We are drawn to celebrity weddings for lots of reasons, none more compelling than the chance to walk in another's white satin shoes for just for a moment. So break out the Aqua Net and bouffant sleeves. We're taking a trip down memory lane with some of Charlotte's own celebrity couples.
Part 2 of 3: Peter & Sue Gorman
Despite family jokes to the contrary, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Peter Gorman does dance. He just hasn't done it since his wedding. "And I have the pictures to prove it," laughs his wife, Sue. The Gormans tied the knot July 18, 1987, in a traditional church ceremony in Sue's hometown of Jackson, Mich. The couple met as students at Michigan State University and had their first dinner date in the dorm cafeteria. She was 22 and he was 23 when they married shortly after graduation. "Looking back at it, it seems we were making a commitment so young in life," says Sue. "We were right out of college and had tons of college friends there. I just remember being very calm and very happy. I wasn't nervous at all. It was wonderful - a super great day." About 200 friends and family attended the formal candlelight wedding, where Sue wore an ivory lace dress with a sweetheart neckline, long sleeves and a traditional train. Peter was decked out in a black tuxedo. She carried white roses, while her bridesmaids held bouquets of red blooms. "It was very classic and simple," says Sue. "Other than the '80s hair, it still translates today." After the evening ceremony, the Gormans celebrated at the City Club with heavy hors d'oeuvres, a rose-adorned cake and, yes, dancing. "Even though the ceremony was traditional and formal, we wanted everyone to have a really good time at the reception," says Sue. "We hated when we had to leave and had to say goodbye to everyone. We were all having such a good time, we thought maybe we should stay a little longer." The Gormans honeymooned on Mackinaw Island, a charming getaway in Michigan famous for The Grand Hotel. Shortly after, the couple drove all their belongings to Florida to start their lives together. For many years, Sue was the breadwinner, working with Arnold Palmer's golf company and as a buyer for a chain of department stores while Peter earned his master's and doctorate degrees. Peter also stepped into the Mr. Mom role when the couple's daughter, Katie (now 11), was born. As Peter became a top school administrator, Sue left her position and let him take the lead. "Our whole lives, we've been perfect teammates," says Sue, who now owns an interior design firm in Charlotte. "We've always been supportive for what the other person wanted to do." Now 22 years into their marriage, the Gormans say they're lucky to have one another as partners. "It's not always easy, as any married couple can tell you, but we've appreciated each other as we've grown and changed," says Sue. "I love that Peter's got a really strong center about what he does and why he does it. He listens to both sides, but he believes in his own decisions over strong opinions. He doesn't blow in the wind. He knows his true core and he always tries to do what's right."