Astrid Alves and Andy Gilon

It takes a strong bond to withstand a long-distance relationship. And no one knows that better than Astrid Alves and Andy Gilon.

The couple met through mutual friends in Caracas, Venezuela, Astrid’s hometown. Andy, who works in finance, had been living in Geneva, Switzerland and traveled to Caracas for work. They were dating for about a year when Astrid was accepted to a master’s  degree program in the States and moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Their love already sealed, they decided to make it work—4,000 miles apart.

“We knew it was just a phase,” Astrid says. “It was only three years, and what’s three years compared to the rest of your life?”

Photography: Ozzy Garcia Photography / Ceremony venue: Plymouth Congregational Church / Reception venue: The Historic Alfred I. Dupont Building / Planner: Nathalie Cadet-James of Luxe Fête Event / Planning and Design Studio / Dessert table: Catalina’s Bake Shop / Flowers: Blooming Events International / Furniture: Unearthed Vintage / Lighting: Rays of Light / Gown: Ian Stuart Bride / Hair and makeup: Jenny Sue Berger and Judith Price / Invitations: JAT Paper / Videography: Miami Artist Group / Entertainment: La Linea Band featuring Lorena / Hora Loca: Black and Wine Events / Catering and bar: Premier Beverage Catering

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