The Diana Kirkwood and Peter Merritt Wedding

The bride and groom see each other for the first time on their wedding day.

These days, finding your true love on the Internet is more common than marrying your high school sweetheart. But rarely are the parents of two people the matchmakers, as is the case with these two lovebirds.

Diana Kirkwood and Peter Merritt were introduced to each other by their parents on the green of the Whippoorwill Country Club. It took only a few holes for Diana and Peter to hit it off—both literally and figuratively. After just a few dates, Peter made the bold move of asking Diana to join his family and close friends on a vacation in Montauk. With things moving so fast, Diana was concerned that he might be a “player,” but her fears were unfounded. Turns out that this was Peter’s first relationship. He had been waiting all this time to find “the right girl.”

On March 31, of 2010, he realized that he had indeed found the One. Peter had a romantic proposal all mapped out. He decorated the apartment they’d moved into together with hundreds of candles that were not only lit on every surface, but spelled out her name. With tears in her eyes, she accepted.

Waiting to see his bride for the first time on the grand staircase.

Their wedding was traditional, with the ceremony taking place at Manhattanville’s spacious O’Byrne Chapel. They had their receiving line in the stunning Reid Castle. The celebration continued further at the Sleepy Hollow Country Club, where the bride and groom danced the night away.

This bride stood out in her gorgeous La Richi Couture dress from Fontana’s in Scarsdale, especially with her color scheme including bright bursts of turquoise. To make the dress unique and fun for the reception, she had it altered so that the bottom of it could be removed for dancing, which turned her gown into a shorter dress. 

After recovering from the wedding, the newlyweds had an intimate and adventurous honeymoon in Kuaui and Maui in Hawaii. They spent time playing golf, hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, taking a cooking class, and enjoying a romantic couple’s massage. 

When asked if this was the wedding of her dreams, the bride responded, “I never dreamed about my wedding before I met Peter. I didn't want to plan everything out, or have my hopes set on anything without my future husband's input, but it was the wedding of our dreams.”

The Cheesecake Factory
One Maple Ave, White Plains
(914) 683-5253

Manhattanville College - O’Byrne Chapel
2900 Purchase St, Purchase (914) 694-2200

DJ Richie from JimmyDee Music Productions
195 East Post Rd, White Plains (914) 428-9231

Silver Star
47 Ash St, Yonkers
(914) 476-3311

Diane Amante of X-Quisite Flowers & Events, Inc.
520 North Ave, New Rochelle (914) 632-8700

696 White Plains Rd, Scarsdale (914) 725-6055

Todd Shapera Photography
429 Old Sleepy Hollow Rd, Pleasantville (914) 631-8353

The Sleepy Hollow Country Club
777 Albany Post Rd, Scarborough (914) 941-8070

Brides Dress:
Fontana Bridal Salon, Inc.
678 White Plains Rd, Scarsdale (914) 472-1441


Photography by Todd Shapera and Kari Marton -Rollins at Todd Shapera Photography


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