Since the start of their romance in September 2007, Carole Rome has been first in the heart of the man she loves. On December 12, 2008 the socialite also became the First Lady of Florida as she said “I do” to Governor Charlie Crist. Olympian Shannon Miller and Tampa Bay Buccaneer Derrick Brooks were among the 200 guests who gathered inside the First United Methodist Church in St. Petersburg and rose from the pews as the regal strain of Trumpet Voluntary, the tune which famously accompanied Princess Diana’s walk down the aisle in 1981, announced the arrival of the bride.
Clutching a bouquet of ivory roses, a pair of three inch Filippa Scott shoes carried the bride to her destination in a silk silhouette from Pronovias, which had been purchased at the Wedding Atelier in Manhattan.
Signifying a union both of two soul mates and of their families, the bride’s two young daughters– dressed, like the matron of honor and the Governor’s sisters in champagne-colored creations by designer Jim Hjelm– gave their mother away to the groom, who looked dapper as he stood at the flower-bedecked altar in a black tuxedo, Tampa Bay Online reported.
Following the exchange of vows, in which the newly dubbed Mrs. Crist received a diamond encrusted white gold wedding band from the Gold & Diamond Center to accompany the sapphire engagement ring which has graced her finger since July 3, 2008, the doors of the Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club’s Grand Ballroom opened to family and friends for a reception.