Real Wedding: Cara and Josh ~ Best Friends for Life

We are pleased to bring you Cara's and Josh's love story.  We were so happy to be a part of their wedding!! Cara Burks still laughs about the awkward first impression she had of her husband Josh. It was 2006, and Cara, then a ninth grader, had just finished playing in a basketball tournament at the small Christian school they both attended.

“I knew who he was, but I didn’t really know him that well,” she says. “He came up to me and said, ‘I did a pushup for every good thing you did out there on the court.’ Then, we talked about what I did, and watched some of the other games.”

It may have been an odd pickup line, but it caught Cara’s attention, and began a natural friendship. “It seems as though we’ve been best friends forever,” she says.

The two dated throughout high school, taking a brief break when Cara, who’s a year older, left for Maranatha Baptist University, in Wisconsin. After Josh went to West Coast Baptist College, in California, they picked up where they had left off.

Cara graduated in 2013 and moved home for a job with a local wedding planner. Josh was still in California, or so Cara thought on an evening in late November 2013, when her twin sister, Hallie, and brother-in-law, Justin, invited her out to dinner.

“While we’re there, my brother-in-law says he’s feeling sick and he goes to the bathroom,” Cara says. “It’s maybe 15 minutes later and he’s not back yet, and we’re starting to worry. So, my sister goes and checks on him.”

While they were gone, someone began playing Cara’s favorite song on the dining room piano. “I feel this tap on my shoulder, I turn around, and it’s Josh, with a ring,” she says.

Planning in just nine months was sometimes trying, says Cara, but she had a helping hand through every step.

Cara also credits a willing team of vendors, especially her boss, Laura Sanders Ahern, of Accent on Events. “It put me at ease, because I knew everything would be exactly as I wanted it,” says Cara. “Hiring people is worth it, if you can afford it. It was my magical day, and everybody helped it to feel that way.”

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Photography ~ Mandy Blair Photography

Hair and Make up ~ Arch Apothecary

Ceremony Venue ~ Burpee Museum of Natural History

Reception Venue ~ Giovanni's

Florist ~ Event Floral

DJ/Lighting ~ Luxe Productions

Specialty Linens / Chargers ~ Beautiful Day Linens

Cake/Cupcakes  and Favors ~ sugarjones

Napkins ~ Rock River Printers

Photo Booth ~ Special Moments Photo Booth

Invitations ~ Jack Sprat

Wedding Planner ~ Accent on Events