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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!
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.
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.
Meanwhile, Wow Factor Cake Design satisfied every sweet tooth with their incredible cake bites and stunning show cakes.
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. Lovely linens were provided by Party Time Rentals.
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.
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.
Guests also practiced perfecting their poses with an abundance of props and a glittery backdrop in Shutter Hutch’s open air photobooth.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com
All photos by Eric Lundgren Photography
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Guests raved about the bites offered by St. Paul College Club, including their variety of crostinis and salmon gazpacho.
Enticing guests with her decadent treats, Kake Kreations by Kathy showed off her gorgeous designs while serving up bites of her signature marble cake.
As a special treat, Jenn from Rosetree Weddings & Events shared her expert wedding planning tips and answered couples questions during her wedding q&a.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
All photos by Tiffany Arns
Seattle area engaged couples gathered with their friends and family to experience the Pacific Northwest’s charm and style while soaking up wedding inspiration at WeddingWire’s Seattle community event. With a roster of talented local wedding professionals, guests mingled while experiencing first-hand how all the details come together at a wedding. Hotel Sorrento set the stage with its historic locale, gorgeous penthouse venue, and stunning downtown views. Guests were able to mingle over tasty bites and beverages, while experiencing the work of incredible local talent who showcased the many elements of a wedding. Take a glimpse into the soirée, perfectly captured by Tiffany Arns.
Seattle Party Shots brought the photobooth fun with a wide variety of festive props. Guests enjoyed taking their pictures with veils, top hats, and viking helmets, just to name a few.
Guests not only enjoyed beautiful floral arrangements by Designs by Courtney, but they were invited to take home living succulent rings, created exclusively for them.
Tucked in the bridal suite was Sarah Ren Makeup Artistry & Hair, who provided a Lip Bar where guests tried many different lip shades in this relaxed and intimate setting.
On the sweeter side, Delicately Sweet Confections tempted tastebuds with luscious cake bites and wow’d guests with meringue tower complete with edible gold glitter.
From old school tunes to brand new tracks, Sounds Unlimited took requests from the guests and showed off their extensive song inventory.
Alex of Taylor’d Events Group topped off the evening with her expert wedding planning tips and answered guests’ most pressing questions during her Q&A.
A huge 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 email@example.com.
Looking to save money on a wedding dress? Well, you’re shopping at just the right time! On Saturday, July 16, more than 800 locally-owned bridal salons around the United States and Canada will be participating in the National Bridal Sale Day—offering discounts of up to 80 percent off on wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, and evening wear. Want to find out which bridal salons near you are participating? Visit the WeddingWire Events page, click on the city closest to your location, and get all the details on making an appointment at a participating salon near you. Happy shopping—and saving!