As a little girl, writer Karen Grosso dreamed of getting married at her parents' summer home in Connecticut. And in August 2006, she did just that, exchanging vows with Michel Kripalani, a software executive, in front of their 20 closest reletives—all that could fit in the tiny beach house. Knowing they'd be hosting a small gathering, Karen and Michel, who live in Encinitas, California, had already decided to plan a second celebration closer to home—one that all their loved ones could attend.
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