Photographed by Kelli Carrico Photography

These newlyweds had a new take on the open bar.


A wishful diary entry turned into love when longtime family friends Tracy Nicole Speilman and Nicholas Todd Culicerto tied the knot this past October. After having a crush on Nick in her junior high years, Tracy went on a date with him in 2010 during Thanksgiving break from West Virginia University. The pair hit it off and the rest is history.

Nick asked Tracy to marry him in March 2015, keeping the proposal low-key. Tracy was getting ready to leave for a week-long training seminar for her job and Nick got down on one knee at their house prior to her departure. The couple married in October of the same year.

Tracy’s Pronovias gown featured long, sheer sleeves. She mixed it up with navy blue Badgley Mischka shoes for the ceremony and navy blue high-top Chuck Taylors for the reception. The groom donned a Vera Wang classic slim-fit black tuxedo with a white shirt and black bow tie. Flower girls wore greenery crowns, along with navy Chuck Taylors to complement the bride. Tracy’s bouquet consisted of calla lilies with greenery, matching her mother’s bouquet at her wedding.

The newlyweds had a new take on the open bar, asking guests to provide a $5 donation or animal supplies to grant access. The couple and their guests ended up collecting $1,200 for the Raleigh County Humane Society. A funfetti cake highlighted the dessert bar. As for party favors, guests could choose among personalized koozies made in WVU, Marshall, and camouflage colors.

A dance competition topped off the evening, with 10 pre-selected guests chosen months in advance to compete for the crowd. Guests signed a bench instead of the traditional book so the couple could save the piece of furniture. The couple resides in Beckley, where Tracy is a human resources coordinator and Nick is a teacher.


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