The Angelini Wedding | June 25, 2016 | Photography by: Tara Lilly Design & Photography
Nicholas and Krystina met through a mutual friend during their time as Virginia Tech students. After quickly discovering similar interests, their friendship developed and grew for two years before their first date. A few years later, Nick had to visit China for a business trip. While Krystina was sure he was up to something, he didn't propose before leaving. Krystina would later found out she spent a month in their house with the engagement ring! Nick arrived home at midnight, just as it turned into Krystina's 28th birthday, which she thought was a wonderful gift. While the original fancy dinner had to be rearranged because he didn't feel well, Nick sat down with her the following day, took her hands in his, and asked her to be his family. He proposed with his great-grandmother's beautiful ring.
Krystina says the ceremony was her favorite part of the day. They were married by a close friend on a gorgeous, sunny day in the mountains; Roanoke is the couple's adopted home, and to have their family and friends join them from all over the state made them so happy. While she was nervous before the ceremony, once she stood behind the closed doors, preparing to walk down the aisle, calm came over her. The friend who married them also wrote a humorous, sentimental, one-of-a-kind ceremony with unconventional readings, while Krystina and Nick wrote their vows. By the the time they were pronounced husband and wife, Krystina felt sure she would burst. She says it was the best representation of their relationship and love in the presence of everyone they cared about.
While Krystina and Nick had agreed not to exchange gifts before the weddings, she found a surprise delivered to her before the ceremony. Inside the bag, she found a Virginia Tech glass and a bottle of Bojangles sweet tea, along with a note from Nick detailing his excitement to marry her and why she shouldn't be nervous. For Nick, his favorite part of the day was the look on his bride's face as he read his vows to her.
Their wedding had a laidback, rustic feel, with plenty of space for guests to spread out, play games and admire the Wisteria Ridge venue with its mountains, pond and barn backdrop. Krystina used sunflowers, her favorite, in the decor, including the bouquets, arbor decorations and centerpieces. They gave out sunflower seeds in hand-stamped muslin bags as favors. Their southern food included mini sweet potato biscuits with ham and apple butter, waffle cones with fried chicken and chipotle butter, and a buffet dinner of pork tenderloin, lemon garlic chicken and more tasty items. Their cake, a three-tiered cake with buttercream, had chocolate layers with ganache, and yellow cake with chocolate mousse, and adorned with sunflowers and custom cake topper. The newlyweds enjoyed their first dance to Eric Clapton's "Wonderful Tonight," the first song they ever danced to eight years prior. Krystina says the personal touches made their day so unique, with her family helping tirelessly to create so many pieces. The program chalkboard and signs were hand-lettered, along with hand-stamped tags for guests to grab flip-flops for even more dancing. Krystina's grandmother, who is her best friend, lent her handkerchief as the "something borrowed and blue," while Nick carried a picture of his paternal grandparents in his jacket pocket. They both say celebrating their special day with all those closest to them was the best they could have ever imagined!
Make sure to see more of the Angelini wedding on page 60 of bridebook!
Photography: Tara Lilly Design & Photography
Dress: Proms, Pageants & Pretty Things
Cake: Evie's Wedding Cakes
Venue: Wisteria Ridge
Caterer: Blue Ridge Catering
Planner: Wisteria Ridge - Mary Wray
Jewelry: Fink's Jewelers
Attendant Dresses: Proms, Pageants & Pretty Things
Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse
Hair & Makeup: Les Cheveux Salon & Day Spa
Videographer: Michael's Video