Michelle + David |
Intimacy, simplicity and floral-y are the perfect words to describe Michelle and David’s wedding day. It was a representation of their love and how their relationship has always been – a relationship that began with a simple story of an online dating site.
After meeting online, the couple hit it off very quickly and started dating. Within a year, Michelle and David packed up their bags and made a 900-mile move from Chicago to Charlotte. They began a new life together and were soon surprised to find out they were expecting! Seven months into the pregnancy they were celebrating their dating anniversary with a nice dinner out. They decided to call it a night and enjoy dessert at home – because an anniversary celebration and pregnancy are two legitimate excuses for dessert!
While enjoying the dessert in their kitchen, David told Michelle he wanted to ask her something. Before she knew it, he was down on one knee asking her to marry him. Of course, Michelle had already changed out of her nice dress into her yoga pants and t-shirt but it was so perfectly them.
When it came time to plan their wedding, Michelle and David chose Alexander Homestead to host their special day. They knew that with such a beautiful venue they didn’t really need to do much to make it special.
“I didn't really have a theme in mind exactly, but after some online research, my Pinterest board definitely had a floral/outdoor/casual kind of theme. I knew I wanted burgundy and ivory as my main colors and everything else kind of happened along the way as each decision was made,” said the bride.
The couple had an intimate ceremony outside underneath the chandelier lit gazebo. All posts of the gazebo were tied with white drapery. The whole look was perfectly topped off with a focal floral arrangement hanging above them full of different roses in ivory and creams and an accent of burgundy and lush greenery.
The same flowers and colors were found throughout the bouquets. The bridesmaid’s bouquets were wrapped a little tighter and the bride’s was wrapped with a flowing ribbon. The burgundy bridesmaids dresses made the flowers pop even more. All three of the girls wore a similar chiffon dress, each with a different neckline and their hair pulled back. All in all, a super romantic and polished look!
The groom and three groomsmen kept it classic and simple with a deep grey suit with ivory dress shirts and a matching burgundy tie to bring the whole look together.
“I chose the suit over the tux because I wanted the event to feel slightly less formal plus he looked super handsome in his suit,” Michelle said.
The bride’s attire? Stunning and not so simple! It was actually a two piece ensemble from Meagan Kelly Designs. The main piece was a lace sheath dress complimented by a beaded belt. The second piece she wore for the ceremony was a chiffon skirt over her dress. The bride said it fit her vision perfectly and we couldn’t agree more! She wore her hair pulled back with embellished pins. Her dress had the most gorgeous back opening. She wore a simple necklace, earrings and bracelet to top it off.
Anticipation built up for Michelle before that special walk down the aisle. All eyes were about to be on her and she was a little nervous, rightfully so!
“I wasn't nervous to marry David at all, but I was a little nervous about everyone watching me do it,” she explained. “When I actually started walking down the aisle my dad had to tell me to slow down twice because apparently I was too eager to get up there and do the darn thang.”
Once the couple “did the darn thing,” the celebration continued inside the venue’s cedar plank lined reception space. The space boasted large round guest tables in crisp white linens and a gorgeous lantern and floral centerpiece that sat atop a large tree trunk slab. The florals and greenery used were the same style to carry a very cohesive look throughout the whole day.
Each place setting was set with a burgundy napkin that really popped against the white linens and chairs. The sweetheart table was perfectly accented with a light shimmering patterned linen and a gold glitter “Mr. & Mrs.”
The other details were so perfectly thought out. Like the guests ivory place cards with a handmade burgundy paper flower in the corner of each. Yes, we said handmade and by the bride none the less! The crafty bride also made the birdcage card box.
And let’s give credit where credit is due – the dessert! Not only did the couple have a decadent three-tiered cake frosted just enough to not be naked with cascading burgundy roses but they had an entire dessert and candy bar! The dessert set up included cookies and all sorts of mini bites including chocolate brownies. And the candy were all of the couple’s childhood favorites – Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, gummy bears, Skittles, Tootsie Pops, Jolly Ranchers and so many more! No wonder this was a popular spot that night!
Guests ate (not just the candy!), drank and danced the night away. There were lots of speeches and lots of love that Alyssa Frost Photography captured perfectly.
Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs.!
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