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Opposite-Coast Courtship


ashington residents Christy and Karl Krispin prove love can survive across many miles. “I was living in New York City at the time Karl and I met,” said Christy Krispin. “I was on a business trip to Seattle and met friends for breakfast before going home. When I arrived, my friends were chatting with another friend of theirs who happened to be there. That friend was Karl. We kept up a long-distance relationship for eight months.”

“It was a perfect day; the happiest day of my life.” Christy Krispin

The courtship led to a proposal in the Snoqualmie area of Washington in January 2010. Since both bride and groom have connections to Smith Mountain Lake, it wasn’t long before the area was singled out as the wedding location. “I grew up in Roanoke, and we knew we wanted to get married in that area,” said Christy. “Karl’s older brother worked for Dawn Spencer in Chicago, who later moved to Smith Mountain Lake and bought the LoveStone Inn. She invited us to have the wedding there.” A description of the venue convinced the couple SML was the perfect place for their nuptials. The bride and groom said their vows last May beneath the LoveStone Inn’s lakeside pergola. “We wanted it to be a worship service and a familyand-friends affair,” Christy said. “We sang hymns. Ten of our closest friends served communion and we invited any young girls attending the wedding to be our flower girls. We had 12 flower girls total.

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