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[Update] Wedding Photo: Dr. William Petit Marries Avon Photographer Paluf

Cheshire home invasion survivor Petit and his bride, Christine Paluf wed in West Hartford and celebrated at a reception in Simsbury.

It's been about six months since Cheshire home invasion survivor Dr. William .

On Sunday, Petit, 55, and Christine Paluf, 34, were married at the Holy Family Passionist Monastery and Retreat Center chapel in West Hartford in front of 300, according to a description of the wedding provided to Patch by Rick Healey, a spokesperson for the couple. Father David Cinquegrani, director of Holy Family led the "nuptual mass." The music of strings and soloists "filled the chapel during a reverent and moving emotional ceremony," the release stated.

Paluf's ivory lace gown was made by "Connecticut-based designer Modern Trousseau," according to the press release. The design is called "Autumn." Healey provided a wedding photo on behalf of the couple to Patch that you can see in the attached photo gallery. The photo was taken by John Benoit.

Robert Paluf gave Petit his daughter's hand before the couple's family and frients. Glenn, Petit's brother, and Caroline, Paluf's sister, were both present.

The wedding ceremony was followed by a reception in Simsbury at The Riverview.

"A blessing written by Dr. Petit's former father-in-law, Rev. Richard Hawke, was shared in remembrance of his family," the press release stated.

According Paluf's Christine Paluf Photography website she's done photography for CNN, People, The New Britain Herald, Hartford Magazine, in Avon and Farmington, , the in Farmington and many other clients.

She also photographed many of the Petit Family Foundation events before their engagement, The Hartford Courant reported. 

graduate Hayley Hovhanessian told ABCNews.com that "it was fun" and that many family members and friends were there to celebrate their special day with them. Hovhanessian is an office assistant for the Petit Family Foundation, according to LinkedIn.

The Petit Family Foundation was created in 2007 in memory of Petit's late wife, Jennifer Lynn Hawke-Petit and daughters, Hayley Elizabeth Petit, then 17, and Michaela Rose Petit, then 11, "to help with the education of young people, help those affected by chronic illness and help and protect those affected by violence," according to the organization's website.

, one of two men who set fire to Petit's Cheshire home and killed his wife and daughters in July 2007, was sentenced to the death penalty on Dec. 9, 2011 and his co-defendent is also on death row, ABC World News reported in December 2011.

Michelle R.Rice August 07, 2012 at 09:57 AM
I am thanking God Mr.Petit has found this woman to love the rest of his life. Wishing the two a happy,healthy life together. God Bless this marriage please. Congratulations!
Jenny Merrick Vecchio August 07, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Wishing Dr. Bill and his bride congratulations and many years of well-deserved peace and joy as they step forward into their new life together.
J. Sosallter August 07, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Patch once again invades privacy by posting a tabloid level piece with a level of research that equates to a middle schooler. Was there a press release about this wedding? Was there any invite to the press to attend? Was there any reason to yet again bring this individual's personal life into the public eye? Anyone recall that Patch posted a POLL asking what people think of this person's ENGAGEMENT earlier this year? Bad judgment. Bad subject (because it's private). Never has Patch and the editor been more deserving of strong condemnation of the community for this disregard of decency. Shame is not strong enough a word.
Lynn Altieri August 09, 2012 at 02:18 PM
I have thought about this man periodically throughout the years he suffered insurmoundtable pain. No one should make not 1 negative comment about the engagement, the marriage, etc. I am so pleased this man found love again, and she is young enough to give him children. It's really like a job story in the Bible. I have prayed for you to find happiness again Dr. Petit, and my prayer was answered. God Bless the rest of your life!
Saul Freedman August 09, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Save the outrage for next time J. Sosaliter, http://wjr.com/rssItem.asp?feedid=118&itemid=29889775
Jessie Sawyer (Editor) August 10, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Further details on the wedding have been provided in a press release submitted by a spokesperson for the couple. Dr. William Petit and Christine Paluf were so kind as to release one of their wedding photos. Congratulations to the newly weds! -Jessie Sawyer Editor, Avon Patch
Karen Cianci August 10, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Thank you Jessie for doing this story. I am so happy to see that Dr. Petit has another chance at life, love and happiness.
Jessie Sawyer (Editor) August 11, 2012 at 04:14 PM
No problem! Thanks, Karen!

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