Friday, October 5, 2012

A Summer Wedding: Beth Butler and Christopher James

Beth Butler and Christopher James Ingram were married in June on a beautiful summer day in New York City.

Wedding event planner, Polly Onet, impeccably oversaw the coordination of the wedding.

The couple met on their first day at Middlebury College in 2003 and were instantly drawn to each other.

After having lunch together with their families, a true connection formed, and Chris and Beth became great friends. Two years later, Chris finally asked Beth out on a date. He took her to Central Park, likely inspired by his mother Cathy Brienza Ingram's involvement and love of the Central Park Conservancy.

A romantic, Chris brought Beth to the Central Park Zoo, as anyone knows the way into a woman's heart is through animals. That was followed by lunch at the Boathouse. Subsequently, they became the quintessential college sweethearts. As that date pioneered a lasting relationship, the Boathouse was indisputably the venue for the wedding reception.
During their years at Middlebury College, Beth was the captain of the Track and Field Team and earned All-American honors in the 800 meters race, while Chris served as the captain of the Squash Team. After graduating from Middlebury, Beth taught History at independent private schools, including most recently the Browning School on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. She recently received a Master's degree in American Studies from Columbia University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.

The bridegroom is currently pursuing a Masters of Business Administration at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Previously, he was employed by the publishing firm John Wiley & Sons as an Account Manager of WileyPLUS, the company's online division.
Parents of the groom, Cathy Brienza Ingram and William H. Ingram, were the co-founders and partners of Waller-Sutton 2000, L.P. and Waller-Sutton Media Partners, L.P., private equity funds that invested in the media and communications industries. The father of the bride is a podiatrist at the Brooklyn Hospital Center. His wife Catherine Butler works as an educational consultant for the New York City Department of Education.

The Butler-Ingram wedding ceremony took place at the quaint Church of Our Lady Peace on 62nd Street. Beth wore a vintage inspired gown designed by Vera Wang that had a column silhouette with layers of lace. Trailing behind her was a train made of honey-comb Chantilly lace. Her bridesmaids were dressed in J. Crew Casablanca blue cotton taffeta dresses. Harmonizing with the bridal party's attire, the church was filled with white and baby blue hydrangea. The pews were decorated with ivory satin ribbons and white peonies.
The wedding ceremony was followed by a reception at the Loeb Central Park Boathouse. As Cathy is an expert and avid flower enthusiast, the Boathouse was abundant in blooms of blossoming hydrangea, duchess peonies, and ivory garden roses, creating the atmosphere of a beautiful and lush English garden, arranged by Remco van Vliet, a third-generation Dutch Master Florist credited for the floral decoration of the Metropolitan Museum. Upon arrival, guests enjoyed a cocktail hour during which they sipped on Chris and Beth's favorite cocktails, Eastsiders and White Cosmos, followed by a seated dinner with outstanding wine given to the bride and groom by the groom's father. Light appetizers, perfect for summer, included lobster and grilled asparagus, followed by grilled filet mignon and broiled sea bass.
A stunning after-dinner lounge overlooking the water was created. Blue silk accent pillows and lavender lighting created a colorful contrast against the luxurious white leather ottomans. A plentiful dessert buffet accompanying the 4-tier lattice wedding cake greeted the guests in the lounge, where dancing took place.

Chris and Beth celebrated their nuptials by jetting off to Italy for their honeymoon.