Cristina Grace Wetterau and Andrew John Orchulli
Date: October 13, 2012
Ceremony: First Presbyterian Church of New York City
Reception: Mandarin Oriental New York
Photographer: Brian Dorsey Studios
Cake: Sylvia Weinstock
Band: Marianne Bennett
Gown: John Anthony Couture
Bridesmaid dresses: Michael Miu
Wedding planner: Fête event planning
Officiate: John Walton, senior pastor at First Presbyterian Church of New York City
The Bridal Party
Cristina Wetterau is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ted Conrad Wetterau of Weston, Mass., formerly of St. Louis. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Helen Wetterau and the late Ted C. Wetterau of St. Louis, and Mr. and Mrs. Peter Piccione of St. Louis.Andrew Orchulli is the son of Jack Orchulli of Darien, Conn. and Barbara Orchulli of Greenwich, Conn. He is the grandson of Mrs. Rose Mains of Eaton, Pa.
Six years ago, St. Louis native Cristina Wetterau moved to New York City with Stella, her Yorkshire terrier–a girl and her companion, determined to take on the big city. It was there that she was introduced to NYC native Andrew Orchulli on a blind date that started with drinks and kept its momentum through an evening of talking and dancing until 4 a.m.
Cristina was charmed by Andrew, knowing he was the right person for her from the start. Andrew kept finding ways not only to make Cristina feel extra special, but Stella, as well, bringing her special treats from New York’s Bouchon Bakery. Andrew proposed on one knee just before Christmas, during a walk in Central Park.
The couple was married on Oct. 13 at the First Presbyterian Church of New York City. The bride partnered with designer John Anthony, whose client list includes Jackie O. and other Hollywood celebrities and royals, to create her custom wedding gown. (She also co-designed the bridesmaids’ dresses.) Cristina wore pearl and diamond earrings from Mikimoto, a wedding day gift from her father. The couple’s favorite memory of the day was seeing each other for the first time as Cristina made her way down the aisle. “She seemed to glow with happiness,” Andrew recalls. “I’ll never forget how stunning she looked in her dress.”
A formal reception followed at the Mandarin Oriental. Stella the dog was part of the festivities – guests enjoyed party favors of sticky buns from Bouchon Bakery with a custom-made caricature of Stella on the box.
The newlyweds honeymooned in Japan, China and Bali. They reside in New York City, where Cristina is starting her own fashion accessories company and Andrew is an associate for real estate development and investment firm Related Companies.