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ver the last year, we gushed about weddings in a special section of two SouthPark Magazine issues. This spring, we have a lot more to share. Weddings by SouthPark is an exclusive wedding magazine dedicated to sharing planning tips, vendor information and all the delightful details from recent “I do’s.” Weddings all have a theme, whether obvious or not. This issue highlights a variety —light and airy, playful and sentimental, thoughtful and romantic. But they all have one thing in common: They incorporate special moments and details into the day itself. From a thoughtful late-night snack to a dress shipped from Australia to a venue with familial significance, meaningful details are woven into all seven featured weddings. Also in this issue, local mixologists spill a few of their secrets to creating signature cocktails and what makes them unique. We also researched overnight and local spa destinations to ease the stress that comes with wedding planning — every bride and groom deserve a bit of rest and relaxation. This spring, my fiancé and I are having a small ceremony with our immediate families on his parent’s property in South Carolina. Needless to say, the launch of this magazine came at the perfect time. For our wedding theme, we’re opting for casual, intimate and sincere. No matter how you celebrate the big day, we hope you’ll find something to inspire you in these pages. JENNINGS COOL

Volume 1, Issue 1 1230 West Morehead St., Suite 308 Charlotte, NC 28208 704-523-6987 PROJECT EDITOR Jennings Cool PROJECT ART DIRECTOR Lauren M. Coffey ASSOCIATE DESIGNER Alyssa Kennedy CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Amanda Lea, Ebony Morman published by SouthPark Magazine PUBLISHER Ben Kinney EDITOR Cathy Martin ASSISTANT EDITOR Sharon Smith ADVERTISING SALES Jane Rodewald, Scott Leonard MARKETING SPECIALIST Sarah Fligel GRAPHIC DESIGNER Brad Beard INSTAGRAM weddings_by_southpark OWNERS Jack Andrews, Frank Daniels Jr., Frank Daniels III, Lee Dirks, David Woronoff

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WEDDINGS Wedding stories

10 | brooke & nick Backyard bash

16 | taralynn & kyle Waterfront vows

22 | rachel & willy Rustic charm

28 | meredith & derek Simple, yet dramatic

34 | lauren & joey Abroad to the altar

40 | ben & brad Sunset “I do”

46 | amelia & erik Skyline soirée

56 | Party pleasers

Local mixologists spill their secrets to creating signature cocktails

72 | The royal treatment

Get a glow up ahead of the big day at one of these overnight or day spa destinations

ABOUT THE COVER Lauren and Joey (Page 34) celebrate with family and friends at the VanLandingham Estate, the couple's reception venue. Photograph by Click Away Photography. photo this page by Erica Serrano Photography





To be guided through life by love.

I do. © Forevermark 2021

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brooke & nick 5.22.2021





ick and Brooke dated for several years — some of which were long distance — before exchanging their vows in front of friends and family. “While we certainly didn’t know that we’d eventually get engaged and married, I could never see myself with any other man than Nicholas Isaac.” He is a Chick-fil-A owner/operator, and she recently started her own hair and makeup business, Enhanced by EB. The couple blended elements of their history together, along with Nick’s Palestinian culture, into the wedding and ceremony. Some of the couple’s favorite dates have involved great food, so incorporating food from one of their first date spots, Cast Iron Waffles, was a no-brainer. “It was only right to have them as our late-night snack,” Nick says.

The details: Photographer | Erica Serrano Photography Ceremony Design | Nectar Dress | Hayden Olivia Bridal Groomsmen Suits | Combatant Gentlemen Day-of Coordinator | Events by Summer Joy Videographer | Recollective Films Balloons | The Posh Balloon Balloon House | The White Bounce House Desserts | Amélie’s French Bakery & Café Catering | ROOTS Catering Band | Oxford Soul Late Night Snack | Cast Iron Waffles and Chick-fil-A Waverly Drinks | Little Bubbles Bar Rings | Ballantyne Jewelers Weddings by SouthPark | 11

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taralynn & kyle 6.9.2021





yle and Taralynn’s first date was spent walking around Freedom Park, where they talked for hours. Three years later, Kyle got down on one knee at the same location. “It was the best day of my life,” Taralynn says. Their plans to elope at Lake Como in northern Italy were spoiled by the pandemic. But after a visit to The Greystone Inn at Lake Toxaway in the North Carolina mountains, the couple was in awe. “There was no doubt in my mind that this was it!” Taralynn says. After a small waterfront ceremony, the couple and their guests enjoyed a farm-to-table dinner overlooking the water, champagne toasts, special dances and cake — which Taralynn says was the most delicious wedding cake she’s ever had.

The details: Photographer | Amanda Castle Photography Ceremony & Reception | The Greystone Inn, Lake Toxaway Dress | Winnie Couture Charlotte Cake | Blue Ridge Bakery, Brevard Florist | The Blossom Jar, Brevard Desserts | Made by Megan Jayne, Fort Mill, S.C. Rentals | Professional Party Rentals, Greenville, S.C. Rehearsal Dinner | Lake Toxaway Country Club

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illy and Rachel met during undergrad at Appalachian State University. They quickly realized their close friendship was developing into true love after he made visits to see her in Wilmington one summer. “We both have a different answer to which beach dinner was our first date, but either way, we have been together ever since,” Rachel says. Willy proposed on the beach on New Year’s Eve 2020, and wedding planning began shortly thereafter. Rachel says she planned the wedding date around the availability of Jennifer Austin Photography. “I could write a novel about how much I love Jenny,” she says. “She captured the raw emotions of our wedding that I will cherish forever.”

The details: Photographer | Jennifer Austin Photography Ceremony & Reception | The Providence Cotton Mill, Maiden Dress | Savvy Bride Florist and Rentals | Elegant and Classy Events Hair & Makeup | Be Pretty Charlotte Bridesmaids Dresses | Dar-Lynn’s Bridal & Formal Wear Tuxes | The Black Tux DJ | Carolina DJ Professionals Ceremony Music | Elegant Ensembles Stationery | Minted Caterer | Priscilla Helms, Southern Carolina Catering Transportation | Van in Black

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meredith & derek 6.26.2021





erek and Meredith wanted a celebration with traditional aspects, while making it fun and lively. “We wanted our wedding to be a fun and unforgettable weekend for everyone, not just us,” Meredith says. To celebrate their future marriage and their families reuniting from places all over the country, the couple made sure their wedding had great food and drinks, live music, and nonstop dancing. The flowers, color scheme and decor were inspired by Meredith’s love of neutrals and metallics. The theme was simple, yet dramatic, she says.

The details: Photographer | Chris Kruger Photography Ceremony | St. Peter Catholic Church Reception | The Duke Mansion Dress | Alexia’s Bridal Boutique Tuxes | JoS. A. Bank Florist | Hollyfield Design Inc. Band | Power 2 Party Cake | Amélie’s French Bakery & Café Hair | Laura Ashley Makeup | Ally Yost Transportation | Five Star Limo

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lauren & joey 9.18.2021





right, airy, romantic, classic: These are a few of the vision words behind Joey and Lauren’s dream wedding and reception. They met while studying abroad through Clemson University’s University of Oxford program. Small details of their time in England were woven into their wedding day, including a thoughtfully decorated welcome table featuring a bottle from Oxford’s Magdalen College and reception tables named after their favorite Oxford destinations. Lauren says the highlight of planning their big day was tasting cakes from Suarez Bakery. “I love that we were able to pick our two favorite flavors (chocolate raspberry and strawberry chiffon) and alternate layers,” she says. “Absolutely amazing cake.”

The details: Photographer | Click Away Photography Ceremony | Myers Park Presbyterian Church Reception | VanLandingham Estate Dress | Winnie Couture Charlotte Planner | SoHo Event Design Florist | Lily Greenthumb’s Hair & Makeup | Mae’s Bridal & Beauty Bar Catering | Best Impressions Caterers Cake | Suarez Bakery Rings | Morrison Smith Jewelers Bridesmaids Dresses | Birdy Grey Groomsmen Tuxedos | Men’s Wearhouse Band | Mo’ Money/East Coast Entertainment Getaway Car | Carolina Classic Car Rentals Weddings by SouthPark | 35

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your wedding in the heart of SouthPark!

SouthPark Church is the area’s newest wedding venue, offering everything you need to host your perfect event. From classic traditional to cutting-edge modern, we’re ready to fulfill your dream with two distinct, state-of-the-art spaces. Located in Apex SouthPark, we provide a premier destination for your guests that offers unique options to stay, shop and eat while enjoying your wedding. Whether you decide to have your ceremony or all of your events with SouthPark


Church, we’d love to be a part of your special day! 3151 Apex Drive, Suite 100, Charlotte, NC 28211 (704) 366-9166 Vendors: Bookout Blooms Clarke Allen Events

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ben & brad 10.16.2021





ver a time span of 10 years, we were acquaintances, who became friends, who became boyfriends, who became husbands,” says Ben, anchor for WCNC’s Wake Up Charlotte and Charlotte Midday. After canceled plans because of the pandemic, Ben, surrounded by close friends, dropped to one knee on a North Carolina beach they’d visited hundreds of times to propose to Brad. The couple’s engagement happened during a bittersweet season, as Ben’s dad was fighting terminal cancer. “It was really important to me that my dad knew I was getting married and I was happy,” Ben says. Weeks after the engagement, Ben’s dad passed away. On the day of their wedding, Ben and Brad exchanged vows as the sun was setting at Ben’s dad’s favorite place in the world: his family beach house at Sunset Beach. “It was an obvious choice.”

The details: Photographer | Erin L. Taylor Photography Planner | Laura Ann Events, Ocean Isle Beach Tuxes | Indochino SouthPark Rings | Tiffany & Co. SouthPark Catering | Coastal Catering and Events, Supply Cake | Cakes by the Sea, North Myrtle Beach, S.C. Boat Charter | High Tide Fishing Charters, Ocean Isle Beach DJ | Atlantic Premier Entertainment, Wilmington Rentals | White Birch Rentals, Wilmington

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amelia & erik 10.30.2021





ithin my first few weeks of living in Charlotte back in 2015, I found a lifelong friend and husband,” Amelia says. Erik and Amelia met after her roommate and good friend introduced them. Wanting to share their home city with the ones they love, the couple decided to have their wedding in uptown Charlotte. The ribbon twist of Amelia’s engagement ring’s band set the tone for many elements of the wedding, like her ceremony dress and their wedding cake. Her ceremony dress was a Pinterest discovery that she fell in love with. After calling around, Amelia discovered it was no longer in production, but she found one in Australia with the tags still on, unaltered and in her size.

The details: Photographer | Demi Mabry Photography Ceremony & Reception | Foundation For The Carolinas’ 220 North Tryon Dresses | J. Mendel and Brock Collection Alterations | John Emily Studio Planner | Heather Bryson, Carolina Event Design Catering | Best Impressions Caterers Florist | CLUX Rings | Donald Haack Groom’s Suit | David Washington Designs, (bow tie by Brackish) Accommodations | Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel Rehearsal Dinner | La Belle Helene

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Klondike Cabins

Tucked away on a hundred-acre stretch of land, Klondike Cabins offers a rustic, secluded destination for your picture-perfect wedding. Surrounded by 60-acres of vineyard, a 2-acre pond, and walking trail winding alongside the Grassy Creek, these original 1920’s cabins invite a return to the simple pleasures, and a unique celebration of your love. Visit or email to discover a truly authentic escape.

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CATAWBA FALLS Events AN ELEGANT, SOUTHERN VENUE SURROUNDED BY NATURAL BEAUTY Vows exchanged overlooking a gorgeous lake. Cocktails on the terrace with the sunset serving as a stunning backdrop. An elegant, seated dinner in front of a massive floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace. Sound perfect? It is – and can be – when your wedding is at Catawba Falls Events. Located on the Catawba River in Lancaster, S.C., Catawba Falls is the premier venue destination for weddings in the Carolinas. “We are a location that touches the soul,” says Sherry Walden, who owns and operates the property with husband




David. “You’re surrounded by nature’s beauty, from the lush forests to the magnificent lakeside views to the quiet spaces tucked away on the grounds. It’s a place where we work hard to make your dreams come true.” Weddings are fully customizable at Catawba Falls. The property hosts only one wedding per day, so you have your choice of environment. For larger guest counts and optimum views, the Oak Amphitheater and the Arbor are ideal spots. The Ballroom and Jasmine Terrace also provide plenty of space. For more intimate

Contact Catawba Falls Events @catawbafallsevents or visit Or call 803.804.5999.

ceremonies, the Spider Lily Veranda and the Chestnut Haven may be preferred. An upscale bridal suite and groom’s room offer beautiful spaces for relaxing. Catawba Falls can accommodate up to 200 guests, and each booking includes two hours that can be scheduled for engagement or bridal photos on the property. Couples may choose their own caterer and bartender from an extensive list of preferred vendors.


“We are a location that touches the soul.” - Sherry Walden When building Catawba Falls three years ago, the Waldens wanted a venue that married timeless character and Southern charms with the sophisticated comforts of today. David’s background as a fifth-generation masonry contractor is evident throughout. In addition to the stone fireplace, you’ll find arches and saw-tooth patterns with a tumbled Charleston Harbor brick accented by white mortar, reminiscent of the South Carolina low country. Sherry wanted reclaimed lumber and added chandeliers and wall sconces for a soft, elegant touch. “We didn’t want Catawba Falls to be just another venue,” she says. “We wanted it to be a beautiful space that serves as a backdrop for unforgettable memories created by our clients.” After a visit to Catawba Falls, you’ll find just that.

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ELEVATING the Experience ROOTS CATERING DELIVERS MEMORIES CREATED AROUND EXCEPTIONAL FOOD The details matter when planning one of the biggest events of your life. There is no challenge too big for Roots Catering by Roots Food Co. The high-end catering company executes more than 150 weddings a year and includes a team that collectively has more than two decades of experience in the event and wedding industry. When Lexi and Cody approached Roots for a custom stations-style wedding, the culinary and event team designed an authentic, memorable experience that reflected the bride’s

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family’s favorites. The unique, mouthwatering menu offered more than 14 options between the cocktail hour and reception, including four additional custom stations with numerous offerings at each. From the elaborate grazing table filled with locally purveyed charcuterie, dips, accoutrements and fresh-caught seafood to an assortment of passed appetizers to custom stations, the team guaranteed this couple would have the elevated experience they dreamed of.

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That dedication is what led Barbour to work overtime to ensure the grand, customizable 27-item poké station was the most culturally authentic offering, a detail important to the family. He visited local restaurant Umami PokéRito to taste the bride’s mother’s favorite poké rice and spent hours perfecting the menu to match the flavor profile of the dishes requested. Specific sauces, rice and condiments purchased from Hatoya in Pineville rounded out each bowl perfectly. Each station was custom handcrafted by Carolina Reclaimed. Providing custom tables and rental pieces is yet another way Roots ensures attention to detail. Wedding Sales Executive Olivia Elliott’s thoughtful planning and thorough, prompt communication ensured the couple enjoyed the menu-planning process and their complimentary tasting and could confidently celebrate every minute of their wedding day. After almost two years of planning due to the pandemic, Lexi was brought to tears seeing it come to fruition, Barbour says. “We strive to create a menu and experience that reflects the couple and their journey of love,” he says. “It’s gratifying to see the joy that comes from that.”


“Memories are created through excellent service, great food and exceptional people.” - Craig Barbour


“At Roots, our goal is for guests to talk about a wedding for years to come,” says Executive Chef Craig Barbour. “Memories are created through excellent service, great food and exceptional people. Our entire team has a passion for what we do and demands the best out of ourselves.”


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Party pleasers Local mixologists spill their secrets to creating signature cocktails. by Ebony L. Morman


egardless of season, location or size, all weddings call for a toast, and signature cocktails (or mocktails, if you ditch the alcohol) are meant to be raised. Mixing familiar spirits with unexpected ingredients — along with plenty of bubbles — can take them up a notch for special occasions. “I like to take the client’s favorite cocktail or spirits they enjoy and incorporate fresh seasonal ingredients to elevate the cocktail,” says Rusty Lewter, owner of Your Charlotte Bartender, a cocktail catering business. We asked cocktail connoisseurs to share some of their most popular drinks for large gatherings, along with recipes so you can try them at home.

Black Moth Bars

By fostering relationships with regional farmers and businesses, Black Moth Bars, a mobile camper bartending service, uses fresh, local ingredients to create handcrafted, customizable cocktails.

Cosmonaut Punch What makes it special The Cosmonaut Punch is good for a crowd: With a low ABV, or alcohol by volume, guests can have several servings throughout the night, says owner Rachel Hopkins. To make it shine, serve this drink in vintage glassware. This cocktail is a great “make ahead” batch recipe — just combine the ingredients and leave in a pitcher until ready to serve. Black Moth Bars recommends preparing two cocktails per guest. Ingredients 3/4 ounce fresh blood orange juice 3/4 ounce sweet vermouth (Lo-Fi) 1/2 ounce PAMA pomegranate liqueur 1/2 ounce lemon simple syrup Sparkling rosé (optional) Citrus wheels Pomegranate seeds How it’s made Combine the first four ingredients in a shaker, and shake and strain over fresh ice. Top with sparkling rosé for a bubbly finish, and garnish with the citrus wheel and pomegranate seeds. Weddings by SouthPark | 57





Till Death Do Us Port

Bar ’54

ROOTS Catering recently launched Bar ’54, a beverage service offering vintage vehicle rentals equipped with everything you need for hot and cold drinks on tap. Each truck brings a unique beverage experience that includes beer, bubbly, cocktails and more.

Till Death Do Us Port What makes it special Till Death Do Us Port highlights the complexities of port wine, says Savannah Witt, Bar ’54’s bar and beverage director. Using equal parts port and rum allows the fortified wine to shine through. Adding Key lime juice gives the cocktail a bite, and a bit of agave rounds the finish. A garnish of grated nutmeg adds a slightly nutty, sweet surprise with each sip. Ingredients 1 ounce dark rum 1 ounce port 1/4 ounce Cointreau 1/2 ounce Key lime juice 1/4 ounce agave grated nutmeg lime peel How it’s made Fill a stirring glass with ice. Add Key lime juice, agave, Cointreau, port and dark rum. Stir for 10 to 20 seconds and strain the mixture into a rocks glass with a large ice cube. Dust with grated nutmeg and garnish with a lime peel.

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Bubbles & Brews

Classic Italian style meets bartending services: Bubbles & Brews serves specialty cocktails from its mobile bar, a vintage Piaggio Ape imported from Italy. Along with batch cocktails, Bubbles & Brews serves craft beers, wine and prosecco on tap.

Blushing Bride What makes it special Vodka is a popular choice for cocktails, and this one is light enough to appeal to a large crowd, says owner Coleen Bridges. The pink drink is best served in clear, smooth glassware and garnished with a fresh strawberry. Ingredients 3 ounces Simply raspberry lemonade 1 1/2 ounces club soda 1/2 ounce homemade strawberry simple syrup* (recipe below) 1 1/2 ounces Tito’s vodka Strawberry for garnish How it’s made Combine the first four ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Then, serve over cocktail ice and pour into pretty glassware. To make it complete, garnish with a ripe strawberry.


*Strawberry simple syrup Add equal parts water and sugar, and bring to a boil. Add fresh strawberries, cover and let the mixture simmer until strawberries are soft. Strain the liquid into a bottle and refrigerate.




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The Goodyear House

The Goodyear House has a contemporary-yet-historic aesthetic, and the ambiance is as vibrant as its eclectic NoDa neighborhood. For smaller dinner parties and events, The Goodyear House has several on-site, private dining areas that can accommodate 30 to 70 people.

Highland Park Mill What makes it special Highland Park Mill will suit a wedding in any season. It’s one of Goodyear House’s signature drinks, is heavily requested by guests and often receives rave reviews, according to bar manager Melissa Fay.

Ingredients 2 ounces Maker’s Mark bourbon 1/2 ounce demerara syrup 4 dashes Angostura bitters 2 dashes orange bitters orange peel and Luxardo cherry for garnish How it’s made Combine the first five ingredients in a mixing glass, fill with regular ice and stir for 10 seconds. Strain over big-cubed ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with an orange peel — make sure to express the orange peel over the drink and rub the peel around the rim before dropping it in the glass — and a Luxardo cherry. Weddings by SouthPark | 61

What makes it special The Blackberry Bramble is a light and refreshing drink that can be enjoyed year-round. The brightness from the fruit and the botanical flavors from the gin make this a crowd-pleaser. Ingredients 2 ounces gin 1 ounce fresh lemon juice 2 tsp. simple syrup 1/2 ounce blackberry liqueur 6 blackberries 1 lemon wheel How it’s made Add gin, five blackberries, lemon juice and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker. Muddle until berries are well-integrated. Add crushed ice and shake until chilled. Double strain into a Collins glass. Pour the blackberry liqueur over the top, and garnish with a blackberry and lemon wheel.

Old Fashioned Mobile Bar

Old Fashioned Mobile Bar offers a three-tap system on wheels that serves beverages from kegs. Whether it’s beer, wine, craft cocktails or mocktails, the 1964 Shasta camper brings the party.

Spanish Elderflower G+T What makes it special The Spanish G+T is a fun take on a classic, says owner Erin Kelly. Empress Gin, made with butterfly pea flower, gives an unexpected pop of color. The cocktail is light and refreshing — great for guests to enjoy throughout the event. Ingredients 2 ounces Empress gin 4 ounces Fever-Tree Elderflower tonic water, chilled Star anise, juniper berries and lemon wheel for garnish How it’s made Chill a wine glass. Fill the glass three quarters full of ice cubes. Add elderflower tonic, and top with gin. Garnish with star anise, juniper berries and a lemon wheel. 62



Blackberry Bramble


Blackberry Bramble


Love Potion

Sweet Sips Bartending

Sweet Sips Bartending offers mobile bartending services and provides a customizable experience for clients and their guests — including signature and classic cocktails.

Love Potion What makes it special Love Potion gives off a smoky, boho wedding vibe and is a perfect drink for someone who wants a classic taste with something a little extra, like hints of berries.

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Ingredients (serves 2) 2 ounces Tito’s vodka 3 ounces Chambord black raspberry liqueur 1 1/2 ounces strawberry puree Pomegranate juice Edible glitter dust Black raspberry for garnish How it’s made Fill a shaker with ice. Add vodka and Chambord. Add the strawberry puree, and top it off with pomegranate juice. Give it a quick shake and pour into a balloon glass. Garnish with edible glitter dust, and stir with a small straw. Add a black raspberry garnish and, for a smoky effect, add dry ice. Weddings by SouthPark | 63

Legion Brewing SouthPark

Legion Brewing SouthPark offers three private event spaces. The semi-private mezzanine overlooking the main restaurant is ideal for cocktail-style gatherings.

The Gold Rush What makes it special The Gold Rush has been a rehearsal-dinner favorite in Legion Brewing SouthPark’s taproom, content coordinator Courtney Glasser says. 64



Ingredients 1 1/2 ounces bourbon 3/4 ounce limoncello 1/2 ounce lemon juice 1/2 ounce peach mint syrup 2 dashes orange bitters Lemon twist for garnish How it’s made Combine the first five ingredients in a shaker tin with ice. Shake well and strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.


The Gold Rush

Merchant & Trade

Merchant & Trade offers guests a lively experience with an ambiance that’s modern and sleek. Guests can sip cocktails at the uptown rooftop lounge with the Charlotte skyline as a backdrop.

A “Passion-ate” Affair What makes it special In this cocktail, vodka is the main spirit, as it tends to be universally liked. Passionfruit represents the passion that unifies a couple. Hibiscus, or “Flor de Jamaica,” is an exotic ingredient and is often seen in tropical wedding bouquets. The pink rose petals represent the flowers scattered along a wedding aisle, and the bubbles are an ode to the celebration itself. Ingredients 1 ounce vodka (Ketel One) 1/2 ounce elderflower liqueur (St. Germain) 2 1/2 ounces sparkling wine 1/2 ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice 1/4 ounce hibiscus syrup* (recipe on next page) 1 ounce passionfruit cordial* (recipe on next page) Sparkling wine Edible dehydrated mini rose petals Dehydrated lime wheel How it’s made Fill a shaker tin with about 18 ounces of ice. Add the vodka, elderflower liqueur, lime juice, hibiscus syrup and passionfruit cordial. Seal and shake the ingredients for approximately 10 seconds, then double strain into a coated champagne flute garnished with mini rose petals. Top off the drink with sparkling wine, and finish with the dehydrated lime wheel.

To prepare the champagne flutes before serving, swipe the pulp side of a lime against the glass. Rotate the flute while sprinkling mini dehydrated rose petals, or roll the flute on a shallow plate filled with petals.

*Passionfruit cordial Ingredients: Pulp of one ripe passion fruit 3.2 ounces sugar 3.2 ounces water With a small spoon, scoop out the passion fruit pulp. Add the pulp into a blender and blend for 30 seconds at low speed. Strain the juice. Make simple syrup in a separate container: Add equal amounts of water and sugar to a pot at medium heat. Whisk constantly until

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the sugar dissolves. Combine the simple syrup and passion fruit juice into one container or bottle. Stir or shake. Let rest until the mixture reaches room temperature. Chill for at least two hours. *Hibiscus syrup Ingredients: 1 cup of sugar 1 cup of water 1/2 cup dehydrated hibiscus flowers 1 cinnamon stick 1 drop of vanilla extract Add equal amounts of water and sugar to a pot at medium heat and whisk constantly until the sugar dissolves. Break the cinnamon stick with a muddler and add it to a small pot with the rest of the ingredients. Cook on high heat for four minutes, then simmer at medium heat for five minutes. Pass it through a small strainer and store in a sealed container.

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Your Charlotte Bartender

Rusty Lewter is the owner of Your Charlotte Bartender, a cocktail catering service for private parties and virtual tastings.

Strawberry French 75 What makes it special Strawberry French 75 is one of Lewter’s most requested cocktails. It’s a twist on the classic French 75 cocktail made with gin and champagne, and the bubbles make it celebratory. Ingredients 1 1/2 ounce Sutler’s gin 3/4 ounce fresh pressed lemon juice 3/4 ounce strawberry syrup* (recipe on next page) Champagne Strawberry slice for garnish


How it’s made Shake the first three ingredients vigorously with ice and strain into a champagne flute. Top with champagne and garnish with a strawberry slice. *Strawberry syrup 2 quarts fresh strawberries, stemmed and sliced 2 cups raw granulated sugar 1 tablespoon real vanilla extract 10 whole cloves 2 whole cinnamon sticks Bring half gallon of water up to a boil. Add sugar, and stir until dissolved. Add cloves, vanilla, cinnamon sticks and strawberries. Return to a boil for five minutes. Lower heat, and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool mixture and strain.

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PICTURE Perfect ROBERT BURNS II PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY CAPTURES BEAUTIFUL, TIMELESS IMAGES ON A COUPLE’S MOST SPECIAL DAY Perhaps the greatest compliment wedding photographer Robert Burns II gets is when couples ask if he’ll take their baby photos one day, even though he doesn’t do that. It’s the relationships that matter most to him, and it’s a tip he gives to those deciding on a photographer. “Establishing a rapport and having strong communication with your wedding photographer is important,” he says. “That connection shows up in the pictures.”




It’s something he knows firsthand. When he was 8, his parents got married. When the pictures came back, he wasn’t smiling in any of them. Other guests looked awkward too. The experience shaped his approach to wedding photography. “Being friendly and relatable is a big part of it,” Burns says. “It helps people relax in front of the camera. My personality is the main reason people choose me, even though they love my imagery.”

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They also appreciate the full range of services and sessions Robert Burns Photography & Videography offers, from the time of engagement to after the wedding. He offers a choice of complimentary sessions, including engagement, bridal portrait and bridal boudoir with premium packages. His experience – he has shot over

and audio of the vows mixed in, brings weddings to life in ways that photos alone cannot,” he says. Burns strives for realism, versatility and authenticity in every wedding he shoots. On the day of the wedding, his small team includes trusted associates that together, have 20 years of photog-

“Being friendly and relatable is a big part of it. It helps people relax in front of the camera. My personality is the main reason people choose me, even though they love my imagery.” - Robert Burns raphy experience. Burns himself touches every piece of the final product, editing all photos and videos. He recommends couples do extensive research to learn what they like in wedding photography. “Not every bride wants the same thing,” he adds. “Having a wedding is an investment,” he says. “I’m here to make your day perfect.”


150 weddings – allows him to plan ahead and prepare for what couples may need. One of the biggest mistakes couples can make, Burns says, is underestimating the importance of video. Couples tend to think of older, traditional wedding videos they’ve seen from years past, rather than today’s short-form videos that tell a couple’s unique story. “Videography today, with favorite songs, multiple camera angles

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THE GOLD STANDARD of Hospitality BEAU MONDE EXECUTES EVENTS WITH PRECISION AND VENUES DRESSED TO IMPRESS Planning a wedding is exciting, but it can be overwhelming to know where to start. Marysue Boyle, owner and creative director of Beau Monde, finds a lot of couples may not know how much a wedding costs in Charlotte or why different services cost what they do. She strives for education and transparency. “A wedding is a huge investment that most couples have dreamed of for a long time,” she says. “But they have to match those dreams with a budget.” And that can often be a big reality check. Boyle advises using online wedding calculator tools from Zola or The Knot but to




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keep in mind that each market is different. Beau Monde also offers an online toolkit with answers to frequent questions once clients make contact. Her best tip: Whatever your budget, allot an additional 20 to 30 % to cover taxes, fees and gratuities. Early on, couples should also narrow their vision for the ceremony and reception, with specific ideas for food, drink, venue and guest count. “Our goal is to accommodate clients no matter what their budget is and help find solutions,” she says. Beau Monde offers three wedding event venues: The Collector’s Room in South End, Circle M Farm in Lincolnton and The Ruth

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in the Wesley Heights neighborhood. The full-service event hospitality firm provides a preferred catering team, a personal, curated bar program, an event manager, servers, bartenders, on-site chefs and a sales team to help plan the event. “Beau Monde exists to delight clients,” Boyle says. “We provide a seamless experience and can manage your event from start to finish.”

“Beau Monde exists to delight clients. We provide a seamless experience and can manage your event from start to finish.” Sometimes, this simplified, bundled approach may seem more expensive initially. Often clients will seek individual proposals for catering, drink and venue only to discover that the estimates, once totaled, are comparable to Beau Monde’s package, Boyle says. “We save you time and help you make the important, early decisions that truly impact the wedding experience,” she says. “We are really good at what we do, and we make it easy. We are the gold standard of hospitality.”



- Marysue Boyle

The royal treatment Get a glow up ahead of the big day at one of these overnight and day spa destinations. by Amanda Lea


teal away for a moment of stillness before the festivities with these mini-retreats to help you keep your cool. You and your squad can go off the grid with a mountain escape, ground yourselves with rejuvenating spa treatments or bask in the tranquility of coastal views. Lean into your selfcare celebrations and savor the moments with those who will be by your side on the big day. Prices and availability can vary — be sure to call ahead to ensure the most up-to-date information.

Hotel havens

Serenity awaits. Book a room to make the most of the luxury offerings from local spas, or opt for a day pass and enjoy catered services and poolside vibes.

receive 10% off. Complimentary valet parking is available when you book a spa treatment.

The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Charlotte

Uptown 704-499-6651

Uptown 704-547-2244

The Ritz is a perennial staycation favorite, where you can relax with a 90-minute deep tissue massage or get your glow on with a 60-minute signature facial. Afterward, unwind in the poolside Aqua Lounge, chic Relaxation Lounge or therapeutic Vitality Lounge. Groups can graze on the decadent chocolate bark and enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne. Know before you go: For groups of five or more, there is a 60-minute treatment minimum per guest (which includes access to the spa’s amenities). If you book Monday-Thursday, your group will 72



Spa by JW at JW Marriott Charlotte In the heart of uptown, the focus here is a “holistic mind-meetsbody experience” with a full menu of rejuvenating and restorative spa treatments. You’ll find six treatment rooms, plus a couples’ room and relaxation center. Group bookings for four or more people include a meal and two glasses of champagne per person. The spa is located on the second floor, but be sure to ask about a resort pass so you can venture to the fifth floor for a soak in the heated rooftop pool. Know before you go: An appointment is required for all spa services, and group bookings should be made at least a month in advance. The spa is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.




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The Spa at Ballantyne

Ballantyne Appointments: 704-248-4141 | Groups: 704-248-4118

Walking through the doors of The Spa at Ballantyne feels like entering a peaceful paradise. Request one of the signature Carolina Lavender treatments, which use a custom blend of Carolina-grown lavender oils for massage therapy, body scrubs, body wraps and nail therapy. To book a bridal day-spa experience, contact Lydia Artale, the spa’s group sales manager, who can coordinate the day-of details, including lunch, sweet treats and a welcome bag for the bride-to-be. Artale can also streamline hotel accommodations and restaurant reservations, if you decide to make a night of it. Know before you go: Due to high demand, the spa recommends booking at least four weeks in advance, especially for groups of seven or more.

Poseidon Spa at Grand Bohemian Hotel Charlotte

Uptown 704-368-4125

Spend an afternoon relaxing at one of Charlotte’s newest luxury properties. The highlight here is customization. You and your group will receive personalized massage experiences based on your needs and preferences. After sharing your wellness goals, the team of experts will tailor your treatments to your needs. The penthouse location offers sweeping views of the Queen City, inviting you to forget about the wedding to-dos and make the most of your downtime. Know before you go: For group bookings, including wedding parties, email

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Spa sanctuaries

Palestra Boutique Spa Midtown 704-342-4600

At this elegant boutique spa, each member of your group can build their own experience by choosing from an array of beauty and wellness treatments. The 75-minute “Palestra Signature Facial” is a popular pick and is complete with a scalp, arm and hand massage. Know before you go: Appointment times fill up fast (especially for weekends), so plan ahead to best coordinate treatment times for groups of three or more.

Toccare Day Spa

Toccare Day Spa

Myers Park: 704-562-1912 | Dilworth: 704-614-7503

Toccare Day Spa

This airy day spa will have you breathing in serenity and breathing out stress. The magic is in the details of this women-run paradise featuring green luxury skincare, wellness, makeup and hair care products. Know before you go: The cozy space is best enjoyed in pairs. It’s perfect for a bride-and-bestie treat, mother-daughter de-stress sesh or couple’s escape.

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Whether you need a morning of pampering, an afternoon of self-care or a full day of shared relaxation, these in-town escapes will have you feeling your best.

Toccare Day Spa

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Toska European Spa


The epitome of luxury, this salon and spa is owned by skincare expert Toska Hustad, whose A-list clients have included Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Aniston. Groups will enjoy VIP treatment at the Facial Bar, which seats six. The 30-minute “Red Carpet Ready” facial — an all-in-one treatment to have you feeling your best for a night out — is a popular choice. You can also choose from a menu of body treatments, waxing, tinting and more. Know before you go: You can bring your own refreshments for your group. Call ahead and let the team know, and they’ll keep your beverages chilled. Plan to book group appointments at the Facial Bar a few weeks out. Weekdays typically offer more availability.

Your group will love sipping complimentary tea or wine (with a treatment) and reveling in relaxation at Urbana’s signature tea lounge. Book a spa party for a minimum of four guests and each guest will receive a 60-minute service plus a party platter with sweet and savory treats. ($108 per person, gratuity included.) You can also book a couples service and enjoy side-by-side massages in a private suite (or in separate rooms, if you’d prefer). Add the “romance enhancement” package for chocolate-dipped strawberries and truffles to enjoy before your service. (Prices vary.) Know before you go: Plan to book group packages several months in advance. Weekdays offer more availability.

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Weekend escapes

Step away from the wedding planning, and restore your mind for the big day at one of these nearby destinations. (They also make great rendezvous for those traveling from out of town.) So set that “out of office” message, and embrace the escape.

Sanderling Resort Spa Duck 252-261-7744

A little vitamin sea is good for the soul. This coastal resort offers peaceful views of the Currituck Sound and ocean-inspired spa treatments. Book a “Sea Splendor’’ and relax with a custom salt scrub blend of Hatteras sea salt, jojoba oil and honey followed by a detoxifying seaweed wrap. Treatments include access to amenities such as steam rooms and an indoor swimming pool. Know before you go: Information about group offers and seasonal packages is available on the resort’s website.

Omni Grove Park Inn Spa


Asheville 1-800-438-5800

Go off-grid at this restorative mountain escape. Try the “Mountain View Massage” on the outdoor pagoda with a backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Or indulge in the 80-minute “Mountain Honey Wrap” to experience a massage with regional sourwood honey, warm body butter and a gentle exfoliant. Treatments include access to the spa’s two waterfall pools, a lap pool and tranquil terraces. Know before you go: Spa appointments are currently only available to overnight guests (resort guests can also get a spa day pass). Be sure to call ahead. The spa is an electronics-free environment (including e-readers), so bring a book or a few magazines.

Omni Grove Park Inn Spa

The Umstead Hotel and Spa Cary 919-447-4041

Consistently ranked among the best spas in the Triangle area, the peaceful woodland setting of the Umstead Spa will transport you from the daily grind. Balance your energy with the 60-minute “Cherry Blossom Body Ritual.” Or build your own massage with a combination of Swedish, aromatherapy, hot stone, deep tissue and therapeutic techniques. Know before you go: The spa recommends booking at least three weeks in advance. Weekend appointments are reserved for hotel guests. Omni Grove Park Inn Spa Weddings by SouthPark | 77

Westglow Resort and Spa Blowing Rock 828-295-4463

The 42-acre estate overlooking Grandfather Mountain has something for everyone: an indoor pool and hot tubs, sauna and steam room, a fireside relaxation lounge, and a separate women’s lounge. Book a full-day spa escape with your choice of signature treatment, a three-course lunch and access to the amenities for the day. Or make it a weekend getaway and rent the six-bedroom Westglow Mansion, which can accommodate up to 14 people. Enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast every morning during your stay, and access to the spa facilities is included (treatment appointments are additional). Know before you go: Mansion rental is subject to a minimum threenight stay from June through October, with a two-night minimum November through May. The Mansion must be rented in its entirety.

The Spa at Pinehurst Settle in for a day of pampering at this world-renowned resort. Soothe sore muscles with the signature “Pinehurst Massage,” or try the “Healthy Glow Facial,” a regenerating experience for any skin type. The Spa Escape package provides one-night accommodations in one of the resort’s historic hotels, one 50-minute spa treatment, complimentary breakfast, and all-day access to the sauna, eucalyptus steam room, whirlpools and tranquility areas. Later, stroll through the Village of Pinehurst to peruse the shops and grab a bite to eat. Know before you go: On weekends, the spa is reserved for guests with a scheduled appointment. Monday through Thursday, guests who do not have a treatment scheduled may purchase a Tranquility Pass for $50.




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