Gatsby Glamour at its best! [Laura & Dave]

LAURA BONDESEN & DAVE BRODSKY
BlueSky by Cass Bradley 

Wedding date 9.27.2014
Occupations They both work in financial services at Bank of America.
Ages She’s 35; he’s 37.
Hometowns She’s from DeLand, Fla.; he’s from Lakewood, Colo.
Where they live now San Francisco.
How they met Mutual friends at work.
Where they got engaged At Laura’s condo, before leaving for an event at the Knight Theater in uptown Charlotte. Two days later, the couple went on a pre-planned trip with Dave’s mother to Prague to visit family. “It was wonderful to be introduced the relatives as his fiancée and celebrate together,” says Laura.
Wedding in three words Sun-drenched southern elegance (runner-up: late-night biscuit bar)

BlueSky by Cass Bradley

BlueSky by Cass Bradley

Color palette Burgundy, rose, champagne.
First dance song “To Make You Feel My Love,” by Mick McAuley & Winifred Horan.
Favors Homemade biscuits.

BlueSky by Cass Bradley

BlueSky by Cass Bradley

What made the wedding special “We had the most beautiful venue in the Duke Mansion and we took advantage of every corner—the ceremony on the lawn, the cocktail party in the courtyard, our private dinner on the second floor, the fresh air on the front porch, and the glorious late-night biscuit bar under the chandelier in the atrium,” Laura says. “We all could enjoy the evening however we wanted, whether it was on the dance floor or stealing away for a quiet conversation in the rocking chairs.”

BlueSky by Cass Bradley

BlueSky by Cass Bradley


Best part of the wedding day The first look. “That time together made the rest of the evening so relaxed and enjoyable,” says Laura.

BlueSky by Cass Bradley

BlueSky by Cass Bradley

Honeymoon One week in Santorini, Greece.
Favorite date night If at home, cooking and watching a documentary. If out, dinner, drinks, and a good dose of people watching.
Advice for brides “Enjoy every minute with your loved ones,” Laura says.
Advice for grooms “Listen to the bride!” says Dave.

BlueSky by Cass Bradley

BlueSky by Cass Bradley

FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS
Photography
BlueSky by Cass Bradley
www.weddingsbybluesky.com
Venue, catering
The Duke Mansion
704-714-4400, www.dukemansion.org
Music
Split Second Sound
704-907-9507, www.splitsecondsound.com

OTHER VENDORS
Wedding planner, designer: Aisha Thomas of Aisha Thomas Events / Flowers: Nectar Floral Designs / Hairstylist: Shannon Tucker Howell of All About You / Makeup artist: Anastasia Laney of Nordstrom / Gown: Kelly’s Closet / Gown designer: David Fielden / Bride’s shoes: Nordstrom / Shoe designer: Coach / Bridesmaid dresses: Nicole Miller in Atlanta / Tuxedos: Taylor Richards & Conger/ Tuxedo designer: Coppley / Invitations, stationery: Olive Paper/ Rental providers: Party Reflections/ Transportation provider: Rose Transportation / Portrait location: Duke Mansion / Clergy: Rev. Emily Hartner of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church / Rehearsal dinner: Bonterra / Wedding night hotel: Duke Mansion / Travel agent: Lara Dalinsky of En Route Traveler