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ounding the corner in the early morning hours in my taxi, I was bleary-eyed, but excited to be in Paris. I, a lover of travel and adventure, had never been to the City of Lights and I was trying to drink it in as the car drove through the surprisingly quiet city. It was as we were taking that corner that she came into view. Although I had seen the Eiffel Tower on television, in movies and in photos, nothing compared to the real thing. We were here. I was here. And an all-star team and myself were about to embark on a Parisian adventure. Our fall issue of Carolina Bride is our destination issue and our way to end out the year with a bang. I couldn’t think of a better way to end 2018 than to do a dreamlike photo shoot in Paris. When photographer Critsey Rowe first approached me with the idea, I immediately jumped at the chance. Not only would we be showcasing beautiful dresses from the 2019 Sassi Holford bridal collection, we would also be fulfilling the dream of many of us of having a glamorous adventure in Paris. Our experience in Paris was magical, as you will see starting on page 64. The Sassi Holford dresses were incredible, and Sassi herself joined us on this adventure. The styling by Natasha Duff-Cole of Ladies of Lineage was stunning, and the hair and makeup by Cali Stott of Cali Stott Artistry was perfection. We ran around the city with our model, Nadine, and tried to capture as many looks and iconic moments as possible. When I was in Paris, I had a feeling that things were changing. I could feel it in myself, but also for the magazine as well. Things can’t always stay the same. There needs to be growth and risks and that’s what we are doing here at Carolina Bride. In an effort to give our brides the best information, tips and resources, as we have done for the past 27 years, this issue will be the last full issue of Carolina Bride. But don’t worry, we’re not going away… we’re evolving and meeting our audience where they are now. We’re going digital and taking our product online. After this issue, Carolina Bride will be powered by CharlotteFive and will be able to reach a larger audience, but more importantly, will be restructured to be a planning tool for brides, grooms and everyone planning their dream day. A vendor directory for easy searching, real weddings to swoon over, and inspiration to help you prepare for your big day will all be included. I look forward to helping usher in a new and improved era of Carolina Bride. While being the editor of this publication has been a dream come true and one of my proudest achievements, I can’t wait to show you what we have planned next. I hope you enjoy this issue, our destination issue. We feature an amazing Scottish castle that caters to American weddings (page 102), historic hotels (page 92) that will leave you inspired, a small yet gorgeous island perfect for your honeymoon or a getaway (page 104) and gorgeous weddings and engagements to make you smile. I’ll see you on the Carolina Bride powered by CharlotteFive website soon. I am excited to share with you what we have created. And, remember, we’ll always have Paris.

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Things We Love

Make packing a breeze with the basics and adding key pieces to take your look from day to night. She Said Yes! • Hannah & Gabriel • Angela & Ryan • Natalie & Atticus • Graham & Logan • Katherine & William • Callie & Dallas • Kelly & Brendan

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• Like a Dream: Johnna & Robert • Paradise Found: Jennifer & Josh • Better Together: Amanda & Benjamin • Eternal Promise: Sherri & Jonathan • Light of My Life: Brittany & Richard • Beach Daze: Kristina & Keighan • Beginning of Forever: Joanna & John • Meant to Be: Julia & Trenton • Heaven on Earth: Brittany & Dan • Falling for You: Julie & Colin

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Destination weddings can be tedious, but we’ve rounded up unique venues and historic hotels to inspire you. This section also features our Carolina Bride Book Nook and two local venues that have

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From a tropical island getaway, to a castle fit for a royal wedding, these destinations are perfect for romance.

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About the Cover: Model Nadine Lecuyer captures the magic of Paris in her 2019 Sassi Holford dress from Ladies of Lineage. See the rest of our Parisian bridal shoot , photographed by Critsey Rowe Photography, on page 64.


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Paris is Always a Good Idea

Stunning gowns and epic scenery– Carolina Bride traveled to Paris for our fall destination issue.

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Whether you are going to a tropical destination or to a big city in Europe, wardrobe stylist and fashion insider Stacee Michelle shares her honeymoon shopping guide for the bride and groom.

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My favorite memory from the shoot is when we were all together in front of the Eiffel Tower with Nadine, our model. It was such a beautiful morning, and although it was early, everyone was excited for the day. We stood there in front of this iconic tower capturing moments we knew would be shared with brides that dream of being in that very spot. With this beautiful cover we were able to bring back a piece to share with them all!

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This was my first time in France so no doubt my favorite memory is my initial drive into Paris. It’s impossible to take in everything, as there is such rich history of the city with historic monuments and buildings from every angle. It didn’t hurt that my professional tour guide was British Bridal Designer, Sassi Holford herself. On the first day, Sassi and I were casually walking through an alleyway when we realized we were on the grounds of the Palais du Louvre. I was video taping its beauty when we found ourselves in the center of the Napoleon Courtyard and standing in front of the Louvre Pyramid. It was quite a site. Our first photo shoot was a night shoot where we walked a short distance from our hotel to the Pont Alexandre III Bridge. Point Alexandre is a deck arch bridge that spans the Siene. To the left you can view the Dome of Les Invalides, to the right, Le Grand and Petite Palais and from the center of the bridge you can see the most sought after monument in the city of Paris, The Eiffel Tower. It’s a beautiful site. Unexpectedly and on the 11th hour the Eiffel Tower began to sparkle. It twinkled for a good 5 minutes giving us an incredible light show and perhaps it’s way to welcome us to its beautiful city.

—Natasha Duff-Cole owner Ladies of Lineage Bridal Boutique www.ladiesoflineage.com

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Being in Paris was absolutely a childhood dream come true for me and every moment of it was amazing, I don’t quite know where to start. From the quaint cafes on every corner with their quirky French waiters to the breathless scenery around every corner, everything about Paris was delightfully unforgettable. My most memorable moment from the photo shoot was the morning we shot at the Eiffel Tower. We had to start with the model at 4am to be ready to start shooting at 6am before the crowds arrived and catch the morning light. I remember standing there while the team was working so hard to capture the perfect shot, it was very cold and quiet and for a moment it was like it all stopped and I had to take a deep breath as I realized I was in Paris, at the Eiffel Tower, making beautiful moments with some incredibly talented people. I felt very blessed! My favorite memory of Paris, I don’t know how I can pick just one, but since I have to it would have to be the day [Caroline Bride editor] Erin, and I visited the Musée d’Orsay. We had spent most of the day strolling through the halls of this incredible museum admiring the awe-inspiring works of some of my favorite artists and were walking back to our hotel along the Seine River. We decided to stop and get an ice cream, because when you are in Paris you need to eat ice cream everyday! With our ice creams in hand we sat in lounge chairs along the river, and lived a moment of the good Parisian life. It was one of my many treasured moments from an extraordinary adventure!

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of the The Charlotte Observer, A McClatchy Publication October / December 2018 Volume 27 Number 109 Andrea (Annie) Alexander VP Partnerships Executive Editor Caroline Portillo Editor Erin Maddrey Creative Director Tracie Stafford-Choate Contributing Writers Colby Alvino Virginia Brown Ally Bush Corley May Stacee Michelle Alyssa Ruane Contributing Photographers Critsey Rowe Photography For editorial inquiries: editor@carolinabride.com For advertising information: Jane Rodewald, Account Executive 704-621-9198 jrodewald@charlotteobserver.com Mailing address: Carolina Bride 550 S. Caldwell St., Charlotte, NC 28202

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looking on as Critsey Rowe photographs French model, Nadine Lecuyer This image was taken by Jana Lahitova, Paris assistant to Critsey Rowe. 2. Taking a break during shoots, photographer Critsey Rowe gives direction to model Nadine Lecuyer while makeup artist and hairstylist, Cali Stott, updates her hair and makeup to match the next look. 3. French model, Nadine Lecuyer stops Paris traffic while photographer Critsey Rowe gets the perfect photo. 4. Throughout our photo shoot, tourists would stop and ask to have their photos taken with our model, Nadine Lecuyer. 5. Glamour, sparkle, and… combat boots. French model, Nadine Lecuyer wore her combat boots under her Sassi Holford gown and as the team walked the streets of Paris. Comfort comes first!

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Set in the spectacular grounds of one of Lake Norman’s premier private golf courses, NorthStone Country Club is the perfect venue for your wedding. With breathtaking views of the greens, there is no better place to celebrate your special day. To schedule an appointment, please contact: Lindsey Davis LDavis@northstoneclub.com | 704-949-1282 www.northstoneclub.com/weddings 15801 NorthStone Drive, Huntersville, North Carolina 28078


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Things We Love Overpacking is so last year. Opt for a lighter load on your expeditions to make more room for spontaneous decisions this season. Funky accessories meet a functional base for the most fashionable and comfortable travel capsule you could tote. Denim and plaid are this fall’s two superstars, so any ensemble sporting either will give your vacation snaps all the outfit-envy you could want. By Alyssa Ruane

“Fireworks” Silk Scarf, $29 www.Texeresilk.com

Beaded Chain Wool Felt Panama Hat, $88 www.Nordstrom.com

Studded Denim Jacket, $298 www.Tobi.com

Dolce Vita Uma Studded Ankle Booties, $210 www.Tobi.com

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Meet your “it” piece Nicole Alex Piper Dress, $110 www.shopnicolealex.com This midi tank top dress is everything you want in a basic—it’s equipped with a built-in shelf bra for a little support on weary travels days, and it’s made of a dreamy and breathable bamboo-cotton-jersey fabric. Tie a knot at the bottom of the dress to easily alter the length and fit, and let the accessories do the work. You can build any outfit from this updated and sensible LBD.

So Chic Grey Multi Plaid Blazer, $4 www.tobi.com

Ulla Johnson Emeline Heel, $495 www.Pooleshopcharlotte.com


Orian Black Aviators, $225 www.Dynamikosbrand.com

Italian Wool Houndstooth Sport Coat, $745 www.Taborclt.com

A.P.C. Copper Varsity Jacket, $875 www.taborclt.com

See your star player 1901 Trim Fit Sport Shirt, $59.50 www.Nordstrom.com

Common Projects Achilles Low-Top Suede Sneaker, $423 www.Taborclt.com

Engineered Garments Chino Twill Andover Pant, $265 www.Taborclt.com Olive is just as easy to manipulate as khaki, black, or navy. Nice enough to dress up and cool enough to dress down, these olive pants give you opportunity after opportunity to dazzle with your duds. Twill makes them meant to last, and the moody color fits right in with autumn’s burnt and brassy palette. Remember this moment; you’ve just met your new favorite.

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When it comes to fashion, texture does a lot of talking—and the textiles this season will give you plenty of room to express yourself. To fill the most unfussy vacation suitcase you’ve ever dealt with, start with olive. Versatile pants in this mysteriously sexy color allow for lots of style savvy—add a casual cap, layer tops, or slip on slick kicks to take these pants anywhere from lunch by the Louvre to midnight on the town.

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HANNAH HOOTEN &GABRIEL MARTÍN

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e met freshman year of college and have been together every since. Midday at work one Friday, Gabriel told me he had gotten us tickets to see Jerry Seinfeld at the Beacon Theater in the Upper West Side that evening. He surprised me after work in the Upper East Side, and suggested we ride bikes through the park to save time. But when he detoured to our favorite picnic spot, Cherry Hill, I suspected something was up. When I suggested we should sit and admire the foliage, he said “Don’t sit just yet!” The next thing I knew, he was down on one knee. Best champagne picnic ever! —As told by Hannah

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ANGELA ZHU & RYAN DEMERS

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yan and I were heading to a family reunion in Pawleys Island, S.C., where my family lives and where his family was on vacation. I am not a morning person, but Ryan woke me up at 4 a.m., saying he wanted to take pictures of all the siblings at sunrise. I put on a sundress and we headed to the beach. He set up some photography equipment, and we started walking down the beach. Then, when I turned around to tell him to stay still for the photo, I saw him on one knee. I had no idea he was going to propose! He asked me to marry him and it couldn’t have been any more perfect. I said yes as the sun rose on our favorite spot in South Carolina. —As told by Angela

Angela and Ryan will be married on October 13, 2018.

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NATALIE HAMRICK &ATTICUS FEHL

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tticus’ birthday was approaching and, although he does not like celebrating his birthday, I asked him what he wanted. He said that he really did not want any gifts but would rather just spend time together and said that we should spend the weekend visiting his family in Pittsburgh. I had never been to Pittsburgh and this was also going to be our first trip just the two of us. I excitedly bought our plane tickets and made sure that all of the flights and times would work for our schedules. I could tell how excited Atticus was to show me his hometown when we landed that Friday. We stayed with his grandma and toured the city with his family. On Sunday, Atticus and I went out to tour the city by ourselves. We went to the ice skating rink downtown, took a trolley ride around town and saw all of the Christmas decorations. Before our dinner reservations, we headed up the Duquesne incline. The city view was beautiful and we saw each of the places we had gone over the weekend. As we walked along, there was a small bench, and Atticus and I sat down and talked. As the sun began to set, we talked about memories from the trip and talked about our time together. Then, as the city lights came on, Atticus got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! I was so surprised and so happy at the same time. I instantly said yes! We called our parents to tell them the news. The best was sharing the news with his grandma when we got back to her house. On the flight back they announced our engagement to the entire airplane. It was a perfect trip and a perfect engagement! —As told by Natalie

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GRAHAM MORRISON &LOGAN HEARD

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ack in 2015, I was on Instagram for work and sharing my art quite a bit. One day I came across Logan’s profile and noticed that we had a lot in common. We began to follow one another and would “like” each other’s photos. That led to us messaging back and forth on Instagram, then texting, then Skyping. Eventually, Logan came to visit me in North Carolina (he was living in Oklahoma at the time). I could tell he was really interested in pursuing this, despite the obvious hurdles of a long-distance relationship. I also flew to Oklahoma to meet his friends and family for Thanksgiving, and from there, we visited each other every few months. Then, Logan got a job offer in Portland, Ore., so I decided to take the leap and move there with him. We’ve been together for three years now, and despite the obvious ups and downs that any relationship experiences, we’ve truly found a way to lift one another up. —As told by Graham

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y sister and I had been planning a photoshoot with Kat and myself for quite some time. We wanted to have our first set of photos for our new house. But what Kat didn’t know was that the photoshoot was actually a complex proposal plan. We went to the Outer Banks for the shoot, and the whole time, I was so worried she would find the ring, or I would lose the backpack I’d hid it in. When “P-Day” arrived, I took a handful of quiet walks, trying to prep myself by rehearsing what I wanted to say. But when I saw Kat on the beach, I was speechless. I walked up to the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen, and when she turned around, I grabbed the ring from my back pocket and dropped to one knee. I was frozen with emotion, except for a few tears of pure joy. After what felt like an eternity of speechlessness, I was finally able to ask the question she had been waiting for. After she said yes, we saw dolphins breaching the surf, had to run home briefly through a monsoon, and got to take sun shower photos with rainbows in the background. That day truly makes for a compelling and wonderful start to our next chapter in life. —As told by William

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o start, my soon-to-be-hubby is not the best at keeping secrets. He said a few a few things that convinced me he was about to propose, but I had no idea when. Going to the Outer Banks had been planned for about a year, so to me, it was a much-needed vacation and an excuse for Will to get dressed up and for us to take nice pictures together. The day of the shoot was both slow and hectic. We waited a good part of the day for the props of the shoot to arrive. Once they did, we started on my hair and make up. Not 30 minutes into it, Catrina (Will’s sister and our photographer) called saying we needed to come down to the shoreline immediately because a storm was coming. We ran down to the beach and up the dunes.  Still winded from running through the sand while trying not to trip over my dress, I see Will waiting for me on the beach. He looked even more handsome than he normally did. In that moment I felt like we were the only people in the world.  We took a few pictures together, and then Catrina directed me to go stand under the display. In what felt like a slow motion scene right out of the movies, I turned to look back at the camera as Will got down on one knee.  Within a few minutes of saying yes, there was a boom of thunder and a strike of lighting. Right when we got to the top of the dunes, we could see the rain coming in on both sides of us and were caught in a huge downpour. Once the rain stopped, we went out to take more pictures. The sky had this beautiful soft glow, there was a rainbow over the ocean, and we even saw dolphins. It was the absolute definition of cloud nine. —As told by Kat

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allas and I met in May of 2015 when I was interning at JHE Production Group. I was assisting with setting up for Speed Street, and Dallas was setting up tents for the event. I made him move one tent several times, and then he “worked late” the rest of the weekend so he could get to know me better. Fast forward three years to the weekend before my birthday, and Dallas said he was going to take me to breakfast, my favorite meal. We start driving and he was driving into Uptown and I didn’t think much of it as I was trying to figure out where he was taking me. Dallas pulled over at the intersection of Tryon Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. My response was “What are you doing? There are no breakfast places here.” He made me get out of the car and asked me if I remembered this spot. And, of course, I did. It was where we had first met and the exact spot where I continuously made him move the tent. Dallas proceeded to tell me how much he loved me and how amazing the past couple of years had been. He got down on one knee and told me he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me and asked me to marry him. He even had a photographer for the whole thing! And of course, I said yes! Somehow, I didn’t get breakfast though. —As told by Callie

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rendan and I met in Charleston, SC when we both worked at Roper Hospital. He was assigned to orient me when I first started working in the intensive care unit. After one week, he asked me on a date, and the rest was history. Five years later, we were spending Thanksgiving with my parents in Charlotte. Brendan wanted to start the tradition of going to a Christmas tree farm and cutting down our own tree, so that Saturday, he woke me up bright and early. We drove to a tree farm in Fort Mill, SC and spent an hour looking at all the trees until we found “the one.” After asking a couple to take a photo of us with the tree, he bent down to start cutting it. When I walked over to his side to help him, I found him on one knee with just the ring in his hand, saying “Kelly, will you please marry me?” I was completely shocked, and so was the couple taking the photos. I happily said yes and jumped into his arms before he could put the ring on my finger. That was the happiest day of my life. —As told by Kelly

Kelly and Brendan will be married on December 14, 2018.

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healthcare sales executive; he’s a retired NFL football player. AGES She’s 51; he’s 49. HOMETOWNS She’s from Charlotte; he’s from Orlando, Fla. WHERE THEY LIVE NOW Orlando HOW THEY MET They met in 1993 during a brief introduction by Johnna’s brother-in-law in Detroit. Twenty-five years later, their paths crossed again on Market Street in Charleston, S.C. Johnna was in town for her niece’s college graduation from College of Charleston and Robert was in town visiting his parents for Mother’s Day. He was driving down Market Street when he recognized Johnna sitting outside a restaurant with her family and stopped to say hello. WHERE THEY GOT ENGAGED Charles Towne Landing in Charleston. WEDDING IN THREE WORDS Elegant, dreamy, memorable. COLOR PALETTE Peach, dusty rose, champagne, gray. FIRST DANCE SONG “Angel” by John Stoddart. FAVORS Fresh gourmet donuts in custom bags. A PARENT’S BLESSING After five months of long-distance dating, Robert decided to make the relationship official in October 2016. But before he asked Johnna to be his girlfriend, he invited her parents to lunch to share with them his intentions and interest in pursuing a relationship with her. Four months later, he again reached out to them with his intentions–this time with a plan to propose. After receiving their blessing, Robert and Johnna traveled to Charleston to visit his family. While visiting, Robert began talking about his and Johnna’s courtship, how she had changed his life, and how he couldn’t come up with a reason why she shouldn’t be his wife. He reached into his pocket and got down on one and Johanna excitedly said yes! After the proposal, Robert and Johnna returned to Hall’s Chophouse, the restaurant where Robert saw her waiting months prior, to celebrate. THE GUEST LIST “Every guest who attended represented the progressive decades of our lives,” Johnna says. “Marrying at an older age, the relationships with our guests consisted of special family members, childhood friends, college classmates, teammates, coaches, mentors and colleagues, all of whom played a very special part in our lives and our development.” PICTURE PERFECT The spring weather set an amazing backdrop for the couple’s custom-made cross that was the focal point of the outdoor ceremony. With the beautiful Spanish moss and the breathtaking Avenue of Oaks in full bloom, the scenery could not have been more perfect. HONEYMOON One week in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and one week in Napa Valley, Calif. FAVORITE DATE NIGHT Revisiting our first date location: 5Church restaurant in Charlotte. ADVICE FOR BRIDES Enjoy the planning process and enjoy your day. Inevitably something is not going to go as planned, but believe me, the only person that will know is you! ADVICE FOR GROOMS Check in with your wife from time to time throughout the planning process. It’ll let her know that you care. CB

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Wedding Story JENNIFER GRAY & JOSH MILLER

PARADISE FOUND Mary McHenry Photography www.marymchenry.com Sara McCall, Stunning & Brilliant Events www.stunningandbrilliantevents.com WEDDING DATE 5.12.2018 OCCUPATIONS She works at Unclaimed Furniture; he’s in real-estate. AGES She’s 32; he’s 35. HOMETOWNS She’s from Myrtle Beach, SC; he’s from Indianapolis. WHERE THEY LIVE NOW Myrtle Beach. HOW THEY MET Josh spent summers in Myrtle Beach with his family growing up, and they were introduced by friends years ago. A longstanding friendship turned into summer lunch dates and drinks by the beach. WHERE THEY GOT ENGAGED Sandy Spit, British Virgin Islands. WEDDING IN THREE WORDS We did it! COLOR PALETTE White, teal, gold. FIRST DANCE SONG “You Are The Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne FAVORS White Yeti tumblers with wedding logo, t-shirts, sunscreen, lip-balm, recovery drinks, and tote bags. A BEER RUN TURNED PROPOSAL During a boat trip with friends, Josh and Jenn stopped at the tiny island of Sandy Spit in the British Virgin Islands after a long day of snorkeling in caves, exploring the other islands, and cruising through Caribbean waters. While Jenn went to grab more beer, Josh spelled out the words “Will you marry me?” in the sand with pieces of coral. When she returned, Josh led her over to the white coral rocks, saying “Is there something written over there?” While Jenn was reading the message, John dropped to one knee and proposed. GATHERED TOGETHER Josh and Jenn were married in an outdoor venue overlooking the beach. Touches of greenery and local florals emphasized the tropical scenery. Although the venue was gorgeous, the best part of the wedding day was having 70 of their closest family and friends travel to the Bahamas to spend the day with them. CARIBBEAN CRUISE After the ceremony, they boarded a ferry with family and friends and headed to their reception–with drinks in hand, of course. FAVORITE DATE NIGHT Fun destination with a view, live music, good food. ADVICE FOR BRIDES Don’t try to plan for every moment. ADVICE FOR GROOMS Sit back, relax, and try to take it all in, hire a videographer, and make sure to get a duplicate shirt for the wedding day. CB

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Wedding Story AMANDA CONKLIN & BENJAMIN KASTAN

BETTER TOGETHE Love Shutter www.loveshutter.com Grace Beason, Grace Leisure Events www.graceleisureevents.com

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WEDDING DATE 5.27.2018 OCCUPATIONS She’s an infrastructure analyst for the Defense Department; he’s a lawyer with the Defense Department. AGES She’s 28; he’s 31. HOMETOWNS She’s from Charlotte; he’s from Baltimore, M.D. WHERE THEY LIVE NOW Silver Spring, M.D. HOW THEY MET Tinder. WHERE THEY GOT ENGAGED Gili Trawangan, Indonesia. WEDDING IN THREE WORDS Romantic, rustic, unforgettable. COLOR PALETTE

Blush, coral, mint, navy blue. FIRST DANCE SONG “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran. FAVORS Luggage tags that were used as the guest’s table cards and small Vietri pottery plates imprinted with the word “Amore.” WHEN IN INDONESIA After a work trip in Indonesia, Ben joined Amanda for a bit of travelling around the country. One night, Ben took her to dinner on the beach and had originally intended to propose, until high-tide ruined his plans. When they got back to the villa, he went through with the plan and proposed with a hand-crafted, silver ring he bought in Jakarta. Somehow, he had managed to make his way across Jakarta to a famous store known for its local artworks to buy the ring. When they got home to the U.S., he proposed again using the “real” engagement ring. Now, Amanda uses her ring from Jakarta on the adventures they take where she doesn’t want to risk harming her diamond engagement ring. A MOTHER’S TOUCH The wedding was a labor of love on the part of Ben’s mom. While Ben and Amanda concentrated on creating a ceremony highlighting their favorite Jewish and Christian traditions, Ben’s mom took over the rest of the planning, creating a weekend-long, elegant affair that highlighted the home Ben’s parents built. FROM FAR AND WIDE The couple had friends and family from all over the world join them on their special day. From California to Vietnam, Portugal to Kenya, guests travelled across the globe to attend Amanda and Ben’s unique interfaith ceremony, officiated by both a reverend and a rabbi. HONEYMOON 10 days in Italy. FAVORITE DATE NIGHT Grabbing drinks at a local brewery or happy hour spot with outdoor seating so they can bring their dog, Maizie. ADVICE FOR BRIDES Take a moment to be by yourself before getting dressed, even if it’s in the bathroom, and leave plenty of time to put on the finishing touches when getting dressed. ADVICE FOR GROOMS Just say yes. CB

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SHERRI HELMS & JONATHAN BENNET

ETERNAL PROMISE Corbin Gurkin www.corbingurkin.com Ivy Robinson Events www.ivyrobinson.com

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WEDDING DATE 4.21.18 OCCUPATIONS She’s a retired hairstylist; he’s the founder of

Composite Resources and CORE Autosport. AGES She’s 55; he’s 53. HOMETOWNS She’s from Pageland, SC.; he’s from New Sweden, Maine. WHERE THEY LIVE NOW Charlotte. HOW THEY MET Match.com WHERE THEY GOT ENGAGED New York City. WEDDING IN THREE WORDS Classic, elegant, timeless. COLOR PALETTE White, coral, and gold. FIRST DANCE SONG “So Nice” by Diana Krall. FIRST DATE JITTERS Before she’d even signed up, Sherri had been browsing Match.com when she saw Jon’s profile. She created an account so she could give him a “wink,” and he messaged her back by the next day. Their first date was at 131 Main. Walking in together, Sherri could tell he was a little nervous, but once they started talking, the tension faded. They spent about two and a half hours laughing, telling stories, and making memories. WINDOW SHOPPING Sherri loves shopping in Manhattan. Over the years, Sherri and Jon formed a relationship with Marina Oeda, a saleswoman at the Cartier Fifth Avenue store. Before a planned trip to NYC, Marina helped Jon plan his proposal. He had Marina place a ring in the window display with a card next to it that read, “Sherri, will you marry me?” When they visited Cartier during their trip, Jon tried to get Sherri to see his surprise, but she wanted to go straight inside. After a little coaxing, Jon got Sherri to look at the display window. When she saw the ring and card, she ran straight into the store while a Cartier photographer was taking photos of everything. Inside the store, Marina was waiting and told her congratulations and then asked if she said “yes.” Sherri, upon realizing she forgot to answer, ran back to Jon, who was still on the street in front of the display, and screamed, “yes!” Together then went back into the store where Marina was waiting with flowers and champagne. STEALING THE SHOW Sherri and Jon’s nephew, Nathan, was their ringbearer for the ceremony. But Nathan’s mom was a little worried about her son handling the rings, so Jon’s dad took care of them. It was a good thing Nathan wasn’t holding anything, because the second he saw Jon, he bolted down the aisle to give him a big bear hug. HONEYMOON A week at The Brando Resort in Tetiaroa, French Polynesia. FAVORITE DATE NIGHT Any nice restaurant with conversation and lots of laughing. ADVICE FOR BRIDES Hire a wedding planner, relax and trust the planner. Don’t nitpick every detail. ADVICE FOR GROOMS Don’t panic. CB

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Wedding Story BRITTANY REED & RICHARD BROOKE

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WEDDING DATE 6.30.2018 OCCUPATIONS She’s a digital marketing specialist; he’s a business owner. AGES She’s 26; he’s 30 HOMETOWNS She’s from Bakersfield, Calif.; he’s from China Grove, N.C. WHERE THEY LIVE NOW Charlotte. HOW THEY MET “We technically met through mutual friends,” Brittany says. “The first day I met my Craigslist roommate, she and I went to OMB Yoga on Tap. On the way there she told me about her friend who wrote for CharlotteFive. In her mind we were a perfect match, but his articles were all lists of Charlotte locations to take your Tinder date, so I was less than enthused. He happened to be at the yoga class (with his girlfriend…awkward) and we briefly met. It wasn’t until we ran into each other at the bar formerly known as The Gin Mill (don’t all love stories start there?) that we really connected. Our first date was at one of his top Tinder date choices, of course!” WHERE THEY GOT ENGAGED Asheville, N.C. WEDDING IN THREE WORDS Simple, modern, ethereal. COLOR PALETTE White, gold, green. FIRST DANCE SONG “Something” by The Beatles. FAVORS Koozies with their names, the date, and the Charlotte skyline on them. WINTER WONDERLAND A few months before Christmas, Brittany bought tickets for Richard and her to visit the Biltmore Estate in Asheville during their Christmas festivities. Before they arrived, he took a separate trip to a tree farm to do a “site survey” and plan the perfect proposal. Richard’s an Emmy-award-winning videographer, so this included drone videos, elaborate maps for parking and placement, and a detailed timeline. Unfortunately, the South got hit with a bunch of snow the day before, meaning they couldn’t get to the Christmas tree farm. Plan B took effect, and Richard suggested they go to a beautiful, snowy park. They headed toward the giant, lit-up snowflake in the center of the park. When they got there, he turned to her and said that he was so excited for today, and for the rest of their days together. He got on one knee and asked Brittany to spend the rest of her life with him. “After an easy yes! and hugging him on the ground in the snow, we stood up and I still didn’t let go,” Brittany says. ALL THEIR OWN The couple specifically chose The Assembly Room because they loved it and that didn’t require a lot of typical wedding decor. Items that they did add all had a special connection to them: Brittany’s stepdad built the doughnut wall, they specially made Cheerwine Moonshine (Richard’s hometown soda), and her brother made a huge Jenga game that they used as a guest book. MUSIC TO GROOVE TO One of the couple’s favorite details was the cocktail hour playlist. “Since we weren’t able to join everyone during the cocktail hour, we spent months adding songs that we knew certain people would like so they’d know personally that we were glad they were there and thinking of them!” Brittany says. HONEYMOON Riviera Maya, Mexico for one week. FAVORITE DATE NIGHT “We’re big fans of trying new Charlotte spots, but we can often be found at NoDa Company Store with whatever’s on tap and some pimento cheese,” Brittany says. ADVICE FOR BRIDES Spend money on what’s important to you, and don’t spend money on what’s not! For us, that was an amazing photographer and tablecloths from Amazon. We also didn’t follow typical norms like bride on the left/ groom on the right (had to get my good side), bouquet and garter toss, or cake cutting. They weren’t for us and I think our guests were happier to have more time to dance! ADVICE FOR GROOMS Be proactive in the wedding planning and plan it together. CB

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KRISTINA VAN-VIDA & KEIGHAN JARMAN

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WEDDING DATE 7.22.2018 OCCUPATIONS She’s a

transaction coordinator; he’s a graphic designer. AGES She’s 35; he’s 34. HOMETOWNS She’s from Greenville, S,C.; he’s from Fortuna, Calif. WHERE THEY LIVE NOW Fort Mill, S.C. HOW THEY MET On Instagram (before it was cool). Kristina liked a photo of Keighan on a photography account and they followed each other. They struck up a conversation from there. WHERE THEY GOT ENGAGED At the Spiritual Living Center in Charlotte. WEDDING IN THREE WORDS Intimate, rustic, magical. COLOR PALETTE Burgundy, ivory, navy, and cream. FIRST DANCE SONG “I Choose You” by Sara Bareilles. FAVORS Bags of popcorn and M&M’s. SURROUNDED BY LOVE After church one day, the minister called the couple up on stage to talk about how they had met and to pray. They walked up, and as Kristina was turned toward the minister, Keighan dropped to one knee. When she turned around, he asked her to marry him. “There wasn’t a dry eye in the house,” Kristina says. “We were surrounded by many of the people we love most.” CELEBRATION OF COMMUNITY Their rings played a pivotal role in their wedding. Not only did Keighan have Kristina’s ring custom made, but the couple did a ring blessing during the ceremony. “We sent our rings around to our guests for them to hold and bless for us before we put them on one another,” Kristina says. ATTENTION TO DETAIL Everything from their party favors (the couple’s favorite snack) to the flowers (arranged by Keighan’s sister) was personalized. Kristina also opted to go barefoot during the ceremony and wore a headpiece made from pieces of her mother’s wedding dress. HONEYMOON Mini-moon in Cambria, Calif. for two days with a longer honeymoon in Maui to be planned in the future. FAVORITE DATE NIGHT Going to the movies. ADVICE FOR BRIDES Make the day uniquely yours. Remember you’re not only putting on a party for everyone you love, it’s about the two of you starting an adventure together. ADVICE FOR GROOMS Enjoy and treasure every second of it because you blink and it’s over. Also, really enjoy and absorb the time with family and loved ones that you don’t see often all together at once. CB

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Wedding venue: Avila Beach, CA. www.visitavilabeach.com / Reception venue and cake : Avila Valley Barn www.avilavalleybarn.com / Wedding planner, consultant or designer: Alana Pucci (Keighan’s sister) / Caterers: The Farmers Guild Catering www.tfgcateringandevents.com / Flowers: Eco Flower www.ecoflowerweddings.com / Hairstylist and makeup artist: Kate Seargeant From Faces a la Mode www.facesalamode.com/kate-seargeant / Gown, bridesmaid dresses: David’s Bridal www.davidsbridal.com / Headpiece: Made by friend / Bride’s shoes: Target www.target. com / Tuxedos: Men’s Wearhouse www.menswearhouse.com/mens-suits / Invitations, stationery: Wedding Paper Divas www.shutterfly.com/wedding/wedding-paper-divas-collections / Music, entertainment, booking agency: DJ Mike www.djmikew.com / Rental providers: Got You Cover’D www.gycrentals.com, Avila Valley Barn / Engagement and wedding rings: Kay Jewelers www. kay.com / Clergy: Kubi Holwager (friend) / Rehearsal dinner: Groom’s sister’s home / Wedding night hotel: Airbnb www.airbnb.com / Bridal registry: Target, Pottery Barn www.potterybarn.com, and Bed, Bath, & Beyond www.bedbathandbeyond.com

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Wedding Story JOANNA MARTINEZ & JOHN NGUYEN

BEGINNING OF FOREVER BlueSky by Cass Bradley www.weddingsbybluesky.com Crystal McCorkle, Fabulously Created Events www.fabcreatedevents.com

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WEDDING DATE 3.10.18 OCCUPATIONS She’s a public health counselor; he’s an I.T. developer. AGES They are both 34. HOMETOWNS She’s from Sanford, N.C.; he’s from Charlotte. WHERE THEY LIVE NOW Charlotte. HOW THEY MET On Twitter. A mutual friend of theirs, Denise Gregory, introduced them and they exchanged numbers. They talked almost every day until they met in person three months later. They met in person when John came to visit her when she was still living in Texas. When they saw each other for the first time there was instant chemistry. WHERE THEY GOT ENGAGED Joanna’s library room. WEDDING IN THREE WORDS Diverse, intimate, extravagant. COLOR PALETTE Rose gold, blush, soft pinks, and whites. FIRST DANCE SONG “And I Love Her” by The Beatles. FAVORS Photo Booth HOME SWEET HOME Joanna and John picked out her engagement ring together, so she knew he was going to propose, but she didn’t know when. During a weekend trip to Savannah, John got down on one knee… and said he had to tie his shoe. When they got back to Charlotte, John called Joanna into her favorite room in their house: her library. Surrounded by all of her favorite books, records, comics, and souvenirs from her travels, John pulled out the ring and proposed. At first, he simply said “You want this?” before popping the question she really wanted to hear. She, of course, said yes. WITH THIS RING The rose gold color in their wedding palette was inspired by Joanna’s wedding ring. She loved the classy and modern feel of the color in her ring and wanted to reflect it in the rest of their décor. BEST OF BOTH WORLDS Joanna and John’s wedding was a mix of Salvadorian culture, Vietnamese culture, and Southern charm and they tried to stay neutral between each culture. They served both chicken and halibut and as part of Vietnamese custom, went to each table and thanked the guests for coming. HONEYMOON One-week cruise to the Bahamas and Cuba, and then a couple days in Miami and Key West. FAVORITE DATE NIGHT Going to the movies. ADVICE FOR BRIDES Have patience and compromise. ADVICE FOR GROOMS Ball out! Have fun. CB

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JULIA SALEY & TRENTON SAUNDERS

MEANT TO BE The Stewarts Roam Photography www.thestewartsroam.com Emily Waters, Oh Deer Creative www.emilygracedesign.com

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WEDDING DATE 4.1.2017 OCCUPATIONS They’re both realtors. AGES She’s 24; he’s 25. HOMETOWNS She’s from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; he’s from Lakeland, Fla. WHERE THEY LIVE NOW Lakeland, Fla. HOW THEY MET In 6th grade on Julia’s first day at a new school. WHERE THEY GOT ENGAGED On a hot air balloon at a ranch in Myakka City, FL. WEDDING IN THREE WORDS Beautiful, intimate, fun. COLOR PALETTE Wood, amber, and white. FIRST DANCE SONG “Look After You” by The Fray. LONG TIME COMING “Trent and I have known each other since we were kids and have loved each other for most of that time,” Julia says. “We went our separate ways post-grad (I moved away, he married someone else), but somehow we found our way back to each other. I don’t think there was a dry eye at the altar or in the audience when we said our vows, because everyone there knew how long we had waited for this day to happen. It was definitely a day of longlost hopes finally being realized.” ON TOP OF THE WORLD For Julia, the best part of her day was the first look she did with Trent on top of a hill outside of the Inn on Biltmore Estate. “Our photographers convinced us to do one, even though we were both hesitant, but I’m so glad we did. It was a beautiful, intimate moment that I’ll always cherish,” she says. SETTING THE SCENE Julia and Trent wanted their wedding to be timeless. They are not very traditional and they both love natural beauty, so they knew they wanted to get married somewhere with great outdoor views. The couple toured venues near Charleston before a friend recommended the Biltmore Estate. They instantly fell in love with the history and natural beauty of the Asheville venue. Additionally, Julia had picked a long-sleeved dress which she knew would only work somewhere north of Florida. Trent also has a son who was two at the time and loves dinosaurs, so they decided to incorporate his favorite things as well. With the help of their event planner, Emily Waters, the décor felt whimsical rather than childish. HONEYMOON Three days each in London, Amsterdam, and Southern Ireland. FAVORITE DATE NIGHT Dinner and a movie at our local theater. ADVICE FOR BRIDES Do a first look, and make sure you eat your wedding food! ADVICE FOR GROOMS Make sure she’s the right one (said only semi-jokingly). CB

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Wedding venue: The Biltmore (Diana venue) www.biltmore.com/groups-weddings/occasions/venues/diana / Reception venue: Deerpark at the Biltmore www.biltmore.com/visit/things-to-do/ estate-dining/restaurants/deerpark-restaurant / Wedding coordinator: Ashley Gardner, The Biltmore www.biltmore.com/groups-weddings/weddings / Caterer, cake, rental providers and transportation: The Biltmore www.biltmore.com / Flowers: Alex Johnson, Hassell Florist www.hassellflorist.com / Hairstylist and makeup artist: Katelyn Brooke, Sparrow Salon / Gown: CC’s Bridal Tampa www.tampabridalshops.com / Gown designer: Pronovias www.pronovias.com / Veil: Etsy www.etsy.com / Veil designer: BridalsByTeri www.etsy.com/shop/BridalsByTeri / Bride’s shoes: 6pm www.6pm.com / Shoe designer: Menbur www.menbur.com / Bridesmaid dresses: Lulu’s www.lulus.com / Tuxedos: Nathan’s Men’s store in Lakeland, FL http://www.nathansmensstore. com / Tuxedo designer: Stephen Geoffrey https://www.jimsformalwear.com/styles/designer/stephen-geoffrey / Invitations, stationery: Stationary Loft, Lakeland Fla. www.stationeryloft.com / Cinematography: Kirsti Mutz, KDM Productions www.vimeo.com/user11129234 / Engagement and wedding rings: Wilson Diamond Brokers www.wdbdiamond.com / Clergy: Richard Marks / Rehearsal dinner: The Antler Barn at the Biltmore www.biltmore.com/groups-weddings/weddings/venues/antler-hill-barn / Wedding night hotel: The Grand Bohemian Asheville www. kesslercollection.com/bohemian-asheville / Bridal registry: www.zola.com / Travel agent: Maria Thomas, Dreamward Travel www.dreamwardtravel.com

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HEAVEN ON EARTH Siobhan Lorraine Photography www.siobhanlorrainephotography.com Jacquie Horne, Stunning & Brilliant Events www.stunningandbrilliantevents.com

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WEDDING DATE 12.2.17 OCCUPATIONS She’s a doctor of family medicine; he’s the Southeast Regional Sales Manager for Millwood Inc. AGES She’s 33; he’s 31. HOW THEY MET They met in college over 10 years ago and reconnected on the Charlotte Light Rail. WHERE THEY GOT ENGAGED Dublin, Ireland. WEDDING IN THREE WORDS Rustic mountain elegance. COLOR PALETTE Maroon/burgundy, black, white, and ivory. FIRST DANCE SONG “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” by Frankie Valli. FAVORS Homemade gingerbread cookies from Great Grandma Behm. DESTINATION PROPOSAL Dan promised himself that he would propose in 2016. In December of that year, the couple planned a New Year’s trip to Ireland with four other couples. Dan is Irish, so the trip was a special nod to his heritage. After fighting through jet lag, Brittany agreed to a Dublin stroll before starting the evening activities on New Year’s Eve. After crossing the famous Ha’Penny Bridge, Dan dropped down on one knee and popped the question in front of some their dearest friends. RUSTIC CHARM Brittany and Dan wanted a weekend experience for their guests that was special, fun and charming. The quaint mountain town of Highlands, N.C. and Old Edwards Inn provided just that from its array of shops, fine dining, local hikes and picturesque waterfalls. DANCE FEVER “Seeing all of our family and friends in the same room was indescribable, but the pre-dinner dance party was especially memorable,” Brittany says. “Our guests were ready to celebrate, and when a fun song struck before the meal, they hit the dance floor.” HONEYMOON Minimoon at the Grove Park, then Spain three months later. FAVORITE DATE NIGHT Riding scooters around their neighborhood, Plaza Midwood. ADVICE FOR BRIDES Trust in God’s plan. He brought Dan into my life which is one of my biggest blessings of my life. We loved doing personalized premarital counseling sessions with Dan’s youth pastor who married us. ADVICE FOR GROOMS Take some time just the two of you after the wedding. Even if you do a delayed honeymoon, take some time away. It was so fun to relive every minute with your partner immediately after the wedding. CB

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Wedding venue: The Chapel of Sky Valley www.skyvalleychapel.com / Reception venue, caterers, transportation, rental providers and wedding night hotel: Old Edwards Inn www. oldedwardsinn.com / Cake: Creative Pastries by Sid www.creativepastriesbysid.com/ / Flowers: Springvine Design, Deedie Springer www.springvinedesign.com / Hairstylist and makeup artist: The Spa at Old Edwards Inn www.oldedwardsinn.com/ Gown: Anne Gregory for the Bride, Pittsburg, PA www.annegregorybrides.com/ / Gown designer: Anne Barge-London / Bride’s shoes: Zappos www.zappos.com / Shoe designer: Nina ninashoes.com / Bridesmaid dresses: KF Bridal Chiffon & Lace www.kfbridal.com / Tuxedos: Men’s Warehouse www.menswearhouse. com / Tuxedo designer: Joseph Abboud www.josephabboud.com / Invitations, stationery: Minted www.minted.com and Joely Lane Lettering www.instagram.com/joelylanelettering / Cinematography: Brian Bunn Films www.brianbunnfilms.com / Music: Lucas the DJ www.lucasthedj.com, Bag pipes: Appalachian Piper, Cameron Nixon www.appalachianpiper.com / Rental providers: Party Reflections partyreflections.com, Lounge Furniture: Crush Event / Design www.crush-event-rentals.com / Transportation provider: Daniel’s Charter & Tours www.academybus. com / Engagement and wedding rings (bride and groom): Gregory Filo Jewelry www.filojewelry.com/home.html / Clergy: Sr. Pastor, Dr. John Erbelding & Family Friend Pastor, Keith Melugin / Rehearsal dinner: Wolfgang’s Restaurant, Highlands, NC www.wolfgangs.net

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WEDDING DATE 10.15.16 OCCUPATIONS She’s a marketing manager at OrthoCarolina; he’s a packaging engineer at RPM Wood Finishes Group. AGES She’s 30; he’s 29. HOMETOWNS She’s from Woodstock, IL.; he’s from Camden, SC. WHERE THEY LIVE NOW Charlotte. HOW THEY MET They met while attending Clemson University. WHERE THEY GOT ENGAGED Venice, Italy on New Year’s Eve 2014. WEDDING IN THREE WORDS Timeless, beautiful, fun. COLOR PALETTE Burgundy and gold. FIRST DANCE SONG “Two Poor Kids” by Ruth B. FAVORS Welcome bags filled with a welcome note, two mini wine bottles, custom wine glasses, an array of cheeses from Switzerland, handmade Italian chocolate bars, a cheese knife, crackers, a mini jar of jam, and a copy of Camden Magazine. Colin also designed and 3D-printed custom cufflinks for the groomsmen and fathers. Groomsmen were each gifted a pocket watch and bridesmaids received monogramed flannel button downs, custom bags, and jewelry. HOMECOMING “Colin and I discovered our love for each other through tragic circumstances after our close mutual friend, Reid, passed away in 2009,” Julie says. “We leaned on each other through the mourning, and our friendship grew. I gained a second home in Camden with his family and friends in the process. Over the years, the Campbell family’s home served as the gathering place to celebrate the life of the friend we lost, and that’s why it meant so much to us to get married there.” SPARKS FLY After the couple got engaged, they went back to their hotel in Venice to call family with the good news and to celebrate with a champagne toast. That evening, they went to a seven-course dinner in the heart of Venice. They ended the night in St. Mark’s square, watching the New Year’s fireworks. DEDICATION TO DECORATION “We ordered 600 white pumpkins in different shapes and sizes from a famer in Boone, NC to use in our wedding décor,” Julie says. Although they wanted a fall theme, they didn’t want to use any orange or yellow in the color palette. “Instead, we used gold, burgundy, and white to pull in the sophisticated colors of fall. The notso-sophisticated part was when we had to rinse off and wash all 600 of those pumpkins in the side yard.” DREAM COME TRUE The best part of the wedding day was the walk down the aisle. This was a moment Julie had dreamed about since the day she first saw the Leonardo DiCaprio version of Romeo and Juliet. As Julie walked down the aisle, Colin’s sister-in-law Megan sang “Everybody’s Free” by Quindon Tarver, from the Romeo and Juliet soundtrack. HONEYMOON St. Lucia for five days. FAVORITE DATE NIGHT Going to the movies. ADVICE FOR BRIDES Take a deep breath and trust your vendors. If you trust the people you hire, you can relax and know they are going to take care of everything. ADVICE FOR GROOMS Practical Advice: Buy, don’t rent suits. It’s the same price. Sentimental Advice: Don’t get caught up in the chaos; savor the moment and take in the gravity of the day. CB

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Wedding and reception venue: Colin’s Parent’s Home – Formerly The Hobkirk Inn / Caterers: Aberdeen Catery www.aberdeencatery.com / Cake: Publix www.publix.com / Flowers: Flowers Naturally – Camden, S.C. www.facebook.com/Flowers-Naturally-239111979486360 Hairstylist and make up artist: Cotton Rouge www.cottonrouge.com / Gown and veil: Ladies of Lineage www.ladiesoflineage.com / Gown designer: THEIA www.theiacouture. com / Headpiece: Belk www.belk.com / Bride’s shoes: Badgley Mischka www. badgleymischka.com / Bridesmaid dresses: Bridesmaids picked their own dresses / Tuxedos: Bruce Julianwww.brucejulian.com / Invitations, stationery: Minted www. minted.com / Cinematography: Discovery Love Studios www.discoverlovestudios.com / Music, entertainment, booking agency: Finesse Band, East Coast Entertainment www. bookece.com/artist/finesse / Rental providers: Party Reflections www.partyreflections.com / Engagement and Wedding Rings: Diamonds Direct www.diamondsdirect.com / Clergy: Jerry Dreier / Rehearsal dinner: Food trucks at Colin’s parent’s home / Wedding night hotel: Springdale Hall www.springdalehallclub.com /Bridal registry: Target www.target.com and West Elm www.westelm.com

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With Love FOR OUR DESTINATION ISSUE, CAROLINA BRIDE TRAVELED TO THE CITY OF LIGHTS TO SHOWCASE INCREDIBLE DRESSES AND STUNNING LOCATIONS. Critsey Rowe Photography • Shot on location throughtout Paris, France

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A Special Thank You Photography: Critsey Rowe Photography www.critseyrowe.com Hair and makeup: Cali Stott www.calistottartistry.com Styling: Natasha Duff-Cole www.ladiesoflineage.com Dresses, belt and veil Sassi Holford www.sassiholford.com Earrings and crown Thomas Knoell Designs www.thomasknoell.com Model: Nadine Lecuyer www.nadinel.book.fr Assistants to Critsey Rowe Kiko Hirakawa Jana Lahitova Accomodations Hotel Le Pavillon www.hotel-lepavillon.com

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PASSPORT NOT REQUIRED Get a taste of Paris at these four Charlotte restaurants.

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Aix en Provence Located in the heart of Myers Park, Aix en Provence features traditional Southern French cuisine. www.aixenprovenceclt.com

Amélie’s French Bakery & Café

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With multiple locations, you can get your macaron fix anytime you want! www.ameliesfrenchbakery.com

Café Monte Café Monte is a French bistro and bakery in SouthPark that has amazing salads, crepes and French classics such as the trout amandine. www.cafemonte.net

La Belle Helene One of the most recent editions to the Charlotte culinary scene, La Belle Helene is so committed to cooking French cuisine that they even feature a Paris-made rotisserie to properly cook chicken. www.labellehelenerestaurant.com

aris is known for being one of the most romantic cities in the world, which is one of the reasons why Carolina Bride traveled to Paris for our fall destination issue. The picturesque city was the perfect backdrop for our photo shoot featuring dresses from the 2019 Sassi Holford bridal line. While we were running around Paris with our model, Nadine, taking photos and dodging cars, we couldn’t help but notice all the couples celebrating their weddings. From witnessing dinner receptions, to numerous couples having their wedding photos taken along the Seine River, Paris was alive with love and new beginnings. Paris would be an incredible place to have an intimate destination wedding, or even an elopement. Think of how amazing the photos would look!! CB

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Honeymoon Style Written & Curated By Stacee Michelle www.stacee-michelle.com Photography By Luke Calvin Illustrations By J. Radcliff of The Paper Bar Co. www.thepaperbarbyls.com


THE ULTIMATE HONEYMOON STYLE PACKING GUIDE FOR THE BRIDE & GROOM HEADING TO A CABIN ADVENTURE, EUROPE, OR TROPICAL BEACH DESTINATION

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Telephoto and Ultra-Wide lenses give the best of both worlds. Capture all of your vacation moments in the palm of your hand.

Check Coord Plaid Jacket, $59, ASOS Stud and Charm Wool Beret, $21, ASOS

Ultra-wide Telephoto Lenses, $119.99, olloclip.com

There is no outfit emergency a great leather jacket can’t fix.

A high waist and skinny fit creates the illusion of a longer, leaner silhouette. Wear yours with everything from boots to sneakers.

Cody Leather Metal Bar Jacket, $1,395, Alice & Olivia

FRAME, High-rise Skinny Jeans, $298, net-a-porter.com

Constellation Crossbody Messenger Bag, $495, kentstetson.com

Power up four devices at once, making it extra handy when traveling. Smart 4 Charger, $45, Native Union

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& Other Stories, Black Bootie, $225, www.stories.com


Layering is important while overseas, and this varsity jacket will keep you top of class.

A.P.C., Copper Varsity Jacket, $875, TABOR

The Elder Statesman, Stripe Cashmere Crewneck Sweater, $775, TABOR

This is Ground, Grande Tech Dopp Kit Leather Travel Organizer, $285, mrporter.com

Engineered Garments, Chino twill andover pant, $265, TABOR The dimensions have been carefully calculated to comply with carry-on restrictions.

Leather Trimmed Twill Duffle Bag, $395, Filson

On-the-go? No problem! This handy companion kit contains everything you need for your travel routine.

Boots are a lasting wardrobe investment, the timeless design and superior construction makes them a perfect season staple.

Cheaney, Godfrey Leather Chelsea Boots, $575, mrporter.com Travel Kit, $65, Grown Alchemist

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Tropical Comfort Wear this over a swimsuit to the beach or try it with a cami and jeans for a low-key dinner look.

Eric Javits, Tan Straw Fedora, $190, Neiman Marcus

A colorful gemstone necklacegivesstyle to any outfit! Blue Apatite & Copper Necklace, $48, kenzieweisejewels.com

Kara Fringed Embroidered Voile Kaftan, $405, Melissa Odabash Vertical stripes give the illusion of a longer, leaner body!

Lumiere striped stretchlurex swimsuit, $339, Oseree

Pom pom straw tote bag, $67.50, Mystique

With up to 24 hours of battery life, you will never miss a beat! Elle Slide Sandals, $295, Barney’s New York BeoPlay A1 Bluetooth Speaker, $249, Bang & Olufsen

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Hats are a necessity to help combat the sun and heat! Anderson & Sheppard, Grosgrain-trimmed Sisal Hat, $235, mrporter.com

Oliver Peoples, Benedict Aviator Sunglasses, $445, TABOR

These sandals are waterproof, ultra lightweight, washable, and therefore extremely easy to care for.

Old Red Garment-dyed Club Cotton Polo, $39.95, J. Crew

Navy Arizona Essentials ‘Eva’ Waterproof Sandal, $39.95, Birkenstock

Carl Brasher Chronograph Limited Edition Bronze-cased Leather Strap Watch, $4,950, ORIS

This diving watch is water resistant and stylish, making it the perfect everyday accessory for your tropical vacation.

These trunks are ideal for swimming, hiking, socializing and more.

Mid-length Printed Swim Shorts, $395, Moncler

Casey 2” Weaved Leather Camera Strap, $39, Capturing Couture

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Rustic Romance The classic denim jacket is a key piece to any weekend outfit and can be worn time and time again.

Original Sherpa Trucker Denim Jacket, $89.50, Levis

Provenza Schouler, Plaid Turtleneck, $295, Capitol CampStove 2 Electricity Generated Wood Camp Stove, BioLite

FRAME, Le Color Ripped Denim Jeans, $199, Neiman Marcus

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Cook up wood fired meals and charge devices using only sticks around you!

Far West Water Canteen, $32.95, LAKEN

Hiking boots are at the top of the wish list this season. However, these are more geared towards roasting marshmallows‌ not for See By Chloe, Leather-trimmed Suede a 10-mile hike! Ankle Boots, $538, net-a-porter.com

Ready for the adventure? This blanket makes it easy with its functional roll up design and easy carry handle.

Plaid Roll-up Blanket, $139, Pendleton


Each shirt features a different arrangement of patches and is one of a kind!

Cable-knit Wool Beanie, $160, Thom Browne

Double RL, Indigo Patchwork Shirt, $595, TABOR

Quilted DWR-coated Ripstop Down Vest, $180, Patagonia

The minimalist design works for a variety of outdoor activities.

484 Slim-fit Stretch Chino, $68, J. Crew These pants have extra elasticity to allow you to walk or bike with ease!

Convertible Leather-trimmed Canvas Back Pack, $420, Bleu De Chauffe

Foot conforming, moisture controling, water repellent, and stylish — these boots will take you everywhere!

Crochet Knit Cotton Blend Socks, $45, Missoni

Insulated Highlander Boot, $375, Filson

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Kayla Nichols & Austin Butler Married October 14, 2017 Makenzie Lauren Photography www.makenzielauren.com

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Dasha Adamchik & Anthony DiFrancesco Married June 3, 2017 f8Photo Studios www.f8photostudios.com

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Alycia Tooill & Isaiah Thomas Married on Aug. 4, 2017 Nathan Bell of Richard Bell Photography

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A guideline to successful wedding planning, compiled by industry professionals

9-12 Months • Select your bridal party • Create a budget • Hire a planner, if desired • Reserve date and venues for wedding and reception • Select photographer, caterer, baker, florist, videographer and musicians • Meet with clergy to discuss premarital requirements such as classes or counseling

2 - 4 • Sit for formal portrait M o n t h s • Plan bridesmaids’ luncheon

• Plan rehearsal dinner • Order wedding cake and groom’s cake

2 • Review ceremony with clergy and schedule M o n t h s rehearsal

• Select gifts for parents, groom, attendants and others • Purchase accessories such as toasting goblets, ring-bearer’s pillow, garter, and cake knife • Record gifts as they arrive and send thank-you notes

6-9 M o n t h s • Determine color scheme

• Select your gown and attire for attendants • Begin planning details of ceremony and reception • Sign contracts with service professionals and pay deposits

4 - 6 • Order invitations, thank-you notes M o n t h s and stationery • Finalize guest list and arrange accommodations for out-oftown guests • See that all wedding attire is ordered and fittings are scheduled • Order wedding rings • Create bridal registry • Make honeymoon arrangements • Have a hair and makeup rehearsal with headpiece in place • Send save-thedates

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• Finalize details with clergy and all service professionals • Arrange final fittings and check on men’s formalwear • Mail invitations • Complete transportation arrangements • Pick up wedding rings

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• Give caterer final guest count • Confirm honeymoon reservations and pack • Confirm rehearsal dinner plans

Day Before

• Visit with out-of-town guests • Share a quiet moment with your fiancé • Attend rehearsal and rehearsal dinner

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everal Charlotte-area wedding venues have completed extensive renovations recently, as an arms-race to attract brides and grooms takes shape locally. The Ballantyne and Barrie Leigh Fields, among others, are two venues that have undergone some major renovations. Here’s what you can expect from the changes:

The Ballantyne www.theballantynehotel.com 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway The Ballantyne, widely known for its resort amenities, has recently finished its renovations and is now available for weddings. The hotel features brand new guest rooms, event spaces, group experiences, and creative partnerships. The new decor and artwork throughout the hotel also celebrate North Carolina’s history.

Hand-painted golden accents, for example, line the walls amongst the neutral palette of white and gray in honor of gold being discovered in our state. But the new venue and wedding experience is surely the highlight of the hotel’s revamp. Couples can choose from several settings to have their ceremony aside from its magnificent ballroom spaces, including the Rose Garden. The charming garden features a pergola, rocking chairs, and a hand-carved opal stone sculpture in the shape of a dancer. The Lodge at Ballantyne, another private space on the hotel grounds, is a 35-room space with fully renovated rooms and lobby. The furnishings give notice to the history of the area being former hunting land. Brides and grooms who choose to rent out the space will be able to enjoy a more intimate wedding. The Ballantyne also now offers bridesto-be a more modern event space for all of the events in addition to the ceremony itself, such as the bridal luncheon, rehearsal dinner, dressing room, reception and post-wedding brunch.

COURTESY OF THE BALLANTYNE; BARRIE LEIGH FIELDS

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renovations that needed to be made to turn the space into her dream venue. “I felt that an industrial venue was lacking in the Mooresville area, and wanted to accommodate those brides and grooms who really wanted more of a brewery-type atmosphere for their big day,” Mello said. “My vision was to mix in barn like elements as well.” Enter: the new-and-improved Barrie Leigh Fields, which is now open for business and already booking events. The building, which has been painted from red to white, has gotten a complete makeover. Barn lights fixtures have been placed both in and outside of the building, the ceilings in the hallway and reception hall are exposed, the once carpeted floors are now concrete, the stage has been refaced with wood, and the 6-foot, hand-built farm tables have been stained to go along with the new industrialstyle reception chairs. The old classrooms are now rooms available for bridal parties and the bathrooms are redecorated. Visitors can expect outdoor decor in the near future (think: a pergola for cocktail hour).

567 Faith Road, Mooresville www.barrieleighfields.com/ When Sarah Mello was given the opportunity last year to purchase her family’s church in Mooresville, she knew the exact

OTHER VENUES TO KEEP ON YOUR RADAR

Byron’s South End is back! The newly renovated 9,000-square-foot space located in The Design Center of the Carolinas features an open floor plan allowing for any size wedding, and the building’s modern light fixtures and cotton mill-style windows emanate an elegant yet trendy feel. 101 W. Worthington St. The Terrace at Cedar Hill sits on the top floor of an old brick building, allowing guests beautiful skyline views of the Queen City. The panoramic view of the Charlotte skyline makes for an elegant atmosphere, especially at night. The venue comprises 4,500 square feet of indoor space and 2,000 square feet of covered outdoor terrace. 800 W. Hill St. CB

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rom the architecture to the antique furnishings and décor, every historic hotel has a story: impressive resorts and boutique inns alike. Here are five historic hotels that are perfect to host a storybook wedding.

Florence, Italy Est. circa 1600 “Belmond Villa San Michele is the romantic destination itself, the place to hold hands and make your love adventure truly begin,” says Clio Cicuto, the hotel’s public relations manager. This 15th-century monastery-turned-hotel is nestled on the Fiesole hills, surrounded by woodlands and terraced gardens. The monastery served as the site where Leonardo Da Vinci’s first flight took place. www.belmond.com/

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COURTESY OF BELMOND VILLA SAN MICHELE

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John Rutledge House Inn Charleston, South Carolina Est. 1989 The John Rutledge House Inn, located in historic Charleston on Broad Street, was originally built as a wedding gift for Mr. Rutledge’s wife, Elizabeth. Remnants of a Union cannon that hit the third floor exterior can be found in the hotel. The inn’s sunlit courtyard can hold up to 100 guests. It’s open rain or shine, and is big enough to set up tents. “The inn combines beauty, history and warm service in true Charleston style,” says Taylor McKenzie, director of marketing and public relations at Charming Inns, Inc. “We are set up perfectly for guests to stay in the inn while attending a wedding.” www.johnrutledgehouseinn.com

Hotel Le St-James Montreal, Canada Est. 1870 The architecture of Hotel Le St-James dates back to 1870, when it was a former Merchant’s Bank. Its old corporate boardroom, the John Hammond Room, has 20-foot ceilings and murals on the walls of Canada’s hydroelectric dams. The space is ideal for a small, intimate wedding. www.hotellestjames.com

COURTESY OF JOHN RUTLEDGE HOUSE INN; BONOMASSA; THE JEFFERSON HOTEL; LABOR OF LOVE

The Jefferson Hotel

Richmond, Virginia Est. 1895 “The Jefferson Hotel provides couples with a stunning backdrop for not only their ideal wedding reception, but also the flexibility to host a variety of other wedding weekend events all under one roof with the assistance of a dedicated wedding planner and the support of a talented on-site florist, cake designer, chef and service team,” says Jennifer Crisp, the hotel’s public relations manager. The hotel has been hosting weddings since 1895, when Charles Dana Gibson and Irene Langhorne had their engagement party and guests realized its beauty was a sight to behold. Between the faux marble columns and the Grand Staircase that lies in between it, it is hard to not feel like royalty when couples descend the stairs. www.jeffersonhotel.com

Jekyll Island Club Resort Jekyll Island, Georgia Est. 1888 The Jekyll Island Club Resort rests on Georgia’s coast, and provides guests a timeless, romantic feel with the resort’s classic charm. “Whether you desire your own royal wedding in our historic Clubhouse, a romantic garden ceremony in our Italian Renaissancestyle Crane Cottage, a bohemian ceremony under the live oaks on Riverfront Lawn, or a beautiful beach wedding at the Jekyll Ocean Club, we can accommodate all your wedding dreams for your ceremony and reception,” says Rachel Morrison, the marketing manager for the resort. www.jekyllclub.com CB

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The Art of “I Do”

Create your own matrimonial masterpiece with these artful and interesting venues the perfect place to start the rest of your lives together. By Alyssa Ruane

Columbia Museum of Art There are six floor plan packages to choose from at the Columbia Museum of Art (CMA), so you should have no issue securing a modern space to match your vision here. Natural light abounds in the reception gallery, and an eye-catching Chihuly sculpture anchors the Atrium and the lobby below, which can accommodate large parties when the two rooms are combined. Curate your ideal wedding day at the CMA, or rent out the whole museum— there’s room for 1,400 total in the entire venue. columbiamuseum.org, 803-343-2212

Cameron Art Museum Though it’s outside, the courtyard at the sleek Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington feels as if it were your own private ceremony space thanks to the three metallic-looking gray stone walls that only partly exclude it. The fourth side opens up to the greenery of gardens. The modern venue has a capacity of 200, with the added bonus of unique lighting for drama when the sun goes down. Tack on an exhibition area to your rental to gift guests the full museum experience, where they can view art during a classy cocktail hour. Cameronartmuseum.org, 910.395.5999 ext. 1016, hivady@cameronartmuseum.org

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Airlie Gardens This garden by the sea may be a popular Wilmington destination, but unconventional brides looking for a colorful backdrop to their big day will swoon when they see the lesser-known Bottle Chapel on the grounds. Large enough to fit up to 150 guests, this structure was created out of shiny glass bottles to honor Airlie Gardens’ longtime gatekeeper and visionary artist, Minnie Evans. It is a sight to behold while you secure your own “to have and to hold.” airliegardens.org, 910-798-7705, nherron@nhcgov.com

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For intimate celebrations hosting 50 people or less, the manicured Sunken Garden within this Outer Banks botanical paradise is a remarkable setting with antique statues sprinkled into the delicately designed hedges. There are plenty of other sites to get hitched here, too. Overlook Terrace, for example, offers more open space, room for 200, and a picturesque view of the ocean beyond the trees. Elizabethan Gardens lingers at the very end of Roanoke Island, so seaside scenery is a given. Elizabethangardens.org, 252-473-3234, info@elizabethangardens.org,


The Atrium by Ligon Flynn Live out a literary fantasy in this real-life secret garden. In the 1980’s, architect Ligon Flynn transformed a dilapidated building in Wilmington’s downtown historic district into the beautiful, open-air atrium space it is today. The hidden contemporary garden can fit 150 seated guests and sprawls with greenery behind the unassuming white facade. Add this scenery to your love story for a oneof-a-kind start to your next chapter. www.atriumwilmington.com, 910-520-7956, jill@atriumwilmington.com

Artisan Traders Experience Old World allure in the heart of downtown Greenville’s, S.C. Art District. Boasting 12-foot ceilings, an interesting mix of plaster and exposed-brick walls, and windows galore, this warm space oozes natural light and intriguing industrial charm. Works from local artists grace the walls, and a glass “garage door” can be opened to celebrate al fresco on comfortable evenings. Artisan Traders has a maximum capacity of 100, making it a cozy-cool spot to tie the knot. www.artisantraders.com, 864.420.2882, Info@artisantraders.com

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Gibbes Museum of Art The Gibbes Museum of Art occupies a spot along Museum Mile in Charleston’s historic district, providing an overall atmosphere rich with history and the city’s undeniable charm. Because the circa 1905 building has since been restored, expect to marvel at the fascinating architectural details. Soaring ceilings make the Rotunda an attractive ceremony option for smaller weddings, while the massive garden invites up to 350 seated and 500 cocktail guests. www.Gibbesmuseum.org, 1.843.722.2706, privateevents@gibbesmuseum.org

You are the star of your wedding day, so why not act like it? The historic Asheville Masonic Temple has been recently restored, lending brides the opportunity to get married on the ornate theater stage, where drama, elegance, and romance reign. Plus, since you are on a real stage, you can choose from 62 breathtaking backdrops to set the scene to your happily-ever-after. The entire building, including onsite bridal party and groomsmen rooms, can accommodate 400 guests. www.ashevillemasonictemple.com, events@ashevillemasonictemple.com, 828.239.0928

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City Art Gallery Brick walls and 14-foot ceilings give downtown Columbia’s City Art an airy, industrial feel, while the contemporary art throughout the three galleries keeps the space unique. There is room for 300 inside this warm and elegant reception spot. As guests are greeted with twinkling lights in the trees posted up at the entryway, they’ll enjoy stepping into this vintage venue—The antique square grand piano dates back to 1848, and the maple plank hardwoods make up one of the best dance floors in Columbia. www.cityartonline.com, 803-252-3613

Artspace NC Rent out the entire building in this Raleigh venue, and let the atmosphere full of art illuminate your night. In total, Artspace can accommodate up to 300 guests, minus the 30 artist studios that also live there. You can also choose to only rent a gallery for a smaller guest list. It’s a true experience here, where you can feel the creativity churning within the walls—a neat option for couples looking for a low-key celebration. www.artspacenc.org, mkkennedy@artspacenc.org, 919-821-2787

Party among the art. With plenty of interesting backdrops for creative wedding photos, the North Carolina Art Museum in Raleigh presents brides with a few ceremony, reception, and cocktail hour choices. The Museum Park features artful arches for dramatic photos; the North Courtyard has a sculpture collection and reflecting pools; and the West Building houses the museum’s entire permanent collection, fitting up 250 people for standing room. www.Ncartmuseum.org, mgreer@ncartmuseum.org, 919-664-6839

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21c Museum Hotel Durham A boutique hotel with more than 10,500 square feet of contemporary-art-filled space and a rooftop terrace, the 21C Museum Hotel combines the best of both worlds—doubling as a venue and guest accommodations. Though, if guests want to stay elsewhere, no problem—the hotel also offers complimentary sprinter vans within a five-mile radius. The main gallery has enough room for 170 seated wedding attendees and reception groups as large as 350. www.21cmuseumhotels.com/durham, 919.956.6700, Dur.Events@21cHotels.com CB

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BOOK NOOK The perfect books for your literary great escape. Corley May, Avid Reader and Middle School Librarian

THE PARIS WIFE Paula McLain This book is a fictionalized telling of the fraught relationship between Ernest Hemingway and Hadley Richardson. Much is known and celebrated about hard-drinking, sharp-tongued, straight-shooting Hemingway, but this book takes a hard look at him through the eyes of his quick and clever first wife. Readers are taken on a beautifully written and thoroughly researched tour of life among the authors and artists of the “Lost Generation” as they ate, drank, and partied away their days in the Paris of the Jazz Age. The end result is a poignant examination of what happens to a great love when it is cast aside for the temptations of talent, flattery, and success. Fans of Hemingway will likely leave this one feeling disenchanted with their hero, but readers who love historical scenery and books that fall into this fictionalized biography trend will likely find something to love about this one.

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SOMETHING IN THE WATER Catherine Steadman This thrilling mystery is told from the viewpoint of Erin, a documentary filmmaker who has just married Mark, the rich and successful banker of her dreams. They seem to be perfectly matched; however, when they make a startling discovery during their luxurious honeymoon in Bora Bora, their idyllic relationship is quickly opened to a world of danger and deceit. When every decision is life or death, how can you know whom to trust? This book will appeal to mystery-lovers and travel enthusiasts. Each location is described in rich detail, and readers will be left dreaming of their own countryside getaway or exotic escape–hopefully with more positive results than this honeymoon gone awry.

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Emily St. John Mandel This book is the beautifully written account of a theatre troupe called The Traveling Symphony. Narrated mostly from the viewpoint of Kristen, our heroine, this novel takes place in and around the Great Lakes twenty years after a deadly superflu has wiped out the majority of the population. The book’s perspective bounces from pre- to post-pandemic world, artfully describing the onset of the flu and the rapid societal breakdown that followed. Kristen and The Traveling Symphony encounter dangers from nature, wildlife, and (of course) fellow humans, all while striving to preserve what’s left of the art and culture of their previous world. This book is a pleasure to read, perfect for art and theater aficionados, camping enthusiasts, or anyone who prefers that their post-apocalyptic worlds not involve zombies or aliens.

Jeff VanderMeer This sci-fi thriller is the documentation of an unnamed scientist who is sent in to explore and report on a mysterious zone of natural and supernatural phenomena called “Area X,” which has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. She encounters hallucinations, mysterious spores, predatory plants, and something big that keeps howling in the night... however, the most dangerous threat still might be her fellow humans. Full of mystery and gorgeous, descriptive prose and light on actual, concrete answers, this book reads a little like a fever dream. Luckily, readers who are left wanting more will have their recourse: this is the first book in a trilogy, which has since been adapted into a sci-fi movie of the same name. CB


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raveling with your significant other, whether on your honeymoon or a weekend away, can be magical… or it can be a nightmare. We asked local women to tell us their best/worst travel experience with their significant other. Some were funny and some were painful. Take note from these stories when planning your next getaway. And above all else, don’t leave your passport on the plane!

By Erin Breeden

My now husband and I went on our very first trip alone together to Malta for a week and just explored via bus. One day we were trying to go to the beach and we were sitting on the bus. He asked me to go to the front to check whether this was our stop or not. So I went up front, sure enough it was our stop and I got off. Little did I know that he had wanted me to just check, so he had not gotten off the bus with me. I was standing there in the middle of no where, with nothing on me but the dress I was wearing, watching the bus take off and with my future husband and all of our money and papers. After freaking out for a while, I decided to just walk down the street that I thought the bus had gone down and hope for the best. I walked around for about 30 minutes until I finally saw a person approach me in the near distance. I started bawling immediately when I recognized who that was. Instead of comforting me, he started laughing at me!” —Julia Dummer

Because of some unexpected quick plane changes that happened on our way to Chile, I accidentally left my passport in my airplane seat in Miami. I realized it immediately after boarding the plane to Chile and told the stewardess. They checked the other plane, found the passport, and couldn’t do anything to get it to us on our plane (still in Miami). So I flew to Chile without a passport. They were ready for us when we arrived, but we weren’t allowed to leave the airport until I had a passport. The officials in Miami said they would send my passport on the next flight to Chile, but that it would arrive until the following morning. So we spent the whole day and night in the Santiago airport. The next morning when the plane arrived, my passport was not on it. There had been a shift change in Miami and the new person on duty “found” my passport and sent it via FedEx back to my house. Eventually we convinced them to let us out of the airport and we went straight to the Consulate for a temporary passport. Our honeymoon officially began 38 hours after it should have started. —Laurie Goldman Smithwick

We had only been dating for about a month before my now soonto-be-husband and I decided to take a little vacation together. We found a cute little cabin about five hours away, and headed out. The day we were to leave to come back, I woke up at 5:30 a.m. knowing something wasn’t right with my stomach, but I didn’t tell him. He got up and made pancakes for me as a surprise, but I could not eat them. Even the smell was making me nauseated. And then I got sick to my stomach. On our way back, we had to pull off at almost every gas station we passed for me to go to the bathroom. Throughout it all, he remained calm and sweet and didn’t show any signs of frustration. Me, well I was incredibly embarrassed. It kept getting worse, and at one point I knew I needed to vomit. I had him take an exit, and then take this weird creepy back road to an open field. I told him to stay in the car - for the love of God, man, STAY in the car. After half an hour, he came looking for me, and found me lying naked in said field. I apparently blacked out, took all my clothes off, and was sprawled out in the grass. I’m sure that’s an image he will never forget!“ —Anonymous

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My husband surprised me with a trip to California when I was 20 weeks pregnant. I had been extremely sick and was just starting to get over the nausea. He really wanted to take me to Yosemite, so we decided to take a day trip there. We spent most of the day in the park trying to figure out the best place to view the sunset. Basically there were two places to go for the best views. One was very popular and extremely crowded, but was easily accessible by car. The other one was more private, but it was a 3/4 mile steep incline to get to the top. My husband is HORRIBLE with time management, but he was convinced we could do both. I tried to convince him that it would be better to just choose one, but he was so sure we would be able to do both. I knew this plan wasn’t going to work, but I decided to go along anyway because he was so determined. The first spot was lovely, but he still wanted to see the next place. The drive over to the second spot took longer than we expected and we knew we were going to be pushing it to see the sunset. We start the hike… and I was dying. My husband is pushing me and trying to encourage me to go faster and all I want to do is tell him to shut up. The more we hike, the madder I get. I’m huffing and crying and muttering to myself about how we are going to miss the sunset and I TOLD him this was a bad idea, etc. Finally we get to the top and see nothing. The sun had set while we were hiking up the mountain. I was livid and it was taking all my self-control not to punch my husband in the face. So I sat off by myself and ate some snacks. My husband comes over and hands me an envelope, which contains two plane tickets to Hawaii. Needless to say, he made up for the hike.” —Meghan Baker CarolinaBride.com

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YOUR OWN ROYAL WEDDING Dundas Castle in Scotland oozes romance and is perfect for a destination wedding. By Colby Alvino • Sean Bell Photography

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hen planning your dream wedding, you may know where you don’t want to have your special day: close to home. If you have an adventurous heart and a love for history, or for feeling like royalty, The Dundas Castle in Scotland may be the perfect place for you. The Dundas Castle is a historic, exclusive venue for an intimate destination wedding. The five-star Dundas Castle is comprised of three main buildings, including the 600-year-old Auld Keep building, 17 luxurious bedrooms, a hideaway boathouse, and flexible options for weddings. In recent years, the castle has seen an increase in couples from the United States escaping to Scotland for a picturesque castle wedding. One such couple was California-

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based couple Colby and Sydney Dundas. “From the moment we stepped onto the grounds, to the morning we flew out, everything at Dundas was impeccable,” says Sydney Dundas, who married her husband Colby at Dundas Castle. “Our stay sincerely felt like stepping into a fairytale. It was our dream come true.” Colby Dundas wanted to honor his Scottish ancestry, and tying the knot at Dundas Castle was the best way to do that. The couple’s two-day wedding package included a game of croquet and afternoon tea for their guests while Sydney and Colby were photographed for their pre-wedding shoot. The venue has an incredible view of the countryside surrounding the Castle, which serves as a picturesque backdrop. The two later rejoined their families


for an outdoor prosecco reception before dinner. The evening ended with a surprise fireworks display. The Dundas’ special day was even more magical with special touches from the staff. “The floor was covered by candles and strands of ivy, while tall candelabras draped in flowers stood on either side of the aisle,” says Sydney. “It was a splendid complement to the old stone walls of the Auld Keep.” Although the Castle lies within the secluded countryside, it’s only 15 minutes from Edinburgh Airport and 25 minutes from the city center. You will not be sorry for escaping to Dundas Castle to have your dream destination wedding. For more information and for rates, visit www. dundascastle.co.uk CB

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ISLAND FOR TWO

On Scrub Island in the British Virgin Islands, you’ll find equal doses of adventure and romance. By Virginia Brown

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t’s just after sunrise and a flock of gulls is off in the distance, yammering on about this and that. A scruffy pelican cuts through the congregation and deep-dives for breakfast. The breeze is in no hurry, lazily ruffling Caribbean palms as it passes through the marina. Rise and shine, it’s morning on Scrub Island. Located in the Lesser Antilles, Scrub Island is made up of two volcanic islands, Big and Little Scrub, connected by an isthmus. September 2017 gave the island quite the scare, as hell-raising Hurricane Irma bulldozed through much of the island’s serene surroundings, leaving trees down and both buildings and the marina in disrepair. But after a year of care—and with hard work and help from other nearby islands—the property is poised for company. While on Scrub, you’ll meet families traveling with children, middle-aged men on sailboats wearing straw Stetsons, and vibrant couples from nearby Puerto Rico. And that’s one of the charms of Scrub Island: It’s transient enough to keep things interesting and small enough so you’ll feel like you’re the only ones there.

While it’s not exactly difficult to get to Scrub, it does take some patience. Your adventure begins in Charlotte where a direct flight gets you as far as San Juan. After a stopover in Puerto Rico, you’ll hop aboard a Cape Air puddle jumper—we’re taking eight seats here (someone may even get to sit next to the pilot!)—and head east to the island of Tortola. From there you’ll board a 15-minute ferry heading for the Scrub Island marina.

STAY A private island, Scrub is small, but that doesn’t mean there is a lack of elegance and luxury. Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina has just over 50 guest rooms and suites,

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each blending intimacy and exclusivity with a charming, Old World aesthetic. Palm-leaf overhead fans gently cool the rooms, each rustic with colonial-style mahogany accents and today’s amenities (think: deep, porcelain tubs and luxe showers). Nine elite homes are situated along the island’s hills.

EXPLORE Scrub’s two beachfronts, while something out of a desktop wallpaper, are small and somewhat rocky, making them just fine if you love long conversations and reading, but limited if you’re more into shell-combing and beachfront activities. Bring your walking shoes for sure—the island slopes are steep. A popular loop around the property measures just at a mile and, at times, can find you out of breath, depending on your pace. Looking for a bigger adventure?

Hike up Big Scrub, which, at over 400 feet, offers original settlers’ ruins and the best views of the ocean and neighboring islands. If it’s more romance you seek, hop in a complimentary kayak and paddle along the calm, turquoise waters to ultra-secluded Honeymoon Beach—only accessible by kayak. Daily ferries also allow for island hopping, too. Don’t miss The Baths, a labyrinth of boulders that form enchanting pools, sheltered along the edge of the beach on nearby Virgin Gorda.

LOOSEN UP De-stress from the big day by indulging in a side-by-side couples massage at the resort’s open-air iXora Spa. The newly renovated building—cozy along the island cliffs—provides swoon-worthy panoramic views. The waves slowly rolling in will quickly take your post-

wedding stress out to sea. Each of the massage therapists on site are trained in the best of classical Balinese techniques, but Santi takes it to the next-level. Request her for one of the best possible experiences. (You’ll have to rock, paper, scissors for who gets paired with her.)

GET YOUR FILL The resort stays mostly quiet during the day but surges in the early evening, when boats begin to fill the marina, their passengers ready for a meal at Scrub’s fine-dining restaurant, Canavera. Dress up one evening and head over for a satisfying Mahi Mahi or rare ribeye, or for a truly exclusive experience—perhaps on your last night—share a meal in a private cabana overlooking the moonlit waters. For more information and for rates, visit www. scrubisland.com or call 284-394-3440. CB CarolinaBride.com

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WEDDING DIRECTORY This wedding directory features Carolina Bride advertisers and is conveniently categorized and page referenced to make it easier to locate the wedding professionals that are just right for you. Be on the look out for our new online directory with even more vendor options to make planning your day as easy as saying yes!

ATTIRE Poffie Girls • 12

512 S. New Hope Road Gastonia, NC 28054 704-866-0198 www.poffiegirls.com

CAKES The Icing & The Cake • 5 105 Singleton Road Mooresville, NC 28117 704-663-0399 www.theicingandthecake.com

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Diamonds Direct SouthPark • 2-3

4521 Sharon Road, Suite 101 Charlotte, NC 28211 704-532-9041 www.diamonds-direct.com

Perry’s Diamonds & Estate Jewelry • 13 6525 Morrison Boulevard Charlotte, NC 28211 (800) 339-0734 www.perrysjewelry.com

Peninsula Yacht Club • 96 18501 Harbor Light Blvd. Cornelius, NC 28031 704-765-1043 www.peninsulayacht.com

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1108 Firethorne Club Drive Marvin, NC 28173 704-243-2433 www.firethornecountryclub.com

Levine Museum of the New South • 26 200 E 7th Street - Charlotte 704-333-1887 ext 229 www.museumofthenewsouth.org

Northstone Country Club • 14 110 Perrin Place Charlotte, NC 28207 704-900-8535 northstoneclub.com/weddings

704-301-8082 www.loveshutter.com

Robert Burns II Photography • 9

Charlotte, NC 704-802-9181 https://robertburnsiiwedding.com

REGISTRY Belk • 7

www.belk.com/Weddings

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