Elizabeth Kelly James & Charles Thomas Burton

Above: The wedding party

Elizabeth and Charles met by happenstance at a West Village bar in New York City. They both had plans that night but popped into Mr. Dennehy’s to have a drink and kill time. Elizabeth was there first and when Charles saw her, he beelined for the open seat next to her. Minutes after chatting, they canceled their evening plans—and so it began.

The High Line in Manhattan has always been a special place for the couple. Elizabeth worked and lived nearby and they would often meet for sunset walks. It was a perfect backdrop for a proposal. Fourteen months after that first meeting as they strolled the High Line, Charles dropped to one knee and asked Elizabeth to marry him. Rev. Ian Jeremiah officiated at the ceremony at St. Michael the Archangel Church in Greenwich, and the reception followed at Indian Harbor Yacht Club.

The bride, daughter of Carol James of Greenwich and the late William James, graduated from Greenwich High School and the University of Connecticut, Storrs. Elizabeth is a media and entertainment multicultural consultant for Google in New York.

The groom, son of Jeannine Burton of New Jersey and the late Charles Burton, graduated from J.P. Stevens High School and Rider University. Charles is a lobbyist for Advocacy & Management Group in New Jersey.

The newlyweds honeymooned in Boracay Island, the Philippines and Bali before returning home to Manhattan.

Photographs: Karen Eng, Promessa Studios

The bride with fellow UCONN alumni
The cutting of the cake
The newlyweds
Dr. Edward Riggins Jr., Shari Aser holding flower girl Madeline Beatrice James, William Benjamin James III holding ring bearer William Benjamin James IV, Janet Riggins, Carol Riggins James, bride, groom, Jeannine Burton, Christine Sauer, Thomas Browne, John Paul Sauer



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