When Tiffany met Anthony during a night out with friends, she had no idea that the two had already met a few years before. After Anthony reminded Tiffany, her old number in his phone, the two reconnected and this time, the phone number was put to use.
Tiffany and Anthony married during the rainiest month North Carolina had seen all year. There may have been a storm outside but there was a downpour of love inside and it was the only whirlwind of energy that mattered at this gorgeous pink Raleigh wedding.
Wedding Date: Saturday, October 3, 2015
Wedding Location: Cardinal Hall in Raleigh, NC
First Dance Song: “Sunday Kind of Love” by Etta James
Favorite Item on the Menu: My favorite item on the menu was the Chicken Saltimbocca. Our caterer added a southern twist to this Italian dish by stuffing the chicken breast with collard greens and smoked turkey. Our guests are still raving about it!
Tell us about how you met and all about the proposal!
One evening, I received a call from my friend Maya, asking me to meet her and a group of friends on Glenwood South for drinks. After meeting up, we decided that we didn’t like the scene and we headed over to The Hive. Shortly after we arrived, Anthony walked in with his friends, Caleb and Peter. When it comes to the social scene, Raleigh has a small-town vibe. Members of each party knew each other already, so the two groups merged.
Running low on drinks, the girls and I decided to head over to the bar, when suddenly, this guy (Anthony) cut us off! At first, I thought he may be joking, but when he didn’t turn around, I tapped him on the shoulder and said, “Hey, you’re in my way!” He apologized, joked about being there on purpose and made room for me to stand next to him. Once I got up close I thought, “Wait. This guy is pretty cute!” and shortly after, small-talk ensued.
Anthony introduced himself and I then introduced myself (first name only). To my surprise, Anthony followed up by telling me my last name! Apparently, we met years ago towards the end of college and he still had my phone number saved (which he never used). After refreshing my memory, I noticed that the number he had was outdated and I gave him my current number. This time around, he called.
Towards the end of the summer, Anthony decided we should take a trip to Charleston for a “foodie weekend.” I’m a big fan of trying new restaurants so this was right up my alley. Because of our work schedules, we were only going to be there for a day and a half, so he made sure we covered as much ground as possible.
Our day began very early Saturday morning at Toast of Charleston for breakfast. Once we finished breakfast, we headed over to the waterfront and took a ferry to Fort Sumter, where we were able to tour the fort and learn about the Civil War and Charleston’s history. The tour took up the bulk of the morning and we worked up enough of an appetite to go to Amen Street Fish and Raw Bar for a light lunch and then City Market to shop for souvenirs and spices.
Later that evening, we went to dinner at McCrady’s and reflected on our relationship and how happy we were. After dinner, we walked to Waterfront Park. The sun was setting and we had a great view of the Charleston Harbor. There were several benches and swings along the dock so we made our way to the end to continue our conversation. Usually when we take trips planned by Anthony, he almost always prompts me to tell him how great the trip was but this time; he decided to give his review of our day. He went on about how he was having such an amazing time and how happy he was that we were together. He always lets me know how happy he is but this time seemed a little more endearing. Finally, Anthony announced that he had one last thing to do, which he left off of our itinerary and before I could blink, he was down on one knee!
My Truly By Zac Posen gown was exactly what I imagined my wedding dress looking like. I’ve always envisioned a fairy tale wedding and the chic, traditional style of a ball gown is what instantly came to mind when I began my search.
I found my wedding dress at David’s Bridal in Raleigh, NC. Originally, I had gone to a number of bridal shops with the moms, my sisters and grandmother but with each trip, I was never really sold on one specific dress. Everyone had their favorite and the different opinions started to give me anxiety, so one random Monday, I decided to go shopping alone and ended up at David’s Bridal. I tried on quite a few dresses as well and started to get discouraged, when the young lady who was helping me convinced me to try on one more dress. It was the last of its size… which happened to be my size and it fit perfectly! Once I tried it on with a traditional veil, I was sold!
My favorite memory from the wedding is seeing the looks on the faces of both my husband and my father when they saw me in my wedding dress. They remind me a lot of each other and were both stunned when they saw me.
Another favorite memory of mine is my wedding aisle by Embellished Blooms. I opted out of having children at the wedding so there was no flower girl to throw petals before I came down the aisle. I talked to Michelle about designing the aisle and her sketches weren’t nearly as elaborate as the end-result. The aisle was absolutely breath-taking and the aroma of the roses filled the room. It was magical.
Help a bride-to-be out!
It’s best to have a plan and a set budget to try and stick to, but don’t be afraid to be flexible. There may be several revisions to your plan along the way, even a few at the very last minute. Relax! Don’t lose focus on what your special day is all about by focusing on every little detail.
Wedding Planner: Monica Noa, Nouveau Events
Photographer: Southern Love Studios
Makeup: Sharon Davis Makeup Artistry
Videographer: Divine Treasures
Florist: Embellished Blooms
DJ: DJ Supreme Entertainment
Ceremony Music: NC Strings
Cake: Sugar Euphoria
Bride’s Hair: Spotlight Beauty Lounge
Bridesmaids’s Hair: Hair Finesse
Photo Booth: LOL Photobooth
Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas