Hannah + Drew | Dec 1, 2018
Moody, Christmas themed city wedding with deep reds, black and evergreen at The Foundation for The Carolinas in Charlotte, North Carolina
Hannah and Drew met at a local brewery in Charlotte. Hannah’s dog slipped out of her collar and ran away, which may not sound lucky, but it certainly was for her when Drew ended up grabbing her! She bought him a beer to say thank you and they ended up chatting for a while. The two exchanged numbers and made plans to go on a date later that week, which lasted four hours because they couldn't stop talking! Soon, every free moment they had was spent together.
After a year and a half of dating, the couple took a trip to Nashville. Drew proposed on the first day they were there so they could spend the rest of the trip celebrating.
The couple planned their winter wedding for December because they love the romantic feeling of that time of year.
“There's something so special and romantic about winter, especially around the holidays,” said Hannah. “I wanted that to carry over to our vision, so I went with a moody palette including deep reds, champagne, black, and evergreen, and I also threw in touches of marble for some texture!”
The whole day from start to finish felt warm, romantic and wintery, and had their personal touch. Starting with Hannah getting ready in matching plaid flannel robes with her bridesmaids.
Hannah had a smoky eye done to go with the moody color palette and wore her hair in a romantic low bun with loose curls sweeping her face. Her hair was pulled back so that she could show off the back of her gown.
“I went shopping with my mom and tried on what felt like 50 dresses, but my mind always came back to one of the first ones I tried on – a long sleeved crepe gown by Sottero and Midgley with a show stopping back and train,” recalled the bride. “It was timeless, comfortable, classy and I felt like it fit my overall romantic winter vision so well.”
She grabbed her evergreen and rose filled bouquet to meet Drew for their first look before the ceremony. Drew waited for his bride in a white jacket and black pants tuxedo that couldn’t have been more on point. The black lined lapel and black bow tie added a touch of elegance.
The couple agreed that the moment they first saw each other was one of the most special parts of the whole day.
“As soon as I saw him it felt like my heart swelled with pride and love, and everything else melted away,” Hannah told. “After that, I just felt so ready to become his wife and celebrate with all of our loved ones.”
Once the private moment ended, the couple was joined by their sweet pup for a few pictures, because the dog is the reason they met, after all! Mila wore a wreath matching Hannah’s bouquet, which was then placed on a cut out of Mila at the ceremony since she couldn’t actually be there!
The ceremony was intimate and emotional. The Christmas tree backdrop was perfection for the winter theme. The aisle was lined with loose evergreen greenery and so many floating candles, that created the most romantic feeling possible.
The black tuxedo wearing groomsmen took their spots across from the maroon colored gowned bridesmaids just before Hannah made her way down the aisle. Everyone rose to their feet as the bride walked toward her almost husband. The two met for the second time that day and it was just as emotional as the first.
Before they knew it, the couple was exchanging their personalized, handwritten vows.
“One of the first things Drew and I agreed on was that we wanted to write our own vows,” the bride said. “We both poured our hearts into our vows and they are such a special display of our love for each other. We wrote them in personalized vow books and are so thankful to have them as keepsakes.”
After the vows, they exchanged rings and then shared their first kiss as husband and wife.
As guests enjoyed cocktails down the hall, the ceremony space was transformed into the reception space and you would have never known it was the same room. The tree arrangements at the altar were dispersed around the room to keep the winter theme. Round guest tables filled the space where the ceremony chairs were, and a rectangular head table was set in the middle. Two chairs in the center of the head table were draped with signs, one reading “avere” and the other reading “tenere” for the bride and groom as a nod to the Groom’s Italian heritage and grandparents who couldn’t be at the wedding.
The floating candles and loose evergreen greenery were moved to the center of the tables to keep that romantic feel in the room. The black chargers topped with maroon napkins and black silverware added the moodiness to the look. The marbled place cards with gold names added a pop of something special to the whole look. Also special were the personalized tables signs, named after local Charlotte breweries – a nod to how the couple met.
Guests filed back into the room and looked around in awe, not realizing it was the same room they were in just a little while ago. Hannah and Drew made their way into the reception and kicked things off with an impressive, choreographer first dance, with a dramatic dip and all!
After dinner, before the party really got started, the couple cut their very dramatic and very beautiful cake. The two-tiered cake was marbled black and white and had a black drip design off the top layer. It was covered in clusters of fresh flowers and gold dust.
Once the cake was cut, the dance floor opened and to help kick off the party the couple brought in a special guest. Sir Purr of the Carolina Panther made a surprise appearance and filled the dance floor and it stayed that way all night, even once he left.
The couple danced the night away surrounded by all their favorite people and celebrating their love for one another.
Congratulations to the happy couple!
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