Photographer: Katya Nova Photography // Musicians: Crazy Hour & Fire Show // Equipment Rentals: EPC Events // Reception Venue: Hurricane Cafe // Makeup Artist: Indira Mua Makeup Artist // Dress Designer:Modern Trousseau // Submitted via Two Bright Lights
Lori and Ross envisioned an intimate wedding on the beach with unique decor, delicious food, a starlit dance floor and all their favorite people celebrating with them.
Lori & Ross met at a local tavern in a neighborhood where they both lived at the time. Their first real date was at the Panthers game 3 days later!! Lori is a medical esthetician, Ross in an Attorney. They currently live Charlotte, NC with their fur babies Jersey, Lori’s cocker spaniel, and Carson, Ross’s “original” personality dog!!
Lori on the Proposal:
“It was unexpected.. we were in Dallas for his cousin’s bar mitzvah and went outside to a beautiful lake in a park, and when I sat down on the bench he got down on one knee and proposed… a couple visiting from England, who were on their anniversary trip were walking by and took photos for us! Then we got to go back into the party and celebrated with his whole family!
Lori: “From when we wake up, to when we leave for work, to before we go to bed, Ross is always telling me he loves me! I love it when he cooks for me (which is almost every night). I love the way he LOVES my dog Jersey and sings to her every morning! Last but not least, I love that he deals with my obsession with Jack Johnson!
”Ross: “What I really appreciate about Lori is that she just puts up with me in general, cleans up after me, listens to me even though she may not really hear me, brings me dinner home when she goes out, and tells me she loves me every day.
Bride & Groom Post-Wedding Reflections (Favorite Wedding Day Moments)
Ross: Crazy hour! also, Lori in her dress and speeches from everyone.
Lori: Walking down aisle with my mom to Ross and having my brother Vinny officiate… Made for a memorable and personal ceremony. And of course the crazy hour!! Had no clue how fun it was and I love how shocked all our guests were! When I got to Ross at the altar and he whispered to me that I looked absolutely amazing. First dance with Ross to “Better Together” and the sparklers going off and everyone jumping back! And having ALL my girls, including my mom on the dance floor dancing to Guns & Roses!
Advice for future Coordinated Brides:
Ross: Have the cigar roller after crazy hour or later on in reception. Also, wear light weight suits and flops. First Dance to “Better Together” by Jack Johnson.
Lori: Get a photo booth and wait to look at the pictures until the next morning… We had a blast doing that!! Trust the vendors that Nati uses like DJ, MC, Cake and flowers as they were all amazing! Work out the morning of your wedding to get nerves in check and then relax and don’t worry about any details for the whole day. Let everyone do their job and you enjoy every minute! Definitely hire amazing photographers… The day goes by way too fast and having incredible pictures keeps the excitement going!! I Definitely regret not getting video.