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HERLIFE | tie the knot
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TIED THE KNOT OCTOBER 1, 2011
aura DeAngelis was born in Plantation,
Florida. In August 2011, she completed her Associate’s degree in Business Administration (with
event planning focus), and is currently working on her Bachelor’s degree in Management with a minor in Sales. For the past five years, she has worked as an Area Sales Manager for Expedia, Inc. Her hobbies
high school and didn’t cover it until 2004 (you can still see it under-
include baking, shopping and drawing cartoons.
neath the cover-up).
Frank DeAngelis was born in Reading, Pennsylvania. He is cur-
The happy couple tied the knot on October 1, 2011. They made
rently attending Broward College, pursuing an Associate’s degree in
their invitations, menu cards and place cards on our own; it was much
Mechanical Engineering. He is a Mobile Hydraulic Mechanic. His
more cost effective and personalized. Laura loved every single part of
hobbies include golfing, downloading music and fixing up hot rods.
their wedding. Their personalized cake topper was a little expensive,
The couple met in high school, and dated in 1994 for about a
but since it was a figurine of Laura and Frank, it was something they
year. Frank joined the U.S. Marines Corps and they lost contact.
could keep versus a monogram that would have been thrown away.
Remember, back in 1995, there was no such thing as Facebook, cell
The couple also had a DIY candy station which was better because
phones or even email (at least not easily accessible to teenagers). They
it was less expensive and was functional. It didn’t make sense to the
stayed in contact writing letters, but Laura moved away and they lost
newlyweds to spend money on favors such as a candle or a picture
touch with one another. The couple reconnected in March 2010 via
frame that people will throw away (dust collectors, as Laura likes to call
Facebook and the rest is history!
them); at least they ate the candy. Laura’s favorite moment was when
Frank took Laura out to the Melting Pot for dinner where he put
Pastor Paul said “Repeat after me, I Frank” and there was dead silence,
the ring in her drink without her noticing and wrote a very sweet poem.
Frank was in la-la land. She had to squeeze his hand and say, “Babe,
While she doesn’t remember each word, at the end it read, “Will you
that’s you, I Frank”! Laura also loved the sweet gesture Frank made
marry me?” That was the most important part! This was just one month
when they sat down to eat dinner at the reception, their first true “quiet
after reconnecting, but they just knew that it was meant to be. On a
time” as a newly married couple. He said, “You did a great job, babe.
side note, Frank tattooed Laura’s name on his leg when they dated in
Everything is just perfect.” !
LOCAL BUSINESSES THAT SHARED IN THE LOVE
Maggie Sottero “Kendra” BRIDESMAIDS’ GOWNS:
Alfred Angelo HAIR STYLING:
Dawn Case MAKEUP:
Makeup by Melissa Bay PHOTOGRAPHY:
Gina Barca of Barca Designs FLORIST:
A Blooming Touch DJ:
DJ Bounce CATERER:
Hyatt Coral Gables CAKE:
Divine Delicacies VENUE:
Hyatt Coral Gables WEDDING PLANNER:
Laura DeAngelis GROOM’S TUX:
Men’s Warehouse GROOMSMEN SUITS/TUXES:
Men’s Warehouse CANDY STATION:
Sweet Boutique by Laura