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A Romantic Charlotte Wedding – Liliana & Chris

Liliana and Chris met the very first time at the New years party at their church. When asked about their relationship they answered: “We are two people who are extensively alike. We are each others bestest friend and we love to be together. We are goofy and understand each other so well. We had a long distance relationship, however that did not stop us from continuing to build a strong relationship. The long drives and long nights talking to each other made us appreciate each other so much more.” 

Chris proposed outside in a beautiful park. He had a special place in mind where they had to walk through bushes and Liliana was a little confused why he was so insisting to go there. In the end she said yes of course. They love the outside and that’s a reason why they chose Daniel Stowe Botanical gardens for their bridal party pictures and bride and groom portraits. Also because that’s where they went for their first date. 

Chris would describe Liliana as Beautiful, intelligent, exemplary and Liliana describes Chris as Outgoing, romantic, kind hearted.
Her favourite part of the wedding day was the first look, getting ready and the food. His favourite part was the first look at his gorgeous bride.

The wedding was really diverse!! It was a Ukrainian–Russian celebration, photographed by a German in North Carolina. The entire ceremony was in Russian as well.

Liliana and Chris loved the idea of doing their first look at this beautiful staircase in the Ballantyne Hotel. Unfortunately, they soon found out that there was a huge Indian wedding happening at the same time. Therefore, they needed to change plans. Good thing was that the Hotel had its own golf course – beautiful, rolling hills, perfectly-cut green grass and right in the middle, a little wooden bridge.

The ceremony was in a conservative church with conservative rules. No alcohol or dancing, clapping or whistling was allowed but the atmosphere was still so joyful and loving.  Liliana walked down the aisle by herself – all eyes on her of course – and the ceremony took about an hour. Before the first kiss, Chris lifted the veil. After the ceremony the married couple stayed in front of the church and the wedding guests formed a line to congratulate and greet them individually. 

During the reception they had friends singing and playing little role plays and they gifted their parents framed photographs of their engagement session as gratitude for all their help and support. They had a European buffet style dinner and a macaroon cake!!!! And lot’s of sweets as well.

Their honeymoon was to Barbados and it was a secret surprise for Liliana. 

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Photographer: Franzi Annika Photography // Ceremony Venue: The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge // Other Venue: UNCC Botanical Gardens // Cake Designer: Caked With Tanya // Floral Designer: LiviLove Flowers and Gifts // Bridesmaid Dresses: Lulus // Shoes: Steve Madden // Dress Designer: Allure

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