By Brandee Dishner | Photography by Juliet Photography
Posted: Thursday, Sep. 30, 2010
It's not often that a couple invites almost 40,000 guests to their wedding. But when Bob Lacey said I do to Mary Lucas this year, everyone was watching online. Bob, the well-known personality for the popular radio show Bob and Sheri on 107.9 The Link, met Mary through mutual friends at a wine tasting. When the couple met up again by chance a short time after, Bob didn't let the opportunity escape him.
The new couple found they had a lot in common, especially their love for their children Bob has five and Mary, two. So as thoughts of marriage began to surface, they knew they had two choices.
We wanted to escape together and go to Bora Bora, Mary laughs, but once we realized all of the people we wanted to be there with us, we decided it was easier to stay at home. Not to mention we wanted to somehow include all of Bob's listeners. They've been so supportive of him and stood by him through many life changes.
That's when Sheri Lynch, Bob's best friend and co-host, stepped in to help.
Known for her quick-witted banter with Bob on the show, Sheri says shes never seen Bob happier. After their engagement, I immediately knew I wanted to help with the wedding in any way that I could. Besides, who wouldn't want to spend other people's money to throw a huge party?
Spending would soon be under way, but not without a plan. Mary, Bob and Sheri decided to use The Great Gatsby as inspiration for the themed event. As visions of white lights, fedora hats and flowers began to fill Sheri's head, Bob and Mary decided to trust her instincts, knowing the outcome would be more than they could imagine. So Sheri teamed up with wedding planner Elizabeth Webb with Hall and Webb Event Design and the pair set off to transform Sheris backyard into a romantic party scene stolen straight from one of the greatest American classics.
There are a few key things that must be done when planning an outdoor event, especially in the South in the summer, Sheri says. With the help of Party Reflections, we put together a large white tent complete with air conditioning. I also made sure there was more than enough seating, lighted pathways to the house for guests to easily find their way around and even a designated area for smokers. We wanted to cover every detail so people could truly enjoy themselves and feel at home.
As a way for the faithful listeners to get involved, 107.9 The Link set up an interactive page on their website where fans could vote on everything from Marys dress to the couples wedding bands, flowers and even Mary's hairstyle for the special day. For the bride, the fun part was selecting several bands, multiple dresses and different hairstyles to showcase to the viewers. She says, I couldn't have done anything without the help of my friend Jennifer Manus with INVU Salon. We would get together, dream up a beautiful hairstyle and then take photos for the website.
Whether they were voting on the hair, dress or flowers, one selection of each category would get overwhelming votes so we knew what styles made the best impression. Once the viewers saw the dress from Mecklenburg Bridal and headpiece and veil designed by Jet Taylor there was no competition. It just so happens that the listeners voted for all my favorites! Mary says.
With every corner of Sheri's backyard covered with lights, candles and flowers, partygoers stepped into an intimate gala reminiscent of the Roaring 20s. Family and friends donned in boaters and vintage-inspired dresses, and adorned with ropes of pearls along with thousands of radio fans viewing online looked on as Bob and Mary shared their vows and exchanged rings. They later enjoyed a variety of hors doevres with mint and watermelon martinis and flavored ice tea, compliments of Therapy, along with a beautifully designed cake by Tizzerts. With Juliet Photography on hand to capture the evening, the newly blended family and their closest friends celebrated well into the evening in true Gatsby style.More Feature Stories
Headpiece and Veil
Jet Taylor Bridal Jewels & Custom Wedding Veils at Mecklenburg Bridal Gallery
Hall & Webb Event Design
The Charlotte Observer welcomes your comments on news of the day. The more voices engaged in conversation, the better for us all, but do keep it civil. Please refrain from profanity, obscenity, spam, name-calling or attacking others for their views.
Have a news tip? You can send it to a local news editor; email email@example.com to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Charlotte Observer.Read moreRead less