One part country club and two parts sweet north-meets-south, Krista and Rick’s wedding mirrored the joining of their lives perfectly.
“My family is from the south, while Rick’s family is from New York. He also went to school in the northeast, so around half of our 200 guests traveled by plane to Charlotte from the northeastern part of the country. We had southern dinner options: mac and cheese, ham biscuits and fried oysters; but we also had mini cannolis in addition to our wedding cake, as his family is Italian. Our favors were red and blue cozies, because we are a house divided in respect to our universities, and again, the traditional Italian 5 Jordan almonds. Our exit also included the red and blue touches, with pom-poms to show allegiance to UNC or NC State. There were several red and blue items in our photo-booth as well, and our guests had a great time with the huge sunglasses and pom-poms in their team’s color!”
To find the perfect dress to pair with her grandmother’s veil, Krista visited Traditions by Anna, where together with the stylists she created her bespoke Lea-Ann Belter gown. From Krista:
“I knew exactly what fabric and style I wanted from pictures, but I just couldn’t find it. I tried on SO many dresses. I knew I wanted all silk, no lace on the dress, because I was wearing the lace veil my grandmother made, and once I had on the gorgeous silk fabric by LAB, I knew that was it. Nothing else I tried on looked or felt as luxurious as the LAB gown’s fabric, but the Zara just wasn’t the perfect fit on me.
I wanted a ball gown, with a sweetheart neck and a beaded belt. We added a belt, and it still wasn’t just right. Next, we folded over the skirt of the Jemma to combine two dresses (I liked the Jemma skirt better) and still, it wasn’t just right. Finally, the girls at Traditions suggested altering where the waist hit, because I am very petite.
The girls were amazing photoshopping a custom dress for me from LAB. I was super nervous because I didn’t know exactly what it would look like. But when it came in, it was absolutely perfect.
I wore my mother’s veil, which my grandmother made in 1978. She sewed all of the lace and pearls on by hand, and the off-white satin looked perfect with it. I actually got the chance to meet Lea-Ann. When she was there for a trunk show, she came to one of my fittings.”
Best wishes, Krista! Thank you so much for sharing your day and fantastic pictures with us.