Poffie Girls nailed The Mannequin Challenge during our 6th Annual Brides Across America event.
Nicole and Jimmy… At First Sight
Jimmy was born and raised in Charlotte, NC. He is an Air Traffic Controller and also serves part-time in the Air Force National Guard. Nicole was born in Chicago, IL and raised in Dallas, TX. She moved to Charlotte, NC one year ago and works in Human Resources. We both enjoy traveling, watching sports (Go Panthers!) and painting together.
They met at a bar in Charlotte, NC. Jimmy says he gave her a look from across the bar, and she was hooked. In reality, he never came up to Nicole and she wouldn’t leave before she spoke to him, so a friend asked him to come over and talk to Nicole. Jimmy agreed. The rest is history! Three years later they are now newlyweds!
-Where/When was the wedding? We were married on August 13, 2016 at the Mint Museum Uptown in Charlotte, NC.
-Where did you get engaged? We got engaged at a fountain on the corner of Trade and Tryon St. in Uptown Charlotte. This happens to be where we had our first kiss. (We also went back to the fountain on our wedding night to take a picture.)
-Where was the Honeymoon? We are honeymooning in February 2017, and will be going to the Riviera Maya in Mexico.
-What was your first dance song? Never Felt This Way by Brian McKnight
-What was your favorite aspect of your wedding day? The reception! We had so much fun dancing with friends and family. The only downside was that it went by to fast!
-What is your favorite date night? We can’t decide on just on… When we go out, we enjoy getting dressed up and treating ourselves to a nice dinner. We often stroll around the area afterwards and enjoy each other’s company. If we stay in, we enjoy cooking a romantic dinner together, followed by painting.
-Do you have any advice for brides to be? Enjoy your day! I was skeptical about hiring a wedding planner because I enjoy planning and wanted to be involved in everything. The best decision I made was hiring a planner. She kept me sane throughout the whole planning process, and I was stress free my entire wedding weekend.
-Do you have any advice for grooms to be? Simply say, “Whatever you want, honey.”
Poffie Girls is excited to announce that we will be hosting our 6th annual Brides Across America event Sunday November 13th!
Brides dream ofhaving the perfect dress and a beautiful gown is an essential part of every bride’s special day. Brides Across America plays a role in making their dreams come true by giving a military bride a free wedding gown during a Brides Across America’s Nationwide Gown Giveaway. Deployments, financial hardships,and other challenges unique to servicemen and women can make it difficult to plan a wedding. Each year, Poffie Girls opens it’s doors to military brides to help make their wedding dreams come true!
For more information, please visit www.bridesacrossamerica.com or call Poffie Girls during normal business hours.
Catherine and Brian…. Together at Last
Catherine and Brian both grew up in Daytona Beach, Florida and shared family friends, but never had the chance to meet up in adolescent years.
Fast forward 20 years to the Fall of 2014, they both ended up in North Carolina. Brian was living in Asheville and Catherine in Charlotte. They connected one weekend through Tinder, and immediately started chatting. Come to find out, they had a mutual friend Alice – Brian’s best friend from high school and Catherine’s best friends step-sister…small world! Their courtship moved quickly and before they knew it, Brian was going to Daytona for Christmas with Catherine’s family, they were spending alternating weekends in either Charlotte or Asheville, vacationing with families and planning for Brian transfer to Charlotte by mid-2015. In September of 2015, Brian planned a surprise weekend getaway to New York City and proposed on September 13th at the top of Rockefeller Center!
PS…Alice ended up being Brian’s “Best Man” at the wedding.
Where/When was the wedding:
We were married on April 16, 2016 in Mooresville, North Carolina at Williamson’s Chapel United Methodist Church and celebrated with friends and family at Jeffrey’s Restaurant following the ceremony.
We honeymooned in France! Brian planned the perfect 2 week trip enjoying Paris, Reims and Burgundy.
The entire day was a whirlwind and went by very quickly, but the moment the doors of the church opened and I looked around to see everyone we loved in attendance that was amazing! Then to stare down the aisle at Brian, I couldn’t walk fast enough!
Advice to brides currently planning weddings:
Don’t worry so much about making your wedding “Pinterest Perfect”. Everyone has different budgets and different aspects that are important to them. Focus on what is most important to you as a couple and do that.
Best source of encouragement and support:
Our family and friends…especially our church family. Knowing we have the support from other married couples who have “been there/done that” really helps put married life into perspective. No one has the perfect marriage, they all take work. Most of all, remember to put God first…he will always be the most powerful source of support.
Hopes/dreams for your family’s future:
I hope our love for each other will continue to grow and flourish year after year. I want to look back in 50 years and think…how amazing
The best advice you’ve ever been given about marriage:
Marriage Takes Three. It is a covenant between the husband, wife and God. As long as He is at the center, you are stronger together than you will ever be apart.
Emily and Barrie: A Field Trip to Remember
Emily and Barrie have been together for 4 ½ years. They met when she was a senior in high school. While participating in a Teacher Cadet program at a local elementary school, she was asked to go on a field trip to the local fire department. Before the class left for the field trip, the teacher was joking with Emily about finding a prom date while at the fire department. Once at the fire department, Emily met Barrie and the teacher asked Barrie if he would take Emily to prom. Emily and Barrie soon realized they had mutual friends. After several months of staying in touch, the couple began dating. Emily and Barry were married on May 7, 2016.
The wedding was held at the Long Family Farm. This was Emily’s great grandparent’s farm.
Emily wore a lace fit and flare gown designed by Mori Lee.
Cruise to Honduras, Mexico, Costa Maya, and Belize
My favorite memory from the wedding was when our preacher started the service. He told Barrie and I to take a moment and look around at all the family, friends and loved ones that all came to celebrate us. Take in all the smiling faces, decorations, all the work and love put into such a special day.
What advice could you offer to brides currently planning their wedding:
Don’t sweat the small stuff. Little things that don’t get done before the wedding, or things that you might think don’t look like they did in your head or on pinterest, will not matter the day of the wedding. Trust me, no one will notice! All eyes are on the bride and groom, and that is what makes a beautiful day!
What has been the best source of support and encouragement for you all:
For us, it has been our faith in God. Also, our parents played a big role in supporting and encouraging us.
Future hopes or dreams for your family:
Travel and enjoy life… We both love being outside and enjoy nature.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given about marriage:
Always pray together, the closer you both are to God the closer you will be to one another.
Brides are always asking us how to fold their train as to keep it from wrinkling. Here you go! Enjoy! 🙂
Dena and Clark’s Seaside Weekend Nuptials
Dena and Clark met at Clemson University, and began dating her junior year. They dated for 6 years and got engaged at Clemson. They were married on June 11 and they are loving every minute!
Favorite Wedding Memory:
“I absolutely loved our wedding! We had an amazing wedding weekend, on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina. The weekend lasted from Thursday until Sunday with fun events each night. My favorite memory from the weekend would have to be at our reception dancing the night away with all of our friends and family.”
Advice for Brides Currently Planning their Wedding:
“Try to stay calm and don’t sweat the small stuff! I know that you want everything to be perfect to the T, but the only person who is going to know on the big day if something is not right is you. In my opinion, I feel like guests remember only a few things from a wedding, number one being the food (at least that’s what I always remember). So if you’re going to splurge, that is where I would do it!”
Who/What has been the BEST Source of Support and Encouragement:
“Our Parents! If it weren’t for them, our wedding would not have happened. When I would have my freak out moments, I could always call my mom and she would reel me back in. Clark’s parents have a beach house on Daufuskie, and were such a big help with stuff that needed to get done on the island. We will be forever grateful to all of them for giving us the perfect wedding weekend.”
Recommended Books or Resources:
“I looked online and in magazines to get ideas. Pinterest was probably the website I visited most to get ideas on anything wedding. The Knot was a great source for a timeline of when things needed to be done in the planning process.”
“My hopes are that we will remain as happy as we are now for the rest of our marriage. We hope to have a couple kids in the near future, and to build our dream home across the street in about 10 years.”
Best Marriage Advice you were Given:
“If you’re having an argument, don’t start a sentence with “you”. That sounds like you’re blaming the other person. Instead, start with “I feel”.”
First, you find out your friend or family member is engaged and you share in their joy and excitement. You go wedding gown shopping with the bride, help select bridesmaid dresses, and maybe even weigh in on suits and tuxes for the groom and groomsmen. Then, you receive the cute, perfectly themed “Save the Date” and make a note in your phone, planner, calendar, tablet, etc. Everything is going perfectly until you realize the wedding is 8 weeks away and you haven’t even thought about what you should wear!
While many of the wedding rules of etiquette have gown “out the window”, so to speak, with so many brides opting for non-traditional venues and styles, there are still some wardrobe rules to keep in mind.
- Consider the Time
Consider the time of day of the event and the season. For an afternoon wedding (before 5:30 pm) opt for semi-formal or your “Sunday best”; anything after 5:30 pm should be more formal. The invitation should give you the best indication of what level of formality is expected. If you are unsure, do not be afraid to ask the bride herself!
- Consider the Terrain
Garden weddings are beautiful and barn weddings are beautiful! Outdoor venues give couples an amazing backdrop for photos! However, these venues are not always kind to your shoes. If you’ll be walking on grass or gravel, opt for a wedge or flat. For a barn wedding, a closed toe option may be best. No matter what, make sure your tootsies and your expensive shoes are protected!
And if you MUST rock your Jimmy Choo pumps, stop in and see us for some SoleMates!
- Your LBD is Just Fine!
It’s 2016 and so many rules of wedding etiquette have gone the way of VHS tapes – outdated and no longer in use. In most cases, wearing black to a wedding is no longer considered a “no-no” and there aren’t many rules on color or style. Keep in mind that trying to upstage the bride (i.e. wearing an all sequin silver dress to an afternoon country club wedding) is ALWAYS a “don’t” and wearing white is still off limits. It’s the bride’s big day; don’t you dare try to steal her spotlight!
In the end, as with most things in life, use your best judgement and don’t be afraid to ask! If you are unsure of the terrain of a venue, ask the bride. If you aren’t sure if wearing black is okay, ask the bride. I promise, the bride would rather you ask her opinion now than show up in that silver sequin New Year’s Eve dress!
Greg and Anne… A Perfect Match…
Anne and Greg met on August 4, 2014 for a first date after connecting on an online dating website. As months went by they quickly learned they were A PERFECT MATCH!! Both of the families fit together wonderfully. Greg proposed to Anne on Christmas Eve 2015 in Jacksonville, FL and they married on June 18, 2016. Anne wore a lace v-neck fit and flare gown designed by David Tutera. The gown had an illusion back accented with covered buttons.
Anne and Greg married at First Baptist Church in Marion, NC. The reception was held at Lake Tahoma Casino.
Sandals Whitehouse Jamaica
Favorite wedding memory:
Riding my parents’ pontoon boat to Lake Tahoma Casino for our reception! The weather was fantastic on our special day! Truly magical!
Would you have done anything different in planning your wedding:
There is nothing I would change! We used local vendors that were family friends from my home town for every aspect of our wedding weekend. FBC of Marion and Lake Tahoma have been part of my entire life since birth. We will always return to Marion to visit in the future and these special places will always be a reminder of family and our wedding day!
Advice for brides currently planning their wedding:
My best advice is to hire help and trust their creativity! If you try to micromanage every detail you will drive yourself crazy! Wedding planning can take on a life of its own if you let it! Enjoy your day and it should reflect you and your spouse, no one else! Absorb every second and every feeling!
Who/What has been the best source of support and encouragement:
Each of our parents have been married 35+ years and they have been the best support and example of love and life for us!
We hope to enjoy as much quality time together as possible around our hectic work schedules! We hope to see our families as much as possible, and go on a big vacation prior to trying to start our own family.
Would you change anything about your story:
Since being married, I have learned that our paths were meant to cross and we were meant to find each other. We were older when we met, but that was how it was supposed to be! There is nothing I would change!
Best Advice you were given about Marriage:
Marriage is a wonderful gift! Marriage is hard… but only if you’re selfish or lazy! A good marriage is a daily contest of generosity. Marriage makes the good times better and the bad times not as bad. Keep these thoughts in your mindset that is my best advice!
Cannot wait for Ellie Wilde to make it to Poffie Girls! Keep an eye out for the AMAZING designer from Mon Cheri! #elliewilde #livewilde