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For the love of the game

By Shelley Stockton | Photography by In His Image Photography by Julie

Posted: Monday, Nov. 19, 2012

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Angela Featherston and Matt Adams both grew up in Gastonia and went to the same elementary school. Their parents even have a picture of them – she as a cheerleader and he as a football player – from when they were kids, but they never met until high school. However, it was their love for the New York Yankees and those famous pinstripes that brought them together.

“After high school we both moved away, but we caught up with each other on Facebook when we realized we were both back home and had a mutual love for the Yankees,” Angela says. They agreed to meet up to watch a game. Angela admits she can’t even remember who they were playing that night, and by the end of the evening she was questioning why they hadn’t gone out sooner.

For their anniversary, the couple went to New York City for Old-Timers’ Day at Yankee Stadium. After the game they enjoyed a romantic dinner and decided to savor their dessert in the park. When Angela reached for her fork, Matt was down on one knee with an engagement ring from Diamonds Direct in hand.

When it came to planning, photography was at the top of the bride’s list. As soon as she met with Julie from In His Image Photography, she looked no further. “She has great faith and is a spiritual person which was huge for us,” Angela says. “Plus she was so bubbly and fun.” The bride and groom knew they wanted a traditional church ceremony, but Angela had a hard time focusing all the ideas she had for the reception. She found I Do Wedding Consulting online. “I loved all the fun things Nancy had on her website,” Angela says. “She posted something about being scared of clowns, and I was like, ‘I’m scared to death of clowns too!’ I called her immediately. She was fabulous.”

For Angela’s dress, there was no other place but Poffie Girls. Growing up in Gastonia, Angela purchased her junior and senior prom dresses there and even modeled prom dresses for the boutique.

Close to six months before the wedding, Matt’s mother passed away unexpectedly during surgery. On the day of the wedding, Matt wore a locket on his lapel with her picture inside, a gift from his bride. To honor her memory, they held a balloon memorial after the ceremony. “It was so pretty and so moving. It was just what we were looking for,” says Angela.

After I Do Weddings brought Angela’s ideas to a cohesive theme, everything came together. Guests at the reception enjoyed a carnival atmosphere with a popcorn machine, cotton candy and a dozen different types of candy. “Matt is a candy freak, I think that was his favorite part in planning the wedding!” says Angela.

During the reception, the couple took a minute to take everything in. “It was a really cool feeling seeing everyone there to celebrate our love and having a good time,” she says. “At one point the Flo Rida song ‘Low’ played, and there’s my mom up on the dance floor getting low! It was awesome.”

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In His Image Photography by Julie
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Rings
Diamonds Direct SouthPark
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Wedding gown and bridesmaids’ dresses
Poffie Girls
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