Couple: Eduardo and Diana Williams

Wedding Date: May 7, 2016

Location: Holiday Inn Center City (wedding), Maggiano’s Little Italy South Park (reception), Charlotte NC

The Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero, style Lorie

Photography: Cliff Nichols

More Details: After a year of planning and doing our best to have the wedding of our dreams — while trying to be reasonable with our limited budget — I have to say that everything turned out better than I could have imagined. We did not have a theme, but our colors were peach and mint/pistachio. I did all the planning and research, but had lots of help from my now husband. All our family is from out of town, so other assistance was limited.

We had our ceremony at the rooftop of the Holiday Inn Charlotte Center City. The weather was perfect. Since we’re both parents, we decided that his children and my child were going to be our groomsmen and bridesmaid. We had about 60 guests between family and close friends. Our reception was in one of the reception rooms at Maggiano’s Little Italy. I have to say that I had no idea they had these until my friend mentioned it to me, but Lord I am so glad we used them. They not only gave us the best options for our budget, but they did fantastic work. The food was delicious, of course, and the service was awesome.

Our photographer was amazing. He took tons of pictures and was very courteous and patient with my side of the family who did not speak much or any English. He was very thorough throughout the planning process and really took care of every detail. He made sure we were aware of the many little things we would have not thought about it, but which made the day easier and the photoshoot smoother.

My dress was Maggie Sottero and the design was Lorie in Ivory. After visiting several places I had started to feel like the dress I dreamed of was not out there. I found lots of beautiful dresses, but just not My Dress. I came across New York Bride & Groom and decided to make a solo trip to the store. Mona helped me with my many picks. She really was wonderful to me, being that I went there by myself. She took the time until I found “The One.” I came back a few times to try it on, and each time I fell more in love with it. The Alterations department was awesome as well. I had a few customizations, including adding a sash and making the dress a bit more fitted. It was more beautiful that I had pictured it. Plus, my husband loved it. Before our wedding, he kept asking me if I was going to get rid of the dress after we were married, but when he saw me in it, he stated, “you are keeping this one.”