Stephen and Krystal met by fate and finally agreed to spend their lives together after two years of dating! Krystal has given us all the details from their courtship, to engagement to their beautiful rustic wedding in North Carolina during the month of love, check it out below!

How We Met: Stephen and I met by chance in Boston, MA in 2014. As a Captain in the Army, he had recently relocated from Fayetteville, NC to Massachusetts. I had been living in Boston since 2005 and stayed to work in education. We were engaged on December 8th, 2015 on our second anniversary.

Our First Date: “Our first date was over brunch at a restaurant called Church in Boston. We were originally supposed to go to a restaurant called Estelle’s however I admittedly forgot that Stephen and I had made plans since he was traveling a lot for work at the time. When he called me the morning of to tell me that he was on his way, I changed the location to Church since it was near my apartment (he didn’t know that) to give me time to get ready.When I arrived, Stephen had cupcakes for me from Crumbs Bakery since he knew that cupcakes were a favorite dessert of mine. Early into our date, we were able to break the ice after I spilled coffee on the table and we joked about our clumsiness. Church later became a favorite brunch location for us and we always requested the same table.”

How He Proposed: “The North End in Boston, MA is known for its authentic Italian food and culture and there was a restaurant called Tresca that Stephen knew I wanted to try for our anniversary. On the day of our engagement, I knew that we were going to Tresca however I did not know that he arranged with the restaurant owner for their private room to be decorated and the table set with a vase of flowers and bottle of wine. When we arrived, the staff told me that they were hosting a party and had limited seating so we would need to be seated in another room and they brought me to the private room. Once we were seated and ordered appetizers our waiter asked us if we wanted a picture. When I got up to stand where the waiter had suggested, Stephen grabbed the ring out of his pocket and proposed. The great thing was that our waiter hit record on Stephen’s phone so we have the proposal on video.I later found out that months prior, Stephen called my parents to ask permission while he was out running errands and got paranoid because he thought that he had been gone too long. He then bought my ring on a day he had off and hid it in one of his many shoe boxes (he is an avid shoe collector) for two months.”

Your Wedding Venue: “I have always liked rustic venues and love the ambiance that candles and u- lighting create against exposed brick and wood. When I toured The Cotton Room, I loved how open the space was and how seamless the transitions were between the ceremony and reception space without feeling messy or distracting. In addition, they were so accommodating the space lent itself to endless possibilities.”

Your Wedding Theme: “Since we were in between and Fall and Spring, we wanted colors that were a good transition between the two seasons. We chose blush and grey as the main colors and incorporated it in the linens, groomsmen/bridesmaids dresses and flowers. As our accent color, we added gold and used it for our cake table, drink straws, cupcakes and my wedding sneakers.

Check out the amazing images captured by Donnell Perry Photography below!

Vendor Collaboration
Photographer:  Donnell Perry Photography // Cake Designer: Ashley Cakes // Dress Designer: Essence of Australia // Floral Designer: Petal & Oak // DJ: Dancing on the Cloud By DJ Harlem // Officiant: Randy Taylor Weddings // Reception Venue: The Cotton Room Durham //

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