Cara Burgess + Andrew Dankbar | Aug 6, 2016
While living and working in Washington, D.C. Cara and Andrew both decided to give Match.com a try. Cara was Andrew’s first online date while Cara had tried it before and was about to give up. She had already committed to meeting Andrew and hates flakey people so she went on the date (and she is oh so glad she did).
They decided to make a change and move to Charlotte in 2014 together, despite not knowing a soul in North Carolina. Exactly one year later, Andrew planned a trip to Blowing Rock to take in the fall foliage (their favorite time of the year!). After reaching the highest observatory in Blowing Rock’s beautiful mountain park, Andrew dropped to one knee and asked Cara to make him the luckiest man alive by sharing the rest of her life with him. Of course she said, “yes!”
Collectively, Andrew and Cara have lived in six states and have friends and family spread out across the globe. So when it came time to plan their wedding, there was discussion on where to have it. But it was an easy decision.
“Charlotte was where our lives are now,” said Cara. “Where we bought our first home together. Where we moved – knowing no one – and started new jobs and new lives with only each other to rely on. We have fallen in love with Charlotte and wanted to share this special city with our loved ones.”
So it was no surprise that incorporating Charlotte into their wedding in as many ways as possible was a high priority.
“We knew there was no better place than the Charlotte City Club – with it's location in the heart of uptown and its beautiful views,” said the bride. “We wanted our guests to have a convenient, easy stay so we selected hotels close to the venue. We plotted out our favorite restaurants, local landmarks and, of course, a self-guided brewery crawl.”
From timeless attire to their soft color palette of navy, gold and blush, they selected elements that were romantic and classic. But they also wanted to sneak in unexpected fun – from the hand painted miniature bride and groom cake toppers to the funky groomsmen socks.
“We always say our friends and family are an eclectic bunch; they don't separately have a lot in common, but they are the perfect, cohesive reflection of who we are,” said Cara. “We tried to weave that into many of the details to show that things don't have to be the same to go together.”
This wedding was truly a worldwide affair with 140 of 148 of the guests traveling from 3 countries and 27 U.S. states.
“It was a joy and an honor to bring together so many loved ones. Guests came from as far as Alaska and Korea to be with us. Our wedding was a perfect celebration, not just of us and the love we share for one another, but of the people of importance in our lives. Andrew and I are grateful for all of the people who have loved us along the way, because that is why we are able to love each other so well. It was a wonderful reflection of that sentiment!”
The best part of the day for Cara?
“Marrying Andrew! Second to that, the food, the dance scene and being surrounded by all of our favorite people. It was also really fun to see all of our hard work and planning come together so flawlessly on our wedding day. Everything was truly perfect!”
Photography by Angela Tucker
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