Jessie Halpern + Jon Stout | Dec 17, 2017
After transferring to the same school by coincidence, Jessie and Jon both had the same idea: to join the newspaper staff to get to know the campus. Jon became the sports editor and Jessie the news editor. They got a little more out of it than just learning the campus!
Several years and halfway through law school later, Jon picked Jessie up after a winter semester final. They went out to celebrate her halfway mark and after dessert, despite the cold, headed to their old campus for a walk – a pretty normal thing for them when near their alma mater. As soon as Jon grabbed Jessies hands to lead her to the front of the Belltower, she knew exactly what he was going to do.
\Almost exactly one year later, the couple became husband and wife.
They chose the urban setting of The Stockroom @ 230 and kept the décor classic and romantic. They played up the winter season with complementing wintery colors.
“We used champagne tones and candles to give a warm glow to the event and chose cranberry and blush as our accent colors to stick with a classic wintery palette,” said the bride.
Their ceremony took place in the most romantic feeling loft space. Twinkle lights draped the exposed beams, clusters of loose petals and floating candles lined the aisle and drapery hung alongside the exposed brick walls. It was dreamy to say the least.
Coming from two different faiths, the couple agreed to avoid a religious ceremony and instead had a close family friend officiate; they couldn’t have asked for someone better for the job.
“Our ceremony was around 15 minutes, and it was the best 15 minutes of our lives!” Jessie exclaimed. “He did an incredible job honoring our relationship, the promises we wanted to exchange, and our shared belief in a higher power. Jon and I spent time writing out the promises we wanted to make to each other, and then our friend incorporated them into a beautiful ceremony that felt personal and warm.”
The best part of the ceremony? When the bride accidentally placed the ring on the groom’s pinky during the exchanging of the rings - whoops! They laughed it off and it just made things all the more memorable for them.
We certainly won’t ever forget Jessie’s dress! After trying on eight different dresses of her choosing, her stylist took a stab at it and boy did she get it right. Jessie’s A-line W2 gown had a lace bodice, sweetheart neckline, ribbon waist tie and layered tulle bottom. She topped the look with a gold beaded wire headband that was to die for.
The groom and groomsmen wore modern, bright navy blue suits with burgundy ties. The groom’s tie had small white polka dots on it to stand out a little! There was also a groomswoman – which we love – who wore a navy blue dress to match the gentleman. Next to the bridesmaids who wore mismatching burgundy floor length dresses, the whole group was the perfect balance of modern and classic.
After the ceremony, the space was transformed into the reception. It was important for the couple to keep things personal but not themed when it came to the décor.
“We definitely wanted the event to feel very warm and personal,” said the bride. “To accomplish this without making anything feel like it was themed, we found ways to incorporate special memories from college, and fun details.”
They incorporated a sign of college memories for guests to learn about their journey as a couple and they included the Belltower (their proposal spot) into a drawing on the Raleigh skyline on the venue’s chalk wall. There was a candy bar that had some of the couple’s family and friends favorite candies.
The seating chart was one of the best parts. Each table was named after a building on the campus where they met and shared a special memory. The bride’s best friend made the couple a black and white campus map with the names of the locations/table names and each guests name listed underneath. Talk about impressive!
When guests found their tables, they were greeted by a media insert the couple created to pay homage to their newspaper days. Also, on the table sat a centerpiece of floating candles, scattered petals and a bouquet of dried eucalyptus and florals in cream and burgundy. After deciding not to use a traditional florist, Jessie ordered all her flowers online. In fact, the only real flowers used at the wedding were the flower girl petals!
“The flowers were all hand carved out of wood and paper, and then custom dyed based on the inspiration images I sent,” explained the bride. “I love that we chose a sustainable option, and our guests were stunned at how realistic and gorgeous our florals were! Plus, I get to look at my bouquet every day now.”
The head table had a realistic display of a greenery and floral runner with candles that sat upon a gold sparkly tablecloth. A gold Mr. and Mrs. wooden sign finished the look.
And no wedding reception is complete without the cake! The three-tier white wedding cake had brushed accents of gold and burgundy and was topped with a gold acrylic cut out of the couple’s last name.
Even though Jessie and Jon kept their wedding fairly unreligious, the Jewish bride couldn’t ignore the fact that they were married during Hanukkah. The bride’s father lit the menorah and the extra candlelight only added to the ambiance of the room. They also danced the Hora, a traditional Jewish dance, because how can you resist a reason to put someone in a chair and throw them up in the air?!
More dances were had and then ribbons were twirled as the couple’s first night as Mr. and Mrs. came to an end.
Congrats to the newlyweds!
Still looking for the perfect place to get ready before the wedding of your dreams? Check out The Glass Box HERE!
Rentals & Decor
CE Rentals (Charlotte)
Amanda Blair by Design
F8 Photo Studios
Rocky Top Catering
First Look Photo and Video
New York Bride & Groom