by Danielle Naurayan Photography by Bella Rose Photography
Angela Ammons and Rob Schmidt were drawn to each other for the same reason, they were sure that they had found the one. Both having grown up in divorced families, they wanted to be sure that they had found themselves first, before they would find their other half.
Angela Ammons, from the town of New Bern, North Carolina, moved to Wilmington in the ninth grade, attended UNC Wilmington, and earned a degree in chemistry. After graduation, she landed a job in the clinical research field, a position that allowed her to travel around America, including stints in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area, in San Francisco, Wilmington, and Manhattan.
In 2005, she moved back to Wilmington and quickly worked her way up the industry ladder to managing the process of developing new medicines and communicating corresponding data to pharmaceutical companies as a clinical trial manager for INC Research.
In 2009, Angela met Rob via an introduction by her stepsister and Rob's stepmother. Rob had been as focused on his career as Angela had been on hers. He had moved to Wilmington from Long Island in the middle 1990s and started his own roofing contracting company, Schmidt and Sons. Their matchmaking family members both said, "I know two single people in our lives-we need to get them together!" Rob's stepmother gave him Angela's phone numberm and Angela's stepsister gave her Rob's number. Angela waited for Rob to call her first, and he did.
For their first date, Rob took Angela to Wrightsville Beach's Bluewater-An American Grill. Rob forgot he was wearing his mirrored sunglasses while they were sitting outside. Angela says, "I was afraid I would not recognize him if I saw him again after that day; he never took off his shades!" Angela says, laughing. She saw Rob two weeks later, sans shades, when they went on a dinner date, and from then on they became inseparable. They discovered that they both shared the same ambitions, values, and love for boating and traveling. "Plus", says Angela, "everyone kept saying 'I know you're going to marry him!'"
On July 30, 2010, Rob asked Angela to marry him. She said yes immediately, and soon they became the first couple to book the Brooklyn Arts Center for their wedding. Angela found the venue through Facebook, when it was still in its construction phase. Everyone thought they were crazy, but Angela believed in executive director, Rich Leder's vision, and Rob work with contractor/owner Dave Nathans in the past and had faith that Dave would complete construction on time. The crew at BAC did not disappoint. They finished construction ahead of schedule.
Angela wanted simple yet elegant look for her wedding. She used a champagne, green, and white color scheme to achieve a clean, crisp look. Everything was perfect, including the food. "I was thrilled that my food was so good," she says. "That was the first time I had great food at a wedding," Caterer Bon Appetit provided a wide range of delicious selections, including oysters, shrimp and grits, sweet potato cakes, and a carving station with tenderloin beef.
Angela's favorite part of her wedding was how heartfelt and joyous her ceremony was. She knew that the 110 guests who attended felt that energy too, especially her stepsister and Rob's stepmother. "They still joke to this day that 'if it hadn't been for us this wouldn't have happened.'"
Angela and Rob took a two-week honeymoon to experience the cathedrals and architecture of Italy, the history and landscape of Greece, and a combination of beaches and mountains in Croatia.