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Whirlwind engagement

By Alison Henry | Photography by BlueSky Studios

Posted: Wednesday, Jun. 27, 2012

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Planning a wedding is no easy task. While every bride likes to think they're capable of planning a full-scale event as big as their wedding day, sometimes things can get a little stressful. So when Brian Bartock discovered his father was losing his battle with lung cancer, he and his fiancée Callie had to think fast about where and when to have their nuptials.

"After Brian proposed, we both decided we would wait a month or two before making plans so we could enjoy our engagement," Callie says. But after receiving the news, she and Brian came to a different conclusion about their plans for the wedding. "After a long conversation, we decided who attended our wedding was more important than where it was held."

The date was moved, and they found a venue miraculously available on their new date of choice, Sept. 10, 2011. "An easy anniversary date for Brian to remember!" Callie jokes. With the date and location set, Callie set off on a two-and-a-half month sprint to pull everything together for her big day.

Three years earlier, Callie met Brian through a mutual friend. The Wells Fargo employees immediately hit it off. "I thought he was a game-changer," Callie recalls. "He was witty, smart and handsome. While I was speaking with him, I knew I would be a lucky girl if I had the chance to get to know him better." But she almost didn't get her chance.

As the night came to a close, Callie said goodbye, forgetting to give her number to Brian. With a little detective work, Brian got her number through a colleague and they went on their first date – an evening that was later reenacted on the night Brian would pop the question. After dinner, Brian pulled his car back into his garage and his nerves pushed him to steal their first kiss. Three years later, Brian jumped out of the car and instead of going in for the kiss, he got down on one knee with a ring he had hidden in a tool drawer. Stunned and slightly confused, Callie said, "For real?!" before an enthusiastic, "Yes!"

On their wedding day, BlueSky Photography was there to capture every special moment. Callie walked down the aisle in a gown from Mecklenburg Bridal, clutching a bouquet arranged by The Place for Flowers. "I was so excited to see her in her wedding dress," Brian says. "When she turned the corner, I was in awe. She looked absolutely amazing. I couldn't take my eyes off of her, and all our special moments were running through my mind – how we met, our first date, first kiss, vacations we've taken – I couldn't help but feel like the luckiest man in the world. It's a day I will never forget."

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