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Black Tie Without the Black Tie Summer Wedding With A Dog-Inspired Cocktail and Invitation

Britney + Matt | Jul 28, 2018

Formal and traditional, blush and gold wedding at The Colonnade at Revolution Mill in Greensboro, North Carolina

It was January 23 and Britney was interviewing at Elon Law School. Matt was working as a student ambassador which meant his job was to talk to Britney until it was her turn with the Dean. The two hit it off immediately but then went their separate ways after the interview. 

A month or so later, on Valentine's day, Britney was at the bar with some of her friends, “celebrating their independence.” Coincidentally, one of her friends started chatting with a guy who went to Elon and was there with a few other buddies from school. That’s right, one of those buddies just happened to be Matt. As soon as Britney and Matt recognized one another they spent the rest of the night hitting it off – again.  A few days later, Britney was accepted into Elon and messaged Matt on Facebook to share the good news and, since then, the two haven’t stopped talking.

Before they knew it, they moved in together and the next thing on the list was to get a dog, and if you ask Britney, get a ring at the same time. They put their name down on a waitlist and a few months later, it was time for them to pick up their dog. Matt must have picked up on Britney’s subtle clues because once they brought their dog, Ollie, home he proposed the same day. 

A year and a half of planning later, the couple had planned their formal summer wedding for July. 

“We wanted a formal wedding, but we also wanted our guests to feel comfortable, so the theme of our wedding was black tie formal, without the black ties,” explained the bride. “I wanted a very traditional style wedding, with a romantic feel to it.”

The entire day was something out of a fairytale. It all started with the special kiss the couple shared pre-ceremony for photos, but don’t worry, they still didn’t see each other! How did they manage that do you ask? The groom was wearing a blindfold and we love this idea! After sharing a private moment together, Britney and Matt were ready to officially start their forever. 

In the ceremony space, the gold Chiavari chairs were set with a chair sash and greenery aisle marker on the end chair of every other row. At the front, there were two oversized floral arrangements on top of mini white columns that were just jaw dropping. 

As guests entered, they stopped by the guest book to write a sweet note for the couple and then grabbed a newspaper wedding program the bride made herself, complete with a word search and short facts section, and took their seats. The religious ceremony started and all the bridal party began to take their spots.

The groomsmen walked down the aisle one by one wearing classic black tuxes, followed by the bridesmaids wearing long mismatching grey dresses carrying bouquets full of ivory roses, hydrangeas and greenery.  Then, the moment came when Britney entered the room and all eyes were on her. As she walked down the aisle, arm in arm with her dad, her gorgeous ballgown’s train adorned with buttons followed behind her and her bouquet full of blush and ivory roses and hydrangeas dazzled in front of her.  

“I knew I wanted something simple and elegant, I was going with a ‘less is more’ vibe, and I knew I wanted sweetheart top, satin, as well as A-line,” said Britney. “The difficult part was finding a dress that met the criteria and that I also liked - I can be very picky and my wedding dress was no exception!”

Well, she found the perfect match, if you ask us. She finished off her look with an embellished belt, her mother’s diamond earrings and a low do with a diamond hair piece.

As her and her dad made their way to the front of the room, Matt got to see his future wife for the first time. The couple exchanged their vows in a sweet ceremony with a few religious aspects and then shared their first kiss as husband and wife. 

“Matt and I have talked every single day since meeting, so it was hard to wait almost a full day before I could see him or talk to him,” said the bride. “We both were very excited for our first moments together after being pronounced husband and wife and I will never forget the overwhelming feeling of love and gratitude I had for him in that moment.”

After the ceremony, the reception space opened and guests were blown away at what they saw. The Colonnade at Revolution Mill provided the most amazing backdrop for the traditionally styled blush and gold wedding. From the wooden beams to the tall ceilings to the chandeliers, everything was breathtaking. 

The round guest tables were set with ivory linens and blush runners. There was a floral arrangement surrounded by gold votive candles and a gold picture frame table number. Each place setting was set with a gold charger, gold rimmed ivory dinner place, gold flatware and a menu card. The wedding party tables were decorated with blush tablecloths and decorated with greenery, gold votives, cylinders with floating candles and two large, tall floral arrangements. 

The couple sat at a sweetheart table lined with a blush sequined linen, gold sparkly “Mr. & Mrs.” sign and a tabletop arrangement of the same white hydrangeas and blush roses used throughout the rest of the wedding. It was the perfect spot to share a delicious first meal as Mr. and Mrs. thanks to Pepper Moon Catering

All the other décor touches around the reception were perfectly thought out and totally personalized. The bride made signs of the couple’s favorite quotes and displayed them in frames around the room that were provided by their family and friends. There was a signature drink, named "The Oliver" after their dog, Oliver (Ollie) Greene Millisor. There was a pet portrait of him made beside a picture of the drink and it was displayed at the bar. The best part is, the couple framed it and use it as decor in their home now.

The dog references don’t stop there. The couple had a custom envelope made for a detail shot of their wedding invitation and it is the most creative thing ever. They had it addressed to Mr. Oliver Greene Millisor at the address 123 Greene Street. The 123 stands for January 23, the day they met. The city and state were Greensboro, North Carolina, but the zip code was 72818 for July 28, 2018, their wedding date. Talk about something else frame-able to serve as home décor!

Guests found their seat and introductions began. Once the couple made their grand entrance, the same song they listened to when they got engaged played and they shared their first dance as husband and wife. After dinner, Britney and Matt cut their three tier strawberry cake – the perfect flavor for summer time! Then, the party really got started.

“We have a great group of friends who really kept the party going,” said Britney. “Everyone was having a good time and enjoying themselves, and at one point, I stopped and just took it all in. I can't explain the feeling of having every person that you love in the same room, laughing and smiling – it was so magical.”

And just like that, in the blink of an eye, the night had come to an end. Britney and Matt ended their first night as Mr. and Mrs. surrounded by their family and friends with a sparkler send off and rode off in the back of the cutest vintage taxi.

Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Still looking for the perfect venue to host your wedding reception? Check out The Colonnade at Revolution Mill here!

Creative Team

The Colonnade at Revolution Mill

Pepper Moon Catering

Sedgefield Florist

Bake Me Happy
Jason Shirtz

A Touch of Southern Events

Jodi Gray Photography

Rhino Weddings & Events
Minerva String Quartet

Point 200

I Do Style

Paper Goods + Calligraphy
Designs by Laney

Southern Bride
Vera Wang
Christina Wu


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