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By Lauren Dunn | Photography by In His Image Photography

Posted: Friday, Jan. 06, 2012

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It was the love of old, classic cars that bonded Andrea and her father when she was young, and it was that same interest that brought Andrea and her future husband together years later. Andrea Spinks and Eddie Poindexter took a “leap of faith,” as Andrea calls it, when they decided to meet after viewing each other’s profiles on Match.com.

They shared a love of classic cars, both were Christian, and they even went to the same church but never knew it. But above all, Andrea was drawn to Eddie’s tender heart.

“It was the anniversary of when my Dad had passed away, and I had taken some time off work to be with my mom,” Andrea says. “And that day he sent me just the sweetest card and text. I’ve never in my life had a guy who was so heartfelt and genuine. When he did that, I just knew how special he was and that this was going to last.”

Their courtship started at a local restaurant and ended with a romantic outdoor dinner. Their first date was at Mac’s Speed Shop in Charlotte, and the last was on Eddie’s back porch, where he presented Andrea with a scrapbook of memories and an engagement ring from Diamonds Direct.

From there, the planning kicked into high gear. Andrea and Eddie chose Dennis Vineyards for the reception and noted their exceptional service. “They are the sweetest family,” says Andrea. “They made everything so easy and were there to answer any questions. The vineyard is absolutely beautiful. … All of our guests kept commenting on how beautiful it was and how it was the perfect reception spot for us.” Connie Duglin Linens was Andrea’s top choice for all their rentals to create her silver and purple vision. And a stop at Mecklenburg Bridal Gallery brought Andrea to the dress she’d fallen in love with after she spotted it in a magazine.

The future Poindexters knew their big day should not only be centered on their love for each other, but so much more. Andrea’s father had passed away shortly before Eddie had entered her life. To be able to keep a little token of her father with her on her wedding day, Andrea tied a framed picture of him to her bouquet. She also compiled a poem about him, to be placed by his memory candle and one of the model cars that Andrea had given him as a gift.

For the ceremony, Andrea had a unique vision. Contemporary praise and worship music would play instead of traditional music prior to the ceremony.

“Our day was focused on honoring God, our love for each other, our families and also our mutual love for old cars, which in turn, honored the memory of my Dad,” Andrea says.

After the first part of the day with on-and-off rain, the Poindexters stole a moment to pose for a few photos with Julie Staley of In His Image Photography. It was then that Andrea noticed the rainbow hovering above them.

“Rainbows would always take me back to being a little girl, when Dad and I would go outside in search of a rainbow,” Andrea says. “It was a bittersweet moment. I was full of gratitude and happiness, but wishing so much that I had my daddy there to share these moments with us.”

Getting from the ceremony to reception, the couple climbed in a white 1967 Chrysler Newport Convertible. And, at the end of the night, the couple was whisked away in Andrea’s 1970 Dodge Challenger, a gift from Eddie.

Now, living the newlywed life, the couple is creating a home of their own, and they hope to fill it with a family “sooner rather than later.”

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Engagement and wedding rings
Diamonds Direct
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www.diamondsdirectsouthpark.com

Photography
In His Image Photography
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Reception location
Dennis Vineyards
704-982-6090
www.dennisvineyards.com

Rental provider
Connie Duglin Specialty Linen & Chair Cover Rental
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www.CDLinen.com

Wedding gown
Mecklenburg Bridal
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www.mecklenburgbridal.com

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