Bryan, 29, and Chrissy, 27, didn’t have to go far to find one another. In fact, Bryan was right under Chrissy’s nose for years!
“I’m best friends with his little sister!” Chrissy exclaimed. “We met in winter 2007 when I was a senior in high school and he was a freshman in college.”
They didn’t start dating until winter of 2009 and got engaged in February 2015 after a trip to Davis Island Dog Beach with Chrissy’s dog Copper and all their friends and family. Bryan placed the ring in a phone case and attached it to Copper’s collar, and he got down on one knee then!
As for Bryan’s little sister, Kristen? Chrissy and Kristen are still best friends, and she was even the maid of honor at their wedding!
Chrissy’s search for the perfect wedding dress was anything but seamless.
She initially purchased a gown in an Orlando boutique and asked the store to alter it. After six alterations, the boutique still wasn’t able to nail it, leaving Chrissy with a totally ruined dress.
Thankfully, Chrissy was able to purchase a sample dress with one month to go until the big day.
To personalize the gown, Chrissy wore her husband’s grandmother’s diamond necklace, pearl earrings from her mother-in-law and a cathedral-style veil, which was custom-made by the same tailor who altered the gown Chrissy ultimately wore.
“I wanted a picturesque fairytale wedding,” Chrissy explained.
A fairytale wedding calls for a castle, and Chrissy found just that at The Powel Crosley, a mansion estate built in the 1920s. It was about 45 minutes away from Tampa, Florida, and felt like the inside of a medieval castle to Chrissy. It was also right next to the bay, which made for perfect sunset photos.
Chrissy and Bryan kept their ceremony fairly traditional, but threw in some modern elements. For example, the two wrote their vows to one another, and read them in private before the ceremony. They then recited the standard vows in front of all their friends and family.
While the walk down the aisle was pretty old school, the recessional was anything but: the couple danced to Will Smith’s “Getting Jiggy With It”!
“A Picturesque Fairytale”
Venue: Powel Crosley Estate | Coordinator: Ideal Design Events | Wedding Gown Designer: Christos | Salon: The White Magnolia | Shoes: Antonio Melani | Hair and Makeup: Destiny and Light Hair and Makeup | Bridesmaids Dresses: Weddingtonway.com | Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Engagement Ring and Wedding Bands: Sergio’s Jewelry | Flowers: Royal Events and Services | Invitations: Elegant Wedding Invites | Music: Fast Breaks Entertainment | Cake: A Piece of Cake and Desserts | Photographer: Anastasiia Photography