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Spring/Summer 2016

Julie & Connie

Julie and Connie have been inseparable ever since their first date in February 2012 after meeting via Match.com. After a tasty drink and a delicious appetizer at Village Tavern in Winston-Salem, Julie looked into Connie’s baby blue eyes and knew they were meant to be together forever.

For their engagement, Connie arranged for a candlelit dinner in the back of their favorite restaurant, and after a romantic meal she offered Julie an envelope containing the engagement ring, on which she’d written, “Will you marry me?” Julie and Connie discussed going out of state to be married, but ultimately decided to wait until they could have their marriage legally recognized in their home state. When marriage equality became federally legalized on October 10, 2014, the beautiful brides rushed to the courthouse and immediately declared their love for recognition by law. Afterward, they planned their dream wedding for the exact date one year later.

With the intention of having a fun and vibrant experience, they chose orange, ivory, and silver for their theme colors, and were very careful to avoid autumnal themes that regularly accompany a choice of orange.

Julie and Connie used TriadWeddings Magazine as a resource for a great deal of their planning, and, in hindsight, wish they had hired a videographer to capture their vows. “I wish I could watch them over and over again,” said Julie.

In lieu of a bridal party, the most unique element of their wedding day was the participation of their son, Julian. Furthermore, they opted to have a first-look so they could freely mingle and celebrate with their guests during cocktail hour. They wrote their own personal vows, and kept the ceremony sweet, emotional, and meaningful. Julie and Connie’s big day represented all of their patience regarding marriage equality and the unity of their family.

“Kaitlyn at The Piedmont Club was a huge help. She took care of all the decor and kept the whole day running smoothly. She stayed until the end of the night and we didn’t have to worry about a single thing. The day went by so fast, but it was perfect,” concluded Julie.

CEREMONY/RECEPTION
The Piedmont Club
PHOTOGRAPHY
McCardell Photography
GOWN
Mecklenberg Bridal
FORMALWEAR
Connie’s suit from Talbots
INVITATIONS
Invitations by Dawn
CAKE
Dewey’s Bakery
CATERING
The Piedmont Club
FLOWERS
Eliana Nunes floral design
OFFICIATE
Mark Cole-Hazzard
HAIR/MAKEUP
Friend, Bethany Wall
WEDDING COORDINATOR
Kaitlyn Greene, The Piedmont Club
MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT
DJ Taz (Norwood Events)
 
Photo credits: McCardell Photography