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A Day Full of Untraditional Traditions Like The Non First Look and Skit Toast

Madeline + David | Jun 23, 2018

Industrial and rustic styled wedding with neutral colors and greenery at SECCA in Winston Salem, North Carolina

David and Madeline first met in college. Despite their best efforts to avoid acknowledging their connection, they kept being pushed together by playing lovers in numerous plays throughout their college career. They dated on and off for a while, but once David got a job in China, they knew it was time to get serious. While David lived in China, Madeline lived in New York and got very familiar with the 16-hour flight back and forth to China. 

The couple already knew they were in it for the long haul, but after meeting halfway in Paris for a long weekend, they made it official right in front of the Eiffel Tower. The wedding planning was officially underway. 

“The most important part to us was always throwing a really great party that uniquely reflected our relationship, so we just made every decision piece by piece and hoped that would come together,” said the bride.

Luckily, the wedding more than “came together” and it was the most magical and beautiful wedding day with an industrial rustic flare. 

Having the ceremony outdoors was always important to the couple. So, when they found a venue that had a perfect terrace and the convenience of being in the middle of the city where they met, went to school, and fell in love – it was a no brainer.  

Before the ceremony started, the couple did somewhat of an untraditional first look. They did a first look, but it wasn’t in their wedding day attire. They were still able to get their nerves and jitters of seeing one another for the first time out of the way, but still left some surprise. The best of both worlds in our opinion!

While the bride and groom each got changed, guests filled the outdoor ceremony spot. Front and center was a moon gate arch covered in greenery and ivory florals. Once David appeared in his custom made midnight blue tuxedo, he took his spot in front of the arch and anxiously awaited Madeline’s walk down the aisle.

“When Madeline turned down the aisle was the most special moment,” said David. “Maddie is terrible at keeping secrets and I'm great at figuring them out, so I'll never forget seeing her coming down the aisle in the most beautiful dress I've ever seen.”

Madeline wore an A-line gown featuring a lace illusion bodice and multi-layered tulle skirt. She wore a veil longer than the train on her dress and it was drama in all the right ways. 

Once the ceremony started, the personalized and untraditional touches continue. The couple included a ring warming ceremony where they had their parents and wedding party surround them and passed around the rings before exchanging them. They also had a close friend and former teacher read Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116 as a nod to their theatrical roots. 

After the ceremony, guests retreated inside to the reception space while the couple stayed outside for some newlywed photos. Whether it was because of the perfect summer day or the true love David and Madeline have for one another, Adornment Photo captured the most perfect pictures possible. 

Inside, guests found their seats at one of the round guest tables that was draped in a floor length beige linen and set with Tuscan wooden crossback chairs. On each table there was a floral arrangement that varied from table to table but consisted on some sort of greenery and ivory flowers, and a table number that David made himself and a family friend drew on. 

The tables were set with a white linen napkin with a menu card on top and gold silverware – which is always one of our favorite touches! Also, at each seat was a different favor, each one as unique as the next and collected from the couple’s favorite local shops – like tea, coffee, candles. 

There was a wooden farm table for the couple and their friends. It had a burlap table runner with loose greenery, neutral blooms and gold geometric holders sitting on top. Behind the table was a hoop wreath display of seven different sized hoops wrapped in greenery and light blooms. 

As the couple joined the reception, dinner kicked off and it sounded amazing. Of course, they even personalized the food, because why not? The dinner was inspired by all their favorites, like tacos and southern specialties, in addition to unique Asian dishes as a nod to their time in China. 

After dinner, it was time for speeches and yet again it was done in the best, untraditional way possible. While the couple relaxed on a vintage sofa, the “Sir of Honor” gave a clown performance (with some help) of the story of Madeline and David. Would you expect anything else when a group of actors get together?

Once the performance ended, Madeline and David gave a performance of their own on the dance floor. With a waterfall of Edison-bulb lights cascading behind them, the couple shared their first official dance as Mr. and Mrs. 

Following the first dance, the party started, but not before Madeline changed into the most amazing sparkly jumpsuit, that she found by surprise, but was perfectly for dancing away the night.

Congratulations to the newlyweds!

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Creative Team

Wild Things: Events Florals Supply

Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art

Muse & Delphia

Adornment Photo

Holly Tate Fine Catering

AIR by Alkali

Rentals & Decor
The Prettiest Pieces

Lovely Bride NYC

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