Pretty in pink


April 25, 2023

Wedding stories: Sarah & Josh Carter


Photographs courtesy Megan Travis Photography

Had it not been for Josh’s younger sister Bethany, he and his wife-to-be may never have crossed paths. While they both attended Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., Josh was a senior when Sarah was a freshman. It wasn’t until the wedding of Bethany — who was Sarah’s “big sister” in their sorority — that Sarah and Josh met, and eventually, began to date. When it came time for their wedding, the couple settled first on a venue and band, knowing those choices often set the tone for the day. Sarah, who grew up in Charlotte, wanted it to have a “romantic garden feel,” and be memorable and fun for guests. The couple also wanted plenty of time to dance, so they focused on talking to guests during the dinner hour. After that, they hit the dance floor, where everyone wore Mardi Gras beads to celebrate the couple’s move to New Orleans. Josh is owner/operator of a Chick-fil-A there, and Sarah is a pediatric physical therapist. “It was one of those nights you wish would never end,” Sarah says. Having a first look prior to the ceremony was also special. The couple read letters they had written to each other, and their videographer captured the moment. “Doing a first look was definitely a favorite for us both, and such a sweet time between Josh and I.”

The details:

Photographer | Megan Travis Photography

Videographer | LIVEMORE Weddings

Venue | Separk Mansion, Gastonia

Planner | Caylea Flanagan

Floral Design | Kay McGarity & Dale Farish (family friends); Charlotte Flower Market

Dress | Rita Vinieris, Hayden Olivia Bridal

Shoes | Badgley Mischka

Wedding Accessories | Vivian Drew, bride and bridesmaids earrings

Bridesmaids Dresses | Amsale, Bella Bridesmaids

Groom & Groomsmen Attire | The Black Tux

Hair & Makeup | Beauty Asylum, Anna Whiting

Caterer | Something Classic Catering

Cake | Sunflour Baking Company

Band | Big Night Dynamite

Linens & Plating | Curated Events Charlotte

Exit Car | Roaring 20s Limo Co.

Wedding Crest | Shuler Studio

Stationery | Minted

Sarah & Josh Carter after their wedding at Separk Mansion in Gastonia, N.C.

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