Dawn’s best friend is a mutual friend of Candy’s and introduced them at a Barbecue in 2007, and you could say the rest was history.

For the proposal, Dawn surprised Candy with a trip to New Orleans for her birthday; secretly inviting their close friends & family who she knew would want to share in her surprise proposal plans. She had a book made with some of the “Good Morning Beautiful” text messages that she’d sent to Candy over the three years that they’d been together. Dawn presented the book at the Riverwalk on the Mississippi River as a “birthday” gift. Candy perused the pages lovingly recalling all of the sweet messages from across the years. On the last page of the book, Dawn had a picture of the engagement ring and a written request to spend the rest of her life with Candy. #swoon  

From the moment Candy said yes, Dawn & Candy both knew that they wanted a professional to help them plan their perfect day. After interviewing several planners in the area, Candy came across Emore’s information on The Knot and instantly liked the vibe. Emore Campbell Events was their first wedding “purchase” and that made planning easy.

Neither Dawn nor Candy are strictly traditional so they wanted to incorporate things in their wedding that might otherwise be considered different or against the grain. One such ritual was the hand-fasting ceremony, a Celtic non-religious ceremony where they committed to each other by having their hands tied together with braided cords. The ceremony ended with them actually “tying the knot” with the cords that bound them together. 

After the wedding, Dawn & Candy both were met with extreme surprise when several of their guests took the time to write thank you notes and mailed as well as left them at their doorstep thanking THEM with words like “your ceremony made us want to be better”, “best wedding I’ve ever attended” and “we left thinking how we could love one another more”. Knowing that they help fill the world with a little more love even for a few short hours in one day….this was by far the best memory.

Check out the gorgeous images captured from Dawn and Candy’s wedding day captured below by Shaw Photography Group !

Vendor Collaboration
Planner – Emore’ Campbell Events
Venue – Noah’s Charlotte
Florist – Xpressions Floral Design
Caterer – An Affair to Remember
Signage – Branded by Bernel
Cake & Sweets – Sweet Is Its Charlotte
Makeup – Whitney Elise Beauty
Photographer –  Shaw Photography Group
Videography – Sarah Stephen’s Productions
Photobooth – Paw Prints Entertainment
DJ – DJ Kelly Kelz