Carolina Bride

March 25, 2013

Hook, Line, and Sinker

After going fishing on their first date, Mercedes finds herself hooked on Nathan.

Ever since she was a child, Mercedes Roman has been going to the Yellow Hill Baptist Church with her family. During one of her visits she noticed a boy her age: “My mom found a photo of us when we were 4, and in fact, we were standing with other children looking right at each other,” says Mercedes. Although they didn’t remember their first meeting, Nathan Church and Mercedes were still drawn to one another 14 years later. The pair couldn’t help noticing each other at the Easter service and Nathan wasted no time in asking her to go fishing with him. Mercedes was hooked, and realizing that her heart now belonged in North Carolina, she moved home to be with him. The following year, Nathan and Mercedes made a special trip to Stone Mountain. While they were taking in the view from the mountain’s top, Nathan got down on one knee and proposed. “It was the most beautiful moment of my entire life,” she recalls. In fact, not even the torrential downpour that followed could dampen the couple’s spirits. “We had to run down the mountain to get to his car, but it’s a memory I will never forget.” For the wedding, the couple knew they wanted to showcase their close relationship with nature. “We wanted something country, rustic, and natural,” Mercedes says. The bride’s mother made the burlap aisle runner that she walked down during the ceremony. For the reception, Mercedes, her mother, and her sister made the candle holders that were placed on the tables. “We put tea lights in Mason jars and accented them with flowers and ribbon,” she says. When it came to capturing all of the views and handmade details, the couple chose Pixels On Paper to photograph the day. “We absolutely loved them,” she raves. “The pictures were beautiful and Misty [Case] has now become one of my closest friends.” Mercedes remembers several special moments from the day, but one in particular that she shared with her dad. “During our father/daughter dance, he told me ‘you know how you loved all of your Disney princesses? Well, you look like one today,’” Mercedes says. To complete the couple’s personal fairy tale, they went somewhere magical for their honeymoon. “My mom decided to send us to Disneyland for seven days,” she says. “We had so much fun.” Since their return, the couple has been settling into married life and keeping their relationship with nature strong. “We have been fishing many times and gone for long hikes through the woods,” Mercedes shares. “Life after marriage is wonderful.”

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City Florists, florists
David’s Bridal, bridesmaids dresses
DJ Grooves, DJ
Gadabouts Catering, catering
Hayzens Productions, cinematography
Envogue, jewelry
Leatherwood Mountains, ceremony and reception
Pastor Charles Ratliff, clergy
Rita Roman (When In Rome), wedding consultant
Tranquility Falls Day Spa, hair
Wedding Paper Divas, invitations

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