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Krysta Hardiman & 
Tilghman Herring

Feb 28, 2014 06:43PM ● By Anonymous

The Meeting. Within minutes of meeting Tilghman in Annapolis, Krysta’s sister knew he was perfect for Krysta. “She called and made me talk to him on the phone,” Krysta says. “After we hung up, I knew Tilghman brings out the best version of me.” But Tilghman went on to meet her mom and even sleep in her childhood bedroom before the two got the chance to meet months later at the Fells Point Festival in Baltimore—a meeting Krysta didn’t even know to expect. “We were walking down Thames Street when I spotted the profile of the most handsome face,” she says, “a cute gentleman sitting on a bench dressed to preppy perfection.” When her sister pointed the guy out as Tilghman, Krysta says she knew she was in trouble. “His sweet and gentle spirit put me at ease,” she recalls. “Our conversations that day were so comfortable and familiar, as if we had known each other for years.” Three weeks later at Middleton’s, Krysta told him she loved him and that they were going to get married. “And here we are,” she says.

The Engagement. Eighteen months later, on a surprise trip to Williamsburg—a place dear to the College of William and Mary grad’s heart, and a place her late father loved to be—Tilghman said, “I have something sparkly for you,” and handed Krysta a bottle of sparkling water. “He had a good laugh while I pouted—although relieved he didn’t propose on I-95,” Krysta says. That night, the two checked into a private cottage of a bed and breakfast, and on Saturday, toured the town and took a private wine tour. After enjoying the weather and the scenery, Tilghman suggested they go back to relax on the cottage porch until dinner. There, on the rocking chairs, Tilghman said, “Remember on the way here I told you I had something sparkly for you?” “I think this is when I started shaking,” Krysta recalls. “He pulled out a blue velvet ring box and I burst into tears as he got down on one knee.” She said “Yes,” and the two capped off the evening with a cocktail at the Williamsburg Inn and dinner at a local tavern. On Sunday, they headed home for a barbecue at the Herrings’ home. “It was the most magical weekend,” Krysta says.

The Ceremony. The two wed at St. Mary’s in front of 188 guests. The couple opted to have an opera singer sing classical music throughout the ceremony, and carefully selected each song for special meaning—they dedicated “Ava Maria” to their late grandmothers and other special women in their families. “That was our favorite part of the ceremony,” Krysta says.

The Fare. A cocktail hour kicked things off with a jazz trio and hors d’oeuvres of bacon-wrapped shrimp, mini crab cakes, bruschetta, lobster medallions, and more. For dinner, guests enjoyed a field green salad with gorgonzola cheese and strawberries, followed by herb-encrusted rack of lamb in a cranberry red wine reduction with roasted red potatoes and grilled asparagus. For dessert, each slice of almond cake with raspberry filling and white butter-cream icing was served with Krysta’s favorite dessert, a chocolate-dipped strawberry.

The Logistics. “We wanted our out-of-town guests to experience our wedding weekend as an unforgettable adventure filled with exploration of new places,” Krysta says. So the pair focused on walkability. “Our wedding program included a hand-drawn walking map pointing out our favorite restaurants and watering holes along the way from St. Mary’s to the Governor Calvert House,” Krysta says. After the reception, guests created a sparkler-lit path from the Calvert House to Harry Browne’s, where they’d rented out the top room for an after party. “Each sparkler had a tag with directions for our guests to join us at the bar after sending us off,” Krysta says.

The Dress. Krysta’s dress—an Anna Maier Ulla-Maijia Couture gown in duchess satin featuring a draped, fluted skirt—was everything she’d wanted, from the dramatic and sleek silhouette with drama and flair to the bow in the back she calls a “fun surprise.” “It felt very classic…but for a modern bride,” she says. Krysta worked with the designer to have the gown tailored, “so the fit was absolute perfection,” she says, “and the experience of fittings with the designer was surreal.”

The Details. The couple wanted a serene English garden-like atmosphere that was timeless and reflected their personal style. The resulting décor, similar to that of their home, included blue and white toile linens, boxwood topiaries, blue and white ginger jars, blue hydrangeas in silver bowls, tea lights, and their monogram affixed to boxwood wreaths. The white ribbon and light design in the center of the atrium, Krysta says, brought the entire room together and made it feel festive and unique. As for their favorite part of the day? The couple says it’s between the hilarious and touching toasts that made the event feel like a true celebration of them as individuals and as a couple, and the super high energy last set of the band. “We were all dancing up a storm and screaming at the top of our lungs to the music,” Krysta says. “It was beyond fun!”

Ceremony: St. Mary’s Catholic
Church, Annapolis
Reception: Governor
Calvert House, Annapolis
After Party: Harry Browne’s, Annapolis

York Flowers, Annapolis

Fiona’s Cakes, Severna Park

Historic Inns of Annapolis

Anna Maier Ulla-Maija Couture/
Hitched Salon, Washington, D.C.

Bridesmaid dresses:
Lula Kate/Bella Bridesmaid, Bethesda

Men’s attire:
Brooks Brothers

Jeweler: Tilghman Company, Annapolis

Crane and Company/Pris’ Paper, Annapolis

Kyle Bergner Photography, Laurel

Liu Liu Salon, Annapolis

The Winn Brothers Band

Party Rental, Ltd

Lighting/ Ribbon Design:
Facades, Annapolis

First Dance:
”Just the Way You Look Tonight” Rendition by the Winn Brothers Band