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Maggie & Chris: A Traditional Wedding in Winston-Salem, NC

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Maggie & Chris in Winston-Salem, NC
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The ceremony was held at one of the oldest churches in Winston-Salem.
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The five-flavor, five-layer pound cake was decorated with cream-cheese icing and pink hydrangea sugar flowers and topped with fresh flowers.
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Maggie carried a bouquet of large, pink peonies. Her bridesmaids carried ranunculus, spray roses, sweet pea, and anemones in pink and white.
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Maggie's Richard Glasgow gown featured a strapless fitted bodice and double inverted box pleats, accented by a chapel-length train. She also wore a two-tier veil detailed with organza trim and secured with a Swarovski-encrusted headpiece.
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Maggie and Chris served two signature drinks at the reception -- green apple martinis and cosmopolitans.
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The dining room boasted a three-foot ice sculpture of a wedding cake, punctuated with the couple's monogram and scattered with rose petals.
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Tables draped with raspberry linens stood at one end of the ballroom and were topped with birch twigs, pink and white tulips, roses, lilies, and bells of Ireland.
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Maggie & Chris in Winston-Salem, NC

The first time Maggie went out with Chris, she needed a chaperone -- and rightly so: Maggie met Chris on a weekend visit to NC State while she was still in high school. At Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, Chris was "little brother" to Maggie's (real) older brother, Archer. That weekend, the two attended a college football game together, accompanied by Maggie's brother and her parents, and it was here that she developed a crush. That crush turned into love when she arrived at the university for her freshman year, and it wasn't long before Chris asked her to dinner at Southend Brewery -- alone this time! The Bride Martha Ann (Maggie) Butler, 25, first grade teacher The Groom Christopher (Chris) Craven, 27, sales representative The Date December 31 After college, Maggie was preparing her classroom for her first year of teaching when she found Chris hiding behind a bookshelf. "He stood up and scared me so badly!" she remembers -- but he also got down on one knee and proposed. And little did Maggie know, she was under the watchful eye of her parents once again: After she said yes, both of their moms and dads walked into the room after videotaping the entire moment! Having waited long enough, the two decided on a short engagement and planned a winter wedding in just four short months.
- Kristen Hawley
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