Carolina Bride

New city, new beginning

Sarah Gentry and Matthew Pozda started dating a few weeks after her softball team and his kickball team met one fateful summer evening in a Washington, D.C., neighborhood. A year and a half into the relationship, Matt casually asked Sarah what she thought of the Queen City. “I was confused and thought it was a weird question,” says Sarah. As it turns out, the question was prompted by a great job offer Matt had received in Charlotte. From that moment on, things were a whirlwind.

It was a pretty Sunday afternoon when Sarah drove Matt to the airport before he took the plunge of moving to a new city. With Matt originally being from the D.C. area and Sarah from Maryland, neither quite knew what Charlotte meant for their relationship. Matt wasn’t his usual self as he sat quietly in the passenger seat. Sarah thought it was strange, especially considering the fact it would be weeks before the couple would see each other again. So when Matt dropped to his knee as she was dropping him off at curbside check-in, she was shocked and absolutely thrilled.

It was only a few weeks later that Sarah joined Matt in Charlotte and they settled into their new home as an engaged couple. The two decided the best way to embrace their life in the new city was to have their wedding in the area. The planning began, and the moment the two found a nearby garden venue, they fell in love with the romantic, natural charm.

The couple took full charge in planning their open-air wedding, but the only thing the two could not control was Mother Nature.

When the wedding day arrived, it was pouring rain all across Charlotte. As Sarah drove through the rain to the garden, she anxiously awaited a call that their fairy-tale, outdoor wedding would have to be moved indoors. But that call never came, and they continued with plan A.

As seats filled up with family and friends from as far north as New York and as far west as California, the couple couldn’t wait for the moment to say, “I do.” Being the traditionalist he is, Matt had not seen or talked to Sarah all day until she walked down the aisle.

The couple exchanged rings from Diamonds Direct and began celebrating. While the couple wanted their friends and family to fully experience the Queen City, they also wanted to incorporate elements from their home states. Guests enjoyed Maryland crab cakes for dinner and a Smith Island Cake for dessert, shipped from a bakery in Sarah’s hometown. “Our wedding cake, which we put on every other table, is the state cake of Maryland and consists of nine to 13 small layers,” Sarah says. “It added such a unique touch to the wedding.”

Rachel Fesko Photography ensured that the couple’s new Charlotte memories would last. “We booked Rachel early in the wedding planning process,” says Sarah. “In addition to being a photographer, she helped us with being prepared for the event and guided us through the entire day.”

After the wedding, friends and family couldn’t stop talking about the couple’s new home in Charlotte and were especially drawn to the NoDa area, where Sarah and Matthew currently reside. Since then, the two have taken a relaxing two-week honeymoon in French Polynesia and are embracing the new tie their wedding gave them to the city they call home.

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