Carolina Bride

January 12, 2012

Rock 'n' roll love

Laura and Ke handcraft every detail for a one-of-a-kind wedding.

Love can find us in unexpected ways, in unexpected situations. That was certainly the case for Laura Porch and Ke Xu, who met at a Motley Crue concert. Their meeting was sparked by a conversation about green tea, and the two bonded over their love for hair metal. According to Ke, he knew she was the perfect girl with “her willingness to rock out at a moment’s notice.” Sparks flew over the next few months, and a love began to blossom. The impromptu engagement happened on a November morning. Ke had planned to propose to Laura on a romantic picnic, but when his nerves set in he couldn’t wait. Sweaty and shaky, Ke got down on one knee just before breakfast and asked his rock-loving girlfriend to become his wife. “I actually busted out laughing, but I did say yes,” laughs Laura. With a diamond ring on her finger, she packed their picnic lunch and they went on to enjoy the day as a newly-engaged couple. Laura and Ke got right to wedding planning. One Sunday, she spent the day learning how to fold paper flowers using a paper-folding technique called “kusudama.” Using that technique, the couple created the centerpieces, bouquets and boutonnieres. Portions of the invitations were even handwritten by Ke using a style of calligraphy he learned in college. With every little detail, the couple made sure to include a personal touch. The wedding took place outside on a beautiful October day, with vivid orange and red trees as the backdrop. Holding her paper flower bouquet, Laura wore a black and white patterned dress from Bedazzled Bridal & Formal. She donned red patent heels to match Ke’s bright red tie. Photographer Christi Falls captured every detail. As the couple said their vows, they knew it was merely the beginning of a joyous celebration and a wonderful life together. The reception area blossomed with Laura and Ke’s handmade flowers. To incorporate Ke’s Chinese heritage, they added Chinese symbols, lanterns and accents of red, the Chinese wedding color for love, prosperity and happiness. Laura also brought elements from her background, such as the pie stand – it was made of a tree grown on the land where Laura grew up. Instead of cake, they filled their pie stand with pecan, pumpkin and apple pies. According to Laura, the best thing about the day was “becoming husband and wife, and to have all the people I love standing in one room. To have all these corners of my life come together at one time was surreal.” If you ask Ke what the best part of the day was, he jokingly says, “The fact that I can finally watch sports without feeling compelled to fold paper flowers at the same time.” And to that, Laura says, “Ditto!” The couple did not go on a honeymoon, but instead used the time to settle into their new house. They are enjoying married life and “learning the ropes,” says Laura. They are hoping to take a trip to China with Ke’s family in the near future.

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