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Real Virginia Wedding- Kirsten & Matthew

BRIDE: Kirsten Lyn Montalbano, 23, Interior Designer

GROOM: Matthew John Weston, 22, Area Sales Representative

DATE: September 7, 2019



High school sweethearts, Kristen & Matt, tied the knot in September 2019, at the beautiful Stoneyman Valley Ranch in Luray. The couple met in senior year when Matt messaged Kristen on Instagram. “His opening line was, ‘Well hello ? haha….’ Thankfully his looks were better than his pickup lines because he won me over and just a few weeks later we met in person, and a month after that we were dating.”

After high school, both Kristen & Matt attended Virginia Tech, continuing to date throughout their four years. In the fall semester of their senior year there, Matt told Kristen that his mother had arranged for a photographer for their senior photos.

Of course, that was a ruse, and at the end of their walk through campus, by a waterfall in the horticulture garden, Matt dropped to one knee and held out the custom ring containing the diamond from Kristen’s great-grandmother’s engagement ring in a new setting.

Kristen planned the wedding with her mother’s help, creating a unique look and feel for her special day. “We did a really neutral/nature-inspired palette that allowed all of the small details to take [the] forefront. Even as an interior designer, I tend to use very minimal color and focus more on the intricate details. I also think the simple palette highlighted the natural beauty of all of my stunning bridesmaids!”

Kristen’s ivory, mermaid silhouette dress bears the intricate embroidery and beadwork by Allure Bridal, while her simple block heels by Franco Sarto complemented the day’s attire, along with the simple veil’s dainty white beading on the trim. But the drop pearl necklace from Kristen’s late grandmother deserves the attention: this beauty has been worn by each bride in Kristen’s family for at least three generations.

While the guests enjoyed the cocktail hour, Kristen & Matt hiked around the reception venue property with their photographer, catching stunning photos, and about 20 grasshoppers between the layers of Kristen’s dress! The happy couple was the recipient of a wedding giveaway photography package from Katie Skinner photography; the same photographer who’d shot Kristen’s brother’s wedding the year before.

“We took a day off between wedding and honeymoon which I would highly recommend! We went to Atlantis Bahamas and stayed a week at the Cove which was a very beautiful and romantic resort. We swam with dolphins, relaxed on the beach and by the pool, snorkeled with a giant manta ray, and took lots of naps. It was the best week of my life!”

Congratulations to you both and many happy years ahead.

CEREMONY+RECEPTION SITE – Stoneyman Valley Ranch / Luray, VA / 703-380-2211

PHOTOGRAPHY – Katie Skinner Photography / Grand Rapids, MI / 616-581-1519

OFFICIANT – Blake Wood / Pastor at Faith Community Church in Harrisonburg, VA

GOWN – Allure Bridal / Amanda’s Touch Bridal and Formal / Fishersville, VA / 540-221-4748

VEIL – Amanda’s Touch Bridal and Formal / Fishersville, VA / 540-221-4748

SHOES – Franco Sarto/

HAIR – Summer Whitlock / Loading Dock Salon Elkton, VA / 540-298-8225

MAKEUP – Noelle D’Archi / New Jersey /Instagram @beautynnd


FORMALWEAR – Classic Tuxedo / Harrisonburg, VA / 540-433-9966


FLOWERS – Vivian’s Flower Shop / Luray, VA / 540-743-5420

CATERING – Romano’s Italian Bistro / McGaheysville, VA / 540-289-5770

MUSIC Ceremony and Reception – DJ Frank McMillan / Harrisonburg, VA / 540-246-5649

CAKE – Country Road Bakery + Catering / Baker, WV / Instagram @countryroadbakery

ACCOMMODATIONS – Peabody’s Hip Little Stay / Luray, VA / 540-742-0696

HONEYMOON – The Cove Atlantis / Nassau, Bahamas

If you are planning a wedding in Roanoke Virginia, Richmond VirginiaFredericksburg/Northern Virginia, The  Shenandoah ValleyCoastal Virginia or in Charlottesville/ Lynchburg Va, we can help with your wedding planning and ideas.

The author: Angeline Frame

Angeline is the owner/publisher of Palm Beach Weddings Magazine and Virginia Bride Magazine and the show producer for The Greater Virginia Bridal Shows. She has a degree in Public Administration and Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. A former model and wedding venue owner- she loves all things wedding , fashion and decorating. In her spare time she likes to write, travel and get new ideas to share with brides.