Carolina Bride

Hometown love

When Kira Brice was led into a private dining area at Noble’s Restaurant, she had no idea this night would change her life forever. But when she saw rose petals and heart-shaped confetti sprinkled on the table next to a present, her heart started pounding. “Did you plan all this?” she asked her boyfriend, Brock Harris, who wore a mischievous look on his face. He just smiled and handed her the present.It was a collage of pictures documenting their four-year dating relationship, and at the end was a note. “Make me the happiest man on earth – Will you marry me?” While she read, Brock got down on his knee, holding up an engagement ring. “I said yes, of course,” Kira says. “We hugged and I cried.”She reached for her phone to call her parents, but the doors to the dining room opened. “Instead of the waitress, as I was expecting,” she says, “our parents walked in and joined us for a celebration dinner.”The couple met during pharmacy school where, for three years, they sat only a few seats apart. “We both had dating relationships,” Kira says. “But our friends started dating, so we hung out more and more.” Friendship soon evolved into love, and on Dec. 30, 2009, Brock slid the sparkling ring from Diamonds Direct on her finger.The couple wanted their wedding to honor their small-town upbringings. Many of the vendors were from her hometown of Davidson where the festivities were held, and a close friend designed all the invitations and stationery. After a long search, she found the perfect bridesmaids dresses at New York Bride and Groom – including one for her pregnant cousin. “They were really helpful accommodating her,” Kira remembers. “She was getting it fitted up until a week before the wedding.”After 14 months of planning, Kira walked down the aisle of her childhood church with the elegant train of her gown trailing behind her. She borrowed her mother’s wedding veil, its lace-trimmed edges matching perfectly with her bodice. She was soon standing next to Brock as they exchanged vows before her minister. Growing up, family was always important to Kira and Brock. They were thankful to include cousins and brothers in the wedding party, and despite health issues, all their living grandparents were in attendance. At the reception, the newly married couple performed their first dance to a song written by a local artist. They also had an anniversary dance to honor the couple with the longest marriage. “My grandmother and grandfather got the bouquet,” she says, “and that was a nice touch to celebrate marriage.”There to capture the each special moment was Chris Marsh from Photoplay Photography. “We really enjoyed having her for the day,” says Kira. “She did a really good job getting every little detail captured.”After a full day, the couple settled in at Duke Mansion for the night, enjoying the cozy room and breakfast in bed the next morning. Looking back, Kira is thankful to have so many cherished relationships in her life. “Our favorite thing about our wedding day was being able to spend time with family and friends.”Featured VendorsBridesmaids Dresses

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Photoplay Photography

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Duke Mansion

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