A Back Up Brewery Plan

Lydia + Emil | Sep 19, 2018

Bohemian mauve, blush and dusty purple hurricane wedding in barrel room at Catawba Brewery in Charlotte, North Carolina

Lydia and Emil attended both high school and college together, but it wasn’t until they moved back to Charlotte after college that they got together. Talk about a solid foundation for a relationship! It wasn’t long before Emil knew he wanted to propose and their upcoming trip to Greece was the perfect for him to do it. Ten days into the trip, with the ring in his backpack the whole time, the two were watching the sunset on a beach in Santorini when he decided the moment was right. 

The two had the perfect wedding planned for October, when Mother Nature decided to barrel through Charlotte with a hurricane. The couple decided, rain or shine, original venue or new back up brewery venue, they were getting married no matter what. So, they did, and it was still perfect.

“I will start off by saying that Hurricane Flo definitely threw a wrench into almost every aspect of what we had planned—but it ultimately didn't matter because our special night was wonderful,” said the bride.

The day still started out as planned, as they each got ready with their respective bridal party members. Before she got dressed, the final touch was added to Lydia’s bridal day beauty look when her braided low do was finished off with her grandmother’s brooch. Then, it was time for her to slip into her gorgeous taupe with ivory lace, form fitting trumpet gown with custom sleeves. 

“I loved my dress so much and I’m so sad that I only got to wear it once,” Lydia told. “The dress originally was strapless, but I’ve always loved the off the shoulder look, so I had extra lace added to make the off the shoulder straps.”

As soon as she was dressed, she had a tearful – in the best way possible – first look with her dad and then moved into a first touch and gift exchange with Emil. 

“I loved when I got to see my dad for the first time the day of our wedding, it was very emotional and was a special moment I’ll always remember,” recalls the bride. “Another favorite moment was getting to hold hands with Emil and exchanging gifts behind a wall prior to the wedding—it made seeing him when I walked down the aisle even more special.”

Talk about some emotional moments before the ceremony even started! The emotions continued through the ceremony, as their guests and bridal party filled in the barrel room at a local brewery that graciously opened their doors when the couple chose to relocate their wedding.

In front of the actual barrels, because it was the barrel room after all, was a hanging macramé piece that set the stage for their antique bohemian style. On each side were a few plants and greenery shrubs to help bring their once outdoor wedding inside.

Lydia’s bridesmaids stood there waiting for her entrance in mismatched mauve, blush and dusty purple dresses holding bouquets of more mauve, blush, dusty purple and ivory colored florals that the bride handmade herself. It was the perfect pop of color against Emil and his groomsmen’s (and Lydia’s bridesman’s!) simple navy suits and blush ties. 

All eyes were on Lydia as she walked down the aisle arm-in-arm with her dad, ready to start her forever. Once the couple exchanged vows, they were quickly reminded why their guests were so important to them, as they watched all their loved ones come together to help flip the space.

Lydia recalled, “I had tears in my eyes just watching all of our friends and family breakdown the ceremony and set up everything for the reception when they were the guests at our wedding, it was just awesome to know that we have so many people that love us and would help our special day happen.”

The room was transformed into Lydia’s antique and bohemian dream wedding, even with all the changes they had to make to accommodate the new space. The round guest tables were set with gold chargers, a white dinner plate and a centerpiece of one focal gold terrarium with a white pillar candle, surrounded by greenery and a mix of brown glass bottles filled with baby’s breath. The head table was one long rectangular table with a long greenery runner and a similar mix of different shaped gold terrariums and brown glass bottles.  

Lydia and Emil still managed to put their own personal touch on things, even though they had to forego some of their planned décor, like Lydia’s favorite – the customized table numbers that were actually named after all the places they had traveled together – since they were no longer doing assigned seating. 

From the backdrop Emil hand drew for Lydia when they first started dating that was hung to the “Love You Back” cake topper saying (a nod to the phrase Emil always says to Lydia), there was no detail they didn’t think of. Our favorite detail? The couple’s hashtag, #iloveitwhenyoucallmeBIGPOPA, that they printed on cups that also served as the wedding favor. Definitely one of the best hashtags we’ve come across!

Once the reception began, introductions were made and first dances were danced but no hurricane wedding is complete without a few sweet newlywed photos in the rain, umbrella and all. Talk about embracing the moment! After heading back inside and cutting their eucalyptus surrounded two-tiered somewhat naked white cake, the party officially began!

“Our dance floor was not once cleared out,” said the bride. “Emil is Romanian, so we had a huge Romanian dance circle and it was so much fun!”

The couple enjoyed every moment out on the dance floor until the very end, when their friends and family lined the exit as they walked out into the perfect rainy night and into their first drive as Mr. and Mrs.!

Congratulations to the newlyweds!


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