Love in Bloom


September 28, 2023

by Sarah Fligel

Allie Klimowski & Greg Rodzevik
photographs by Amy Kolo Photography

After dating Greg for nearly 10 years, Allie envisioned a Western-adventure destination wedding, with possibly a few family members to help celebrate. “I didn’t want to plan anything,” she says, since the Charlotte couple, who both work in the pharmaceutical industry, juggle hectic schedules. “My life is already chaotic enough.”

Her mom Julie, however, had something else in mind. After having had a town-hall wedding years ago, she dreamed of giving her daughter a storybook wedding that would make her happy, and Allie changed course. “It was a really good party,” Allie says. “My mom thought of it all and did a better job than I ever could.”

With Allie’s blessing, Julie and planner Jackie Fogartie orchestrated an intimate, colorful celebration that featured an outdoor venue (a nod to Allie and Greg’s love of the outdoors), a packed dance floor — thanks to a silent disco to end the evening — and vibrant trails of florals in a rainbow of pastels. A showstopping floral installation above the dance floor included vintage-inspired lights tucked into a magical mixture of moss and blooms. “The flowers were insane,” Allie says, noting she gave free rein to floral designer Kristen Brown. “I still have people talking to me and texting me about those.”

Allie’s advice for wedding planning? Hire talented professionals (and maybe her mom!) who will execute beautiful details and handle the stress, so you don’t have to. “We were fortunate to have parents who wanted and could do this for us and great people to make it happen … You want to enjoy it.”

The Details:

Photographer | Amy Kolo Photography

Venue | VanLandingham Estate

Planner | Jackie Fogartie Events

Floral Design | Vintage Soul Floral

Dress | Rita Vinieris

Beauty | Be Pretty Charlotte 

Groom Attire | Bruce Julian

Rings | Diamonds Direct

Caterer | Best Impressions Caterers

Cake | The Wow Factor Cakes

Entertainment | Dean’s Duets, Split Second Sound

Rentals | PR Design Styled Collection, Party Reflections

Stationery | Viri Lovely Designs

Puppy Sitter | Furever Friends

Allie and Greg smile after they exchange vows at their wedding at VanLandingham Estate in Charlotte.

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