Chad and Carol Anne share an interest in history and met in an online chat group about the topic. Both divorcees, they bonded over their shared interests and witty sense of humor. Chad later proposed at The Fig Tree restaurant in Charlotte.
Carol Anne took wedding planning into her own hands and decided on a theme that honored both her and her husband’s heritage of Scottish and Irish decent. Their celtic wedding, held at The Burke Manor Inn in Gibsonville, NC, was beautiful and true to them as a couple.
In keeping with the tradition of “something borrowed, something old, something new, and a penny for your shoe” Carol Anne incorporated small family details that held big meaning. “My dad (who has cancer) gave me a six pence for my shoe. The british six-pence has Scottish thistle on the back. We had Scottish thistle all throughout our wedding flowers. Now the six-pence is in a necklace I can wear everyday and not only think about my beautiful wedding, but my sweet dad…forever,” she shares.
Many Celtic traditions, as you can see from the photos by Michelle Robinson Photography below, included a hand-binding ceremony, which is a cord of three strands you braid together: One represents the bride, one the groom, and one God. The Celtic hand binding is literally where the term “tied the knot” comes from. Carol Anne’s grown children held the ring with the three different colored cords while the bride and groom braided them and then binded their hands together.
Also, to keep with the theme of heritage and tradition, a bagpiper played and their families’ clan colors were incorporated in Kilt’s, sashes, the cake ribbon, and table decorations. The invitations themselves were ordered from Scotland!
VENUE & CATERER The Burke Manor Inn | PHOTOGRAPHER Michelle Robinson Photography | MINISTER Dickie Spargo | BRIDAL GOWN & SHOES David’s Bridal | BRIDESMAIDS David’s Bridal | JEWELRY Dillards | HAIR & MAKEUP Daja Vou | FLORIST Pat’s Florist | CAKE Delicious Cakes | MUSIC David Thomas – Bagpipes | ACCOMMODATIONS Burke Manor Inn