Real Wedding: Brenda and Renan at the Ritz Carlton
From his native Turkey to Denmark (where they met) to France (for her birthday), to the Bahamas (where they got engaged), Brenda Piercey and Renan Akcora have celebrated life and love by traveling the world. To bring together friends and families from across the globe to the bride’s hometown, they charged Heather Bryson of Carolina Event Design to bring Europe to Charlotte’s Urban Garden at the Ritz Carlton.
What evolved was a candlelit aisle and romantic wedding arbor, followed by dinner in a European-style cafe, aglow with projected trees, candles and market lights. “The minute I saw it, the light, the candles…it was magical,” said Brenda.
The bride, who dislikes being the center of attention, was shivering with nerves, until, “Renan took my hand. Everyone faded away. I just needed him.” Dr. Patrick Maloy presided over the non-denominational service, joining the Catholic bride to her Muslim husband, with readings by friends, and a yellow rose in memory of Brenda’s mother.
Wanting to incorporate the countries where the bride and groom fell in love, Bryson framed a world map “guestbook” to sign, while the wedding party made their reception entrance waving tiny world flags from their homelands of Turkey, Denmark, Great Britain, Sweden and Dubai. Dessert tables and bars sported apples and pumpkins, with rustic fall colors in cornflower blue, warm browns, golds, and oranges. Far from serious, the bride and groom cut their pineapple and raspberry naked cake with light sabers to the “Imperial March.”
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