Liz + Jonathan | Sep 29, 2018
Liz and Jonathan both grew up in the same area, having heard of each other in high school but never really knowing each other. Flash forward several years, Liz was in graduate school and met up with some friends in Raleigh for a birthday celebration. While standing in line waiting to get into the piano bar, she struck up a conversation with the person next to her – yes, this person was Jonathan.
Later that night, her friends were headed to the bathroom and Liz was to hold down the fort at their table. They noticed Jonathan eyeing Liz, so bet her when they came back he would be at the table. And just like that, her friends left, and Jonathan made his way to the table and into Liz’s heart.
The couple planned their wedding for the end of September and it was a day to remember. It was a formal affair that had a neutral color palette of ivory, gold and black with perfect pops of burgundy and most importantly – live music!
“For both Jonathan and myself, live music has been a huge part of our life and relationship,” said the bride. “One straightaway we knew we wanted for our wedding was a live band!”
Once the band was booked, they knew it was going to be a good party! But before they could enjoy the band, they first had to make it official.
The ceremony took place in the same location as the reception. The room was somewhat of a blank canvas so the white drapery they did around the whole room really brightened the space. The stage that served as the altar had white drapery and tied back panels that made a statement, especially beneath the oversized crystal chandelier. There were two greenery arrangements that finished off the look.
Before the ceremony began, Liz and Jonathan decided to do a first look, and if not for the pictures alone, we are so happy they did. Yasmin Leonard Photography captured the raw emotion and everything we love about a first look so perfectly.
For someone who is always in scrubs, Liz was almost unrecognizable in her stunning trumpet style “bling-ed out” gown. The illusion top and button back were to die for. The best part? The deal she got on this amazing dress!
“While my mom loves the bling, she also loves a deal and has taught me the same,” told Liz. “I was able to find online the exact dress I wanted, the exact size, unaltered for halfthe cost within ten days.”
Liz, can you do all of our shopping for us please?!
Arm in arm with her dad and in her deal of the century dress, Liz walked down the aisle carrying her bouquet made up of white hydrangeas, roses and silver dollar eucalyptus. She met her groom who looked handsome in his traditional black tux, super stylish burgundy bowtie and white pocket square.
The vows were read, the rings were exchanged and the couple officially became Mr. and Mrs. After the ceremony, guests were invited into cocktail hour while the room was transformed into the reception.
When guests entered back in after cocktail hour, it looked like a completely different room. There was still the same draping and chandeliers, but they had enhanced the elegant feeling the transformed space evoked.
There were round guest tables set with mahogany Chiavari chairs and neutral linens. Each place setting had a gold charger with a burgundy napkin folded with a pocket where a menu card was inserted. There were votive candles and a floral arrangement in the center of each table of the same white roses and hydrangeas, and greenery.
The king’s table was fit for royalty. This traditional one0sided table for the bridal party was set with a greenery runner, accented with white hydrangeas and candles on candles.
Before taking their seats, guests dropped their cards off in the card box handmade by the bride’s uncle and signed the pallet board guest book the couple made themselves.
Introductions were made, first dances were danced and dinner was served. There was just one last thing left to do before the band could kick off the dance floor – the cake!
The four-tiered partially naked cake was dressed up with a cascade of ivory and burgundy roses and a gold Mr. and Mrs. topper. The cake sat on a table covered with a gold linen behind tied back white drapery for a dramatic statement.
Once the cake was cut, the party began! This is one party we wish we were invited to! It looked like every single guest was out on that dance floor until the very last minute, and we don’t think the bride and groom would have wanted it any other way!
Liz said, “The band helped to set the stage for the whole night! I don't think I sat down once and our time on the stage – unforgettable!”
Like any good party, this one had to come to an end and it couldn’t have ended any more perfectly than with a sparkler send off and a thoughtful favor for each guest of a bottle of wine with personalized label made by the bride’s mother.
Congratulations to the newlyweds!
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