What are you looking forward to on your wedding day?
Marrying my best friend and being surrounded by our most favorite people! Family is so important to James and I, so to have a whole weekend where both of our families will be in the same place will be such a wonderful and memorable weekend.
What was your favorite thing about your bridal portraits?
Oh, there are so many!! Having some of my favorite people in the world there was such special treat and made the shoot so fun. I was lucky enough to have my parents and my best friend there, whom all kept me laughing through the entire shoot. I absolutely loved being able to wear my gorgeous gown and did not want to take it off at the end of the day. The bridal portraits were very surreal for me and made me that much more excited for my wedding day.
What stuck out to you about Duke Mansion?
The southern charm of the Duke Mansion immediately stood out to me. It had that southern feel with classic white columns and rocking chairs on the front porch. The Duke Mansion is a gem of Charlotte and I was so honored to be able to have my bridal session shoot here.
My engagement ring was the inspiration for this entire wedding. The ring was passed down to James from his grandmother whom received it from her mother. The simplicity, elegance, and timelessness of the ring was the foundation of this wedding. I didn’t want a trendy wedding or to do what was “in”, I wanted an elegant, classic wedding just as this ring is.
I absolutely love the story of my ring but it can be a little long. I attached it in case there is a submission where it could be use!
The story behind the ring
As told by Gran (James’ Grandmother)
“In 1970 my father (James’ great-grandfather) surprised my mother (James’ great-grandmother) with a tiny gold-wrapped box on the Christmas tree. My parents had just returned from a trip to South Africa and they had flown from their home in Philadelphia to Denver to be with us for our first Christmas in Colorado. My mother was 60 years old. When she opened the gift, she was stunned. She sat with tears running down her cheeks; she couldn’t speak. All of her married life she had worn a plain gold band on her ring finger. I don’t remember her ever saying one thing about wanting a diamond engagement ring. I do know she loved her plain gold band; I wear it on my hand today.
But here she was….60 years old and my dad proudly slipped this sparkling diamond on her finger. It was a lovely moment that I shall never forget. My mother loved wearing this diamond ring! “
James’ great-grandmother was only able to wear the ring for nine years. She passed away at 69. James’ great-grandfather gave the ring to me shortly after her passing but it wasn’t until two years later that I began wearing the ring. I wore it with love everyday for the past 43 years until I passed it to James once he made the beautiful decision to marry Myranda.
As told by Myranda
“On December 6th, James proposed and presented me with the most gorgeous diamond ring I had ever seen. I was overwhelmed with excitement to be able to say I was going to marry my best friend and in complete awe over the diamond ring James had just placed on my finger. He then presented me with a letter from Gran. As I read the letter my eyes filled with tears. I could not believe James and I were given such a beautiful gift and the privilege of carrying on this ring. It is with great love and joy that I wear this ring everyday. Every time I look at my ring I am reminded of the deep, unconditional love James has for me; I am also reminded of two incredible women, one that I was not able to know, and another that holds a special place in both James’ and my life. Gran is a phenomenal woman who has served as a role model to her whole family and all that know her. Her love, dedication, and steadfastness have inspired her children and grandchildren to accomplish great things. She has always played a large part in James’ life and helped shape him into the wonderful man he is today. Knowing that a part of Gran and James’ great-grandmother will always be with us is truly the greatest gift.”
Londyn Gown by Hayley Paige
Why I chose this dress?
I’m a sucker for big ball gowns and the more southern the better! But I also knew I would be having the reception at a hotel in uptown Charlotte so I wanted my dress to fit with the modern look that our reception would have. This Hayley Paige tulle gown was perfect! It’s a big ball gown but the horsehair tulle gives it a fun modern twist that I was looking for. From the second I tried on the londyn gown, I knew it was the perfect dress for me!
How did you feel the first time you tried on your dress?
Simply put, I felt like a bride. It was the first dress I had tried on, that I truly felt like a bride. It was simple and classic, yet fun and modern. I was glowing with excitement and happiness; everyone there knew it was the dress for me.
What do you think James will do when he sees you in your dress for the first time?
When James sees me for the first time, I think his face will light up with his big warm smile. I think we both will be at ease when we finally get to see each other that day and we’ll both be glowing with excitement that the day has finally come!
Why I chose my shoes?
I knew I wanted to wear heels with my wedding dress. I love the feel of confidence that a good pair of heels will give you! The simple, yet elegance of the gold strappy Jimmy Choos were perfect for me!