Ryan literally danced his way into Cordula’s heart. They met at a Playdate event in Charlotte that Ryan hosted. Cordula was intrigued by Ryan’s dancing skills when he led “Simon Says” and she had a friend introduce them. The next day, they talked on the phone for hours and found out they had several things in common: they loved music, the movie The Matrix, the cartoon character the Tazmanian devil, and most importantly, they realized that they were caring people with big hearts. They have been dancing in the name of love ever since that phone call.
Three years later, Ryan decided he wanted to have all of Cordula’s closest friends and family present when he proposed to her. So he took Cordula on what she thought was a going to be an intimate birthday dinner, which turned into a surprise birthday dinner with friends and family, and eventually ended up being a surprise proposal!
Since they both love music and Cordula loves to sing, they decided on “This is Our Love Song” as a wedding theme. The theme was inspired by a song Cordula wrote for Ryan entitled “Win or Lose.” The couple named their tables after love songs, and Cordula even sang to her husband during their ceremony! The couple’s red to pink ombre color scheme evoked a classic ambiance of love and romance and was incorporated beautifully into everything from the bridesmaids’ dresses, to their gorgeous arrangements of hydrangea, roses, orchids, and calla lilies, and their four-tier wedding cake.
Dancing brought this couple together, so it was only fitting that they put on a performance during their reception. Cordula shares, “performing a choreographed dance together to Beyonce’s ‘Drunk in Love’ [was one of our most memorable moments.] Though [Ryan] resisted the idea at first, he’s a true performer at heart and we had the time of our lives putting on a show! The video has since gone viral!” It was just one of the many fun filled moments this that made their wedding a true reflection of their love and passions.
Bride: Cordula Davis
Groom: Ryan Lutz
Wedding date: 5/3/14
Location: Mint Museum Uptown, Charlotte, NC
Bridesmaids/Groomsmen gifts: Groomsmen – personalized Scotch glasses with their initials and socks from Paul Smith worn on Wedding Day. Bridesmaids – matching diamond jewelry, pink satin bridesmaid robes, and totes with names hand-stitched for wedding day preparation.
Favorite Item on menu: Shrimp and Grits
First dance song: “You and I” – John Legend
Wedding cake flavors: Almond cake with alternating raspberry and pistachio fillings and buttercream/fondant icing
Wedding advice: Try not to sweat the small stuff..when you start to get stressed about the wedding planning take time out to spend time with each other to do something fun and remind yourself why you’re doing all of this in the first place…to spend the beginning of the rest of your life with your best friend!
Best memories: I have two…the first is singing to my husband during the ceremony and then performing a choreographed dance together to Beyonce’s Drunk in Love! Though he resisted the idea at first he’s a true performer at heart and we had the time of our lives putting on a show! The video has since gone viral!
Bride’s Dress: Amalia Carrara
Bride’s Shoes: Bridals By Lori
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Watters
Cakes/desserts: Wow Factor Cakes
Catering: Carpe Diem
Ceremony: The Great Aunt Stella Center
Event Decor/design: Sterling Events Group
Entertainment: Dps Productions
Event Planner: Shayla Hawkins Events
Flowers: The Place For Flowers
Groom’s Attire: Vera Wang
Hair: Jey Ramone
Makeup: Kendrick Black
Photography: Kristin Vining
Reception Venue: The Mint Museum Uptown
Stationery: Pink Toast
Videography: Dps Productions