Laura Bebo & Chris Graper
Indigo Photography & Video
Wedding date 4.23.2016
Occupations She works in home sales for LGI Homes; he’s a private wealth advisor at Wells Fargo.
Ages She’s 27; he’s 28.
Hometowns She’s from Flat Rock, N.C.; he’s from Charlotte.
Where they live now Charlotte.
How they met Walking in the park at 4th Ward Cemetery.
Where they got engaged Romare Bearden Park.
Wedding in three words Ethereal, effervescent, and—according to Chris—rowdy.
Color palette Neutrals, champagne, blush.
First dance song “Boogie Shoes” by KC and the Sunshine Band.
Favors Homemade cookies made by all of the women in the family.
What made the wedding special Having all of the family in one place.
Best part of the wedding day “Seeing each other for the first time, as I came down the aisle,” Laura says.
Honeymoon They planned on a week in St. Lucia. But after being denied at the airport for passport issues, Laura and Chris found an island without the same restrictions: Jamaica.
Favorite date night Family dinner with the parents and grandparents every Sunday night. Also, Soul Gastrolounge.
Advice for brides-to-be “Before booking, read all of the fine print,” says Laura. “Get everything in writing. Have clear and concise expectations with your venue and vendors, so all parties are on the same page.”
Advice for grooms-to-be “Whatever you think your budget is, add 10 percent,” Chris says. “Then, add another 10 percent.”
Photography, cinematography Indigo Photography & Video, 704-335-0948, indigocharlotte.com
Ceremony, reception, catering Vanlandingham Estate, 704-334-8909, vanlandinghamestate.com
Engagement ring, wedding bands Diamonds Direct, 704-532-9041, diamondsdirect.com
Portrait location Mint Museum Uptown, 704-337-2000, mintmuseum.org
Wedding planner: Mandi Boyle of Social 10 Events / Cake: Kathy Allen Cakes / Flowers: Bouquets and tablescapes created by Mandi Boyle of Social 10 Events; flowers hung during ceremony created by Laura, Etsy shop Ethereal By EmmyJane / Hair, makeup: Be Pretty Inc., by Lindsey Regan Thorne / Gown: J. Majors Bridal Boutique / Gown designer: Erin Grey Couture / Bride’s shoes: Shoes of Prey / Bridesmaid dresses: Their dress of choice / Tuxedos: Men’s Wearhouse / Tuxedo designer: Vera Wang / Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas / Band, booking agency: Fantasy, East Coast Entertainment. Other live entertainment included Violin by Christine and a performance by Laura and her former teammates, the Carolina Panthers’ TopCat Cheerleaders / Rental providers: Party Reflections, Shutterbooth / Transportation provider: Rose Chauffeured Transportation / Engagement ring: Grandmother’s stone reset in groom’s creation at Diamonds Direct / Engagement ring designer: Varna / Wedding band designers: Simon G for groom’s, Atara for bride’s, and Coast for bride’s second band in rose gold, to match the groom’s / Portrait location: Uptown Charlotte and the Mint Museum Uptown / Clergy: Bill Marsh, uncle of the groom / Rehearsal dinner: The Graper residence in Myers Park / Wedding night hotel: The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte / Bridal registry: Crate & Barrel, Target, and a honeymoon registry