Caroline Ruth Ricciarelli
Captain Michael Douglas Smith
Caroline Ruth Ricciarelli
Caroline Ruth Ricciarelli and Captain Michael Douglas Smith were married in a double ring ceremony in Tuscany, Italy, on May 18, 2018, at 4:30 p.m.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Andrew Ricciarelli of Greenville, North Carolina.
The groom is the son of Ms. Michelle Mae Smith of Franklin, Tennessee, and Mr. Douglas Matthew Smith of Nashville, Tennessee.
The bride’s grandparents are Mrs. Connie Hill Carson (the late Dr. Jack Oliver Carson) of Grifton, NC, and Mr. and Mrs. Carmine Anthony Ricciarelli also of Grifton.
The groom’s grandparents are Mrs. Judith Kay Smith (the late Mr. Douglas Lamar Smith) of Nashville, Tennessee, and Mr. and Mrs. Robert John Carlson of Dickson, Tennessee.
Presented in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, the bride wore a Pronovias mermaid style gown of off-white crepe with a bateau neckline and a court length train. The short sleeves and plunging back were embellished with small embroidered tulle flowers encrusted with gemstones. She carried a white bouquet of peonies, roses, and veronica accented with Italian ruscus.
Ushers were Andrew Carson Ricciarelli of Raleigh, and Michael Paul Ricciarelli of Wilmington, brothers of the bride.
The outdoor ceremony took place under the pergola of Relais Borgo Petrognano, a 13th century country estate in the Chianti region of Tuscany, followed by cocktails and appetizers served in the gardens. Later in the evening, a dinner reception and dance were held on the main terrace with music provided by La Semicroma jazz trio.
The bride earned a degree in accounting from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a Master of Science in accounting from East Carolina University.
The groom graduated with a criminal justice degree from the University of Mississippi in Oxford. A Logistics Officer with the United States Marine Corps, he is currently studying at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, where the couple will make their home.
As published in The Daily Reflector