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Location: Chapel Hill, NC, US
Event Date: Jun 30, 2018
Name: ♀Amanda Fannin & ♂Heikki Rautalahti
1. How did you meet?
We met while going to the same church in Raleigh, NC. Heikki asked me to dinner and we have been together pretty much ever since.
2. How did the proposal happen?
The mall in DC has always been a special place for the Rautalahti family, as they lived in DC for two years in the 90s. Heikki had been wanting to go for a walk on the mall and I begrudgingly went despite the fact that it was cold and he asked me not to bring our dog. We wandered all the way from the Lincoln Memorial to past the Washington Monument and back. I was all ready to call and Uber and get out of the cold but Heikki asked me to sit down for a minute. He was talking but I was not really paying attention because I was cold and ready to go home. I did not realize he was actually proposing until he said the words “and that is why I went and got this ring”. At that moment, he pulled my Grandmother’s ring out of his pocket and got down on one knee. He would later tell me that he chose to propose at the Lincoln Memorial so we would always be able to return to the place we got engaged.
3. When did you know he/she was “the one?”
Neither of us can remember a specific moment that we knew. Rather, as we continued to date each other, we both got a peace that this was the person we were supposed to marry. In each other we found the faith and character we had been looking for and our friendship and love grew out of that.
4. Tell us about your wedding inspiration.
I wanted a casual, garden party wedding with lots of flowers and twinkle lights. Heikki wanted a very small wedding with very good food. We both wanted our guest to know why we were getting married and have a really great time. That is how the #RautalahtiPizzaParty came together.
Event Venue: The Parlour at Manns Chapel
Bakery: Proof Bakers
Floral Designer: Charlotte Hampton
Bakery: Sugarland Bakery
Makeup Artist: Makeup By Ashley Mooney
DJ: Dow Oak Events
Musicians: Arioso Strings Inc.
Event Planner: Sincerely Weddings
Event Designer: Gathered Events & Design
Caterer: Napoli Food Truck
Bridesmaid Dresses: The Dessy Group
Dress Designer: Morilee
Equipment Rentals: Party Reflections
Linens and Coverings: Party Reflections
Photographer: Krystal Kast Photographers