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A Formal Affair

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Liz Banfield
A North Carolina couple enjoys an elegant celebration steeped in tradition

Ashley Carrabba & Anthony Capozzoli
June 4, 2011
Lowndes Grove Plantation

After meeting through mutual friends, Anthony (“Tony”) Capozzoli took Ashley Carrabba on a first date full of drama—theatrical drama, that is. The pair, who live in Raleigh, went to see the musical Jersey Boys when it came to town. “We loved it!” says Ashley, adding that the show’s soundtrack became their soundtrack, too.

The couple’s courtship progressed, and on Easter Day 2010they got engaged. Though the proposal wasn’t quite a surprise (Ashley had spotted a receipt for the ring in Tony’s briefcase months before), it was all for the better, as the notice allowed the bride-to-be to start planning early. Having traveled to Charleston on their first weekend trip together, Ashley says the city was “the perfect place” for their nuptials, and she scheduled a secret meeting with wedding designer Tara of Tara Guérard Soirée before Tony had even popped the question.  

 “She came to us wanting a very traditional, elegant event,” says Tara, who didn’t miss a beat over Ashley’s enterprising ways. After Tony slipped the ring on Ashley’s finger, the couple chose a princely palette of black, gold, ivory, and champagne, to which Tara added décor embellishments like the couple’s monogram and a chandelier motif.

On June 4th, 2011,  Ashley met Tony at the end of a gilded edged aisle at Lowndes Grove Plantation to say “I do.” Afterward, in an outdoor tent draped with champagne-hued and sheer white fabric, the bride and groom indulged in a four-course meal with family and friends. After supper, the night took a nostalgic turn as the newlyweds made their way to the chandelier-lit floor for a first dance to “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” one of their favorites from the Jersey Boys soundtrack. Ashley’s opinion of the evening? “Everything was perfect.”

Vendor List
Aisle Runner:
Boutique Tents;
Bridal attire: Romona Keveza from Maddison Row;,
Bridesmaids’ attire: Jenny Yoo from Bella Bridesmaid, Charleston;,
Cake: Wedding Cakes by Jim Smeal;
Catering: Patrick Properties/Fish Catering;
Ceremony music: Ceremony strings (8 violins and string trio) through Debut, Inc.
Ceremony and reception venue: Lowndes Grove Plantation;
Design, Flower, Décor, and Planning: Tara Guérard Soirée;
Favors: Coleman Photography;
Groom’s and groomens’ attire: Grady Ervin & Co.;
Hair: Velvet Salon;
Jewelry: Diamonds Direct Crabtree;
Make-Up Service: Moore Make Up;
Photographer: Liz Banfield Photography;
Reception entertainment: In the Pocket and The Valli Boys through East Coast Entertainment;
Rentals: Snyder Event Rentals;
Transportation: Absolutely Charleston,; A Star Limousine Service,
Stationery: The Lettered Olive;
Videographer: Elysium Productions;