The west front porch of the legendary Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island was the setting for the mid-summer wedding of Cristina Garlough and Louis Huffman on July 30. The world's largest front porch was lined with 2,500 scarlet geraniums, overlooking the waters of the Straits of Mackinac.
The Rev. Doug George of the First United Methodist Church of Salem officiated at the double-ring ceremony.Parents of the bridal couple are Wayne and Judi Allio, and William and Virginia Huffman, all of Salem. The bride was escorted by her father, and given in marriage by her parents. A harpist from the Grand Hotel's Music Department performed the nuptial music.
The bride wore an Old World ivory lace-over-satin Sophia Tolli original. The strapless corset-back gown featured a mermaid silhouette, embellished with hand-beaded appliques. She wore a pearl and crystal bridal spray in her hair, and completed her ensemble with a single strand of pearls that belonged to her late grandmother, Stella Berardi-Pelliccioni. The bride's hand-tied bouquet featured scarlet roses and antique hydrangeas, and was created by Margaret's Garden in the Grand Hotel.
Performing the duties of matron of honor was Dianne Barnhouse who was attired in a strapless scarlet satin corset gown with a sweetheart neckline. She carried a custom made beaded bag.
Mark Butler was the best man [in absentia.]
The reception was held in the hotel's main dining room. The silver trimmed two-tiered wedding cake, designed by the Grand Hotel's pastry chef, featured a banner with a 19th Century quote by Daniel Howell Hise, and was topped with fresh scarlet roses.
The bride attended Mount Vernon Nazarene College, and is an underwriter for Farmers National Bank of Canfield.
The bridegroom is a graduate of The Ohio State University and is vice president of Foster Pattern Works Inc.
The couple honeymooned on Mackinac Island and Dearborn, Mich., and resides in Columbiana.