Previously we shared Krystle’s Daniel Stowe Botanical Bridal Session. Today we share Ron + Krystle’s Bella Collina Mansion wedding day story!
How they met:
Theron and I met 14 years ago at a High School football game in Kinston, North Carolina. I was a freshman at North Carolina State University, visiting Kinston with a friend from college. It’s kind of funny how we met. I remember sitting on the bleachers, looking down at the crowd; then, I saw this cute guy walking along the side of the field. I thought to myself, “Umm, he looks really cute. God, I hope he’s not in High School”. By chance, he happened to look up at the bleachers and our eyes met for a moment. Later that night my friends and I went out for the night in Greenville. I guess it was fate, we meet again that night through mutual friends. After talking with him, I knew he was someone special. I guess he knew the same because he asked me for my number. The next week, he came to Raleigh and we went on our first date.
The day that Ron proposed, I was completely clueless. It was a Saturday night and like most couples, I thought we were going out for typical dinner, drinks, and conversation. Although, I had a sense something was off because he was so nervous and jittery. I did not pay much attention to it. Once we got home, Ron said that he forgot something in the car. He came back to the door and knocked. Being myself, I was like “How the heck did he lock himself out”. As I opened the door, ready to say some words about locking himself out; there he was down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Immediately I had butterflies in my stomach and then, I became nervous. I said yes, with all my heart, he placed the ring on my finger.
How did you choose your ceremony venue?
We were engaged for about two years. I spent the first year searching for the perfect place. My vision was to have a place where our families could come together, have a good time and enjoy one another. I wanted to have a private venue that could accommodate both the wedding ceremony and reception. At first, we toured the idea of having the wedding at the Umstead Hotel in Cary, North Carolina. But, the venue was not private enough. I just wanted the venue to be “just us”, a more intimate setting. Then, through tireless searches, I came across the Bella Collina Mansion in Stokesdale, North Carolina. The venue, at the time, was fairly new and had just begun hosting weddings that year. My family and I visited the venue and immediately, I fell in love. The landscape alone was breathtaking. When I walked up to the venue, I could picture my wedding on the lawn by the water. I knew that this was the place for us. I called Ron and told him that I was booking the place. I think secretly he was just happy that I had finally made a decision.
What was the theme of your wedding?
I know it may seem cliché, but the theme for our wedding was ‘Vintage Romance”. Ron and I have known each other for over a decade. Our relationship was based on friendship and love that grew throughout our adulthood. In my opinion, loves that last through years of growing pains are something special, vintage. I wanted our wedding to speak to how much we love and respect one another. I wanted our grand moment in life to be intimate, romantic, and fun with our closest family and friends.
Tell us about your flowers:
With the wedding theme being Vintage Romance, I wanted flowers to be of the same caliber. My favorite flower is a peony; which is hard to find in September. So, I decide like a crazy bride, to make my own silk flowers for the wedding. I made flowers for the entire bridal party. I chose to make the bridesmaids bouquets out of large plush silk flower that included Peonies, Ranunculus, Garden roses, Hydrangeas, and English roses. The bridesmaids’ flowers were blush, pink and creamy white, with hints of greenery. The bouquets were wrapped in gold/champagne ribbons with pink pearls at the bottom. I made the groomsman boutonnieres from blush pink preserved roses and greenery, wrapped in gold/champagne ribbon. The Mother’s and Hostesses champagne pearl wristlets were made with blush pink and creamy white preserved roses with greenery. Luckily, my florists took on the décor for the wedding ceremony and reception. The flowers chosen were a mixture of Hydrangeas, Garden roses, English roses in blush pink and ivory. In addition, the florist made my bridal bouquet in the same flower, but they were all white.
Tell us about your gown:
My wedding gown was a Lazaro wedding ball gown. The dress was made of vintage lace and tulle with a sweetheart neckline. The ball gown transitioned from a lace applique neckline to a tulle gown with lace intricate at the bottom. It was the perfect dress for the venue and wedding theme.
How about your wedding shoes and jewelry:
My wedding shoes were Badgley Mischka’s Blossom Petal Ivory Satin peep-toe heels. My bridal jewelry and hair piece was from Hair Comes the Bride. Both the shoes and jewelry matched my vintage romance theme.
Tell us about your hair & makeup:
My make was done by friend and bridesmaid, ShaKetta Roseborough. The color scheme was blush, pink with golden toned underlay. My hair was done by Eve of EveBlacc Hair Boutique and Phyllis Glover. My hair consists of simple romantic curls that flowed over my jeweled headband and veil.
Tell us about your bridesmaids:
Yes! I had a large wedding party, consisting of 7 bridesmaids and 3 hostesses. However, these women have been in my life for over 15 years; I could not imagine my wedding without the each of them playing a major role.
My bridesmaids’ dresses were from JLM Couture Occasions, purchased from Maggie Bridals in Raleigh, NC. The dresses were one shoulder petal organza long evening dresses with a blush pink underlay and camel organza overlay. The combination of the two colors created a rose gold color, which was accented with rose gold and rhinestone jewelry. My Hostesses wore a similar dress to the bridesmaids; however, their dresses were above the knee with a sweetheart neckline.
Tell us about his groomsmen:
We had 7 groomsmen and 2 Ushers. The groomsmen consist of Ron’s best friends from Kinston, his step-brother, and my little brother. The ushers were my little cousins, one of whom played the piano serenade during my bridal entrance. The groomsmen and ushers wore black tuxedoes with a blush pink tie from Savvi Formalwear. The pink tie was accented with a pink rose boutonniere wrapped in gold ribbon. Each of the groomsmen, ushers, fathers, and minister were given engraved cufflinks by the groom, as gifts.
Any wedding favors?
To stay with the theme of Vintage Romance, each guest on arrival received a Sandalwood intricate carved lace designed fan with a gold ribbon attached thank you tag and wedding program. Due to the
wedding ceremony being outside, the fan was a nice added touch to cool our guest.
How about the wedding invitations & stationery:
The wedding stationary inclusive of the Save-the-Date, Wedding Invitations, Wedding Programs, Thank you tags and Thank you cards were from the Luscious Lacing Collections, from Wedding Paper Divas.
The wedding stationery was in Umber Gold lace on Pearl White Shimmer paper. The pearlescent paper created a metallic gold look on the stationary.
Tell us about your reception venue:
The wedding reception and ceremony were held at the same location. This was perfect because I wanted everyone to attend the ceremony and immediately start enjoying the cocktail hour and reception. The Bella Collina Mansion provided the perfect setting and atmosphere to create an intimate family gathering.
And your decorations:
Our wedding décor was full of lush flowers with gold accents and pearls. I wanted the décor to be filled with romance and romantic lighting. The ceremony consists of flower clear plantar boxes with a wedding fabric detail, along the aisle. The planter boxes were filled with Hydrangeas and roses that drooped over the edge. The wedding arbor was a wood vine with flower detail, clear hanging floral vases and hanging crystals.
The reception was inside with a buffet style dinner served to guest. The linen was a rose pink with pearl/gold lace plate settings. The floral décor was similar to the ceremony with low and high settings. The low floral setting was accented with gold votives that lit the room. The high settings were of floral balls with an attached hanging crystal into the water with crystals and LED lighting at the bottom of the vase.
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And your cake:
My wedding cake was designed by Marcie of Artists Way Bakery. The cake was three-tiered cake with peals, gold lace, and blush pink flowered accents. The cake topping was two doves with Mr.&Mrs written in the heart of the doves. We also had a dessert bar created by our Chef of Chef Micheal Creations.
What songs did you choose for your wedding ceremony and reception, and why?
The wedding ceremony and reception musical selection consists of old and new love songs. The ceremony included Chrisette Michele, Robert Glasper, John Legend and D’Angelo. My favorite selection from the wedding ceremony was the piano orchestrated version of “You and I” by John Legend.
The reception was a mix of music to get the party going. However, the specialized wedding dances, such as Bride/Groom first dance, Father/Daughter, Mother/Son, Bouquet toss/Garter toss were of old soulful love songs. We wanted soulful songs, such “Love Ballad” by L.T.D., because they were a representation of us and how we loved one another. You know the older songs, you feel in your gut; they make you want to love, cry, smile, and dance, all at the same time. The type of songs that touch your emotions.
Tell us about your wedding photography:
The wedding photography was In His Image Photography. Dajuan and his team captured every moment. Things that I could not see or did not remember, I have in my photo collection. Words can not express how pleased my husband and I were with the wedding photographs. The photos told the story of our wedding day!!
Any advice for future brides:
My advice for future brides would be to take a deep breath and take in all the moments. I know many may have said this before, but it is true, you can not control everything and everything will not be perfect. However, when you let go on the day of your wedding and enjoy yourself; that is when you have the perfect moments.
Would you share a memorable moment:
I have two memorable moments, the first was after the wedding ceremony and during the cocktail hour, my husband and I had a small sneak away from dinner. It was prior to our first dance on the balcony and prior to the reception. It was a time for us to take in the first few moments of us being married, as husband and wife.
The second memorable moment was our wedding exit, on the boat, from the venue dock. Our guest lit the walkway and dock with sparklers, as we walked down to the boat.
What’s your favorite image from your wedding day, and why:
My favorite image from our wedding day is the distant photo of Ron and I on the lawn, exchanging a kiss, with the lake in the background. I love this photo because it captured how beautiful our day was and the scenery.