A Formal Wedding in a Park in Brooklyn, New York
Jocelyn and Christopher
After sharing a summer romance in 1989, Christopher Halliburton and Jocelyn Cooper broke up at the end of the season. They each married other people, and Christopher had two sons. Eventually, they both divorced. All the while, neither had forgotten their love, and 11 years later, they met again. This time, Christopher wouldn't let her get away. "I was being given a gift, and I knew that if I let Jocelyn go again, it would be the greatest loss of my life," he says. Two years later, they married.
Hairstylist Lisa Mitchell gives the bride a last-minute primping before the service.
Guests gather beneath the arbor at the Prospect Park Audubon Center for the ceremony.
The bride and groom exchange vows they wrote.
As part of the service, the couple held a Yoruba tasting ceremony, in which both ate foods that symbolize different aspects of marriage.
The wedding party included maid of honor Jill Jefferson, best man Laurence Carty, Christopher's sons Dwyer (left) and Hunter, and flower girl Catherine LoSchiavo, the bride's cousin.
Dwyer and Catherine were two of about 20 children at the wedding.
Jocelyn's makeup artist, Michele Harper, and her daughter, Zurah Taylor, linger outside the reception site.
Christopher's niece, Moreau Halliburton, rests her feet.
The newlyweds share a laugh.
Cocktail hour outside the Audubon Center.
A single long table seats all 70 guests; colorful fruit and vegetables grace its center.
Nests made of twigs and filled with speckled quail eggshells and Lisianthus decorate outdoor tables.
The bride with her mother (left), Jocelyn C. Cooper, and sister, Andrea Andrews (right).
The wedding cake was covered in semisweet chocolate ganache and candied fruit.