Carolina Bride

August 12, 2013

Putting Down Roots

Amy and Ross start their new life with appreciation for the past.

When telling the story of his engagement to Amy Shapiro, Ross Udoff begins, “So I’ll start with, I can’t keep surprises.” After asking her parents for permission, Ross planned a quiet proposal the next weekend, following a dinner with both sets of parents. The ring, securely hidden at Amy’s condo, became just out of reach when the couple was locked out. With one setback behind them, they came back the next morning—with a time crunch. “My brother was coming to surprise us at brunch so I had a timeline!” says Ross. “We went back to the apartment, called the locksmith, and they had to drill through the deadbolt at 7 in the morning.” After a quick morning nap, Ross finally popped the question, and with the NBA lockout still making news at that time, the pair dubbed themselves, “Team Lockout.” Luckily, the rest of the engagement went a little more smoothly, as the two planned their big day at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte with the help of Elizabeth Webb of Hall and Webb Event Design. Throughout the process, the couple embraced their family history and ensured that each item used had a unique significance. The bride’s great great grandparents were the first couple to marry at Temple Israel, the couple toasted with a wine glass that commemorated her great grandparents’ fiftieth anniversary, and the bride used her nana’s ring for the ceremony (in the Jewish faith, you must be married with a solid band, representing the union that can’t be broken). While honoring tradition, they still kept a few touches of whimsy and surprise, like serving potato latkes as a snack during the evening dancing and offering hot chocolate with all the sweet treat toppings at the end of the night. All in all, both Ross and Amy wanted to honor their families as they formed their own; Amy adds, “Both of our parents have been married 30 years, so I feel we’ve had really good examples of marriage. We feel very fortunate for that.” And though enjoying their time in Winston-Salem while Ross finishes his residency at Wake Forest, the couple is anxious to get back to Charlotte and put down roots of their own.

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