Charlie and Katie met when they were 12 and 11 years old (respectively) through school, mutual friends, etc. They knew each other all through middle and high school, had similar friend groups, and even dated briefly in high school. When Charlie graduated high school he attended Carson Newman College on a baseball scholarship and a year later, Katie graduated and attended North Carolina State University. They lost touch for a bit, but during Katie’s sophomore year of college (Charlie’s junior year) they ran into each other while home for Christmas break. They went out for New Year’s Eve and spent time together before going back to college but, a relationship did not develop during that time. Katie found out through friends and Facebook that Charlie had enlisted in the Air Force and they lost touch again. During his most recent deployment in Afghanistan, Charlie sent Katie a message merely stating that he would be home in a month and would like to get together to catch up. He sent her another message on October 31, 2014 saying that he had returned; they went on their “first date” on November 8, 2014 (a week later) and were married almost two years after.
Where/When was your wedding? We were married at The Big Chill on November 4, 2016 in Charlotte, NC.
Where did you get engaged? At the Biltmore in Asheville, NC on December 22, 2015
Where did you honeymoon? Disney World (it was awesome!)
What was your first dance song? “You and I” by Michael Buble’
What was your favorite aspect of your wedding day? From the moment we started planning the wedding we both agreed that we wanted ALL of our friends and family members to have a great time; we wanted great food and a great party for everyone! During the wedding and reception and even as we’ve looked at pictures of the evening, it is obvious that everyone had a great time. It has been such a blessing to have such a wonderful support system!
What is your favorite date night? Trying a new restaurant, bar, or activity
Do you have an advice for brides to be? So many things…..try to relax and enjoy every moment of the planning process, don’t be afraid to ask for help, and don’t be so confined by your budget that you cut corners on important items.
Do you have any advice for grooms to be? When the brides starts to panic, stay calm and never tell her to “just relax”.
Katherine and David met in Charlotte, NC. They dated for a little over two years and before getting engaged.
Where/When was your wedding? We were married on September 17, 2016 at the First United Methodist Church in Charlotte, NC. Our reception was held at the Charlotte City Club.
Where did you get engaged? Mexico
Where did you honeymoon? Jamaica
What was your first dance song? ‘You Are the Best Thing’ by Ray LaMontagne
What was your favorite aspect of your wedding day? I loved looking around the room at the reception seeing family and friends from all different aspects of life. It was so neat to see our families and family friends interact and enjoy each other’s company.
As the holidays quickly approach, we cannot help but reflect on Brides Across America…
November 13th marked Poffie Girls’ 6th annual Brides Across America event and it was truly magical. It is such a joy to give back to those who have given so much. Check out the links below for some highlights of the event!
Jaclyn and Jason met four years ago at work…She trained him when he started his new job. The first time Jaclyn saw Jason she thought he was incredibly good looking. He apparently thought the same thing and didn’t pay much attention to what she was saying during the training session. Because of that, he had to call numerous times after training to ask questions about work and that was when they started talking regularly, getting to know each other and falling for each other. At their annual company meeting, they had their first kiss by the ocean. For the next year, they dated remotely. Jaclyn lived in Miami and Jason lived in Charlotte. Their relationship continued to grow. After a year, Jaclyn decided to move to Charlotte to be with Jason and three years later they were married!
Where/When was your wedding? We were married June 11, 2016 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Our ceremony and reception were held at The Venue Fort Lauderdale.
Where did you honeymoon? Jamaica!!! He planned the entire trip and surprised me with it right before our wedding!
What’s your favorite memory from your wedding? The ceremony – I remember looking into my husband’s eyes and feeling so much love and happiness. Another favorite was dancing all night with my family and closest friends.
What advice could you offer to brides currently planning their wedding? Remember that this is a celebration and at the end of the day everyone is there to celebrate YOU AND YOUR HUSBAND! Don’t worry about the little details – in the end all everyone remembers is how much fun they had with the bride and groom!
What has been the best source of support and encouragement for you all? Our families (my sister in particular who was also the Maid of Honor)
What are some hopes or dreams you have for your family’s future? I look forward to having a child and seeing my husband’s sons grow up. I look forward to growing old with my husband – sitting by the water enjoying each other’s company.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given about marriage? Never go to sleep angry – always say “I love you” and give your spouse a kiss every night.
We are so excited to announce that Poffie Girls has been selected as one of The Knot’s Best of Weddings for 2017!
Thank you to all of our amazing customers who make our jobs a joy!
Poffie Girls nailed The Mannequin Challenge during our 6th Annual Brides Across America event.
Nicole and Jimmy… At First Sight
Jimmy was born and raised in Charlotte, NC. He is an Air Traffic Controller and also serves part-time in the Air Force National Guard. Nicole was born in Chicago, IL and raised in Dallas, TX. She moved to Charlotte, NC one year ago and works in Human Resources. We both enjoy traveling, watching sports (Go Panthers!) and painting together.
They met at a bar in Charlotte, NC. Jimmy says he gave her a look from across the bar, and she was hooked. In reality, he never came up to Nicole and she wouldn’t leave before she spoke to him, so a friend asked him to come over and talk to Nicole. Jimmy agreed. The rest is history! Three years later they are now newlyweds!
-Where/When was the wedding? We were married on August 13, 2016 at the Mint Museum Uptown in Charlotte, NC.
-Where did you get engaged? We got engaged at a fountain on the corner of Trade and Tryon St. in Uptown Charlotte. This happens to be where we had our first kiss. (We also went back to the fountain on our wedding night to take a picture.)
-Where was the Honeymoon? We are honeymooning in February 2017, and will be going to the Riviera Maya in Mexico.
-What was your first dance song? Never Felt This Way by Brian McKnight
-What was your favorite aspect of your wedding day? The reception! We had so much fun dancing with friends and family. The only downside was that it went by to fast!
-What is your favorite date night? We can’t decide on just on… When we go out, we enjoy getting dressed up and treating ourselves to a nice dinner. We often stroll around the area afterwards and enjoy each other’s company. If we stay in, we enjoy cooking a romantic dinner together, followed by painting.
-Do you have any advice for brides to be? Enjoy your day! I was skeptical about hiring a wedding planner because I enjoy planning and wanted to be involved in everything. The best decision I made was hiring a planner. She kept me sane throughout the whole planning process, and I was stress free my entire wedding weekend.
-Do you have any advice for grooms to be? Simply say, “Whatever you want, honey.”
Poffie Girls is excited to announce that we will be hosting our 6th annual Brides Across America event Sunday November 13th!
Brides dream ofhaving the perfect dress and a beautiful gown is an essential part of every bride’s special day. Brides Across America plays a role in making their dreams come true by giving a military bride a free wedding gown during a Brides Across America’s Nationwide Gown Giveaway. Deployments, financial hardships,and other challenges unique to servicemen and women can make it difficult to plan a wedding. Each year, Poffie Girls opens it’s doors to military brides to help make their wedding dreams come true!
For more information, please visit www.bridesacrossamerica.com or call Poffie Girls during normal business hours.
Catherine and Brian…. Together at Last
Catherine and Brian both grew up in Daytona Beach, Florida and shared family friends, but never had the chance to meet up in adolescent years.
Fast forward 20 years to the Fall of 2014, they both ended up in North Carolina. Brian was living in Asheville and Catherine in Charlotte. They connected one weekend through Tinder, and immediately started chatting. Come to find out, they had a mutual friend Alice – Brian’s best friend from high school and Catherine’s best friends step-sister…small world! Their courtship moved quickly and before they knew it, Brian was going to Daytona for Christmas with Catherine’s family, they were spending alternating weekends in either Charlotte or Asheville, vacationing with families and planning for Brian transfer to Charlotte by mid-2015. In September of 2015, Brian planned a surprise weekend getaway to New York City and proposed on September 13th at the top of Rockefeller Center!
PS…Alice ended up being Brian’s “Best Man” at the wedding.
Where/When was the wedding:
We were married on April 16, 2016 in Mooresville, North Carolina at Williamson’s Chapel United Methodist Church and celebrated with friends and family at Jeffrey’s Restaurant following the ceremony.
We honeymooned in France! Brian planned the perfect 2 week trip enjoying Paris, Reims and Burgundy.
The entire day was a whirlwind and went by very quickly, but the moment the doors of the church opened and I looked around to see everyone we loved in attendance that was amazing! Then to stare down the aisle at Brian, I couldn’t walk fast enough!
Advice to brides currently planning weddings:
Don’t worry so much about making your wedding “Pinterest Perfect”. Everyone has different budgets and different aspects that are important to them. Focus on what is most important to you as a couple and do that.
Best source of encouragement and support:
Our family and friends…especially our church family. Knowing we have the support from other married couples who have “been there/done that” really helps put married life into perspective. No one has the perfect marriage, they all take work. Most of all, remember to put God first…he will always be the most powerful source of support.
Hopes/dreams for your family’s future:
I hope our love for each other will continue to grow and flourish year after year. I want to look back in 50 years and think…how amazing
The best advice you’ve ever been given about marriage:
Marriage Takes Three. It is a covenant between the husband, wife and God. As long as He is at the center, you are stronger together than you will ever be apart.