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Posted: Thursday, Sep. 05, 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

If you're just now following my blog, you should know that my career goal is to work for Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings and Honeymoons. I love Disney and I love weddings, so to have a job that combines those two passions would be a dream position. I don't have a lot of experience outside of my own weddings and the stories I write for Carolina Bride; however, this weekend I got my first chance to coordinate a wedding and it was amazing. The wedding was at the DoubleTree Suites in SouthPark and utilized their courtyard and tent spaces. I loved the indoor tent area when setup was complete. With the illuminated vases and all the candles, the tent looked really warm and inviting. While I helped with a little decorating, the biggest thing I did was help coordinate the flow of events. I took flowers to everyone in the wedding, helped get the bride situated for the ceremony, told the priest and the groom when to step out, and helped get the guests to cocktail hour and reception. Anything I had a chance to help with, I jumped on. I wanted as much experience as I could get and I'm so grateful to Jon Osborne and Tina McKibben for all they taught me.

I already knew I loved event planning, but I enjoyed designing and coordinating even more than I thought I would. I'm already eager to get more experience and can't wait for my next opportunity to assist. It all helps me in getting one step closer to my dream career and I'm loving every second of it.

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