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Posted: Monday, Nov. 04, 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 I got the opportunity to shadow another wedding hosted at the DoubleTree Suites in SouthPark. The couple were already married and were celebrating with a one year vow renewal. It was a really wonderful night. Not only was the couple so sweet, but the flow of events ran a little differently than a traditional wedding, which made for a great shadowing experience.

There was no first dance, no father/daughter or mother/son dance, and no public champagne toasts. Plus, due to the inclement weather, the ceremony was moved into the reception space, which I actually really liked. Since the tables circled the dance floor, the setup gave the guests a perfect view of the couple getting married. Moving the service into the reception also meant I got to help in the after-ceremony turnaround. In this case, we didn't need to do much, but it did give me a different experience with the coordination side of things. I was able to get a better understanding of timing and how each part of a wedding, and subsequently each change to a traditional schedule, fits into the day.

The venue itself looked so gorgeous. The bride and groom had hanging red lanterns decorating the ceiling, which made such a big impact to the overall look. Combined with the tea lights on the tables and the red under lighting, the room looked warm and inviting. Even when I had to step away from the space, you could see the glow radiating from inside the tent. Outside the patio fires were lit, which provided the perfect space for guests to warm up and mingle. At the end of the night, guests left with individual hangover cures and intricately designed chopsticks as favors. The overall look was simple, but the red and gold color palette, the lanterns hanging from the tent ceiling, the lighting, and the personalized details, left the reception looking chic and stylish.

So far I've only been a part of two weddings, but both experiences were so unique. Each time I take part in a wedding, I fall in love with the industry all over again. I get more chances to challenge myself, to adjust to the fast-pace of the day's schedule, and to understand how every wedding is different. More importantly, I love helping couples tell their stories. There is truly nothing like it.

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