of graduating.

 

First Date

Maris counts two first dates, an unofficial and official. First, she and Jason ventured away from their mutual group of friends and met at an on-campus alumni café. From there they got to know each other on a deeper, more meaningful level.

As for their “official” first date, Jason had recently discovered a love for sushi, which Maris disliked. But he misunderstood and thought she had just never tried it. Unbeknownst to Jason, her father actually owned a sushi restaurant. “Not wanting to hurt his feelings,” says Maris, “I tried all the sushi he excitedly presented, then excused myself to the restroom when a crunchy shrimp roll made me gag.”

 

Courtship & Proposal

Their relationship was unique in that Maris and Jason were already good friends before they  dated. “We took classes together, attended football games, watched each other play our sports, and dressed up for theme parties,” says Maris. Things got serious very quickly because they knew each other so well.

The couple took weekend trips up to Napa Valley every year on the anniversary of their first date. Together they tasted wine and would select a bottle for their next anniversary. Then they would go out to dinner and enjoy the wine they purchased the year before.

On their third anniversary, Jason surprised Maris with a day of wine tasting and a night at the Carneros Inn. A bottle of champagne and box of chocolates awaited as they arrived at the villa.

“We grabbed the bottle and went for a walk around the grounds,” shares the bride. “After sitting down in the apple orchard to toast our anniversary, Jason got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. What else he said… I have no recollection!” They enjoyed an intimate dinner together that night and snuggled up on the family room couch in front of the fireplace.

 

The Wedding

Maris wanted something beautiful, simple and timeless. “Over the top just isn’t us,” she says, and purposefully planned a day that would be comfortable and fun for friends and family.

Her wedding gown, belt, shoes and pieces of jewelry were purchased in Houston. In lieu of favors, the couple made a donation in honor of their guests to Friends for Life, a no-kill animal shelter in Houston.

Style: The fall and winter season along with the bride’s favorite colors of grey and sage green influenced floral, decor and wedding attire. Maris and Jason blended traditional elements and their own personal style into their wedding plans.

The bride’s gown, Emotion, was a white
Spanish tulle fit-and-flare with an asymmetrical neckline by Monique Lhuillier. A crystal belt was added after the ceremony reception to match sparkly silver heels by Jimmy Choo. The bridesmaids chose charcoal floor-length chiffon dresses by Amsale, each in a different silhouette.

The best man wore a custom-tailored charcoal Astor & Black suit, while the groomsmen wore striking black suits. `

Maris’ bouquet was personally grown by her own “green” florist who incorporated whimsical brunia berries and dusty miller into the arrangement. White ranunculus and white David Austin spray roses added a chic touch. The bridesmaids carried bouquets with the same mix of floral with the addition of anemone. Beautiful centerpieces of mercury glass pedestals and vases included pale purple succulents, white ranunculus, anemones, white spider mums, astilbe, dusty miller, silver brunia berries, echeveria, white dahlia and purple tricillium.

Table linens of steel grey were offset by ivory runners and napkins. The four-tiered wedding cake was luster sprayed in an ombre of light silver to dark pewter and adorned with large ivory dots of fondant and sugar anemones. Lemon cake comprised two tiers filled with raspberry and white chocolate, while the other two tiers of pound cake were filled with lemon.

Special Touches: “We incorporated a lot of family traditions and meaningful objects into the day,” says the bride. “I wore my great-grandmother’s diamond brooch in my hair as my ‘something old.’” The main stones from the brooch had been removed to make an engagement ring for the bride’s mother when her father proposed. A few years ago her parents had the stones put back into the brooch.

For her “something borrowed” Maris wore a diamond bracelet from her best friend’s grandmother.

“Before the ceremony our parents and officiants each wrote a letter to us. Jason and I also wrote one to each other,” shares Maris. During the ceremony they sealed the notes in a box with a bottle of wine (selected during a tasting with Jason’s family in Napa). “We will open this box on our 10th anniversary to read the notes and share the wine. Then we will write new ones to each other and re-seal the box.”

The couple used a magnum bottle of their favorite wine as the guest book.

Maris was married wearing her great-great grandmother’s Tiffany wedding band (made in 1899), a tradition in her family. “My great-grandmother, grandma, mother, aunt, and sister have all done the same, and each marriage has been a successful one.” Maris’ grandfather passed away two years ago, but had he been there he would have worn a signature bow tie. “I wrapped our bridal bouquets in his bow ties, then instead of tossing my bouquet I gave it to my grandmother and let her know that Jason and I would strive to have the kind of marriage that they had.”

After the ceremony the newlyweds chose to dine privately. “We ate in a private room at a table set with a beautiful lace tablecloth that my grandfather gave to my grandmother as a wedding gift,” says Maris. They toasted their marriage with a glass of the same champagne they had toasted their engagement while in Napa.

The bride and groom planned a fun event after the reception and bussed their guests to a local pub (O’Brien’s Pub), where the night continued until closing time with more dancing, drinks, and food. Guests enjoyed a French fry bar, pizza, sliders and potato skins.

The Bridal Party: The bride’s sisters, Leah and Sarah Perlman, served as bridesmaids along with childhood friend Bari Krauss and college friend Bess Siegfried.

The groomsmen included childhood friends Jason Badarello, Chris Cobb and Chris Steele,  as well as  brother Ryan Castro and college friend Jeff Whitlow.

Behind the Scenes: The gold Cartier Love bracelet Jason gave Maris is inscribed: “and my beloved is mine.” His ring says, “I am my beloved’s.”

Several Houston Astros were in attendance: Former pitcher J.A. Happ and girlfriend Morgan Cawley, first baseman Brett Wallace and girlfriend Taylar Sullivan and former outfielder Brian Bogusevic and fiancee Kelley Smith. They were joined by Chris Hicks and David Duncan, two pitchers who played with Jason in the Astros minor league system.

The couple honeymooned in South Africa and Mauritius, an island nation off the southeast coast of the African continent.

Centerpieces adorn tables of steel grey linen and ivory runners. Cufflinks commemorate the wedding day.

Centerpieces adorn tables of steel grey linen and ivory runners.

The handsome groom eagerly awaits the arrival of his bride.

The handsome groom eagerly awaits the arrival of his bride.

 Cufflinks commemorate the wedding day.

Cufflinks commemorate the wedding day.

The bridesmaid’s bouquets are adorned with ties that belonged to Maris’ grandfather.

The bridesmaid’s bouquets are adorned with ties that belonged to Maris’ grandfather.

Flowers from the bride’s bouquet were grown in a greenhouse and later arranged by a floral designer.

Flowers from the bride’s bouquet were grown in a greenhouse and later arranged by a floral designer.

Belle Mer provides the perfect seaside venue for Maris and Jason’s wedding.

Belle Mer provides the perfect seaside venue for Maris and Jason’s wedding.

Two sisters share a moment before the ceremony.

Two sisters share a moment before the ceremony.

Jason and his groomsmen.

Jason and his groomsmen.

Maris descends stairs on the way to the ceremony.

Maris descends stairs on the way to the ceremony.

The bride wore Jimmy Choo shoes.

The bride wore Jimmy Choo shoes.

Marybeth Marshall, the officiant, is also the mother of the best friend of the bride.

Marybeth Marshall, the officiant, is also the mother of the best friend of the bride.

Guests found their menus tucked within lace linen  napkins.

Guests found their menus tucked within lace linen
napkins.

The blissful couple shared first moments as husband and wife on the dance floor and side by side at dinner.

The blissful couple shared first moments side by side at dinner.

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The blissful couple shared first moments as husband and wife on the dance floor.

The four-tiered wedding cake is topped by sugar anemones and adorned with large ivory fondant dots.

The four-tiered wedding cake is topped by sugar anemones and adorned with large ivory fondant dots.

The scenic Newport Harbor is ideal for a romantic stroll.

The scenic Newport Harbor is ideal for a romantic stroll.

Wedding Resources

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