Lauren + Taylor | Mar 30, 2019
Traditional and simple, white wedding with an elegant feel at The Charlotte City Club in Charlotte, North Carolina
While Lauren was celebrating her birthday at the neighborhood pool with her friends, Taylor was invited by a mutual friend to stop by. Much to her surprise, Lauren knew exactly who Taylor was. He was the cute guy who worked downstairs in the building she worked in as well. The two hit it off and have been together ever since.
Nearly two and a half years later, Taylor had made a grand plan for the perfect proposal. Mother Nature tried to throw a wrench in his plans with rain and sleet, but he insisted that him and Lauren had to keep their dinner plans with his brother and girlfriend. There was no option to reschedule.
The couple headed out that evening and drove to the building where they first saw each other. It was Christmas time, so in front of the Christmas tree in the main lobby of their office building, Taylor got down on one knee and asked Lauren to marry him. After he popped the question, the pair went to meet Taylor’s brother and was surprised with both of their families waiting to celebrate with them.
Their simple and traditional wedding day was planned for the spring and really focused on their love and commitment to one another. Luckily, with both the venues they chose they didn’t need much decorating to make the spaces wow.
The ceremony was at the church Taylor grew up going to. With its extra tall cathedral wooden beam ceilings, traditional grey brick looking exterior and stained-glass windows, each detail was breathtaking. All the couple’s family and friends filled the pews just as the ceremony was about to begin.
Taylor entered the church looking sharp and traditional in his black tuxedo, bow tie and cummerbund. His groomsmen followed behind him in matching attire. Following them, down the aisle came the bridesmaids, one by one in slightly different, but all formal and classic long black dresses. The ladies each carried an all-white bouquet of fluffy hydrangeas and simple roses.
As the church door’s opened, Lauren stood there with her dad on her side in the most gorgeous mermaid style gown. It had a lace top and bejeweled belt at the waist. The bride’s favorite part about the dress was the low back and buttons that ran all the way to the bottom of the dress. Behind her, the matching lace veil floated down the aisle.
The walk down the aisle was a special one, not just because it was the first time all day that Taylor had seen Lauren, but as the oldest daughter, it was the first time Lauren’s dad had ever taken that walk himself.
“One of the most special parts of the wedding, besides getting to marry Taylor, was walking down the aisle with my dad,” said the bride. “As the oldest daughter and first to get married, this was something neither of us had ever experienced.”
At the end of the aisle, Lauren and Taylor were joined and the ceremony began. There were so many personalized touches the couple put in the ceremony like when Taylor’s future sister-in-law read a passage.
Once the couple shared their first kiss as husband and wife, the church erupted with happiness and joy before the newlyweds took the long walk back down the aisle together.
The bridal party was all trolleyed over to the reception site to meet back up with the guests. The reception venue was in the heart of the city and the perfect backdrop for a traditional and elegant style.
“The Charlotte City Club spoke for itself,” explained the bride. “To me, the tall, large windows overlooking uptown Charlotte were an awesome focal point.”
Inside, the room was set with round tables dressed in classic, floor length white linens and mahogany chaivari chairs. There was a menu card at each guest’s seat describing the most delicious sounding dinner. In the center of the tables were white floral centerpieces of lush roses, ranunculus and hydrangeas surrounded by tea lights.
Once the newlyweds entered the room, the party barely slowed down all night. The live band created such a fun atmosphere and kept everyone dancing.
“Our band had such great energy that we ended up dancing the entire night, having such a great time with our guests and our band,” said Lauren. “It was amazing to look around and see everyone having a great time and celebrating our marriage with us.”
When the couple finally left the dance floor, it was to make their grand sparkler exit outside. The streets of the city were lined with their family and friends to see them off in their classic convertible. It was the most perfect exit for the most perfect night.
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