By L'Oreal Thompson, For The Baltimore Sun
8:53 PM EDT, September 28, 2012
Wedding day: Sept. 7, 2012
The bride: Kristin Dear Sharp, 33, grew up in Catonsville. She works as a bartender at Hamilton Tavern and Annabel Lee Tavern in Baltimore. Her mother, Linda Dear, is a real estate agent, and her father, Robert Dear, is a mortgage lender.
The groom: William Sharp, 37, was born in Missouri and is the lead artist for Croydon Finishing, a decorative architectural finishing company based in Alabama. His father, John Sharp, owns Croydon Finishing and is retired from the military. His mother, Cindy Sharp, is retired from IBM, where she worked as an education specialist.
Their story: Kristin and William, both music lovers, first met in 1999 through a mutual friend in Asheville, N.C. William's band, Granola Funk Express, was playing, and the friend introduced him to Kristin after the show.
"The first time I saw her, I had a huge crush on her, but she was with another guy," says William.
They kept in touch throughout the years, and after hanging out together at a concert, Kristin confessed she had a crush on William as well.
Last summer, the couple became engaged in Ocean City during the bride's family's vacation.
"My parents said we were going down to the beach to take a family picture," Kristin says. "And I walked down to the beach, and there was a blanket, champagne and a ring. He proposed on the beach. We had a really nice dinner and celebrated with my family for the rest of the week."
The ring: The couple designed Kristin's engagement ring — a white gold Tiffany-style six-prong diamond solitaire — with their friend, Megan Myrice, who is a jewelry designer in New York.
Myrice also designed the couple's wedding bands. The groom wore a palladium wedding band and the bride wore two wedding bands: a 14-karat yellow gold band for her husband and a 14-karat rose gold band for their 2 1/2-year-old daughter, Ava.
"One day I'm going to give it to her," says Kristin. "It has her birthday inscribed on the inside. The three different metals look very lovely together."
The place: About 130 guests attended the ceremony at the Upper Garden of the Evergreen Museum and Library in Baltimore. The reception was held at the Carriage House.
The couple's friend, Rabbi Jessy Gross, officiated at the nondenominational ceremony. Friends of the couple performed music during the ceremony.
Her dress: The bride wore a lace, cream-colored A-line gown by Augusta Jones from Betsy Robinson's Bridal Collection in Pikesville. The dress featured an exposed lace sweetheart neckline with cap sleeves and a silver beaded belt.
"It had a very vintage, romantic feel to it," says Kristin.
She also wore gray peep-toe Badgley Mischka shoes with gold brocade on top, earrings by Ben Amun and bracelets by Amrita Singh.
Bridesmaids' dresses: Because silver was the primary wedding color, Kristin asked her six bridesmaids to select silver cocktail dresses to wear for the wedding.
"Some were sequined dresses, some were silver metallic, some were beaded — they were just fun dresses!" she says. "My hope is they get to wear them for New Year's Eve, too."
Men's apparel: The groom and his six groomsmen wore classic black tuxedos from Jos. A. Bank Clothiers. William wore a black tie with a retro-inspired tie clip and the groomsmen wore bow ties. They all wore black-and-silver cufflinks.
Flowers: Amy Epstein of Crimson & Clover Floral Design Inc. in Baltimore used succulent-based flowers in all of the bouquets, boutonnières and centerpieces.
"The flowers were phenomenal," says Kristin. "She used white flowers and dusty millers. She was really delightful."
Special touches: The couple's daughter participated in the wedding. She rode in a red fire wagon down the aisle with a sign that read "Here Comes Mommy" on the back before Kristin walked down the aisle.
During the cocktail hour, Williams surprised his bride with a serenade.
"We had Chris Jacobs, lead singer of the Bridge in Baltimore, play the cocktail set," William says. "I got onstage and sang 'In My Life' by the Beatles."
Music: The couple's friend Elliott Heller, also known as DJ Equal, from Manhattan played during the reception.
William and Kristin's first dance was to "I Found You" by Alabama Shakes.
"For the first song, we wanted to keep it fun and a little more lighthearted," says Kristin. "I danced with my dad to a Stevie Wonder song. Everyone danced the whole time. It was really fun."
Lifesaver: The couple hired Jenny Bartkus of JPB Designs in Columbia as their day-of-wedding coordinator a little less than two weeks before the wedding.
"I was panicking right before the wedding and needed to hire someone immediately," says Kristin. "We called her and said our wedding is in 12 days, and she was really phenomenal. She took care of everything."
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