Real Wedding: Catherine and Mike at Foundation for the Carolinas
JUNE 28, 2014
Covenant Presbyterian, Foundation For the Carolinas
Photographs by Caroline Ro
Catherine Ambler, IT consultant for Ernst & Young, and Mike Allen, investment analyst for BDCA, met during grad school at Wake Forest, where they were both studying at the same library, or she was anyway. Mike knew she studied in a particular room and started sitting nearby, gradually moving on to Starbucks breaks and finally asking her out.
With Scripture read by friends and Catherine’s brother’s a capella version of “Divine Romance” by Phil Wickham, Father Bob Henderson gave a short homily based on letters they had written to each other. Catherine said, “I felt really calm, and I’m the more emotional of the two of us. At the end of the aisle, I got a little giggly, and saw Mike was tearing up, and I was like WHAT? It was the complete opposite of normal!”
Great with spreadsheets, the bride and groom happily handed the creative details over to Favor Me Events’ Anne Markey, who created a spectrum of corals and pinks to compliment the turquoise bridesmaid gowns and specialty linens by Party Reflections. Lush centerpieces in blush and coral by The Place for Flowers took Catherine’s breath away. A favorite moment, DJ Dennis from Split Second Sound had guests arm in arm, belting out final song, Billy Joel’s “Piano Man,” before they took up clappers, bells, and noisemakers to send the newlyweds away in a 1930 Model A Ford and a St. Thomas honeymoon.
Anne Markey of Favor Me Events
The Place For Flowers
Wow Factor Cakes
Split Second Sound
Live music during cocktail hour: The New Hires
Bridesmaids’ hair + Mom’s: Amanda Bagford
Bill Levkoff, New York Bride & Groom
Jos. A Bank