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The Journey Begins

Posted: Wednesday, Oct. 02, 2013

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Before editing Carolina Bride, Cristina Wilson was the editor of SouthPark Magazine and University City Magazine. You can reach Cristina here. Photo by Critsey Rowe Photography.

On the day our staff sits down to review the real wedding submissions that have rolled in, there are always plenty of delighted squeals, but often there are a few tears, too. Charlotte brides take the time to write their stories, and for those of you reading this, know that we read them! We take them to heart.

I see it each and every issue: with weddings come a lot of emotions, and while most of them are exciting and romantic, pivotal life moments like weddings also bring to the forefront memories of those that aren’t with us. A mother who has passed away, a grandfather who can’t travel far enough to witness the walk down the aisle. It’s a joyful time, but also an intense time. It was with family on my mind that I was able to write this issue’s honeymoon feature on three amazing destinations in Puerto Rico. My grandmother was Puerto Rican, and being there again—I hadn’t been since she passed away—felt in many ways like going home. I’m so blessed to be able to share the island’s beautiful beaches, stunning resorts, and delectable fare (some of it could even rival my grandmother’s cooking, but I won’t admit that out loud) with all of you.

You’ll find that we’ve gone worldly in the rest of the magazine, too, with our first annual Destination Issue. With weddings from the N.C. Mountains to the Caribbean, from the Hamptons to Hannover, Germany and beyond, it was a treat for us to discover how Charlotte vendors and brides embrace such beautiful venues past our backyard. Whether you need a passport for your big day or not, planning a wedding is a journey in itself, and we’re happy to be along for the ride.

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