Introducing our real bride of the month, Crystal!
Crystal and her husband Miles met through a mutual friend. They initially became friends on Facebook, casually liking and commenting on each other's photos. One night they were chatting, and Crystal asked Miles if he was going to see the new Iron Man movie because it was opening night. Miles replied with "I'd be down to go."
"Soon after arriving, I realized that we were on a date!" Crystal says. "And the rest was history... We hit it off right away and have been inseparable since that night. The running joke is we both have different versions of who asked who out first."
For her wedding dress, Crystal chose Alfred Angelo Style 2550 with lace jacket Style 2462. Says Crystal: "In today's society being a plus size bride isn't as exciting as one may think. I had gone to 7 bridal shops before a friend suggested Alfred Angelo. In the end my dress was one of the best things about my day. It was everything I dreamed it would be. I wanted something classic and elegant. When I started to shop I had a list of things I wanted in a dress. Many shops didn't have everything I was looking for, let alone one that I could try on in my size. My dressed turned out to be all that I wanted and more. I felt like I was a princess in a fairy tale, but for me, it was real life."
Crystal and Miles' wedding day felt like a scene out of a movie. Their rustic venue, The Barn at Chestnut Springs in Sevierville, Tennessee, was complemented by their colors of gray, blush, gold and navy. "We wanted neutral tones that wouldn't outshine the rustic venue," says Crystal. "The Barn was so beautiful that having a lot would've taken away from its elegance."
"It was like My Big Fat Greek Wedding," says Crystal of her wedding day. "Everyone was there, coming together to help with our special day. The pastor told us that things may go wrong this weekend, but one thing he promised was that Miles and I would be married by the end of it. There were some bumps in the road but once we made it, it really was a day to remember. Our pastor was definitely right."
After the ceremony, they ate amazing food (catered by The Gypsy Kitchen), danced the night away, and laughed until they cried. Crystal's aunt made the couple's wedding cakes, which were Nutella swirl, red velvet and carrot cake. Miles created a slideshow that show their lives growing up and progressed to them as a family, bringing Crystal to tears.
"Celebrating our union with our closest friends and family was the greatest gift," she says.
Photography by: Wings of Glory