Other Side of the Lens
By Cristina Wilson | Photography by Critsey Rowe Photography
Posted: Monday, Apr. 29, 2013
How does a wedding industry veteran plan her own wedding? With creative personalization and a down-to-earth approach. When Dawn McNally and Andy Castor prepared to form a new family together with Dawns two children, they knew they wanted an intimate affair with just the closest of friends and family. With a guest list of 25 and vendors that felt like family (and who were the only Charlotte-based guests to be seen!), they achieved their dream with an elegant ceremony and sit-down reception at Brakefield at Riverwalk.
Dawn and Andy had both been married before but knew they found their true match in each other. Everything meshed when Andy connected so strongly with her children. They even feel that theyve been an inspiration to others who are going through divorces and dont trust that they can still find the one. Ive had people tell me that we give them hope because theyre having a hard time dating or the kids arent accepting. They see how happy we are and how lucky we are to have found each other, says Dawn.
Beyond the celebration of their love, Dawn was able to empathize with her clients in a new way. I think it made me understand my brides a lot more. It made me understand the stress of it, says Dawn. Even when you keep it small and simple its the same amount of work.
Even with the stress, incorporating the entire family was what continues to resonate with the happy couple. Patrick [Maloy] incorporated all of us into the ceremony; it wasnt about a marriage of the two of us. Its a marriage of all of us, and it meant so much.Featured VendorsCake
www.cheesecakeetc.bizCeremony and Reception Location
Brakefield at Riverwalk
www.brakefieldriverwalk.comHeadpiece and Veil
Critsey Rowe Photography
Diamonds Direct SouthPark
My Flower Pros, flowers
Men's Wearhouse, tuxedos
Carlton Cards, Sweetest Beginnings, stationery
Melon Belly, guitarist
Roy Rosen, cinematography
Patrick Maloy, clergy
Queen City Catering, catering