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Wedding weekend!

Posted: Wednesday, May. 08, 2013

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Photo by Lora Denton Photography.

Originally from England, Sarah Ryberg has lived in Charlotte for the last 12 years and is a graduate of UNC Charlotte. After two whirlwind weddings - one in Charlotte and another in her homeland - Sarah is settling into married life and learning what it takes to be a Mrs. You can reach Sarah at sarahmryberg@yahoo.com

This weekend hubby and I celebrated the wedding of our friends Tracy and Josh. We had an amazing time partying with the newlyweds and the wedding itself was so beautiful.

When it comes it weddings, it’s the way the couple tells their story and showcases their relationship that I love best. Tracy and Josh’s celebration was the perfect reflection of their personalities and I know their personal friend and planner Lauren Bauer had a lot to do with that. She helped plan everything from the ceremony to the reception and she did a fabulous job coordinating the day’s events.

The ceremony itself was at Midtown Park and the natural surroundings were ideal for a wedding. To add personal touches to the service, the couple touched on their love of music with a live vocalist/guitarist and wrote their own vows.

The reception at Holiday Inn Center City was just as gorgeous and the setting itself was so elegant. The surrounding city just added to the prettiness of the venue. As for the details, I absolutely loved the baby's breath on the tables and the vintage accents, like old cigar boxes and wine bottles. Tracy loves shopping for decorative details and their home is so well designed. I knew the tables had Tracy written all over them. I also adored the cake, which featured two love birds in a tree and tied in perfectly with the outdoor ceremony. Wheat allergy or not, I was not going to pass an opportunity to eat some cake and it was delicious!

But one of my favourite additions was the anniversary dance. All married couples came onto the dance floor and the DJ called out a certain length of time (1 year, 3 years, etc). If you had been married less than the time called out, you left the dance floor until the longest married couple was left dancing. I'd never seen that before and felt it was a great way to celebrate love and marriage.

However, the best part was watching our two friends, who are clearly happily in love, get married. The pair didn't stop smiling all night and their newlywed happiness was so contagious. I hope they keep that same contagious happiness their entire lives, and knowing them, I’m confident they will.

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