Meet Tammy and Thomas. Or T and T as they are known to their friends. Huge Panther fans. Great friends! And Newlyweds.
It took some time for Thomas to get the courage to ask Tammy out. When he did she said yes. She wanted to know this gorgeous man better. His classic, masculine features and muscular build made her heart flutter, but she wanted to make sure he was the gentleman she felt sure he was.
Their dates soon turned into hours on the phone after work, as the two chatted late into the evening.
Tammy’s professionalism and bubbly personality meld perfectly into her career as a marketing coordinator for Bojangles. Thomas, now an insurance claims processor at Accenture, found the more time he spent with Tammy, the stronger his feelings became. As their love grew stronger, he knew Tammy was the woman he wanted to marry. He decided to stage his proposal just after they had both returned from trips, and the memory makes them laugh to this day.
Thomas kept calling Tammy to find out when she would be home. She had gotten busy at one of her stores, and was running a little late. He kept calling, and she asked him to give her an hour. Two hours later, she arrived home to strangely quiet apartment. No Thomas.
No Bowzer, their beloved dog.
Tammy called out for both of them, but didn’t hear a sound.
She noticed the bedroom door was shut, so she twisted the doorknob.
She couldn’t believe what she was seeing in her bedroom.
There was Bowzer, decorated in bows, a party hat and a feather boa. Bowzer went crazy as soon as Tammy came in! Unfortunately, when Bowzer began his doggy dance of joy, the crucial note attached to Bowzer’s side fell off. Tammy was delighted to see Bowzer, of course, but she was also hoping to see Thomas somewhere in the apartment.
She looked and looked.
Finally, Thomas cracked open the door of the restroom, where he had been hiding. He whispered, “The note! Read the note! It is on Bowzer’s side!”
Tammy spied the note on the floor where it had fallen off and opened the envelope. The note inside read “Mommy, will you marry Daddy?”
Thomas threw open the door, playing the song “Wedding Bells,” and asked Tammy, “Will you marry me?”
“I didn’t even realize he did not get down on one knee until later, but it didn’t even matter!” Tammy said. Her answer was an over-joyed “Yes!”
The two married before myriad family and friends at Brakefield at Riverwalk, where the couple also held their reception. A classically elegant affair in plum, purple and silver, the wedding also included a tribute to the the Carolina Panthers the couple’s favorite football team.
“Our guestbook was a customized Panther’s jersey,” Tammy said, with the shirt featuring their married name. “Our seating chart was sporting tickets and our favors were customized rally towels in Carolina colors. Our favorite part was the bridal party entrance.
We came into the room to the same song the Panthers run out of the tunnel to at home games, and our guests spun their towels in the air!”
The couple danced their first dance as man and wife to “La Vie en Rose,” by Louis Armstong.
As their photographer, I am honored to capture their wedding for posterity. Tammy’s wedding was the third of three sisters’ weddings I have photographed for this family. Each ceremony has been absolutely wonderful, the people delightful, and I almost feel like a member of the family by now!
After a loving and joyous evening of toasts, tributes and dancing, the couple left for their honeymoon. They spent six days enjoying the sun and surf of Tulum, Mexico.
“I know I said our favorite part of the reception was the entrance,” Tammy said, “but the best thing about the wedding day was finally saying ‘I do.'”
Photography: Chuck Eaton and Emily Rearick for Chuck Eaton Photographers
Wedding planner, consultant, or designer: Ivy Honeycutt, The Silk Veil
Music/Entertainment/Booking Agency: Z Brothers Entertainment
Flowers: Royal Events & Design
Bridal registry: Belk, Target
Cake: Harris Teeter
Gown: New York Bride & Groom
Bridesmaids’ dresses: New York Bride & Groom
Designer: Bill Levkoff
Tuxedos: Mens Warehouse
Designer: Calvin Klein
Veil: Davids Bridal
Engagement ring: Family diamond
Wedding rings: Jareds
Hairstylist for portrait and wedding: Kristen at Evolve Salon & Spa
Invitations/Stationery: Red Stone Press
Clergy: Reverend Don Morph
Ceremony location: Brakefield at Riverwalk
Caterers: Harris Teeter
Rehearsal dinner: Terrace Café in Ballantyne
Rental providers (tents, linens, tables, chairs, photo booth, etc.): Party Reflections for china
Transportation provider: Class Act Limousine
Travel agent: Sandy Martin, World Travelmates