Starla Ryan Piccini and Samuel David Nokovich were united in marriage at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception on April 16, 2016. The Rev. Father David J. Tokarz officiated the ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dante Piccini. The groom is the son of Ms. Evgenia Diane Nokovich and Mr. David Nokovich.
The bride wore a classic, white, A-line gown designed by Allure Bridals. Its bodice was adorned with delicate lace overlay, complete with a soft tulle skirt. Her cathedral-length veil was embroidered with lace and crystal details. The bride carried a bouquet of light pink and white roses, tulips and hydrangeas, accented by deep purple larkspur and Queen Anne’s lace. Terri and Diane, of Publix in Fairhope, created all floral arrangements.
The bride’s sister, Davanne O’Sullivan, served as matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Savannah Piccini, Angelina Piccini, Rayelle Nokovich, Eleah Nokovich, Erica Howard, Holly Burroughs, Sarah Roveda and Sally Westendorf. The bridesmaids wore floor-length, eggplant-colored lace gowns by Mori Lee and carried bouquets made of white hydrangeas and lilies, pink roses and deep purple tulips.
The groom’s grandfather, Gus Vasilopoulos, served as best man. Groomsmen were David Allen, Phoenix Iverson, Yiyan Zheng, Alfredo Piccini, Matthew King, Kevin Anderson, Joshua Ledet, Gable Fortune and Bryce Privett.
The reception was held at Byrne Memorial Hall on the campus of the couple’s alma mater Spring Hill College. Guests sipped on mojitos and enjoyed Southern favorites, such as shrimp and grits and crab cakes. The four-tiered wedding cake, created by Pollman’s Bake Shop, was covered with white buttercream icing, and adorned with purple azaleas. Guests danced to tunes by the El Fuego Show Band.
The decor was highlighted by the center buffet, which featured a six-foot floral arrangement illuminated by surrounding candlelight. Guests ate by candlelight at tables draped in white linens and topped with glass vases full of lush roses, tulips, hydrangeas and sea lavender. The old library bookshelves lining the walls of the hall were topped with purple up lights and filled with floral arrangements, lit candles, and framed photos of the couple. After honeymooning at the Wentworth Mansion in Charleston, the couple now resides in Nashville.
The couple would like to give special thanks to their wedding planner, Melanie Zoghby Cummins, and their mothers, Kelly and Diane, without whom this perfect day would not have been possible.
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