HGTV Star John Colaneri's Rustic Newport Wedding

Jennifer and John

Photographed by: Carrie Rodman PhotographyLocation: Newport, Rhode Island, United States

Though they had been friends for nearly seven years prior, it only took a couple of months following their first date for John Colaneri, star of HGTV’s Kitchen Cousins, Cousins Undercover, and Cousins on Call, to propose to his true love Jennifer Walker. “I had always had a crush on Jenn when we were younger,” reveals John. “As we got older, I knew I was falling in love with her.” As for Jennifer, she will never forget the way John looked at her the first time they met. “To this day, he still looks at me the same way,” she says with a smile.

When John was in California filming an episode of Kitchen Cousins with co-star and cousin Anthony Carrino, he flew Jennifer to the set from New Jersey with the pretense that he would be introducing her to fans as his girlfriend. Little did she know, he had something much more grand in store. In front of thousands of viewers on national television, John got on bended knee and asked his beloved to marry him. “Not only did he give me the biggest surprise of my life, but he also made me the happiest girl in the world!” gushes the bride.

One year later in a charming New England town, an elegant church ceremony united the couple as husband and wife in front of 175 loved ones. “Getting married in a church was very important to both sets of parents,” Jennifer explains. The groom’s mother even endowed the couple with a personalized bible and unity candle to incorporate into the summer ceremony. “The church was the best part of our wedding,” admits John. “It was magical.”

Jennifer was resplendent in an ivory fit-and-flare gown made of lace with capped sleeves and blush satin-ribbon detail at her waist. A dazzling headpiece in a floral motif fastened the bride’s dark brown hair in