Today, we’re sharing a story that stopped us in our tracks and has us reaching for the closest box of tissues. Happy tears, we promise!

When family and friends arrived to Jaquie Farmer and Andy Goncher’s wedding, the guests didn’t know that they were about to get the surprise of a lifetime. Jaquie, who was left paralyzed after a swimming accident in 2008, had been in a wheelchair ever since she was 17 years old. She didn’t know if she would ever be able to walk again, but she was determined to try. Over the next several years, Jaquie spent hundreds of hours going to the gym and doing physical therapy, hoping to regain the strength to stand on her own again someday.

She met Andy through a dating app in 2013. He proposed two years later, and that’s when Jaquie made it her goal to walk down the aisle and dance wheelchair-free at their wedding.

When the big day arrived on May 22, 2016, Jaquie stunned everyone by getting out of her wheelchair and walking down the aisle, her mom and grandfather by her side. Amazingly, the bride was able to stand for most of the wedding, including the newlyweds’ first dance. Watch the sweet video below!

The bride, who looked stunning in her blush tulle and lace gown by Elizabeth Dye, is an inspiration to all of us here at WeddingWire. Congratulations, Jaquie and Andy!

WeddingWire Charlotte’s Summer Soirée

Posted by Kim on Aug 22, 2016

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All photos by Love Shutter Photography

Engaged couples from throughout the Charlotte area gathered together with their family and friends for an evening of celebration and wedding inspiration at WeddingWire Charlotte’s Summer Soirée. The Levine Museum of the New South provided the perfect backdrop for this celebratory affair, with it’s stunning Lobby and Atrium spaces. Guests soaked up the beauty of the evening while learning from local wedding pros, enjoying delicious bites, and gaining ideas for their own big days. Enjoy a glimpse into the soirée, flawlessly captured by Love Shutter Photography.

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DELECTABLES by holly Catering pulled out all the stops with mouthwatering morsels that included shrimp and grits, biscuits with Smithfield smoked ham and brown sugar butter sauce, and marsala mascarpone mousse with grilled peach and prosciutto that kept guests coming back for more.

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Meanwhile, Wow Factor Cake Design satisfied every sweet tooth with their incredible cake bites and stunning show cakes.

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Pink Petunia Designs transformed the venue with their impressive floral arrangements, accenting tabletops throughout the Lobby and Atrium. The centerpieces and bouquets overflowed with a gorgeous variety of blooms.

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In the Lobby, guests relaxed in the beautiful lounge created with vintage furniture and romantic china from Evermore – the perfect addition for a memorable event.

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Amidst the sampling and imbibing, guests indulged in some well-deserved pampering! Cali Stott Hair & Makeup Artistry offered a lip bar for anyone wanting to add some color to their life and answered burning bridal beauty questions.

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Guests also practiced perfecting their poses with an abundance of props and a glittery backdrop in Shutter Hutch’s open air photobooth.  

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But the fun didn’t stop there! Carolina DJ Professionals kept the party poppin’ with their wide array of tunes and effortlessly set the mood with each song.

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To top off a truly inspirational evening, Mandi with Social 10 Events shared her expert wedding planning tips with the crowd. Not only did she drop serious knowledge on couples, but she also incorporated a handful of brides and grooms into her presentation to illustrate the different ways in which priorities for the big day can differ from couple to couple.

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Thank you so much to everyone who attended the event, and to our incredible event partners! If you’d like to find out about future events, please email WeddingWire Community Manager Jamie at jamied@weddingwire.com

Glam Winter Wedding Inspo, Groomsmen Gift Ideas and More!

Posted by Brenna Cashen on Aug 17, 2016

Happy Wednesday! Our Editorial Team has been busy writing content for our Ideas Section! So, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite real weddings, slideshows and articles to help get you through the rest of the week. Check them out below:

Snowy Glamorous Minnesota Wedding- Beat the summer heat with all the steal-worthy winter wedding details of this day.
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Photo by Anna Grinets Photography

11 Awesome Groomsmen Gifts –  Fitness buffs to beer lovers, we have a gift ideas perfect for all types of groomsmen.

Paradise Alaska 33 (1)      Photo by Relic Photographic

Glamorous California Winter Wedding –  From branches draped in crystals to a jaw-dropping mermaid gown, this wedding provides endless glamour!

600x600_1470326643053-trump-national-golf-clubPhoto by Janelle Elise Photography

How to Politely Decline a Wedding Invitation- Check out our etiquette tips on how to let a couple know you won’t be able to make it to their big day.

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Glam New Year’s Eve Lodge Wedding
This wedding has all the glitz and glamour of New Years Eve with a rustic touch. See it all here:

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Photo by Pepper Nix Photography

 

Wedding Invitation Advice, Registry Tips and More!

Posted by Brenna Cashen on Aug 10, 2016

Happy Wednesday! It’s time for our weekly recap! Here are five of our favorite articles and slideshows from our Editorial team this week. See tips and advice below:

Everything You MUST Include on a Wedding Invitation-
 Unsure what you should and shouldn’t include on your wedding invite? Find out here!

Flora and Fauna      Photo by Flora and Fauna

11 Bridal Shower Favors We’re Obsessing Over-  Check out 11 of our favorite fun and festive bridal shower favors!

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Gifts You’ll Forget to Register For- From luggage to holiday items, don’t forget to put these gifts on your registry!

1470226898738-things-forget-to-register-for-red-letter-daysPhoto by Red Letter Days Photography & Events

Everything You Need to Pack for a Bachelorette Party– A packing checklist for your next bachelorette party!

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Which Wedding Invitation Inserts Do You Need?– Explore the different types of enclosures you can include in your invitations.

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WeddingWire St. Paul’s Summer Fête

Posted by Kim on Aug 08, 2016

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St. Paul area engaged couples enjoyed a festive evening with their friends and family at WeddingWire St. Paul’s Summer Fête. While enjoying the intimate charm of the St. Paul College Club, guests chatted with Twin Cities wedding professionals, enjoyed mouth-watering bites, and soaked up local wedding inspiration. Enjoy photos from the Fête, effortlessly captured by Eric Lundgren Photography.

 

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Guests were invited to visit the Bridal Suite and Groom’s Room upstairs, where Laura Westrem Artistry provided mini makeovers. From fresh new lip shades to alluring eyes, Laura gave out loads of tips on how to make sure beauty on the big day goes flawlessly.

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In the Great Hall, The Traveling Photo Booth brought a dazzling backdrop for guests to enjoy. With a simple sparkle behind them, the highlight of these pictures was the fun and beauty of the guests.

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From entryway arrangements to table centerpieces, Silks & Images added a sophisticated touch to each room of the event, adding an array of colors and textures to the design. Brides enjoyed perusing all the different bouquet options and envisioning the wide variety of blooms available to them.

 

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Throughout the venue, Après Party & Tent Rental supplied linens that brought all the design elements together. Their Georgian Sheer linens and candle votives captured the fun twinkle of the event.

 

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Adagio Djay Entertainment added light-hearted fun with their expansive playlist. They knew how to keep the guests delighted, creating just the right mood with each song.

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Guests raved about the bites offered by St. Paul College Club, including their variety of crostinis and salmon gazpacho.

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Enticing guests with her decadent treats, Kake Kreations by Kathy showed off her gorgeous designs while serving up bites of her signature marble cake.

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As a special treat, Jenn from Rosetree Weddings & Events shared her expert wedding planning tips and answered couples questions during her wedding q&a.

 

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Thank you to everyone who attended and to all of our participating partners! If you’d like to find out about future events, you can reach out to WeddingWire Community Manager Jamie at jamied@weddingwire.com.