Sarah + Kyle | Sep 30, 2017
When a proposal turns into a surprise engagement party, you know the wedding is going to be something special. That was the case for Kyle and Sarah.
The couple met at a monthly arts event at the Brooklyn Museum. Kyle first spotted Sarah, but it didn’t take long for her to notice him in his cardigan and shorts combo – which was odd for the middle of summer. No less than a week later they were on their first date and in a blink of an eye Kyle was ready to propose.
Kyle brought Sarah back to where it all started at the museum and as soon as she said “yes,” their families burst through the side doors. That wasn’t all though, when they left the museum to head to a family celebration dinner, Sarah was surprised to show up at her own engagement party!
When the couple began planning their wedding, they wanted to find a venue that would capture the beauty of their new city, Charlotte. After landing on the Mint Museum Uptown the rest of the wedding style fell into place.
“Our inspiration was modern art, contemporary, clean lines with a touch of whimsy,” said the bride. “The concept was based on where we met and where Kyle proposed [Brooklyn Museum] and our wedding venue.”
The venue’s floor-to-ceiling windows, mixed indoor/outdoor use and multiple versatile spaces were hard to resist and provided the perfect backdrop for an art deco, modern and contemporary wedding.
Sarah and Kyle were married on the museum’s first level where the floor-to-ceiling windows go up three levels. Other than the draping tied back with white hydrangeas and blush roses that set behind them at the altar and the white linen aisle runner, there wasn’t much else needed to decorate the space. The matching white hydrangea and blush rose aisle marker arrangements and loose petals were the right amount of décor without taking away from the beauty of the space itself.
Kyle made his way down the aisle to await his bride looking sleek and contemporary himself. He wore a navy tuxedo with black detailing – black lapel, black buttons, black bowtie. The sound of the instrumental version of Childish Gambino’s “Rebone” helped calm his jitters as he made his way to the front.
The bride walked down the aisle in a gorgeous mermaid gown unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. It was a strapless gown with sweetheart neckline and a contemporary, glamorous and art deco inspired feeling, all in one!
“I simply wanted a dress that reflected my unique style and our venue, the goal was a contemporary dress with a touch of glamour,” explained Sarah. “On a lunch break, I went to Glamour Closet by myself and found my dress. It was everything I could imagine: modern, chic, form fitting and detailed.”
The couple completely personalized their ceremony. From a childhood friend officiant to a unity braid to a broom jump. And then there were the vows – it was clear how much thought and love went into not just the ceremony as a whole, but especially the vows.
“We both were very excited about the vows, but it had been a point of contention because we both struggled to find the time and actually sit down to write them,” said the bride. “However, when we finally were able to present the vows it was amazing how we encapsulated the entirety of our love and relationship in words, it was cathartic and emotionally powerful.”
After the ceremony, guests retreated to the indoor/outdoor lobby and patio space for some cocktails. They were greeted with a glass of something sparkly – something we will never so no to! Guests got to enjoy the mild September Carolina weather and take in some views of the Queen City.
Upstairs, the reception space was awaiting. The ballroom was set with a mix of round and rectangular guest tables set with gold chiavari chairs. There was uplighting on one wall and floor-to-ceiling windows on the others, letting in the city lights.
The rectangular guest tables were set with a champagne crinkle linen, two floral arrangements of the matching white hydrangeas and blush roses in round gold containers and a mix of floating candles and votives.
The round guest tables had a contrasting navy crinkle linen and one floral arrangement surrounded by votives. All the place settings were set the same with a flat-lay white napkin topped with a gold menu card.
Sarah and Kyle opted for a sweetheart table and decorated it with an amazing navy lace linen and ghost chairs. Sarah’s bouquet took centerstage on the table and was complemented with two small clusters of blush roses on either side. Floating candles and gold votives completed the look. The tables were as pretty as the meal served by the oh-so-talented Something Classic.
Behind the sweetheart table was the cake table and, excuse us a minute while we wipe the drool from our face. The four-tiered wedding cake by Nona’s Sweets looked amazing. On each tier was a different design. The bottom tier was a white lattice design; the next tier had gold ribbon, their initials and some gold embellishments; the next was all gold with a few white dots; and the final tier was all white with the white dots continued, topped off with a gold sparkle “K&S” monogram.
Once guests filled the room and the night really kicked off, there was no slowing this group down. We aren’t sure if it was because they had a friend as their DJ and a friend as the emcee, but it looked like a nonstop party all night!
The night winded down and like all good parties, this one came to an end. But not before guests were handed homemade jams made by the bride’s mother. There was peach to represent Kyle’s home state of Georgia and strawberry because it was Sarah’s favorite. The jams were labeled with “Spreading Love” because that is exactly what they did that day!
Congratulations to the newlyweds!
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